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Assessing Delirium in the Elderly

New Research Sheds Light on Delirium’s Impact on Health Care Cost and Patient Outcomes

May 13, 2014

Assessing Delirium in the Elderly

I have devoted my research career to advancing the understanding of a serious condition called delirium and the impact it has on clinical outcomes. As a medical resident, I observed symptoms of confusion and disorientation in many of the seniors I cared for during my hospital rotations. These symptoms were generally shrugged off as just something that sometimes happens to older patients. Little, if anything was done to prevent or treat it despite its devastating effects.

Continuum of Care Defined

Managing health care transitions for older adults

May 6, 2014

Continuum of Care Defined

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Occupational Therapy and Older Adults

April 1, 2014

Occupational Therapy and Older Adults

April is Occupational Therapy Month and what better time to build an understanding about what an OT (occupational therapist) does and how vital the service is that we provide to older adults. The role of an OT is often confused with that of a PT (physical therapist). Although our functions sometime overlap, and OTs and PTs often work together as a team, there are important differences between the two disciplines.

Hospice Care and Jewish Values

The special nature of HSL hospice care

March 18, 2014

The special nature of HSL hospice care

On March 9, we marked the formal opening of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care with a presentation by Dr. Jerome Groopman that articulated the essential Jewish values of love and hope at the core of our endeavor. We came together to express our gratitude to the generous donors who made it possible and the exceptional hospice team who care for our patients.

Managing Senior Care Through Outpatient Therapy House Calls

February 25, 2014

Outpatient Therapy House Calls

In early 2014 the Outpatient Therapies Department at Hebrew SeniorLife recently launched a service we call Therapy House Calls (THC), which delivers outpatient therapy services to patients in their own homes.  Launching an innovative service is exciting enough on its own, but what really had me and my team thrilled, is the opportunity we discovered in HSL’s senior living communities to work collaboratively with specialists across disciplines

What is a Hospice Team?

Creating Community Within a Community

February 11, 2014

Rabbi Herman Blumberg and patient

The other day I sat in with a group of older adults who had recently moved into a senior housing complex.  They talked about the emotional dynamic of transitioning to a new living environment. They spoke of loneliness, fear of change, and sadness at the loss of their former homes.

Telehealth and Seniors

The use of telehealth improves home care for seniors

October 24, 2013

Telehealth and Seniors

Nothing can take the place of human touch when it comes to patient care. For those of us in home care, technology does not replace direct patient contact, but rather serves as a powerful ally. I like to say that technology known as telehealth enhances my team’s intelligence.

Care for Advanced Dementia Patients

Study by HSL researchers finds managed care preferable over hospitalization

October 10, 2013

Care for Advanced Dementia Patients

For nursing home residents with advanced dementia, managed care may mean equal or better outcomes

If a loved one of yours is a nursing home resident with advanced dementia, there’s a good chance that keeping him or her comfortable is your main goal--that’s the preference of more than 90% of family members in this situation. Yet many of these residents commonly experience stressful, aggressive interventions, like hospital transfers or tube-feeding, which don’t improve their quality of life or help them live longer.

Talking with HSL Senior Scientist Susan Mitchell

Get to Know The Hebrew SeniorLife Bloggers

October 8, 2013

HSL Senior Scientist Susan Mitchell

Dr. Susan Mitchell is a senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife whose pioneering research focuses on decision-making, health outcomes and resource utilization for older people near the end of life, particularly those with dementia. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Mitchell about the motivation and vision behind her work.

Senior Health Partnerships

New England Baptist Hospital & Hebrew SeniorLife partner on senior care

July 25, 2013

Senior Health Partnerships

On July 9, New England Baptist Hospital and Hebrew SeniorLife issued a joint press release announcing their preferred provider agreement.

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