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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Care Giving, Hospital, Planning|

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 [...]

Care Giving, Hospital, Planning|

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 [...]

Care Giving|

3 Ways To Cope With The Stress Of Caregiving

In last week’s blog, I asked this question “Is caregiving making you sick?” Many researchers have looked at this issue and it’s very clear that caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s dementia are at a higher [...]

Care Giving, Dementia|

Is Caregiving Making You Sick?

As a Health Advocate, I often have clients confide in me about the stress they are going through as they take care of their aging parents. Discussions focus on the struggles they experience as they [...]

Aging, Care Giving|

You Get What You Pay For — When It Really Pays To Pay

Let’s start off with the truth – everything has a cost. It has been said that nothing in life is free. So, if you’re given something for free you should question what it really costs [...]

Health Advocate|

Why You Should Hire Me As Your Health Advocate

For the last 12 years, I’ve been a caregiver to my aging parents. First, for my dad when he was diagnosed with cancer, and later for my mom when she started developing cognitive changes associated [...]

Aging, Health Advocate|

When Organizing, Your Personal Documents Matter Most

As we start out the new year you may be seeing many television advertisements enticing you to buy more containers for your stuff. The advertisers try to convince you that if you just had more [...]

Aging, Planning|