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How To Avoid A Scary Return To The ER!

Did You Know Medical Errors Cause More Than 250,000 Deaths A Year? I recently got a phone call from a client who had visited an urgent care clinic and later an emergency room for abdominal pain. In both locations, the patient was examined but then sent home with no specific cause for the pain... which [...]

Are You Part Of The Sandwich Generation?

Do you care for an aging parent? Do you also have children under the age of 18? If so, you are a part of the sandwich generation. This growing group of caregivers are caught between the responsibilities of raising their children and also caring for a parent. They often feel torn over who gets their [...]

What You Need To Know About Your Prescriptions & Black Box Warnings

Last week I focused on the AGS Beers Criteria® that provides a comprehensive list of medications that should be used with caution in adults 65 and older. Something else you should be aware of when you’re prescribed a new medication is Black Box Warnings. All medications carry a long list of possible side effects and [...]

Do You Know What Medications You Shouldn’t Take If You’re Over 65?

I attend many doctor appointments with clients, that’s a part of my services as a health advocate, and I’m often concerned about the number of medications my older clients are taking. Many times they are taking medications that should be avoided in older adults.   The American Geriatric Society recently updated The AGS Beers Criteria® [...]

Learn how to communicate with someone with Alzheimer’s

My parents were the inspiration for my business. I took what I learned about being a caregiver for my aging parents and turned it into a business, as a health advocate, to help others in the same situation. When my father was diagnosed with cancer, I had to learn more about his specific cancer and [...]

Heading to rehab directly from the hospital? Questions to ask about out of pocket expenses before you say yes!

Are you currently hospitalized and receiving Medicare benefits? Did the hospital staff tell you that you are physically unsafe to return home? Did they make a recommendation to consider rehab in a skilled nursing facility (SNF)? Should you say yes? SNFs offer skilled rehab services that include physical, occupational, and speech therapy. They also provide [...]

Being Discharged From The Hospital? Why You Might Need A Healthcare Advocate.

Your father fell and broke his hip. Your mother suffered a stroke. Your husband has dementia and is in the hospital with pneumonia. Now what? Who’s going to take care of your loved one when they are ready for discharge? As you can imagine, these scenarios play out on a daily basis in hospitals across [...]

What To Consider If You Can’t Go Directly Home From The Hospital

Emergency rooms are busier than ever, and a large percentage of the patients visiting ERs end up staying overnight for at least one night. Many ER visitors are also over the age of 65 and more often than not these patients require an extended stay in the hospital.   Common conditions requiring hospitalization include congestive [...]

8 Ways To Avoid Making Dangerous Medical Mistakes When Leaving The Hospital

Picture this… you end up in the hospital and you can’t wait to get home. Did you know that being discharged from a hospital can be one of the most challenging issues patients face each day? There are approximately 35 million hospital patients discharged from hospitals each year. Research also proves that hospital discharges are [...]

6 Tips For Taking Care Of The Caregiver

The last few blogs have focused on caregiving. We have explored “Is caregiving making you sick?” and “3 ways to cope with the stress of caregiving.” In the final blog of this series… as your healthcare advocate, I want to look at six helpful tips to take care of yourself as the caregiver. Currently, one [...]