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Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by Anne Hein on August 3, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better?  Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Older Adults More Digitally Connected Than Ever

Posted by Anne Hein on August 3, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Every Saturday morning we have our routine. After feeding my two-year-old her second breakfast of the day, I patiently wait for the clock to strike 9 a.m. It’s now time to Facetime, aka video chat.

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Topics: Aging, Technology

Reaching Out to Older Adults: How a Simple Conversation Can Be a Life Line

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Sometimes we avoid the most important conversations we should have with older adults. We think our deliberate silence may prevent hurt feelings, angry outbursts or uncomfortable, awkward moments. However, keeping quiet may pose serious risks to their health and safety.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

3 Effective Ways to Talk to Your Loved One About In-Home Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM

At times, we all need a little extra help. This is especially true for those who are full-time family caregivers. Perhaps you’re considering hiring an in-home care professional but are not sure what steps to take. You may feel hesitant about setting up in-home care because your loved one is reluctant to receive help from anyone besides yourself.

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9 Ways to Prevent Delirium in Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Older adults are at increased risk for delirium, a serious medical condition with sudden onset that causes fluctuating changes in thinking and behavior. Infections, dehydration, medication effects, poor sleep, surgery and hospitalization are some factors that can lead to delirium. Delirium is a medical emergency.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Family Road Trips With Older Adults: How to Make the Journey More Pleasant

Posted by ComForCare on July 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

For many families, summer road trips are a tradition. The purpose of these travels may be to relax in a scenic setting, explore a new city or visit out-of-town relatives.

Travel, however, can be challenging for older adults. If you plan to take a road trip with your loved one, these tips may help take some of the stress out of the journey.

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Topics: Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

Senior Safety in the Home: 8 Things to Check

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. However, as time passes, those familiar surroundings may pose safety concerns for elderly people. Due to increasing age, older adults see and hear less clearly, their balance is less steady, and their reaction times are slower. Household and personal tasks that were once safe and easy to complete can become difficult and even dangerous.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Safety

Intergenerational Summer Fun: 7 Activities for the Kid in All of Us

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Summer days bring out the child in each of us. Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in-between, the hot days of summer can be filled with laughter, play and happy times together.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle

The Sunshine Nutrient - The Importance of Vitamin D

Posted by Anne Hein on July 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Vitamin D is best known for keeping bones strong and healthy. It helps the body absorb calcium, which helps prevents rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. Muscles need vitamin D to move, and the immune system needs the nutrient to fight off bacteria and viruses.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Normal Age-Related Forgetfulness

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You want to do some shopping – but you can’t seem to find your keys. After a few minutes of frantic searching, you spot them on the kitchen counter, next to a pile of junk mail. “Now I remember,” you say, “That’s right where I put them yesterday when I brought in the mail.”
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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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