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Senior Living Options: An In-Depth Look Amy Barlow

January 11th, 2013 | 0

SeniorCareTraditionally nursing home care was the only option for long-term senior care. It was not until the mid-1980s that different assisted living communities started to emerge in the United States. These communities were thought to be a shift from the institutional setting that were strict with regulations and gave patients and families few options of choice. These assisted living variations can offer very desirable features and have shown great patient satisfaction.

There are many factors to consider when deciding on your future living arrangements which can make the decision difficult. Below is information on many different senior living options to assist in your choice of which option is right for you. 

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Tips When Working With Seniors With Behavioral Problems Christy Rakoczy

January 10th, 2013 | 0

BehavioralProblemsWorking with behavioral problems among elderly patients can be exhausting.  Inexperienced caregivers sometimes respond poorly to such behavior, which can, in some cases, lead to verbal or even physical abuse.  Placement of these individuals is another matter all together – because they are so difficult to deal with, it is extremely difficult for discharge planners and social workers to find facilities that are able and willing to provide them the special care that they need.  Here are some practical tips we’ve found make the process of working with seniors with behavioral problems a bit easier.

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Ten Powerful Online Resources for Patient Care Coordinators Christy Rakoczy

December 14th, 2012 | 0

PatientCareCoordinatorsResources for patient care coordinators, from case managers to social workers and discharge planners, can at times be difficult to comb through.  Not all online information is particularly helpful, and precious few resources offer top-quality information to make the life of the patient care coordinator a little bit simpler (even fewer for free!).  To help hospital professionals, we’ve come up with a top ten list of websites that provide you, the patient care coordinator, with some powerful tools – and with critical information that can be shared with patients and their families to facilitate care.

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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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Strategies to Reduce Readmission Christy Rakoczy

November 7th, 2012 | 1

RevolvingDoorReadmission is a major problem in U.S. hospitals, so much so that Hospital Impact reports that one out of every five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged.  Hospital Impact reports that these readmissions come at a cost of approximately $17.5 billion each year.

While Fierce Healthcare reports that Medicare has a new policy- called a Readmissions Reduction Program – that docks up to 1 percent of pay for hospitals with high readmission rates, simply penalizing hospitals isn’t the answer. No hospital or rehabilitative care facility wants patients to be sent back into the hospital. The problem, as News Medical reports, is that hospitals are lacking in cohesive strategies to reduce readmission.  Developing a detailed discharge plan, therefore, is a key first step in helping patients to thrive once they’ve left the hospital. So, how can hospitals succeed at doing this? Here are a few tips.

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Hospital Admins Must Answer 5 Key Questions To Shape A Successful Post-Acute Care Strategy M.L. Sutton

October 13th, 2012 | 0


HospitalAdminsThis post originally appeared here:
http://medcitynews.com/2012/10/hospital-admins-must-answer-5-key-questions-to-shape-a-successful-post-acute-care-strategy/  and was published by MedCity News.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has fundamentally changed the healthcare marketplace and permanently altered the role of post-acute programs in the strategic response of health systems.

This is a challenge for many hospital systems as they have under invested in management talent and the infrastructure of their post-acute capabilities. As payment models evolve and providers become more accountable for patient’s costs, care will be driven to the lowest cost settings. A hospital’s post-acute capabilities could be an engine that drives profitability or the burden that causes missed opportunity.

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IN THE TRENCHES: THE DISCHARGE PLANNER Bridging Gaps Between Hospital and Home M.L. Sutton

September 13th, 2012 | 0

DischargePlannerThis post originally appeared here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/health/19tren.html and was published by the NYTimes.com.

Almost as soon as patients are admitted to 9 Silver, a general medicine floor at Beth Israel Medical Center in downtown Manhattan, Alicia Tennenbaum starts planning how to get them to leave.

As a hospital discharge planner, Ms. Tennenbaum is a health care traffic cop, patrolling a wildly busy intersection of medical, economic and social challenges. On 9 Silver, she visits patients who are elderly, impoverished or just reeling from a diagnosis, asking: Do you need a ride home? Do you have a home? Do you need help with shopping, meals? Grab bars in the shower? Physical therapy? Do you have someone who can get you to check-ups?

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