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Required Skills and Qualifications for Elderly Nurses

Caring for the elderly can be a particularly challenging task, but one with many benefits. The elderly have lived long lives and the lessons they can teach young nurses can be invaluable. As a nurse for the elderly, you must have a number of unique qualities – qualities that can put you in the position of being able to provide support and care for individuals that might not be able to care... ❯❯❯

Choosing the Right Hearing Aid

A lot of people – young and old it’s important to say – suffer with issues regarding their hearing. Quite often the only course of action is to get a hearing aid to help you to hear much more clearly, but with so many options on the market it can be difficult to choose the one that is most appropriate for you. It’s a common misconception that a hearing aid is a generic... ❯❯❯

How to Diagnose Joint Pain in Older People

Many of us have heard that as we begin to age, our bodies can oftentimes show signs of wear and tear. So when the seniors in our lives start to speak of feeling pain, stiffness, swelling or achiness, we may simply charge it to them getting older when the reality is that it may be an indication that they are having some underlying health issues. In order to make sure that the elderly in your life... ❯❯❯

Looking After Elderly Relatives

When our family, and even friends, start to get older, they’re going to need much more care. The problem is that caring for our parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents can put a huge strain on the family both physically and financially. You have to give up a lot of time to make sure that they’re well looked after, and you might even have to modify your home to accommodate them if you... ❯❯❯

What is Medicare Part D and why is it Important to Have

The Medicare prescription drug benefit is commonly referred to as Medicare Part D. This program is an extension of Medicare designed to provide affordable prescription drugs to senior citizens. If you are eligible for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) or Part B (medical insurance), you are eligible to enroll in Part D. The high cost of prescription drugs is prohibitive for many... ❯❯❯

Make their house a homely place

It can be daunting growing older, our bodies begin to slow down and our minds may not be as sharp as they used to be. With many changes on the horizon the one thing that helps us feel safe and settled is the place we call home. To maximise the time that an elderly person is able to live comfortably and safely at home, there are things we can do to help. Food glorious food Make sure the... ❯❯❯

Nursing Home Industry Ready to Battle Over Medicare Funding

Nursing homes are getting ready to fight for Medicare funding, in case reimbursement cuts are introduced by lawmakers. It is possible for Medicare funding changes to take place in the future, leaving many such facilities with significantly decreased financial resources, The Hill reports. According to a June 2013 report, Obamacare is expected to reduce the part A Medicare funding for nursing homes... ❯❯❯

Addressing Nurse to Patient Ratios in America

Hospital productivity rates are determined by the hospital’s nurse to patient ratio. If a hospital has a high number of nurses on duty at any given time, patients have a better chance of receiving individual attention. The hospital can also see more patients because they have a large number of staff members that can tend to the patients faster. However, there is a difference of opinion with... ❯❯❯

What does the bedroom tax mean for the disabled or elderly

For many of those who try to survive on state benefits, the failure of recent High Court Appeal to urge the government to change their stance on the bedroom tax and the rights of the vulnerable will mean a huge change in their lifestyle. Economy Campaigners had argued that the hated bedroom tax should not apply to the disabled, as the needs of this group of people should exempt them from the new... ❯❯❯

Too Many Patients, Not Enough Staff: The Poor State of Hospitals

When we are poorly, need medical help, have to have a procedure or are taken ill unexpectedly, the hospital is the place where we seek solace and the best care until we are back to full health. Hospitals are designed to care for us when we are at our most vulnerable and provide us with the upmost medical care. The staff and hospitals have a responsibility to ensure our medical needs are fulfilled... ❯❯❯