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Danger Zone: the Transition from Hospital or Facility to Home | downtown-houston

March 7, 2013

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Being a patient in a health care facility can be traumatic for anyone.  For seniors, a hospitalization can be a tipping point that results in deterioration of both physical and mental health after discharge. Patients and caregivers can minimize these poor outcomes by taking defined steps.  Knowing these steps gives us enormous power to benefit […]

Veterans Benefits for the Aging

February 18, 2013

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Seniors in our country are living longer and with higher living costs and the continued rise in healthcare expenditures, many are at risk of quickly depleting their savings.  For aging veterans, one of their most important benefit programs is the Veterans Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit Program.  This program provides financial support to help veterans […]

Dementia diagnosis, how to uphold the dignity of the patient. | downtown-houston

January 13, 2013

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Anyone who has had a serious medical condition knows that getting medical care can seem dehumanizing.  According to Webster’s dictionary dignity is defined as “the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect”. It is important that members of the medical community, caregivers and family members work to uphold the dignity of the person with […]

Bringing a medically-fragile patient home from the hospital | downtown-houston

August 15, 2012

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  We understand what it’s like to prepare to leave the hospital with a medically-fragile patient. Our second child was born on the Submarine Base in Groton, CT.  At that time the technology was not what it is today and he was born with a condition called Gastroschisis, See more at: via Bringing a medically-fragile […]

Having to think about the unthinkable

May 27, 2012

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This article comes from the LA Times so some information is specific to California.  I have posted Texas specific information in another blog.  Most people don’t like to plan for dying, but in our state of denial, we leave ourselves vulnerable to conditions we would never want. Arrangements for the end of life are essential. […]

Who’s calling palliative care “euthanasia”?

May 14, 2012

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Two basic questions that we have all heard the answers to in one form or another: Why do you need advance directives? Why should you consider having a serious talk with family and friends about what your end-of-life wishes are? Here is another answer that you probably have not thought about – the caring medical […]

Cancer in the elderly: Research fails to keep up with demographic change

May 12, 2012

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The good news here is that the medical community is starting to ask critical questions about how treating elderly patients is different from treating the young.  With the demographics shifting we need to understand the answers and doctors need to make sure they are asking the right questions.  The bottom line is that our bodies […]