Whitehouse Pushes for Medicare to Pay for Person-Centered Care

By Herb Weiss At a June hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse calls for improving care for over 90 million Americans with advanced illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease. On the day of this Aging panel hearing, the Rhode Island Senator unveiled his legislative proposal, “Removing Barriers to […]

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 […]

Nutritional education, monitoring crucial for older adults

Malnutrition can lead to lost weight and strength, lessened immunity to disease, confusion and disorientation. Q: My mother recently fell and fractured her hip and has been in a rehab facility for a couple of weeks. She will be coming home shortly with home health care. While I feel she is still able to live independently — […]

Alzheimer’s patients can receive care while remaining in their homes

Q: My husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He had started to show signs of memory loss earlier last year. The crisis came when he left to run errands and got lost. Two hours later, the police called me. He was in Connecticut and didn’t know how he got there. The doctor says that he is […]

Tell kids about secure career

Q: My niece is interested in pursuing a position in home health care. What is involved with this type of job, and is it a secure career field to pursue? ~ L. Donovan, Bristol A: In recent years, health care has been a major engine of economic growth in our country, particularly professions that focus […]

Outpatient rehab is a winner

Q: I am 72 years old and plan on having a total knee replacement before the end of the year. Is it possible for me to go home following the hospital?  ~ Barbara S., Smithfield A: It’s not only possible, but preferable for many people to return directly home following the type of surgery that you […]

Third-party payers cover care

Q: My husband has been in a nursing home recovering from surgery for the last two weeks. He will be going home soon, and the staff mentioned that he should receive home health care. Can you provide me with an overview of payment options for such services? ~ M. Antonio, Providence A: Home health services can be paid for […]

Agencies meet many needs

Q: My mother recently suffered a stroke. She recovered enough to go home from the nursing facility, but now uses a wheelchair and needs assistance with some of her daily activities. She has nursing assistance through a home health agency, however, that doesn’t seem to be enough help for her and my father. ~ P. McLaughlin, […]

Home health care keeps recovery process on track

Q: My wife will be discharged from the hospital in a few days. The discharge planner has mentioned that home health care has been advised by the physician who cared for my wife. What can we expect from this type of care, and is there anything I need to do to prepare for the first visit? ~ K. […]

Home health care teams effectively treat heart failure

Q. My 78-year-old father has been a lifelong golfer. He was recently hospitalized with severe shortness of breath and dizziness. While there, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). The hospital is preparing to discharge him, and the staff has mentioned home health services. Can home health care help get my father back on the golf course, and […]