Tax season is here again – will you be helping to prepare taxes for an elderly loved one in your life? Senior home caregivers in Philadelphia often find themselves in the position of assisting with taxes, which can be a particularly stressful situation. Keeping track of one’s own taxes is difficult enough, but what about someone else’s taxes?
If you are providing care for an older person or an adult with a disability, you are far from alone. The AARP estimates that over 40 million Americans are acting in the role of caregiver for someone, usually a close friend or family member. Unfortunately, most of these caregivers are doing this without proper training or support, and that can cause big health problems.
As any of the caregiver agencies in Philadelphia can tell you, any form of caregiving involves unique challenges. In part one and part two of this series, we covered the work stresses and overall emotional stress that many caregivers often deal with. However, perhaps the toughest emotional challenge comes from caring for a loved one with dementia. Every day, they can slip further away. On one hand, the “spirit” of the person you know is vanishing, but on the other, they remain alive and physically present.
Once again, Medicare Advantage is open for enrollment or for current participants to change their Medicare plans. This year is notable for people who are providing or receiving home care in Philadelphia because one major change is that Medicare Advantage insurers can now reimburse for in-home services.
Any caregiver agency in Philadelphia will tell you that being a caregiver takes an emotional toll, especially when the care responsibility falls upon one person full time. A caregiver will have to face and overcome emotional challenges, if they are to continue providing effective care.
When providing senior care in Philadelphia, PA, assistive technology can improve outcomes and senior well-being.
What is Assistive Technology?
When talking about services for seniors, assistive technology (also called “assistive devices”) is any product or service that helps a senior overcome physical or mental difficulties in day to day life. Assistive technology (AT) can range from something as simple as a walking cane to highly complex computer-based lifestyle solutions.