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  • "Not only have you built an organization based on intelligence and experience, your staff members have always been dedicated, professional and compassionate. If it weren't for Senior Alternatives I would have had to move my mother and father a long time ago."
    — Long distance adult child

    Medications and the Elderly: A Complex Relationship

    Monday, March 26th, 2012

    As we age, the number of medications we take is likely to increase.   According to the Center for Disease Control, five out of six persons 65 and older are taking at least one medication and almost half of the elderly population takes three or more. This is because the aging process makes us more susceptible to medical conditions which are often treated with medications.

    As Care Managers, we frequently meet older adults who are not taking their medications as prescribed. It is estimated that 30% of hospital admissions of older adults are attributed to medication mismanagement.

    After a Hospital Stay – the Next Steps

    Friday, March 23rd, 2012

    It is important to understand the process of transitioning from the hospital to another setting. Whether it be to a rehabilitation center (rehab), back home, or a skilled nursing facility, the more you know about the process, the better prepared you will be to manage the transition successfully.

    The transition from a medical setting to another setting is referred to as “discharge planning.” The patient (or client), medical providers, family members, caregivers and care managers can all be involved throughout the planning process. Care managers can play an important role providing supportive patient advocacy. Research has demonstrated that discharge planning is more effective with this type of “team” approach.

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