Hospital Care and the Elderly Articles

  • Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating

    It is crucial to find out whether your elderly loved one has been admitted as an inpatient or on observation status to ensure that Medicare will pay for post-hospital extended care services in a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Under Observation: The Phrase That Could Add Thousands To A Senior’s Hospital Bill

    Hospitals across the country have recently become reluctant to admit elderly patients, a practice that could end up being costly for seniors on Medicare.

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  • How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for Someone with Dementia

    Evidence has shown that people with dementia are at greater risk for having adverse outcomes following treatment in a hospital. There are some things a caregiver can do to help make a hospital stay easier for a dementia-stricken loved one.

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  • Hospital Delirium: Cognitive Decline After Hospitalization

    Hospitalization of a senior sometimes causes a rapid cognitive decline known as hospital delirium. Although people with dementia are more prone, it can affect seniors who don't have a prior dementia diagnosis and has potentially serious consequences.

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  • 7 Steps to Take When an Elderly Parent is Suddenly Hospitalized

    When an elderly loved one winds up in the hospital, things happen so quickly that it can leave family members overwhelmed by their new roles as advocates and caregivers. Take these 7 steps to quickly get organized and better manage their care.

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  • What Caregivers Need to Know About C. Difficile

    C. diff infections are on the rise in hospitals and nursing homes, and ill seniors are particularly vulnerable to this persistent bug. Use these best hygiene and antibiotic practices to keep your loved one and yourself healthy.

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  • ER, Urgent Care or Primary Care: Which Should You Choose?

    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.

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  • Medigap Plans: When Do They Make Sense?

    A medigap plan can save you money if you'll be undergoing surgery, are at risk for health issues or plan to travel outside of the United States.

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  • How General Anesthesia Can Affect a Senior’s Cognitive Function

    When deciding whether to have a major surgery, such as a joint replacement or cardiac procedure, it's important to consider how “going under” can affect a senior's cognitive abilities over both the short and long term.

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  • What Nurses Wish Caregivers Knew

    More than any other medical professional, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on patient care. Here’s a list of six insights on elder care that nurses wish family caregivers knew.

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  • 4 Tips for Building Relationships with Nurses

    Use these tips to connect with the nurses caring for your loved one and show your appreciation and respect for their hard work.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • Does My Elderly Parent Need In-Patient Rehabilitation?

    Inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary when an elderly parent suffers a serious falls, hip injury, stroke or other health condition. Inpatient physical rehabilitation centers are well equipped to conduct various therapies within a residential setting.

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  • Hospitalization and the Dementia Patient

    Charlie has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks with endocarditis. This ordeal was complicated further by his dementia, causing intense confusion and hallucinations. Only time will tell if his mental state will improve along with his health.

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  • A VA Hospital to Be Proud Of

    Not all VA hospitals are created equal, but we are fortunate enough to live within 15 minutes of a top-notch facility.

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  • The Hospitalist: A New Kind of Acute Care Physician

    Hospitalist is the term used to describe a physician who focuses on treating and coordinating care for people who have been hospitalized. These doctors are generally board-certified internists who are trained to be intimately familiar with the ins and outs of hospital care.

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  • Hospital Food Goes On a Diet

    Hospital food is notorious for being unappetizing, and a nationwide review suggests that it might also be unhealthy. However, some hospitals are currently adopting unique initiatives to provide healthier cuisine to patients and their family members.

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  • Hospitalization May Increase Rate of Memory Loss in the Elderly

    Seniors facing a hospital stay may be risking losing their memory unnecessarily. Hospitalization may cause a senior's cognitive ability to deteriorate faster than normal. Elderly people may have increased risk of memory loss after being in a hospital.

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  • Dementia Increases Risk for Preventable Hospitalizations

    A large number of hospitalizations of people with dementia may be preventable. People with dementia may be more likely to make avoidable trips to the hospital, needlessly putting their health and well-being at risk.

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  • Hospital Hints for Caregivers and Their Elderly Parents

    Make an elderly loved one's planned hospital stay less stressful by preparing for assessment, admission, treatment and discharge. Knowledge of the process and the role of everyone on the care team will lead to better health outcomes.

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