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Available Focushops

Work with Lynda to custom design a focushop for your organization or choose from one of these available programs:

1. Negotiate the Health Care System and Organize the Chaos

Knowledge is power, and information is very strong medicine. Knowing how to acquire, understand, organize and appropriately act on medical information will lead to successfully taking charge of your health. You will maintain wellness longer, navigate acute illness more effectively, and negotiate chronic illness with much less stress if you are better prepared and armed with knowledge in advance. These organizational steps lead to less medical errors, shorter hospital stays, increased positive outcomes, and the motivation to seek preventive care and the skills to negotiate the health care system.

This focushop will teach you how to:

• create a health care notebook
• compile a complete health history
• prepare for a successful medical appointment
• get ready for surgery
• research “what you’ve got “on the web

 

II. Get Your Affairs in Order So Your Kids Don’t Have To

Take the time to organize your important paperwork and information before a crisis occurs. Often times the disability or loss of a parent or spouse leaves the family ill prepared to carry out even the basic financial responsibilities of a household that we all take for granted. Surviving adult children often find themselves at odds with each other over what their parent’s intentions were for possessions that were left behind. Getting your “ducks in a row” provides a great amount of stress relief and prevents and reduces the angst for those who need to pick up the pieces and carry on in your absence.

This focushop teaches how to organize your papers, your health, and your home by learning:

• how to create a vital documents map and a paper trail
• where to store your pertinent records
• what should always be in your wallet (medinfotogo.com)
• the three basic documents you must have
• how to locate missing documents and tie up loose ends
• declutter and downsizing skills because “you can’t take it with you”
• the process of getting rid of stuff
• how to determine “who gets what” and whether they even want your possessions

 

III. Coping with Caregiving

Research indicates that those caring for aging or chronically ill relatives report higher levels of stress, poorer health and a greater tendency to engage in unhealthy behaviors to alleviate the stress. Every day countless people join the ranks of the nearly 65 million Americans who are providing unpaid care to family members or friends. It is hard to not become overwhelmed when juggling life, work, and caregiving responsibilities. Lynda, a/k/a the Organized Caregiver, will share tips on easing the job of caregiving.

This focushop will teach you to:
• know when your loved one needs help
• create a healthcare notebook to organize medical information
• maximize that 15 minutes of face time with the doctor
• manage medications
• handle long distance caregiving
• organize the caregiving team
• learn skills for how caregivers can care for themselves

 

IV. Taking it on the Road – Traveling with Health Issues

My daughter packed up her Crohn’s disease and went to Singapore. Having a chronic illness should never preclude us from travelling, but being prepared ahead can alleviate many issues that may occur.

This focushop teaches participants to be proactive rather than reactive by preparing ahead before you travel. Topics include:

• General preparedness tips for any type of travel
• Road trips can be fun
• Are cruises safe
• Should you stay or should you go – how to know if it’s ok to fly
• How you travel when you need oxygen
• Locating a doctor anywhere in the world
• Finding bathrooms anywhere in the world
• Traveling with prescription drugs
• Traveling with various health conditions
• The best web sites on health and travel
• Medical travel insurance – yes or no?

 

V. Preventing Medical Errors

“Never events” are errors considered so egregious and unavoidable they should never happen. Examples include wrong limb and organ removal, slicing into the wrong side of bodies, and the wrong patient being operated on in the first place. Recently hundreds of patients were exposed to a super bug after undergoing endoscopies with a medical device that was not properly cleaned. The number of preventable medical errors can be reduced if we as patients become more involved and invested in our own care.

In this focushop participants will learn how and what to organize to stay safe and maximize heath care including how to:

• create a personal health record for you and your family
• become an informed health care consumer
• learn how to choose an advocate
• understand the most common medical errors and how to prevent them
• choose a hospital
• prevent getting infections in the hospital
• manage your medications

 

VI. At Home for Life – How You or Your Loved One Can Age in Place

Aging in place is the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means living in a familiar environment and being able to participate in family and other community activities.

This focushop educates participants on:

• how physical and cognitive losses impact the ability to function at home
• strategies to adapt to physical and cognitive losses
• taking a walking tour of your home to focus on areas that may need modification
• gadgets and equipment that improve functionality and accessibility
• safety and fall prevention

 

Need a keynote speaker for your next event?

Lynda shares her story of the day she and her daughter were simultaneously diagnosed with life-threatening diseases and takes you on the journey she negotiated to learn the secrets of managing these illnesses while keeping up with life. Her insight, garnered from a professional and personal perspective, inspires her audiences to live healthier and more organized lives.

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