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Obamacare Websites: Not Just a .Gov Problem Trudy Lieberman

March 14th, 2014 | 0

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Shoppers searching the Internet for health insurance coverage can be forgiven if they are confused. A New York woman waiting to speak to an official Obamacare navigator the other day told me she decided to ask for help because she couldn’t understand the policies on the website of the New York exchange. When I asked one of the navigators about this woman’s confusion, she assured me all the summary information about the policies was there, but warned “you have to know where to look.”

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The Nursing Home Checklist Alyssa Chan

March 13th, 2014 | 0

The Nursing Home ChecklistWe 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.

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Seniors and Technology (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

March 12th, 2014 | 0

Seniors and TechnologySeniors and technology to some are like water and oil – they just don’t mix.  Though, times have certainly changed and now more than ever seniors and technology do go together! Today marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web (read more here) and in honor of 25 years of the super highway we have put together our very own infographic highlighting seniors and technology.

Although seniors may not be as tech savvy as the younger generation, this does not mean that they are inept. With the increase in use of technology in general, there has been a substantial increase in seniors using social media and applications on mobile devices.

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First Webinar In Partnership with AgeTech West! Alyssa Chan

March 11th, 2014 | 0

AgeTech West WebinarOn April 8, 2014 at 2:00PM-3:00PM pacific, this free webinar will discuss how an innovative web-based platform can help Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living communities maintain higher census by getting on the short-list of health system discharge planners for pre-screened placements and increasing visibility to families seeking quality care for their loved ones, while speeding up necessary discharges to other levels of care. Hear how Atria, On Lok, Lytton Gardens and Stanford Hospital among others are using OpenPlacement to improve the success of their placements and referrals. OpenPlacement is a Developing Technology Partner of AgeTech West, a program of LeadingAge California, Oregon and Washington.

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California Hospitals – A Comparison of the Top 3 (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

February 20th, 2014 | 0

California HospitalsWe recently decided to take a deep look at three of the largest and arguably most renown California Hospitals  — UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, Stanford Hospital in Stanford and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Continuing with our infographic trend, we have simplified some key facts using the comparison tool on medicare.gov. Surveys were taken for patients’ experience at each California hospital as results are also mapped against the California average for all reporting hospitals and the National average for all reporting hospitals.

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Margaret Wilmer of El Camino Hospital, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Alyssa Chan

February 18th, 2014 | 1

Margaret Wilmer - El Camino HospitalThis 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:

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Why Low Income Seniors Fail to Get Help Paying for Health Care Trudy Lieberman

February 12th, 2014 | 3

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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. 

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Long-Term Caregivers (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 24th, 2014 | 0

TN_LT_CaregiversGiven tremendous feedback and response from our recent Infographic series we decided to put out one more this week about long-term caregivers.  We have found that a picture is truly worth a thousand words and tells a much needed story – especially when it comes to senior care.  

The average volunteered hours for an unpaid caregiver is equivalent to working a 20 hour a week part-time job for five years. These long-term caregivers are dedicating their time to help care for a friend, family member or even an acquaintance.

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The Cost of Senior Living (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 16th, 2014 | 3

TN_Cost_of_SLAs 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.

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Dementia in the United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 8th, 2014 | 6

INFOGRAPHIC_Dementia_United_StatesUsing information obtained from the Alzheimer’s Association, we have gathered some recent and startling information about Dementia today in the U.S.  We have chosen to focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and have simplified it into an infographic of our own. You will also find a graph of the estimated total population in 2020 by state who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ages 65 and older. We chose to dig deeper into the statistics of California since many of our readers are here in California. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions for future infographics in the comments section below and help us share this infographic to continue to spread awareness about this condition!

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