How to Choose Between Home Health Care, Assisted Living, and a Nursing Home

Caring for someone can be time-consuming and exhausting—for you and your bank account. Family and friends can step in to assist, of course, but there may come a point when your loved one needs professional care. Here are some basic options to consider.

Home sweet home

In-home health aides average $19 an hour, and hired companions who don't provide health care are slightly less expensive. Do the math and you'll see that for round-the-clock assistance, the tab can run as high as $170,000 a year, making home care a very costly option.


Top 5 Tips for Preventing Falls for Seniors

It’s estimated that each year between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people in the US fall in the hospital. A fall can result in lacerations, fractures, internal bleeding, and can lead to an extended hospital stay. But it’s estimated that one-third of falls can be prevented. Nursing professional Vince Baiera shares his experiences in helping older people avoid having those falls.

Throughout my career in nursing, I have seen thousands of patients who struggle with the same problem — mobility!

Every person will ultimately face challenges in their mobility. It’s important to realize that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries each year in seniors.

Our priority as healthcare providers is always patient safety. Advocating for the patient is necessary in all aspects of care, including patient transfer. By implementing small changes, we can help avoid hundreds of thousands of falls each year and save money in healthcare costs.

Here are five simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a patient falling.


Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

When crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life after the crisis?

Connie Smith, director of health and wellness at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Maryland, offers advice on what to ask before leaving the hospital with your senior loved ones so you can be proactive about their care.

Ask about medications.

The first thing Smith suggests is to ask for a copy of the medications the senior received during the hospitalization, as well as the results of any testing done. You will need this information for anyone who will have a hand in your loved one’s care. “All instructions need to be reviewed with the senior and someone else before the senior signs the discharge form,” adds Smith.


Fall Prevention Against Slippery Slush

From the time that we are scurrying Toddlers to the time that we are scuffling Seniors falls are a painful risk. In Northwest Indiana the wet, slippery, and icy weather only adds to the odds that we will inevitably fall whether inside or outside baring the cold.

Each year, after the first snow arrives, people begin to move a little bit slower with the fear of falling in the back of their minds. After the snow and ice continue to build up it seems as though the risks behind those hazards become absent minded.

As we get comfortable with the weather Mother Nature has dealt us, over 2.5 nonfatal flaws among older adults are treated in Emergency Departments of which more than 734,000 are hospitalized. Unfortunately, as we age our bodies change and our fall risk becomes even greater.


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