There is nothing better than immersing yourself in a good book. Reading is a great way to relieve some stress and enjoy yourself. Looking for something new and exciting to read but you aren’t sure where to look? Here are the top 7 books that people are reading this week according to Amazon. Hillbilly Elegy: […]
There is nothing better than immersing yourself in a good book. Reading is a great way to relieve some stress and enjoy yourself. Looking for something new and exciting to read but you aren’t sure where to look? Here are the top 7 books that people are reading this week according to Amazon.
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance – “From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class”
- Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur – “Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity”
- The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig – “Millions of people visit Whole30.com every month and share their stories of weight loss and lifestyle makeovers. Hundreds of thousands of them have read It Starts With Food, which explains the science behind the program. At last, The Whole30 provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook that will allow millions of people to experience the transformation of their entire life in just one month.”
- Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baier & Catherine Whitney – “January 1961: President Eisenhower has three days to secure the nation’s future before his young successor, John F. Kennedy, takes power — a final mission by the legendary leader who planned D-Day and guided America through the darkening Cold War”
- A Man Called Ove by Fred Backman – “Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?”
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss – ““For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.”
- Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – “The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.”
Have you read any of these? Let us know by telling us in the comment section below.
Nursing homes have completely evolved from what they were in the past. Their rules and regulations set forth by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, faculty and staff are now highly trained and screen individuals, and the quality of the care have vastly improved. While there are those who have strong opinions on nursing homes, the fact of the matter is that there are still many misconceptions about them.
- Misconception 1: A nursing home is an add-on to the hospital. Truth: Nursing homes do offer nursing care year-round like a hospital, however, hospitals do not offer the same level of care. Nursing homes also have different goals than a hospital, such as rehabilitating the resident and possibly returning the resident to their home, delaying physical and emotional decline and providing physical and emotional care for the patient and their family.
- Misconception 2: Once you enter a nursing home, you’re there permanently. Truth: The main goal of a nursing home is to rehabilitate residents in order to return to a more independent style of living; whether this be at home independently, or with family. Nursing homes are often a temporary option for residents who need time of assistance recovering from various medical conditions or situations such as surgery, heart attack or stroke.
- Misconception 3: Nursing homes do not have privacy. Truth: Nursing home staff are responsible for resident care and therefore, need to know where residents are and what they are up to. However, residents certainly have a right to their own privacy. Many have private rooms and staff members always knock before entering a room, and have been trained to protect modesty during sensitive care situations.
- Misconception 4: Nursing home food is not great and not fresh. Truth: Although some residents may be on constrained or special diets ordered by their physicians, culinary directors and dietitians employed by nursing homes plan menus that are meet the residents’ nutritional needs while also being delicious. Most skilled nursing homes provide a variety of meal options so residents can choose meals they like.
- Misconception 5: Nursing homes are costly Truth: Nursing home care is expensive, but comparing the cost of similar care in a hospital or at home shows nursing homes to be a practical financial choice. Before signing any contract with a nursing home, potential residents or their families should meet with a financial expert or elder-care lawyer to work out the best ways to afford care.
Additionally, there are many different types of nursing homes. There are simple rehabilitation centers geared specifically for individuals who need physical or some type of therapy, there are skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living. For more information on the different types of facilities available for yourself, or your loved one, please contact Medicare Pathways.
We can ensure your Medicare Health Plan covers the type of facility you are most interested in. Give us a call at 866-466-9118 to learn more now.
Wow! You finally got that smart phone that your kids and grandkids were begging you to upgrade to. Getting a new phone can be confusing, especially with all the applications that are available to download. The different phone brands, the touch-screen, talk to text—it’s all so confusing. Picking and choosing apps that are useful will help keep your phone storage free and help you navigate through technology with ease.
Here are our picks for the top five best apps to get you first foot forward with your new device.
- Uber and Lyft – These apps are for ride services and can be super beneficial if you don’t drive. Once you create an account, just enter your credit card number and you’re all set! There are also tons of codes online for free rides. This is a great way to get to the grocery store or to your doctor’s appointment if your car is in the shop.
- Skype and Facetime – If your grandkids or kids live far away, this app can help ease the feeling of missing them. You can interact with your loved ones no matter how far away they are by video chat. Remember, FaceTime is built only for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads and is already installed. Skype requires an account (its free) and is downloadable on all devices.
- Medisafe and CareZone – These apps help you keep track of your medications, keeps a calendar of your doctor visits, health tasks and more. This medication list on CareZone is editable and can be easily changed so you can keep track of the medications and their dosage you take. This is great for doctor’s visits and ensuring you prescriptions are easily tracked and recorded in the event of an emergency.
- Google Maps and Apple Maps – These apps take away the work of carrying around a map or other GPS. Be aware, though that they do use a good amount of cellular data which can cause your cellular plan to be a little costly. Google maps is downloadable for iPhone and already installed on Android, while Apple maps is already installed on iOS devices, but not available for Android.
- Silver Surf – This app enlarges the navigation buttons and makes it easier to use. It also has an interactive text slider that can enlarge text by 200%.
Additionally, many Medicare Health Plan insurers, or carriers, have their own Medicare applications. You can track your prescriptions, benefit options, and medical history all on your phone. If you are unsure whether your Medicare Health Plan has an application you can download to your phone; contact a licensed insurance agent here! We will be happy to assist you with the assessment of your Medicare Health Plan at no-cost and no obligation.
Now, tell us: what is your favorite app to use? Let us know in the comments below!