#ElderCareChat 11/5/14 Recap: Hospital and ER Survival Guide

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 39 new and returning participants shared tips and strategies for surviving a sometimes necessary hospitalization or ER visit, either as a caregiver or caree. Participants also dialogued about alternatives to hospitalization, and how to know when ...

 
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Caregiver Face Sheets: Must-Have Information for Emergencies

Your mother is having a stroke. Your husband is having a heart attack. Your grandmother fell and fractured her leg. The last thing you want to be doing in any of these crisis situations is fumbling through wallets, desk drawers ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 2/6/13 Recap Post: Advocating for Quality Care

This Wednesday, 52 participants (with several new faces among the group) talked about the various settings in which family caregivers and their loved ones find themselves: at the doctor’s office, at home with a home health care provider, in the ...

 
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Advocating for a Senior Loved One’s Care

When an aging parent or other senior loved one is in the hospital, at the doctor’s office, in assisted living, or receiving services at home, the responsibility of advocating for quality care often falls on the primary caregiver. But ...

 
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Preparing for the Holiday Weekend: The Senior Care 411

Whether you’re spending this holiday weekend at home or visiting someone in assisted living, give yourself the gift of preparedness.

Of course the hope is for a healthy, crisis-free holiday, but some families may end up spending time in ...

 
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Care Transitions: From Assisted Living to the ER and Back Again

Your mother has an apartment in assisted living. You get a call in the middle of the night that she fell and may have fractured her hip. They need to send her to the emergency room. You get dressed and ...

 
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Caregivers Center a Great Idea for Hospital Help

Fact: Some caregivers spend a lot of time at the hospital.

Whether the person being cared for lives at home or in assisted living doesn’t matter. One or more trips to the hospital, particularly the ER, is likely to ...

 
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A Truly Unique Senior Living Renovation

Retrofitting is one of the hottest trends in senior living these days, and this California project may top them all.

We have covered stories about similar projects here on the blog: old schoolhouses converted to assisted living, abandoned churches transformed ...

 
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The Hospitalist: Care Management In House

Although there hasn’t been much breaking news on health care lately, the reform wheels are in motion and change is coming.

A major component of health care reform is reigning in the cost of avoidable readmissions, which currently eats a hefty $17.4 billion slice of the $102.6 billion Medicare pie (and affects one in five patients). Thus, under the new legislation, hospitals will incur penalties for readmissions, medical errors, and inefficient ...

 
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