Have you heard of Senior Advisors? We have a great one for you!

When it comes to Senior Living, The RIGHT PLACE Means Everything.  But it is one of the most confusing and most stressful times.   Today I met an amazing women who owns Oasis in Northern & Central New Jersey, who provides this service free of charge to you.  The owner’s name is Connie Pizzaro.

Yes, you are not mistaken, I did say free.  I think of Connie as your family’s concierge.  She gives you her undivided attention when attending to your family’s needs. She has a great back story which  you will have to go to her website Somerset.Oasis.SeniorAdvsiors.com to read it.  Oasis will help you find what ever assistance you need for your loved one.  Anything from Assisted Living, Independent Living, Retirement communities, skilled nursing homes, home health agencies and so much more.  Here at STAT Medical Alert we have the same philosophy.  We treat you like you are one of our family members.  That is what Connie and Oasis will do for your family.  STAT Medical Alert will be working with Oasis to provide medical alert devices to anyone who requires one.  Our no contract and affordable pricing is really a great fit for anyone who is looking for an affordable option.  Give Connie a call at 732-524-8864 or email her at CPizarro@youroasisadvisor.com for a no-obligation consultation.

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Do you know what Long Term Care Insurance is? It can be a crucial policy for you.

It might be hard to imagine now, but chances are you’ll need some help taking care of yourself later in life. The big question is: How will you pay for it?

Buying long-term care insurance is one way to prepare. Long-term care refers to a host of services that aren’t covered by regular health insurance. This includes assistance with routine daily activities, like bathing, dressing or getting in and out of bed.

A long-term care insurance policy helps cover the costs of that care when you have a chronic medical condition, a disability or a disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease. Most policies will reimburse you for care given in a variety of places, such as:

  • Your home.
  • A nursing home.
  • An assisted living facility.
  • An adult day care center.
  • Durable Medical Equipment, such as our Medical Alert devices.

Considering long-term care costs is an important part of any long-range financial plan, especially in your 50s and beyond. Waiting until you need care to buy coverage is not an option. You won’t qualify for long-term care insurance if you already have a debilitating condition. Most people with long-term care insurance buy it in their mid-50s to mid-60s.

Whether long-term care insurance is the right choice depends on your situation and preferences.  Consider finding someone who is a financial specialist when shopping for this type of policy.  We recommend Lynette Barbieri, financial specialist she can be reached at (732)845-0006.  She has worked with many of our clients.

How many people have been victims of identity theft?

We hear it on a daily basis. Hackers, compromised integrity from a bank employee.  These are the hard facts, 17.6 MILLION U.S. RESIDENTS EXPERIENCED IDENTITY THEFT IN 2014. WASHINGTON – An estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.  What do you do to protect your identity?  We are just as concerned as you.  We provide safety in all aspects of your life, Medical, Campus, Community and your identity.  Again, this becomes a priceless commodity.  Our leading competitor is twice as much and only insures you up to 2 million dollars.  Prime America insures you up to 5 million dollars for half the price.  Use this link to find out how you can protect you and your family

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Why we are setting our Goals for 2018 higher than ever!

With security in an  inconsistent world on the forefront of every ones’ mind today.  Medical Alert Devices are not longer for the elderly.  Here at STAT Medical we are working diligently to change the perception of these devices.  In this blog you will find some disturbing statistics.  That is not to alarm anyone but bring education awareness to everyone.  In this year, we will be working on a new device that will create peace of mind for the entire family.

  • Parents sending their children to college
  • Adult children that are left to take care of the elderly parents with dementia.
  • Parents with special needs children.
  • Domestic Violence victims that needs silent immediate help without their attacker seeing them reach for a cell phone.

These are the target markets that I am focused on:

  1. Campus Safety
  2. Special Needs Community
  3. Senior Population
  4. Domestic Violent

Statistics are compelling with these target markets.

CAMPUS VIOLENCE

Stats: The number of shootings increased 23 percent to 49 incidents during the 2006- 07 to 2010-11 school years.

Source: https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/

 RAPES ON CAMPUS

One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college

More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault

63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes

Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center

SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY

Roughly half, or 49%, of children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings

Source: https://safeminds.org

ELDER CARE

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • In 2014, the total cost of fall injuries was $31 billion. The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
  • Source: https://www.ncoa.org/

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

Source: https://ncadv.org/statistics

We will keep you updated as we progress to consistently give you and your family safety devices.

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February is National Senior Care Month

We all think of February as the month to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but what you might not know is that February is also National Senior Independence Month. Living an independent lifestyle is important to many of us as we age, no matter your age, or where you live. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable, safe, and healthy this month and throughout the year.

Take advantage of technology

Ensure your living space is equipped with an up-to-date security system. Not only will these systems protect against theft or property damage, they can do a lot more. If your living space includes a yard or even an outdoor entrance, security devices can detect any motion nearby. The motion light sensors can help you see, as well as fend off unwanted guests.

We find that although cell phones and tablets can also contribute to safety in staying in contact with your loved ones,  it does not protect you in case of a fall or emergency. Our products can also serve as location devices and, of course, provide maps with exact location with our GPS trackers and fall detection. STAT Medical has many other suggestions about the types of technology that benefit seniors living independently. Check out our products website  here.

 

Make a few upgrades

If you don’t already have grab bars in your bathroom, install them! Whether you need them or not right now, they are always handy and can accommodate any layout or design. Also, check the banisters on your stairs. They can come loose from years of use and pose a risk.

Dark hallways or a dark closet? Motion sensor stick-on lights might solve the problem. Making these upgrades will make a world of difference!

Fall Risks

Make sure you have a clear pathway in your home.  Tripping hazards such as area rugs, electrical cords and tile floors that may become wet from tracking water and snow from the outside.  Also, we never think of socks as being an issue or falling, however they can be slippery on hardwood floors.  The statistics show that a fall in the senior population happens every twenty minutes and can lead to death.  Once a fall has happened, you are more likely to fall again within 6 months.

Do you have any other tips for seniors living an active, independent lifestyle? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Education is key!

There is a bigger picture, when choosing a medical alert company.  Today, I received a email from a potential client.   The customer posed the question, “Will your product work with WiFi without subscribing to the monthly service fee?” A great question to ask!  Here, at STAT Medical Alert we believe educating our customers is key.  Our mission statement is, “We create peace of mind for you and your entire family.”  Sales pitches and contracts are not a part of our verbiage.  My response to the customer was, “This is a safety device and our company’s #1 priority is your safety.  Sure it would work with WiFi, however what happens when your WiFi doesn’t work or worse, what happens to the service once you step out of your home?”  To the surprise of the customer, she hadn’t thought of that.  That is why you can always count on our company to provide you with accurate and responsible solutions.  We are constantly researching and testing our product line prior to offering it to clients.  We assess all of our clients on a personal basis, customizing an individual safety product for you.

When is a Medical Alert Device needed?

We are often faced with this question.  It does not come down to age.  There are so many different factors that go into making a decision.  This can be short-term use or a long-term one.

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Falls in the Senior Population: Staying Proactive

There are three main reasons why older people are more likely to have a fall. These are: chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, dementia and low blood pressure (hypotension), which can cause dizziness, impairments, such as poor vision or muscle weakness.

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Insurance Coverage for your Medical Alert Device

Insurance Coverage Procedures for STAT MEDICAL Personal Emergency GPS Safety Device

 

We always recommend contacting your primary insurance company or state Medicaid Program office to find out exactly what they cover and what documentation they require. This is just a basic outline of what is typically required.

  • Using the list of codes provided, obtain a prescription from the
  • Request a quote directly from Stat Medical.
  • Submit prescription and quote to either your case/ social worker or directly to your insurance company to make sure they will cover the Medical Alert device you have chosen.

 

***For individuals enrolled in Medicaid waiver programs, please contact us at 732-508-7800 to see if we are already on their authorized durable medical equipment provider list.

If you have any general questions, please send an email to info@statmedicalalert.net or go to the contact page at www.statmedicalalert.net

Please remember we are unable to bill Medicaid or your private insurance directly and therefore you are responsible for payment and submission of the paperwork required for reimbursement.

These devices are confirmed to be covered by: Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, Transatlantic Insurance, American Maritime Officers, and Select Health to name a few.

The concept of wandering was added to ICD-9CM effective with the October 1, 2000 update as an inclusion term under at code 294.11.

Prescription from Doctor: A prescription from your Physician needs to be requested and including the following information:

Name:  Exact name of the Medical Alert Device you have chosen for Wandering Prevention.

Example; MX-LOCare GPS Watch, AngelSense, Bell +, LOK8U.

Diagnoses Code

Alzheimer’s Disease (331.0)

Autism or Pervasive Development Disorder PDD (299.0-299.9)

Dementia, unspecified, with behavioral disturbance (294.21)

Intellectual disabilities (317-319)

Sub code: (See above) Wandering Code: V40.31

HCPCs: S5162 – Billing Code for Purchase

Submit this to the insurance company or state funded program with a receipt for your purchase.

Additional Codes (if needed)

Other: If denied – Use Enhanced Medical Assistive technology

HCPCs: S5199

 CPT Codes – X is HIPAA compliant code S is CPT or HCPCs code

X5012 Personal emergency response system S5160, S5161, S5162

 

S5160: Emergency response system; installation and testing S5161:

Emergency response system; service fee, per month (Excludes installation and testing)

S5162: Emergency response system; purchase only X5014 DME – personal emergency response system, Installation

The new HCPCs codes level 2 are for items not covered in level 1 coding. Try these new codes HSW is Health, Safety, & Welfare

HCPCs Code – S5160K

Units of Service – Maximum allowed based on 12 month plan

Personal Emergency Response System – install/test (HSW Only)

HCPCs Code – S5161HK Per Month

Unit of Event Personal Emergency Response System – monthly service fee (HSW only) S5161HK Per Month

HCPCs 2017 Code – E1399 Durable Medical Equipment, miscellaneous

 

Please feel free to contact us is you have any questions or feel you require further assistance.

 

PHYSICIAN SAMPLE LETTER: AUTISM ELOPEMENT (Can be used for Alzheimer’s, dementia or any other cognitive impairment)

 

NAME OF CHILD OR ADULT (DOB XX/XX/XX) carries a diagnosis , which poses certain cognitive challenges and safety risks. NAME currently attends NAME OF SCHOOL in NAME OF TOWN. If this is for an adult you can leave this part out.

NAME has a history of wandering from safe environments, including a YEAR incident where NAME wandered from LIST INCIDENT. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Wandering places children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in harmful and potentially life-threatening situations—making this an important safety issue for individuals affected and their families and caregivers.

If given the opportunity, NAME will wander from safe environments. NAME’S wandering tendencies include goal-directed elopement, which means NAME will seek out items of interest, specifically roads and bodies of water. NAME’S history also includes fleeing incidents following a meltdown or escalation trigger.

It is for these reasons, and NAME’S history of elopement, that NAME now has a medical diagnosis of Wandering In Diseases Classified Elsewhere (ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z91.83). To ensure NAME’s safety, it is medically necessary that NAME have close and constant adult supervision at all times, and that proper safeguards are in place. Safeguards may include architectural barriers, door alarms, visual prompts, and a school-wide response protocol.

A Functional Behavioral Assessment should be done to help identify root causes of NAME’s elopement behaviors. NAME must never be left unattended by any adult for any reason. Leaving NAME unattended poses serious safety and health risks.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

For more information on the wandering diagnostic code, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/code.html

How to keep your loved one who wanders safe.

I’m going to start by telling you the hard facts, which as a special needs parent  myself don’t want to hear. Even as an adult child taking care of your parent with Dementia or Alzheimer’s or just plain memory loss due to age. As a special needs parent it is our responsibility to keep our special needs child safe,  because they can’t do this on their own.  With parents as they age or get diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia or just aging, we can help by also keeping them safe and giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Did you know that over 60% of patients with Alzheimer’s will wander? An even more serious statistic is that up to half of those individuals will suffer injuries or even death.

Roughly half, or 48%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement.

So the question is what can we do? The direct quote from “Autism Speaks” is this; Consider a Tracking Device.  

We know that if your loved one has a tracking device, you can find them within no time at all.  We can’t rely on others such as law enforcement to go out and find your loved one if they have wandered off.  We have all read multiple articles on “missing children” Multiple “Amber Alerts” and multiple “Silver Alerts” These all can be prevented.  We must be pro-active in keeping our loved ones safe.

With our GPS Tracker Watches, LOK8U, or AngelSense you can now know where they are at all times.

With our Wandering devices, such as Belle + (with GPS and Fall Detection), LOK8U you now can be pro-active if they wander.

Don’t wait, this is all preventative and we hope you never need to use them for finding your loved ones if they go missing.  However, know this we are with you every step of the way, through the entire process. PREVENTION IS KEY!


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