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Archive for the ‘Senior Orphans’ Category

Live in Their Truth!

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We know in its early stages Alzheimer’s disease typically affects short-term memory, and from there it can progress to loss of long term memory. But before this final phase may be reached, those with Alzheimer’s disease typically remember... Continue Reading »

Illinois Medicaid – Slow to Pay

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Posted on May 22nd, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Medicaid, Patient Advocacy, Senior Orphans

Medicaid Enrollment Numbers The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services maintains a running update of total enrollment numbers. In July 2018, 606,670 Illinois residents were covered under expanded Medicaid. After the eligibility... Continue Reading »

Ethical considerations for discharge planning

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Last week, we shared an article from Kaiser Health News on the care that should go into discharge planning for patient from hospitals. That article can be found here. We found the piece to be spot on, especially given a few recent interactions our... Continue Reading »

Emotional Support and the Heart of Advocacy

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Posted on June 18th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Patient Advocacy, Sandwich Generation, Senior Orphans

Emotional support often underrated by medical professionals who are busy and burdened with constant to-dos in today’s medical landscape. Still, doctors and nurses alike know how valuable it can be to take the time to really listen, and thus... Continue Reading »

The Caregiver Conundrum

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The number of seniors in America is skyrocketing, just as the number of available family members per seniors is declining This poses a caregiver conundrum for a lot of people. 50 years ago, it was easy. As parents or grandparents aged, their... Continue Reading »

What Causes Falls in Seniors and How to Prevent Them

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Posted on December 17th, 2017 by Sally Perkins, under Senior Orphans, Tips & Resources

 If you have just had an operation and come home from the hospital, you may worry more than usual about falls. If so, you are not alone; falls are actually the top cause of accident in people over the age of 65, and are responsible for numerous... Continue Reading »

The Hospital “Slide”

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Posted on October 16th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Inspiring Stories, Medical Error, Senior Orphans, Tips & Resources

A Five Day Story What about you has changed in the last five days? Lost a few pounds? Gone grocery shopping? Enjoyed a weekend activity? Five days doesn’t seem like very long, but in healthcare five days can bring incredible - or terrible -... Continue Reading »