Do Public Health Regulations Lack Ethical Scrutiny?

Recently, I had a disagreement with the public health medical director in Santa Fe about the application of a public health policy related to gastroenteritis in an assisted living facility.  The interaction occurred because my mother’s facility had placed the residents on isolation for meals and group activities.  This meant that the main social event for…

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How Senior Independent Living Communities Discriminate

Independent communities are a great option for seniors, if you can get accepted. These communities offer tiered living situations which consist of independent living, assisted living and nursing home care.  The idea is as one’s health begins to changes and more support is required, services are available to accommodate. With these communities, a person has…

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Is the Nursing Home Model The Best Option For The Future?

I often find myself wondering, while visiting a nursing home, how our healthcare system for the elderly ended up this way.  I have become very good at ignoring the smells, sounds, cries and staff’s freguent insensitivities and focusing on my client.  I also have to help  the family with the emotional, physical, psychological and financial…

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Tips On Speaking To Parents About Moving To Assisted Living or Nursing Home

It is never easy discussing with a parent moving from their home to assisted living or a nursing home.  As an adult, watching parents decline can be stressful and cause concern for safety.  It may become clear that the parents need to be moved to a safer environment.  However, this is not always as clear…

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Elder Parent To Adult Child: I Am Not Ever Moving From My Home

I recently found myself in the middle of a what was supposed to be a discussion between parents and adult children about increasing services in the home or moving to an assisted living. Discussion is defined as, “ the action or process of talking about something typically in order to reach a decision or to…

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How Becoming an Empowered Patient Starts

How does one become an empowered patient? It usually begins, as Oprah says with an AHA moment.  Here are some examples of those moments. You just left the doctor’s office being told you or a family member have a new diagnosis and need to get a certain treatment or tests.  You left the office feeling…

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The Final Chapter: Hospice

The final journey begins the day you realize your loved has taken a turn for the worse and is declining.  You find yourself calling the doctor more frequently reporting health status changes.  The doctor and staff agree there are changes.  You wonder if the decline is going to continue or if there will be a…

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