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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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The Search For Long Term Care – Mom, Dementia, & Me Bob Dunlop

October 31st, 2013 | 0

Search-for-long-term-careSix 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.

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Readmission & The Common Reasons Mary Bommel Shames

October 25th, 2013 | 11

Readmission (10.26.12)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?

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How Caregivers Can Use Social Media Christy Rakoczy

October 22nd, 2013 | 1

Social Media Logotype BackgroundIn 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.

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Preventing, Recognizing & Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Christy Rakoczy

October 18th, 2013 | 2

ElderAbuseElder 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.

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Nursing Informatics – A Look at Technology & Nursing Christy Rakoczy

October 2nd, 2013 | 2

© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationExperienced informatic nurses say the best way is to approach the nursing IT department and volunteer to train.

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.

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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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