Sepsis: Fighting a Deadly Intruder

It’s a shocking statistic. Worldwide, every 3.5 seconds, someone dies from sepsis. This fast-moving medical complication sets in when the body tries to fend off an infection but attacks instead its own tissues and organs. Today, sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals and the tenth-leading cause of death throughout the country. Determining the risk “Patients at …

Transitional Care: Delivering Better Outcomes for Medically Complex Patients

It’s been called the “boomerang effect”—patients discharged from the hospital who bounce right back for readmission. Almost 20 percent of discharged Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days at an annual cost of $15 billion to $20 billion. Often the cause of readmission is patients being discharged before they’re ready or transitioning to an environment, such as the home, where …

One is the Loneliest Number: Combating Senior Isolation

Part 2: Restoring community Chronic loneliness can be dangerous. As we explored in our previous blog, it has been linked to a host of health hazards—from cognitive decline and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD) to hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. To combat the loneliness epidemic, innovators in senior care are taking new approaches to diagnosing and …

Senior Loneliness Epidemic

One is the Loneliest Number: Combating Senior Isolation

Part 1: Assessing the epidemic For America’s over-65 population, loneliness is a slippery slope. More than 40 percent of seniors regularly experience loneliness, according to a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study. This feeling of separation and disconnection from others may predict serious health problems and even death, the UCSF researchers find. Given the consequences of loneliness, many in …

Empowerment: Taking a New Approach to Dementia

Part 2: Seeking the solutions Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD) is an intricate process. As we explored in our previous blog, poor outcomes, such as too many hospitalizations, negative behaviors, and overuse of psychotropic medications, have been pervasive. Innovators in memory care services are taking new approaches to ADRD focused on person-centered care, improved …

Empowerment: Taking a New Approach to Dementia

Part 1: Confronting the challenges It’s a force to be reckoned with. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are debilitating conditions that impair memory, interfere with thought processes, and limit day-to-day functioning. As the disease continues to surge—affecting more than five million Americans and as many as 16 million by 2050—the nation is seeking new ways to care for people …

Synchronized Care: Speeding Recovery From Surgery to Rehab

Discharge from acute care is no longer the endpoint of a healthcare provider’s patient care responsibilities. As hospitals and accountable care organizations participate in bundled payment models, they are at increased financial risk and are looking to post-acute care (PAC) providers to help meet cost, healthcare quality, and patient satisfaction goals. Choosing the right PAC provider is particularly critical for …

The Power of Positive Thinking: Renewing Senior Lives

A time-honored song from the 1940s says it all: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” Studies have found that actively fostering positive emotions can boost the immune system, stave off depression, and enhance health and quality of life overall. Choosing a positive perspective “Every person—no matter what age or health status—has the potential for wellness,” says Callie …

Overwhelmed: Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers strive to deliver the highest-quality care, but they are often at risk of burnout. The physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations can wear down the effectiveness of staff in caring for their patients, their colleagues, and themselves. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes burnout as an occupational hazard. It …

From Traditional to Transitional: Transforming the Post-Discharge Model

Ensuring continuity of care from the hospital to the post-acute care (PAC) setting has never been more critical. Making transitions safer and more effective can help patients recover faster and avoid a return trip to the hospital – and help providers succeed in the new era of readmission penalties and bundled payments, where they are held financially accountable for quality …