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The Voice For Seniors
31 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Michael Brevda Talks About His Concerns with the Home Health Care Industry
TITLE: Michael Brevda Talks About His Concerns with the Home Health Care Industry SPEAKERSDavid Terry, Michael BrevdaSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry, invited Florida attorney Michael Brevda to discuss the pros and cons of utilizing in-home care as opposed to an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing home. They talked about the following points: Exactly what is Home Health Care and what is the difference between Home Health, In-Home Care, and Private Duty?Who are the individuals going into people’s homes to provide care for them? Are they random individuals, or are they employed by a company? What kind of training do they get? What kind of insight do they receive about the needs of the individual for whom they are going to be providing services for?Do they or their employers have to have a license for this?Are home health care agencies required by law to carry insurance? (Amazingly most states do not require nursing homes to carry liability insurance!)How do home health companies market themselves to potential customers and do they live up to the promises they make?How much of an assessment of the home and individual being cared for do home health agencies do (or do they even do an assessment)? LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: https://terrylawoffice.com/Contact No: (314) 878-9797 hael BrevdaWebsite: https://seniorjustice.com/Contact No: (561) 717-0817
36 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
How Chaos in New York Led to a National Movement for Nursing Home Reform
TITLE: How Chaos in New York Led to a National Movement for Nursing Home ReformSPEAKERSDavid Terry, Vivian ZayasSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry, invited to Vivian Zayas, creator of the Facebook Group “Voices For Seniors” and an advocate of nursing home reforms to discuss how she became an advocate for seniors. Vivian recounts how her mother was a victim of reckless decisions made by Gov. Cuomo of New York that ultimate resulted in her death and led Vivian into a life of advocacy. They talked about the following points:The political decisions that affected her mother’s care and the care of so many other nursing home residents in New York. Why didn't she just go back to your normal life and why she has become such an advocate.How she formed the Facebook Group “Voices For Seniors” and she describes their mission.What are some of the things “Voices For Seniors” is doing to advocate for Nursing Home residents in New York and around the country.Expanding their group “Voices For Seniors” and their vision for the state chaptersYou can join the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/VoicesForSeniors/Contact them through https://www.voicesforseniors.com/LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: https://terrylawoffice.com/Contact No: 314-878-9797Vivian ZayasWebsite: https://www.voicesforseniors.com/
28 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
"Granny Cams": Cameras in Nursing Homes (Part 2)
TITLE: "Granny Cams": Cameras in Nursing Homes (Part 2)SPEAKERSDavid Terry, Majorie MooreSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry, invites back Marjorie Moore who is the Executive Director of VOYCE in Missouri. This is the follow up episode to episode 3 which discussed the legal right for family members to have cameras in the rooms of nursing home residents. The Missouri bill permitting "Granny Cams" has been signed into law, so this episode follows up on that huge issue. Here are the highlights of the discussion:Missouri family members are now legally permitted to install open and unhidden video cameras in the nursing home room of their loved one. But family members must follow the rules. Currently we are operating on emergency rules, but the proposed permanent rules are very similar. There is a comment period on the new rules set for October 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. The Rules:1) Fill out the paperwork. So the family or the resident, If the resident still has legal control over themselves, the resident has to fill this out and has to consent to have basically say I want my family to be able to see me otherwise, if the family has that control the power of attorney, then they can do that. And if there's a Guardian, The Guardian can do that. Basically, whoever has the legal control has to fill out a form. 2) Must get consent from roommates and family members.3) Finalize permission with nursing home to install camera or audio recording device which must be open, obvious and secure. 4) Signage must be posted on the door that recording is in progress. So we've talked about the paperwork, we've talked about the actual setup, anything else that we need to know about before implementing a camera in the nursing home? The other things, if your roommate doesn't consent to this, you can ask the facility to move you to another room with a roommate who would consent to it. Now, they may not be able to, there may not be an available room, they may not be an available room with a roommate who will consent, I think an ideal thing for facilities to do is to pair people who want monitoring into the same room so that they can both consent to their own stuff that may be a stumbling block, for some people is just even getting a roommate to sign off on that. And I think the key is making sure that you as the family, you're monitoring that footage, because what's the point of recording it if you aren't checking on it periodically?For guidance on how to follow this new law, VOYCE has provided the following website: https://www.voycestl.org/services/authorized-electronic-monitoring LEARN MORE ABOUT David TerryWebsite: https://terrylawoffice.com/Contact No: 314-878-9797 Voyce OrganizationWebsite: https://www.voycestl.orgContact No: 314-822-9188
29 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
The Importance of Nutrition in Aging Seniors with Janet McKee
TITLE: The Importance of Nutrition in Aging Seniors with Janet McKeeSPEAKERSDavid Terry, Janet McKeeSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry talked to Janet McKee, a licensed dietitian and a board certified specialist in gerontological nutrition. He discussed the following points:Paying close attention to nutrition should not wait until someone is in their 70’s or 80’s…people should pay close attention to this in their 50s.As we age, we lose lean body mass because of the aging process and the hormonal changes. So it's important to counter balance that natural process by forcing the muscles to retain stability by eating a healthy lean protein induced diet and also forcing the muscles to stay active.Aging seniors don’t have to give up pizza or Chick-fil-A (Yay!!!) but everyone, including aging seniors should eat in moderation. Calorie needs change as we age so it is important for aging parents to stay active and eat right.Vitamin needs change as we age so we need to make sure aging parents get advice from physicians and begin taking multi-vitamins.Even if someone has smoked for years, it is critical that they maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle. Smoking affects nutrition needs because smokers typically have low serum vitamin C levels. We should encourage aging parents to stop smoking, exercise, maintain healthy weight and have a lot of antioxidants in their diet, including a high source of vitamin C and would also suggest taking a multivitamin and high in antioxidants such as vitamin C.Dehydration risks increase as we age, so its important to encourage aging parents to drink water. LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: terrylawoffice.comContact No: 314-878-9797Janet McKee Website: nutritiouslifestyles.com
40 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
Tips to Keep Seniors Safely in Their Homes as Long as Possible
TITLE: Tips to Keep Seniors Safely in their Home as Long as PossibleSPEAKERSDavid Terry, Gretchen KingmaSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry talks with Gretchen Kingma an occupational therapist and a realtor. She has developed a program that she uses to help families determine how they can best keep aging parents and their homes as long as possible and in a safe manner. They discussed the analysis that she goes through and assessment on how they can help people renovate their homes to make it safe for mom and dad to stay there.They discussed the following points:How Gretchen went from occupational therapy to real estate where she specializes in advising seniors and their families on how to stay in their homes? Gretchen explains the benefits to seniors staying in their homes instead of moving to a senior living facility, such as a assisted living facility or nursing home. Gretchen explains the process she uses to help seniors determine if staying in their home is best for them. She begins with a functional assessment which looks at cognitive abilities as well as physical abilities such as reach, balance, endurance, and walking ability.David and Gretchen discuss renovation cost and whether it is worth it. They discuss resale value, Universal design concepts and smart home features. MAJOR revelation about costs and that there is untapped government assistance and grants that help with renovation costs. Gretchen identifies multiple options for people to use when renovating houses for seniors including HMOTA, which stands for Home Modification Occupational Therapy Alliance, MHDC Hero Program, Department of Veterans Affairs and even Medicaid waivers for low income seniors.Gretchen addresses the myth of “it costs too much” when put in the context of alternative options such as senior living options. LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: www.TerryLawOffice.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact No: 314-878-9797 Gretchen KingmaWebsite: www.MakingSpacesFit.comInstagram: @thehomegirlgkE-mail: email@example.comHMOTA (Home Modification Occupational Therapy Alliance)hmota.net
26 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
How to Effectively Complain About Bad Care in a Nursing Home
In this episode David Terry discusses how to effectively complain about bad care in a nursing home.The following issues are discussed:One of the biggest concerns that people have about putting their elderly family members into a nursing home is whether they are going to get bad care and sadly it happens a lot.95% of residents are neglected during their nursing home residency44% of residents are abused during their nursing home residencyCommon complaints:Where are the employees? Mom was left in her bed for hours at a time with a dirty diaper. The food is left by their bed, but dad can't feed himself and the nursing home employees don't help feed him.Employees are not brushing Mom's teethEmployees are not giving Mom proper hygiene. Bed sores, falls, medication errors, etc.What do you do when your loved one is receiving bad care at a nursing home?The wrong way to complain is to be rude, belligerent, yell at employees, to call them names that threaten lawsuits, and even to threaten individuals. And it doesn't work. The right way is to remain calm, to be respectful. You can still raise your voice. You don't have to be a pushover. You can be forceful while still being calm. The key is to be firm, truthful and factual. You don't want to use absolutes. First recommendation – Make first complaint to the people who deal with the residents most of the time, that's going to be the CNAs. And if that doesn't work, go to director of nursing and if that doesn’t work go to the Administrator.Second recommendation – Set up a meeting with the Administrator and others who can correct the problem. Consider recording the meeting. BUT BEFORE YOU RECORD:Get consent from everyone in the meeting before starting to recordIf everyone consents, start the recording and again get them consenting to the recording “on the record.”If even one person does not consent, do not record ALWAYS CHECK YOUR STATE LAWS BEFORE RECORDING.Take thorough notes.Ask everybody who's there to review those notes and to sign off on it. Before you leave, ask them to make a copy and to put their copy in your loved one’s chart.When you go home, make another copy. (You always keep the originals). Write a letter to the administrator enclosing a copy of your notes and again ask that the notes be made part of your loved one’s chart. Go to the post office, and send that letter to the administrator by certified mail keeping the proof that you send it certified mail and when you get that return receipt in the mail keep it and staple it all together and put that in your documentation. This may seem a bit extreme, but it proves that you sent that letter and notes to the nursing home and that they received it. If you don’t go to these extreme measures don’t be surprised when the nursing home denies that you ever provided them notes or that they promised to do those things for your family or that you sent them a letter. David has created a downloadable document called The Art of the Complaint. You can download it the document for FREE at www.TheArtOfTheComplaint.com LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: terrylawoffice.comContact No: 314-878-9797
34 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
COVID-19: Expert Answers Will Life Ever Get Back to Normal? Yes, but....
TITLE: COVID-19: Expert Answers Will Life Ever Get Back to Normal? Yes, but....SPEAKERSDavid Terry, Dr. William HaseltineSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry talks in depth with Dr. William Haseltine, a well-known scientist on the cutting edge of the Covid-19 pandemic who is a regular guest on television news shows sharing his experience. Dr. Haseltine has been a professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Pathology and in the Cancer Biology Department of the Harvard School of Public Health and is an expert on HIV/AIDS virus research. This discussion includes What exactly is COVID-19? What does it do to the body? Why it is so contagious? When will there be a vaccine? When will life get back to normal? They discussed the following points:Why is Covid-19 different than other viruses that we know about and treat effectively?Why is Covid-19 so contagious?Dr. Haseltine addresses a huge issue that nursing homes SHOULD be doing since nursing homes are ground zero for Covid-19 What does COVID do to the body that some of these other viruses don't? What is a realistic timetable for an effective vaccine? What is a realistic timetable for life to “get back to normal”? Dr. Haseltine has written two books that are designed to help families understand and protect themselves and their loved ones from Covid-19. Both books are free at CovidFamilyGuide.com The first book is called A Family Guide to COVID (free download password is AskDrBill)The second book is called A COVID Back to School Guide (free download password is BacktoSchool) LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: https://terrylawoffice.com/about-david-terry/Contact No: 314-878-9797Dr. William Haseltinehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_A._Haseltine
30 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Don't Be Tricked Into Signing A Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement
TITLE: Don’t Let A Nursing Home Trick You Into An Arbitration Agreement with Jocelyn BogdanSPEAKERSDavid Terry, Jocelyn BogdanSHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry talks with Jocelyn Bogdan of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care about mandatory arbitration clauses contained within admission agreements of nursing homes. Listen and learn more about:· What Consumer Voice does nationally to protect and empower nursing home residents.· What is Arbitration in general. When is arbitration good and when is arbitration bad. · What is a pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreement in the context of nursing home admissions. o Be careful because you may be signing away your rights and the rights of your loved ones to hold the company accountable for negligent conduct. · What kinds of nursing home injuries do mandatory arbitration clauses cover? o Varies state by state but signing an admission agreement at a nursing home that contains an arbitration provision means you could be giving up your right to file a lawsuit from ANY injury that occurs from neglect or even abuse.o David and Jocelyn briefly discuss the case of a nun who was sexually assaulted at a nursing home who had no recourse to bring a lawsuit because of an arbitration agreement she had signed. (See link to Time Magazine below)· Why does the Nursing Home industry want arbitration agreements in their contracts? o Arbitration favors the repeat customers (the nursing homes)o Arbitration awards are generally more favorable to nursing homeso Many injured parties are priced out of arbitrationso There is less discovery in arbitration.o News about the wrongdoing that takes place at nursing homes are more likely to remain confidential during an arbitration than a lawsuit. · How does the Nursing Home Industry get people to sign arbitration agreements if they are so bad? o Failure to disclose the arbitration agreemento Failure to explain the arbitration agreement o Lack of understanding by the signero The person signing the admission agreement is at one of the lowest points of their life and not thinking clearly. · When faced with a nursing home admission contract that has an arbitration clause, what do I do? o YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTo Nursing homes cannot make signing the arbitration agreement a requirement to being accepted for residency at the facility.o Put huge X through it and write NO ARBITRATIONo Always, always, always get a copy of the entire admission agreement that you have signed the day of admission.o Consider using a phone app to record the admission process so you have proof of what is said. (Get consent from everyone in the room and check your local/state laws before recording!) CITED ARTICLES: An 87-Year-Old Nun Said She Was Raped in her Nursing Home. Here’s Why She Couldn’t Sue. https://time.com/5027063/87-year-old-nun-said-she-was-raped-in-her-nursing-home/ LEARN MORE ABOUTJocelyn BogdanWebsite: https://theconsumervoice.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDavid TerryWebsite: terrylawoffice.com Contact No: 314-878-9797
29 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
My Mom's Journey Through Dad's Alzheimer's - Part 1
006 - The Voice For SeniorsTITLE: My Mom’s Journey with Dad’s Alzheimer’s – Part 1SPEAKERSDavid Terry, Mom TerrySHOW NOTESIn this episode, host and lawyer David Terry speaks with his Mom about what she went through as she became a caretaker for his Dad as he battled Alzheimer’s disease. Mom’s goal is to explain what she experienced and what she did to help Dad. David and Mom Terry discuss the following:Some of the initial signs that Dad was developing Alzheimer’s disease. This includes forgetfulness, inappropriate questions or statements made in social settings, loss sense of reality, and not remembering people’s names. How to deal with person who is developing forgetfulness and what to expect and what not to expect. Mom Terry says that it is always best to try to distract the Alzheimer’s victim rather than argue with them because you can never win the argument. Their brains simply can’t process logic anymore so arguing with them only worsens the situation.Mom Terry explains how a support group helped her how to cope with Dad’s situation and also helped her as she was able to help new members to the group. Accepting help and giving help are crucial for a caregiver.Mom Terry talks about how important it is to be able to laugh. Laughing at something that the Alzheimer’s victim says or does is not disrespecting them in any way. It is recognizing that to personally cope with the stress you have to allow yourself to laugh. David and Mom Terry share some stories of events that happened that were sad and funny at the same time.Mom Terry gives many other details about how to take care of a loved one who is exhibiting sings of dementia or Alzheimer's. If you need advice on this issue from someone who has lived it...this episode is a must.LEARN MORE ABOUTDavid TerryWebsite: terrylawoffice.com Contact No: 314-878-9797
30 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
What the Heck is an Ombudsman and What Can They do for Mom
#005 - Many people who need to know what an Ombudsman is have never heard of the program. As a result, they are missing out on people who can advocate for their loved ones who may be in Assisted Living or Long Term Care facilities.Join host David Terry and his guest Lisa Smith, a Missouri Ombudsman, in a wide-ranging discussion about the Ombudsman program in general and some specifics on how an Ombudsman can help advocate for your aging parent and make their lives better. The concepts discussed in this podcast are nearly universal and can help people in every single state in America.Frustrated with the care Mom is getting at a nursing home? Listen and learn how an Ombudsman can step in and get things done for you.
35 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Can Dad's Car Crash Put YOUR Finances At Risk? The Answer is...Maybe.
#004 - Personal injury lawyer Tyson Mutrux joins host David Terry as they discuss the ramifications of car crashes involving elderly individuals. Join David and Tyson as they talk about several specific fact patterns and what lawyers involved in each case may do when an elderly individual is involved in a car crash.What if a cognitively confused, aging parent is injured by the negligence of another person? How will a personal injury lawyer represent that individual when there are cognitive deficits? Is that case treated differently than if the injured party was younger? What tactics will the defense lawyer use and how can that be countered?What if an aging parent with advancing dementia causes an accident that results in the serious injury of others? How do the lawyers handle the case if the negligent party doesn't remember the crash and doesn't understand the negligent conduct?Is there any circumstance when the adult child of an aging parent can be sued and forced to pay money when their aging parent has caused an accident that injured others? (Psssst...The answer is YES!!!). Listen in as Tyson provides solid guidance on how to avoid this.This episode has useful information for adult children caring for aging parents from those who are healthy to those suffering significant cognitive deficits. Be sure and tune in and learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
46 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
The Time For Cameras In Nursing Homes Is Now, But Not Every State Agrees
#003 - Listen in as experts and advocates for seniors across the country discuss the benefits of cameras in nursing homes (known as Granny cams) as well as the current legislative progress to legalize them. David Terry discusses the state of Granny cams with three advocates for seniors. Marjorie Moore is the Executive Director of VOYCE in St. Louis, Missouri. VOYCE is an organization dedicated to helping to give a voice to senior citizens in Missouri and has been a strong advocate for cameras in nursing homes for several years. She will discuss the recent legislation in Missouri permitting cameras in nursing homes and the potential benefits if it is signed into law by the Governor.Steve Piskor made national and international headlines when he revealed hidden camera footage of his mother being abused by eight employees of her nursing home. Steve became a strong advocate in Ohio to end nursing home abuse and neglect and has consistently pushed for the passage of Esther's Law, named after his mother, which would permit family members to legally place cameras in their loved one's nursing home rooms.Anna Doroghazi is the Associate Director of the AARP in Connecticut. AARP has been a leader in advocating for issues involving seniors. Anna lives in a state that where families do not have the right to install cameras in nursing homes to monitor their loved ones. She talks about what they are doing in Connecticut to educate legislators on the benefits of Granny cams.Whether you are in a state the permits cameras or not, each of our guests this week has something for you. Tune in to a terrific discussion on one of the most relevant and important issues facing seniors today.
31 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Steps to Take NOW so Medicaid Pays for Mom’s Nursing Home Care with Brian Quinn
#002 - If your parents are going to need nursing home care in the future and you are stressing over how to pay for it, you need to listen to this episode. Elder law attorney Brian Quinn provides guidance on steps you can take to have your loved one's nursing home care be paid for by the Medicaid system.We hope you will enjoy our second episode as we have an informative conversation about getting prepared for nursing home care.
21 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Welcome to The Voice For Seniors
#001 - If you are responsible for providing care for aging parents this is the podcast for you. Attorney David Terry and a multitude of guests shine the light on ways you can help your aging parents whether they are living independently, declining physically or mentally or in a nursing home. You can learn more by joining our Facebook Group as well:https://www.facebook.com/groups/437290166711763/We hope you enjoy this first episode as we lay out exactly why we started this podcast and what you can expect in future episodes. Join David and his guests and hit SUBSCRIBE.
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