The importance of medication management cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to caring for the elderly, who often take multiple medications simultaneously to treat different conditions and symptoms. In official terminology, this is called polypharmacy. While we’ve quickly become used to the idea of our aging parents taking more and more vitamins and pills each day, polypharmacy has a number of potential health hazards, including overmedication and dangerous drug interactions.Read More »12 Medication Management Tips That May Save Your Life
Your hospital status—whether you’re an inpatient or an outpatient—affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) and may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) following your hospital stay.Read More »Medicare – Inpatient vs Outpatient
Care coordination involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care. This means that the patient’s needs and preferences are known ahead of time and communicated at the right time to the right people, and that this information is used to provide safe, appropriate, and effective care to the patient.
Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.Read More »Care Coordination
You don’t want to start your caregiver journey in a hospital. This is sort of like taking your first tennis lesson at Wimbledon. Unfortunately, though, this is often where it starts — you begin in a lovely state of denial about your parent’s frailty.Read More »3 Power Moves to Keep Your Parents Out of the Hospital
The summertime is a time of fun and relaxation for most people. But for seniors, the heat and sun can be dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are some great summer safety tips that the elderly, as well as their caregivers, can use to make sure they have a fun, safe summer.Read More »12 Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly
Wisconsin seniors needing a long-term stay in a nursing home in their state will pay roughly $76,300 a year, the average annual cost based on the daily private and semi-private rates of 427 nursing homes in Wisconsin. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, while Medicaid, for low-income seniors does pay for an ongoing stay in a nursing home. Read More »Caregiverlist® Announces Wisconsin Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for May 2015
I keep telling myself that I’ve simply rejected the idea of growing older. Unfortunately, my body never seems to follow suit!
Like it or not, we’re all growing older — and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’re growing older than ever before. Its latest data from 2013 shows that Americans live an average of 78.8 years, up from a life expectancy of about 70 back in 1963. That’s a substantial improvement in just 50 years.
As we live longer, we get to spend more time with family and friends and experience more of what life has to offer. However, we’re also likely to need more money to see us through retirement than we had planned for. Therefore as we age, it’s important that we save money in order to make our nest egg last as long as possible.
With early summer right around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking of fun activities to do either indoors or outdoors! Whether you care for a senior, parent or grandparent, or are looking for ideas for yourself, there are plenty of great activities for the mind, body and soul!
Parents across the country will spend the next month fretting for the safety of their children as spring break ensues and college students are left to their own devices in Daytona Beach, South Padre and Cancun. Elsewhere, police warn of those looking to prey on families’ worst fears with scams and fraud.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has put out a notice to families of college students warning of what is commonly known as the “grandparents scam.”
Back in the olden days, spring cleaning meant scrubbing or laundering every surface of the house to remove the dark, sooty grime that built up from using candles, kerosene lamps and woodstoves throughout the winter. It also meant throwing open all the doors and windows of the house to get the stale winter air out and let in the fresh fragrance of spring.
Today, the modern marvel of electricity has spared us the sooty grime, but the refreshing tradition of spring cleaning remains. It’s an especially important routine in homes where seniors may no longer be able to keep up with regular housekeeping chores.
If your senior loved one’s home could use a good corner-to-corner cleaning, here are five steps to get it done.Read More »Spring Cleaning a Senior’s Home