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Archive for the ‘Take Charge’ Category

Resolutions worth revisiting

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Posted on January 2nd, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Medical Planning, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

It's that time of year again New year, new you, right? We all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but not all resolutions are created equally. Or at least, they don't seem to work out that way. With the news year comes list after list of... Continue Reading »

When the patient advocate becomes the patient: how to advocate for yourself

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Posted on November 20th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Something New, Take Charge

Last week I underwent a MAKO robotic assisted left total knee replacement and got to experience, once again, what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the healthcare system. I decided months ago that I wanted the best surgeon I could get... Continue Reading »

Conversations around death and dying: how to protect your loved ones

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Posted on October 23rd, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Insurance & Billing, Medical Planning, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

We all know it's going to happen at some point, but planning for your own death and dying process is no easy task Still, preparing for medical emergencies and what will happen when you die is extremely important - especially for the loved ones you... Continue Reading »

LGBTQ Discrimination in Older Adults

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Posted on October 17th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Long Term Care, Medical Planning, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge

Last month, the New York Times reported a story on a married lesbian couple who were turned away from a continuing care retirement community That article can be found here. The facility turned down the couple on the basis of their cohabitation... Continue Reading »

Suicide Prevention Month and the Heart of Advocacy

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Posted on September 17th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Patient Advocacy, Take Charge

Last week,we looked into the amazing work being done at SMHRFs This week, we want to bring back  the conversation surrounding mental health in this country. Mental illnesses affect millions of Americans. In fact, according to the National... Continue Reading »

Fun and engaging exercises for seniors

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Posted on May 30th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Long Term Care, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

Exercise is important at any age When I was a kid, I loved working out. I would even wake up early to "exercise" with my dad. Of course to a 6 year old, what that really meant was goofing off and moving around a lot. Still, those early sessions of... Continue Reading »

Patient (Dis)Satisfaction

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Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Clinical Trends, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge

Today I had an interesting experience becoming a new patient at a large orthopedic practice in Lake County. I'll admit I usually don't tell people I am a professional RN patient advocate when I first see them. I want to see how general population... Continue Reading »