Starting Out

While some caregivers come to the role with prior experience, many new caregivers only know what they learned in health class in school, from watching TV programs, or through life experiences. As a result, realizing all that it takes to manage someone else’s care suddenly becomes overwhelming when they first begin to take on the care of someone else. The caregiver feels like they must learn everything doesn’t know how or where to start.
Helping caregivers figure out what they need and where to get it is the focus of “Starting Out.” Some fundamental topics are helpful for all caregivers to know. “First Steps” presents the basics and then provides additional details you’ll need with “Understanding Healthcare,” “Legal Considerations,” and “Money Management.”

Healthcare Regulations

Standards of Practice Whether receiving care from a small-town hospital or a nationally owned health system, government agencies maintain strict oversight of the healthcare industry and all associated organizations. Likewise, each healthcare profession maintains standards of practice by which they expect healthcare professionals practicing under their job titles to follow. While each state may vary, …

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

Feels Overwhelming. After first becoming a caregiver, one of the most difficult tasks is learning what to keep and let go. With caregiving, you acquired full responsibility for care, decision-making, finances, appointments, health monitoring, supplies, and, let’s not forget, entertainment for possibly someone who doesn’t want you telling them what to do. Yet, at the …

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Virginia’s Medicaid Programs

Virginia Financial Assistance Programs Virginia meets the unique needs of the young and the elderly in separate Medicaid programs. Though the groups have many needs in common, each separate age group has special challenges and struggles that require services designed specifically for their age.  The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus …

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Traveling and Entertainment with a Disability

Traveling and Entertainment with a Disability Can Be Very Frustrating if Unprepared   Caregiver travelers beware: If a hotel advertises that a room is disability accessible, they probably mean that it has handrails in the bathroom. Traveling and entertainment with a disability are not for the faint of heart.  Information received in advance of arrival …

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