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Four Things To Look For When Choosing A Care Management Service

October 17, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Care Management, Crisis Intervention, For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness

It’s been three years since Aaron, my friend’s brother, suffered a brain injury in a car accident that left him paralyzed. While Aaron gradually accepted his paralysis that showed no signs of changing, life for his family was continually changing. Aaron’s once-strong and -robust parents were his only caregivers and the work was beginning to […]

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An interview with the Guardianship Manager of Intervention Associates

An interview with the Guardianship Manager of Intervention Associates

October 11, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship

This continues my interview series with Intervention Associates delivering on the goal of bringing interesting information on how individuals on the team personally contribute to delivering on the important mission of the organization.  Please continue reading for highlights of that interview or click here for the recorded Podcast. I sat down to speak with E. […]

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Don’t Stress your Gut

October 3, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Health and Wellness

When I was a child, I always seemed to have a sensitive stomach. I became very aware that certain foods affected me negatively. I remember my mother taking me to the doctor who prescribed for me a bland diet of crackers, soups, teas, and ginger ale soda. I had to say goodbye to sugary foods, […]

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An Interview with the Executive Director of Intervention Associates

September 26, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Care Management, Crisis Intervention, For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, Power of Attorney

I sat down to speak with Lisa Pettinati, the executive director of Intervention Associates, to learn about her role and the uniqueness of Intervention Associates as a care management and guardianship service. Etta: Hi, I’m Etta Dale Hornsteiner. Today I will be speaking with Lisa Pettinati, a social worker and a care manager at Intervention […]

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10 Things you need to know about guardianship

September 19, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Care Management, Crisis Intervention, For Professionals, Guardianship, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, Power of Attorney

The terrain of life can become challenging, particularly as you grow older. Aging can bring on new challenges—chronic illness or even the responsibility of a loved one where the roles of parents and children are now reversed. Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with aging; it’s an intellectual disability or a cognitive problem or […]

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When Care and Service Embody a Family Heritage

September 12, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Care Management, Crisis Intervention, For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness

When the family disintegrates, the community breaks down. The community needs someone with a history—experience of restoring its health and soul and thus the family. The family is the soul of the community; therefore, to navigate the complexities and intricacies of it, there is a need for care and service based on a healthy family […]

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When Should an Elderly Parent Leave Their Home?

September 5, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Care Management, Crisis Intervention, For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship

The world was captivated by the story of 82-year-old Masafumi Nagasaki who left civilization in 1989 for a life of solitude on the little island of Sotobanari Island, Japan. Nagasaki became known as the ‘naked hermit’. On this remote island where there was no running water; water for bathing and shaving came from rain collected […]

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What Elephants Can Teach us about Care Management

August 29, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Care Management, For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship

“When I was a little girl, I was allowed to play with elephant figurines. But as I grew up and learned more about elephants and what they were, I learned how similar people are to them. Besides their sheer presence and being the largest land animal, they have many traits like humans. They are matriarchal. […]

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7 simple powerful shoulder exercises that will keep your shoulders healthy for life

August 22, 2018 by Etta Hornsteiner in Health and Wellness

Name this body part: it’s the most mobile part of the body, being able to move in several different directions. Because of its wide range of motion, it is easily injured, and, therefore, the most vulnerable part of the body. This part of the body is called the shoulder. It is important to keep your […]

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Join Our Online Community – Follow Intervention Associates on Social Media

August 17, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, News

Intervention Associates is on Social Media! Do you want immediate and exclusive access to all Intervention Associates news, articles, updates and more? Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn! Joining our online community is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3: Like Us on Facebook: 1. Login to Facebook 2. Go to this link, or […]

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Are Your Heirs Being Duped? Inheritance Tax Explained.

July 13, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Power of Attorney

The debate over taxes in Washington, D.C. may be tabled for now, but one key element still remains a topic of interest for the public – “death tax.” Are taxes truly robbing beneficiaries of money rightfully passed to them? Is there a reason for concern? Let’s take a closer look at what it could mean […]

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Upcoming Webinar: “Reduction Strategies for PA Inheritance Tax”

July 7, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, News

Webinar Registration Now Open “Tax Reduction Strategies for the PA Inheritance Tax” Tuesday, August 14 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This webinar topic will review the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax and planning opportunities to reduce the burden of this tax. Carefully choosing which beneficiaries receive which assets can have a significant impact on the overall tax […]

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Tips for a Sensory-Friendly 4th of July

June 30, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in Care Management, For Individuals, Health and Wellness, Special Needs Care

For most people, 4th of July firework displays are a magical experience. For those with sensory processing disorders, they can be a nightmare — quickly leading to stress, overwhelm, and meltdowns. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a “condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.” […]

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Announcing New Industry White Paper – Coming Next Month!

June 18, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in Uncategorized

“Care Management for Older Adults with Mental Health Challenges” Available July 2018 Intervention Associates is proud to announce the upcoming release of a new White Paper! Behavioral and mental health issues affect one in four older adults — yet so often the aging population is excluded from discussions of awareness and treatment. “Care Management for […]

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Beat the Heat – Tips for Hot Weather Safety

June 9, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Health and Wellness

Spring is in the air…but not for much longer. Summer Solstice is right around the corner and many people are looking forward to the extra hours of daylight it brings along with it. Unfortunately, longer days also means higher temperatures – and a much higher chance for dehydration, heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Heat-related illnesses […]

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How to Detect Hearing Loss

June 2, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals

Since residing in Center City, Philadelphia I have become more aware of people having a hearing loss. In the classes that I take at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University, a lifelong learning academy for people 50 years and older, many people ask for others to repeat things and or to speak louder. […]

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Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health: Finding Help

May 26, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in Crisis Intervention, For Individuals, For Professionals, Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, IVA is producing a three-part blog series, entitled “Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health,” to help end social discrimination against mental illness. This is part three of the series. CLICK HERE to read the previous post.   Although access to insurance and treatment have increased over the years due to […]

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Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health: Warning Signs & Coping Skills

May 19, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, IVA is producing a three-part blog series, entitled “Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health,” to help end social discrimination against mental illness. This is part two of the series. Click here to read the previous post.   50% of all chronic mental illnesses begin by the age […]

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Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health: Common Conditions

May 12, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, IVA is producing a three-part blog series, entitled “Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health,” to help end social discrimination against mental illness. This is part one of the series. Click here to read the series introduction. Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the […]

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Breaking the Stigma on Mental Health

May 5, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in Crisis Intervention, For Individuals, For Professionals, Mental Illness, News

Mental health. It affects 44.7 million people in the U.S. alone; is the leading cause of disability worldwide; and is the most costly medical condition in our country, totaling $201 billion in expenditures. Yet no one is talking about it. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports 18.3% of adults and 49.5% of children […]

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Taking Over Your Parent’s Finances? What You’ll Need to do First

April 27, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals

The thought of taking over your parent’s finances can be overwhelming and create a lot of stress. As a result of that stress, it may be difficult to formulate a plan to move forward. But you don’t have to do it alone. Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to get started — and establish a […]

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12 Savvy Ways to Help You Start the Estate Planning Conversation with a Parent

April 20, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals

For your entire life, your parents have stressed to you the importance of being prepared and planning ahead. Now, it may be your turn to offer them that same guidance. This is especially the case if they haven’t completed the estate planning process. There may be several reasons aging parents haven’t yet tackled this critical […]

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Guardianship of a Parent: When and How to Get It

April 13, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship

“Should I seek guardianship over my parent?” This is not an easy question, but it is one you may have to face in the future. Answering it confidently requires a great deal of thought, planning and consideration. Are your parents capable of making sound decisions? Are you prepared to deal with the legal process and […]

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What is the Difference Between a Will and a Living Will?

April 4, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship

There are two primary types of wills, and while they sound similar, they are very different. They are: A last will and testament (commonly referred to simply as a “will”). A living will (also referred to as an “advance directive). It can be very easy to confuse these two legal documents if you’re not completely […]

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12 Financial Steps to Take Immediately After the Death of a Spouse

March 21, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals

Losing a spouse is a tremendous blow to anyone. Just keeping your composure through the grieving process can take all of your mental and physical strength. As a result, just thinking about how to manage financial obligations following the passing of a spouse can be crippling. It’s OK. It’s natural. The Checklist To help ease […]

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Starting and Writing a Will: What You Need to Know

March 14, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals

If you have assets of any kind, or dependent children, it’s a good idea to have a last will and testament. The problem is a lot of people cringe at the thought of creating the legal document. But preparing a last will and testament isn’t difficult. Why you need/want one There are several reasons to […]

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Shared Housing – Did the Golden Girls Have it Right?

Shared Housing – Did the Golden Girls Have it Right?

March 8, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies, the number of people over the age of 75 living alone is to set to reach 13.4 million by 2035. Women will make up 75% of this group. (Senior Planet; Aging with an Attitude 10/16/17) Home Sharing: What is it? “Home sharing” is a popular term in […]

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When and How to Discuss Power of Attorney with a Parent

February 22, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Power of Attorney

No one gets excited about the idea of broaching sensitive subjects, especially with their parents! It may feel a little like role-reversal. However, it doesn’t need to. Many who are caregivers to a parent, or expect to be in the near future, have to ask themselves at some point: When and how do I start […]

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The Difference Between Guardianship and Power of Attorney

February 9, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Guardianship, Power of Attorney

Caregivers hear the terms “guardianship” and “power of attorney” tossed at them a lot. In fact, those who’ve taken on the role of primary caregivers may have been asked directly: “Do you have a guardian?” or “Has your father/mother given you power of attorney?” But what is guardianship and power of attorney? There’s a common […]

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10 Ways to Deal with the Stress of Caregiving for an Ill Parent

January 31, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals, Mental Illness

Caregiving for a physically or mentally ill parent, while rewarding, can be very stressful — especially when you’re working and have a family at home. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, exhausted and alone. Even the most resilient caregivers can suffer from these symptoms of stress. It’s important to address these symptoms of […]

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The Giving Circle

The Giving Circle

January 19, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in Uncategorized

Giving circles pool contributions from individuals that are interested in donating to a unified cause or charity. Popularity of this form of crowdfunding has doubled over the last eight years in the United States. The Transition Network’s Giving Circle provides grants that help to change the life of women and children who live in the Greater Philadelphia area. In […]

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Long-distance Caregiving: 14 Tips for Caring for a Parent in a Different State

January 16, 2018 by Cheryl Proska in For Individuals, For Professionals

Becoming a caregiver to an aging or ill parent can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you’re out of state. But there are two things you should keep in mind about long-distance caregiving: You’re not alone. Millions of Americans are now long-distance caregivers, and most of them do it from more than an hour […]

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Welcome to the New Blog!

January 16, 2018 by Lisa Pettinati in For Individuals, For Professionals, News

Welcome to Intervention Associate’s new blog! We are excited to announce the launch of a new blog to the IVA website. For over 25 years, Intervention Associates has worked hard to deliver exceptional services to our clients, their families and the professionals that also support them. This blog is one more way that we can […]

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