Monthly Archives: August 2017

4 Ways to Donate to Charity Without Writing a Check

These ideas can help you de-clutter your home and earn a tax write-off

By Ashley Eneriz for Next Avenue

People carry boxes of donated items

Want to make a difference, but the budget doesn’t allow? Consider donating something other than cash. [Photo credit: Getty Images]

When it comes to donating to charity, sometimes our budgets don’t allow us to be as generous as we we’d like. But you needn’t always open your wallet to help others. Here are four ways to give back that don’t involve writing a check or making a credit-card donation. As a bonus, you might even declutter your home and earn a tax-write off.

Donate Your Clothes to Job Seekers

Have a few suits or pieces of professional wear hanging in your closet that you’re tired of wearing? Donate them to charity so someone looking for a job can wear them and make a great impression. read more

What makes a not-for-profit senior living community different?

A volunteer board of trustees is holding the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America organization and its leadership accountable to the mission and the best interests of the residents. 

While shopping for a senior living community, it is common to consider the layout of the residence, the taste of the food and the friendliness of the staff as well as the financial requirements and availability of ongoing care.
But what about the operational status of the organization? A community operating with a for-profit business model vs. a not-for-profit business model can make a significant difference in the overall operation and culture of the organization.
Five major differences are worth exploring to understand the contrast better.

1. Faith-based; Mission-driven
As a not-for-profit organization, there is one governing philosophy to which all operational decisions must align- the mission!  At Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, our mission is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values.  We carry a culture that makes all decisions by wearing two lenses, one is quality, and the other is Christian values.  All things must measure up to those standards.a
2. Continuous ownership
A popular avenue through which for-profit organizations gain revenue in senior living is acquisition and resale.  In fact, it is common to see ownership change every five years or so.  However, this growth model is simply a grab at revenue which makes it a rarity in the not-for-profit sector. Enjoying the consistency of continuous ownership can be a huge plus!
3. Oversight is provided by a volunteer board of trustees
Who is at the helm of an organization?  The shareholders?  The CEO?  The Board?  In a for-profit business, many decisions are based on what will be pleasing to the shareholders.  Compare that to the way a not-for-profit is managed.  A volunteer board of trustees is holding the organization and its leadership accountable to the mission and the best interests of the residents.  The fact that this group of highly-qualified individuals serves in a volunteer capacity means that there  are no alternative motives outside of the mission. This means that residents are always the priority.  
4. Net revenue is reinvested back into the community
Just because Presbyterian Manor is a not-for-profit company doesn’t mean the organization never makes money. The real difference is how that income is managed.  Naturally, in a for-profit, revenue goes to serve the shareholders. Conversely, there are no shareholders for a not-for-profit; therefore, all net revenues go back into the community to improve the quality of life for the residents.
5. Good Samaritan Program- supported by philanthropy
One of the number one fears of American seniors is running out of money.  In more than 68 years of serving seniors, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has stood in that financial gap for those who no longer had the resources to pay for their cost of living in the community.  The Good Samaritan Program is supported by philanthropic efforts to ensure residents always have a secure future. 
Choosing a senior living community is a complex decision with many variables.  As you go through the process remember to ask these questions:
1. What is the mission of this organization and how is it implemented each day?
2. Who owns this community and for how long?
3. Who is in charge? (Shareholders? Volunteer board?)
4. What happens to net revenues?
5. What would happen to me if I ran out of money? read more

Praise for Promotions!

Praise for Promotions!
Congratulations to two Fulton Presbyterian Manor employees who’ve recently earned promotions. We appreciate their dedication, and celebrate their advancements!

Bessie Boese has been promoted to MDS Coordinator

Bessie Boese: Bessie is currently taking online classes through Moberly Area Community College in Mexico. She is in the Accelerated Associate Degree in Nursing (AADN) program to obtain her RN. She’s been promoted to MDS Coordinator after serving most recently in medical records.

Elinda Trower:
Elinda will begin classes with Moberly Area Community College (Mexico) in the spring of 2018. She will be enrolled in the Accelerated Associate Degree in Nursing (AADN) program to obtain her RN. She was previously serving as an LPN, and will now be in medical records.

Elinda Trower is now serving Fulton
Presbyterian Manor in medical records.

Her favorite thing about working at Fulton Presbyterian Manor is the residents. “I love that they all become family. I enjoy making sure that they get the best possible care: the care that they deserve,” said Elinda. “I’m looking forward to learning new things, and exploring what possibilities are out there for an LPN.”
Congratulations to Bessie and Elinda! read more

Breaking Down Walls Between Medicine and Personal Care

Lack of communication results in waste and health risks, but other models show promise

By Howard Gleckman for Next Avenue

Scene of a busy nurses station and hallway in a modern hospital

“For the sake of the older adults who need both medical and personal care, and their families, we must do better.” [Photo credit: Getty Images]

(Next Avenue invited all our 2016 Influencers in Aging to write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. This is one of the essays.)

Imagine an 85-year-old woman who suffers from heart failure, arthritis and has some dementia. She is still living at home, but needs help. Doctors treat her medical conditions. Her daughter and a home health aide provide personal assistance such as cooking, help getting dressed in the morning and bathing. And she gets care that falls in a gray area in between, including help giving her pills and checking her weight to be sure her heart condition is well-controlled. read more

Caffeinated or Not, Coffee May Help You Live Longer

New research provides more good news for those who love their java

By Rita Rubin for Next Avenue

Man satisfyingly sips coffee from a mug while sitting outside with an open laptop

Two new, large studies found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day lived longer than people who didn’t drink any coffee. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Two recent large studies suggest it might have been coffee that bubbled from the fountain of youth.

Both studies, one conducted in the United States, one across 10 European countries, found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day — decaf and/or caffeinated — lived longer than people who didn’t drink any coffee.

The effects were modest; compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who quaffed the most in the U.S. study, four or more cups a day, had an 18 percent lower risk of dying by its end. But given that half of U.S. adults drink coffee every day, the impact on the population could be substantial. read more

Help for Pets of Dying Owners Brings Peace of Mind

For many ailing people, their pet is their life, experts say

By Kim Painter for Next Avenue

Senior woman cuddles a sweet dog

When you can no longer care for yourself, who will care for your pets? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Roland Carter, 78, of Stafford, Va., has advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, suffers from dementia and spends most of his time in bed. Missy, one of his four dogs, usually is there with him.

“Missy stays on his bed all the time — she protects him,” says Carter’s wife, Barbara, 72. So when she recently told Roland that she was not sure she could keep caring for the dogs, along with him, he was distraught.

“He said, ‘Please don’t get rid of my dogs,’“ Barbara Carter recalls. read more

Should You Move to Be Closer to Your Aging Parents?

Long-distance caregiving is tough, but moving to be near parents is a big step

By Deb Hipp for Next Avenue

Woman looks at smartphone with worried look of deep concern

“If I had a dollar for every tear I shed in guilt, I could have hired 15 caregivers.” [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Sara Tapscott won’t ever forget the day an employee at her aging parents’ assisted living center knocked on their apartment door and told them they’d have to move. Their needs had become too great for the staff to accommodate.

Tapscott’s mom, who was 79 and down to 90 pounds from advanced Parkinson’s disease, was crying and shaking so badly that she nearly fell from her chair. Tapscott’s dad, who was 83 and a retired attorney with Alzheimer’s, attempted to make his case, holding a finger up for each point. read more

The VA Program That Pays for Long-Term Care for Vets

This little-known benefit can be a help, but expect red tape

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

Uniformed shoulder with patches indicating military

By one estimate, only 5 percent of vets entitled to the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance benefit apply for it.

Here’s a frightening statistic from the just-released United States of Aging survey:  Only 3 percent of professionals supporting people 60 and older say they are very confident older Americans will be able to afford their health care costs as they age. (The survey was conducted by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, National Council on Aging and UnitedHealthcare.)

One reason: The steep and rising cost of long-term care.

What Long-Term Care Costs Now

The median price of a private room in a nursing home is $91,250, up 4.17 percent from a year ago, according to Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Long-Term Care Survey. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimates that 44 percent of men and 58 percent of women will use nursing home care. Many more will need long-term care in assisted living facilities or at home. read more

Fulton Presbyterian Manor hosting open house on Sept. 6

Fulton Presbyterian Manor recently completed renovations in the assisted living neighborhood, and now it’s time to show off the progress. The Callaway County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 followed by an open house hosted by the campus.

Join us for a showcase tour of assisted living apartments and celebrate the grand re-opening of the assisted living neighborhood.

Find out how you or a loved one can enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle on our beautiful campus. At Fulton Presbyterian Manor, we offer a full range of senior living including offering independent living, assisted living, long-term care/skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation. read more

The Amazing Technology That Could Change How We Age

Experts say it will make life happier, healthier and easier for older adults and caregivers

By Suzanne Gerber for Next Avenue

Hand typing on a laptop

“Future tech will increase older people’s independence and help relieve the health services,” says Naomi Climer. [Photo credit: Getty Images]

Pop quiz: When you think about how technology will personally impact your life over the next 10 to 20 years, which of these things do you envision as being part of that evolution?:

  1. Holographic technology to communicate with your family
  2. A car that chauffeurs you around
  3. 3-D-printed medicine
  4. Drones to help with household activities
  5. All of the above

If the tech-prognosticators are to be believed, the correct answer is E: All of those Jetsons-sounding devices will be available in the coming not-so-many years.

Whether that news thrills or terrifies you, it’s ultimately a good thing, because these technological developments can help older adults and those who are housebound with tasks keep them mobile, keep them at home longer and help them stay connected to others, which is one of the most important factors for a long and fulfilling life. read more