Medicaid Approved in Arkansas: MedGuard Alert

MedGuard Alert is now an approved provider of emergency medical alert devices in the state of Arkansas. ARChoices, the statewide Medicaid program includes home and community-based services for adults ages 21 through 64 with a physical disability and seniors age 65 or older. These services can offer help doing everyday activities that members may no longer be able to do independently like bathing, dressing, getting around your home, preparing meals, or doing household chores. To learn more about other services offered by the ARChoices program, visit them online by clicking here.

ARChoices: Available Services

  • Attendant Care – When someone helps you do the things like get out of bed, take a bath, get dressed, fix and eat meals, or use the bathroom
  • Home-Delivered Meals – Nutritious meals that can be delivered fresh each day or frozen for weekends.
  • Adult Day Services – A place provides supervised care and activities during the day.
  • Adult Day Health Services – a place that provides skilled nursing, supervised care, and activities during the day.
  • Facility-Based Respite Care – Short Stays in a facility so your caregiver can go on vacation.
  • In-Home Respite Care – Someone to stay with you in your home for a short time so your caregiver can get some rest.
  • Environmental Modifications – Changes to your home that will help you get around more easily and safely like grab bars or a wheelchair ramp.
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) – A call button you can use to get help in an emergency.

If you live in Arkansas, and would like to learn what benefits and discounts you can receive through MedGuard Alert, call today. 1-800-716-1433

Medicaid Approved in Alabama: MedGuard Alert

MedGuard Alert is now an approved provider of emergency medical alert devices in the state of Alabama. We strive to provide our customers with easy to use products like our Care Watch, and On The Go medical alert devices. We also support them with 24hr monitoring and the best customer service. Our customers trust us to provide access to medical professionals when the worst happens.

In Alabama, MedGuard Alert works with the SAIL Waiver program. The State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Waiver provides services to disabled adults 18 years of age or older who have specific medical diagnoses and who would otherwise qualify for care in a nursing care facility. The SAIL program also provides discounts to members on the costs of equipment and monthly services like emergency medical alert systems.

The SAIL Waiver is operated by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.

If you live in Alabama, and would like to learn what benefits and discounts you can receive through MedGaurd Alert, call today. 1-800-716-1433

Senior Preparation for Cold Winter Temperatures

Winter officially begins on December 21, 2021. While we have had a pretty mild Fall, it may be easy to forget winter is on the way. If you are the caregiver for an aging loved one who lives alone, it’s important to help them prepare their house for the snowy season ahead. Preparation is key, and getting things addressed now will help keep your home warm before the January and February frigid temperatures hit. From furnace inspection to a smoke alarm test, we created this winter safety checklist to help you get started.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are literal life-savers. For seniors with mobility challenges, being alerted to problems early gives them more time to safely escape. If you aren’t sure how to install or inspect smoke alarms, read this smoke detector safety checklist from the National Fire Protection Association.

Furnace Inspection

Heating systems can range in function; gas, oil, forced hot air and base-board heading. Having the professionals do a quick system check could prevent potential dangers and assure your system will stay running all winter long. You can typically ask for a system check when you are getting your oil or gas delivered, and save some costs on sending someone out. Be sure to ask if they offer a free diagnostic or discount when checking on your system, to make sure you can keep purchasing fuel from them!

Clean Your Gutters

Leaves and other debris can build up in the gutters throughout the year. When it freezes, it can cause ice jams and cause your gutters to not function properly. When water can’t drain out through the gutters, it might end up leaking into the home or basement. That can lead to a big, expensive mess. If you aren’t able to inspect and clean the gutters, ask a neighbor to help or hire someone who can.

Checking Your Pipes, Inside and Out

These days, plumbers can be hard to come by, but this is critical when it comes to freezing climates. Burst pipes can destroy homes, and be a cause for concern in frigid temperatures. It’s the last thing you need on a cold winter’s day. Protect the home’s exterior faucets by disconnecting the hoses and draining the faucets. Make sure to turn off the line before the first freeze.

Plan For Snow Removal

Falls remain the leading cause of fatal injuries among seniors. Winter can be especially hazardous. Before the first snowfall, create a plan for having the driveway, sidewalks, and entryways cleared and salted.

Local agencies on aging and senior centers maintain a list of reliable snow removal services who work with older adults. Some even offer a senior discount. Call those closest to your family member if you need a referral.

Stock Up of Canned and Non-Perishable Food

Now is the time to stock up on non-perishable food items, staples, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. Bottled water, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and meats, flashlight batteries, toilet paper, and paper towels are just a few. If the senior has a pet, buy extra supplies for them, too.

While insurance companies may limit medication refills, do the best you can to get ahead. They should have enough medicine on hand for a few days in case a power outage or snowstorm keeps them housebound.

Stay Protected

You can stay safe all the time when you get a medical alert system with MedGuard Alert. We provide emergency medical alert systems that allow you to connect with medical professionals from anywhere. Call today to learn more about our systems that start at just $1 a day. You may qualify for additional discounts through Medicaid.

Call today. 1-800-716-1433

Spending Time with Family This Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is a time that families come together, celebrate and spend time with each other – That classic image of Christmas day with the whole family around the tree, enjoying each other’s company.

Sadly, seniors may be spending the holidays on their own due to physical reasons or because they have a small family that lives far away. It is important to make sure that your elderly loved one is included in the holiday festivities because it minimizes loneliness and reduces stress, promoting better physical and mental health. To help include your elderly loved one in the festivities, here are some activities you could do with them to help them out in the days leading up to Christmas.

Christmas Light Displays

If you are not handy, or are one of those ‘Clark Griswold’ types that hang lights and decor each year, not to worry. There are plenty of them out there, so simple Google search will find some charity-driven displays that are free to view. Some neighborhoods go all out with their decorations and be sure to check your local town square, which often have a large tree that is not quite Rockefeller Center, but the traffic should be much lighter!

Whether it is a large Christmas light display or a small neighborhood, take your relative out in the car and have a look. If you are planning on walking around to see the lights, make sure that they are wrapped up warm and you are close to them, the last thing you want them to do is to slip, so make sure they have good footing.

Wrapping Gifts

We recently posted about seniors shopping for gifts, and this is a simple follow up to that post. Now that the gifts are delivered, they may have some that require wrapping. Seniors may struggle to do on their own is wrapping gifts – hands can become stiff and painful, especially when intricately folding lots of presents. Offer to sit down and help them out, giving your assistance where needed.

It is important to still give them some independence and not completely take over the task. Wrapping up gifts is a great way for you and your loved one to talk about the gifts, who they are for and what they are about, giving them an opportunity to talk and communicate with you.

Movie Marathon

Watching films is a great way to lower stress levels among seniors because they can focus on spending time with you and the film. Although watching films as a family is a simple activity, it is very effective and is a form of socializing, even if you are not speaking.

It also opens up questions about the plot and the characters when the film is finished, helping to encourage good conversation.

Cookie Bakes & Cookie Swaps

Seniors typically love cooking, but it can be quite difficult if they are feeling weak or if their hands just aren’t able to move like they did when they were younger. Bring everyone into the kitchen for some cookie and gingerbread baking and decorating in the days leading up to Christmas. This helps bring people in the family together whilst making some quick, easy and delicious food.

If your family and friends are up to it, the best way to get the most variety in your cookie jars is to have a Cookie Bake. Everyone makes a predetermined amount of a specific cookie (enough to give 4-6 cookies per person, for everyone coming). Everyone meets up, swaps cookies, and goes home with a mountain of homemade goodness.

A Night Out

Cooking a Christmas dinner can often be overwhelming for anyone, but it can be extra stressful for those who are elderly with decreased mobility. Christmas is meant to be enjoyable, not exhausting, so it might be a good idea to eat at a restaurant for Christmas dinner.

There are many restaurants both lavish and budget-friendly that offer set Christmas menus around and on Christmas day for families to enjoy. Allow your loved one to pick out their favorite menu, book for a certain day and then just turn up to eat! This allows them to delve into some enjoyable food, spend time socializing with family and friends whilst not worrying about meal preparation. Food brings everyone together.

Stay Protected

You can stay safe all the time when you get a medical alert system with MedGuard Alert. We provide emergency medical alert systems that allow you to connect with medical professionals from anywhere. Call today to learn more about our systems that start at just $1 a day. You may qualify for additional discounts through Medicaid.

Call today. 1-800-716-1433