Aging and Alone? Who Will Hold Your Hand Through Healthcare Challenges?

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There are terms used to describe those who are aging and alone. “Elder Orphans” is one. “Solo Seniors” is another. Both describe the concept of someone who is older and has no family or younger friends to help out in time of medical crisis (or, for that matter, any other life-assisting event like moving, or shifting financial needs.)

If these terms describe you, then you may be asking yourself questions like:

  • Who will help you make end-of-life decisions?
  • Who will help you make ...
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This COVID – Coronavirus Side Effect Could Destroy Your Financial Security

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Of course, we usually think of side effects as issues that affect our health, like the result of taking a certain drug (just listen to those TV commercials and their disclaimers!) or the result of lifting a heavy box which causes us to strain our backs….

Today’s topic is focused on another side effect from COVID-19 (coronavirus) treatment, but not one that affects our bodies… Instead, this one can have a horribly negative impact on our wallets. (Of course, there’s a ...

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“Invisible Patients” and the COVID Pandemic

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With thanks to advocate and guest blogger, Karen Leitson.
Find Karen’s advocacy profile here: Personalized Healthcare Advocate

Do you or does someone in your family have an unattended medical condition or illness that might be taking a back seat to the coronavirus public health crisis?

There is never a “good time” to be sick or to have an ill family member, loved one or friend. But now, during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic, is a particularly difficult ...

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Rehab or Skilled Nursing – How to Manage Your Loved One’s Care Remotely

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With thanks to advocate and guest blogger, Cheryl Scharoun.
Find Cheryl’s advocacy profile here: Baby Boom Health

Do you have a loved one in a Rehabilitation or Skilled Nursing Facility? If you do, I am sure you have several emotions going through your head. These are scary times to say the least. Guilt, isolation, uncertainty, fear, and feeling helpless are just a few.

You can’t visit, so how do you manage that anxiety? Have you called and ...

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Prepare for the Hospital – A Checklist for Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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With thanks to advocate and guest blogger, Kim McIlnay
Find Kim’s advocacy profile here: Together Patient Advocates, LLC

Under the best of circumstances, a hospital stay is stressful and uncomfortable. New challenges with the current COVID pandemic make this a time fraught with even more worry, uncertainty and isolation. But there are still many things you can do to prepare.

I’m hopeful that these brief tips can help you prepare now for an improved hospitalization ...

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The Surgical Assembly Line

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When I think of an assembly line, two images pop into my head:

  • The I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory episode where Lucy and Ethel are trying to wrap chocolates (and eat them too!) and can’t possibly keep up.
  • My high school history class, when we learned about Henry Ford’s invention of the concept of an assembly line, where hundreds of cars were being assembled in one day. It revolutionized manufacturing, helping companies produce much more than ever before.

I thought of both when ...

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A Riddle: When Is the “Best Doctor” Not the Best Doctor?

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… followed by a second riddle: When Is the “Best Hospital” Not the Best Hospital?

Everyone loves a good riddle. I think it’s because the answer is often clever, maybe a play on words. We chuckle (or groan!) at the answer, and sometimes the first riddle will trigger a handful more… just fun.

I wish I could tell you these two are clever, chuckle-inducing riddles, too. Unfortunately, not only aren’t they funny; they can be deadly.

There are two circumstances under which the ...

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So What Are You S’Posed to Do With Those Hospital Prices?

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In the category of “be careful what you wish for…” 

Well-meaning policy people have now created a monster.  We can name this monster “Good Start,” but it’s not a very useful monster – yet.

That monster rears its ugly head in the form of the new law that became effective January 1, 2019 that requires most hospitals to make their pricing available to the public. The idea – a good one – is that there is nothing else in this world that ...

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The Folly of Driving to the ER

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Hugh, a gentleman of about 68 years, lived alone. Hugh wasn’t feeling well. It was just a general feeling that something – who knows what? – just wasn’t right.

After a short while, Hugh walked over to see Phil, his next door neighbor. Phil agreed to drive Hugh to the Emergency Room.

It took them about 30 minutes to get there. Hugh signed in, and together he and Phil sat down in the waiting room. Within 15 minutes, Hugh keeled over, out ...

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5 Little Words Save Money on Healthcare

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‘Tis the season of making health insurance choices, and the nexus of money and healthcare is on our minds. We’re focused on making sure we find a policy that covers us, but doesn’t over-cover us so we pay too much. It’s about those things that can be planned (the drugs we take, the regular medical appointments we keep). Plus an extra accounting for those things we may not plan for, but may have to deal with, like accidents, or grave ...

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