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Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely With Senior Loved Ones

The family is coming for Thanksgiving and mouths are already watering just thinking about Grandma’s pumpkin pie. But did you know that during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increased number of older adults go to the emergency room? Some ER physicians see up to a 20% rise in elderly patients during the holidays.

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Alleviating Holiday Stress for Family Caregivers

Family and friends love to gather for the holidays, but for families who care for an ill or aging loved one, the holidays can bring on extra stress. If just the idea of getting out of the house or inviting guests into your home elicits sweaty palms and sleepless nights, read on for some holiday breathe-deep help.

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10 Common Causes for Hospital Readmissions

While this isn’t a complete list, it will help you play an active role to ensure your recovery at home is successful so you can avoid another hospital stay.

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RightTransitions® Assists Patients Returning Home

Roughly one in six Medicare patients who leave a U.S. hospital will be readmitted within 30 days. For patients who are discharged from a hospital or care facility, having a trained caregiver at home can mean the difference between staying at home and being readmitted. 

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What Is a Medicare Advantage Plan?

“Medicare Advantage plans include the benefits of Parts A and B, and normally also include Part D, which is prescription drug coverage,” says Doug Robertson, Healthcare Regulation and Compliance Manager at Right at Home. “Medicare Advantage plans can include smaller ancillary benefits like vision, dental and now home care. While Medicare provides the same benefits regardless of geography, Medicare Advantage plans can differ from county to county and certainly from one state to the next.”

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Lifelong Caregiving: Creating a Rich and Meaningful Life

Betty retired from State Hospital in the 1990s, but she couldn’t shake her need to care for others. She provided regular care for the 95-year-old woman, taking her out for some exercise, to the beauty shop to get her hair and nails done, out to lunch on Saturdays, and to her church on Sunday mornings. The two women loved passing time together, spending most days together for five years, until the older woman passed away at the age of 100.

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Why Is Dental Hygiene Important for the Elderly?

There are certain conditions that might make it more challenging to practice good oral hygiene. Arthritis can make it painful to hold a toothbrush, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can create irregularities in the approach to oral health, and those who have experienced a stroke or tremors can struggle to brush their teeth thoroughly. But both Starkel and Dr. Burket agree that with a little bit of planning and assistance from others, those who are living with chronic illnesses can maintain good oral hygiene.

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An Unconventional Caregiver for a Unique United Nations Visitor to NYC

“We were told that the client has a disability and he was coming to New York City from Africa for a conference at the United Nations,” says Right at Home Lower Manhattan owner Albert Eshoo. “He needed additional support to guide him through the week-long conference, and it had to be someone who could get U.N. security clearance within 48 hours.”

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Alzheimer’s: Understanding and Preventing Wandering Behavior

Any individual who struggles with memory issues and is physically able to walk is at risk of wandering. With dementia, wandering can happen at any stage of the condition and at any time of day.

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How to Store Old Photos and Preserve Precious Memories Forever

The Association of Personal Photo Organizers created National Save Your Photos Day, which falls on the last Saturday in September. Photos are a great way to preserve memories and create a visual family history for future generations. We've a few tips to help you save and organize your digital assets.

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