Posts Categorized: Safety

Safety Behind The Wheel

Many of our clients ask us how to determine if their senior loved one is still capable of getting behind the wheel. As you can imagine that is a very difficult question to answer and no two seniors’ situations are the same.  Taking away their ability to drive means taking away their independence.  Age should… Read more »

Avoiding Hospital Readmission: Understanding The Care Plan

Just before you are discharged from the hospital, your doctors will visit you to go over your plan of care.  It’s important to make sure you understand your care plan before you leave the hospital, but it can be very confusing when you are just starting to recover from an illness.  It always helps to have a… Read more »

Avoiding Hospital Readmission: Follow Up With Your Primary Care Doctor

Your primary care doctor knows you and your medical history better than anyone else.  It’s important that you make time to you see your doctor as soon as possible once you’ve been discharged from the hospital.  Kaiser Southern California studied over 100,000 hospital readmissions and found that seniors were three times more likely to be… Read more »

Avoiding Hospital Readmission: Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy refers to the effects of taking multiple medications for coexisting health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension.  Often this is a necessary part of healthcare as you age, but nearly 50% of older adults take medications that are not medically necessary.  This creates unnecessary healthcare costs as well as preventable hospitalization from dangerous medication interactions.  It is… Read more »