Category Archives: Care Transition
January 6th, 2015 | 1
Change is scary and transitioning into a nursing home can be one of the scariest changes. Being on the cusp of the unknown and having worst case scenarios scroll through your mind can make one almost paralyzed to move forward. In the case of moving into a nursing home, there are the added fears of poor care, neglect from family members, and being surrounded by ailing patients. There are several things that you can do to help your loved one have a smooth transition into a nursing home facility.
First of all, remove the myths and unfounded fears that come with the thought of a nursing home. For many, nursing homes are just a short term facility for those who have a medical condition that needs additional medical attention. Also research the history of the facility to find if there are any reports of abuse, neglect, or health violations.Continue Reading
Hospital to Home Transition – How to smoothly navigate successfully and safely back home… Greg Hartwell
November 13th, 2014 | 1
A hospital admission is stressful for everyone – patient and family. And while you are understandably concerning yourself with the care and recovery of your loved one, a hospital discharge planner starts the discharge planning process the moment you are admitted. Indeed, there is barely time to catch one’s breath before they are pushing you out to the door.Continue Reading
November 5th, 2014 | 1
We all know that change is rarely easy. Many times it seems that the older we get, the more set in our ways we become and change somehow gets harder. Even after doing hours of research and visiting senior communities, your loved one may still second guess this decision. So what do you do if your loved one is having a hard time settling in to a senior community?
- Determine the source – The most important questions is this: is the problem from within or from outside sources? Is it a problem that your loved one would face in any senior community or is there a real dilemma with the new residence? Is it homesickness? Is it loneliness? Are there enough activities to keep your loved one involved? Is it a friendly community? Are your loved one’s expectations realistic? Knowing where the problem lies is the first step to finding the right solution.
October 30th, 2014 | 0
Growing older is no easy task; as the body ages, physical health can become more complicated with eyes that weaken, bones that become more frail, and the fear of dementia to consider.
Here are some answers to help you determine if specialized geriatric care and a doctor of geriatrics is for you:
Should I continue to see a family practice physician or should I seek a geriatrician?Continue Reading
October 23rd, 2014 | 0
There’s a certain peace that one feels when things are in order and having your long term care plans in writing is no different. It can be difficult facing the “what ifs” and the time and financial investment it takes can be daunting, but you and your family members can rest assure that your affairs are settled if a time comes when you cannot voice your wishes.
Where do you start in this complicated process? First of all, meet with a trusted, certified financial planner or your CPA. He or she can make sure your financial accounts are in order and can advise you on budgeting for future expenses. They can also explain, sell, or direct you to someone who is an expert on long term care insurance.Continue Reading
October 9th, 2014 | 0
In May of 2014 a patient by the name of Mr. Hill was introduced to OpenPlacement during his pre-operative visit. With the help of OpenPlacement and a world class Hospital Case Management team, Mr. Hill was able to learn about care after hospitalization, inform himself about post-acute providers and eventually transition successfully from hospital bed to a top notch care facility. We recently sat down with Mr. Hill to discuss his experience.Continue Reading
October 7th, 2014 | 0
Fact: People live an average of 50 years longer than they did 100 years ago, thanks to advances in medical science and better nutrition. And “within the next five years, for the first time in human history, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In addition, the parents of a majority of adults who are middle-aged and older today are still living. Although some elders are well enough—and strong enough—to live their daily lives without outside assistance, many others are not. They may need daily assistance with caring for themselves, taking medications safely and on schedule, getting nutritious, regular meals, and doing chores around the house. Moving into an assisted living facility may be the best and healthiest alternative for these elders.Continue Reading
October 2nd, 2014 | 0
My parents are Baby Boomers and in this past year they have spent more time in the hospital and at doctor’s appointments than either of them had ever planned. From bunion surgery to complications with a routine colonoscopy, my mom and dad have realized how much Medicare doesn’t cover and are grateful that they have a comfortable savings account to tap into if necessary. One major lesson learned is to expect the unexpected. With that said, have you considered long term health insurance?Continue Reading
September 25th, 2014 | 0
We all know that we need to plan for the future, but wanting to and actually doing it can be light years apart. It’s hard to face the cold, hard facts of what may happen and to make the tough decisions as to choosing an executor of your estate or investing in long term health insurance. Moreover, verbalizing your choices can cause conflict if your family is already turbulent and many times kids just may not want to face that you are getting older. Nevertheless, consider planning a family meeting so that no one will be in the dark when tough decisions need to be made.Continue Reading
September 16th, 2014 | 0
If you have spent any length of time researching senior communities or senior housing, then you know how costly it can be. Between buy in rates and monthly fees, the costs can quickly become overwhelming. What are your options if you are on a limited income?Continue Reading
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