Admond Fong

Senior Specialist
7 years in practice
About

Before working in the health care industry, Admond's first exposure to working with seniors was as a care giver for his own grandfather. Not only was he acting as translator for his grandfather's many doctor visits, but was also an active participant in educating the family with decision options. Two valuable insights he learned through this journey was the importance of communication and planning. Communication needs to be an open dialogue with all vested parties: senior loved one, doctors, and family members. There may be times where the subject matter may be difficult to discuss, but bringing those topics to the table will make the planning process much easier.

Admond's health and senior care experience first started while working in the California State Assembly office handling senior and health care issues. It was at this job where he saw first hand, the lack of knowledge and the difficulty in finding senior care resources. Even navigating from within the state's resources required multiple phone calls to different departments to get the right answers. In Admond's most recent position as a manager of a home health care company, he also saw the similar issues for his own clients. Once people were getting home health care services, they also inquired about other resources or assistance for senior care. These experiences naturally gravitated to him creating the Senior Providers Network.

The Senior Providers Network is an employer benefit dedicated to helping employees with their senior care issues. The current problem by employers is that they are losing over $33 billion in productivity annually due to employees needing to take time off to care for their aging loved one. Senior Providers Network is the resource that will significantly reduce the time an employee will need to take while also ensuring the right type of services are in place for their senior loved one.

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Having to talk to our parents about various senior care issues is difficult and depressing. But it could also be a great bonding opportunity for parent and child. As our parents grow frail, roles reverse where the child now has to take charge to do what's best for mom or dad. Take this as an... (more)

Having to talk to our parents about various senior care issues is difficult and depressing. But it could also be a great bonding opportunity for parent and child. As our parents grow frail, roles reverse where the child now has to take charge to do what's best for mom or dad. Take this as an opportunity to really connect with your mom and understand what she needs and wants. You mention your mom can be difficult, but no matter how difficult she can be, she needs you now more than ever.
 
Start by asking your mom what she wants, such as whether she prefers to age in home with family or is comfortable with an assisted living facility. Your mom could be upset for many reasons and the discussion of moving to a facility may not be the root cause of her anger. You really need to have that heart to heart conversation with her.

As for affording the cost of an assisted living facility, there are states that have Medicaid Waiver programs which provide assisted living subsidies for low income individuals. You need to contact your state's Medicaid program for details. Here's a link for Maryland: http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/longtermcare/caregiverresources.aspx

There are other options as well, but I do not have all the specifics to your situation. You can contact me directly for help. Good luck.
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I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather's cancer. It's a difficult time for grandfather and your family; but there are things you can do now to be proactive with the progression of this disease. Adding to Vanessa's recommendations on the medical and financial power of attorney; also look into... (more)

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather's cancer. It's a difficult time for grandfather and your family; but there are things you can do now to be proactive with the progression of this disease. Adding to Vanessa's recommendations on the medical and financial power of attorney; also look into hospice care as this is end of life care that is covered by Medicare benefits. Hospice care is used primarily to help the individual with pain management and help the family prepare with death.

I know this may be difficult, but also sit down with your family and your grandfather and discuss how he would like to live the remaining days of his life (at home or a facility). Also if possible discuss how he would like your family to celebrate his life. What kind of funeral (burial or cremation), getting an estate plan in order if their are assets, and also access to all account information (emails, banks, life insurance, etc.)

Good luck with your journey and remember it is difficult to discuss all these topics but remember you are doing this out of love.

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It sounds like you might be looking for a home care  company  vs. a home heath care company. Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care... (more)

It sounds like you might be looking for a home care company vs. a home heath care company. Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). 

Examples of skilled home health services include:

Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound

Patient and caregiver education

Intravenous or nutrition therapy

Injections

Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status

The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.

Home Care services include: Grooming Assistance* Dressing Assistance* Walking Assistance* Meal Preparation/Diet monitoring. Light Housekeeping. Errands and Shopping. Medication Reminders. 

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Assisted Living Communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Typically in a assisting living community is a a licensed facility that provides safe and clean living accommodations and... (more)

Assisted Living Communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the high level of care provided in a nursing home. Typically in a assisting living community is a a licensed facility that provides safe and clean living accommodations and three meals a day. Resident may require minimal assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL's), including significant assistance with up to two ADL’s. There are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence. Residents are typically mobile, but may receive assistance with medications or have medications administered by a nurse. Resident may receive home health services through individual contract with home health agency. 

Senior independent living communities cater to seniors who are very independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments. A variety of apartment sizes are available from studios to large two bedrooms. Fine dining services are offered with custom-designed meal packages. Often, residents can choose to pay for a specified number of meals per day. Frequently, there are numerous social outings and events to choose from for entertainment.

So depending on your Uncle's needs, one of the above should be appropriate for him.

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In addition to Scot's response, there are also some instances where home care services are covered by Medicaid by that is dependent on need and State policy. It is best to check to a local state Medicaid expert to see you if your loved one can qualify for these benefits.
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To add on to Scot's comments, we need more information on the status of your mother. Such as her age and whether she has earned enough social security credits. If she does meet those requirements, then she may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Click on the below link... (more)

To add on to Scot's comments, we need more information on the status of your mother. Such as her age and whether she has earned enough social security credits. If she does meet those requirements, then she may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Click on the below link from the Alzheimer Association:

http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_social_security_disability.asphttp://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_social_security_disability.asp

You can also go to another company called Allsup and they actually assist with the application and criteria process. Let them know that CareGivingAnswers.com referred you over to them. They will take great care of you as there is no up front costs. Visit them on https://www.allsup.com/

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The estimated monthly cost of an assisted living facility depends on the state you live in and the type of services you need. On the higher end of the spectrum (ie. Alzheimer / dementia care) can cost up to $10,000/month for a private room depending on location. The lower end of monthly cost can be... (more)

The estimated monthly cost of an assisted living facility depends on the state you live in and the type of services you need. On the higher end of the spectrum (ie. Alzheimer / dementia care) can cost up to $10,000/month for a private room depending on location. The lower end of monthly cost can be as low as $2,000 for a shared room depending on limited service needs and state.

Please also refer to the Genworth link for assisted living and in home care costs by state.

https://www.genworth.com/corporate/about-genworth/industry-expertise/cost-of-care.html

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Just to clarify, I'm assuming you are interested in long term care and determining whether it is worth getting the insurance. The answer is it depends. You need to factor the age of your parents and their current health condition, which determines the monthly premiums. It is best to speak with a... (more)

Just to clarify, I'm assuming you are interested in long term care and determining whether it is worth getting the insurance. The answer is it depends. You need to factor the age of your parents and their current health condition, which determines the monthly premiums. It is best to speak with a long term care insurance broker about your options.

However if you are stating that you may not be able to afford long term care insurance, then there could be other options out there. Since you are in Los Angeles, you can look into the Assisted Living Waiver program which assists those seniors with disabilities and provides them with a subsidy to help defer some of the monthly costs. Please be aware that the assisted living facility also needs be an accepted participant of the program. You can read more about the program here:
http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ltc/Pages/AssistedLivingWaiver.aspx 

I hope this helps.

Admond

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Assisted living facilities can get quite expensive especially if you are need of special services like Alzheimer care. Costs can range from $2,000 a month to $10,000 a month depending on location and services. Since you are needing to find a facility in California, the state does have a program... (more)

Assisted living facilities can get quite expensive especially if you are need of special services like Alzheimer care. Costs can range from $2,000 a month to $10,000 a month depending on location and services. Since you are needing to find a facility in California, the state does have a program called Assisted Living Waiver program which assists those seniors with disabilities and provides them with a subsidy to help defer some of the monthly costs. Please be aware that the assisted living facility also needs be an accepted participant of the program. You can read more about the program here:

http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ltc/Pages/AssistedLivingWaiver.aspx 

There are also benefits that the VA provides as noted in Scot's response. Some other alternatives include: reverse mortgage and long term care benefit plans. It is best to connect with a financial adviser who specializes in senior care options.

I hope this helps and let us know if you have any more questions.

Admond

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Hospice care is known as end-of-life care, as life expectancy is less than six months. A team of health care professionals and volunteers provides the service. They give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and... (more)

Hospice care is known as end-of-life care, as life expectancy is less than six months. A team of health care professionals and volunteers provides the service. They give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.

To qualify for hospice service, two physicians must certify that the patient is terminally ill. These physicians are typically the attending physician and the hospice medical director. Medicare Part A is usually the payor for this type of service.

I hope this helps and sorry that you have to go through this process.

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I'm sorry to hear about your father's situation, but there are some options you can explore to help your dad. I have a list of options below that you can research yourself with some website resources. 1) Veteran's Benefits for low income - if your dad served in the military during time of war, was... (more)

I'm sorry to hear about your father's situation, but there are some options you can explore to help your dad. I have a list of options below that you can research yourself with some website resources.

1) Veteran's Benefits for low income - if your dad served in the military during time of war, was honorably discharged and meets certain financial needs then your dad may qualify for some assistance.  http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets.asp#BM3

2) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - if your dad is disabled and has little or no income than your dad may qualify for SSI benefits. There is a company that specializes in helping individuals with the application and qualification process. There is a fee for this service but is dependent upon getting funds approved. That means you don't have to pay unless you receive benefits. The name of the company is Allsup and you can research their services through their site: http://www.allsup.com/

3) Long Term Care Benefit - if your dad has a life insurance policy and meets certain requirements, then there are companies that will pay lump sum percentage of the value of the policy. The company in turn will be the primary and only beneficiary of the policy.

4) Reverse Mortgage - if your dad is 62 or older and owns a home with some decent equity then there are companies that will pay a lump sum about depending on the value of the home and equity amount.

These are a few options but there may be some more options based on the state you live in. It's best to check with a financial planner who is an expert in your state. I hope this helps.

Admond

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There are many options one can take when trying to hire a care giver. You can either hire direct (sites like: Care.com, Honor, HomeHero) or go through a care giving agency (companies like Visiting Angels, Home Instead, Senior Helpers). There are many differences between the two types one being the... (more)

There are many options one can take when trying to hire a care giver. You can either hire direct (sites like: Care.com, Honor, HomeHero) or go through a care giving agency (companies like Visiting Angels, Home Instead, Senior Helpers). There are many differences between the two types one being the liability and the second one being price.

Going through an agency will be about $2-6/hr more expensive depending on your area however you eliminate the issue of liability as it falls on the agency. You don't have to worry about workman's compensation insurance, background check, payroll tax liability, payroll tax processing, being in compliance with over time laws and finding a backup care giver.  Basically you pay more for that peace of mind.

Now if you hire direct, the biggest advantage is price. It is significantly cheaper, and the cost savings can range between 5-25%. Yes, the savings can add up especially if you require lots of hours but there is also more leg work on your part. If you are the person that is willing to get the workman's compensation insurance and process the biweekly payroll tax then by all means hire direct. 

But my next question to you is if you hire direct; What if your caregiver is sick and calls you that day that they can not show up for work? Do you have a back up plan or care giver? That is why ultimately going through an agency is better because they will be responsible for finding that back up care.

If you are worried about hours and cost there are other options to explore for care during the day such as Adult Day services. Click on this link to find out more about Adult Day services: http://nadsa.org/

Good luck with your research.

Admond

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