When the distance between you and an elderly parent is measured in plane tickets instead of miles, the stress can be hard to handle. Mom’s not ready to give up her independence, but you’re not able to shake the guilt and anxiety of being so far away. Every unanswered phone call, every storm report, and […]
The 2012 edition of Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation’s healthcare system. Quick facts 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause […]
Illness can sneak up on you. In previous posts I’ve stressed the importance of making plans for senior care from the senior’s perspective. What happens when the caregiver gets sick?
From The California Healthcare Foundation “CaliforniaHealthline” today: The number of hospital-related adverse medical events could be up to 10 times higher than previously estimated, according to a Health Affairs study, Modern Healthcare reports Study Details For the study, University of Utah researchers and colleagues analyzed the records of nearly 800 patients admitted in October 2004 at three […]
Continuing trend away from personalized, small-practice healthcare toward impersonal large institutional healthcare While rumors of the death of private practice have been circulating for some time, a recent survey from recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins suggests it may be no exaggeration that the industry will see 75 percent of the nation’s physicians employed by hospitals in 2014. Read more: Physician […]
Should Home Care near Poway Include Conversation about the End of Life? In the United States, perhaps more so than in most countries, we don’t talk about death very much. Whether it’s because the idea terrifies us or because it simply wasn’t discussed as we grew up, most of us—including home care near Poway—find it […]