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Differences Between In-Home Care & Home Health

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Differences Between In-Home Care & Home Health So many times people are discharged from the hospital with directions on care they should receive once they are home. These directions can include having home health and in home care, which most people think are the same thing, but are in fact, very different. The key difference is that "home care" is non-clinical care and "home health" is clinical care. In-Home Care is typically priv ..

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Patient Safety Awareness

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Patient Safety Awareness Patient safety is a public health issue. One in 10 patients develops a health care acquired condition during hospitalization. Medical error causes the death of 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients a year. Work is being done at the federal, state and local levels to address these issues but it takes all of us within the care continuum to stand united. According to United for Patients Safety &ldq ..

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GoFundMe For WWII Veteran Claude and his wife Dorothy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This fundraiser is for a sweet couple, WWII Veteran, Claude and Dorothy Cravens, they are 88 and 86 respectively, they have been married for over 63 years and have spent the last 35 years in the same home. About 10 years ago Dorothy was diagnosed with Dementia and Claude became her primary caregiver and has been doing so ever since. Claude has done his best to take care of Dorothy and their home, but he himself is getting old and is n ..

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Dangers of Caregiver Denial

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dangers of Caregiver Denial Denial is a normal human emotion, especially with symptoms as heartbreaking as dementia or Alzheimer’s, as no one wants to confront the disease for which there is currently no cure. But there are risks to caregiver denial. Dangers that go along with caregiver denial are two-fold. Not only is your loved one at risk; but also you, the caregiver, is at risk. It doesn’t matter how many times yo ..

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How to Prepare to Age Alone

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

How to Prepare to Age Alone According to a 2012 study in The Gerontologist (, about one-third of 45- to 63-year-olds are single, most of who never married or are divorced. That's a whopping 50 percent increase since 1980, the study found. What's more, about 15 percent of 40- to 44-year-old women had no children in 2012 -- up from about 10 percent in 1980, U.S. Census data shows.  ..

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Eye Health for Seniors

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Eye Health Risks for Seniors to Know As we age, certain health issues can become more and more prominent, meaning we have to stay consistent about medical check-ups and taking good care of ourselves. One area in particular that becomes more susceptible to disease and damage as we age is our eyes. There are several eye-related health risks that increase for seniors, and knowing what they are can help you know what signs and symptoms  ..

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Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life According to the American Academy of Family Physicians ( “The statistics on medication usage among elderly patients in the US are eye-opening: more than one-third of prescriptions drugs used in the US are taken by elderly patients; the ambulatory elderly fill between 9-13 prescriptions a year (including new prescriptions and refills); the average eld ..

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How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind As we get older our bodies become weaker or problems arise and more likely than not you will need to have surgery and will require general anesthesia. As we age the way our bodies process drugs changes and our overall metabolic rate is slower. According to ( "General anesthesia does carry a higher risk for the elderly population," says Da ..

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The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge The primary goal of discharge planning is to ensure a patient’s smooth transition from the hospital to her home or another facility. Patients must be humanely and appropriately discharged when they are medically ready to leave the hospital. Senior patients who are unable to care for themselves cannot be sent home, if proper care is not in place; medically incompetent adults cannot be brought to h ..

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