Senior Living on the Suncoast

Caregiving Glossary 2 ft. Cindy Zimmerman

October 09, 2020 Steve Bennet-Martin, Cindy Zimmerman Season 1 Episode 32
Senior Living on the Suncoast
Caregiving Glossary 2 ft. Cindy Zimmerman
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Senior Living on the Suncoast
Caregiving Glossary 2 ft. Cindy Zimmerman
Oct 09, 2020 Season 1 Episode 32
Steve Bennet-Martin, Cindy Zimmerman

Steve gives an update on the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards - make your nominations today at https://happylifepod.com/

He is then joined by Cindy Zimmerman from Accomplished Home Health to define Home Health, the Sarasota County Aging Network, and the Sarasota County Senior Advocacy Council- three important resources for any caregiver!

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/happylifepod)

Show Notes Transcript

Steve gives an update on the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards - make your nominations today at https://happylifepod.com/

He is then joined by Cindy Zimmerman from Accomplished Home Health to define Home Health, the Sarasota County Aging Network, and the Sarasota County Senior Advocacy Council- three important resources for any caregiver!

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/happylifepod)

Steve:

Hello there, everyone. And welcome to senior living on the Suncoast. I'm your host, Steven Bennet-Martin. And I'm happy to bring you the only senior centered podcast to assist as we navigate the complex systems of aging together, up and down, the Suncoast to Florida. My mission with this podcast is to help make sure yeah, the rest of your life has the best of your life, which means today we'll be continuing our caregiver glossary with its second edition, featuring Cindy Zimmerman. And we will be getting to her interview shortly, but first I wanted to share some important news and updates for the community. The first I will give you your weekly update for the Suncoast senior care awards, the first ever edition, where we will be nominating and voting for our favorites and senior care. And nominations are open right now at our website, www dot happy life, pod.com. That is the easiest way to vote because I have the survey form right on the land page. When you first get to that website, I've made it as easy to vote as possible. Look for the categories. You can skip the ones you are not as familiar with, but I wanted to make sure it's a chance to give thank you to everyone in our community, especially in the Suncoast for all the Hertz work they've been doing. All year long. So thank you you for that, make sure you go and vote today. In other news, Selby gardens, which is an essential pillar of the Sarasota community is celebrating its 45th anniversary. By celebrating another anniversary of a different sort. This year also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment passing. And while I could have guessed it from the theme of the year, I did Google it and confirm that the 19th amendment was the amendment that gave women the right to vote. And so, because of that and get ready for this pun, because, because it's very clever, the theme this year is women breaking the glass house ceiling. So it's like glass house, like, plants, but it's also the glass ceiling with women. So yeah. Let it sink in guys. Hopefully you got a chuckle either on the pun or my, the fact that it took about that long in real time for me to get the pun. and once I got it, I was very proud of, so I wanted to help make sure you went on that journey with me. and it is open now by the time this episode goes live through November 29th of 2020. So make sure you go check out to help celebrate their anniversary while also celebrating the women's the right to vote, especially in the election that is coming up. If you have not yet voted. And please vote now. So your voice is heard no matter what your age, no matter what your circumstance, you should be exercising the right to vote. So please make sure that you do so. and, and professional networking news. We have seniors. Blue book is hosting their marketing nanny at this week on Wednesday, October 14th, with my former homophobic employer. So please check it out, Brittany, at the least will be a great time. and in the meantime, I should say beyond, or my coworker, Melissa. So you can always say hi to us there. and in the meantime, I will let us transfer over to, Cindy. So she can, you gave us some great caregiving examples. The reason why I chose her for this next segment is because the fact that we are defining scan and SAC in our interview, for those of you who are unfamiliar, I will give you a quick preview. That's the Sarasota County aging network and the senior advocacy council, both of which at the time of recording, Cindy was not aware. but they will be the two primary, proceeds for the 20, 20 Suncoast senior care awards. they, each of them will be getting 30% each of the, proceeds and profits from the sponsors of the awards. So if you are a company. in healthcare that would like to get involved and sponsor while also giving back to the community, feel free to email me at WW. And if you are interested in getting involved as a sponsor, please make sure you reach out to [email protected] And in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my interview with Cindy and I will talk with you all next week. Bye. Hi listeners. And this is Steve back now with Cindy Zimmerman. Cindy Zimmerman has previously been on the podcast, talking about the Sarasota County senior advocacy council. Welcome back to the show, Cindy, thank you

Cindy:

so much.

Steve:

I understand that while you were still with the same company, you've actually had a name change since the last time you were on. Do you want to give us a quick update about that

Cindy:

in February? Palms home care was bought and we are now accomplished home care. We provide Medicare services in the home.

Steve:

Well, and that's perfect because that's actually one of the definitions I wanted to. How have you helped us define what is Medicare home health?

Cindy:

So Medicare home health is that we will provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy in the home. And our services are covered 100% through the Medicare. We do take some commercial insurances, but, we are a Medicare home health. So

Steve:

that is perfect. And I was going to say to, to just add onto that definition, what's one misconception about Medicare home health that you wanted to clear up for the audience.

Cindy:

They think that we're going to be there every day and that we will do like light housekeeping or, you know, little cooking and actually that's private duty and you do pay out of pocket for that. Our services are, you have to have a physician's written order and it has to, Be skilled has to be a medical reason for us to be there.

Steve:

Yes. It's very good information to know. And I, one of the, I've worked with you everywhere throughout the County about the place where you are. Our president is the Sarasota County senior advocacy council. So can you share with our listeners, you know, what you guys, what we do for the community and what we are.

Cindy:

Well, we are a group of professionals that are likeminded, and I'm so happy that you do work with me, Steven and all these areas. Cause we are like minded to help our low income seniors to stay safe and in their home. So we are a five Oh one C three, which means we are a nonprofit, a hundred percent of the donations go to. Our seniors in our community here in Sarasota County. We, our goal is to help keep them safe and in their home, but also with dignity, when I say that is because some things didn't quite fall under the. Keep you safe and in your home, but they were important to keep them home with dignity. We did approve that. So the process is they just need to go to our website. Okay. And you would just Google Sarasota County, senior advocacy council and download the application. Fill it out and attach income and a bank statement, and we present it to the board and we're pretty quick at getting a response back.

Steve:

Yes. And we are a great that not only will we help people with our grants, but I also love that between all of us, if we can't help them, for whatever reason, one of us always knows who can.

Cindy:

We do try to always send them to a resource. And if I don't know that resource, so I call on the membership and say, do you know a resource? So, we did have a gentleman that actually was homeless. It was very sad. Someone had stolen his hearing AIDS, which I can't even imagine why, but they did. And we couldn't do that because it didn't fall under our mission statement to keep them safe and in their home. So actually we reached out to CRC and they approved and so they were able. To get that approved for that gentlemen. So,

Steve:

yes, and while I love how much the senior advocacy council helps the seniors directly in our community, we also were both on the board of the Sarasota County aging network. And so can you share with us a little bit more about that group and how it's different than SAC?

Cindy:

Well, the major differences, I actually thought it was always, yeah, just the networking, you know, to go meet people. And so I just didn't really see the big picture for the longest of time, but actually. What scan does is raise funds in the community to help other nonprofits. So actually they have given, SAC several grants throughout the years. They've given it to the lighthouse for the blind. Steven, can you remember a couple of the others that they've. I needed money too.

Steve:

I remember the, we, we work with the friendship center almost yearly to help them with grants because we really backed them. I know most recently why they'll leave. One of our grants was to help with their fitness initiative right before COVID happened to get their seniors active and moving

Cindy:

and we have given them. Yes.

Steve:

And I know we've helped them since then and regularly. And then I do remember the hope chest as well, because that was just an interesting, unique story.

Cindy:

I don't think I remember that

Steve:

one when we did, I believe it was two years ago and that the hope chest is a local, where if a woman had a mastectomy and because of breast cancer and they weren't able to, you know, the insurance didn't cover getting the reconstructive surgery because they considered it cosmetic. Even though these women were walking around with only one breast. Hmm. we, we gave money so that, you know, these women that went through that can apply if they can't afford themselves to get their breasts, you know, to help repair and recover from that. That's

Cindy:

perfect. I didn't know that one, but that is what scan is about and know I am on the board and very proud to be there, to help with, facilitating raising funds there. So quite honestly, all of the funds that are raised there actually goes right back in our community. In some way, it just goes to a nonprofit that services our senior community.

Steve:

Yes, exactly. And so like always, I will make sure I include all of this information or show notes, but Cindy, while it was a little bit shorter than we anticipated, that means it was great because it was concise. So thank you very much.

Cindy:

You are so welcome.