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 …

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 …