Life Happens Podcast with Kim Hegwood

Long-Term Care: De-Myth-ified

This week’s episode, our special guest, Joe Roseman Jr., joins us to discuss a topic that affects many Texans: long-term care. As misinformation about long-term care circulates on the internet, Joe aims to demystify this important topic and provide our listeners with accurate and valuable information.

Join us as we delve into the long-term care tax, which is being implemented in some states, and reassure listeners that there is no legislation pending in Texas. We will also address the misconception that Medicare covers long-term care and share stories that highlight the importance of planning for long-term care in advance. To further emphasize the significance of this topic, Joe poses a thought-provoking question about whether it is better to liquidate assets or leverage them when it comes to long-term care. Join us as we provide clarity on long-term care and help Texans protect their legacy during the second half of life!

What Are Companion Services for Seniors?

The Difference Between Caregiver and Companion Services: “A caregiver is hands-on care. That’s for a senior who has progressed their aging journey to the point where they may need some hands-on care with Dressing, and toileting. Whereas companion services, we are oftentimes, the 1st step that a family may take, or a senior may take when they’re understanding, okay, I wanna age independently and I need a little bit of help to do it, and so companion services are just that.”— Mikey Newton

In today’s episode, we have a very special guest, Mikey Newton from Maxim at Home, to talk about companion services for seniors. Tune in as we discuss the importance of companionship and how it can benefit seniors in their daily lives as well as common misconceptions about caregivers and highlight the unique services provided by companions.

The Pace Paradigm: Tools and Tips for Family Caregivers on Life Happens

Today we have a very special guest joining us, Tami Anastasia. Tami is a caregiver expert with extensive experience in supporting families who are caring for loved ones with dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

In this episode, Tami will be sharing invaluable tools and strategies for caregivers, helping them navigate the challenges that arise throughout their caregiving journey. We’ll be diving deep into topics such as caregiver guilt, communication techniques, the decision to transition to a care community, and much more. If you’re a caregiver or know someone who is, this episode is a must-listen. So, grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get ready to gain some valuable insights that will empower and support you on your caregiving journey.

Tapping into Home Equity: Unlocking Hidden Savings for Seniors to Stay in Their Homes

In today’s episode, our special guest, Allan Berger from Financial Flexibility Services, is joining us to shed light on an important topic that affects many seniors: staying in your home with a home equity conversion. We dive deep into the concept of home equity conversion and explain how it can benefit seniors who want to continue living in their homes while tapping into the equity they didn’t realize they had. We discuss the growth potential of home equity conversion funds, the flexibility it offers seniors in meeting their financial obligations, and the peace of mind it provides. Furthermore, Allan addresses the misconceptions surrounding reverse mortgages and why they gained a negative reputation.

The episode concludes with a discussion on how home equity conversions can be a viable solution for senior couples where one spouse requires specialized care, bridging the gap left by Medicare and insurance. Get ready to learn about this powerful financial planning option and how it can impact the second half of life!

Oral Health for Elderly: Why It Matters and How to Maintain It

Welcome to another exciting episode of “Life Happens with Kim Hegwood.” In today’s episode, we have a very special guest, Dr. June Sadowsky, who will be shedding light on a topic that is often overlooked but extremely important for seniors – oral health. Join host Kim Hegwood as she delves into the significance of oral health in the elderly and the impact it can have on overall health and well-being.

Dr. Sadowsky shares fascinating insights into the connection between oral health and various diseases, including cognitive issues, diabetes, and arthritis. She also provides valuable advice on how seniors can manage the costs of dental care and offers an innovative solution involving dental students that can help ease financial burdens. Don’t miss out on this eye-opening discussion about the crucial role oral health plays in the lives of seniors!

Challenges That LGBT Seniors Face

Welcome to another episode of Life Happens with Kim Hegwood. Today, we have a special guest, Tracee Seals, who will be shedding light on an important topic: the challenges faced by LGBT seniors as they age. Tracee discusses the difficulties these individuals encounter when transitioning into residential or nursing home centers, where their identity may not be recognized or accepted. As a result, many LGBTQ seniors choose not to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity for fear of discrimination. This leads to feelings of withdrawal, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. However, there is hope. Tracee highlights the work being done in Houston to support the aging LGBT community, including the services provided by organizations like The Montrose Center and Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years (SPRI). Additionally, Tracee explains the importance of healthcare and corporate training to ensure that senior service providers are equipped with the cultural sensitivity and competency needed to better support LGBTQ seniors. Join us as we delve into this crucial topic and explore how we can make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ seniors.

Care Options In Texas

Are you seeking care options for yourself or a loved one? Look no further! In this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Vernita, an expert in senior care. We discussed everything from financial assistance for veterans to the rising cost of staying at home. Whether it’s accessing tax-free money for veterans or finding resources to offset home care expenses, Vernita’s expertise has got you covered. She even dives into various care options like personal care homes, assisted living, memory care units, skilled nursing centers, and independent living. We also explore the differences between home care, companion care, and home health care, so you’ll know exactly what to ask for. And don’t worry, we talk about long-term care insurance and the aid & attendance program too!

Jumping Into Caregiving Feet First

In this Life Happens episode with Jodi Kay Benusa from USA Geriatric Services, we dive into the chaotic world of caregiving when unexpected events occur. From sudden falls to panicked situations, we explore the importance of being prepared. We discuss essential topics like disability, end-of-life care, and making modifications in your home to prevent falls. Plus, Jodi Kay provides valuable advice on choosing the right medical facility and navigating the healthcare system. Ensure your loved ones receive the best care possible! If you’re ready to tackle the unexpected challenges of caregiving and empower yourself with expert knowledge, listen to this podcast episode and let Jodi Kay guide you towards clarity and peace of mind. Don’t wait, take the first step towards caregiving success today!

How Do You Find the Best Assisted Living in Houston?

This week, Kim spends time with Ashley O’Sullivan with Care Patrol of The Woodlands-Spring to discuss how to find the best assisted living community in Houston and how to choose the right one for you or a loved one. Some of what is discussed includes what the difference is between a Type A and Type B assisted living facility, what Residential Care Homes are, resources that are available free of charge to families in search of communities, and factors that families should consider when looking for assisted living.

Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s Together

Calling all caregivers and adult children navigating the challenges of aging parents! In this insightful episode of “Life Happens with Kim Hegwood,” we dive into the world of Alzheimer’s and relationships with author Susan Cushman. Susan shares her personal journey of caring for her mother, who battled Alzheimer’s disease. From Medicaid crisis planning to the importance of a sense of humor, Susan shines a light on the ups and downs of caregiving. Her book, “Tangles and Plaques,” explores the complex relationship between Alzheimer’s and relationships, reminding us to find joy during hardship. Whether you’re a caregiver or simply interested in understanding the impact of Alzheimer’s, this episode is a must-listen!

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