Category Archives: Senior Living
March 13th, 2014 | 0
We would like to make all our readers and members of the OpenCommunity aware of the nursing home checklist provided by Medicare.gov. We strongly recommend that you print this out and take a copy of this checklist to each nursing home you visit. This serves as a great reminder for the important questions to ask regarding resident life, nursing home living spaces, staff, residents’ rooms, hallways, stairs, lounges, bathrooms, menus and food, activities, safety, and care. It is also a good resource to take notes on so that you can quickly reference all the critical information.Continue Reading
February 18th, 2014 | 1
This month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Margaret Wilmer, is an influential leader and the new Director of Community Health and Older Adult Services at El Camino Hospital located in Mountain View, California. Her previous work has included a position at On Lok Lifeways focusing on the aging population. Her early influence and passion for the senior care industry along with her taking on a wide range of health care positions has made her a perfect candidate for our OpenPlacement Health Care Trailblazer feature interview. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview recently and here is what she had to say:Continue Reading
February 12th, 2014 | 3
A couple weeks ago, the Medicare Rights Center, a well-known New York-based advocacy group, released a report card showing how well seniors are faring with Medicare. The report is a good barometer of the troubles beneficiaries face when navigating Medicare’s very complicated system for getting health care.
One particularly compelling finding popped out: 21 percent of the 14,000 callers to the Center’s national help line in 2012 had trouble covering the cost sharing that Medicare requires. This means that almost a fourth of seniors struggle with paying the deductibles for Part B – doctor and outpatient services – and for Part D, the drug benefit.Continue Reading
January 16th, 2014 | 3
As we become older, there is more demand for help in our daily lives. However, with the upcoming baby boomer population, space at senior care homes may become limited. In addition, the cost of senior living options have a substantial increase annually. The cost of senior living varies with the type of residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. We have simplified the finances and defined various housing options available below in an infographic of our own.Continue Reading
December 18th, 2013 | 0
Searching 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.Continue Reading
December 5th, 2013 | 0
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.Continue Reading
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