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Senior Care Management Insights - March 2013

March 2013
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Dr. Amy shared her expert advice about identity, dignity and Alzheimer's at a Live Chat last month. See what difficult situations family caregivers were struggling with and what Dr. Amy suggested to help.
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Hospice Care: 5 Tips to Help Your Patients Choose the Right Provider
Read full article.When given the prognosis of less than six months to live, patients and their families face a difficult decision: who will provide the best care and comfort in these final days? As a senior care professional, you can be a great source of help and guidance as patients and their families make this important hospice care choice.

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Resources for You
  • Medication Reconciliation Tools
    Worried about adverse medication reactions or your patient's ability to comply with new prescriptions? We've compiled a list of resources you can use to help your patients safely and wisely manage all of their medications. View list.

News from the Care Continuum:
  • End-of-Life Care for Elderly Often Too Aggressive
    More seniors are dying with hospice care than 10 years ago, researchers from Brown University reported in JAMA. However, a growing number of them are doing so for a very short time immediately after being in an ICU. With more late health care transitions and repeat hospitalizations, does such aggressive care really represent what patients and their loved ones want? Read more.
  • Telehealth, E-Visits Gaining Steam as Cost-Effective Senior Care Methods
    In light of skyrocketing healthcare costs and a new study that supports remote patient monitoring as an effective, cheaper method than in-person office visits, substantial growth is projected for the field of telehealth. Virtual consultations may be especially useful for seniors, for whom doctors visits may pose significant interruptions to daily life. Read more.

The Patient's Voice: Too Much Grief

Is it common to feel you are losing your mind when caregiving? My mother is now in hospice care with a failure to thrive diagnosis. Her memory is almost gone. I lost my dear aunt a year before my dad, then dad, and now mother. I was close to all of them. I am not on antidepressants and I really don't want to be, but often I wonder how much more I can take. I feel guilt if I go anywhere besides work, afraid she will die and I won't be there. Any suggestions?

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