Patient Advocacy: Why We Need It

Per my recent posts, my husband Don was recently diagnosed with a liver abscess and blood infection caused by a specific bacterium. During his first two days in the hospital, he had a high fever and was on heavy duty antibiotics. He was also experiencing a lot of pain and receiving pain medication. In other words, he was a very sick man—and because of his illness and the medications, he spent much time dozing on and off.

End of Life: Will you get the care you want?

Those of us who work with people facing the end of life have been aware of this issue for a long time. But while not ‘news’ to many of us, I’m happy to see experts take a critical look at how our health system is lacking when it comes to end of life care.

Person-centered Care Facility Sets an Example of Excellence

Time and time again, there is evidence that person-directed elder care makes for content residents, a reduction in the use of psychotropic drugs and a better work environment. Case in point: I had a recent opportunity to tour a most unusual and wonderful continuing care retirement community in Phoenix. And what I saw there was impressive.

Culture Change in Nursing Homes: What is it—and Why You Should Care

No one ‘wants’ to go to a nursing. However, when a nursing home is the only option, there are good reasons why you should choose one that has adopted what’s called culture change. Culture change is a newer approach to elder care that incorporates a more homelike vs. institutional physical space, resident-directed vs. staff-determined care […]

Provider Guidance—Assisted Living: It’s the Care, Not the Flare (cont.)

I focused on nursing homes in my last post. This week, it’s all about assisted living residences. The Frontline and ProPublica PBS expose that aired on July 30, 2013, which I mentioned the other week, turned a spotlight on negligent practices that occur when providers emphasize profit over people. In particular, the program showed what […]

Provider Guidance–Nursing Homes: It’s the Care, Not the Flare

Last week was quite a week. I attended the Illinois Department on Aging, Adult Protection and Advocacy Conference, and I viewed a Frontline and ProPublica PBS exposé on Assisted Living. Presentations at the conference and the Frontline program were harsh reminders of the bad things that can happen to residents in nursing homes and assisted […]

Protecting Elders from Scams

This morning, I answered a call from a woman who had received a letter stating that she had won check for $50,000. According to the caller, the letterhead had the name “Eldercare” in it. Somehow she got my phone number and called to ask if the check was real. What would have happened if I […]

Engagement Key for Aging Adults

This past weekend, my husband and I drove 10 hours to visit family in Canada. Before leaving, I e-mailed my adult children who live in various parts of the country to let them know where we would be and for how long. During our trip, our cousin invited a friend whose wife had died several […]

Older Adults and the Web, Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Increasingly, older adults are using the Internet and social media to research information, connect with health care providers, interact with family and friends, play games and even search for dating partners. In many ways, this is a good thing. However, ScienceDaily recently reported on an article soon to be published in Gerontology conducted by researchers […]

Aging in America Insights: Quality Ratings

Per my previous post, I thoroughly enjoyed the three days I spent at the American Society on Aging,, Aging in America 2013 conference—and returned to work with lots of inspiration and energy. Since then, I’ve been able to digest the information I learned and would like to share some of that with you. Today’s […]