With any opportunity comes the opportunists. Be cautious of potential vaccine scams and make sure to alert Senior Medicare Patrol if you’re not sure, and never give out your personal information to callers!
A powerful force indeed! Ombudsman Kathy is highlighted in today’s Press Democrat:
Check out this video from CLTCOA, OSLTCO, and CDA:
You can find the video on the CDA COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage, (towards the bottom of the page) CDA Provider Guidance, under Phase I and Phase II Procedures for Ombudsman Return to Facilities.
The video demonstrates the donning and doffing procedures of PPE for varying degrees of risk mitigation, identifying three scenarios as outlined in Attachment C- Reentry to Facilities- Scenarios to Consider.
For more information: https://www.aging.ca.gov/covid19/
Crista Barnett-Nelson, Executive Director for Senior Advocacy Servicers and the Sonoma County Long Term Care Ombudsman program was featured along with county Human Services Department Director on radio and newspaper.
The serious lack of evacuation planning by area facilities was disturbing and the response by the state oversight agency was even more concerning: “But state regulators dismiss the county’s concerns that care homes didn’t have good plans in place, and that they were relying too heavily on public resources. In a written statement, the California Department of Social Services, which regulates assisted living facilities, called the actions of facilities “appropriate,” and said their plans meet state standards.”
Connecting you with your loved one who is living in long-term care
Does someone you care for live in a long-term setting such as
assisted living or a nursing home?
Join us online or by phone to discuss how you can connect with
your loved one and speak up for the quality of their care.
Meet the Sonoma County Long-Term Care Ombudsman who
advocates for your loved one’s rights.
Sonoma County Virtual Family Council
Thursdays, June 18, 25 and July 2,9, 16 and 23, 2020
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a call-in number or a link to the Zoom meeting.
Call (707) 526-4108 for information.
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Would you like to Donate a Tablet? Drop it off at 5787 Desoto Drive in Santa Rosa or call (707) 526 – 4108 for pick up. South County Location now available at 1825 Nicola Dr. in Petaluma. Please reset your tablet to Factory Settings before donating and provide the power cord.
Loneliness in seniors may be fatal. Studies show the feeling of loneliness and emptiness causes suffering for seniors but can lead to serious health problems and even death. With the isolation created by the COVID-19 virus, our elderly living in Skilled Nursing Facilities are alone. For many, families can no longer visit, listen to their stories, or give hugs and loving affection.
Ombudsman have a plan to help in these extraordinary times. Can you donate a tablet? We will help set up with access to games, social media apps, YouTube, free video conferencing and more. You can help connect a senior in need with the tech we rely on so heavily now.
Donate by delivering your device at 5787 Desoto Drive in Santa Rosa (Rincon Valley) just east of Safeway (Calistoga Rd./Highway 12). Please put the tablet along with its power cord in the box slot as labeled – it will be sitting on a table with a balloon for easy visibility.
If you are unable to drop-off your tablet, call Senior Advocacy Service at (707) 526-4108 to arrange for a staff member to come pick up. As a small, local non-profit we do not have the ability to refurbish these tablets. We are asking for working devices that have already been reset to factory settings with the passwords, pins, cellular service etc. removed. If you donate an ipad, turn off the “find my ipad” before restoring it to factory settings. Help us by donating tablets ready to be given to an isolated senior in need. New or gently used devices are welcome, as are smart phones that can function without mobile/cell service subscription.
Come to our upcoming Evacuation and Disaster Planning Training on Wednesday October 30th at the Rohnert Park Library Evacuation & Disaster Planning Rohnert Park Oct 30 Flyer. (October 17th in Sonoma has been cancelled). Register today, seating is limited and continuing education is provided for RCFE Administrators.
Also check out this valuable video for Evacuation and Fire Safety created by the San Ramon Valley Fire District with permission to share far and wide. In this California Fire Season it is important to keep in mind options during an emergency and how to make the best decisions for a situation, especially if first responders are unable to assist. Video content is also relevant to other types of caregivers for adults requiring special assistance.
Share these opportunities and register by searching for Evacuation Training on Eventbrite or on our Senior Advocacy Services facebook page.
Oct.15 – Dec.7 is your opportunity to review upcoming changes in 2020 and decide if your coverage is still the best option related to your current health and cost changes.
There are 2 ways you can have your Medicare benefits. One way to have your Medicare healthcare is Original Medicare with 4 separate parts which would include a Part D plan and Medigap Supplemental product. The other way you can have your Medicare healthcare is through a managed care plan called an Advantage plan.
The projected 2020 Advantage plan premiums represent a 23 percent drop from 2018 premium levels. CMS also noted that plan choices have multiplied. Benefits have expanded and Medicare Advantage enrollment is rising.
In the 6 county region served by our HICAP, Advantage plan choices are increasing from 19 to 37 plans in 2020.
2020 Original Medicare Part D prescription plan company choices in our region also increased from 30 to 32 plans for 2020. Premiums, deductibles, formularies and copays for each plan have also changed for next year.
If you’re in an Advantage plan, will your Dr. still be in our plan’s network and will additional benefits still be covered?
If you have Original Medicare with a Part D plan, will your prescriptions still be in their formulary and are you paying the lowest amount for your plan and medications? Part D premiums next year will range from $12.80/month up to $118.40/month.
If your healthcare is your responsibility, are you meeting with HICAP to review what your options are for 2020 or are you one of those who doesn’t check then places a frantic call to us when Jan. 1st is here and you discover your physician coverage has significantly changed or certain prescriptions in the formulary are no longer covered?
Schedule a 1-on-1 appointment by calling 800-434-0222 or Attend an Unbiased Seminar in your area.
Our goal is to provide truly unbiased help so you can make more informed decisions about your Medicare healthcare before you step out there and deal with agents & plans.
A blog post from Senior Advocacy Services – senioradvocacyservices.org