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 […]

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 […]

RI Generations pushes compassionate care

Nonprofit also gives scholarships, awards to dedicated caregivers RI Generations Inc. (RIG) is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals and representatives of organizations from all over the Ocean State.  Members from all significant health care and public stakeholder groups volunteer and work with the RIG executive board to promote individualized person-centered care wherever health […]

Network has lots of heart

  Patients, caregivers receive essential support during recovery Lawrence B. Sadwin can remember exactly what he was doing on April 12, 1982, at 2:30 in the afternoon. “I was in my office, smoking the last cigarette I ever smoked, when Pat Levesque called me,” he recalls. Levesque – Dr. Patrick Levesque – had called to […]

Take measure to prevent urinary tract infections

  My office has undertaken a project through the National Ombudsman Association to address the frequency of urinary tract infections in seniors. As part of the effort, my staff and volunteers will be trained about the symptoms and frequency of such infections. Why is that important? There are two reasons. The first is that any […]

Try to protect residents of skilled nursing centers during flu season

While Rhode Island has reported only sporadic flu activity so far this season, reducing the risk to our vulnerable residents and patients is always a top priority for nursing centers. The frail elderly are particularly susceptible to this highly contagious disease, especially those with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases who may experience severe or even fatal illness […]

Caregivers must look after themselves, too

Q: As an only child, I’ve been the main support for my 82-year old mother for many years.  She had been mostly independent until last year. I would take her to a few doctor appointments and stop over for dinner weekly, but now her needs for assistance have really increased. Severe arthritis makes it impossible for her […]

Say, ‘Shoo flu’

Since it is the month of January, I am addressing the flu season in long-term care facilities.  Just to remind everyone, the term long-term care covers nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care and hospice. Influenza can be brought into facilities by newly-admitted residents, health care workers or family members. Residents of long-term care facilities […]

Helping at nursing centers rewarding for volunteers

Recently, I read an article stating that volunteerism is on the rise in Rhode Island.  According to “Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2015,” a report released last month, more than 212,000 volunteers contributed over 21 million hours of service in the Ocean State in 2014. Those numbers equate to an 8.8 percent increase in […]