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Archive for June 2012:

Choosing Home Care Was the Right Decision for Our Family

Coming from a large family, it was sometimes hard to make decisions that pleased everyone. Growing up we were always fighting over this and that and having to do things like secret ballot to decide where we were going to go on summer vacation. It wasn’t until all of my brothers and sisters were grown that we made our first collective decision as a family. We chose in home health care for our ailing father. Options for Our Dad's Living Dad was getting frailer by the month ... Read More

VOA Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Volunteers of America (VOA) have doubled up on their organizational efforts to assist in preventing and protecting the elderly from abuse. On June 15th, they celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day encouraging the community to wear purple in acknowledgment of the problem. Although this issue is often overlooked, it is a very real problem in the world of senior care. To address the growing problem, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) ... Read More

Texan Legislative Health Debates Start Early

With Texas’ 83rd legislative session gearing up within the next months, discussions on senior care are already well under way. The topic is on the need to ensure access to quality and affordable health care in the appropriate setting for Texas’ seniors. This includes in home care, assisted living, nursing homes, and retirement communities. The number of Texans aged 65 and older is estimated to have more than doubled in the next 20 years. Armed with these statistics, senior ... Read More

Senior HIV Testing Raises Concerns

For those who wouldn’t normally go to get themselves tested, in-home care testing could literally be a lifesaver, but what about those who respond to bad news and have no-one to follow up with? OraSure, a Pennsylvania based technology company, has recently developed a rapid HIV test which is currently pending FDA approval. Having just received a positive report by the FDA advisory board, it could receive full FDA support by the end of the year, giving it full access to ... Read More

How Smart Phones Assist the Elderly

The rise in proliferation of smart-phones has also increased the aid for senior care and those with disabilities. Golden Days Senior Care Services has recently compiled a list of the most helpful applications for in-home care workers and those whom they give assistance to. The list includes applications for the Android, IPhone, and Blackberry based mobile phones. The list of applications covers both medical and non-medical care services ranging from help in keeping track ... Read More

How Obamacare Ruling Affects Seniors

Health insurance reform has taken place already, but with the potential striking down of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare may be caught wondering what to charge for its services, with seniors in flux waiting to see what happens.  As of now, they are already affected by:   The Price of Drugs. The law intends to reduce what Medicare can charge for drugs when a person’s coverage lapses.  This has been implemented to some extent and has already saved consumers ... Read More

Preparing Seniors for Emergencies

With the start of hurricane season underway in many areas of the country, now is a good time to think about emergency plans for your elderly loved ones. Even if you don’t live in a hurricane prone area, it is still a good idea to have plans in place for any type of emergency. Senior care experts are advising families to prepare their senior family members for severe weather emergencies and the possibility of evacuation. Debra Foscolo, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care Office ... Read More

Losing Home Care in PA

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has announced that it will decrease care for frail seniors who use state health services for in-home care. Earlier this year, DPW officials decided to drop the extensive Care Management services in their Aging Waiver program, and instead provide limited care for the elderly statewide with Service Coordinators. This affects needy senior citizens qualifying for Medicaid-paid nursing home care. More than 20,000 ... Read More

Choosing Home Care Over Senior Homes (White Paper)

What is In-Home Care? In-Home care is care given within the boundaries of your own home. It has become more popular these days as people are seeking the independence of aging and/or convalescing in their own residence. With technology advancing, this is becoming more and more possible; even for those with acute medical needs. Today, in-home care is the most requested medical service in our society with businesses improving service to compete for the demand. With 10,000 ... Read More

What Makes a Good Caregiver?

According to a recent National Health Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2050, the number of Americans needing long-term care is expected to nearly double. Although unpaid family members will provide most of this care, the need for paid in-home caregivers will most likely increase dramatically. The report also projects that between 2008 and 2018 the employment of home health aides will rise by 50 percent. There are many matters to ... Read More

New Program for Senior Medical Home Care

A new model of health care shows promise in treating elderly patients without a lengthy hospital stay. The program is known as Hospital at Home, and is aimed at seniors with diseases normally necessitating hospitalization, such as heart failure, emphysema, urinary tract infections, or pneumonia. A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs” looked at people receiving this care through the New Mexico-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services. The study found those receiving ... Read More

Washington Care Workers Asking for a Raise

Home care workers in Washington have been talking with their unions and both have come to the conclusion that it’s time that wages and benefits begin to match up with the cost of living. Union representatives have begun to meet with state negotiators for the latest contract talks and they want a raise. There are some 30,000 in-home care workers in the state with the average price just over $10 per hour. Their jobs include helping people with non-medical care such as chores, ... Read More

Cuts to Senior Living in California

California’s Governor, Jerry Brown is position to make some very large budget cuts very soon. With a nearly $16 billion deficit, Governor Brown has proposed a budget that will trim home care workers’ hours by seven percent. However some people are afraid that cuts to in-home care workers will not just affect the patients being cared for, but that there could be more long-term consequences for their families, as well as California taxpayers. Finding an Alternative ... Read More

Agency Offers Certified Alzheimer's Caregivers

  Total home health care is a rapidly growing business model. As the trend continues to move in the direction of health institutes offering comprehensive coverage, Professional HealthCare at Home, is already doing that very thing in spades. Based out of San Francisco, they are right now leading the Bay area’s medical care industry as the largest provider of total home health care. This includes offering nurse care, rehab, personalized caregivers, and hospice service. Now, ... Read More

Social Media in Senior Living

Facebook and Twitter may be the domain of youth, but our honored seniors can now stay connected, using social network trends to connect with their doctors and caregivers. A new software created by the California based company “Care Innovations” is helping seniors to take their pills, measure their blood pressure, and even give them the opportunity to video conference with their doctor. All of this on a tablet from home. Care Innovations recently moved to Beaverton, ... Read More

KeyHIE Helps Senior Care

Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) recently announced that they have expanded by adding eleven Golden Living skilled nursing facilities to their network. Golden Living is one of the largest providers of post-acute health care in the country and will be filling a role that had been lacking previously. These eleven facilities, located in NE and central Pennsylvania, are the first post-acute health care facilities to join the KeyHIE network. This is good news for ... Read More

Safety and Privacy for Seniors

As technology continues to improve, so does the ability to keep the health of our seniors monitored at all times. Many residents living independently have the possibility of falling, suffering a stroke or heart attack in their home. The goal of assisted living is to make sure that if this does happen there is someone to help.   However, while being a possible life saver, can this technology go too far? This is a question communities around the nation are finding themselves having... Read More

Medical Reform for Seniors

  Medical Reform is Here to Stay Obamacare seems to be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the recent medical debate. It appears that the frustration with the inefficiency and high cost of both hospital and in-home care has reached an all-time high and most people are sick of it. Within this month, the Supreme Court will be judging on the constitutionality of the currently implemented laws. However, the reverb of this historical push for reformed health care will... Read More

Food or Medicine for Seniors?

Because of the high cost of medical care, many people are finding themselves forced to make decisions they never imagined they would have to. If given the choice between being able to buy food and paying for needed medical supplies what would you choose?  Unfortunately for Roger and Linda Conrad this was no hypothetical question but a real life dilemma. Two years ago, sixty five year old Linda Conrad found herself severely ill and subsequently discovered that ninety ... Read More

Stroke Awareness for Seniors is Strong

Because stroke makes up about 10% of worldwide deaths each year, experts want people to be more aware of what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how to cope with stroke incidents.  For this reason, May has been deemed Stroke Awareness Month.  Already, they are seeing senior homes, senior caregivers, and media outlets participating in the spread of their message.  All this led to a very a successful month of getting the word out there in an effort to prevent deaths and ... Read More

Preparing for a Loved One's Senior Care

If you have a loved one who is considering home living for their twilight years, it can be surprisingly taxing on you. Although they are the ones who face the most obvious obstacles on the path to good health, the physical and emotional toll that their health security can take on you is potentially significant. Here are some strategies to undertake to ensure that your own health is not compromised in a senior care situation. Take Other Peoples’ Advice Hopefully, you will ... Read More

Look Out for Senior Health Risks

When senior citizens live at home, they are consciously making a choice to live independently, indicating that they are aware that they can take care of themselves. Still, it is vital to keep a close eye on any potential health risks they might be encountering, as they can quickly escalate if left untreated. Here are some common ways to find out if your loved one might require immediate professional care. Make Sure Their Memories are Intact Alzheimer’s and dementia are, ... Read More