The transition from a hospital to another treatment facility or back to the home. A discharge plan is the individualized care plan that coordinates care and services to be continued outside of the hospital with the goal of preventing re-hospitalization.
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Medicare laws say a patient can get post-hospital extended care services only if they were officially admitted to the hospital for three days. Recent application of these laws and regulations have frustrated caregivers and patients alike.
There are 6 legitimate reasons to discharge a resident, but some facilities use other tactics to evict those who are difficult or cannot pay. Learn about the discharge and appeals processes so you can safeguard your loved one’s rights.
When a loved one needs to go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or procedure, it can be difficult for family members to know how to handle this transition period. See how you can help your loved one get healthy again.
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.
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.
On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.
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.
Nearly half of all patients with Alzheimer’s are already in the moderate to severe stages of the disease by the time they are diagnosed. Increased attention to the early stages of AD is essential for proper treatment, planning and caregiver support.
It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.
People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” is the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.
Individuals living with Alzheimer’s often experience sleep issues, and if they’re not sleeping well, neither are you. Use these expert tips to help everyone in your household get some much-needed shut-eye.
Watching a loved one progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can be a heartbreaking experience. Learn more about short- and long-term memory recognition and the stages of the disease to be more prepared and have realistic expectations.
Although caregivers are often cautioned against the dangers of burnout, there is an even more serious phenomenon called compassion fatigue that can be detrimental to both care providers and recipients.
In order to be successful, every caregiver needs a care plan and a team to help them execute it. A well-rounded roster of friends, family and professionals can help you provide quality care and prevent burnout.
Alzheimer's and dementia often cause difficult behavioral changes that can easily become dangerous for both patients and their caregivers. Notifying the local police and EMS of your loved one's condition can help them better handle potential emergencies.
Although elderly and disabled care recipients are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of verbal and physical mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their patient?
It's difficult for me to accept the personality changes that I may experience as my disease progresses. I'm worried about the future of my relationships, but addressing the issue head on is my best bet for gaining ongoing support.
Cognitive decline can cause a number of different emotional and behavioral issues that are especially challenging for caregivers. Sometimes the best option for reducing a patient's anxiety, depression, or combativeness is medication.