Category Archives: Healthcare

Life Insurance Conversion to Pay for Long Term Care Services

senior-coupleDavid Kitaen, a Marin County, California resident, and a specialist in long term care insurance, has been lobbying to make this option a reality. The possibility for those who do not have other meas or need an option, to convert their life insurance into long term care insurance to pay for their care as they age and need more assistance.

He addresses specially the home care agencies and say: “…Home Care Agencies- pay attention to this article on Long-Term Care Insurance- it’s a new spin on an old idea that many people wish in hindsight they had taken advantage of at a younger age. It IS important for Home Care Agencies to have EVERY EDGE when they are marketing themselves. There is no reason why your agency can’t become an expert in filing Long-Term Care Insurance claims….read on!


Quality Nursing Care is Key to Patient’s Recovery

Guest post by Melanie Bowen

When a person has been diagnosed with cancer, the news is quite devastating and usually unexpected. Daunting thoughts or a feeling of loneliness may easily present itself in the lives of these patients. This is especially true for individuals who live alone or for those who lack an understanding of the disease and are unaware of the various treatment procedures that are available to them.

A knowledgeable, licensed nurse who specializes in oncology can be of great assistance to a patient who suffers from cancer. This particular nurse will have the skills, knowledge, and compassion necessary to lead the patient in the direction towards obtaining good health. Having the assistance of a nurse during trying times can be extremely beneficial.

Nurses in the field of oncology can prove to be valuable to cancer patients, as these nurses provide answers to questions, clarify misunderstood answers, and explain treatment procedures. With the expertise of these nurses, they can guide patients in the direction of choosing a treatment plan that is best for them. Additionally, since these nurses are assigned to specific cases, they may likely have the time to lend a listening ear to their patients, as many of them will need someone to talk with.

Cancer patients can also benefit from oncology nurses because these nurses can help patients navigate through the complex maze of cancer tests and various forms of treatment. This navigation process provides patients with a list of treatment procedures available in addition to a thorough understanding of how these treatment procedures works. According to a 2012 study by the National Cancer Institute, a nurse navigation program involves oncology nurses who assist cancer patients through their treatment procedures. Nurse Navigators work with their patients from the diagnosis stage to the stage of being a survivor.
The relationship between a nurse and a patient during cancer treatment leads to reduce depression caused by cognitive and behavioral stress. This results in an increased number of cancer patients who have a positive outlook on life. These positive results are due to the daily activities, exercises, and emotional support that these nurses provide. With this needed assistance, many patients gain a new respect for life while shifting priorities and learning how to live life to the fullest.

The quality care that nurses provide leaves a significant impact on the lives of their patients concerning overall health and well-being. In addition to routine and follow-up care, these oncology nurses or navigators provide key intervention measures, which lead to the achievement and maintenance of good health.

These intervention measures may consist of providing follow up care, attending treatment programs, or lending a listening ear. Additional intervention measures may include provisions for daily activities or exercise regimens to keep patients healthy and active. Quality, nursing care can leave a positive impact on the lives of those who suffer from traumatic medical conditions. Whether the condition is a mesothelioma diagnosis, breast cancer treatment, or any other life threatening condition, or perhaps someone living in an assistant living home; quality, nursing care is key to a patient’s recovery both physically and mentally.

AgeTech California Releases 2012 Telehealth White Paper

The AgeTech California 2012 Telehealth White Paper seeks to promote the benefits of telehealth, such as cost savings and improved patient satisfaction, and the adoption of telehealth by payers, such as Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private insurance.

In addition to discussing an update on telehealth legislation and activities in California, the white paper also details telehealth advancements in other states including Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota and Colorado. As a useful tool which will be distributed to legislators, the paper concludes with policy recommendations to encourage California’s leadership in connected independence.

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New Technology: Helping Older Adults Matter

by By Matt Perry, California Health Report
A new electronic wave – loosely termed eCare – is speeding electronic adoption by older adults with a robust set of features that integrate social interaction with health and safety monitoring. The adoption of Gero-technology helps lower the cost of care while monitoring health as needed and helping elders to socialize and interact. Baby boomers are not ready to leave their homes and anything that can help them to age in place will be welcome…wirelessly!
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High Tech – High Touch: Graying America gets wired to cut healthcare costs

phone-37856_640by Stella Dawson
Baby boomers wired to their iPads and smart phones are giving U.S. health experts some new ideas about ways to cut the soaring costs of medical care in graying America. New technologies hold out promise for lowering costs. But they run into a basic problem — the fee-for-service payment model, which pays U.S. healthcare professionals for delivering treatments, diagnostic service or surgical procedures, rather than for keeping someone healthy and out of the hospital.
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Historic Moment: National Alzheimer’s Plan Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today unveiled the first-ever “National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease,” as mandated by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). The comprehensive plan calls for the prevention and effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 and lays out strategies related to awareness and education, clinical care standards, long-term care and supportive services for family caregivers, and up-to-date training of healthcare professionals.

In a statement issued immediately after the release of the national plan, Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), commended the plan for providing “solid stepping stones toward substantial change. It offers the prospect of transforming the way our nation and the world view Alzheimer’s disease, altering the trajectory of this tragic disease, and changing lives forever. It substantiates the plight of millions of Americans and validates the concerns of generations to come. For the first time, we are making progress toward defeating this public health crisis.”

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Ten Medications Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution

pills-14550_640Because older adults often experience chronic health conditions that require treatment with multiple medications, there is a greater likelihood of experiencing unwanted drug side effects. Older people can also be more sensitive to certain medications. To help you make better informed decisions about your medications, and to lower your chances of overmedication and serious drug reactions, the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging recommends that older people be cautious about using the following types of medications, including some that can be purchased without a prescription (over-the-counter). See List of Medicines