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Select Institute for Caregivers Courses and are now available here, on our website, for the general public and most importantly for those caregivers who cannot attend the classes in person.


Medicare: An Overview & Changes for 2020

Confused by the numerous Medicare plans and options available to you and the changes taking place in 2020?  This class offers an overview of Medicare to help you understand your options. Topics will include supplemental insurances, prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans, EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program) and more. 




What Happens in the ER? - Isabel Kliss discusses what you should have prepared for yourself and your loved ones and have available all the time. This is basic information in case there is a need for a hospitalization. Then she discusses what happens if emergency services are called and what happens in the ER. She also talks about the key people you’re likely to meet on arrival to the hospital.



What Happens When You're Admitted to the Hospital? - Isabel Kliss discusses what happens during a hospitalization. Who will be involved in your care or your loved one’s care? What questions do you ask? How is a discharge plan put together? If you or your loved one has to go to a nursing home, what can you expect? She discusses how the referral process works and what you can do to be involved in these decisions. And, of course, who pays for all of this?



Chronic Care Medicaid - Morgan Thurston discusses Medicaid Eligibility Requirements for Nursing Homes & Chronic Care in the Community including the Application Process,  Income & Resource Limits, Spousal Issues, Look Back Periods and the Transfers of Assets/Penalty Periods.



Legal & Financial Issues in Healthcare Planning - Attorney Tim Crisafulli speaks about Advance Directives: Durable Power of Attorney; Gifts Rider, Health Care Proxy, Living Will, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and Long Term Care Planning.



Downsizing & Decluttering: Rightsized Living for Seniors - Have you ever thought about relocating or downsizing but didn’t know where to start? Whether moving or “aging in place” many seniors find the task of downsizing difficult at best. This class will discuss where and when to start planning. It will offer decluttering tips, suggestions on managing the stress of the transition, what organizational supplies you will need, and liquidation options. The presentation is led by Mike and Jen Novak from Caring Transitions of Syracuse.



Financial Considerations in Health Care Planning - What is long term health care and who pays for it? What is the current state of long term care insurance? This class offers a discussion about other ways you can plan for long term health care expenses, including using products that you may already own. This Institute for Caregiver class was given by Jim Connell Jr., CPA, Financial Advisor.



Smart Money Habits
Designed to provide the basics of good money management, this class will assist you in developing smart money habits. Based in part on the AARP Finance 50+, we will discuss the step by step process of spending smarter, setting financial goals, reducing debt and improving credit. We will present the building blocks toward financial wellbeing and offer ways to reduce the risk of financial exploitation.  Handouts and worksheets will be provided. Presented by Dottie DeSimone.



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