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Monday, February 23rd, 2015
If you move to Florida from another state, you can transfer your Certified Nursing Assistant License to Florida so you can work here as a C.N.A. If you have additional questions or need help with coming to work for EasyLiving, fill out our home health employment application or contact us.
Requirements for CNA Reciprocity: How to Transfer Your Certified Nursing Assistant License to Florida from Other States
For Certification by Reciprocity, the requirements are as follows (found in Section 464.203 of the Florida Statutes). You must:
- currently be certified in another state AND
- listed on that state’s certified nursing assistant registry AND
- not been found to have committed abuse, neglect, or exploitation in that state
There are specific rules regarding those who have convictions, criminal history or have been involved in healthcare fraud seeking to transfer their certified nursing assistant license. Applicants transferring their CNA license must submit electronic fingerprints. You can read more details about transferring your certified nursing assistant license and reciprocity rules on the Florida Board of Nursing site.
How to Transfer Your Certified Nursing Assistant License to Florida: Process Guidelines
You can apply to the Florida Board of Nursing for reciprocity of your C.N.A. license with another state, without being required to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant exam. The process for how to transfer your Certified Nursing Assistant license is as follows:
- Submit completed application to the Florida Board of Nursing.
- Complete the electronic fingerprinting process.
- The Florida Board of Nursing will determine your eligibility based on results of background screening.
- Once all materials are submitted, an application specialist will review them. You may be asked for additional information.
- The Board of Nursing will attempt to verify your license in the jurisdiction in which it is held.
- If the Board Office is unable to verify the license, they will send you a license verification form to be completed by the jurisdiction where you hold your current license.
- If you meets all requirements, you will be placed on the Florida Registry.
Certified Nursing Assistants: Florida Statutes and Rules
Florida Chapter 464, Part 3 covers Certified Nursing Assistants. Related statutes include Chapter 456 (Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions), Chapter 435 (Employment Screening) and Section 408.809 (Background Screening–prohibited offences) as well as Chapter 64B9-15 of the Administrative Rules.
Fees for Transferring Your CNA License to Florida from Another State
Applicants are responsible for the fees incurred for electronic fingerprinting, which varies from provider to provider. Check out our recommended partner. EZFingerprints, LLC for efficient, cost-effective electronic fingerprinting for the state of Florida.
Now that you know how to transfer your Certified Nursing Assistant license to Florida, EasyLiving is awaiting your application. We offer wonderful C.N.A. opportunities for home health careers throughout Pinellas and Pasco counties. Join us!
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
We’ve been sharing a lot of “food for thought” about romance and companionship in later life, leading up to our movie screening of The Age of Love. While we advocate for the need for a variety of relationships throughout the lifespan, we know families sometimes face concerns about an aging parent’s romantic relationship. So, today we will address questions such as:
How do you know when your concerns are legitimate?
What red flags indicate a relationship could be exploitative?
What can you do when you feel your aging parent is being exploited?
Elder Exploitation or Love?
A key issue here is the issue of consent. If your parent is a consenting adult (you may need a professional assessment when the person has memory loss/dementia issues), he/she may have the right to make not-so-great decisions when it comes to relationships.
However, much like issues of sexual harassment in the workplace, balance of power and influence can make this issue more complicated. For example, if your loved one becomes involved in a relationship with a caregiver (or the partner takes over management of the household and care of the person), would your aging parent feel comfortable breaking off the relationship? Does the elder feel trapped or threatened? Has the partner made hints about being needed or what might happen if he/she is not around anymore?
Check out our Aging Wisely “Caregiver Concerns” handout, which provides some good warning signs related to caregivers and undue influence (not just related to romantic relationships). These types of issues are covered in training and coaching with our EasyLiving caregivers, to help caregivers create good boundaries and prevent problems.
Red Flags and Preventative Protection
Sometimes it might be hard to know the answers to these questions (especially when the partner did not start out as a caregiver). It helps to keep in touch and try to keep the lines of communication open. Keeping the elder’s circle of support intact can reduce undue influence, help others spot warning signs and give the elder comfort in speaking out about his/her own concerns.
This is another reason why it’s valuable to establish long-term relationships not only with a social circle, but with professionals. If your aging parent has a long-term financial advisor, attorney, C.P.A., physician or other valued professionals, they know your loved one’s personality and patterns and can spot drastic changes. They can be allies in protecting your parent. When you have a professional home health company like EasyLiving involved you get extra layers of protection and accountable management to assist you.
Another big red flag is isolation. Is your loved one cutting back on seeing or talking to you? Does the new partner insist on being involved in everything/not allow you to be alone with your loved one? Reducing isolation is helpful as a preventative measure and also a good indicator when things change dramatically.
What can you do when you’re worried about your aging parent’s romantic relationship?
- Talk to him/her honestly. Consider your approach beforehand and be sensitive to how your words may be construed. You might want to consult with one of our care managers about this approach.
- Stay involved. Try to maintain a relationship and talk often. This can mitigate the influence one person has and help your loved one to open up to you.
- Try to get to know the new partner. You have a better chance to evaluate the relationship/person and stay involved in your loved one’s life.
- Talk to the home care company if the relationship in question is with his/her caregiver. If you’re feeling a little uneasy about things you are seeing or hearing, they can help monitor and provide coaching/training for the caregiver about boundaries. They can also take action and help you determine the best course if a romantic attachment has already formed. It can be natural for an elder to form an attachment to a caregiver who is involved in his/her daily life so this issue may come up even when the caregiver has not done anything inappropriate to encourage it. Don’t hesitate to bring it up to the company; it’s much easier to address proactively.
- Get an evaluation early on if you have concerns. It’s easier to do this before a person yields too much influence or has isolated your loved one. This may need to be done with some subtlety (telling your Dad, “we want to evaluate your girlfriend’s intentions” isn’t going to work!).
- Reach out to protective services if you spot signs of abuse, neglect or elder exploitation. In Florida, the phone # is 1-800-96ABUSE (962-2873). It helps if you can provide specific information about what you have seen or heard. It may also be helpful to start with an evaluation as mentioned above.
All this month, we’ve been covering romance, intimacy, relationship concerns and more here and on our Aging Wisely blog. Our exclusive The Age of Love premier is a great opportunity to spark these discussions. Please make plans to join us on February 27th for this enjoyable, thought-provoking movie (RSVP to 727-447-5845…free for our friends and colleagues)!
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Intimacy refers to a close feeling shared between two people, based on familiarity with the other person. It includes emotional, social (based on shared experiences), and physical intimacy (eg, touching, cuddling, sexual activity). Relationships of all types help us to stay fulfilled as people, throughout the lifespan.
Life events, roles and priorities impact our relationships. We know that loneliness and isolation disproportionately affect older adults. Some of the reasons behind this may include physical isolation due to limited mobility or poor health, loss of relationships due to death (spouse, friends and even available companions in the age group), and societal structure and beliefs about older adults. Intimacy can help prevent depression and improve self-esteem and physical health.
Many sexual myths and stereotypes work against older people and challenge whether the expression of sexuality in old age is appropriate. Despite studies reporting that older people can be potentially sexually active into later life, society still continues to devalue older people’s sexuality. Sexuality is still considered the province of youth and studies show this influences older adults’ own feelings of attractiveness and sexuality.
Statistics: Sexuality and Intimacy in Later Life
- The level of sexual interest and activity among people over the age of 65 is as diverse as the individuals who make up that population.
- A survey of married men and women showed that 87% of married men and 89% of married women in the 60-64 age range are sexually active. Those numbers drop with advancing years, but 29% of men and 25% of women over the age of 80 are still sexually active.
- The desire for intimacy does not decrease with age, and there is no age at which intimacy, including physical intimacy, is inappropriate. However, the disorders and emotional changes that often occur with aging can interfere with developing and maintaining an intimate relationship. Aging can also change the way intimacy is expressed.
Privacy Issues and Forming Romantic Relationships in Later Life
Many past studies exposed the limited insights and vague understanding of residential care facility staff in handling older residents’ sexual acts – often construing sexual behaviors as behavioral problems, rather than elders’ expressions for love and intimacy. Studies done in the late 1980s and early 90s found that older people’s sexual expressions were met with apprehension, disapproval, judged as misbehavior, and punished using restraints or segregation. It was not unusual for staff to feel uncomfortable, and to react by ignoring the expressions.
Things have improved somewhat and there are facilities doing some groundbreaking work and advocacy in this area, such as the Hebrew Home of Riverdale in New York. Today, facilities may address these concerns through staff training and policies, but issues remain and it’s important to ask:
- How does a care facility balance the need for safety/supervision in group settings with the reality that older adults do continue to be sexual human beings with a need for intimacy and private time?
- What are specific ways a facility can handle consenting adults’ sexual behavior in the group-like setting of a facility? What staff training is needed?
Intimacy, and in particular physical intimacy, in later life may be affected by: stereotypes and societal beliefs, loss of partner, gender-ratio imbalance (more women than men), disorders and age-related changes to libido and sexual function (and reluctance to discuss these with health practitioners), lack of privacy, lack of opportunities to form and engage in new relationships and changing forms of intimacy (and potential partner discrepancy in these expectations).
Some of these issues are being addressed more openly today and we encourage a continued dialogue about the ways in which we can foster health relationships throughout the lifespan and break down isolation and loneliness. Our goal is to ensure that we do not let our clients’ age, disease, or disability affect their quality of life. This requires a holistic view of the person to support all aspects of what is important to him/her. Supportive services can make a big difference in little ways, from ensuring the person can maintain personal hygiene and feel good about he/she looks to providing transportation and concierge support to allow elders to continue with a wide array of favorite activities in the community.
Family Conflicts and Concerns
Unfortunately, family members may hold some of these societal perceptions about aging as well, or their personal feelings may impact Mom or Dad’s new relationships. An adult child may be grieving for the loss of one parent and become upset when the living parent forms a new romantic attachment. Adult children sometimes worry that Mom or Dad is being taken advantage of or suspect the partner’s intentions. At these times, it may be helpful to talk to an outside party about your feelings, to work through them and assess whether there are some legitimate concerns (and how to address them). Our Aging Wisely care managers can help with a consultation, family mediation, assessments and more!
This month, EasyLiving and Aging Wisely are co-sponsoring The Age of Love movie screening with Mease Manor. This documentary follows seniors through a speed dating experience and explores further these themes of relationships, intimacy and our perceptions of aging. Join us!
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Our upcoming screening of The Age of Love movie and the coming Valentine’s Day holiday has us thinking of love…in later life. Senior companionship and relationships for older adults are the themes that run through the movie, and the stories remind us that companionship and intimacy are human needs throughout the lifespan. Today, we’ll discuss some important reminders and tips on companionship in later life. In future posts, we’ll be talking about relationships, love, intimacy and sexuality. You might also want to check out our Aging Wisely post, The Age of Love and Older Adult Relationships for thoughtful questions to ask yourself.
Senior Companionship, Loss and Isolation in the Elderly
- Seniors disproportionately suffer from loneliness and isolation. It is estimated that among those aged over 65, between 5 and 16 per cent report loneliness and 12 per cent feel isolated.
- Studies show that acute loneliness and social isolation can impact gravely on wellbeing and quality of life, with demonstrable negative health effects. Being lonely has a significant and lasting negative effect on blood pressure. It is also associated with depression (either as a cause or as a consequence) and higher rates of mortality.
- People of all ages find different needs fulfilled through different relationships, activities and roles. The accumulated losses that tend to accompany aging can have a major impact on psychosocial well-being which can even lead to physical impacts.
Senior Companionship Tips: How to Help Your Elderly Loved Ones
A hired senior companion may not be your first thought as a solution to some of these issues, but can help in various ways.
- A senior companion or home health aide can provide senior transportation and other services to enable continued (or renewed) participation in activities. The senior can continue attending events, socializing with friends and staying active. Knowing someone is there to help if needed can make outings more comfortable. EasyLiving even offers Elder Concierge Services to help plan special events or accompany your loved one on a trip (to attend family reunions, a grandchild’s wedding, take a cruise, etc.).
- A home health aide can help with personal care and grooming. Looking our best helps us feel our best. As these abilities decline, this may be a further reason that a senior withdraws.
- Having a home health aide to assist with tasks can allow other relationships to continue in a more natural manner. If son or daughter is not handling all the personal care and household tasks, he/she can be less rushed and enjoy precious time with Mom. Many of our clients tell us that having a professional to assist them with personal care provides them dignity they don’t feel they’d have if they had to ask their son or daughter to help them with a bath or toileting. Additionally, asking neighbors or friends for extensive assistance can make the senior feel burdensome. It is great to enlist the help of the elder’s support system, but sometimes having additional professional assistance can be a true gift to the elder.
- Though it may be a professional relationship, a home health aide naturally offers companionship and interaction that can add variety for the elder. Our EasyLiving team makes a special effort to match our caregivers to employees and provide them information to personalize the care and relationship. Read more about our Life History and Daily Routines Questionnaire and care planning process.
Our team is always glad to talk with you about any concerns you have for your elderly parents or other relatives. We can share tips and resources and set up a care plan that addresses concerns. We often hear one of the initial worries elders have in engaging in-home care is the loss of independence and “having to entertain someone” (or direct them) in the home (personal space), but the reality tends to be the complete opposite. Having an in-home caregiver offers a new level of freedom, more natural roles to continue and longer-term independence. Typically, clients also find they enjoy spending time with the caregiver and become more engaged in life again. Contact EasyLiving Home Health online or at 727-447-5845.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts on relationships and intimacy in later life and feel free to leave us a question to address (in “comments” or on our Facebook page)!
Monday, January 19th, 2015
Home healthcare conjures up images of medical and nursing interventions in the home. You may think of home healthcare as assistance received after surgery or a hospital stay…a nurse coming to change your bandage or take your vital signs or physical therapy in the home. Home healthcare today is so much more than medical services provided at home, and has evolved into compassionate home health care to support older or disabled individuals to live on their own.
The term aging-in-place has become in vogue to describe this desire to age in our own homes and the support needed to do so. Beyond just the clinical skills needed in traditional medical home health care, today’s compassionate care involves holistic care for a person at home. Safety support means fall prevention and good personal care. Your health encompasses proper medication management, good nutrition and getting appropriate exercise. Companionship and activities are essential to mental and social well-being. EasyLiving has even developed a Senior Concierge Program to help engage elders in activities outside the home, whether it be going to the symphony or taking a day trip or extended vacation. When you look at home healthcare from this holistic viewpoint, you realize compassion, empathy and other personal characteristics are essential for home health caregivers.
What does EasyLiving mean when we say we provide compassionate home health care?
- Personalized care plans designed with empathy for the person and their situation; support to live your life the way you wish.
- Dignified, compassionate home healthcare with the “little touches” to make life easier and better. Our caregivers make things simple, make life more pleasant and add value to your life with companionship, caring and warmth.
- Compassionate home care is designed for those who enjoy their privacy and individual preferences. A caregiver can be brought in to help with specific needs, run errands, provide transportation and more while you’re able to remain in your private home surrounded by your belongings and memories.
- Compassionate home healthcare evolves to meet your needs. As you need more care, you can get additional support in the home and even bring in hospice to ensure palliative care at the end of life. EasyLiving has worked with many clients over time, all the way through providing support to hospice care.
- Experienced, trained caregivers who can provide the best support to you and are as prepared as possible. Most importantly, home caregivers are screened and selected for their personal qualities such as empathy, dedication and attention to detail. Our staff matches the right caregiver to the client, not only to the tasks.
To talk to our Senior Care Consultant about EasyLiving’s compassionate home caregivers, give us a call today at 727-447-5845. If you feel that you have the compassionate and caring personality to be a good senior home caregiver, check out EasyLiving’s Florida Home Healthcare Jobs page.
Share your opinion (here or on the EasyLiving Facebook page):
What characteristics do you think make a compassionate caregiver? What would you want someone to do to make your life better if you needed home healthcare assistance?
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