October 31st, 2013 | 0
Six years ago my mother was the primary caregiver for her elder sister. At the time she was eighty-six, and her sister was eighty-eight. Her sister’s health had been slowly declining, with increasing difficulty in her ability to manage not only her activities of daily living – mobility, hygiene, dressing, but also other tasks such as grocery shopping and meal preparation. Their time together up until then had been both pleasant and successful. However, as my aunt’s short term memory began failing, their relationship suffered. My mother could not understand why Lil couldn’t remember what they had just agreed upon, and Lil, when challenged about her failing memory, would become angry and verbally abusive.Continue Reading
October 30th, 2013 | 0
On Monday, Pro Publica provided the latest word on the usefulness of hospital ratings, an issue that seems never to disappear despite the growing body of work that raises questions about the methodology used to create them, their conflicts of interest with sponsors, and, most importantly, their usefulness to the public.
A health reporter in Billings, Montana, wanted to know how she should write about ratings, and Pro Publica‘s senior writer, Charlie Ornstein, responded with: “Reporters should avoid writing about hospital ratings if they can. But if they do, they should consult state health department data and the federal Hospital Compare website and look for recent inspection and deficiency reports posted on hospitalinspections.org.” All advice I agree with — not just for journalists but for the public, too.Continue Reading
October 29th, 2013 | 3
With AARP reporting that 89% of seniors would prefer to stay in their homes as they age, or “age in place” as it is being called, deciding whether to retrofit your home or to move into an assisted living facility can be a difficult choice for many. While staying in a home, retrofitted for an aging adult, can be the top choice for some, it is not always the best choice. A variety of factors can, and should, be taken into account when making this decision.
October 25th, 2013 | 11
With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care), it is crucial for hospitals to prevent readmissions to the best of their abilities. Under new law, hospitals with an unacceptably high level of readmissions within 30 days can result in financial penalties that many hospitals cannot afford to sustain.
So, what is causing hospital readmissions? Why are patients who seemed to be well upon discharge being readmitted?Continue Reading
October 22nd, 2013 | 1
In an age in which the internet is such a core part of individuals’ lives from news media consumption to information finding to interpersonal interaction, it is difficult to think of a way in which the internet cannot be used to aid in virtually any search for data or support. Caregivers, in particular, can highly benefit from the use of the internet, particularly in terms of social media, to find helpful tips and support to aid them during what can be a challenging time. By connecting with other caregivers or networks that can provide information, caregivers can enrich themselves and improve their ability to care for loved ones as well as find what they need to fulfill the support they need emotionally.Continue Reading
October 18th, 2013 | 2
Elder abuse has become a tremendous issue in the United States after many exposures of horrific treatment of those in need of great care at a late age. It is important to recognize the signs of elder abuse and how to either prevent or take action against it. It is only through education that individuals can understand how to combat those who are abusing the elderly.
It is first crucial to understand that there are various forms of elder abuse. Often, when thinking of elder abuse, individual’s consider physical abuse. However, there are other means through which seniors can experience abuse including emotionally, sexually, financially or through neglect or health care fraud. It is important to look for all of these when first researching a caregiver or institution, and then on an ongoing basis as care is given.Continue Reading
Sex And Intimacy for the Elderly – Is It Time We Stopped Tip Toeing Around This Subject? Christy Rakoczy
October 14th, 2013 | 2
No matter the age, sex and intimacy are an integral part of one’s happiness, and contribute to the overall quality of any adult’s life. From 18 to 98 (and beyond!), sex and intimacy are part of what make us feel human and contribute to a fulfilled life.
All too often, the issues involved with sex that affect seniors are overlooked. From health issues to emotional issues and beyond, sex amongst seniors can have its obstacles, whether real or imagined. However, it is time that those issues are addressed so that those who call themselves seniors can enjoy this part of their lives as they did in younger years.Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013 | 0
Will all the White House messages, the stream of breathless Twitter updates on the number of hits and enrollments, and the press hype surrounding opening day send the uninsured public into panic mode? Will they prompt buyers to consider only the premium and click to enroll ASAP? And why not? For weeks the administration, state exchange officials and supporters of the Affordable Care Act have been telling the public how cheap premiums will be — much cheaper than expected.Continue Reading
October 2nd, 2013 | 2
This specialty of informatics nursing brings together information science, computer science and nursing. Informatic nurses know that constantly improving information management in nursing improves efficiency, increases the quality of patient care, and results in overall cost reduction.Continue Reading
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