What Is Hospice Care, And Why You Might Need To Know

What Is Hospice Care, And Why You Might Need To Know:

 

Answering All Your Questions About Hospice Care

The American Cancer Society states that hospice care provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.  It’s an easy definition of a very complex issue. 

The more detailed definition is:  Hospice is a philosophy of care. The hospice philosophy or viewpoint accepts death as the final stage of life. The goal of hospice is to help patients live their last days as alert and pain-free as possible. Hospice care tries to manage symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease; it focuses on quality rather than length of life. Hospice care is family-centered — it includes the patient and the family in making decisions.

This care is planned to cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hospice care can be given in the patient’s home, a hospital, nursing home, or private hospice facility. Most hospice care in the United States is given in the home, with family members or friends serving as the main hands-on caregivers. Because of this, a patient getting home hospice care must have a caregiver in the home with them 24 hours a day

What services encompass hospice care?

Doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, clergy, therapists, and trained volunteers care for you and your family. Each of these people offers support based on their special areas of expertise. Together, they give you and your loved ones complete palliative care aimed at relieving symptoms and giving social, emotional, and spiritual support.

Also included are pain and symptom control, spiritual care, home and inpatient care, respite care.  Family conferences can be used, along with volunteers and staff support.

Hospice care may take place in the home, hospice-based hospitals, long-term care facilities, or independently owned hospices.

Who pays for hospice care?

Home hospice care usually costs less than care in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutional settings. This is because less high-cost technology is used and family and friends provide most of the care at home.

Medicare, Medicaid in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations pay for hospice care. Also, community contributions, memorial donations, and foundation gifts allow many hospices to give free services to patients who can’t afford payment. Some programs charge patients according to their ability to pay.

 

For further information, we suggest you read further items at the official website of the American Cancer Society at:  www.cancer.org.

Cybercrime And How It Can Affect You!

Cybercrime and How It Can Affect You!

What is Cybercrime?

Like traditional crime, cybercrime covers a broad scope of criminal activity and can occur anytime and anyplace. What makes it different is that the crime is committed using a computer and the Internet. You may recognize some of its most common forms such as identity theft, computer viruses and phishing, and at a corporate level, computer hacking of customer databases. 

 

Most people are aware of these and protect themselves and their PCs with anti-spyware and anti-virus software such as Norton or McAfee programs. However, you should be alert to the fact that cybercrime is becoming more and more sophisticated and not only targets consumers and large corporations, but small to medium sized businesses as well. Single programs against these intrusions are not enough.

 

An alarming cybercrime now affecting everyone is “account take over.” This involves cyber criminals penetrating a computer network and spreading malicious software, such as a “keylogger” which records the words typed, Web browsing history, passwords and other private information. This in turn allows them access to programs using your log-in credentials.

 

If they steal your password and breach your online banking system, the cyber criminal can begin an online session to initiate funds transfers, by ACH or wire transfer, to their accomplices. The accomplices withdraw the money almost immediately.

 

Take the first steps to prevent fraud – become aware of the latest cybercrimes and how they can access your network. You should also employ the most up-to-date online security practices on a pro-active basis.

 

 

Online Security Practices

While no tools or automated software is 100% effective, the best solutions to protect yourself against liability is to be well informed and use common sense.

1.   Do you have a hardware based firewall at the network level?

2.   Does the network firewall include anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam services along with content filtering and intrusion prevention, detection and real-time reporting?

3.   At the individual PC level, does each computer have centrally updated and monitored anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software loaded?

4.   Are your computers set up to automatically update your operating system and applications for the latest available security and critical updates?

5.   Do you consider your browser security setting to determine how much or how little information the browser can accept from, or transmit to, a website?

6.  Do you have cybercrime insurance to protect your data and liability exposure in the event of an intrusion?

7.  Does your online banking system provide multiple layers of security tools to prevent intrusions into the system such as token-based authentication?

These are just some of the basic steps you can implement to assess and protect yourself from cybercrime. 

If you become a victim:

 

If you discover, or even suspect, you have fallen victim to identity theft, you should proceed as follows:

  •           Immediately cease all online activity.
  •           Remove the affected computer from a network, if applicable and any other computer stations involved.
  •           Contact your financial institution to disable online access to the accounts and close affected accounts. You can then open new accounts and reset passwords.
  •           Notify other partners that may have been affected, such as your insurance carriers or financial institutions.
  •           File a report with the police department.

 

 

What We Can Do

“At the Bogle Agency, we can custom-tailor an insurance policy which protects you or your business against cyber exposure of this type,” said Philip Bogle, owner.  “Since this kind of intrusion is still new and not fully defined, we can take the risk out of any problem you might encounter.”

“Why worry if you may or may not be covered, when we can guarantee your safety and assets,” added Bogle  “Our job is to make sure you are covered and comfortable against any threats which exist.  Feel free to give us a call today to discuss your options into this ever-growing threat.”

Common Online Fraud Definitions

  •           Malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system. Common examples of malware include spyware, keyloggers, and viruses.

 

  •           Spyware is a type of malware installed on your computer without your knowledge. It collects small to large pieces of personal information including Internet surfing habits. It can redirect web browser activity and change computer settings. Spyware is typically hidden from the user, and can be difficult to detect once installed without proper antispyware tools.

 

  •           Keyloggers, as with spyware, are installed on your computer without your knowledge. It is the action of tracking (or logging) the keys struck on a keyboard, typically in a hidden manner so that the person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are being monitored. Keystroke logging can record the words typed, Web browsing history, passwords and other private information. This is extremely dangerous in all aspects of computer usage.

 

  •           Viruses are an ever changing and constant threat to all systems. Based on their digital makeup they can deliver malicious content to your data and systems in an effort to either collect data, destroy data, or turn your systems into a machine that spreads the virus or other malware.

 

  •           “Phishing” is the act of obtaining personal information or spreading malware using emails, calls, text messages or pop-up messages from what appear to be friends or legitimate banks, retailers, government agencies or other organizations.

 

Changing Your Insurance Agent

Changing Your Insurance Agent

It’s not that hard, and not that complicated.

 

Whether you like it or not, insurance is something you cannot ignore or avoid. Many types of insurance are required by law, while others are necessities, and still others are purely a luxury. Regardless of the type of insurance policy, or what it is actually designed to protect, you are not required to conduct business with only one insurance agent. If you are uncomfortable with the agent currently servicing one of your policies, you can change agents while still maintaining your insurance policy. On the other hand, if you believe that your needs would be more appropriately served by another insurance agent or another insurance carrier, you are free to switch companies at any time.

 

If you believe your insurance needs would be better served by switching insurance carriers entirely, look for another insurance agency that is able to provide you with the type of coverage you need. Explain why you are looking for a new insurance agent, why you believe a new carrier will be beneficial, and ask relevant questions to ensure that your previous problems or concerns will not be repeated again by the new insurance company.

 

“At the Bogle Agency, we handle this sort of transition all the time,” said Philip R. Bogle, owner.  “Our job is to make the switch as easily and painlessly as possible, and we are experienced in doing it the right way.  At the same time, we may be able to bolster your coverage and save you some money.  Since we are an independent insurance agency, we represent several different insurance carriers and we can figure out what’s best for you. We hope you will contact us to explore your options.”

 

To get started, you can schedule a convenient time to visit your new agent in his or her office, or have them come and visit you.  Bring your current insurance contract or policy declaration page so that comparable quotes can be prepared from a new insurance carrier. It’s as easy as that.
 
Once your new agent has provided quotes and discussed the pros and cons of a new policy, complete the necessary paperwork to obtain new coverage. “When your new policy is in force, we will contact your former insurance carrier and provide instructions for terminating your old policy,” added Bogle, “but remember, if you decide to change insurance carriers, do not cancel or terminate coverage under your old policy until you are certain that new coverage is actually in place. This will ensure that no gap will appear in your protection and leave you without important coverage.”

 

“We know that changing the people you do business with can sometimes be a stressful or uncomfortable situation, so our goal is to make it easy,” said Bogle.  “Let us do the work and get you the coverage you require and deserve.  That’s what we’re here for! Give us a call today!”

The Changing Rules Of Flood Insurance

The Changing Rules of Flood Insurance

New maps may put your home in the zone for flood insurance.

By Anne Kates Smith, Senior Associate Editor
From Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine


Flood insurance doesn’t grab the headlines like, say, health-care reform does. Yet it’s got all the elements of a front-burner issue. Inland homeowners caught by surprise by the recent deluges in Tennessee and New England are angry that they weren’t sold flood insurance, while communities across the country are up in arms as new flood maps sweep them into insurance-required zones.

Meanwhile, questions swirl about the future solvency of the federal government-run insurance program, which covers 5.5 million properties. Intended to be supported by policy premiums, it now owes Uncle Sam almost $19 billion. And although Washington politicians debate badly needed long-term reforms, the program limps along on successive rounds of short-term funding. In the past year, the National Flood Insurance Program has lapsed (meaning no policies could be sold) three times. The most recent interruption came in June, just as hurricane season opened with forecasters calling for three to seven major storms this year.

Don’t be put off by all the noise. This is a great time to consider flood insurance. Flooding isn’t covered by most homeowners policies, and insurance may be more affordable than you think — especially given the high cost of fixing flood damage. You must carry flood insurance if you have a federally backed mortgage and your home is in a high-risk zone — defined as having a 26% chance of flooding within a 30-year period, or 1% annually. Flood insurance is optional if you don’t have a mortgage or you live in a less risky area, but it’s an option you should consider because 25% of all flood claims are made in areas of low to moderate risk.

Even though the flood-insurance program is run by the feds, you purchase a policy through an insurance agent at one of some 90 companies nationwide. Your community must participate in the NFIP (more than 20,000 do). You don’t have to comparison-shop because the rates are set by Uncle Sam (see estimated premiums and find an agent at www.floodsmart.gov).

“Give us a call at the Bogle Agency Insurance and we can tailor the exact kind of coverage you are looking for,” said Philip R. Bogle, owner.  “With all of the recent storms and heavy amounts of rain, the time has never been better for you to update your insurance and guarantee your property is protected.”

A home that’s in a low-risk zone may qualify for a preferred rate, with annual premiums ranging from $119 to $395 to protect both the home and its contents, depending on how much coverage you buy. Standard rates in a high-risk area start at $477 and go up to $2,633 a year. Coverage for basements is limited. You can insure your home for up to $250,000 and its contents for up to $100,000; renters can buy contents-only coverage. If you want insurance beyond what the NFIP provides, you must buy “excess” coverage from a private insure that can be secured through your insurance agent.

Don’t be upset if an updated flood map draws you into a higher-risk zone. A bigger worry is that an outdated map might conceal your true risk. (You can see whether your map is scheduled for review or has recently been updated at www.floodsmart.gov.) Buy a policy before the new map becomes effective, which can take a few weeks to several months, and you’ll lock in the lower rates associated with the lower-risk zone. Don’t wait until you hear raindrops on the roof: Policies take 30 days to go into effect.

 

Prepare For Hurricane Season

Bogle Agency Wants You To  Prepare for Hurricane Season 

 
 
Although the hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, tropical storm forecasters are predicting above-average activity for 2011. Even if you live in the Northeast, like us, the possibility of a hurricane hit remains!

An average of 15 “named storms” are predicted for this season, approximately half of which are expected to become hurricanes, according to Accuweather.com’s hurricane center meteorologists.

Meanwhile, forecasters at Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project predict an “above-average probability of U.S. and Caribbean major hurricane landfall.”

Thomas Gray, CNA’s Consulting Director for Property Risk Control, had this advice for agents: “The best way for you to help your clients is by educating them before the storm actually hits. Discuss with them what their needs might be, and plan accordingly.”

How can the Bogle Agency help you?

“At Bogle, we have policies specifically tailored for such emergencies, and they can complement, or strengthen your current homeowner’s insurance or business insurance,” said Philip. R. Bogle. “Give us a call and we can package something for you today, before any storms hit.”

We talk to our clients to make sure they have adequate coverage and the right type(s) of insurance for hurricanes and tropical storms. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Together, we can determine the best solution for your business or home. 
 
We recommend that businesses develop continuity plans that incorporate the impact of hurricanes and other possible disasters. Clients should also consider the value of having an evacuation plan for employees and a contingency plan to protect business assets.
 
“Please remember, all of us at the Bogle Agency are dedicated to making sure you’re protected,” added Bogle. ” We’ve been in business since 1919, and with our experience, we can help you with all of your insurance needs.”

 

DISTRACTED DRIVING – A GROWING PROBLEM

Distracted Driving – A Growing Problem

Distracted driving, alcohol, and speeding are leading causes of fatal and serious injury crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association, at any point during daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone. Some of these vehicles are being driven by employees conducting business while behind the wheel.

If they cause an accident, their employer could be responsible not just for workers’ compensation and disability claims, but also for liability judgments and for fines associated with criminal vehicular activity.

As their insurance advisor, you can help your technology and life science save lives and money by making them aware of the risk they face when employees use cell phones while driving on company business. The Hartford’s Distracted Driving – A Growing Problem provides you and your clients with information and resources to help develop their own distracted driving policies.

BOGLE AGENCY INSURANCE TO EXPAND

May 4, 2011, for immediate release.
 

BOGLE AGENCY INSURANCE TO EXPAND

 
Bogle Agency Insurance of Lyndhurst, NJ is in the process of expanding its business, and seeks experienced insurance producers & brokers to come and grow with them.
 
“Bogle is an independent insurance agency, representing many carriers, so that gives us the ability to market and write all lines of insurance in New Jersey,” said Philip Bogle, owner of the family-owned company established in 1919.  “We are looking for dynamic individuals who are experienced in New Jersey insurance sales and products, and intend to fully support them through our advanced social media and marketing campaign.  We utilize Facebook, Twitter and Linked In to keep current in today’s world of business.”

Do you have what it takes to work for Bogle?

With over 90 years and four generations of experience with insurance in New Jersey, we have mastered how to build a rock-solid, knowledgeable community of agents and insurance carriers. Bogle Agency Insurance welcomes you to join our community and learn about our extensive book of NJ insurance options.

We specialize in all forms of insurance, whether it be New Jersey autohome or business insurance.  We also handle life, health, professional liability, and umbrella coverages.  If you have it, Bogle Agency can insure it!
 
“If you are looking for competitive compensation, excellent support, and ownership in your book of business or clients, then I urge you to contact me directly,” added Bogle. prbogle@bogleagency.com.  All contact will be held in the strictest confidence.
 
Feel free to check us out at any of the following links:

On the web at:  www.bogleagency.com
 
On Faceook at:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Bogle-Agency-Insurance/171280236234707
 
On Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/#!/BogleInsurance
 
Linked In at:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/1797344?trk=pro_other_cmpy
 
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Is Your Business Protected?

IS YOUR BUSINESS PROTECTED?

According to a recent insurance company survey, “One in three Americans believes that businesses are not doing enough to protect them from workplace discrimination and identity theft, according to a recent survey on behalf of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Nearly one-third of the people surveyed noted that, compared to a year ago, companies are less likely to protect employees from gender discrimination (30%) and other workplace discrimination (32%).”

 

 

Bogle Agency can help protect businesses against workplace discrimination and identity theft. Since we are an independent agency, we represent many insurance carriers and the various types of programs they offer.  We can custom fit what’s right for you!

 

The policies we recommend are tailored to the individual business need and are quite affordable.  Feel free to contact us for a free survey of your business exposures and a no obligation quote to protect your business. We can be reached at our state-of-the-art website at:  www.bogleagency.com, or on our Facebook Fan Page at:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bogle-Agency-Insurance/171280236234707.  Or you can just give us a call at our conveniently located Lyndhurst, NJ office, 201-939-1076.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Flood Zones and Earthquake areas

 

One of the great things about the Internet is the sheer amount of free information available — much of it from federal agencies. This maxim certainly applies to personal lines insurance and risk management.

 

For example, you can quickly determine if your clients or prospective clients live in a high-risk flood zone. Go to www.floodsmart.gov and look on the right side of the home page under the heading “One-Step Flood Risk Profile.” Enter the client’s address to see if he or she is in a moderate-to-low-risk flood zone or in a high-risk flood zone. The website also provides an estimated premium for contents only, building only, or both. In addition, flood maps for most communities are readily available on this website.

The U.S. Geological Survey offers valuable information for determining if any of your clients live in an area prone to earthquakes. Go to www.usgs.gov and follow these steps:

1. Select the orange rectangular box titled “Hazards” at the top of the page.

 

2. Choose the earthquake hazards link near the top left side of the page.

 

3. Select “Earthquakes — Info by State” at the bottom left side of the page.

 

4. You are then presented with state options.

 

5. Select a state, such as Tennessee.

 

6. Under the “Maps” heading, select “Seismic Hazard Map of Tennessee.”

A quick look at this map indicates that the area to the north of Memphis is the
higher-risk part of the state for earthquakes. This type of information can be very
helpful in making the proper earthquake insurance recommendations to your clients.
Sinkholes are another peril to consider for certain states. Sinkholes cause the most
damage in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and
Texas. The USGS has a map that shows the areas of the country where certain rock
types may be susceptible to sinkholes.

 

Other perils for which the USGS website provides excellent information are volcanoes and mudslides. The site offers detailed information and maps for the state’s most exposed to volcanoes — Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. For example, the USGS provides a map of the western U.S. volcanoes monitored by the Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Taking advantage of these free resources is an effective way of standing out from other insurance agents who are simply “personal lines insurance order takers.”Serving as your client’s risk manager in this way will assuredly improve your retention, customer satisfaction, and customer service.

 

Amateur Sports and Fitness

Fitness and Amateur Sports Insurance:  Why you might need it?
 
The Bogle Agency of Lyndhurst, NJ is proud to introduce and offer a special
insurance program into one of the fastest growing industries of our economy,
amateur sports and fitness.
 
With steady expansion projected through at least the next decade, this
program offers various types of coverage for a broad base of companies, such as
fitness and sports recreation centers, like health clubs, tennis clubs, aerobic
studios, and yoga and pilates studios.  This might also fit instruction centers,
like youth sports camps, dance schools and coaches clinics.
 
We can create custom coverage for commercial property, general liability,
auto, umbrella, employment practices liability, emergency event management,
professional liability and green buildings.
 
So, if you fit into any category above, don’t get shut out!  Give us a call
at Bogle, or visit our “Virtual” Insurance Agent on our website at:  www.bogleagency.com.