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  • Virtually Hands-free Caregiving?

    The Senior population is increasing exponentially, and along with that is the desire to Age-In-Place. The challenge for many families is finding the ability to coordinate caregiving with family members work schedules. While the options for caregiving continue to expand, insurance coverage seems to be shrinking. Less providers are accepting Medicare and Medicaid due to low reimbursements. Often, families are able to allocate resources to provide for private pay agencies, who typically offer a higher quality of care. But are the other options families can use to supplement in-person caregiving? There are now. Here’s some of the latest options for seniors, and one of them is at no-cost!

    R.U.O.K. is a free program offered through the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts. Participants in the program will receive a daily phone

    Dawn
    May 13, 2019
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  • Senior Citizens are Becoming Entrepreneurs!

    May is Elder Awareness Month!

    Since there’s more proportionate RI residents over the age of 85, than any other US State, we can’t let this month go by without acknowledging how amazing our Seniors are. We often associate aging with retirement, leisure, and travel. While this is true for many people, there’s a bold new demographic of senior entrepreneurs we need to recognize!

    According to recent research, these days those 55 and over are more likely than young people to be starting businesses, says Professor Scott Shane, writing in BusinessWeek.

    He cites research by Dane Stangler of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that showed in every year from 1996 to 2007, Americans aged 55 to 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those aged 20 to 34.

    Corroborating this data, the 2008 U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

    Dawn
    May 06, 2019
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  • Simplifying the Home Care Process

    We often receive phone calls from families inquiring about our services, and we’re entirely grateful for each family we provide care for. One scenario that tends to be fairly consistent for people is they can need care urgently for a loved one, yet they may not realize the steps necessary to implement a care plan properly. In this week’s blog we’re taking a quick review of how the One Solution Home Care services are provided. Let’s start with a common scenario: A spouse or parent is being discharged from a care facility (i.e.: Hospital, Rehabilitation Center), and additional care is needed immediately. Family members have to return to work, or perhaps a spouse may be infirmed themselves and unable to meet the demands of daily caregiving. When this happens, we’re here to help. But some steps need to be followed in order to ensure quality

    Dawn
    Apr 29, 2019
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  • Why You Need our Dementia Friends Program

    Rhode island has the single largest proportion of citizens over the age of 85 in the United States. Yet, we’re lagging behind several States with providing comprehensive programming and grassroots awareness for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    While a statewide initiative has been in the pre-launch stages, we’re taking a pro-active approach to empowering our community by bringing the nationally recognized Dementia Friends program to Rhode Island!

    So what is it, and why is it important? Let us explain.

    Today there are over 23,000 diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s in Rhode Island, while the actual number including all forms of Dementia is likely significantly higher. People who are in the various stages of Dementia interact with us on a daily basis. Perhaps they are the Seniors we deliver daily meals to. Or perhaps they are the Silver

    Dawn
    Apr 22, 2019
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  • It's Tax Day! Do you qualify for a Caregiver tax credit?

    Top Option: Your Loved One Becomes Your Dependent

    You can claim a $500 nonrefundable credit for dependents who do not qualify for the child tax credit, including dependents such as elderly parents. Unlike a deduction, which lowers your taxable income, a tax credit is deducted from the taxes you owe.

    The Internal Revenue Service allows family caregivers to claim some individuals related by blood, marriage or adoption and even friends as dependents — if both parties meet the IRS requirements. If so, the caregiver can claim the dependent and the credit for other dependents on his or her federal tax return. A caution is that adding the dependent may impact your household health insurance costs if purchased through the Marketplace or if the dependent is eligible for Medicaid.

    To qualify:

    • Your loved one must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or
  • Dawn
    Apr 15, 2019
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