Senior Living on the Suncoast

Caregiver Glossary Pt 5 ft. Nafi Cunningham

November 02, 2020 Steve Bennet-Martin, Sierra Butler, Nafi Cunningham Season 1 Episode 35
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Senior Living on the Suncoast
Caregiver Glossary Pt 5 ft. Nafi Cunningham
Nov 02, 2020 Season 1 Episode 35
Steve Bennet-Martin, Sierra Butler, Nafi Cunningham

Steve and Sierra provide an update on the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards and give updates on community events before transition over to Nafi Cunningham from Statum Health Care. Nafi helps add "Hospice" "Palliative Care" and  the "My Lif,e My Choice" program to our caregiver glossary.

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Steve and Sierra provide an update on the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards and give updates on community events before transition over to Nafi Cunningham from Statum Health Care. Nafi helps add "Hospice" "Palliative Care" and  the "My Lif,e My Choice" program to our caregiver glossary.

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

Steve:

Hello there everyone. And welcome to senior living on the Suncoast. I'm your host, Steve Bennett, Martin. And I'm happy to bring you the only senior centered podcast. To assist us all. As we navigate the complex systems of aging together, up and down the Suncoast to Florida. My mission with this pocket, I guess it's to help make sure that the rest of your life is the best of your life, which means today we'll be continuing our caregiver glossary as well as providing updates for the Suncoast senior living industry and caregivers for the week of November. The second 2020. So to start, let me thank everyone who participated in the Sarasota County edgy network, Halloween fundraiser this past Friday, the 30th of October, we managed to raise over $800 to help support our communities, seniors in need. So we appreciate everyone who both donated it in the silent auction, as well as attended the event and bid on the amazing items and had a great time. With us, we had some amazing costumes and I am happy to announce that I am about 75% sure that my Matt had her costume will win best costume for the event. So if you haven't yet go to the senior blue book website or Facebook page, where they will let you vote for your best favorite costume there for them that post on Friday evening. Hi, in the meantime, before you do that, or while you are online, you should also take a moment to vote for the final voting for the care awards. Yes. the month of October, we had over a hundred people in our community. Both for their favorites in senior living care. And with that, I spent a week tabulating all of those results and wrapped up them up into a top three to four, depending on the category for each of the 48 categories that we'll recognize excellence in senior care at both the company and the caregiver level. And so you can vote directly on our website, which is www dot happy life, pod.com or you can visit or search for the event on Facebook for the senior care awards. And that way you can also RSVP, when you vote. Awesome. Make sure you provide your email address so that we can email you the link to the zoom event where we do the final results live Monday, November 23rd. I had the opportunity to speak with Sierra Butler, who is my co-producer of the awards. And is the one who really made all of my crazy dreams possible and turn into a reality. And we were talking about some of the categories we're most looking forward to hearing the results of, so let's transfer over to that segment.

Sierra:

so I have to say, I am excited, did about the caregiver of the army and I'm excited about all of the categories. but really, you know, to have it narrowed down to one person, you know, that there are so many good, you know, nominees and people out there. so it'd be really nice to see, what actually ends up happening, but I'm just excited about all of it. I love that there are so many options and different categories because I actually think it brings. A lot of recognition and education, to everyone in the industry to realize how many, like different ways and different support systems there are out there for seniors that you may not really realize. And so you kind of break it down into all these categories. So I think that's probably going to be the most. Interesting part is seeing, there are so many categories and so many people doing so many good things for seniors. Yeah.

Steve:

People are always surprised and they're like, Oh, there's 50 questions. Wow. And I'm like, I had to trim a lot of the categories that I would have loved to have seen just to make it manageable for some people who wanted to vote for every category. Not that you have to, for those of you who are like referring friends or loved ones, you can just tell them to go on and vote for the categories that you'd like them to, or, you know, encourage them to participate with.

Sierra:

Awesome.

Steve:

Yes. So thank you so much. And how can people find you if they need any help with elder law or your general connection making.

Sierra:

Yeah. So the easiest way to find me, is to go onto my website, www dot Butler, elder law.com. or you can check out our Facebook page as well. If you search for Butler elder law, we have a page we'd love to hear from you.

Steve:

Excellent. Well, thank you so much and we will talk again soon. I'm sure.

Sierra:

Thanks so much, Steve.

Steve:

So in the meantime, if you were looking for a great chance to network in the senior living community this week, We do have marketing mania on Wednesday, November 4th at 10:30 AM via senior's blue book. I will link over to the Facebook page on our show notes for you to check out. And I also wanted to touch base on the care awards. And for those of you attending the marketing mini, it is presented by tidewell hospice, which is a great segue into this edition of the caregiver glossary, because NAAFI Cunningham. Works for stratum health systems, which is the owner or the main company for title hospice is defining what hospice is as well as some other related terms that you should know if you are a senior or a caregiver. So let's transfer it over to NAAFI. And I. And our next guest expert for the segment of our caregiver, glossary is Nephi Cunningham from tidewell hospice and Stratham healthcare. welcome back to the show.

Nafi:

Nefi. Thank you so much, Steven, for having me back. I'm glad to be here.

Steve:

Yes, pleasure. I mean, for those who will want the full details of your, my life, my choice program that you lead up for stratum, they can refer back to the episode we discussed. I definitely wanted to make sure we included that as one of our first definitions that we can go over for our listeners, just tuning into these glossaries.

Nafi:

Absolutely. And, you know, sometimes people can get very busy, but we just wanted to have a good idea of what all of these programs are about. So they can go dive in more details in one of the other episodes that we previously did.

Steve:

Exactly. So what is the, my life, my choice program.

Nafi:

So my life, my choice was created primarily to educate and to empower people to know more about advanced directives is most people are like, Oh, that's something that only you get taken care of when you're old or when you have a terminal illness. But that is not the case. It is a program that is designed for anybody in the community. So if you're an adult, you're 18 and up. You should consider, having an assessment and evaluation in a reflection, what are you called and values in case something happens to you such as an accident, an illness, and you're unable to communicate for yourself. Do you have a document? Do you have a roadmap for your loved ones, as well as the, medical providers, caring for you to know what are the things that are important to you so that they can give. It was the best kind of care that you deserve and want for yourself. So I'm primarily, one-on-ones, I'm offering one-on-one consultations right now via zoom, or we do webinars sometimes just educating anybody. Who's willing to listen. Whether you're inviting me at your doctor's office at a church at a networking group and, or just gathering your family, to have this conversation, I'm here to provide the tools that you might need, the documents and the things that you might need to reflect on. To get the best document for yourself. So that's, that's my life, my choice. And then that shell,

Steve:

that it is a great service for any person of any age to start thinking and planning ahead, because you never know what will happen, no matter how old you are. It was a great tool that I use personally. So it's something I can recommend to others.

Nafi:

Absolutely. And

Steve:

a huge part of the reason why you found yourself working as part of the, the leader of the, my life. My choice is because you also, you know, the company is a strongly words, they own tidewell hospice. And so can you explain what hospice is far less than is? Cause normally that's the scary word that no one wants to talk about or

Nafi:

define. Okay. Well, I I'll tell you, it's funny when people say, Oh my God, you've worked for husbands. I said, yes, I do work for hospice in how unfortunate now how fortunate that we have hospice in this area, because hospice, people are scared of that word, but it is compassion. When you think of hospice, think of compassionate, think of care. And we at hospice are here to help. Folks who have advanced illnesses as they're battled to that, that phase of their life. And we provide comfort and care, for not only the patient, but the families as well. So wherever you call home, whether you were in your private residence at an assisted living facility at the hospital under a bridge, we hospice team will come up to your home. And help you and your family maintaining and managing your symptoms and your medication as well. So, and it's not just about symptom and medication management. We have a whole team of like chaplains and social workers, you know, have brief and grievement counselors. We have child life specialists who can help maybe your children or grandkids dealing with the changes that are going on in life right now because grandma, mom, and dad, and not doing well. So there is a holistic, Approach to it. It's not just medicine, it's your mental, your psychological situations are addressed as well for the family. And we do not turn anybody away, anybody and everybody who needs our help be will helped you. Whether you have Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or you don't qualify for any of those, we have our charitable fund available to help those who cannot, If the coverage as well. So it is a wonderful service that's available for anybody who has a medical need for hospice. And most people wait until it's really too late because they scared of that word hospice. They think it's at the very end, but know that it's in your home so that we can help you ahead of time.

Steve:

Yes. And let me see if I remember this correctly from the note numerous times that you've told me this, cause it leads into our next definition, but all hospice is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice. Is that how it works?

Nafi:

That is Cobra. So what

Steve:

is palliative care then?

Nafi:

So palliative care is when you have pain and symptom management, while you're still pursuing curative treatment. So let's say you have cancer and you're going through chemo, but you know, of course you want to be comfortable. You want your pain managed. So that's. Palliative care. Hospice care is when you're no longer pursuing curative treatment. So that means we are still keeping you comfortable and just trying to give you the best quality of life while you're still living. So improving your quality of life while you're still living without. Pursuing those, you know, those, experimental drugs, those chemotherapy, and what have you. So that's why we say all hospice is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hot.

Steve:

Yes. Well, thank you very much for that. And for taking the time out of your day to talk about this now, NAAFI excuse me, what is the best way for the audience to reach not only you, but then also tidewell hospice. If they need either number.

Nafi:

Well, our website, you can visit our website anytime. if that number, the website is tidal hospice.org. And when you go through type, well, you can find any information or you can reach us at (941) 894-1777. That is that access number, and they can dispatch you to any of our different services that we offer here.

Steve:

Excellent. Well, thank you very much. Again, you have a great day.

Nafi:

Thank you, Steven, for having me once again, and you have a wonderful day as well. Always a pleasure.