Managing Medical Care Articles
Family caregivers should assemble a folder of these 9 important medical details that can be easily handed off to nurses and doctors when seniors need emergency care.
Deciding whether to use the emergency room, an urgent care clinic, or your physician during an urgent medical situation can be complicated. A new provider model has the potential to add even more confusion to your decision.
Caregivers often need more assistance than they are willing to ask for. Geriatric care managers are a relatively new elder care resource that many may not even be aware of. See if your family could benefit from a GCM's services and learn how to find one.
It is crucial for seniors and their family members to fully utilize all resources available to them. Social workers are an excellent source of support and guidance for those dealing with medical issues, caregiving and the end of life.
Many people confuse these two kinds of care. While there are many similarities between them, palliative care is an important part of managing symptoms in seriously ill patients at any stage in their disease progression.
When a senior needs medical attention, consider the level of care they require and the immediacy of the need before deciding where to take them for treatment.
For patients who are uninsured or have high deductibles, lab work and imaging services can be extremely costly. Fortunately, cheaper options are available that use out-of-pocket payment instead of health insurance.
New technological developments in the healthcare industry hold great promise for aging loved ones. Telemedicine enables them to stay in the community longer and avoid hospitalization, all at a relatively low cost.
Integrative and functional medicine focuses on the connection between lifestyle and health in order to prevent and treat the root causes of illness. Furthermore, this method focuses on the health of the entire body rather than individual organ systems.
A simple shot or nasal spray will help prevent diseases than can take a serious physical, mental and financial toll on seniors and their caregivers.
Anyone who had chicken pox growing up may develop shingles later in life. Painful resurgence of the zoster virus is common in people older than 60, but it can be prevented with a single shot.
"My mom never tells me what her doctor says!" is a common caregiver lament. Discover 10 tips for organizing an older adult's medical care so that you will stay informed of your family member's condition.
As a practicing physician for more than two decades, I was always interested in what created the most successful outcome for a patient.
What makes for a good relationship between a patient and their physician? A doctor's perspective on how to help your physician help you.
Doctors are in increasingly short supply, so it's not uncommon for patients to spend more time with physician assistants and nurse practitioners during appointments. Is one of these providers any better or worse than the others?
Dementia patients with end-of-life care instructions in place were three times less likely to experience fear and anxiety in their final days.
Treatments and medications are supposed to make people healthier, but when it comes to medical care for seniors, less is more in most cases.
More doctors are making house calls to their patients; a practice that is being encouraged by government programs. What does this trend mean for the future of elder healthcare?
Health clinics based inside retail stores and pharmacies can provide quick care for adults with minor medical needs. But questions still remain. How safe are these clinics? When should an elder go to their doctor instead?
Many seniors consider routine screenings as just that—part of a routine.Researchers conducted a series of in-depth interviews with dozens of older adults, and found that many had never even questioned their doctor about the need for certain screenings.