Jury Duty Scam

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the US and Arizona ranks #1 for identity theft.  The average cost of an identity theft is almost $5000.  Unscrupulous thieves are actively searching for ways they can prey upon unsuspecting victims.  And seniors are unfortunately some of the easiest targets.  The Jury Duty scam is one that uses fear and intimidation to trick their victims.

jury duty scamThe scam starts with a phone call claiming to be a jury coordinator stating that you missed jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.  If you protest that you didn’t receive a notice, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he/she can verify the information and cancel the warrant.  As soon as you give out that information, your identity has been stolen.  With that info, scammers can open credit cards, loans or even use it for medical procedures.

NEVER give your social security number or credit card information out over the phone unless you are absolutely sure the person receiving it is legit.  Before giving out any information, ask which court the jury duty notice was for and call that court directly.  The scammers will be very well schooled in sounding threatening and official, but don’t act out of haste.  Hang up and call the courts to verify it was not from them.

Be vigilant of any phone calls you might receive or visitors that knock on your door.  As seniors, we grew up in a more trusting time, an honest days wages for an honest days work.  Today, however, the lure of a fast buck requires we assume every call is fraudulent until we can research it.  Legitimate callers will normally be okay with giving you the information you need to research their offering.  Those that protest or threaten are more than likely scammers that know, once you examine their message, you will find it bogus.

Gary Wagnon, the owner of 800biz Ninja Marketing and the Ninja Marketing Dojo, is a social media trainer and online marketing consultant.

 


Beware the Tech Support Phone Scam

computer-scamsAnnoying phone calls are a fact of life but today, they can carry a serious threat.  The latest scam preys on one thing most people don’t understand – their computer.

 

The call comes from a heavily accented caller identifying themselves as being the IT Department of Windows or the Customer Service Department.  The caller explains that your computer is infected with viruses that are eating up your mother board and destroying your computer.  They instruct you to click on start, run and enter an address they give you.  At that point, they take over your computer and can plant viruses or corrupt the operating system.  The caller then asks for your credit card to fix the issue.

 

In a variation on this scam, the caller identifies themselves as being from the Best Buy Geek Squad.  One victim attempted to write a bad review of the company that called but while they were writing it,  the scammers locked them out, took over their computer and rewrote the review as a positive review.

 

Should you receive a call like this, HANG UP immediately.  Microsoft will never call no matter how badly infected your computer gets.  If you have let someone access you computer, immediately turn off your computer and disconnect it from the internet.  If you have concerns about your computer security, contact a local computer repair service company.

 

Gary Wagnon, the owner of 800biz Ninja Marketing and the Ninja Marketing Dojo, is a social media trainer and online marketing consultant.


How to select a non-medical home care company – Part 1

Our next three blog posts will speak to the issue of how an elder finds and selects a caregiver to help them with non-medical needs. Demographers tell us that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day.  That rough approximation will continue until 2029!  With medical advances, reduced smoking, improved dietary habits, and other lifestyle changes the American public is beginning to make, more and more of those folks will live to a “ripe old age!”  According to the Centers for Disease Control, persons who turned 65 in 2010 may expect to live an average of 19.1 years, with some variability between genders and races.  This translates to an average life expectancy of 84.1 years.  Clearly, Americans are living longer than in previous generations.

With advancing age, however, comes the onset of typical symptoms of aging.  The probability that we will experience physical disability, memory problems, problems in ambulation and dexterity, and chronic illness and disease increases as we age.  More and more Americans will live to 80, 90, and 100 than ever before.  As they continue to age, an increasing percentage of them will require some level of assistance to be safe and have their daily needs met.

The home care industry was established to assist elder Americans to cope with these issues, and it continues to grow.  There are several facets to the home care industry.  Some elder Americans require medical assistance to remain in their homes; some require non-medical interventions.  The challenge for the elder American, and/or his or her representatives, is to find a caregiver who is honest, caring and compassionate, able to meet the client’s needs, and meets other requirements of the position.  The caregiver may be hired independently or may be hired through an agency or company.  This blog is intended to assist you in finding that care for yourself or your loved one.

Check next week for Part 2!


When should I seek care for Mom and/or Dad?

This question is asked countless times by adult children concerned about their aging parents.  Will Mom be able to continue cooking at home; will Dad be able to drive; will they be able to maintain themselves in their home without injury?  As with most questions dealing with we human beings, there are no “cookbook” answers, and the best answer for one is not necessarily a good answer for the next person.

The first question to ask is what do they want to do?  Self-determination is a key element in anyone’s life, and just because a person or a couple is aging and less capable of managing all aspects of their lives does not mean they should lose all decision-making about their lives.  If they wish to remain in their home, an analysis of the home and its requirements should be conducted to determine if it is realistic.

One thing to consider is whether Mom and Dad can continue to reside in their home.  Are there stairs to climb, and are they still able to do that without serious strain?  Is the house too big for them to take care of as they age?  Are they able to do the cleaning and home maintenance chores that any home requires?  Answers to these questions and others will determine whether to seek an alternative residential arrangement for them.  Such alternatives include independent living apartments with meals provided, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.  However, if they can remain in their home, and are beginning to need assistance, then an in-home caregiver might be for them.

The next questions to be answered relate to their mental health and stability.  Are they cogent and aware of their surroundings?  Are they well oriented to time and place?  Do they show signs of significant memory loss or confusion?  Are they still able to dress themselves and care for their personal hygiene?  Answers to these questions will further narrow down the options for them and clarify what is safest for them.

One thing we do know is that, almost across the board, people are happier and healthier if they are able to remain in their homes.  Almost no one wants to move to a nursing home or an assisted living facility.  Not that they are bad places; they aren’t as a general rule.  However, they are far less individualized in their care, so people prefer to be at home.


Take Time For YOU!

This blog is written for all those who provide care to others, including PimaCare@Home Direct Care Workers, family caregivers, and others.

Take Time for You!

As a company with compassion, we know that caregivers have to take care of themselves. If they don’t do that, how long can they continue to care for another? How will they have a life for themselves?

Taking care of oneself is not a selfish act.  It allows you as a caregiver to take better care of your loved one who is a family member.  It enables you as a Direct Care Worker who cares for one or more clients to have the energy and spirit to provide that care. Caregivers do have the right to do some things just for themselves. We encourage our caregivers to do just that!

Here are just few ways that you can take care of yourself:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a well- balanced diet
  • Exercise – take a short walk outside
  • Take care of yourself physically
  • Take a break every day, 10 minutes will help you feel refreshed
  • Talk to a neighbor, friend, church representative, or another family member every day
  • Ask a family member to cover for you or use respite hours so you can go to a movie, out for a meal, to meet friends, read a book, or whatever it is you might like to do for yourself.
  • Smile, or laugh, about something every day
  • Start a hobby and spend time on it

Please share with me how you take care of yourself! E-mail me at ceo@bestcareathome.net, or call me at 520-243-8082.  I look forward to hearing about how you are taking care of yourself!

David R. Updegraff, MSW, PhD

CEO

BestCare@Home

3950 S. Country Club Road, Suite 4102

Tucson, Arizona, 85714


Welcome to the PimaCare At Home Tucson Blog

Greetings!

Back in the day, young men hated to get a letter, which began with that word. Why? It often was from the Selective Service System, and meant that the recipient had been drafted into the Army! Well, it no longer has that same connotation, does it?

Today, I use the word to welcome you to our new website, blog, and social media presence.

PimaCare At Home is a non-medical home health care company, providing a range of attendant care services for persons in need of such assistance to enable them to remain in their own homes, rather than going to a care facility.

Whenever possible, it is far better for a person in need of assistance with daily living tasks to remain in their own homes, supported by trained and compassionate caregivers. In addition to helping the individual remain healthier and happier, it is far less expensive to provide such care in the home than in a central care facility.

As a relatively new company, formed in December, 2010, we do have a highly experienced and well trained staff. We are a nurse-run company, with RNs and LPNs providing the overall supervision, training, and program direction to the Direct Care Workers who provide the on-the-spot services to our clients.

Please visit our Facebook page and “Like” us there, follow us on Twitter, and read our blogs to stay up with what’s happening with the Company. In future blog posts, we will provide more detail about our services and our caregivers, as well as our nursing staff.

To your good health!

David R. Updegraff, MSW, Ph.D.
CEO