Health and Wellness

Caregivers' Circle

Stephanie Erickson

Caregivers’ Circle – How to Lower Health Care Costs and to Become Your Own Health Care Advocate – Part 2

Health care costs, co-payments, deductibles, denied insurance claims, HMO, PPO, Affordable Care Act – AHHH!  How can anyone know what is best for themselves and their families when it is all so confusing?  In Part 1 of our two part interview, Michelle Katz, LPN, contributor to ABC news and the author of 3 books, Healthcare for Less,  101 Health Insurance Tips, and Healthcare Made Easy discusses the in’s and out’s of insurance, choosing a provider and plan, and shares tips on how to be your own health care advocate.  In Part 2, Michelle reviews the Affordable Care Act and then offers tips on how to “shop around” for care in order to reduce healthcare costs and to avoid debt.

Caregivers struggle with knowing what to do when individuals with Dementia present with challenging behaviors and symptoms.  There is an APP available that offers step by step interventions to manage a variety of symptoms such as incontinence, bathing challenges, repetitive discussions and aggressiveness.  Learn more about this APP here: Dementia Caregiver Solutions.