Choosing a caretaker for your parents

Q.  I work full time, have kids in high school, and an 86-year old mother who lives down the street.  She is having difficulty doing chores and cooking and I don’t have the time, or the energy, to do these things for her. I’ve been thinking about hiring someone to help her and I wonder […]

Saint Anne’s Hospital announces new Chief Operating Officer

FALL RIVER, Mass. – Carole A. Billington, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer at Saint Anne’s Hospital, has been named chief operating officer of the hospital. A resident of Somerset, Billington has served in progressively responsible positions across various programs and departments since joining Saint Anne’s in 1984 as a staff nurse. She has advanced […]

RI Health Care Association Announces New Officers and Directors

The Rhode Island Health Care Association has announced that Deborah M. Griffin, of Somerset, MA, has been elected to serve a two-year term as Chairperson of the Association’s Board of Directors.  RIHCA is a non-profit organization comprised of approximately three-quarters of Rhode Island’s residential skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.  In her new post, Griffin and her fellow […]


Let me start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.  With the inauguration of the new president the country awaits the changes this new administration will be making.  My biggest concern will be, of course, what changes will affect the seniors.  What especially concerns me is what the long range outcome will be when Obamacare […]

Yoga is one of the best way to minimize Alzheimer’s risk

Did you know that yoga is proven to have a positive effect against Alzheimer’s disease risk factors? Why not take your practice outside? The Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter invites you to a 90 minute outdoor class, that begins with Power Vinyasa and winds down with restorative poses. This class is designed to energize, detoxify, and […]

The great benefits of a companion

Q: Two years ago my mom passed away leaving my 82-year father on his own.  He has been doing okay overall, but when I visited him after work yesterday I saw that the house was a mess and that the mail had piled up on the kitchen table. His fridge was bare except for some expired […]

OT focuses on activities for self-sufficiency

Q: My 78-year old father recently suffered a stroke. He is about ready to leave the hospital and the discharge planner mentioned that he would need occupational therapy (OT) at home. What exactly is occupational therapy? ~ Carol P., North Providence A: Occupational therapy is an important part of recovery and rehabilitation for many diagnoses. Occupational therapists help […]

All adults urged to complete advance directives   

  Approximately 9,000 people are cared for daily in Rhode Island’s skilled nursing centers. For some, their stay is a short-term admission following a hospitalization. Others rely on the 24-hour, long-term care that they need to help manage a chronic illness or debilitating condition that precludes them from remaining at home. The caregivers in skilled […]

Residents of long-term care facilities have the right to refuse room transfers

  I feel it’s important to write on subjects that can directly impact the well-being of residents of long-term care facilities. Recently, we have received complaints from families concerning room changes or inertia-facility transfers.  Residents are protected from that practice by The Resident’s Bill of Rights, which is a federal law. Residents cannot be told […]

You have a voice: Get to know your elected officials and make them listen

It’s not surprising that a recent Pew Research Center survey found that the public is highly engaged in the 2016 presidential campaign — much more so than the last two elections. Seniors reported that they are watching the debates and many have found them helpful in understanding issues, though most say they haven’t found them […]