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 …

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 …

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 …

When It’s Your Turn to Care: Assessing the Options with Your Aging Parents

For those of us who have older adults in our lives, the new year is prime time for revisiting our loved ones’ needs – from health and wellness concerns to legal and financial considerations. While some elderly parents may be able to “age in place” in their homes, others may be ready to consider senior housing, assisted living, or long-term …

Healthcare’s Next Horizon: Mining the Value of Post-Acute Care Partners

It’s a brave new world in healthcare – rife with promise but also replete with demands. Through such initiatives as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the federal government continues to signal its future direction with the industry: paying for value, not volume, of care. Increasingly, providers will be asked to navigate exacting incentive programs that …