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Home For The Holidays; Discussing Mom And Dad's Care

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 21, 2017

For some families, Thanksgiving may be the first time the entire family has gathered together in several months. With many adult children living out of state, they may not get to spend as much time as they'd like with Mom or Dad. For this reason, the holidays can be an excellent time to check-up on how your aging parents are managing from day to day, and discuss any interventions that need put into place.

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New Medicare Law Protects Against Financial Disaster from Nursing Home Costs

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 14, 2017

There are often cases when a Medicare patient in the hospital, may reasonably and rightfully assume that their care during and after their hospital stay is being covered by Medicare. Even though most patients assume this, they don't know about the loophole that Medicare has. Learn more about why Medicare has a new law on informing patients of this information.

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How In-Home Care Can Reduce the Risk of Hospital Readmission

Posted by Michael Watson on November 7, 2017

No one enjoys being hospitalized, especially the elderly. If your loved one is in the hospital and expected to be discharged soon, you'll want to understand how you can reduce the chances they'll end up readmitted. Nothing is more devastating than having to return back to the hospital once you're finally released. Certain conditions in adults age 65 and older pose an increased risk of hospital readmission within 30 days. The most common readmission conditions include cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung disease, renal failure, cancer, pneumonia, and diabetes. An in-home caregiver can help reduce the risk of hospital readmission for your loved one. Here are some of the ways they help:

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The Hotty Toddy: Grandpa's Cure for the Common Cold

Posted by Ruby Cemental on October 31, 2017

Before we had neighborhood pharmacies, before we had twenty different cold medications lining the pharmacy shelves, people had to rely on what was available to them.  They had to come up with their own solutions. Many home remedies are now topics of urban legend, but some home remedies actually work.

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3 Tips for Making Halloween Senior Friendly

Posted by Ruby Cemental on October 24, 2017

Participating in Halloween is a difficult decision for some seniors. Many have fond memories of their own children trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. However the decision to participate in this holiday can be hard for some. Here are some ways to make the holiday senior friendly.

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Fraud and Exploitation

Posted by Jeff Salter on October 17, 2017

October is Fraud and Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and though everyone is at risk of fraud and financial exploitation, certain parts of our population, namely seniors, are at a higher risk of victimization. As someone who has spent their career providing care for seniors, as well as someone who has beloved family members who are seniors, I am particularly disturbed when elders are victimized in any way.  However, seniors often find themselves in perilous situations regarding their finances. We have all heard heartbreaking stories of seniors losing their entire retirement savings to treacherous criminals, begging the question:  Why are seniors at an increased risk for fraud and financial exploitation and what can be done to help them?

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Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Posted by Justin Havre on October 17, 2017

Downsizing is one of the most difficult tasks for seniors moving into a smaller home. Letting go of old possessions, deciding how much to get rid of, and finding places to send all of your old things can be time consuming. Having a plan in advance and sticking to a schedule can help.

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Noticeable Changes That May Predict Cognitive Decline

Posted by Ruby Cemental on October 10, 2017

Family, close friends, and caregivers, those who most frequently interact with your senior loved one, often are the first to notice cognitive changes. While other influences may cause these symptoms, a change in cognitive functioning could signal Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and deserves immediate attention.

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Life After Discharge: Home Health vs Home Care

Posted by Ruby Cemental on October 3, 2017

Hospital stays are becoming shorter. Surgical procedures have a pre-determined length of stay attached to them that insurance companies look at closely. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in a patient feeling as though they've been discharged too early. Though they appear on paper to have met the criteria for discharge from the hospital's level of care, they may feel unprepared for a return to the home setting and run the risk of readmission. Life after discharge can be stressful for seniors and their family. To make things easier, can home health and home care work together?

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Helping Seniors Handle Inflating Healthcare Costs

Posted by Ruby Cemental on September 26, 2017

As healthcare costs continue to rise and have become unaffordable to many seniors. Moreover, many seniors are already finding themselves unable to afford healthcare. More seniors will not be able to afford healthcare if the prices keep skyrocketing in the future. The real question is: 

The real question is: How do seniors handle the continuing rising cost of healthcare while still getting the care they need?

The following are some tips to help seniors cope with the rising cost of healthcare while not going without coverage they desperately need:

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