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Cell Phones for Seniors: Why Every Older Adult in Carmel, IN Should Have a Mobile Device

For most of us, we don’t think twice about our mobile devices and smartphones. They’re a way of life! It’s not often that we even come across others who do not have a mobile phone. And yet, there are many seniors who do not yet have one. But should they? Mobile devices and smart phones offer several major benefits to those who are in senior care! Below, we’re sharing several compelling reasons why every senior citizen in the Carmel area should have a mobile phone.

Staying Entertained

One of seniors’ greatest challenges while in senior care is to fight off feelings of boredom. The smartphone is ideal for this! They essentially provide non-stop entertainment. Seniors can browse any topic at their fingertips, listen to music or books, and even play games that stimulate the mind! Keeping busy and entertained is achievable with a smartphone.

Keeping in Touch

Again, when it comes to senior care, it’s easy for seniors to feel more isolated or cut off from others. Mobile and smartphones, however, put us in almost constant communication with one another. For this reason, they make great options for seniors who want to feel more connected to their family and friends. Phones these days have larger screens and voice command options. Phone calls, video chats, and text messages are easier than ever to manage. These technologies also make emergency calls much simpler should a senior be in danger.

Controlling Other Smart Devices

A smartphone is considered to be ‘smart’ for many reasons. A big one is that they can control other smart devices around the home! This is a huge plus for seniors who struggle with mobility and/or memory. Multiple devices can be managed from one single device. Seniors won’t have to move across the room to grab a TV remote, flip a light switch, or change the thermostat. They don’t even need to get up to go to the door with virtual doorbells and smart locks!

If you are ready to learn more about mobile phone benefits for seniors and our senior care services, please reach out to our expert caregivers today. At Home Care Assistance of Carmel, we are ready to schedule your consultation and develop a customized plan.

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The Ultimate List of Senior Discounts in Carmel, Indiana

Becoming a senior is rewarding in many ways, but one of the sweetest things about aging is the counts that come with it! If you’re looking to save some money for yourself or someone you know in senior care this year, then you’ll want to check out these discounts below in food, grocery, retail, prescriptions, and travel! Let’s take a look.

Food

Applebee’s: Based on location, seniors can have a meal at Applebee’s for 10-15% off if they are at least 60 years old.

Ben & Jerry’s: If you love ice cream, this is for you! Seniors ages 60+ (based on location) can have an ice cream cone or scoops in a cup for 10% off.

Krispy Kreme: Mmm, donuts, a sweet discount! Seniors ages 50+ can get a free donut with their purchase of coffee, and/or enjoy 10% off depending on the location.

Grocery

American Discount Stores: On Mondays, seniors ages 62+ save 10% on groceries at American Discount Stores!

Fry’s Food Stores: Wednesdays are for shopping 10% off at Fry’s Food Stores if you’re age is 55+.

Piggly Wiggly: Piggly Wiggly stores allow seniors to take 5% off their bills every Wednesday!

Retail

Goodwill: Head to Goodwill one day a week for 10-20% off just for seniors! Varying by location.

Kohl’s: Retail therapy at Kohl’s is best done on Wednesdays for seniors, when they can take 10% off.

Salvation Army: Days and discounts depend on location, but seniors ages 55 and up can save a whopping 50% off!

Walgreens: With a Balanced Care card with Walgreen’s, seniors can save 20% on their purchases once a month.

Prescriptions

AARP: Members of AARP, plus their family members, can save an average of 61% on prescription drugs with the discount card.

CVS: Members of the CVS Extra Care savings program can earn ExtraBuck rewards simply by filling prescriptions.

Walgreens: Thousands of generic and brand name prescription drugs are available for special discounts for seniors enrolled in the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.

Travel

American Airlines: All kinds of discounts are available for seniors ages 65+ through American Airlines. The discounts may vary at any time, so seniors are encouraged to call for the latest deals.

Comfort Inn: Seniors who are AARP members are ages 60 and up can save 10% on all advance reservations.

National Parks: A lifetime pass with access to 2,000+ recreational sites across the US is available to seniors for just $80.00.

You can view a complete list of seniors discounts here at The Senior List.

Ready to check out other senior discounts near Carmel? We are your greatest resource and are ready to assist you! Please call Home Care Assistance to discuss all things senior care today.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Senior Charities

We love and value being involved in our communities here at Home Care Assistance. One of the best ways for us to do that is to show support for charities that benefit senior citizens and encourage others to do the same. If you are looking for an organization to support, we suggest choosing one with a solid reputation and well-trained professionals. Here are our top 5 favorite senior charities.

Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is serving the rapidly growing senior population on the frontlines! They deliver meals to one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, where no one is immune to many of the aging processes challenges that take away from our independence. Recognizing that seniors are at risk of both hunger and isolation, Meals on Wheels America has met the challenge of making sure seniors are getting the proper social and nutritional needs.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is on a very specific mission: They want to help seniors and families nationwide who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. By providing support, services, and education to individuals, families, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, the AFA makes a difference. They work hard to fundraise for research, treatments, and a cure!

Second Wind Dreams

No matter how young or old we are, we all have a dream we want to come true. Second Wind Dreams has a very heartwarming goal they are out to achieve… To fulfill these dreams and change the perception of aging! By making dreams a reality, Second Wind Dreams is shedding a more positive light on the aging process.

Honor Flight Network

This non-profit works to honor seniors who have served and sacrificed in a heartwarming way. By using their extensive network, the Honor Flight Network transports senior Veterans to Washington D.C. where they can pay homage to and honor service members who served and sacrificed.

Pets for the Elderly

Our furry friends are easily another member of the family. That’s why Pets for the Elderly provides seniors with companionship through pets! And they save the lives of companion animals in shelters while doing so. With a pet, seniors escape loneliness and get the affection and love they deserve.

To request more information about our senior home care services, or to learn more about supporting organizations that benefit seniors, call Home Care Assistance today and schedule your consultation!

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Where to Get Home Medical Equipment Seniors Need

Home care for seniors provides the benefit of being surrounded by familiarity and solace while aging with dignity in the comfort of their own – or a loved one’s – home. Still, this can present its own set of challenges to seniors throughout the aging process if the home is not well-suited to the senior’s current lifestyle.

It is not uncommon to need various types of medical equipment throughout the home or always within reach of the seniors, whether the equipment is to help with mobility, daily tasks, or for general safety. We’re here to help you determine what kind of equipment your senior needs and where you can find it.

Medical Equipment Examples

To improve the home’s accessibility and to simplify daily tasks and basic functions for your senior, you can set up several pieces of medical equipment around the house. In the bathroom, we suggest installing grab bars in both the shower and above the toilet to help your seniors, lower, raise, or stabilize themselves. You may also consider utilizing a portable toilet which can be placed in a location more convenient for your senior to access. Some examples of other types of medical equipment that your senior will likely have on-hand or always nearby are walkers and canes. Both of these items are used to help make mobility easier for your senior.

Where to Find Medical Equipment

Go Through Insurance

Check with insurance, first. Seniors who have an insurance like Medicare may often find that the insurance company will cover a majority of the cost or all of the cost for new medical equipment, as long as a doctor’s prescription can be provided. Insurance will not always cover home care equipment, so it’s important to know alternative options if you must pay out-of-pocket instead.

Buy Used Equipment

If it is up to you to cover the cost of medical equipment, we recommend buying used items instead of brand new. You can find used equipment listed with independent living centers and other retailers. But it is also helpful to check in with community resources, like local second-hand stores and even Facebook Marketplace or other thrift apps.

If you’re in need of more advice on where to get medical equipment for your senior loved one in home care, please call our experts at Home Care Assistance. We are ready to help!

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Google Review – Terrie

We are very happy with the services that home care assistance has given us. They work well with our busy, ever-changing schedules, and have given our father excellent care by daily scheduled exercises, meals, personal care, friendship and conversation. We know that we do not have to worry about our father while we are away…and that alone is one of the greatest advantages of home care assistance. Thanks so much to everyone that makes this possible.

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Google Review – Jeff

I’ve referred people to these folks before, and they’ve been well cared for. I like that Home Care Assistance is focused on helping clients identify and pursue a purpose. And management is really proactive when you need them. They’re definitely worth talking to if you have a loved one who needs care.

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Google Review – Johna

The staff and management at Home Care Assistance is wonderful. The company fosters a spirit of caring engagement with each of their clients. Owner, Michael, is a genuinely caring and friendly family guy. The person you’d want to oversee the care of your mother or father.

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Google Review – Lisa

Home Care Assistance is a very well ran company with a passion for seniors and also for their employees. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer Home Care Assistance to friends and family members. I know they would be in the best hands, as far as home care goes!

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Google Review – Michele

The staff at Home Care Assistance are very helpful whenever I need to make a change to our normal schedule. The staff who come to help us are kind, respectful, and almost become like family. I am very glad we found this organization at our time of need. I would recommend them highly!

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Google Review – Joani

We refer elder clients and their families to Home Care Assistance often and always get excellent feedback about the level of care and service they receive. We trust them enough to refer our clients and that’s of great value to us!