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Senior Care Management Insights - February 2012

February, 2012
Improving Communication Between Seniors and Doctors
Helping Seniors Live Longer Today’s seniors belong to a generation that tends to view doctors as authority figures who are not to be questioned. That mindset keeps many seniors from having the conversations they need to have with their healthcare providers, and unfortunately, the consequences of poor communication may be quite significant. As a healthcare professional, you can help seniors become active partners in managing their own health to ensure they receive the best care possible. Read full article.

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Home Instead Service Highlight:

Medication Reminders
Home Instead Medication RemindersA challenge seniors often face after a doctor’s appointment or hospitalization is adhering to their prescribed treatment plan, especially if they live alone or have numerous prescriptions.

To help ensure seniors take their prescribed medications properly, the Home Instead® network offers a medication reminder service. CAREGivers are trained to work with the senior and or the family caregiver to help the senior correctly adhere to his or her medication regimen. This helps reduce unnecessary medical complications and trips back to the doctor or hospital.

Congratulations to Our Survey Sweepstakes Winner!

Congratulations to Mindy Owen, Interim Director of Case Management, Beth Israel Deconess Health System. She won a Samsung Flash Memory SD Camcorder in last month's survey sweepstakes.

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey in last month's newsletter. We appreciate all the input and ideas you shared so we can continue providing you with valuable and relevant information. Feel free to send your thoughts and content suggestions at any time to [email protected].

Practitioner's Tip
2012 Senior Care Webinar SeriesMake sure you're prepared to be as helpful as possible when seniors or their family caregivers ask you recommendations for community services and resources available. When you have a chance, take a quick trip down to your local Area Agency on Aging office to gather brochures and learn more about local services outside of what you do. Agencies on aging typically maintain a list or guidebook that includes information about local organizations, services offered and contact information. Keep hard copies of those resource books on hand to supply to patients as needed.

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Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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