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EP 7 – This is a podcast about what happens with seniors, from caring to financial issues, behaviors to independence and everything in between. Listen to this episode and you’ll discover ideas and reasons why you should stay with your senior in the hospital.
My name is Debbie DeChambeau and I’ve cared for 5 seniors.
When I say I’ve cared for them, I’ve done my best to make sure they got the best care they could in their senior days, and tried to be as compassionate with them as possible, all while understanding that they didn’t like what was happening and what needed to be done.
I’ve personally cared for my mother, 3 dads and my grandmother.
I’m not a CNA or a trained caregiver. I’ve never been paid for being a caregiver, but I’ve given up several years of my life making sure they received the best they could in the situation they were in.
Some of my life knowledge is from my 30+ years in the insurance business. Some of my medical knowledge comes from caring for my parents and having my sister who is a physician assistant as a resource for questions and guidance. From experience, I’ve learned how important it is to stay in the hospital with your senior.
Top 10 Reasons why you need to stay in the hospital with your senior!
- Make sure they aren’t rolled through the hospital half naked
- Get them tissues
- Make sure they don’t get out of bed when they have an IV, heart monitor, BP cup on them
- Ask the doctors what is going on with the patient and remember what was said
- Coach them through an MRI
- Help them charge their phones
- Remind them that the doctor will be there, but they have a lot of patients to see.
- Help them figure out how to operate the remote control
- Close the door or curtain to provide some privacy
- Make sure they don’t try to leave before being discharged
If you know someone over 65 that is still working, this message is important for them. If they are on their employers plan, have them verify that it is credible coverage.
Every year they should get a letter verifying credible coverage. When they decide to stop working or they no longer want the employers health insurance, they won’t be penalized by medicare for not having credible coverage.
Unfortunately, without this confirmation, the penalty can be substantial and expensive for someone in retirement.
If you know someone turning 65 that is still working, have them contact Lynn Michel Insurance and discuss their options. There is no charge for the call.
Lynn Michel Insurance, LLC
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ABOUT THE HOST
Debbie DeChambeau is a content creator, business and marketing strategies and professional insurance agent.
She has spent many years caring for family members from raising her niece and nephew, caring for her grandmother and caring for her parents (of which she had more than most people)
Debbie’s love for podcasting and for the insurance industry have her creating content that help seniors with their insurance decisions. Additionally it provides caregivers an opportunity to manage expectations in their new role.
She is a believer in continued education and has and earned the designations as a Certified Insurance Counselor and an Accredited Advisor of Insurance.
Publications and Social
She is the co-author of Renewable Referrals and hosts three other podcasts Business In Real Life and Divorce Exposed and Business of Insurance.