Chronic Wounds: Healing the Problem

Part 2: The patient’s perspective Chronic, non-healing wounds have been called a “silent epidemic.” As we explored in our previous blog, problem wounds are often found in post-acute care (PAC) patients. Many PAC patients have chronic conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease that weaken their immune systems and complicate wound healing. If these wounds aren’t properly treated, they can lead …

Chronic Wounds: Healing the Problem

Part 1: The physician’s perspective About 6.5 million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds—at an annual cost of $25 billion. Problem wounds are particularly prevalent among patients in post-acute care (PAC) facilities, many of whom have chronic conditions that compromise their immune systems and make healing difficult. “The most common wounds encountered in post-acute care are pressure sores, vascular ulcers, …

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 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 …

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 …

Funding Care for Seniors Who Are Unable to Care for Themselves

By Eddie Parades Senior Vice President, Governmental Relations StoneGate Senior Living  On March 24, the proposed American Health Care Act collapsed in Washington, D.C. and we at StoneGate Senior Living and other long-term care providers consider that a win! The Medicaid component of the legislation was extremely detrimental and concerning as one of the largest proposed change to Medicaid in …