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When Hospice is the Right Choice

January 18, 2018

When Hospice is the Right Choice

Hospice care provides comfort and improves quality of life for many patients, but it is still underutilized even though the Medicare hospice benefit has been available to qualified patients since the early 1980s.

I recently sat down to a frank conversation with the Spiritual Director of Hebrew SeniorLife's Hospice Care, Rabbi Amy Goodman about the state of hospice care.

Do you think patients and their families are becoming more comfortable with choosing hospice care at end of life?

How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Rehospitalization

January 4, 2018

Avoiding rehospitalization with home care

For patients returning home from a hospital stay, the last thing they or their families want is a return visit to the hospital or the emergency room.

At Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care, our goal is to keep seniors from returning to the hospital by providing the in-home medical treatment, therapy, and help with the essential activities they need to recover. Whether an individual is diagnosed with a new illness, recovering from surgery, or chronically or terminally ill, home health care services can be invaluable.

Aging in Place? Good Care Can Come to You

The difference between home care and home health care

November 22, 2017

Dorothy said it best, “there’s no place like home.” With age, often needs for care change, which means assessing living options. Yet we can all agree that the comforts of home are always beckoning.

For that reason, many seniors make “aging in place” a high priority even as they feel their functional abilities – and sometimes their health – have begun to fade. Thankfully, with the help of home care services and home health care services, many people are able to maintain their independence in their own homes for quite some time.

Getting SMART about goal setting for seniors

Use these tips to achieve goals at any age

April 19, 2017

Getting SMART about goal setting for seniors

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You declare, “I want to eat healthier!,” and one week later you’re back to your old eating habits. Or, you say, “I’ll learn to play guitar!,” and never get around to it. Sometimes it can be hard to take the leap from setting a goal to actually achieving it. If this sounds like you — then SMART goals might be just the tool you need.

Institute for Aging Research Scientists Contribute to Dementia Care Best Practices

Aging research helps directly inform treatment care of elderly patients

September 28, 2016

Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H. Senior Scientist and Director of Palliative Care Research Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Recently, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlighted the dramatic decrease in feeding tube use by patients with end stage dementia over the last 15 years.

Senior Planning: 3 Ways to Avoid Crisis-Driven Assisted Living Decisions

August 3, 2016

Memory Care at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles resident and her daughter.

Whether it’s a fall, a wandering episode, death of spouse, or loss of a dependable caregiver, too many families find themselves making decisions about assisted living in “crisis mode.” Up until turning points like these, there is often some level of denial about the possibility that a more supportive living environment could someday be needed. Yet beginning a search for assisted living at such a moment is far from ideal. Any preparation you can do in advance is a gift you provide for your family, whether planning for yourself or for a loved one’s potential future needs. 

Meeting the Home Care Needs of Patients with Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

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April 14, 2016

Meeting the Home Care Needs of Patients with Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

For patients who want to be home but need ongoing care that can't be managed by friends or family, home health care services can be invaluable. Patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, particularly benefit from receiving care in a familiar environment.

Flexibility, creativity, and consistency all come into play when providing home care services to this population: It's about promoting maximum independence while maintaining safety.

Generally, Medicare and managed care insurance will cover home care if there is a skilled need for services and the patient is homebound. Services typically include:

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