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September 2013

Looking for Leaders: The Crisis in Social Work (INFOGRAPHIC) Claire Quiney

September 27th, 2013 | 0

Social-WorkMaybe you’ve heard the old joke, “Social Work is the World’s Second Oldest Profession.”

Well, it’s true.

B.C. 1750 In Babylonia, King Hammurabi issues his code of justice, which includes a requirement that the people help one another during times of hardship.

B.C. 500 Philanthropy, from the Greek word for “acts of love for humanity,” is institutionalized in the Greek city–states. Citizens are encouraged to donate money, which is used for people in need.

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Past, Present, and Future of Social Work and Technology Christy Rakoczy

September 26th, 2013 | 0

past-present-future_zoom_1The face of Social Work continues to change as technology expands and grows. As it is accepted more and more in the profession of Social Work, it can help to improve a variety of different aspects of social work.

In the realm of advocacy, letter writing and phone calls are still utilized, but more contemporary means  include using websites and blogs, e-mails to law makers, and the employment of social media. As we move into the future, social media campaigns will continue to be a crucial means of advocacy and the use of videos can help to provide images that encourage people to take action.

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How To Prepare For Transitioning To Assisted Living Marcela De Vivo

September 23rd, 2013 | 0

living1Transitioning an elderly parent to an assisted living facility is often the right move for older adults that need regular medical attention and can no longer care for themselves in the fashion that they used to. However, for many children with elderly parents, the transition can be particularly confusing for a variety of reasons.

While it may take some time for your parent to adjust to assisted living, you need to do everything you can to prepare before moving day. Being prepared will make the transition easier for your parent and you, and it can ease some of the uncertainty that’s very typical when moving an elderly adult into an assisted living facility.

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The Consumer’s Ongoing Dilemma: Making Sense of Hospital Prices Trudy Lieberman

September 19th, 2013 | 1

CFAHRecently the Washington Post’s health policy columnist Sarah Kliff waded into the muddy waters of hospital disclosures. Kliff had heard that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed legislation requiring the state’s hospitals to publish the rates for the services they’ve negotiated with insurance companies.

That indeed would be a big step and builds on Medicare’s release earlier this year of what hospitals charge the government to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Surprise, surprise! The data show huge differences among hospitals even in the same city, a phenomenon well documented in the academic literature.

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Choosing My Mother’s Next Home: A Caregiver’s Tips for Selecting a Long-Term Care Facility (Guest Post) Deborah Shouse

September 16th, 2013 | 0

Deb2Because of my mother’s deepening Alzheimer’s, my father is now living with a stranger, a woman he does not know or understand. He is afraid to go to sleep, because she wanders around at night. She, who cannot remember what a can opener is, an avocado, or a shoe lace, has figured out how to unlock the apartment door, find the elevator, press the down button, get in, and wander out through the lobby. The guard on duty quickly retrieves her, but her unchecked mobility unnerves my father.

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Time Pressures in Researching Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 13th, 2013 | 1

TimeFar to often families face major time pressure when looking for a facility for a senior to live in. Often, seniors will be reluctant to enter into an assisted living or nursing home facility, preferring to maintain their independence for as long as possible. This can lead to a situation where a senior lives alone for too long until a state of emergency is reached. This emergency may be a triggering event such as a fall or a stroke, or it may occur when a near-injury or near-death experience happens, such as a relative coming over to find that an absent-minded senior has left the stove on.

Unfortunately, this means that in many situations, a senior needs to be placed into an assisted living facility or a nursing home quickly as the senior is clearly no longer able to live on his or her own without being at risk. This can leave families scrambling to get a senior into a safe environment right away, with minimal time for researching and choosing the right facility.

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Today There Are Too Many Unemployed Social Workers Christy Rakoczy

September 10th, 2013 | 1

unemploymentIn a time when unemployment rates are high across the nation, social workers are specifically experiencing high levels of unemployment. Even those who are highly skilled and experienced may be underemployed due to lack of ability to find a position in their area or one that fulfills their scheduling needs as parents.

Reasons for unemployment amongst social workers varies. The greatest reason for the decrease in jobs in this field is due to funding cuts by the government. In the economic downturn, government agencies have reduced spending in various areas and have cut various social programs. As a result, the demand for workers has decreased.

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Absence of Comparable Data for Families Seeking Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 6th, 2013 | 4

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Some of you may have recently read my post from last week entitled, “A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It.”  In the article I highlighted that the absence of comparable data for families seeking care is a core issue facing those in need of any type of long term care.

Assisted living facilities provide a solution for seniors who are not able to live entirely on their own but who do not want or need the round-the-clock medical care that is provided in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can allow seniors to maintain a broader degree of independence and to live in a more home-like setting as compared with the more institutional setting of a nursing home.

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Political Football Season Starts for Medicare Trudy Lieberman

September 3rd, 2013 | 1

CFAHIt’s the silly season again for Medicare. It comes around whenever a political campaign is about to begin, as it is for next year’s mid-term elections. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has been talking about Medicare quite a bit lately and raising an issue that’s been hanging around since the elections of 2010: that the Affordable Care Act takes money out of Medicare by shortchanging Medicare Advantage plans.

Speaking to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce a few weeks ago, Rubio said one of the things the health reform law did was take “a tremendous amount of money out of the Medicare Advantage program, not to fund Medicare or to make Medicare more solvent, but to fund the health care law.” Politicians love to play ball with benefits for seniors.

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