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Healthcare Tech Outlook Names Delta Care Rx a Top 10 Pharmacy Management Solution Provider

FREMONT, Calif. -- Delta Care Rx, a leading pharmaceutical innovator in end of life care, has been named one of the "Top 10 Pharmacy Management Solution Providers of 2018," according to Healthcare Tech Outlook, a digital and print magazine publication of Valley Media, Inc.

The "Top 10" award was published online March 27, as well as in a Special Issue print edition on April 5, with Delta Care Rx Founder, President, and COO Drew Mihalyo on its cover. Mihalyo, known for his commitment to technological innovation providing unique programs for hospice customers exclusively offered by Delta Care Rx, is quick to share the credit for the company's success.

"This recognition is a testament to the strength and commitment of the entire Delta Care Rx team," says Mihalyo. "We work together, both within Delta and with our integration partners, to ensure prompt attention and great sensitivity to meet each patient's needs related to pain and symptom management."

The in-depth feature article, "Delta Care Rx: Enhancing the End of Life Care Experience," states that the company "sets the industry benchmark in pharmaceutical benefits management in end of life care," fulfilling its mission of transparency and commitment to quality of care at every level of the organization. In addition to providing benefit management or mail order pharmacy to clients, Delta Care Rx offers a range of cutting edge telemedicine solutions designed to simplify workflow and ordering processes and improve quality of care. The article places these within the context of the broader pharmaceutical and end of life care industries.

"We take pride in honoring Delta Care Rx for offering innovative solutions that are revolutionizing the way hospice and palliative care providers are served in the Pharmacy Management arena," said Alex D'Souza, managing editor of Healthcare Tech Outlook.

With the announcement, Delta Care Rx joins an elite group of pharmacy management solutions providers known to provide innovative technologies which ultimately enhance clinical efficiency and dramatically reduce costs for hospice organizations. The magazine's editorial board independently applied a set of criteria to a broad selection of pharmacy management firms, then narrowed the designation to the Top 10 listing.

Delta Care Rx - http://www.deltacarerx.com/ - transforms and improves the hospice pharmacy industry through business transparency, innovation, extreme customer service, and the maintenance of vital community pharmacy relationships.

About Delta Care Rx:

As a pharmacist owned, privately held provider, Delta Care Rx - http://www.deltacarerx.com - sets the industry benchmark for pharmacy benefit management, creative prescription mail order, on-demand pharmacist services, and hospice tailored e-Prescribing. Additionally, Delta Care Rx offers electronic tools, including cutting-edge telemedicine technology, to improve the quality of palliative patient care during serious illness or at end of life and simplifies essential workflow/ordering processes within hospice settings.

About Healthcare Tech Outlook:

Published from Fremont, California, Healthcare Tech Outlook is a print magazine, which features CIOs, ITVPs, CTOs, and other decision makers sharing their insights and perspective on healthcare industry. A panel of experts, technology leaders and board members of Healthcare Tech Outlook magazine has finalized the "Top 10 Pharmacy Management Solution Providers 2018" and shortlisted the best vendors and consultants in the healthcare industry. For more info, visit: https://www.healthcaretechoutlook.com/.

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Adapt by Delta Care Rx Debuts a Shared Patient-Clinician Palliative Care Experience Powered by TapCloud

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The simple touch of a finger sparks the newest innovation in the quest for quality, responsive patient-centered care. Adapt by Delta Care Rx, an advanced disease management and therapeutics solution, debuts a patient-clinician communication interface powered by TapCloud, a leading provider of real time patient generated health data.

Using a provided application, patients with serious, life altering illness will communicate symptoms and experiences directly to their care providers in real time.

"Clinicians using the Adapt dashboard will now enjoy unprecedented ability to maximize the benefits of care to the patient while enhancing efficiency and lowering costs," says Drew Mihalyo, founder, president and COO of Delta Care Rx. "The Adapt solution powered by TapCloud supports the 'triple aim' objective to which palliative care providers aspire."

Too, the partnership marks the first time that the pharmacist is fully integrated into patient-centered palliative care team conversations, say experts. Now, pharmacists can work side by side with colleagues across the care continuum, ensuring each patient's optimum quality of life.

"The entire team is aided by a dramatic increase of patient information available to them," says Mihalyo.

In less than one minute per day, patients can access the secure Adapt application from any internet connected digital device, including smart phones and tablets. With a simple touch of a finger, the patient chooses from a range of words selected specifically for his or her diagnosis and medications to report current symptoms or feelings in natural language, not medical terminology.

"We offer each person easy access to their professional caregivers, as well as the ability to share information in ways that are clinically relevant and easy to use," says Tom Riley, CEO of TapCloud and the platform's creator.

Conversely, clinicians and pharmacists who make up the care team will be able to quickly assess whether a patient feels better or worse, gauge the effectiveness of medication or treatments, check vital signs, or identify the onset of complications.

"Previously, the patient and family's ability to recognize, remember, and report key information about what happens between clinical visits has been limited," says Riley. "Now we are able, with the use of one simple tool, to amplify the voice of the patient and bring it to the front and center of care."

Clinicians using Adapt by Delta Care Rx will now see the TapCloud dashboards within the secure portal. Visual depictions of the data reported by each patient makes it possible to rapidly interpret key insights, assess well-being, spot developing complications or determine medication side-effects. Established protocols will dictate whether a patient needs to be seen, requires a home health visit, or needs a medication adjustment.

As a member of the palliative care team, the Delta Care Rx pharmacist provides 24 hour on-call services seven days per week. Within the scope of the clinical conversation, the pharmacist will be able to make notes for care team nurses and physicians that include medication alternatives, questions, or guidance tailored for each patient.

"Bringing pharmacist expertise into the team's discussion offers a significant enhancement to care," Mihalyo says. "With this model, we have the ability to see the total picture of patient care."

Delta Care Rx is a leading sponsor for the annual American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, or AAHPM, Conference, April 14-16, in Boston, Mass. Attendees will network with peers in hospice and palliative care organizations from across the nation, while simultaneously learning from a broad variety of industry experts and thought leaders. Delta Care Rx President and COO Drew Mihalyo, PharmD, will be featured in a Showcase Theater, titled "What Telemedicine Can Do for YOUR Organization," with TapCloud's Tom Riley, CEO, on Friday, March 16.

Delta Care Rx partners with telemedicine innovators like TapCloud, to provide its clients with easy to use, innovative interfaces. These include Adapt by Delta Care Rx and powered by TapCloud, as well as HIPAA compliant, secure video conferencing and virtual patient engagement.

About Delta Care Rx:

Delta Care Rx - http://www.deltacarerx.com - transforms and improves the hospice pharmacy industry through business transparency, innovation, extreme customer service, and the maintenance of vital community pharmacy relationships. As a pharmacist owned, privately held provider, Delta Care Rx sets the industry benchmark for pharmacy benefit management, creative prescription mail order, on-demand pharmacist services, and hospice tailored e-Prescribing. Additionally, Delta Care Rx offers electronic tools, including cutting-edge telemedicine technology to improve the quality of palliative patient care during serious illness or at end of life, and simplifies essential workflow/ordering processes within hospice settings.

About Tap Cloud:

TapCloud - http://www.tapcloud.com/ - allows patients and providers to communicate in ways that improve the doctor-patient relationship, focus clinicians on patients that need the most attention, and ensure that the patients who require services receive those in a timely manner that maximizes health benefits, improves quality of life, and minimizes expenditures of health resources.

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Delta Care Rx Now Interfaces with HEALTHCAREfirst Electronic Health Records

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Delta Care Rx, a leading pharmaceutical innovator in end of life care, announces an exciting interface with HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or CAHPS, Surveys and advanced analytics.

The partnership enables Delta Care Rx Hospice pharmacy solutions to interface effortlessly with the HEALTHCAREfirst comprehensive electronic health records, or EHR, systems, including firstHOSPICE and firstHOMECARE.

"Delta Care Rx enjoys a growing segment of users within our customer base," says J. Kevin Porter, CEO of HEALTHCAREfirst, citing a recent, internal survey of clients. "This partnership strategically provides the interface those hospice clients need to create greater ease in workflow."

Thanks to the interface, slated for early April, clinicians will be able to enhance workflow efficiency from a single point of demographic data entry in the EHR, which will then flow electronically to Delta Care Rx.

For example, when a nurse inputs patient information into the HEALTHCAREfirst EHR, it appears in Delta Care Rx's e-tools automatically. The automatic transfer of vital information saves valuable time, reduces error, and improves patient care by reducing the effort required to ensure patients receive medications needed for quality outcomes.

In the future, a pharmaceutical interface will make it possible to order medications directly from the EHR. Users will also have the option of utilizing Delta Care Rx's user-friendly durable medical equipment (DME) management software and provider network. Again, as patient demographic information proves readily available in the e-tools software suite, there's no task repetition. Delta Care Rx pharmacy and DME orders can be placed from any digital device, including smart phones. There is no additional cost to HEALTHCAREfirst users who choose to add this interface.

"Managing pharmacy, alongside DME inside the same platform, definitely saves time and capital," says Drew Mihalyo, president and COO at Delta Care Rx. "This interface saves duplication of labor across the board for clients who already use a very powerful product via HEALTHCAREfirst."

Delta Care Rx partners with EHR vendors, like HEALTHCAREfirst, within the hospice industry to provide EHR clients with easy to use, innovative interfaces to enhance clinical efficiency and reduce operating costs.

About Delta Care Rx:

Delta Care Rx - http://www.deltacarerx.com - transforms and improves the hospice pharmacy industry through business transparency, innovation, extreme customer service, and the maintenance of vital community pharmacy relationships. As a pharmacist owned, privately held provider, Delta Care Rx sets the industry benchmark for pharmacy benefit management, creative prescription mail order, on-demand pharmacist services, and hospice tailored e-Prescribing. Additionally, Delta Care Rx offers electronic tools, including cutting-edge telemedicine technology to improve the quality of palliative patient care during serious illness or at end of life, and simplifies essential workflow/ordering processes within hospice settings.

About HEALTHCAREfirst:

HEALTHCAREfirst - http://www.healthcarefirst.com/ - provides web-based technologies and services to improve business and clinical operations for over four thousand home health and hospice providers across the United States. Based in Springfield, MO, and one of the fastest growing providers of its kind, the company provides, in any combination, agency and clinical management software; outsourced revenue cycle management services including billing, coding and home health Outcome and Assessment Information Set, or OASIS, Review; CAHPS surveys; and advanced analytics. HEALTHCAREfirst's breadth of solutions offers agencies a single source to improve patient care, create operational efficiencies, increase profitability and simplify CMS compliance. With HEALTHCAREfirst, agencies can focus on patients instead of paperwork.

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Medical Care Alert Named to University of Florida’s Gator100 List of Fastest Growing Companies for Second Year

NORTHVILLE, Mich. -- Medical Care Alert, a leading provider of medical alert systems to senior citizens nationwide, has been named to the University of Florida's 2018 Gator100 list of fastest growing alumni companies for the second year in a row. "Being named a Gator100 company two years in a row is a great honor," said Bryan Stapp, President of Medical Care Alert. "With so many of our clients living in Florida, this award holds special significance for us."

Medical Care Alert, the only Michigan-based company to receive the award, was ranked number 68 on the Gator100 list (up from number 88 in 2017) with a three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.27 percent. Results were compiled and certified by Ernst & Young.

"The Gator100 honors UF alumni from across the university who are founding and growing amazing companies around the country," said Kent Fuchs, president of the University of Florida. "It's an incredible affirmation of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Gator Nation."

Stapp attributed the company's growth to the popularity of its HOME & AWAY line of GPS-enabled mobile medical alert systems. He also noted the company's focus on customer service with an A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, five consecutive years of Angie's List Super Service Awards, and the Central Station Of The Year award given to Medical Care Alert's monitoring center by industry group CSAA in 2016.

About Medical Care Alert:
Medical Care Alert helps seniors live independently in their own homes with its award-winning "Help At The Press Of A Button" monitoring service. Company offers medical alert systems for every lifestyle, including mobile medical alert systems with GPS, and automatic fall detection technology. Medical alert systems are available with no long term commitment, for around a dollar a day. Medical Care Alert's systems are monitored 24/7 by EMT/EMD-Certified operators based in the United States. Learn more at https://www.medicalcarealert.com/.

Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company's compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.

Learn more about the Gator100 at: https://gator100.ufl.edu/home

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A Prime Time to Plan for Long-Term Care Is After Arranging It for Someone Else, says ACSIA Partners

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Have you been called upon to arrange care for an aging parent or other loved one? If so, "it can be a blessing in disguise," says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners, one of the nation's largest long-term care insurance agencies. "It can inspire you to plan ahead for your own care, without delay."

"In our experience," Gott says, "most Americans plan for their own care late in the game, when affordable insurance is no longer an option. But it doesn't have to be that way."

According to industry estimates, only about 10 percent of those who could benefit from LTC insurance have policies. Why? "The main reason is that busy younger people are preoccupied with family and career. Their future care needs just aren't a priority, so they put off thinking about it," Gott explains.

However, when they're called upon to plan care for someone else, they're forced to think about it. "The experience can be eye-opening and motivational. At a visceral level, they see and feel the need to plan for themselves. The trick is to act before the feeling fades."

Helping someone else secure long-term care generally happens in one's 40's, 50's or 60's, an opportune time for appreciating two vital facts:

(1) The majority of older people eventually need help with basic tasks of everyday existence. These include "activities of daily living" (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, using the toilet, transferring (to or from bed or chair), caring for incontinence, and eating.

And these tasks also include "instrumental activities of daily living" (IADLs) such as housework, managing money, taking medication, preparing and cleaning up after meals, shopping for groceries or clothes, using the telephone or other communication devices, caring for pets, and responding to emergency alerts such as fire alarms.

(2) Care options and costs vary widely. Long-term care may be supplied by family members and/or paid professionals. Family members generally charge nothing, but if helping out impacts their jobs, their lost income may run into the tens of thousands.

Care services supplied by professionals fall into four main categories (average national costs per year shown in parentheses):
* Adult day health care ($17,680),
* Home health care ($45,760),
* Assisted living facility care ($43,539), and
* Nursing home care ($82,125 for semi-private room).
(Data from the Genworth Cost of Care Survey.)

"When you help Mom or Dad get care, these facts become crystal clear," says Gott. "You see what a difference early action can make."

LTC insurance or another funding instrument can -
* Assure you're protected at a lower rate than older, less healthy applicants.
* Protect your retirement assets.
* Give you greater control over your lifestyle when receiving care (staying in your own home versus a facility, for example).
* Put less of a burden on family members.

"We have state-certified agents throughout the U.S.," says Gott. "They are glad to walk anyone through these options, in person or by phone."

ACSIA Partners LLC -- https://www.acsiapartners.com/ -- is one of America's largest and most experienced long-term care insurance agencies serving all states.

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Reception at Cocoon Homecare in support of Council Member Donovan Richards

JAMAICA, N.Y. -- This past Wednesday evening, a crowd gathered at a reception at Cocoon Homecare in Jamaica to show their support for Council Member Donovan Richards. Also notably present was Community Board 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams who just clinched the democratic primary for the District 28 City Council seat and is well positioned to win the seat in the general election in November.

The synergy and shared vision between Cocoon Homecare and Council Member Donovan Richards and Chairwoman Adrienne Adams was clearly apparent throughout the event. Event Host and CEO Hillel Adelman of Cocoon Homecare spoke with feeling about the true compassion that Council Member Donovan Richards has for the constituents he so devotedly serves.

Local Rabbi, Rabbi Eliezer Feuer spoke about the sacrifice of serving the public that Council Member Donovan Richards and Chairwoman Adrienne Adams have so passionately embraced. Council Member Donovan Richards spoke of the growing need for home care and the critical role that Cocoon Homecare had to play in the health of the residents that he serves.

Council Member Donovan Richards praised the dedication and commitment he saw in the Cocoon Homecare team and went on to say that he looked forward to working with Cocoon Homecare to enhance the lives of our community residents together.

Chairwoman Adrienne Adams was the closing speaker of the night and said she very much wanted to work with Cocoon Homecare to serve and support the community. She inspired the Cocoon Homecare team and highlighted the significance of their work when she said "With one phone call you can change the world. With one phone call you can save someone's life."

About Cocoon Homecare:

Cocoon Homecare empowers individuals and their caregivers. You can receive the care you need from someone you care about and they can get paid. We can help ensure you are cared for by someone you trust. If you are already providing care for a family member, friend or neighbor or you would like to - Cocoon Homecare can help.

Founded in 2016, Cocoon Homecare is a fast-growing, customer focused home care company with a strong and agile technology infrastructure and is located in Jamaica, NY.

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Energy Optimizers, USA, secures PACE funding for new long-term care facility

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- When it opens in late 2017, the Livingston Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Washington Township will be the first project in Ohio to install solar energy using PACE funding, an investment made possible with coordination from Energy Optimizers, USA.

PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, funding enables property owners to pay for energy efficiency improvements to their properties and renewable energy installations by borrowing money through government loans or bonds. Funds can be used for new development or existing facilities.

"The PACE funding is notable because it has enabled owner Premier Healthcare Management to invest in more energy conservation measures than they might otherwise have, which will hold down immediate costs while delivering a tremendous payback over the long term," said Greg Smith, president and CEO of Energy Optimizers, USA. "The company can expect about 30 years of operation from solar panels that will be paid off in just 10 years. That's an incredibly cost-effective investment."

The $20 million long-term care facility, currently well into construction, will replace an outdated building on a land-locked site in Dayton. Both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy will be part of a $3.1 million package of PACE-funded energy efficiency features. The 150-kW solar installation will run up to 20 percent of the facility's electrical load, and the solar thermal will dramatically slash the costs associated with traditional hot water heaters. Both technologies are currently being installed at the site.

Other energy-efficient features include LED lighting, high efficiency HVAC systems, and thicker walls for more insulation. All of the components will work together to conserve energy and keep utility costs in check for the 100,000 square foot facility.

Energy Optimizers, USA, worked with Premier Healthcare Management to identify potential energy management solutions and apply for the PACE funding. The company will also assess and validate all energy savings associated with the project.

Financing for the Livingston project will be provided through the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority and the Dayton Regional Energy Special Improvement District, Inc.

"We saw this as an excellent opportunity to contribute to a project that promises to anchor growth in the area while conserving resources and operating with greater efficiency," said Jerry Brunswick, president of the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority. "We hope it will spark more interest in both economic development and energy conservation in the area."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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More Than Two Thirds of Americans Not Prepared for Disability

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The average American Fidelity Assurance Company long-term disability is nearly three years. Even though one in five adults experiences a long-term disability, most Americans are ill-prepared to cover expenses if they are unable to work (note 1). The average American could not cover a $400 emergency without selling some of their possessions and 69 percent have less than $1,000 in savings (notes 2, 3).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median weekly earnings of full-time workers in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $849 (note 4). Based on that weekly earning amount, workers would need $132,444 in savings to cover the lost income from the average long-term disability claim length of three years. On top of that, they would need funds to cover any medical expenses not covered by major medical insurance and their co-pay and/or deductible.

American Fidelity provides Disability Income Insurance to help protect Customers if they can't work due to a covered injury or sickness. It provides steady benefits to cover expenses, paying a percentage of the Customer's gross monthly earnings. American Fidelity provides disability insurance and many other supplemental benefits through employers in the education, municipal, auto and healthcare industries.

One teacher recently learned of the benefits of Disability Income Insurance as she prepared for surgery. "I was so surprised to find that my benefits would cover my extended recuperation even though it was summer time. Teachers don't take the summer 'off,' as they have mandatory trainings, planning sessions and continuing education classes. Unfortunately, my medical condition was going to make me ineligible for these salary earning opportunities. Having surgery is very stressful. The fact that I did not face financial worries at the same time is priceless." Deborah Sullivan, Seneca Valley High School, Germantown, Maryland.

Learn more about Disability Income Insurance at: https://americanfidelity.com/for-individuals/employee-benefits/disability-insurance/.

About American Fidelity:
American Fidelity Assurance Company is a supplemental benefits provider with a focus on offering a different opinion for Customers in education, municipality, auto retail and healthcare. It serves more than 1 million Customers across 49 states. More information can be found at https://americanfidelity.com/.

American Fidelity has earned an "A+" (Superior) from the A.M. Best Company since 1982. One of the nation's leading insurance company rating services, A.M. Best conducts a strict review process for financial stability every year.

American Fidelity has recognized as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work(R) and Fortune Magazine 11 times.

The Company was also selected for several other lists by Fortune in the past year, including, Best Workplaces in Finance and Insurance, Best Companies for Giving Back, Best Workplaces for Women, Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Human Capital 30: Companies that Put Employees Front and Center.

Contact:
Lindsey Sparks
Senior Public Relations Specialist
Lindsey.Sparks@americanfidelity.com
405-523-5901

Melody Wortmann
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications, Creative Services and Culture
Melody.Wortmann@americanfidelity.com
405-523-5979

NOTES -- Sources:
1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, April 20, 2015 https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/features/key-findings-community-prevalence.html
2. Federal Reserve, May 2016 https://www.federalreserve.gov/2015-report-economic-well-being-us-households-201605.pdf, page 9
3. GOBankingRates.com Survey 2016 https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/data-americans-savings/
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 24, 2017 https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/wkyeng.pdf

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Be Alert for a Job Offer You Can’t Refuse: ‘Unpaid Caregiver,’ Warns Long-Term Care Leader ACSIA Partners

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- "America faces a senior health crisis that is also an employment crisis," says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners, one of the nation's largest long-term care insurance agencies.

In most U.S. households an out-of-the-blue "job offer" will suddenly appear.
* Urgently needed: caregiver.
* Duties: look after an aging family member 24/7.
* Pay: zero.

"This can be disruptive," says Gott, "but with good planning, it needn't be."

The demand for senior caregiving is huge. About 70% of those over 65 will need help with the activities of daily living at some point, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "These activities are basic tasks we normally take for granted," says Gott. "Things like eating, moving around, bathing, and toileting."

In families with two or more seniors, the odds approach 100% that at least one will need caregiving services sooner or later. That creates millions of caregiving "jobs." Most go to unpaid family members or friends, and their ranks are legion.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 40 million unpaid caregivers currently look after adults ages 65 and older. That's more than a quarter of the entire U.S. workforce. And new caregivers enter the ranks every year.

When these services are extensive, the toll on the caregiver can be great. According to a 2015 report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, heavy-duty caregivers (who often perform medical or nursing tasks without preparation) reported negative effects. A majority, 63%, said the intense caregiving made their own health worse.

"And when full-time caregiving also leads to quitting your job or reducing your work hours," says Gott, "financial stresses make matters worse."

When volunteer caregiving is more limited, it can be a different story. "The extent of caregiving seems key," observes Gott. "It would appear that some caregiving is OK and even enriching." She points to a Pew Research study revealing that most caregivers found caring for an older loved one rewarding.

"The right balance is vital," says Gott. "Supplying some care personally, and hiring professionals to supply the rest."

Appropriate services for family members include companionship; emotional support; handling paperwork such as paying bills; and assisting with some, but not all, activities of daily living.

Appropriate services for professionals include monitoring the loved-one during working hours; helping with activities of daily living when family cannot be present; and any assistance requiring medical or nursing skill.

To be in a position to pay for professional caregiving, Gott's organization recommends five options:
* Long-term care insurance
* Critical illness insurance
* Life insurance (with LTC rider)
* An annuity (with LTC rider)
* Savings, such as a tax-advantaged Health Savings Account.

"Our advisors are glad to walk anyone through these options, in person or by phone," says Gott.

About ACSIA Partners:

ACSIA Partners LLC -- https://www.acsiapartners.com/ -- is one of America's largest and most experienced long-term care insurance agencies serving all states. The company is also a co-founder and sponsor of the "3in4 Need More" campaign, which encourages Americans to form a long-term care plan.

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CARR Announces First Corporate Sponsor

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is pleased to announce Grace Care Management as CARR's first corporate sponsor. President and CEO Cindy Hasz stated, "Grace Care Management is pleased to support CARR's consumer advocacy work; it long overdue, and much needed by the growing numbers of seniors who are receiving assisted living placements in California."

On behalf of CARR's Board of Directors, Executive Director, Chris Murphy accepted the corporate donation, "CARR is extremely grateful for the financial support of Grace Care Management. It is a name synonymous with quality geriatric care management services for nearly 20 years in San Diego County. Their sponsorship of CARR is synergistic with the advocacy missions of both organizations, and will enable CARR to actively engage California's legislators on reform issues of concern to consumers of assisted living placement."

About Grace Eldercare Inc.:

Grace Care Management was founded in 2001, and offers a range of professional care and consulting services for families having aging adults. Grace Care Management has an established record of providing families with health professionals focused on creating an environment of care, protecting, surrounding and spiritually nourishing those with chronic illness, aging, or extended recovery.

Their sponsorship of CARR continues the corporation's history of philanthropic giving.

About Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform:

Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is a San Diego-based consumer advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving resident care in California's assisted living facilities through customer education, and increasing industry accountability. Since 2009 CARR has supplied San Diego seniors, families, professionals, government agencies and officials with evidence-based information and analysis on aging trends in long term care, research on local assisted living facilities and resources on advocating for resident rights and obtaining accountability.

CARR is a 2014 recipient of the First Amendment Coalition's Free Speech and Open Government Award, sponsor of AB 1523 (Atkins legislation (Statutes of 2014, Chapter 205), and San Diego County's contractor for the Choose Well program (HHSA/AIS).

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