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How Home Care Case Managers Integrate Care

At Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care, when seniors are referred for visiting nurse services, they receive a registered nurse case manager to oversee and coordinate all their care.

March 7, 2018

At Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care, when seniors are referred for visiting nurse services, they receive a registered nurse case manager to oversee and coordinate all their care.

Why is this important? The case manager develops a comprehensive plan, which might include transitions to other areas of service, during home care and afterwards. A patient might need physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and home health aide services – and the nurse case manager helps coordinate all that.

Malnutrition in Seniors: What it is, why it’s bad, and how we can stop it

A guide to the problems and solutions of malnutrition in seniors

February 28, 2018

Malnutrition is exactly what it sounds like – a lack of nutrition. However, the reasons why it so often effects seniors is more complex. Usually, it’s a combination of problems, some of which include:

Music Close to Heart Brings Joy to HRC Patients

Inclusive Friday evening services at HRC engage patients in song

February 13, 2018

Hali Diecidue, Senior Staff Chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife, has a simple motto, ‘serve G-d with joy.’ That motto has lead Diecidue to add a unique introduction to her Friday nondenominational Sabbath service.

Delirium Prevention in Older Adults with the Hospital Elder Life Program

January 24, 2018

Everyone knows that a hospital visit can be stressful for even the healthiest person. But what you may not know, is that many patients - seniors especially - can be severely affected by the stress of a hospital visit or stay, and can often end up displaying signs of delirium. Delirium is a state of confusion that can develop following illness, infection or surgery, and is one of the most common complications in hospitalized patients over age 65.

Though delirium itself is temporary, it has serious long-term effects. The good news is, in many cases, there are relatively simple ways that hospital staff and family members can work together to prevent delirium.

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.

Training Providers of Geriatric Health Care to be Spiritual Generalists

An interview with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

December 13, 2017

Rev. Mary Martha Thiel is the director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. In her role, she trains program participants of all faiths to provide spiritual guidance to senior residents and patients at Hebrew SeniorLife and beyond.

Clinical Dietitians at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Introduce Nutrition Focused Physical Exams into Patient Care

December 1, 2017

For centuries, Italian grandmothers have been telling us that food is medicine for the soul. And more recently, clinical dietitians have started telling us that food is medicine for the body as well. To prove this, clinical dietitians are using a new tool called the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) which serves to develop a person’s nutritional profile, and can help clinical dietitians identify and treat harmful deficiencies.

We spoke with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Clinical Dietitian Kathleen Horrigan, MDA, RD, LDN to learn more about this important new skill and how it impacts the well-being of older patients.

What is a Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE)?

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.

New Clinical Trials Website Guides Aging Researchers, Improving Senior Health

IFAR researchers provide clinical trials expertise

September 25, 2017

Residents at one of HSL's senior living communities practice tai chi

The Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) is one of the few research institutions in the country translating clinical and health services research discoveries into interventions that improve the experience of aging.

“Most advances in medicine come from clinical trials,” says Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., senior scientist and director of Palliative Care Research at IFAR. “But many of the interventions that we are examining can be more complex than testing a pill,” she explains.

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