Advance Care Directives: Your Quality of Life May Depend on Them

Let’s talk about what happens if you experience a health crisis, are unable to make decisions for yourself and do not have advance care directives in place.

Skilled vs Long-Term Care: Do you know the difference?

When it comes to understanding healthcare people are often confused and misunderstand which services are covered by medical insurance and which are not. This is particularly so when we talk about skilled care and long-term care.

Planning For Long-Term Care

In my last post, I wrote about two people who used up their Medicare benefit for in-patient skilled care but were not able to return to an independent life. One ended up opting to stay in a nursing home. The other went home with home health care services, a family caregiver and additional assistance from a home care worker.

A Start to Understanding Medicare

Medicare is a national program that provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system. Many people think that if they have Medicare along with Supplemental insurance or a Medicare Advantage plan they do not have to worry about coverage for their health care needs as they age.

Ambulatory Surgery for Seniors: More Common, Higher Readmission Rates

Today, health care providers are looking for ways to cut costs. One way this is being accomplished is by eliminating hospital stays wherever possible.

Are Meds for Depression and Anxiety Safe For Older Adults?

A lot has been written about serious problems that occur when patients take many different medications. This is called poly-pharmacy. Doctors are often unaware of the other doctors their patients see and the medications they take.

Summer Events: Plan Accordingly

Summertime is here, and with it comes outdoor fairs and festivals. Attending is fun for people of all ages; I love their inter-generational appeal. Recently, I have been attending outdoor events and fairs in my local area to see whether or not they are being planned with an age-friendly eye.

Managing a Hospital Discharge

Handling a hospital discharge is one of the most stressful care tasks. Few of us are prepared for this situation, particularly if the hospitalization was unexpected—as it often is.

The Care Plan: It’s Time to Get Creative

My last post was all about how you, as a non-professional, can use the processes and tools that care managers use to become a better caregiver—and reduce your level of stress. The only stress greater than the burden of care is the stress of uncertainty. And a care plan reduces uncertainty.

Home Health Care: Which Company is the Right One For Me?

Healthcare decisions are some of the most important ones you will make in your life. And they are particularly difficult ones because we make them when we are under extreme stress. Add to that the lack of information about options, and it becomes a wonder that we ever get it right.