One of the most selfless acts you can do for a loved one is to care for them during their time of need. However, even though your heart is in the right place, your brain and body carry the burden of providing quality care. Caregiver burnout occurs when you become overwhelmed with the enormous tasks associated with taking care of someone. At Nye Health Services, we can offer help for caregivers. Don’t wait until you feel the signs of caregiver burnout, and utilize these self-care tips for mental health.
Being a family caregiver for an aging relative is one of the most selfless acts of kindness you can offer. The ability to provide for a loved one during their time of need is extremely rewarding, but can also be extremely draining. Caregiver burnout can unintentionally creep into even the most patient and loving person’s life due to the intense emotional, physical, and mental demands of being a family caregiver. According to the American Psychological Association, caregivers experience a 23% higher level of stress hormones, which affects their health, as well as their close relationships. Who do we tend to take our extra stress out on? The ones closest to us, such as our spouses. Here, we’ll provide tips for how to continue to care for your spouse while simultaneously being a family caregiver.
During our working years, we dream about the languid, carefree days of retirement. Imagining leisurely days spending time with our spouses, pampering our grandchildren, and taking long lunches with friends keep us going during the long haul of our careers. One thing missing from this idyllic fantasy? The fact that as a retired person, you are now on a fixed income, so it is critical to monitor your finances closely. Even with careful financial planning, it can be difficult to anticipate the rising cost of everyday items, especially necessary ones such as medication. Senior medical care shouldn’t be placed in the “optional” column of your monthly budget due to rising costs. Here, we’ll examine rising medical costs for senior medical care, and how you can save money on medications.
Gateway Vista, a Nye Health Services campus, is now a participating facility under the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN) for all eligible Veterans who could benefit from short term rehabilitation services and outpatient therapy services. Both Optum and United Healthcare are collaborating to manage the VA CCN, a national VA initiative.
Gateway Vista’s Executive Director is a 25 year Active Duty and Reserve Officer and has worked in healthcare for over 20 years. Executive Director (Major) Mark Sroczynski knows what it means to serve. Mark states that, “As a 25 year Active and Reserve Duty Officer, I know what it means and how to relate to Veterans, especially during the healing process. One of several duties I was fortunate to complete, was a 12 month tour at Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio. There I Commanded the first Warrior Transition Unit and averaged approximately 200 Soldiers, Airman, Navy and Marines who were there to recover from their injuries.”
“The VA Community Care Network allows Veterans who qualify to come to our organization outside of the VA to provide services. All people, including Veterans, should have this choice as to where they want their care to take place. Join us.”
Veterans Affairs provides healthcare for Veterans in your local community. If Veterans Affairs cannot provide the care needed, then the Veteran may be eligible to receive care from a community provider. This is provided on behalf of, and paid for, by Veterans Affairs. Before a Veteran can receive community care from a provider, the VA must first authorize the care. Gateway Vista, one of Nye Health Service’s campuses, is proud to service our nation’s veterans.
Types of Care Available
Veterans Affairs ensures that even after a soldier’s service has ended, the person behind the uniform has the care needed for their entire life. Veterans may be eligible for the following types of care:
- General Community Care: If you require a specialty service or health care need that is not offered at a VA medical facility, then you may qualify for general community care. For example, maternity care is not offered at VA medical facilities, so a patient could be eligible for general community care. General community care needs to be pre-authorized by Veterans Affairs.
- Emergency Care: If you’re suffering from a life threatening emergency, call 911 first and go to the nearest emergency room. For emergency care, a prior VA authorization is not necessary, as your immediate health and well-being is a priority. A claim for emergency care will never be denied based solely on VA not receiving notification prior to seeking care.However, you should contact the VA within 72 hours of admittance to help VA staff coordinate discharge or follow-up medical care.
- Home Health Services and Hospice Care: The VA aims to keep chronically ill or disabled Veterans in their homes as long as possible. Skilled home health care, palliative care, homemaker services, and hospice care are all considered extended care services under the direction of a VA physician.
- State Veterans Homes: A VA social worker can provide you with additional details about State Veterans Homes. These facilities provide services such as adult day care or nursing home services.
Veterans Affairs provides a wide variety of care options for Veterans throughout their lives.
Cost and Billing Options for Veterans
The VA provides several different billing options for Veterans such as paying online through a secure server, by phone, in person at a VA medical facility, or by mail. Veterans are charged a co-payment for care provided directly by VA,or through a community provider outside of VA. The co-payment amount is based on the type of health care service you receive and your financial situation. For Veterans struggling with co-payments due to loss of job, or a sudden decrease in income, contact the VA to see if you qualify for financial hardship assistance.
Join Mark and other Veterans to see how Gateway Vista provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation services and top-notch care for its senior residents. Contact us to learn how our impeccable senior living campuses maintain the pride fostered by our nation’s Veterans.