Hospitalizations and Older Adults: The Scope of the Problem

  • The Emergency Department visit rate for those over 65 is over 500 per 1,000 persons and increases with age.
  • Twenty-nine percent of ED visits by persons aged 65 and over were related to injury, and the percentage was higher among those aged 85 and over than among those aged 65–74 or 75–84. The percentage caused by falls increases dramatically with age.
  • Between 1 in 3 and 1 in 5 older patients will be readmitted within 30 days of leaving…

Are you ready for some summer fun? After living a pretty restricted existence over the past year plus, many of us feel excited to be vaccinated and get out and do more. At the same time, we know many of our older clients aren’t as mobile as they once were, social circles have changed, or they may need to modify activities a bit. Not to worry! EasyLiving has a list of fun activities for seniors and ideas for all interests.

Summer fun should be safe (and comfortable). Elders can be especially prone to heat-related illness and dehydration, so check out…

Our home care programs have focused on reducing falls and rehospitalizations, using evidence-based interventions. Now, with over a year’s worth of data and hundreds of clients served, we have results showing that we can significantly reduce these primary issues that impact elders and their families.

Why are we focussing so much on fall prevention? We will share why fall prevention is so vital to aging well below. We truly believe that this is the single most important aging tip we can all use to ensure we live our later years as we wish. Here’s why!

Five Reasons Fall Prevention is the Key to Aging Wisely

1. Falls are the #1 cause of injury in older adults. Therefore, they are the most likely thing to derail your plans and spur on decline.

A person 65 or older…

Do any of these feel familiar?

“My elderly Mother is never happy.”

“Dad is just a grumpy old man and I can’t handle it anymore!”

“All my parents do is complain. I try to help, but I don’t seem to be able to do anything right.”

“Dealing with negative elderly parents is taking a toll on my whole family.”

We previously discussed How to Deal with Negative Parents and tackled different arguments between adult children and their parents, which apparently struck a chord! …

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

The Problem of Rehospitalizations

Rehospitalizations continue to occur far too often, when they could have been avoidable. The rates of readmission within 30 days vary by age, condition, hospital, and other factors. However, for many conditions, between 1 in 3 and 1 in 5 patients will be readmitted within 30 days of leaving the hospital. Despite various hospital readmissions reduction programs, we haven’t seen significant improvement in these rates. Even penalties waged on hospitals who failed to reduce their readmissions rates have not had the expected effect.

And, studies have continued to show that at least a third of rehospitalizations are avoidable.

Some of…

What is a healthcare surrogate?

A healthcare surrogate is someone designated to make healthcare decisions for you. Here’s the Florida statute covering healthcare surrogates. Sometimes this is also referred to as a healthcare Power of Attorney.

It is different from a Durable Power of Attorney, which covers financial decisions, contracts, etc. As you will see in the responsibilities below, there are some areas where these two may overlap/affect each other. Therefore, many people appoint the same person. When different people serve in these roles, there will almost always need to be cooperation to carry out the duties of each.

Here’s the official definition of a…

We’ve offered our view on what home care should look like in the 21st century and where it’s currently often falling short. Technology plays a key role in that vision, enabling us to solve various problems that have plagued eldercare and healthcare for too long.

Technology is not the end all, be all…but it must be part of the solution. Why? To address gaps and create connections and monitoring that have led to treatment plans not working in “real life”. And, to make data-driven decisions and build evidence-based programs.

While these things may sound obvious, many still feel skeptical about…

Family Caregiver Burnout and Caregiver Stress

Taking care of family members may seem like such a natural role to us, one we can’t imagine not doing. Therefore, many of us make promises or feel obliged to provide all aspects of care for loved ones. And, we may also be surprised by the toll this takes. Caregiver burnout is a fairly common experience for the family caregiver. We’ll explore some of the specific research about caregiver stress and its effects, as well as solutions.

Why is Caregiver Stress so Widespread?

Caregiving has all the features of a chronic stress experience. It creates physical and psychological strain over extended periods of time. It is…

The Challenges of Home Care and Caregiving

As our population rapidly ages, the number of available family caregivers in younger generations is also diminishing, making this a national crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic only heightened this problem and prompted a national conversation about caregiving and home care.

The Scope of the Issue

  • The prevalence of caregiving has risen from 16.6 percent in 2015 to…

Concerns about Senior Drivers: Is Mom in Denial? Are You?

More often than not, when families come to us with a driving-related crisis, they’ve been seeing signs. However, they may have felt Mom or Dad was okay because they only drove locally. Or, perhaps they put in place other safety precautions. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of your parents telling you everything is fine. As their child, it can be difficult to tell them you don’t think it is.

Driving is a key part of everyday life for most Americans. How do you get to the store or church or to see your friends and family if you can’t drive…


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