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Senior Care – A Detailed Look Alyssa Chan

December 18th, 2013 | 0

OpenPlacement-Blog-Spectrum-of-Senior-CareSearching for Senior Care for yourself or a loved one can be a very difficult task and more often than not is during a difficult period of time.  It is extremely important to find the perfect fit with comfort, care and most importantly safety in mind. That said, it is critical to consider all the options that are available as well as the specific level of care and services they provide.

Below you will find a graphic that helps visualize all the key care types available.  As you move from the bottom of the graphic to the top the level of care increases.  Non medical home care provides the most basic form of care services in the comfort of ones home.  On the other side of the spectrum is a hospital which provides the highest level of services and care for a loved one.

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Katy Fike of Aging2.0, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Alyssa Chan

December 13th, 2013 | 0

Katy-Fike-Aging2.0This month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Dr. Katy Fike, is an influential leader and part of the co-founding team for Aging2.0. Aging2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through regular events, the CoverAGE newsletter and the GENerator founders program. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview for our OpenPlacement Health Care Trailblazer feature interview. Dr. Fike’s journey from systems engineering student to being a co-founder of Aging2.0 is an inspirational story for many different health care professionals and especially those involved with senior care and the aging space. 

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OP #FollowFriday These #SeniorLiving Providers on Twitter Alyssa Chan

December 5th, 2013 | 0

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For this week’s OP #FollowFriday, we are following senior living providers on Twitter.

As statics have shown almost 7 out of 10 Americans over age 65 will need long-term care. These twitter accounts are recognized for being active senior living accounts on Twitter who have been doing a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of healthcare innovation, caring for the aging population, and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts.

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Dementia Facts: What Do You Know? Christy Rakoczy

November 26th, 2013 | 0

DementiaDementia can be caused by myriad of factors and is often misunderstood. Worldwide, 35+ million are estimated to suffer from dementia and that number is expected to triple by 2050 according to the World Health Organization.

Dementia is highly misunderstood and overwhelming for sufferers and caretakers. Lack of awareness and challenges to diagnosis can exacerbate the difficulties of dealing with this condition. So what needs to be known about dementia to improve overall understanding of its wide reaching affects and population?

 

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OP #FollowFriday These #A2GENerator Supporters on Twitter Alyssa Chan

November 22nd, 2013 | 0

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This week we finally pick back up with our segment of OP #FollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement Follow Friday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter.

Just yesterday, Aging2.0 (@Aging20), a global organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation in aging, announced the first cohort of its newly launched GENerator (#A2GENerator) founders program. Eleven innovative early-stage companies have been selected to begin the six-month program, based out of the Institute on Aging in San Francisco.  You can read more here. OpenPlacement (@OpenPlacement) had the honor to be part of this amazing and select group of innovators.

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10 Reasons Home Care is Better Than Assisted Living Christy Rakoczy

November 19th, 2013 | 0

HomeCare or Assisted LivingLast week I took a deep look at 10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better than Home Care and received tremendous feedback, comments and thoughts from many of our readers.  It would be prudent to now switch the perspective and look into why home care is better than assisted living.  To be fair, deciding between home care and assisted living is a challenge. Both lifestyles have beneficial elements but many Americans continue to choose home care over assisted living. Why?

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Assisted Living Risk Management Christy Rakoczy

November 14th, 2013 | 1

As with any assisted living facility, there is potential for problems to arise that can create a less than desirable environment or negatively affect patients. Assisted living risk management is absolutely crucial for any owner/operator in order to create an environment in which potential issues are minimized.

Because of the population of those in assisted living facilities are prone to falling, and being injured as a result, it is crucial to determine ways to diminish the potential for falls. Adopting a falls prevention program, implementing the program and testing it and evaluating the results are all crucial in order to find an effective way to minimize injuries of those likely to fall.

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10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better Than Home Care Christy Rakoczy

November 13th, 2013 | 0

HomeCare or Assisted LivingIt can be a hard decision for seniors to choose between living at home and receiving care there, or moving to an assisted living facility. It’s important to examine the benefits of either. Let’s explore the benefits of moving to an assisted living facility.

First and foremost, living in an assisted living facility allows seniors to live their lives without worrying about the daily tasks that may have become tedious or difficult. Cooking, cleaning and taking care of the home is no longer necessary in an assisted living facility, leaving seniors without the worry of having to complete those chores or get help from family to do so.

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What Do You Think Separates Good From Great Care? Christy Rakoczy

November 7th, 2013 | 0

Good To Great CareWhen hospitalized or even just in a primary care physician’s office, every patient wants to be treated with kindness, respect and compassion while having her needs addressed. However,that is a baseline expectation. What is it that really elevates a healthcare experience from being “just okay” to “fantastic?”

As with any service, being able to quickly get the care that one needs is crucial. Long waits in hospital Emergency Rooms or doctor’s office waiting areas can be stressful, particularly for the patient who is in pain or feeling particularly ill. Reducing wait times and and increasing the speed with which one is able to get in to see a doctor improves the overall healthcare experience.

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How Will The Affordable Care Act Help The Elderly? Christy Rakoczy

November 5th, 2013 | 0

The-Affordable-Care-Act -And-The-ElderlyThe Affordable Care Act has been the topic of much discussion by many groups in the United States, including seniors. It is important to understand the act to know how the new health care system will work. There are many ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit the elderly.

Those who are on Medicare will have access to myriad services and products at no cost. Screenings for cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, flu shots, and stop-smoking counseling are just a few of the services that require no payment from Medicare recipients.

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