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National Healthcare Decisions Month

2019-04-14T16:33:32-04:00

April is also Healthcare Decisions month. This is a time to encourage conversations among families and healthcare providers to allow you to live your final days with the same purpose and joy that you have achieved during a lifetime. Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to the people you love; it’s critically important and you can do it.

The Kaiser Family Foundation Serious Illness in Late Life Survey (2017) found that 97% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing and only 37% report they have done so. Over 50% say they’d be relieved if a loved one started the conversation.

During this April, Fearrington Cares will provide three opportunities for you to reflect, learn and plan — don’t miss the programs described below, which are happening on April 16 and 25. Our nurse regularly meets with individuals and families to discuss this topic. If you are interested, call the Center (919–542–6877, weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm) to schedule an appointment.

National Healthcare Decisions Month 2019-04-14T16:33:32-04:00

Follow-Up Report on “Cutting the Cord” Program

2019-04-11T23:48:20-04:00
A Follow-Up Report on a Very Popular Program

FearringtonEdge & Fearrington Cares Presented “Cutting the Cord” on April 9, 2019

FearringtonEdge and Fearrington Cares presented a “Cutting the Cord” program on April 9th for an audience of 94 residents. Focusing on streaming services and internet and equipment requirements, Fearrington resident Mark Asman (with the collaboration of Tom Foss) explained options to conventional cable. While no one service exactly mirrors Spectrum or DISH packages, most offer access to major networks. Mark reviewed options for taking advantage of free trial versions of various streaming services and websites that compare channel availability and DVR services.


You can
 use this link
to view and/or download and print a PDF file version of the slides used during this presentation.

What’s Next?

Due to audience demand, a follow-on discussion, with an actual demonstration of streaming devices, how they connect to your television, the role of your Internet provider, and options for program viewing will be presented in the near future. Watch the Fearrington Cares website calendar and the events scroller on the homepage for our announcement.

Send Email comments and suggestions about this presentation, or other topics you would like us cover, to Fearringtonedge@gmail.com.
Follow-Up Report on “Cutting the Cord” Program 2019-04-11T23:48:20-04:00

Med-Visit-Pal and Return Home Support

2019-04-02T23:53:10-04:00

Fearrington Cares has initiated a two-part program to assist Fearrington Village residents who need support when dealing with unexpected health problems. One aspect of the program is helping residents with medical appointments by:

  • Consulting with you to plan for the upcoming appointment,
  •  accompanying you to the visit, and,
  • taking notes for you, at your request. No notes will be kept at Fearrington Cares; they are written and left with you for review and planning. Ideally, a resident will call Fearrington Cares and speak with the nurse before making the medical appointment. If that is not possible, please call with as much notice as possible.

The second aspect of the program is working with discharge planners, at your request, to plan the smoothest possible return home after hospitalization or rehabilitation. Contact us as early as possible to maximize the assistance we will be able to provide. Whether your hospitalization was a planned event or an unpleasant surprise, Fearrington Cares has multiple ways to support your transition.

Consistent with any of our services, these two programs are provided at your request. In times of stress, many of us forget the numerous ways that Fearrington Cares can help. Please tell your neighbors about this program; word of mouth is the most effective way to spread the news! If neighbors remind neighbors to “Ask Fearrington Cares First” we will assist when we can and share helpful information about services we do not provide.

A Resident’s Perspective on MED-PAL

‘I wish to thank Fearrington Cares for the MED-PAL program. At one time I was the caregiver and took notes during medical visits. These days I face medical visits on my own and worry that I will forget to ask something important or write down instructions correctly. I contacted Fearrington Cares and Karen arranged for a nurse to go with me to a critical doctor visit, notes were taken, questions were asked (and answered) and a form documenting the conversation was completed and left with me. Fearrington Cares does not keep a copy of the form and I have referred to it several times. I highly recommend this confidential program.”

Med-Visit-Pal and Return Home Support 2019-04-02T23:53:10-04:00

What to Do to Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm

2019-03-29T21:16:50-04:00

What to do to stay safe in a thunderstorm

If thunder roars, go indoors. That advice from the Red Cross can keep you safe. Thunderstorms, high wind and lightning can knock over trees and power lines, causing power outages. If you’re outdoors during a storm, Duke Energy says: Do not touch anything that is on or near a power line such as trees, tree limbs, cars and ladders.

What to Do to Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm 2019-03-29T21:16:50-04:00

A Second Chance to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans

2019-03-18T22:47:10-04:00

A Second Chance to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans | NCOA

A new opportunity to switch Medicare Advantage/Part C plans is happening right now. The annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) runs from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 and offers anyone enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan an opportunity to: Switch from one Part C plan to another, or Switch from a Part C plan to Original Medicare and add Part D prescription drug …

A Second Chance to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans 2019-03-18T22:47:10-04:00

Medicare Advice – Making Understanding Medicare Easier

2019-03-15T16:32:34-04:00

Medicare Advice – Making Understanding Medicare Easier | MyMedicareMatters

but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how we help make it easier. Find out how our partners at the Aon Retiree Health Exchange™ and Via Benefits™ meet the Standards of Excellence from the National Council on Aging and help improve the lives of older adults.

Medicare Advice – Making Understanding Medicare Easier 2019-03-15T16:32:34-04:00
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