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The Senior Services Dictionary: Terms You Need To Know

March 8th, 2011 | Posted in Professional Skills

As our patients age and we begin navigating the ins and outs of insurance policies, care facilities, even doctor’s appointments, we hear new language being used every day. The trick is to understand their definitions and what everyone is talking about when they ask about “ADLs,” or when they say they are an “independent living”Read More

5 Simple Tips To Ease the Transition from Hospital to Home

March 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Long-Term Care

While the comforts of the hospital have increased dramatically over the years, most patients want nothing more than to get away from the sponge baths and unsavory cafeteria food and back to the comforts of home. The following tips and resources will help you create a safe, smooth and streamlined transition back to home. WhereRead More

20 Tips for Safe Medicine-Taking

March 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Prescription Drug Coverage

Medication is a tricky area. It helps us fight disease and ease discomfort. But it must be used wisely to maximize the positive effect. Especially as we age, it is critical to be careful when taking medicines. Multiple medications can become confusing and overwhelming for seniors – often resulting in harmful consequences. The following tipsRead More

5 Things You Need To Know About Consumer-Driven Healthcare

February 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Quality Care

Healthcare costs seem to always rise, but recent upward cost projections have put the traditional third-party reimbursement system under scrutiny on all sides of the issue. As it stands now, traditional health insurance is often subject to rapidly increasing premiums, provider-side cost constraints and rising consumerism. Consumer-driven healthcare is a growing paradigm aimed at easingRead More

7 Tips for Effective Advance Directives

February 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Long-Term Care

Most senior citizens remain independent well into later life. No one is certain what the future holds. Some of the most important decisions in your life are made at the end. Clarifying your wishes on whether you would like your life prolonged with the use of medical care is one of those vital decisions. IfRead More

Understanding Levels of Care: In the Hospital

February 16th, 2011 | Posted in Advocacy 101

Have you ever wondered how your doctor determines the levels of care that you need – whether you should be treated at the hospital or home or how long you should stay in the hospital? In most cases, it is the “severity of illness” that determines the “intensity of care” or “level of care.” WhatRead More

Adapting Senior Living at Home: An Action Plan

February 16th, 2011 | Posted in Long-Term Care

Home is the best starting place for long-term care. Before your patient considers moving out of his or her home, apply some energy and funds into making them as independent at home as possible. First, identify your needs at home. Then figure out what you need to make the home more safe and independent. Then,Read More

Understanding the HMO Denial Process

February 9th, 2011 | Posted in Insurance Coverage

The HMO denial process is slightly different from the PPO or FFS denial process. If your HMO has denied services or if you disagree with the payment of a claim by your HMO, you would submit your request to your medical insurance company to reconsider your request. Once your insurance carrier has received your requestRead More

Q&A: Legal Issues of Patient Advocate Designation

February 9th, 2011 | Posted in Professional Skills

Legal expert Jamie Verdi discusses patient competency, the role of a surrogate and the tools patient advocates need to protect themselves and their patients. Verdi is founder of the Michigan Patient Advocacy Liaison (MI-PAL). PPAI: When it comes to patient competency, what should a patient advocate be aware of? Jamie Verdi: Almost every patient advocateRead More

5 Tips for Traveling with an Elder

February 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Advocacy 101

The joys of traveling are abundant and only increase when you share the experience with a loved one. Traveling with an elderly parent can be a satisfying experience, but requires forethought, organization and preparation. From mobility to medication, the tips below will make your travel a breeze. Travel, whether domestic or international, can wear onRead More