Stephen H. Siegel Quoted in Miami Today Article

Please see the article below from the Miami Today published on December 1, 2016 and written by Susan Danseyar.

People of all ages should think about long-term care, says Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Chair Stephen Siegel, whether for their grandparents, parents, employees or even themselves.

“This topic is not unlike wills,” he said Tuesday in reference to “The Long Term Care Dilemma: Which Way to Go?” which the chamber will present from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the University of Miami. “No one wants to write their own, but we all have to do it.”

The same principle applies to long-term care, Mr. Siegel told Miami Today. “If you haven’t been forced to do so already, start thinking about what it will be like for your family or even you,” he said. “This presentation and panel discussion is about issues all of us – if we’re lucky- are eventually going to face.”

The chamber’s health committee strives to provide information and assistance not only to people in South Florida healthcare industry but even more to the area’s wider business community, Mr. Siegel said. “We try very hard to anticipate the business community’s needs and how it must interact with the health-care industry.”

Last year, he said, the committee presented a program on the “sandwich generation” that cares for children at the same time it takes care of aging parents. Those people need assistance as do their employers, he said.

The keynote presentation Dec. 8 will address the prevalence of caregiving and its impact on the family, given by Dolores M. Perdomo, assistant professor at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences on aging. Her address will be followed by a panel on a range of options for long term care and the differences as well as appropriate uses and of skilled nursing, home health, assisted-living facilities and non-medical social services.

Panelists include Edilia Alzugaray, medical director of Florida PACE Centers Inc. at Miami Jewish Health System; Rona S. Bartelstone, a social worker and consultant for Our Aging LLC; Laly Joseph, a vet who made a career change to nursing, a consultant with Plaza Health, and assistant professor at the UM School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Dr. Perdomo. The panel will be moderated by Christopher Dudley, who is the principal and CEO of Advancement Associates.

Mr. Siegel said years ago, when he first worked in the healthcare industry as an attorney, the only option for long-term care was nursing homes. From the mid- to late- 1980s, however, the concept of long-term care has evolved in response to both changes in technology and individual’s desire for greater independence, staying in their homes and the least institutionalized environment possible.

He encourages this presentation for employers so they’ll know how to help their employees with this very confusing topic that one often needs help navigating.

The help businesses can provide to their employees, Mr. Siegel said, can range from something as simple as offering flexible work schedules to offering long-term health care insurance benefits.

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