|The Senior Snippet|
|Written by Erin LeBlanc|
Residents have the right to:
—participate in one’s own care.
—receive adequate and appropriate care.
—be informed of all changes in medical condition.
—participate in their own assessment, care-planning, treatment and discharge.
—refuse medication and treatment.
—refuse chemical and physical restraints.
—review one’s medical record.
—be free from charge for services covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
It seems as we grow older, medication is a part of that daily routine. We have pills to take in the morning, some to take at dinner, at supper time and more before we drift off to sleep.
Some medications help with our ailments, while others make us feel queasy and uneasy, so we take something else to combat that feeling. As a resident of a long-term care facility, you have the right to refuse any medications. However, with rights come responsibility—and “we” would carefully assist any resident in making sure they were aware of the consequences of refusing any medication or treatment.
Speaking of medications—that time of year is just about upon us again. Medicare Part D open enrollment will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 7.
Medicare Part D, also known as Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, is a federal United States program intended to expand access to prescription medications. This program is intended for citizens, especially elderly, disabled or retired citizens, who receive medical coverage through the federal Medicare program. The Medicare Part D program was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2003 and went into effect in 2006.
Part D eligibility
There are several criteria that will allow you to qualify for the Medicare Part D benefit items. One of those criterions is the age requirement. Unless you fall under a specific category, you will have to be at least 65 years of age or older if you want to qualify for this kind of benefit coverage.
This is to help regulate who can get the great Medicare Part D benefit items that are involved in this particular kind of coverage. However, if you are disabled or you work for a company or organization that takes care of Medicare incidents, then you might be able to qualify for this kind of coverage without being 65 years of age.
Karen Ness and myself are SHIP Counselors (State Health Insurance Program) through Northeastern Colorado Area Agency on Aging. For the last several years we have held open enrollment events in each of the counties to assist individuals with navigating the Medicare website and compare current Med D plans to others. We do not choose a plan for you. This service is free of charge.
We have several dates planned for Holyoke and Haxtun. Please call to reserve your appointment date and time.
Dates include Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and the afternoon of Nov. 16 in Holyoke and Oct. 26 and the morning of Nov. 16 in Haxtun.
Erin LeBlanc, long-term care ombudsman for Phillips, Logan and Sedgwick counties, 970-854-2949 or 970-630-7714.
Holyoke Enterprise September 6, 2012