November

Long Term Care Awareness: November 2022

November was designated as National Long-Term Care Awareness Month by the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance in 2001. This month-long observance highlights the long-term care needs of older Americans over the age of 65, and how they should be assisted in their daily lives. Above all, it’s also about displaying compassion and making them feel that they’re not alone or neglected. This month is dedicated to those older adults who do not have access to long-term care because everyone deserves the proper care and assistance. If you are looking for long-term care near you, or would like more information on long-term care, check out CareAvailability.

Other notable celebrations in the month of November include…

-Home Care and Hospice month

-Adoption Awareness month

-Veterans Day, November 11

-Thanksgiving, November 24

“November derives from the Latin root “novem” meaning “nine,” because in the Roman calendar there were only 10 months in the year, and November was indeed the ninth month.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon hosts adaptive fashion show at the World Forestry Center

Beaverton, Ore., October 28, 2022 – Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) will host its first fashion showcase and luncheon, Patterned for Parkinson’s, at the World Forestry Center on November 3, 2022, to celebrate innovative, accessible designs created for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Parkinson’s Resources, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing support and services to people with Parkinson’s disease, sponsored a design contest to solicit adaptive designs from area students that will make getting dressed easier for people with movement disorders.

Parkinson’s Resources selected University of Oregon’s Sports Design Program master students Kylie Everill and Maria Edwards to provide designs and create clothing and footwear that is easy to put on and adjust for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

“To be perfectly honest, one of the biggest struggles in my day is putting on and taking off clothes and shoes. There are days I’m reduced to tears,” said Michelle Garratt, a 57-year-old working professional with Parkinson’s disease. “I’m really grateful that established and emerging designers recognize the need for inclusive design and come forward with ideas to help us all feel and look great!”

Living with a chronic disease has enough challenges; getting dressed shouldn’t be one of them. Often for people with neurological movement disorders, the simple act of getting ready for the day can be a stressful, emotionally taxing experience.

Parkinson’s Resources sponsored this first-ever Patterned for Parkinson’s design contest and fashion showcase to bring solutions for common problems that people living with Parkinson’s disease struggle with daily. The innovative designs created by two University of Oregon students will offer people with Parkinson’s disease clothes that streamline the process of getting dressed without compromising function or fashion.

We want people with movement disorders and agility issues to feel confident they can find adaptive options today with clothing, shoes, and accessories that help make getting dressed easier. Adaptive clothing features open-back functionality in tops, side-open designs in pants, and hidden magnetic snap fasteners instead of conventional buttons. Adaptive clothing is designed to be more comfortable and functional for people with disabilities and their caretakers without sacrificing style. Adaptive clothing and footwear can also help caregivers who assist in the process of getting their loved one ready for the day or for bed. Companies like Zappos Adaptive, Billy Footwear, Reboundwear, and many other retailers offer designs that make movement and getting dressed easier.

November 3rd event is a celebration of the creative and innovative student designs from the University of Oregon and the resilience of our local Parkinson’s community.

Event information: For more information about the event, please visit

https://pror.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/PatternedforParkinsons/tabid/1304998/Default.aspx

Social Media: For more information about Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, please visit the following social media channels.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ParkinsonsResources

Instagram @pdpronw

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About Parkinson’s Resources:

Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) is a donor-supported nonprofit with the sole mission of advancing the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers. With three locations, hundreds of volunteers, and dedicated leadership, PRO provides direct care and support to thousands of families in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Working to address issues faced by Parkinson’s patients and their families, we can significantly improve the quality of life for all touched by this disease.

To find out more about PRO’s services or to support our programs, go to: www.parkinsonsresources.org

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Media Contact: Kristin Whitney
Board of Directors, Vice Chair
kmwhitne@lhs.org
503-750-7463

Spectrum Retirement

CareAvailability collaborates with Spectrum Retirement

As 70% of Americans will need Long Term Care, CareAvailability.com is collaborating with Spectrum Retirement to help families better navigate options.

Every day 100,000 baby boomers are turning 65. That is millions of people each year, and this rate of increase is expected to continue until 2030. There are an estimated 1.25 million assisted living units in the United States and more than 70% of Americans 65 years and older will require long-term care at some point. As the number of Americans in need of long-term care continues to rise, the question begs: How do families navigate the increasing challenges of finding care?

How can CareAvailability help?

CareAvailability.com sees this as an opportunity to help more families find the senior care they need. The website lists all senior living, home care, home health and hospice providers at no charge. “We wanted to create a comprehensive database for families and caregivers to easily connect with providers without endless phone calls and uncertainty of available rooms,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt says. CareAvailability has expanded across the United States and includes all licensed assisted living, memory care, care homes, skilled nursing, home health, home care, and hospice.

There are several online databases, but what makes CareAvailability the most easily accessible and comprehensive directory of its kind? Unlike existing sites, families will be pleased to know that CareAvailability.com asks for no personal contact information or fees to use the search tools. Similar sites operate on a pay-to-play basis, requiring personal information and paywalls to access provider lists. These sites often have limited information regarding providers, whether it be out of date availability or a limited scope of search capabilities. Users of CareAvailability.com can tailor the search parameters to their specific needs from any device and have access to provider listings all over the country. Users can contact them providers at their discretion.

Consolidating information into a single platform from multiple states, Medicare and non profit resources into a single website removes the headache for families, and creates more transparency with the community. Providers listed on the site also have the advantage of updating their availability in real time at no charge, ensuring that anyone looking for care knows exactly what options are available.

Our Partnership

Since the site launched, hundreds of providers have been reporting their availability and including additional details, but Spectrum Retirement is the first to make the commitment on a national level for every one of their 43 communities. While the site lists all providers at no charge, it is funded by the companies that choose to add supporting details, marketing photos and videos. As a leader in offering customized experiences and opportunities to residents and families, Spectrum Retirement sees this as an effective way to connect families with the communities that best suit the needs of their loved ones. William Swearingen, SVP of Sales & Marketing shares “What impresses about the Care Availability platform is the comprehensive information it makes available to those searching for senior living options. Today’s consumers need to be provided with the information necessary to make choices; they shouldn’t have to search multiple times to gather important elements. CareAvailability is changing the game for the benefit of the consumer and the provider.  It’s a perfect match with our philosophy.”

Our Mission

CareAvailability gives older adults the benefit of up-to-the-minute senior living and care status in one easy to navigate place, and educational articles to support their journey. The website not only pulls licensing information for every state, but also cross references the data with Medicare ratings. As the demographic of the country shifts, and consumers turn to the web for resources, collaboration opens the door to a wide national audience seeking customized senior living and care solutions. This will become the new industry standard. Health professionals and senior advocates are moving toward this innovative approach so that they can efficiently monitor and inquire about senior living options when needed. Spectrum sees this collaboration as another way to simplify the way families search for care, and an opportunity to ethically connect with them.

Not all of us know when we will urgently need to find proper care for a loved one, or even ourselves. Knowing that there are free and dedicated resources available to the public may go a long way toward simplifying the increasing number of Americans requiring care.

CareAvailability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professionals find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the CareAvailability Team’s contact page or connect with them on Facebook.

Missouri

Hello Missouri!

CareAvailability site expands into Missouri to help families navigate care and senior housing options.

CareAvailability is proud to announce its expansion into Missouri, further establishing its real-time availability of senior housing options in the midwest. CareAvailability provides the real-time reporting of availability for senior care up to the minute at provider locations. This is a new industry standard, delivering an easy one stop option for families and caregivers to navigate all levels of senior care. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. The site is expanding quickly across the country to bring availability to everyone in the United States. This free resource lists every provider in searchable areas on the site and allows providers to report their availability for free. Families and caregivers can also use the site free of cost to find available levels of care at any time and with no need to provide personal details, championing Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before.

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to manage comprehensive lists of care options that they can easily monitor and check for active options at their leisure. Families can self-navigate through different levels of care and find available options that they can claim or call as they please. Rather than care providers needing to manage multiple sites at cost, CareAvailability is an extensive resource that does not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

“We wanted to create a comprehensive database for families and caregivers to easily connect with providers without endless phone calls and uncertainty of available rooms,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “We saw the need for this kind of resource during the heart of the pandemic as caregivers tried to discharge patients, and now moving forward this reliable database exists for effective efficiency.”

CareAvailability allows families to have a reliable resource in one place to easily find care in a troubling time. Determining the right level of care can be an exhausting process, as many states have different terminology and standards for certain levels of care. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide links to state agencies to help families better understand Long Term Care and aging. A few more helpful resources are the articles on Hospice Care and Skilled Nursing in Missouri.

CareAvailability’s expansion to Missouri means an additional 1,270 providers are now listed in the database of resources. This includes more than: 320 assisted living communities, 500 skilled nursing facilities, and over 300 adult family homes, and more than 230 home care, home health, and hospice agencies.

Fun Facts about Missouri

Missouri is nicknamed The Show-Me State. The origin of this nickname goes back to 1899, when Missouri Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver declared at a Naval Banquet in Philadelphia, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”

Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the Union, bordering 8 states. The official state motto of Missouri is ‘Salus populi suprema lex esto’ which translates to ‘The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law’.

About CareAvailability

CareAvailability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professionals find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the CareAvailability Team’s contact page or connect with them on Facebook.

October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual initiative to raise public awareness about the impact of breast cancer. The theme of this year’s initiative is “Together We RISE”. The National Breast Cancer Foundation commits to “RISE” and make certain that every woman has access to the screenings and support that she deserves. As many of you know, we lost a team member to cancer a few years ago, and currently have another team member fighting the fight for the third time. We want to stress the importance of regular screenings and check ups with your healthcare provider to remain knowledgeable about your current health. Are you ready to RISE? To learn more about how you can get involved, screenings, and donate to this year’s campaign, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org

Other Notable Celebrations in the month of October include…

-ADHD Awareness Month
-Down Syndrome Awareness Month
-Dyslexia Awareness Month
-Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, October 24th
-Halloween, October 31st

“October comes from the Roman word for “eight” – Octavus – as it was the eighth month of the Roman year.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

New York

Hello New York!

CareAvailability site expands into New York to help families navigate an additional 2,550 care and senior housing options.

CareAvailability  is proud to announce its expansion into the beautiful state of New York, officially providing its real-time availability of senior housing options. CareAvailability remains a NEW industry standard as the first and only website that delivers real-time reporting of availability for senior care up to the minute. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. Expansion followed into Washington, California, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Utah, Texas and Florida to name a few. Our research has highlighted a significant number of older Americans in New York looking for senior care.

Unlike other sites, this online resource lists every provider for free, allowing them to update their current availability at no cost; this significantly increases Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before. Until now, there has never been a site that delivers a comprehensive list for families to search without having to give any personal details.

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to put together comprehensive lists of care options, as well as allowing people to self-navigate searching for care providers. Instead of care providers needing to update multiple paid sites, CareAvailability is an easy one-stop resource, as we do not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers, or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

CareAvailability continues to alleviate the search for senior care in an already trying time. Options can be overwhelming, especially when families don’t know where to start. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles to help families better navigate the maze of Long Term Care and aging, by providing links to state agencies, as well as explaining local terminology and regulations.

“Families and care providers need a one-stop shop to find care in an already trying time,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “With years of experience in the senior industry and working with local hospitals, we quickly saw the need to assist caregivers as well in providing a resource for them to quickly search online and find available communities for senior patients.”

CareAvailability’s expansion to New York means an additional 2,550 providers are now listed in our database of resources. This includes more than 370 assisted living communities, 600 skilled nursing facilities, and over 1400 home care, home health, and hospice agencies.

Fun Facts about New York

New York is nicknamed The Empire State, for its national and global significance. The origin of this nickname is unknown, but today people associate the name with the Empire State Building. New York was named by the British to honor the Duke of York, the brother of England’s King Charles II. New York became the 11th state to join the union on July 26, 1788.

New York City is the most populated city in the United States and is home to countless tourist attractions such as The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

About CareAvailability

Care Availability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professional find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the Care Availability Team’s contact page or connect with them on Facebook.

Tennessee

Hello Tennessee!

CareAvailability site expands into Tennessee to help families navigate an additional 1,130 care and senior housing options.

CareAvailability is proud to announce its expansion into the beautiful state of Tennessee, officially providing its real-time availability of senior housing options. CareAvailability remains a NEW industry standard as the first and only website that delivers real-time reporting of availability for senior care up to the minute. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. Expansion followed into Washington, California, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Utah, Texas and Florida to name a few. Our research has highlighted a significant number of older Americans in Tennessee looking for senior care.

Unlike other sites, this online resource lists every provider for free, allowing them to update their current availability at no cost; this significantly increases Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before. Until now, there has never been a site that delivers a comprehensive list for families to search without having to give any personal details.

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to put together comprehensive lists of care options, as well as allowing people to self-navigate searching for care providers. Instead of care providers needing to update multiple paid sites, CareAvailability is an easy one-stop resource, as we do not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers, or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

CareAvailability continues to alleviate the search for senior care in an already trying time. Options can be overwhelming, especially when families don’t know where to start. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles to help families better navigate the maze of Long Term Care and aging, by providing links to state agencies, as well as explaining local terminology and regulations.

“We wanted to provide families and caregivers with a comprehensive resource to find care options for seniors quickly and efficiently,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “Our site provides this extensive database with real-time options to assist all seeking senior care with reliable, up to the minute options.”

Fun Facts about Tennessee

Tennessee was nicknamed The Volunteer State during the war of 1812, as thousands of volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role in this war. Nashville, which is the largest city in Tennessee, was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779.

The name Tennessee comes from a Cherokee village called “Tanasse.” Tennessee was the 16th state to enter the union on July 1, 1796.

About CareAvailability

Care Availability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professional find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the CareAvailability Team’s contact page or connect with them on Facebook.

Wyoming

Hello Wyoming!

CareAvailability site expands into Wyoming to help families navigate an additional 130 care and senior housing options

CareAvailability is proud to announce its expansion into Wyoming, further providing its real-time availability of senior housing options in the Mountain West. CareAvailability is a new industry standard, providing a one-stop site for families and caregivers to search available senior housing and care in their area. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. This database of resources is quickly growing into new states across the country monthly.

This is a free online resource that lists every provider in the area and allows them to report and update when care specialists and rooms become available for all levels of senior care and housing. Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to allow them to create extensive lists of care options, as families and caregivers self-navigate searching for care providers. Rather than care providers needing to manage multiple paid sites, CareAvailability is a full proof and accessible resource for all care needs, as they do not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

CareAvailability serves to assist families in the stressful time of needing to find new care resources for loved ones. Accessing and understanding the right level of care can be overwhelming and confusing, as all states have different terminology and qualities that designate a certain level of care. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles as well as links to state agencies to help families better understand Long Term Care and aging. Families can build a comprehensive list of all levels of senior care with no need to provide personal details, significantly increasing Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before.

“We built this site for families seeking care for a loved one, or hospital caregivers needing to discharge senior patients in a timely manner,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “by simply searching the site and finding available providers in real-time, those looking for care can rely on the most relevant options for their needs in one place at no cost to them.

CareAvailability’s expansion to Wyoming means an additional 130 providers are now listed in the database of resources. This includes more than: 30 assisted living communities, 40 skilled nursing facilities, and over 60 home health and hospice agencies.

Fun Facts about Wyoming

Wyoming is nicknamed The Equality State, as Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869. Yellowstone National Park, located within the boundaries of Wyoming, was designated as the World’s First National Park in 1872. Wyoming also boasts the first National Forest, the Shoshone National Forest.

Wyoming was named after the Wyoming Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania, and a Munsee word meaning “at the big river flat”. Wyoming was the 44th state to enter the union on July 10, 1890.

About CareAvailability

Care Availability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professional
find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the Care Availability Team’s contact page or
connect with them on Facebook.

Intergeneration

Intergeneration Month: September 2022

The Intergenerational Foundation launched Intergeneration Month with the goal to connect generations and encourage those from varying age groups to impart wisdom and learn from one another. The celebration of Intergeneration Month started out as a single day, recognized on the first Sunday of October. In 2012, Intergeneration Day was expanded to an entire month, now celebrated in September. You can commemorate this month by joining a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, volunteering at a retirement home, or finding a shared hobby with a grandparent or grandchild.

Other notable celebrations in September include…

-Labor Day

-9/11 Remembrance

-Self-Care Awareness Month

-Suicide Awareness Month

September comes from the Latin word “Septum”, meaning seven, as it was the seventh month of the year on the Roman calendar.

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

Georgia

Hello Georgia!

CareAvailability site expands into Georgia to help families navigate an additional 4,450 care and senior housing options.

CareAvailability is proud to announce its expansion into Georgia, further expanding its real-time availability of senior housing and care options in the Southeast. CareAvailability is a comprehensive database in which senior housing and care providers can report and update their availability in real- time. This is a new industry standard, providing a user-friendly experience for families and caregivers to navigate all levels of care and find openings. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. The site’s reach has quickly expanded across the country, now serving the senior population of Georgia.

CareAvailability lists every provider in the state for free and allows them to report their availability up to the minute at their leisure. The site delivers a comprehensive list of all levels of senior care for families to search with no need to provide personal details, notably increasing Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before.

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to develop lists of available care options to monitor which providers have openings to receive patients on any given day and at any given time. Rather than providers needing to oversee and update multiple paid sites, CareAvailability is a full- scale resource for reporting, connecting, and searching. CareAvailability does not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

CareAvailability serves to support families looking for care for a loved one in an already exhausting time. It provides the link between families, caregivers, and providers to search and coordinate action plans as soon as possible. Finding the right level of care can be a taxing experience, as many states have different terminology and specifications for different needs. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles as well as links to state agencies to help families better understand Long Term Care and aging.

“The pandemic revealed the need to assist caregivers in finding openings for patients in real-time and in one place,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “We wanted to further fine tune this process, by allowing providers to report their openings in real time and allow families and caregivers to easily sift through these options and connect immediately.”

CareAvailability’s expansion to Georgia means an additional 4,450 providers are now listed in the database of resources. This includes more than: 290 assisted living communities, 370 skilled nursing facilities, 1,300 adult care homes, and over 2,500 home care, home health, and hospice agencies.

Fun Facts about Georgia

Georgia is nicknamed The Peach State! Georgia-grown peaches are recognized for their superior flavor, texture, appearance and nutritious qualities. Georgia also designated the peach as the official state fruit in 1995. The state produces about 2.6 million bushels of peaches a year.

Georgia was established as the 13th colony in 1733, and became the 4th state to join the union in 1788.

About CareAvailability

Care Availability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professional
find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the Care Availability Team’s contact page or
connect with them on Facebook.