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Do you ask yourself “how can I ever get through this?” Part 1, feeling lonely. | downtown-houston

August 1, 2012


When serious illness strikes a family the stress on a family caregiver can be immense. Whether the person needing care is a child or an adult our tendency can be to focus on getting the job of caregiver done and for short and not take the time to examine the feelings and frustrations we feel. […]

Hospital bills could go unpaid if states opt out of Medicaid

July 10, 2012


If states opt out of Medicaid expansion, hospitals could be stuck with the poorest patients and with no one to foot the bill, The Washington Post blog reported. Since the Supreme Court ruling, states, including South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi and Texas, have spoken out, vowing to pass on Medicaid expansion. One of the […]

Enough serious stuff – let’s laugh

May 29, 2012


Grandparents and children have a special relationship and some of these may be old but please enjoy all of them. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one […]

Alzheimer’s Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories

May 18, 2012


Great story from NPR on Alzheimer’s and storytelling therapy. Alzheimer’s Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories : Shots – Health Blog : NPR. You may also be interested in another blog entry about Alzheimer’s and story telling. If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia know that there are resources to help you. […]

Coming reimbursement changes for hospital performance

May 8, 2012


If you have not heard about the changes coming in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals.  The changes are significant and could severely impact hospitals that do not demonstrate the delivery of quality care to their patients.  Hospitals are concerned, and  they should be but these changes should positively impact the patients experience both in the hospital […]

May 2012 Health Observations Calendar

April 13, 2012


May 1 – 31 Arthritis Awareness Month Arthritis Foundation P.O. Box 7669 Atlanta, GA 30357-0669 (800) 283-7800 (404) 872-0457 Fax   Materials available Contact: Carol Galbreath 1 – 31 Better Hearing and Speech Month American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2200 Research Boulevard, Mailstop 215 Rockville, MD 20850 (800) 498-2071 (301) 296-5700 (301) 296-8580 Fax   […]

April 2012 Health Observations Calendar

April 13, 2012


April 1 – 30 Alcohol Awareness Month National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. 244 East 58th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10022 (800) NCA-CALL (622-2255) (24-hour helpline) (212) 269-7797 (212) 269-7510 Fax   Materials available Contact: None designated 1 – 30 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal […]

Good news on the Dementia front

April 9, 2012


Dementia is a word none of us would like to hear while in a doctor’s office, whether it be about us or a loved one. The word “dementia” comes from a Latin root meaning madness, de- “without” and ment from the root of mens’ meaning “mind.” The word is closely associated with another word, demented. Demented […]

What You Need to Know if Mom Needs Surgery « Caring for Our Parents

April 6, 2012


Recommended reading for anyone who knows someone older going in for surgery.  This may help you know how to talk to the doctor about concerns.  Howard Gleckman has a lot of good information on his site, it is worth bookmarking. What You Need to Know if Mom Needs Surgery « Caring for Our Parents.

Know thyself but, better yet, know the caregiver you hire.

March 19, 2012


Just a few days after I posted my Blog entry about knowing the risks of hiring a caregiver yourself, not using an agency, comes this story from right here in Houston where a senior was injured by his caregiver. When choosing an agency don’t be afraid to ask about their hiring practices, do they check […]