Are Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia the same?2023-04-25T16:05:51-04:00
Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but treatments can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Are their employee benefits for caregivers?2023-04-25T17:58:40-04:00
Employee benefits programs often contain access to services for managing your health and wellness including some for caregivers. The Family and Medical Leave Act is the most common benefit. More employers are offering paid family leave, flexible work arrangements, and job sharing to accommodate care needs. Check you employee assistance programs through human resources for your options. Keep in mind that tax credit may be available.
Can I call customer service to place my order?2019-12-18T11:29:41-05:00

CreditForCaring orders must be place on a smart device or computer.  We do not accept phone orders.

Can I get home delivered meals?2023-04-25T16:58:13-04:00
A home-delivered meal is a meal that is prepared and delivered to a person’s home, typically by a meal delivery service or a community organization. These meals are often provided to individuals who are unable to prepare their own meals due to age, illness, or disability. Home-delivered meals are usually delivered on a regular basis, such as daily or weekly. The meals are often tailored to meet the specific dietary needs and preferences of the person receiving them. They can be provided as pre-cooked, frozen meals or as fresh meals that are delivered daily or weekly.
Most communities call them Meals on Wheels programs. The government pays for these programs under the Older Americans Act. You can reach them using the Elder Locator site in the link below. Also know that your health insurance company may supply you with food. Please contact your doctor’s office to see if they will write a prescription for food.
Can I use telehealth to ‘see’ my doctor?2023-04-25T16:31:51-04:00
Telehealth a virtual doctor visit.  Most visits are done using very high security connections to your smart phone, table, or computer.  In fact, any device that uses cellular or internet enabled devices.  Telehealth and telemedicine are the same.  Your doctor has access to your medical record during the conversation and can prescribe treatment at that time. In fact, telehealth is becoming increasingly popular to make healthcare more accessible and convenient for patients, especially in rural or underserved areas.
Lastly, call your insurance customer service telephone number to learn how and when telehealth is covered by your provider.
Do caregivers get paid?2023-04-25T19:45:29-04:00
Family members can be paid for providing services depending on the insurance coverage of the person receiving care. The best strategy is to contact the insurance company’s customer service department. In fact, there are several ways to get paid for caregiving, including: Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waivers, Special Needs Population programs, Self-directed care programs, In-home Support Services, Long-term Care Insurance, Private pay, Home care agencies, and Veterans Aid and Attendance Care programs.
Do I need a disaster plan?2023-04-25T17:27:52-04:00
Boy Scouts motto “Be Prepared” applies to all natural disasters that we face today. The Federal Emergency Management Administration, FEMA, lists these important considerations if a disaster strikes. Always have a telephone or weather alert device ready.
  1. Keep important documents and items in a safe place.
  2. Have a communication plan to contact each other in case of an emergency.
  3. Keep an emergency bag ready.
  4. Learn about potential hazards and know how to stay safe.
  5. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes.
  6. Make sure you have a plan in place for your pets in case of an evacuation.
  7. Keep your car fueled.
  8. Stay informed about emergency alerts by tuning into local news stations.
Decide on a meeting place with your trusted family and friends now. Set up a communications or phone tree to ensure that you are in contact with your trusted family and friends. Lastly, let your family and friends know you are safe or if you need help when a disaster occurs.
Do I need a prescription to order products and equipment?2023-08-09T19:52:49-04:00

You can purchase our products without a prescription.  If you wish to file for insurance reimbursement please consult with your healthcare team to obtain a prescription and then submit your purchase for reimbursement to the insurance payer using the contact information on the insurance ID card.  The prescription must be signed by a licensed health practitioner.

You do not need a prescription to order from CreditForCaring.  Your healthcare provider offers you important guidance on what equipment and supplies are recommended, especially for customized devices like wheelchairs.  You can read more on the requirements for ‘medically necessary’ equipment under Medicare Part B in our Resource section.

Many of the products are used each and every day but not considered to be ‘medically necessary’ under Medicare and other insurance companies.  You pay for all of these items from your own pocket and often at higher retail prices.  In fact, you can use your Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Accounts to pay for these items and reduce your costs.

How can I get help with home repairs?2023-04-25T17:02:36-04:00
Do you know that 90% of Americans intend to stay in their own home when they are older? Unfortunately, the existing housing stock in the United States does not have accessibility features and are not designed to accommodate the physical and cognitive changes that come with age, including increased fall risk. In addition, climate change makes heating and cooling issues a greater health risk as we age. More state governments and health insurance companies are now paying for home repairs and renovations.
How can I manage working and caregiving duties?2023-04-25T18:05:00-04:00

Juggling a job and caring for a loved one can be challenging, but it can be done with careful planning and communication. Let your employer know about your caregiving responsibilities and see if there are any flexible work arrangements. Make a list of the tasks that need to be done and set priorities. We recommend creating a schedule that allows you to balance your work and caregiving responsibilities.

In addition, you should seek help such as respite care and adult day care. Install smart technologies for fall detection, fire safety, use an automated pill dispenser, and use voice first devices with customized reminders for activities of daily living. Lastly, reach out to support groups or counseling services for caregivers to help you cope with the emotional and physical demands of caregiving.

How can I reduce my risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease?2023-04-25T20:05:58-04:00
Alzheimer’s Association is the best place for all the resources and latest research on the disease. There are steps you can take to manage your journey. We can help. Our first recommendation is to set up your Circle of Care and include your trusted family and friends as your helpers.
There are a few steps you can take to prepare for the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease:
  1. Stay mentally and physically active.
  2. Eat a healthy diet.
  3. Keep your social connections strong.
  4. Consider discussing your wishes and plans with loved ones.
  5. Get regular physical check-ups.
  6. Take prescribed medication as directed.
Lastly, it’s important to note that it’s not possible to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but these steps can help reduce the risk of developing the condition and help you be better prepared in case you do.
How do I find home care that is right for me?2023-04-25T17:53:26-04:00
The first step is to determine what services you need and can afford. Please contact your health insurance company customer service or local aging services office to do an assessment. Help with activities of daily living, shopping, cleaning, laundry, and other services are the work done by home care companies. Be sure to research options thoroughly and ask for recommendations from healthcare professionals or other trusted sources. Home care services are locally based but can differ in term of price and services. There are several ways to find someone to care for you, depending on your needs and circumstances. Some options include:
  1. Hire a private caregiver.
  2. Attend an adult day care.
  3. Move to an assisted living facility or group home.
  4. Join a village community.
  5. Enroll in a home sharing program.
  6. Enroll in In-home care services.
Reach out to your local Area Agency on Aging It’s important to find a caregiver or facility that is a good match for your needs and preferences.
How do I find the right nursing home?2023-04-25T17:55:18-04:00
The decision to move into a nursing home should be based on needs and preferences, as well as the level of care they require. It is important to select the right level of care based on a person’s physical and cognitive abilities, as well as her overall health and safety. A nursing home is not the only option available today. A healthcare professional or social worker can also provide guidance on the best options for care.
How do I get a break from Caregiving?2023-04-25T19:50:58-04:00
Self-care is caregiving. No one can pour from an empty cup. It’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of the person you are caring for. In fact, it is important to take breaks and make sure to take care of yourself.
Here are some suggestions for taking a break from caregiving.
  1. Hire a professional caregiver.
  2. Enlist the help of trusted family and friends.
  3. Enroll your loved one in adult daycare services.
  4. Join a support group.
  5. Take a vacation.
  6. Use respite care.
How do I get control of my emotions?2023-04-25T15:29:23-04:00
Emotions are a big tent for our mental, behavioral, social, financial, and physical health. Emotions season our communications and decision-making ability. Talking about your feelings with a trusted friend or family member can be a great way to process your emotions. If you are struggling to manage your emotions, it may be helpful to seek support from a therapist or counselor. Remember, it is normal to have a wide range of emotions and it’s okay to feel them. It’s important to acknowledge them and allow yourself to feel them, but not to dwell on them. With practice and time, you will learn to manage them more effectively.
How do I get family members to help me?2023-04-25T20:14:32-04:00
I recommend starting with an open and honest conversation with them about your loved one’s needs and the related tasks. The best approach is to break down specific tasks and schedule them out. You become a project manager of care with objectives, goals, and completion dates. In fact, it is helpful to establish clear boundaries and expectations for the caregiving roles. Therefore, discuss how everyone can communicate and work together effectively. Additionally, involving other family members in the care recipient’s care plan can help them understand the importance of their role and how it contributes to the overall well-being of your loved one.
How do I improve my sleep?2023-04-25T17:39:56-04:00
You cannot pour from an empty cup. Sleep recharges your battery. Sleep disorders have many causes and solutions. Please take to your physician about conducting a sleep study. It’s also important to see your doctor if you have trouble sleeping, as there may be an underlying health condition that needs to be addressed. In fact, sometimes getting better sleep requires treatment for a loved one that you are caring for.
How do I know if I drink too much?2023-04-25T15:28:20-04:00
Addictions are sneaky, they can re-wire our brains and mess up our feelings of pain and pleasure. Alcohol is one of those socially accepted addictions where the lines of healthy and unhealthy blur. Thank you for asking for help. This is the first step to recovery.
It’s important to seek help if you feel that your drinking is becoming a problem. I recommend you talk to your doctor about your drinking. Remember, it’s never too late to make a change for the better.
How do I know if I need to seek mental health?2023-04-25T15:30:46-04:00
Can you think of another time in your life when you felt this way? We play many roles throughout life and sometimes the demands get heavy. Voicing these feelings are difficult. Please know how brave you are for starting this conversation. Losing oneself can be a difficult and confusing experience. If you’re looking for help, it might be a good idea to speak with a mental health professional or a trusted loved one. They can provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate this difficult time. Additionally, there are many resources available online that may help you cope with what you are going through.
How do I know that my drinking is harming me?2023-04-25T19:25:16-04:00
Let’s start with this short questionnaire:
1. Do you experience mood swings like irritability, aggression, depression, and other moods?
2. Have your eating habits changed?
3. Has your sleeping pattern changed?
4. Is your memory and concentration poor?
5. Is your speech slurred?
6. Are you falling and having accidents.
7. Has your doctor diagnosed you with heart problems, high blood pressure, or other conditions recently?
8. Do you have a mental illness?
Alcoholics Anonymous is the best place to start your recovery journey. A new study concludes that the Alcoholics Anonymous program is the most effective way to treat alcohol use disorder. The researchers said people who complete the organization’s 12-step program have better success at abstinence as well as relationships with family members and friends. 
How do I make my bathroom safe?2023-04-25T15:46:47-04:00
Did you know that most fall and injuries at home occur in the bathroom? Bathrooms can be dangerous places since the smooth floors and tubs become slippery when wet. It’s also important to make sure that the bathroom is accessible for everyone in the household and to have a phone or emergency contact device nearby, in case of an emergency.
These products you will need to make your bathroom safe.
  1. Install grab bars
  2. Keep the floor dry.
  3. Make sure the bathroom is well-lit
  4. Keep frequently used items within easy reach.
  5. Repair any leaks in the bathroom immediately to reduce the risk of
  6. Consider a walk-in tub or shower.
It’s also important to make sure that the bathroom is accessible for everyone in the household and to have a phone or emergency contact device nearby, in case of an emergency.
In addition, we have the products you will need to make your bathroom safe. Check out this resource.
How do I make my home “smart?”2023-04-25T15:47:49-04:00
Home security and fall prevention smart devices connect to your internet and smart phone. In fact, you can your system to “call for help” automatically.
  1. Security cameras 
  2. Doorbells that have cameras and motion sensors 
  3. Locks that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app
  4. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors 
  5. Thermostats that can be controlled remotely 
  6. Lighting systems with a smartphone app
  7. Window and door sensors 
  8. Home alarm system 
Lastly, there are many other smart home devices available that can help to protect your home and keep you informed about what’s happening there.
How do I make my home more secure?2023-04-25T15:49:20-04:00
I believe our need to feel secure changes with our abilities and age and technology can help us feel safe and connected. Installing a home security and fall detection system give you and your trusted family and friends the peace of mind that you are safe. There are many ways to make your home safer. Let’s start with securing the doors and windows by checking and securing the locks. Install motion-sensor lights in and outdoors to light up dark spaces only when an object moves.
How do I report a problem or offer a suggestion?2019-12-18T11:30:59-05:00

Please send us your recommendation, suggestions and complaints to info@reunioncare.com or visit our contact us form.

How do I select the right durable medical equipment?2023-04-25T16:20:10-04:00
There are so many factors to consider when choosing medical equipment. We strongly advocate that a home visit by a therapist be conducted BEFORE hospital discharge and/or ordering the any medical equipment. Insurance companies pay for most medical equipment when a doctor orders the equipment.
1. Who will use the equipment (how many people needed to operate it?)
2. What skills will be needed to operate the equipment?
3. Will it fit in your home? What are the options?
4. How long will this equipment be useful? What happens if physical or mental decline renders it useless?
5. Is the selection customized to the person? Is it sized right? What special features will make it right for you?
6. Who will assemble the equipment?
New equipment is most likely needed after a significant event such as a broken bone, car accident, medical crisis, or illness. Therefore, your DME decisions will be guided by the care team working with you at the time. Rehabilitation therapists (physical, occupational, speech, respiratory and recreational to name a few) will likely introduced the equipment you will use at home during your hospital stay. Additionally, the discharge planners, social workers and nurse educators also provide training and education to make sure the patient and family members can carry on with the right practices to continue recovery at home. Lastly, the home-based services and your primary care providers take over managing your recovery and DME use till it is no longer required.
How do I set up my burial plans?2023-04-25T20:08:44-04:00
There are several steps you can take to set up burial plans:
  1. Decide on a burial type.
  2. Choose a cemetery.
  3. Purchase a burial plot.
  4. Arrange for a headstone or marker.
  5. Pre-plan funeral service
  6. Make sure your loved ones are aware of your plans.
  7. Consider final expense insurance or pre-paid funeral arrangements.
Share your final wishes knows to your trusted family and friends. Document your wishes regarding medical treatment you would or would not like to receive at the end of life using the advance directives and living will forms for your state. It’s important to keep in mind that laws and regulations regarding burials vary depending on the state or country you live in, so it’s important to check the laws in your area before making any arrangements.
How do I set-up caregiving tasks and schedule?2023-04-25T19:22:19-04:00
A Circle of Care account is a great way to set up your tasks and schedule for caregiving. You can post appointments on the calendar and share it with trusted family and friends. There are Activities of Daily Living, Home Safety, and Health and Lifestyle goal setting assessments for you to use. In fact, these fun surveys will help to get your caregiving days organized.
How do I stop falling?2023-04-25T17:38:14-04:00
Falling is scary, especially as we age. The good news is you can and should arrange your home to reduce the threat and impact from accidents. Many of these lead to emergency department visits for head injuries or broken bones. In fact, these injuries can be prevented by making some lifestyle changes and taking steps to improve your physical and mental health. Here are a few tips to help prevent falls:
  1. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can improve your balance, strength, and flexibility.
  2. Have your vision checked: Poor vision can increase your risk, so make sure to have your vision checked regularly and wear glasses or contacts as prescribed.
  3. Remove tripping hazards. Keep your home and workspace free of clutter and remove tripping hazards such as loose rugs, electrical cords, and uneven flooring.
  4. Use assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and other assistive devices can help improve your balance and stability.
  5. Take your medications as prescribed since medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  6. Get adequate sleep.
  7. Avoid wearing shoes with high heels or slippery soles and choose shoes that fit well and provide good support.
  8. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about getting a fall risk assessment. They can identify any specific factors that are increasing your risk of falling, and work with you to develop a plan to reduce your risk.
Lastly, falls are not just a normal part of aging, but they can be prevented, and if you have fallen, it’s important to report it to your doctor and take the necessary steps to prevent future falls.
How do I stop wetting myself?2023-04-25T17:26:17-04:00
There are several things you can do to stop peeing your pants:
  1. Practice pelvic floor muscle
  2. Avoid drinks that can irritate the bladder, such as caffeine and alcohol.
  3. Try to urinate on a regular schedule.
  4. You may benefit from medication or physical therapy.
  5. If the problem persists, consult a urologist.
It’s important to note that incontinence can be caused by various factors, such as urinary tract infection, constipation, neurological conditions, and certain medications. So, it’s important to get medical evaluation to rule out any underlying condition.
Managing incontinence starts with an open conversation with your doctor. Some incontinence issues are caused by medication, or infection, or other reasons. Let’s face it, accidental wetness or urinary urgency is embarrassing. No one wants to be the person who smells like, well, the bathroom. Get help and wear the right protection. In fact, the right protection builds confidence and makes every day brighter.
How do I talk to my doctor about my final wishes and other legal issues?2023-04-25T16:02:59-04:00
It is time for an open and honest with your doctor about any legal issues you may be facing. She/he may not be able to provide  advice, but they may be able to help you understand how your these issues may impact your health. Consider scheduling an appointment specifically to discuss the legal issues and bring any relevant documents such as your Advanced Care Directive and Power of Attorney.
It’s also a good idea to ask if the conversation will be documented in your medical records and what their policy is on discussing sensitive information with other medical professionals. Lastly, I recommend that you provide a paper version of your patient advocate and advanced directives to be included in your medical record.
How do I use my Advanced Care Directive?2023-04-25T15:44:11-04:00
An advance care directive is a legal document that allows individuals to express their wishes for medical treatment if they are unable to make decisions for themselves. The document typically includes two main components: a living will and a durable power of attorney for healthcare. Advanced care directive states your end-of-life care wishes, also called a living will, and identifies the patient advocate authorized to carry out these orders. I recommend you keep a signed and dated copy of your Advanced Directive in a plastic bag taped to your refrigerator for emergency medical care.
How is the order packaged?2019-12-18T11:21:56-05:00

We believe in discreet packing knowing that a package may be delivered to your office or home.  The brown boxes include a packing slip from Medline.

I have no family, where do I find help?2023-04-25T17:06:20-04:00
I believe you are looking for a guardian. This is a person that you select or is appointed to assist you by the court system.  A guardian is tasked with carrying out your legal, medical, and financial wishes.
In fact, a guardian may be a geriatric care manager, care manager, or a volunteer guardian. In most cases, the court will conduct an investigation to ensure that the person appointed as a guardian is suitable and will act in the best interests of the individual. Lastly, a court may also appoint a conservator, to manage financial affairs.
I want to stay in my home, who can help me?2023-04-25T17:50:29-04:00
Did you know that 70% of us will require assistance from humans, products or living arrangements when we get old? Most of us want to remain in our home and community surrounded by the people and activities that give life meaning.  However paying for care at home can be very expensive.  Experts estimate that each person needs $250,000 set aside just for long-term care needs not covered by Medicare.
There is a special insurance just for the cost of growing old and needing care. It is called Long-Term Care Insurance.  It can pay for care at home or care in a residential setting such as an Assisted Living Facility, Memory Care Center, or Nursing Home.
Is feeling guilty normal?2023-04-25T15:30:06-04:00
Guilt is anger turned inward. Let that sink in, guilt is anger turned inward. Some cultures embrace guilt as a norm. Guilt clouds our ability to make healthy decisions. Feeling guilty all the time can be a symptom of a larger issue, such as depression or anxiety.
Is there a cure for loneliness?2023-04-25T16:56:29-04:00
Feeling forgotten or invisible is harmful to your physical and mental health. So many factors contribute feeling lonely let’s start with getting you some help. We can chip away at the causes of your loneliness as we go. Loneliness is not a permanent state, it can change, and it’s possible to overcome it. With time and effort, you can build a support system of friends and loved ones who will be there for you.
Should I have a daily exercise program?2023-04-25T20:03:14-04:00
Exercise helps you age better because it improves brain function, reduces mental depression, improves balance, reduces fall risk, and keep up your ability to perform your daily activities.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
  • Find exercises that you enjoy and that are easy to do.
  • Start with a few minutes of exercise at a time and gradually increase the duration.
  • Incorporate a mix of cardio and strength training exercises.
  • Schedule regular workout times and try to stick to them as best as you can.
  • Workout at least 3 times a week, make sure to rest and recover.
In fact, taking a walk outdoors or doing chair yoga while following a video instructor are two free options open to everyone, both caregivers and seniors alike. Or it can be tabletop activities like puzzles and extra-large playing card games. Stacking and eye-hand coordination challenges are also beneficial. The idea is to move and stretch.
What are the Parts of Medicare?2023-04-25T16:35:45-04:00
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for: people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant. . There are four main parts to Medicare: Part A, hospital insurance, Part B, medical insurance, Part C, Medicare Advantage, and Part D, prescription drug coverage.
What are veteran benefits for their caregivers?2023-04-25T19:40:44-04:00
Qualifying retired and disabled military use the Aid and Attendance program.  At home, this payment covers the cost of caregiving to perform daily activities. These benefit can be paid to the veteran, the veteran’s spouse, or a family caregiver. In addition, it can pay for assisted living, memory care, or a nursing home care. In fact, it can be used in conjunction with other VA benefits such as a pension.
Lastly, similar programs exist in many states Medicaid programs for self-directed care.
What does a caregiver do every day?2023-04-25T19:52:47-04:00
Caregivers make medical professionals more effective. I mean, a doctor can write a care plan, but it takes the daily skills and activities of a caregiver to yield the best results. Caregivers help people who cannot perform daily tasks and do it without injury such as falling. Caregivers can be trusted family or friends who live in or nearby a person needing help. And sometimes family caregivers live far away and arrange for local services to assistance. In addition, paid caregivers come from home care agencies and local social service organizations.
A caregiver provides care and support for someone who is unable to care for themselves due to an illness, disability, or advanced age. In fact, the role of a caregiver can vary depending on the needs of the person receiving care, but some common responsibilities include:
  1. Assisting with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and grooming
  2. Helping with mobility, such as getting in and out of bed or a wheelchair
  3. Administering medications and monitoring the person’s health
  4. Preparing meals and ensuring that the person is eating well.
  5. Helping with housekeeping and laundry
  6. Arranging and transporting the person to appointments and activities
  7. Providing companionship and emotional support
  8. Helping the person with communication and memory
  9. Assisting with end-of-life care
  10. Assisting with personal care such as incontinence and toileting
Caregivers can be family members, friends, or professional caregivers such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, or personal care aides. It’s important to note that the role of a caregiver can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. Lastly, it’s important for the caregiver to take care of themselves and seek support when needed.
What does a social worker do?2023-04-25T16:54:45-04:00
Social workers serve in local agencies, government services, and healthcare settings to get people connected to the right social programs to improve their lives. In fact, they have the training and experience to help you navigate the complex and often overwhelming social service system. Social services are a wide range of government-provided or government-funded programs and services that are intended to support and assist individuals and families in need. They can include:
  1. Income support.
  2. Child welfare
  3. Mental health and substance abuse services
  4. Senior services
  5. Disability services
  6. Employment and training programs
  7. Emergency and disaster service
Lastly, they can help you access the resources you need to improve your physical and emotional well-being.
What does power of attorney mean?2023-04-25T15:43:11-04:00
A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives another person the authority to make decisions and take actions on your behalf.  Another option is a Limited POA which is only in effect for a specific period or for a specific purpose. 
A POA can be used for many things include managing finances, making healthcare decisions, managing real estate and other assets, and conducting business transactions. Lastly, be sure to choose someone you trust.  Have a conversation with them about what you expect of them before you grant POA designation.
What information should I share with my doctor?2023-04-25T16:21:33-04:00
Here is some information on getting the most benefit from a doctor’s office visit. I recommend you do these things before going to the doctor. Collect and organize all your vital sign records, food diary, weight changes, and any other tracking you have recorded since your last visit. Create a written record of all prescriptions, over the counter medicines including vitamins taken since the last visit. Write down questions and/or concerns. Bring paper and pencil to write down answers.
Here are a few tips for getting your doctor to listen to you:
  1. Be prepared.
  2. Be clear and specific.
  3. Express your concerns and priorities.
  4. Speak up if you don’t understand something.
  5. Be honest: Tell your doctor if you’re not following their instructions or if you’re having trouble with your treatment.
  6. Be respectful: Treat your doctor with respect and they will be more likely to take your concerns seriously.
  7. Consider a second opinion.
Keep in mind that doctor-patient communication is a two-way street, and the relationship is built on mutual trust and respect, if you are not comfortable with your doctor and feel like they are not listening to you, it’s important to find a doctor that you feel comfortable with and one that is willing to listen and work with you to achieve your healthcare goals.
What is a Durable Power of Attorney?2023-04-25T15:37:14-04:00
A durable power of attorney ensures that you wishes are followed even if you are incapacitated.  This means your trusted power of attorney can continue to make decisions and take actions as you directed.
What is a fall risk assessment?2023-04-25T17:36:05-04:00

Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about getting an at home fall risk assessment. Many chronic health conditions can increase the risk of falling.  Therefore a home assessment enables a care professional to see where the hazards exist. Therapists and home health professionals can develop a care plan to increase your balance and teach you strategies to mitigate the risk of injury.

In fact, using the right medical equipment for transferring from sitting to standing and the right mobility aid to get around will increase your ability to perform many daily activities with confidence.  Lastly, use our home safety check-up for a room-by-room evaluation.

What is a patient advocate?2023-04-25T15:46:06-04:00

A patient advocate is also called a medical power of attorney. This person speaks for you when you cannot speak for yourself.  In fact, a patient advocate has a copy of your advanced directives that lists what and how you want care to be provided when end of life care is required.

What is a primary care provider?2023-04-25T16:34:32-04:00
A primary care provider, PCP, can be a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or medical doctor of your choosing or your insurance company assignment. I recommend scheduling an appointment for a complete health check. No one can read your mind; I also recommend writing down your concerns and hand your PCP the paper to read. This is the first step to discover the source of your concerns.
What is a Revocable Living Trust?2023-04-25T15:32:54-04:00
A revocable living trust has many advantages then a will. A will is a public record whereas a trust is private. A revocable living trust is one of the single most important documents for older adults — or anyone with assets — to have in their estate plan. In fact, don’t need to be rich or have vast assets — a life insurance policy, checking account, house, or any asset of value merits establishing a revocable living trust.
What is a Will?2023-04-25T15:35:09-04:00
A will is a legal document to direct how, where, and why you want to do with your dependents and worldly possession. A will is your way to tell the world how gets your assets after death. Without a will, the state courts will decide what happens to your belongings. In fact, if you have children and die without a will, the state directs where and with whom your children will live. Even better than a will is a revocable living trust.
What is Advanced Care Planning?2023-04-25T15:36:10-04:00

Advance care planning is your chance to state your wishes when major medical events or accidents dramatically impacts your abilities and health. Think of this as the ‘what if’ planning that you share with trusted family and friends and your care team. The final document is call an advanced directive. It specifies what medical treatments a person would like to receive or refuse if they become incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions.

In fact, the most common types of advanced directives are living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare. Lastly, this directive communicates your end-of-life care wishes and  appoints a healthcare proxy.  This person is also known as a medical power of attorney.

What is Caregiver burn-out?2023-04-25T17:57:10-04:00
Caregiver stress is due to the emotional and physical strain of caregiving. Caregivers report much higher levels of stress than people who are not caregivers. In fact, many caregivers are providing help or are “on call” almost all day. Sometimes, this means there is little time for work or other family members or friends. Some caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging, sick or disabled family member needs.
Congratulations for taking the first step. You spoke your truth out loud. Caregiving is tough, isolating, rewarding, exhausting, and all the other emotions wrapped around tremendous physical, social, mental, and behavioral aspects of your life. We created a special section just for you.
What is Credit For Caring?2023-06-22T15:08:17-04:00

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We believe caregivers are a personal assistant and leader simultaneously.  A caregiver assists with activities of daily living (bathing, brushing, dressing, toileting).  The amount of assistance a caregiver provides depends on the level of care needed.  They do all the household tasks as well such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and home safety.  Most important, in my opinion, a caregiver is a personal advocate with the healthcare team and insurance company to make certain the right medicine and treatment happens at the right time and place.

What is home care?2023-04-25T17:52:12-04:00
Home care is a type of healthcare service that is provided at home, rather than in a hospital or other facility. It is often used for individuals who are elderly, have chronic health conditions, or are recovering from an illness or injury. Home care services can be provided by a variety of healthcare professionals, such as nurses, therapists, and home health aides. Some services may be covered by insurance, while others may be paid for privately. Home care services can include a wide range of services from assistance with daily activities to care for medical therapies.
such as:
  1. Assistance with daily activities: This can include help with bathing, dressing, grooming, and other activities of daily living.
  2. Medication management: This can include reminders to take medication, as well as assistance with administering medication.
  3. Meal preparation and nutrition: This can include assistance with grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking.
  4. Companionship: This can include conversation, social activities, and other forms of emotional support.
  5. Transportation
  6. Skilled nursing care: This can include wound care, IV therapy, and other medical treatments that require the expertise of a registered nurse.
Home care services can be provided by a variety of healthcare professionals, such as nurses, therapists, and home health aides. Some services may be covered by insurance, while others may be paid for privately.
What is hospice care?2023-04-25T16:17:24-04:00
Hospice can happen at home, in a special hospice center, or hospital. A care team offers patients, families, and caregivers an opportunity to receive the best end-of-life care. Patients with terminal health conditions should discuss the hospice options with their doctor.
This is a type of healthcare that focuses on providing comfort and support to individuals who are nearing the end of their lives. In fact, the goal of hospice care is to help patients and their families manage symptoms and improve quality of life.  Also, there is another option for comfort care called palliative care.
Hospice care is a type of healthcare that focuses on providing comfort and support to individuals who are nearing the end of their lives. The goal is to help you and your trusted family and friends manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Lastly, the team can include symptom management, pain relief, emotional and spiritual support, and assistance with daily living activities.
What is Incontinence?2023-04-25T17:24:53-04:00
Incontinence is the loss of control over one’s ability to hold and release urine or feces. This condition will have a significant impact on your daily activities and willingness to engage socially.  Therefore, it is important to seek medical evaluation if you are experiencing this issue.
In fact, there are several types of incontinence.
  1. Urinary incontinence leakage of urine.
  2. Stress incontinence urine leaks out during physical activity.
  3. Urge incontinence a sudden, strong urge to pee.
  4. Overflow incontinence a constant dribbling of urine due to a blocked bladder or nerve damage.
  5. Functional incontinence
What is Long-Term Care insurance?2023-04-25T15:58:33-04:00
Long-term care insurance is not paid for by Medicare however, more insurance programs are now adding in home support for Activities of Daily Living, Home Safety, and even at home hospital care. Call your health insurance company customer service phone number and ask for more information on your benefits. This insurance can be purchased through a certified insurance agent or financial planner. To learn more about long-term care insurance.
What is palliative care?2023-04-25T16:15:00-04:00
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. In fact, it is part of many disease treatment protocols. The goal of this care is to improve your quality of life while they are receiving treatment. This care offers for people with chronic conditions tremendous relief and peace. In fact, the focus is on comfort and well-being to address your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. It also supports the patient’s family and loved ones by providing them with emotional and practical support.
The care team includes doctors, nurses, and social workers, who work together to provide care for the patient and support for the family. Services provided by the care teams can include symptom management, pain relief, emotional and spiritual support, and assistance with daily living activities. Lastly, palliative care can be provided at patient’s home, hospitals, or nursing homes.
What is Respite Care?2023-04-25T19:49:23-04:00
Respite care is a planned break from caregiving. This short-term relief can be provided from personal contacts or programs designed for this purpose. Respite care can be provided in a variety of settings, including in-home, in a daycare setting, or in a residential care facility. In fact, be certain to check what options are available in your area and what works best for you and your loved one.
What is sundowning?2023-04-25T17:14:52-04:00
Sundowning is a term for increased confusion and restlessness that occur around the same time everyday. Typically this syndrome happens in individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Other related behaviors are  wandering, verbal outbursts, and increased agitation that may appear to be random but on closer examination are related to the thought processing of the individual.
In fact, it is important to provide a consistent routine, a calming environment, and to engage in activities that can promote relaxation. Lastly, talk to your doctor to rule out any other causes of agitation such as pain, medication side effects or infection.
What is the best way to accomplish my daily activities?2023-04-25T20:13:37-04:00
Have you gotten to the end of your day and think “what did I do today?” or “where did the time go?” Me too! The first step is awareness on how you are spending your time. Also, I recommend keeping an hourly diary of activities. Keep this up for one week. Be sure to include sleeping diary. The next step is to create a list of tasks and activities you want accomplish each day. Lastly, be sure to include all your activities of daily living.
What is your return and refund policy?2019-12-18T11:30:24-05:00

Return Policy

Carefully inspect your order packaging before opening. Unfortunately we cannot accept open or partially use products due to health restrictions and laws. CreditForCaring shall initiate all appropriate paperwork on all returned items regardless of the reason for the product return. CreditForCaring will provide credit for any product returned due to shipping errors, product defects and product recalls.  CreditForCaring will issue full credit provided that the product is returned within thirty (30) days and consumer incurs the return shipping costs.  To receive full product credit (minus freight charges) for returns on orders shipped directly to the patient’s home, the package must be unopened and the return must be processed within thirty (30) days.  Consumer or the patient will incur the shipping cost.  The following restocking schedule would be in effect for returns due to reasons that are clearly the responsibility of the consumer.

CreditForCaring will provide credit for any product returned due to shipping errors, product defects and product recalls.  For any returns due to ordering errors or other reasons that are clearly the responsibilities of consumer: CreditForCaring will issue credit less freight and appropriate restocking fees (see below)   provided that the product is returned within thirty (30) days.   For returns on orders shipped directly to the patient’s home, the package must be unopened and the return must be processed within thirty (30) days.  Consumer or the patient will incur the shipping cost and the appropriate restocking fee.  The following restocking schedule applies to all applicable returns that are deemed the responsibility of the consumer.

Return from Date of Invoice Re-stocking fee Percentage
0 – 30 Days 5% + Freight
31 – 60 Days 10% + Freight
61 – 90 Days

Greater than 90 days

20% + Freight

Not returnable unless expressly approved prior to receipt – contact your CreditForCaring for additional information.

What kind of computer is best for me?2023-04-25T19:55:02-04:00
If you have never used a computer before, you may want to consider purchasing a basic desktop computer or a laptop. Remember, basic models will have less storage and processing power but will still be able to handle basic tasks such as web browsing, email, and document editing. If you are on a budget, you can find basic desktop computers or laptops for under $500. If you have a bit more money to spend, you can consider purchasing a laptop with a larger screen and more storage. In fact, you should also consider the customer service and support options provided by the manufacturer or retailer, so you have a place to go if you need help or have questions.
What should I do first every day?2023-04-25T20:11:58-04:00
Time is elastic. In fact, sometimes it feels like it is expanding and other time it can squeezing the life from you. Setting priorities in your life means learning what you value and need most out of the resources you possess. When setting priorities, it can be helpful to start by making a list of all the tasks or projects that you need to complete.
When should I expect my package to arrive?2019-12-18T11:18:36-05:00

Medline Industries warehouses across the country.  Most orders are shipped within 48 hours.  CreditForCaring will notify you if an order is projected to take longer than two days to arrive.

When should I stop driving?2023-04-25T20:09:32-04:00
The decision to stop driving is one of the most difficult as we age. This is one of those skills that American’s value as a sign of independence and freedom. Each person’s decision depends on multiple factors: physical abilities, finances, location, and other social factors. I like the American Geriatrics Society Interactive Driver Safety Questionnaire for this discussion. Are you willing to answer the questions?
Where can I find someone to talk to when I am lonely?2023-04-25T17:18:21-04:00
I am so pleased you asked this question. Caregiving or aging, both quite frankly, can be very isolating if we feel alone and forgotten. There are many online special interest groups to get you started. You can talk to a trusted friend or family member. Find a person or a service that you feel comfortable talking to, as this will make it easier to open and share your thoughts and feelings.
Where can I use my veteran benefits?2023-04-25T16:43:11-04:00
Veteran services refers to a variety of programs and benefits for qualifying retired military service members.  The largest programs funded by the federal government for veterans are healthcare, disability, and pension benefits. In addition, they may also include assistance with finding employment, educating, housing, and access to mental health services. Keep in mind, the VA continues to expand their programs with more online options to make accessing services easier than ever before.
Lastly, the veteran’s choice program is now called Veterans Community Care Network. Many upgrades have occurred  with improved customer service, access to services, and the use of technology for accessing medical records, scheduling appointments, finding providers, and getting help fast.
Where do I find care for people with disabilities?2023-04-25T16:53:00-04:00
Disability services joined with aging services.  Today, the Area Agency on Aging in each region of the country contains an Aging and Disability Resource Center. Therefore, the best place to start search for help is your local office of USAging (often called the Area Agency on Aging). The first step is called an intake interview.
This appointment can happen over the phone or in person.
Where do I find food for free?2023-04-25T16:59:34-04:00
Let’s get you to the right place for help. Do you have trusted family or friends you can call to help with getting food? If not, I recommend you find a local food pantry to get you help. Do not hesitate to reach out to the program or organization, they will guide you through the application process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, many people are going through difficult times and seeking assistance is nothing to be ashamed of.
  1. Food Banks
  2. SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  3. Meals on Wheels
  4. Community Kitchen.
  5. Check with your local government or community.
It’s important to know that most of these programs have income-based qualifications, if you’re not sure if you qualify, don’t hesitate to reach out to the program or organization, they will guide you through the process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, many people are going through difficult times and seeking assistance is nothing to be ashamed of.
Where do I find support groups?2023-04-25T15:23:54-04:00
Support groups are a great way to connect with other people who are going through similar experiences. There are many different types of support groups available, such as those for people with specific health conditions, those for people dealing with mental health issues, and those for people coping with a particular life event or challenge. It’s also worth noting that you can reach out to your insurance company, they may have a list of support groups covered by your plan. Keep in mind that it’s important to find a support group that feels comfortable and supportive to you, so it might take trying a few different groups before you find the right one.
Who pays for a doctor visit?2023-04-25T16:19:14-04:00
Contact your insurance company customer service specialist. The phone number is located on the back of your insurance card. Your insurance company may have mailed you a booklet with this information. If you do not have insurance, I recommend you contact your local health department to get care.

It’s easy to use and simple to share.

The wishlist feature is designed to allow a user to add products to a wishlist. Users will have the ability to create multiple wishlists, control the sharing visibility of those lists, and choose to share the list via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Email.

Adding items is Easy. 

To add an item to a Wishlist, click on the provided Add to Wishlist button or link from a desired product page. If you do not have a wishlist already, one will automatically be created for you and the item will be added to it. If you already have a list, you will be shown a popup that allows you to select which list you would like to add the item to. If you want to add the item to a new Wishlist, you can choose to create a new wishlist and add the item all in one step.

View, Manage & Edit Lists. 

You can view and manage your lists from two different sections of the site. You can navigate to the “Wishlists” page and access all your lists. If you are logged into your account on the site, you will see the wishlists available from your “My Account” page.

To edit a list you have already created, click on the title of the list. This will bring you to the “Manage List Page”.

From this page, you can view and manage the items in your list and change the sharing and basic Wishlist information.



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