The elderly population represents an estimated 42 million people, nearly 13.3% of the population. That population receives more than 50% of all prescription medications. Most who engage in the healthcare system take 6-8 medications, not to mention the over the counter drugs and herbal supplements. It’s been reported that the elderly population is responsible for… Continue Reading Polypharmacy and Adverse Drug Events
Nursing Home Costs – Who Pays?
You’ve taken care of your family member on your own for as long as you can. You’ve exhausted all the home health aide and home nursing resources. It’s no longer an option for them to remain in the home. Now you must make the heart-wrenching decision to move your loved one to a nursing home. … Continue Reading Nursing Home Costs – Who Pays?
Short Term Nursing Home Stay for Rehab – Who Pays?
As if you don’t have enough on your mind, with all that your recovery entails, the last thing you should be worried about is who pays for this step. Continue Reading Short Term Nursing Home Stay for Rehab – Who Pays?
An Overview of Pain Control for the Rehab Patient
Myths and facts about the use of narcotics during rehab. Continue Reading An Overview of Pain Control for the Rehab Patient
A Nurse’s Perspective on Rehab Care—Planning is Key
The patients that plan ahead, it seems, are most often the ones who recover more quickly. Continue Reading A Nurse’s Perspective on Rehab Care—Planning is Key
Home for the Holidays
Every situation is different, but if you are considering bringing your loved one home to celebrate, you might give thought to the following. Continue Reading Home for the Holidays
Checklist for Considering Nursing Facilities
As a nurse, my best advice to you is to plan ahead and visit some of your local nursing homes so you can see firsthand how they operate. Call to schedule a tour and, while you are there, look for the following… Continue Reading Checklist for Considering Nursing Facilities
Do you know where your patients go?
In this post, Dr. Scott Cline, neurologist, reviews his experience as a specialist attending patients in rehabilitation centers after hospitalization. Continue Reading Do you know where your patients go?
Rehab Care—A View from the Front Lines
A few years ago, my husband and I were faced with where to go and what to do when his mother, at the age of 88, fell and was no longer able to walk. Continue Reading Rehab Care—A View from the Front Lines
How to Prepare for Going Home: Five Key Steps
The main goal for any short-term rehabilitation is a successful recovery that allows you, the patient, a safe transition back to your home. In order to reach this goal, there are many things to consider and a whole team of people that will be working together to help you reach that goal. There are 5… Continue Reading How to Prepare for Going Home: Five Key Steps