Joan Lunden shares some tips on asking the “hard questions”

Joan Lunden shares some tips on asking the “hard questions”

Joan Lunden talks encourages the importance of “Taking the Trip down Memory Lane” Journalist Joan Lunden considers herself part of the sandwich generation as a working mother of seven and a former caregiver to her 94-year-old mother. Lunden offers advice at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum on having the conversation with a parent or other relative about end of life care. No one wants to have the conversation and it’s not easy to get started. Especially, since you are transitioning into a role reversal with your parent. Lunden’s advises to start talking now; early, when they are able to make choices for themselves. She also offers a 3-step plan to make it a success, with examples. Start a conversation with your parents about what they want their later decades to look like. Get them to speak about it in their terms. Gather adult siblings together without your parents to discuss so everyone can feel comfortable being about being honest. Make it a business meeting with an agenda. Get them to talk about willingness to help, availability and what level of assistance they can offer. Then, go back to your parents and talk about money. “If you don’t, it will come back to haunt you,” Lunden says. Knowing what they have saved will help you plan your own financial future. East Tennessee Personal Care Services are Available on an Acute or Long Term Basis Anytime Seven Days A Week up to 24 Hours Per Day.“Personalized care for specific needs…”…is our promise to you to develop a customized plan of care for you or your loved one and, provide compassionate caregivers to meet those...
More Than a Flu Shot Clinic

More Than a Flu Shot Clinic

More than a Flu Shot Clinic is now scheduling FREE FLU CLINICS for September & October 2014 East Tennessee Personal Care Service, Clinton Drugstore and Covenant Health are now scheduling “More Than a Flu Shot Clinic”  for local businesses and senior facilities in Knoxville for this Fall. Flu Shots PLUS: Blood Pressure, Bone Density Screening, Blood Oxygen Levels and Atrial Fibrillation Screening. Though there are a few risks associated with the flu vaccine in vulnerable persons, the far greater dangers lie in not getting immunized. Seniors are more susceptible to flu infection because their immunity is lower. Because the flu is easily spread by coughing or sneezing, it can spread quickly in a closed environment like a nursing facility. Seniors are also at higher risk of developing complications from influenza, such as pneumonia, and they’re more likely to be hospitalized or even die from the flu. According to CDC estimates, 90% of flu-related deaths and over 60% of flu hospitalizations occur in adults over 65. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies, depending in part on how well it “matches” that season’s common flu strains, recent studies show it can reduce the risk of illness by up to 60%.  Medicare Part B covers 100% of the cost of the seasonal flu shot for seniors. LIMITED DATES AVAILABLE.  MORE THAN A FLU SHOT CLINIC WILL BE SCHEDULED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. There is No Charge to schedule a “More than a Flu Shot Clinic” to come to your Business or Senior Facility. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: CLINTON DRUG STORE: 865-457-1421 ETPCS: 865-692-2200 COVENANT HEALTH SENIOR SERVICES: (865) 374- 0463 _____________________________________________________________________ Scheduled...
3rd Annual Parkinson’s Walk of East Tennessee

3rd Annual Parkinson’s Walk of East Tennessee

This Walk is organized by PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group East Tennessee Personal Care Services is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Parkinson’s Walk of East Tennessee FUNDS RAiSED BENEFiT: • American Parkinson Disease Association  • National Parkinson Foundation • Parkinson’s Action Network • Parkinson’s Disease Foundation  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research  • The Parkinson Alliance    • The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center  3rd Annual Parkinson’s Walk of East Tennessee Saturday, April 5, 2014 LIVE MUSiC by Brandywine, FREE Healthcare Information, Prizes, Face Painting and Free Tulip Bulbs (while they last) Dr. Patrick Matthiessen, Cumberland Neurology, will be the opening speaker Registration: 9:00 am Walk: 10:00 am Drawing for Prizes: 11:00 am Bissell Park, Oak Ridge (next to OR Civic Center)  For more information: call 865-482-4867 or E-mail: pk_hopeisalive@bellsouth.net  Or Contact East Tennessee Personal Care Service at...

What Home Care Services are Covered in Choices?

Here are some of the kinds of home care covered in Choices: East Tennessee Personal Care Services offers these services.  *Asterisks denote serves that be provided by ETPCS. Some of these services have limits Personal Care Visits: Short visits of no more than 4 hours where someone will help you do things like get out of bed, take a bath, get dressed, fix and eat meals, using the bathroom, help with house cleaning and laundry, running errands, grocery shopping and picking up medicines. * Attendant Care: The same kind of help you would get with personal care visits, but for longer periods of time. * Homemaker Services: Help with your household chores or errand like laundry, sweeping, mopping, grocery shopping. * Home Delivered Meals: Meals delivered to your home. Personal Emergency Response System:  A call button so you can get help in an emergency. Adult Day Care:  A place that provides supervised care and activities during the day. Respite Care:  A short stay in a Nursing Hoe or Assisted Care Facility  so that your caregiver can get some rest. In-Home Respite Care: Someone to stay with you in your home for a short time so your caregiver can get some rest* Assisted Technology: Certain low-cost items that help you do things more easily or safely in your home like grabbers to reach things. Minor Home Modifications: Changes to your home that will help you get around more easily and safely like grab bars or a wheelchair ramp. Pest Control: Spraying the home for bugs or mice Community Based Residential Alternatives: Places that offer care and support for someone who...