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Senior Health and Safety

Don’t Go BACK Into the Hospital!

by Lois Etienne on March 13, 2013

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Okay, you’ve been in the hospital and now you’re home. Data shows that hospital readmission rates are higher for discharged patients living with one of the six chronic conditions listed below. Focusing on the specific needs around whatever disease process you’re dealing with and accurately following the doctor’s discharge instructions is critical to a [...]

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Tweet Are there certain foods that can help speed recovery and help you feel better sooner? According to WebMD and other research, the answer is “yes.” Eating the right foods can help you prevent complications such as dehydration, and constipation. Among the first suggestions are to include lots of fiber and lean protein in your [...]

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Follow-Up Doctor’s Appointments

by Lois Etienne on March 7, 2013

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Okay, you were discharged with a plan of care, you’ve gotten home and got your medications in order but it’s also imperative that you help make sure you get to each and every follow up appointment. These medical follow-ups are critical for any necessary prescription updates, blood tests, incision and wound care, and follow-up [...]

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Tweet When you or your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, you are likely to come home with several new medications. Making sure that these new medications are taken correctly and don’t create any adverse effects with existing medications is vital to ensuring recovery. Medication mismanagement is one of the leading problems that [...]

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Tweet When a loved one is coming home from the hospital, it is important to have a good plan of care in place to help ensure a smooth transition home and to minimize stress for both the family caregiver and his or her loved one. You may even want to download this care plan worksheet [...]

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Returning Home

by Lois Etienne on February 27, 2013

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet On October 1, 2012, Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program went into effect, intended to give hospitals financial incentive to ensure patients receive proper discharge instructions and post-discharge support. The intensely debated Medicare penalties for excessive readmissions have put doctors, discharge nurses and other healthcare professionals across the hospital industry in a position that has [...]

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Avoid Readmissions

by Lois Etienne on February 24, 2013

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet It can be very nerve-wracking when you or your loved one is admitted to a hospital or healthcare facility. And likely, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is what happens when the doctor discharges you. But thinking about the returning home process right from the start is one of the best things a [...]

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Volunteering Perks

by Lois Etienne on February 22, 2013

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Talk to most any senior about the benefits of volunteering, and you’ll likely get a laundry list of all the good vibes that giving back generates. Volunteering has a solid research track record of benefits. But the perks go beyond just feeling good. “Volunteering provides many older adults with a purpose,” said Dr. Erwin [...]

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Tweet Seven in 10 senior volunteers (70 percent) say they plan on volunteering “forever” or they have no end in sight to their community service activities, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Ambitious goals, right? Actually, seniors can make a mark well into their elderly years by following a few [...]

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Tweet Older adults who have spent much of their adult lives honing skills in the workplace could be looking forward to a well-deserved retirement. Instead, a good share of them are rolling up their sleeves and getting back to work volunteering. And they’re making a difference in communities throughout North America. In total, the contributions [...]

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