Advocates in Action

Have you ever felt intimidated, confused, or overwhelmed when trying to navigate the health care system? In those moments it can be hard to advocate for yourself and those you care about. Join our host ...more

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July 13, 2021 00:23:09
Navigating our Complex Health Care System

Navigating our Complex Health Care System

This year, Patient Advocate Foundation is celebrating 25 years of providing service to people facing serious illnesses. In this podcast, our CEO Alan Balch talks about the work we do and why it is so important. He highlights the extraordinary contributions that PAF caseworkers make in helping patients and caregivers navigate a complex health care system. For so many people, being diagnosed with a serious or chronic disease disrupts their entire life and can with it crushing financial and social problems. People find themselves facing huge medical bills, needing help understanding their insurance coverage or finding a plan that works for them, or making hard choices about whether to fill prescriptions or buy groceries. PAF case managers work closely with individuals and families to solve these issues and become better advocates for themselves.     Contact our case managers for assistance: http://bit.ly/PAFcase   Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod  Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook  ...

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May 12, 2021 00:17:10
Using Her Caregiving Journey to Help Others

Using Her Caregiving Journey to Help Others

At a young age Mica Saunders developed a reverence and understanding of the elderly thanks to her mom taking her to work with her at an assisted living home. Mica's early exposure inspired her to create her own business Moxie Movez, where she does brain games and physical activity with the elderly to help them keep their mojo and stamina. Her knowledge and passion for this field equipped her to navigate her own personal caregiving journey with both of her grandmothers who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Mica shares how she was able to have patience and understanding when her grandmother Daisy forgot who she was and made dancing videos with her grandmother Florence to make every day feel like a birthday. Now she uses her caregiving journey to help others have the tools and resources to support a loved one with dementia.    Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod  Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook  ...

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May 05, 2021 00:20:12
Consistently Providing Care with Compassion

Consistently Providing Care with Compassion

Emily Brown’s commitment to helping people access equitable quality care was inspired by her watching a loved one navigate the health care system after being diagnosed with an illness. Listen as Emily shares how professional caregiving has been a constant theme woven throughout her career working at the Program for the All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Williamsburg Convalescent Center and Patient Advocate Foundation for the last 8 years. She shares about the mindset and approach she developed to consistently provide care with compassion.     Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod  Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook  ...

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April 28, 2021 00:19:34
The Delicate Dance of Caregiving

The Delicate Dance of Caregiving

Crispín Goytia-Vásquez is no stranger to caregiving, she has provided care for many family members since her early 20s. Her experiences have taught her the delicate dance of caregiving, which is the balance she has found caring for someone while also respecting their autonomy. Crispin shares the importance of setting boundaries as a form of self-care. Hear how her and her husband helped each other survive Covid-19.   Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod  Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook  ...

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April 21, 2021 00:24:18
Providing Care by Walking Alongside

Providing Care by Walking Alongside

Community health workers are an essential part of the caregiving team. Denise Smith who is the Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers shares how trust is at the center of the work her team provides. Walking alongside those who you care for is truly the most compassionate way of approaching how to serve and help people at the highest level.  Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod  Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook  ...

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April 07, 2021 00:29:50
You Call it…We Call it Caregiving

You Call it…We Call it Caregiving

You call it taking your grandmother to the doctor, but Bea Rector and her team at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services help people understand they are actually caregivers, and provide them with the resources they need to fulfill that role. Bea talks about her state's program to give caregivers access to services ranging from transportation and housework to acupuncture. She also discusses the work they do to measure the impact of these services and their economic as well as human benefits. Bea's able to infuse her own experiences as a caregiver for her parents and in-laws into her work to help others at the highest level. Connect with Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services on social media! Twitter: @waDSHSFacebook: Washington State DSHS Visit our website to explore show notes, additional episodes and our mission: http://bit.ly/NPAFpod  Connect with us on social media!Twitter: @NPAF_Tweets: http://bit.ly/NPAFtwitter Instagram: @Patient_Advocates: http://bit.ly/NPAFinstagram Facebook: National Patient Advocate Foundation: http://bit.ly/NPAFfacebook  ...

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