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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.

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.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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.

My caregiving skills were challenged this past week when I had to help my father prepare for a colonoscopy and my mother ended up in the hospital.

Taking my husband to the cancer center for the first time made the disease seem much more real--and terrifying. Still, there was no way to truly prepare for the battle before us.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can make a hospital stay for someone with dementia easier. There are 8 things a caregiver can do to help make a stint in the hospital easier for their dementia-stricken loved one.

A large number of hospitalizations of people with dementia may be preventable. Researchers found that elderly people with dementia may undergo avoidable hospitalizations.

Hospitalized elders sometimes experience trauma that may trip the dementia trigger. "Hospital delirium" occurs when an elderly person suffers extreme cognitive decline after a hospitalization.

Inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary when an elderly parent suffers a serious falls, hip injury, stroke or other health condition.

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.

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.

After yet another setback with my father-in-law’s health, I was determined to go home and decompress. But, as I sat in my car, I began to wonder who this man I agreed to care for really was.

I could tell that my father-in-law was off his medication, but to my surprise, his nurses had no idea. My frustration turned to anger as I tried to rectify this and other oversights in his care.