Prepare and Empower People with Parkinson’s

Prepare and Empower People with Parkinson’s to Get the Best Possible Care When Hospitalized The challenges involved in hospitalization of the person with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can be overwhelming for the patient and family. These problems may include medication mismanagement and the lack of training of the hospital staff about how to care for persons…

Why dementia care costs are so high, and how you can lower them in your family

Last week, the RAND Corporation reported that dementia care costs are projected to double by the year 2040. Their study predicts that as the baby boomer population ages, cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will increase, requiring a corresponding increase in the need for quality dementia care. The New York Times wrote that “direct health…

Knowledge is your prescription for staying out of the hospital

Understanding the admissions and readmissions cycle The United States’ health care system is in the process of undergoing many changes because of the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) passed in 2010. Since October 2012, the new AHA rules allow Medicare to penalize hospitals for readmitting patients within thirty days of discharge, because most readmissions occur when…

Male caregivers: breaking gender-roles in families and home care agencies across America

The rising number of male caregivers in America is the subject of a recent article published by the Good Men Project–nearly half of the 66 million Americans providing home care for family members are men. Should we be surprised? We live in a modern and changing society where it is becoming more common for men…