How a near fatal accident uncovered a broken home care system

Ron Gold Speaking at TEDx NJIT

When a head-on bicycling crash with an SUV crushed my spine and left me a paraplegic in 2011, I found very little inspiration from my very broken body. That is, until I realized how my broken body could be the impetus to help fix America’s broken home care system.

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Personal Document Locator

The Personal Document Locator is a detailed list of where one stores their important records, the contact information for primary advisors, family members, trustees and other important information. The list should be updated at least once a year to ensure its accuracy.

The list will be most helpful in the event of disability or death.

Please contact me at [email protected] should you have any suggestions or comments.

 

Perry A. Shulman, CPA

 

 

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Virtual Dementia Tour / Certified Program offered by Right at Home In Home Care

Certified Educational Program by Right at Home!Virtual Dementia Tour®Giving Caregivers a New Perspective Geriatric specialists know that quality care begins with family members and professional caregivers who are sensitive, patient and kind. But how can those who care for the elderly be empathetic when they have never experienced old age in its fragile state?To examine this issue, a “Virtual Dementia Tour®” (VDT®) was created by Atlanta-based Second Wind Dreams®, a national non-profit organization founded by P.K. Beville, M.S. in 1997 to fulfill dreams for those living in elder care communities and to research ways to improve their quality of life. Participants’ physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities were temporarily altered with props and circumstances to simulate changes associated with aging. Participant behaviors observed during the VDT® included repetitive actions, verbal abuse, refusal to follow directions, rummaging and sub-vocalizations. Confusion caused 35% of the participants to withdraw completely. Another 22% repeatedly made negative self-statements.Second Wind Dreams® researchers recognized these behaviors as coping strategies for those suffering from confusion. They believe the responses they witnessed may be normal in those with dementia. The study allowed observers to more clearly see likely causes for depression and withdrawal in the elderly. Pre- and post-VDT® examinations assessed participants’ vital signs and explored their attitudes about caring for dementia residents. Of greatest concern was the post-test response by 55% of participants who said they didn’t feel the elderly receive the care they need. Ninety-four percent of study participants responded that it is crucial and necessary to undergo sensitivity training like this in order to provide good care to residents with dementia.Over 180,000 individuals representing elder care communities, corporations, caregivers, municipal employees and nonprofit organizations have completed the tour. The VDT® has been featured in numerous national media. The Virtual Dementia Tour® is part of a series of sensitivity training with proceeds from the sale of the kits going to the non-profit Second Wind Dreams®.

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