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COVID-19 Care Plans

January 19, 2021

During this terrible global pandemic, Seniors have been put in the most difficult position of all. This is especially true if you have been admitted to a hospital and are about to get discharged. From the hospital, you may be looking at continuing rehab in a Skilled Nursing Facility or going home. If you still need care, a SNF may be appropriate under normal conditions. However, due to COVID-19, many SNFs are challenged with caring for COVID-19 residents and this puts all facility residents, including you, at risk. In these challenging times, your home is the SAFEST place you can... View Article

How to Respond to Ebola and Other Health Threats

October 28, 2014
Senior Health Flu

How Serious are This Year’s Seasonal Illnesses? The Ebola virus is the current headline-making illness, with the terms “epidemic” and “panic” appearing over and over on the evening news. We feel like we have been down this road before, when the swine flu and mad cow disease were the diseases everyone was afraid of. Should we be taking special measures to protect ourselves and our senior loved ones from Ebola, or can we assume that we are safe? While we seek a balanced, prudent approach to this mysterious new threat, doctors want to make sure that we don’t fail to... View Article

How to Make Sure a Hospital Stay is Paid For

October 7, 2014
Hospital Medicare Coverage

Senior Hospital Visits Aren’t Always Covered Under Medicare An elderly person has a health scare and his family takes him to the hospital. After a few tests, the doctor states that the patient needs to spend a few days in the hospital. He stays for a few days, receiving the typical care and treatment, and the doctor discharges him when he believes he can safely return home. So far, so good, but a few days later a surprising piece of mail arrives: it’s a bill for the hospital stay, including the drugs that were administered by hospital staff. Surely there... View Article

How to Respond to “Senior Moments”

September 29, 2014
Senior Moments Dementia

Memory Lapses May or May Not Predict Dementia No one is a bit surprised when a dear elderly relative forgets where she left her reading glasses. It’s perfectly understandable when a senior can’t recall the name of a distant relative who lives in another town at a family holiday gathering. There are other times, however, when a memory lapse sends up red flags in the minds of family members—having a hard time saying the name of a son or daughter, for example, or repeating a story that was told just a few minutes ago. We don’t want to overreact in... View Article

Figuring Out How to Involve Patients in Their Health Diagnosis

September 23, 2014
Senior Patient Control

Should Patients Have More Control Over their Medical Care? Most of us stand in awe of our doctor. He peers into our ears, listens to our heartbeat, shines lights into our eyes, asks us a few questions, and somehow knows what is going on inside our body. We watch him do all this with the anxiousness of someone watching a mechanic check out their car’s engine, a machine that is a complete mystery to its owner. When the doctor hands us his diagnosis and a prescription, it barely crosses our mind to question whether he’s positive he has come up... View Article

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