Oral Health Essential to Healthy Aging

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Oral Health Essential to Healthy Aging

Oral health is one of the most crucial aspects of your overall well-being. According to Colgate, poor oral health is linked to or contributes to many other diseases including diabetes and heart disease, especially in older adults. Unfortunately, Original Medicare does not cover dental services, which leaves many seniors on the sidelines and out of the dentist’s chair. If you have questions about how to find a dentist that specializes in geriatric care, how to pay for your dental procedures, and why your mouth is so important, you’ve come to the right place.

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HOW ARE WE DOING? NURSING HOME SELF ASSESSMENT SURVEYS AND PATIENT SATISFACTION

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HOW ARE WE DOING? NURSING HOME SELF ASSESSMENT SURVEYS AND PATIENT SATISFACTION

Care Analytics assessments are important because they give you a realistic view of what is happening in the day-to-day practice of your facility. They help you sort out problems that need considerable work from issues that appear to be working reasonably well and perhaps need only staff reminders to be on track. Unlike surveys in which you try to put your best foot forward, this is a survey that requires you to look at both feet honestly and constructively. If the issues that arise through the survey process then become part of a multidisciplinary approach to fix the problems, your staff’s day-to-day work should become more manageable and more satisfying.

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How Caregivers Can Invest in Their Own Wellness

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How Caregivers Can Invest in Their Own Wellness

Caregiving can be unexpected and may easily become overwhelming. It's important to support our loved ones, but that doesn't mean we should ignore our own needs at the same time. Here are some ways you can avoid burnout by engaging in healthy self-care.

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Seniors: What to Do When You Have Trouble Sleeping

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Seniors: What to Do When You Have Trouble Sleeping

It is not uncommon for people to experience changes in their sleep patterns as they age. Seniors tend to feel sleepy earlier in the day but have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep through the night. Such poor sleep can quickly turn into sleep deprivation, which can have significant — even dangerous — effects on a person’s life. The good news is, just because poor sleep is common among older adults doesn’t mean you have to accept it as a fact of life. Here are some tips for improving your sleep:

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Weighing in on Long-Term Care : How to Plan and Pay

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Weighing in on Long-Term Care : How to Plan and Pay

Do you have a plan in place for long-term care? If you or a loved one should have to live in an assisted-living home or a nursing home, how will you pay for it? It’s important to think things through in advance so you don’t need to explore your options during a crisis.

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WHY PATIENT SATISFACTION MATTERS

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WHY PATIENT SATISFACTION MATTERS

A distinction is sometimes made between measuring a patient’s experience vs. their satisfaction Patient’s review of their care experience is based on what they did or did not experience in their interactions obtaining health care Patient satisfaction is based on patients’ rating of the perception of the care they received Clearly what a patient experiences significantly influences their perception of their care experience + perception = “satisfaction”

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