ElderCarelink Blog

Elder hospitalizations can lead to a decrease in cognitive function

by Dorian Martin
April 27th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I recently visited a friend whose mother-in-law was placed in a wound treatment facility. While the medical staff focused on treating the wound, my friend was increasingly worried about her mother-in-law’s mental state. For instance, the mother-in-law called 911 several times while at the facility because she was confused about where she was. She also experienced paranoia and may have had hallucinations.

I saw some similar reactions with my own mother when she was hospitalized. I found Mom to be very wary, not sure what was going on around her. Furthermore, she experienced some mental decline when she was released from the hospital, although she generally rebounded.

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Are nursing homes prepared for emergencies?

by Dorian Martin
April 24th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

In the past few months, the US has experienced an active tornado season. Once recently touched down in Arlington, Texas, damaging a nursing home. Having regularly visited my mother when she lived in a similar situation, I was terrified about the fate of the residents. Fortunately, everyone was fine when the “all clear” was sounded.

However, there is cause for worry. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) just released a study that assessed emergency preparedness and responsiveness of Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes that experienced disasters from 2007-2010. This report was a follow-up to a 2006 report that found that emergency plans were lacking for nursing homes that were in hurricanes.

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Elders need to be aware of sleep apnea’s hidden dangers

by Dorian Martin
April 17th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

About six years ago, Dad and I went on a trip to visit relatives. In order to save money, we decided to stay at a hotel that offered suites so we wouldn’t need two separate rooms. That night, I ended up on the couch while Dad claimed the bed. It wasn’t a very restful night for me. I don’t know which was worse — the hide-a-bed’s really bad springs or my 80-year-old father’s loud snoring. When we returned home, I pleaded with Dad to see a sleep doctor, who diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.

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