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2018

Achieving Your Life Balance

Discharge Planning 101

When to Stop Driving

Balancing Work and Your Personal Life

Care Planning - An Integral Part of Aging

7 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Demystifying CT Homecare Agencies

Is it Dementia or Something Else

Aging with Grace and Dignity

Health Insurance 101

Is Your Home Safe

10 Things to Know - New Medicare Cards

Respecting a Senior's Independence

6 Steps to Selecting the Right Doctor

Knowing When to Step In to Help

Calls to National Suicide Helpline Rose 65%

What to Know About Traveling with Medicare

 

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DID YOU KNOW

Research has found that companies can realize a $3 to $13 return on every $1 invested in benefits programs, because such programs reduce the "hidden costs" that result when employees try to balance their work and family responsibilities.

National Study of dual earner sandwich generation couples, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

 

By reading information from The Caregiver Resource Center's website, I learned that there were services available to assist my dad while I am working. I called a few of the contact numbers provided, and there is now help in place for dad.

A. Bernard

Beaver Dam, WI

Being a Better Educated Consumer for You and Your Loved Ones

Each day, The Caregiver Resource Center receives calls from individuals who feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life; whether it is dealing with parenting, a healthcare issue, an aging parent, or the struggles of living with a disability. Often times these individuals are not sure what questions to ask, what rights they have, or where to turn for help.

 

One Thing We Can All Be Sure of Is We Are Aging

While studies show that most seniors are healthy and function at high levels, it is inevitable that as we grow older, issues will surface related to our independence.

Meeting our current and evolving needs often requires a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses many aspects of life such as healthcare, activities of daily living, transportation, finances, social, and emotional well being

To ensure the highest quality of life for the longest time possible, it is crucial that seniors, people with special needs and their loved ones begin a dialogue to discuss the topic of aging.

This process needs to focus on the person's hopes and desires, short and long term goals, and their abilities and needs; while at the same time establishing a spectrum of resources that will address unexpected events as well as their evolving needs.

 

Maintaining Independence While Being Pro-Active

No one looks forward to an unexpected personal or medical situation that catches them off guard; which can be an overwhelming, complex, time consuming and often costly experience.

The time for a person to plan for their aging in place is now, while they are still healthy, active and able to make decisions on their own. Developing a comprehensive well thought out written action plan, can help prevent unexpected events from morphing into a crisis, which has the potential to negatively impact on the person's health, safety, independence and quality of life.  

The goal of our blog articles ia to provide a venue where Linda Ziac can share information,  tips and skills that Linda has acquired over more than 40 years as a licensed psycho-therapist, board certified case manager and board certified dementia practitioner; while helping readers become better educated consumers for themselves and their loved ones.

The information in these article are provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient provider relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Please consult your health care provider for an appointment, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.

 

Communication is Key

It is only natural that when we become scared or concerned about an elder, our first impulse is to express our concerns, and immediately look to "fix" the problem. Unfortunately this can often make the situation worse. Unless you are faced with an emergency that threatens the elder's safety or well-being, it is wise to take some time to gather information and properly assess the situation, prior to taking any action.

As we said earlier, you are now faced with a delicate balancing act, ensuring an elder's health and safety, while maintaining their independence and dignity. Effective communication is key to ensuring that the elder and their loved ones can talk openly about their feelings, needs, and desires moving forward. Once the elder has shared what they would like to see happen, and you have gathered information about available resources, you can now work together on creating a realistic plan of action.

It is crucial to allow the elder a sense of influence and control regarding decisions affecting their future. If the history of your relationship with the elder, has been a difficult one, you may wish to seek assistance from a professional (e.g. care manager, doctor, or therapist) in order to map out a strategy for moving forward. Keep in mind that in order for there to be success moving forward, you will need cooperation and by in from the elder.

 

Don't Wait for a Crisis to Act

All too often, we receive a frantic call from an individual who is in the midst of a crisis situation, following an elder being involved in an accident, or experiencing a sudden illness. These individuals feel unprepared to respond to the situation, because they often lack basic knowledge regarding the elder's medical history, medications, insurance coverage, financial matters, or what the elder's wishes would be in the given situation. To ensure the highest quality of life for the longest time possible, it is crucial that elders and their loved ones, begin a dialogue to discuss the topic of aging. This process needs to focus on the elder's hopes and desires, short and long term goals, and their abilities and needs; while at the same time establishing a spectrum of resources that will address the elder's evolving needs.

To obtain more information or to request a consultation Contact Us

 

Linda Ziac

Linda Ziac is the owner and founder of The Caregiver Resource Center. The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. which Linda founded in October 1990. The Caregiver Resource Center provides a spectrum of concierge case management and advocacy services for seniors, people with special needs and families.  

Lindaâ��s professional career spans more than 40 years in the health and mental health field as a CT Licensed Professional Counselor, CT Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Board Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Board Certified Case Manager, and Board Certified Dementia Practitioner.  In addition, Ms. Ziac has 15 years of experience coordinating care for her own parents. 

Linda assists seniors, people with special needs and their families; in planning for and implementing ways to allow for the greatest degree of health, safety, independence, and quality of life. Linda meets with individuals and family members to assess their needs, and develop a Care Team, while working with members of the Team to formulate a comprehensive Care Plan (a road map).  

Once a plan is in place, Linda is available to serve as the point person to monitor and coordinate services, and revise the plan as needed. This role is similar to the conductor of an orchestra; ensuring that there is good communication, teamwork, and that everyone remains focused on the desired goal.

 

Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. has over twenty five years of experience providing services for individuals, couples, families, and organizations.  Our mission is to provide a broad range of high quality counseling, outreach, and consultation services to help clients assess their needs, evaluate their relationships, define their goals, and design action plans that includes specific and practical steps to achieve those goals.

Our organizational goals are to:

  - provide services regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion
  - respect our clients' beliefs
  - support our clients' individuality, diversity, and unique needs
  - preserve our clients' independence, dignity, and confidentiality
  - offer services to individuals, couples, and families
  - consult with professionals, businesses, and other organizations
  - design and run effective Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  - conduct quality educational programs

 

The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc.  Our mission is to assist seniors, people with special needs and their families; in understanding the aging process, facilitating open communication; and providing information, support and guidance through the caregiving process.

Our goals are to:

  - offer services that will help preserve an elder's health, safety and quality of life; while at the same time allowing them to maintain their independence and dignity.
  - provide support, understanding, and guidance to all person's who are directly or indirectly responsible for the well-being of an elder; in an effort to improve the quality of their lives.

 

In addition to working with seniors, people with special needs and their families; The Caregiver Resource Center also provides a spectrum of services for businesses and their employees.

Our services help maximize employee productivity, sustain supervisors' focus on operations, and equips senior management with an effective cost management tool.

We are available to provide services on a case-by-case basis, or as a full service company program.

The Caregiver Resource Center
a division of
Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc.
PO Box 122
Cos Cob (Greenwich), CT 06807-0122

For more information or to request a consultation, please contact:
Linda A. Ziac, LPC, LADC, BCPC, CCM, CEAP, CDP
President

(203) 861-9833

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Updated 11/15/18

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