Patients

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

In my time as an art therapist with older adults, I’ve encountered many people dealing with low vision. Most notable were two elders who came regularly to art therapy groups. One had life-long vision loss; he was a strong advocate for independence and autonomy. He enjoyed creating clay sculptures and working with textured materials. Another…

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Assisted Living Community Checklist

Assisted Living Environment As you arrive at the community, do you like its location and outward appearance? As you enter the lobby and tour the community, is the décor attractive and homelike? Do you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the community? Does the executive director call residents by name and interact…

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6 Questions Your Patients May Not Ask About Long-Term Care

Seniors and their caregivers face a steep learning curve when they begin researching senior living communities. As a medical professional, you can help them navigate the variety of available services and guide seniors to a community that supports their health care requirements. Here are some questions you can use to help your patients start to…

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Palliative Care: Comfort and Dignity at a Sacred Time

Caring for terminally ill residents is a gift. Mercy Retirement & Care Center’s mission is to provide compassionate palliative care for residents with terminal diagnoses. We comfort residents and provide them dignity when they have a serious, incurable illness; when they’re nearing the end of their lives. This is an incredibly important and sacred time. “We…

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Caregiver Spotlight: Susan Dimos, Director of Operations at ComForcare

This professional caregiver has 20 years of experience caring for California seniors. Susan Dimos has been caring for seniors for 20 years. For more than 10 years she’s been overseeing non-medical home care for seniors as the Director of Operations at ComForcare’s Alameda County, California, location. Senior caregiving is hard work, and it can often…

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Medical Provider Spotlight: Dr. John H. Fullerton, AlmaVia of San Rafael

Assisted living communities offer convenient health care for seniors. When seniors visit the doctor’s office, it is often up to their family members to help with everything from scheduling to driving to interpreting doctors’ instructions. Medical services at an assisted living community can ease some of this burden for families and help ensure seniors get…

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Referring Patients to Elder Care Communities

Here’s how medical professionals can help older patients find the right assisted living community. It’s a situation medical providers see all the time. An aging patient’s mobility has declined to the point that she no longer leaves her home. Or someone isn’t getting the nutrition he needs because shopping and cooking have become difficult. Whatever…

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