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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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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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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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Support Groups Are Your Best Defense Against Burnout Christy Rakoczy

May 30th, 2013 | 0

SupportGroupPrimary caregivers can experience high amounts of stress as well as emotional and physical burnout.  When this occurs, the caregiver’s health is at risk and her ability to provide care diminished.

There are many means of finding support to help to deal with the stress and other tolls that caregiving can cause. Some places to seek support include:

Healthcare Provider

Speaking to a healthcare provider can yield a lot of benefits for a caregiver experiencing burnout. Healthcare providers can suggest means to deal with stress and emotional issues. Additionally, a provider can refer a caregiver to support organizations, specialists, or provide medicine if need be.

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Top 8 Things to Consider When Discharging to Senior Care Amy Barlow

November 18th, 2012 | 0

ElderlyWomanNursingHomeThere is ever-increasing evidence that shows serious deficiencies in patient care quality exists during transitions between care facilities. Many issues can arise in these circumstances that can jeopardize patient’s safety and they all seem to share similar problems and solutions. Issues such as medication errors, lack of appropriate follow-up care, insufficient or inaccurate information transfers are easily avoided. If discharge planners do their part to improve on these issues it will lead to transitions into continuing care that are smoother and will result in happier patients and ultimately better care.

  1. “Know your patient” The most important aspect of patient care is to “know your patient”. This goes beyond knowing only their personal information and medical condition(s). Discharge planners should thoroughly immerse themselves in a patient’s medical chart. You must know what care your patient needs at all stages of their care and also be able to explain this in understandable terms to both your patient and their family.

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