Affordable Care Act: What is it designed to do?

As we are aware, a major goal of the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) signed into law on March 23, 2010, is to put consumers back in charge of their health care and to correct some of the egregious practices of insurance companies (i.e., terminating health plans of patients that are currently ill), especially [...]

Starry skies, scary times: Sundowner’s Syndrome effects elderly, dementia sufferers

It is that glorious time of year when the days stretch long, with bright sun. There are lazy days filled with picnics and pool time, lemonade stands and lazy afternoons on the hammock. But, if the elderly loved one in your care suffers from a disorder known as “Sundowner’s Syndrome,” the calming splash of sunlit [...]

Why Choosing the Right Caregiver is so Important

“Today’s seniors wish to maintain their independence and quality of life as long as possible,” states Rich Bitner of Visiting Angels.  “At the same time, their adult children are often sandwiched between taking care of their own offspring and helping their elderly parent, who may live hours away.  That’s why the Visiting Angels non-medical homecare [...]

Not the patient, but scared of the doctor: Easing appointment anxieties

You’re not the one being poked or prodded, wearing the blood pressure cuff or sitting on the exam table. Your mother is. So why are you the one with a racing pulse, sweaty palms and a sense of unease? While you may not understand your anxiety at the doctor’s office with your elderly loved one, [...]