10 Tips to Help Relieve Caregiver Stress

Apex Homecare Services proudly recognizes and applauds all caregivers during the November National Caregiver month. Below are ten tips to help minimize caregiver stress. Download Caregiver Tips (PDF) I am so tired… Use every available service to help you. Laundry (send out), get a housekeeper for housekeeping, food shopping (think about ordering on your iPad […]

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Dementia May Be Caused By Brain Inflammation

Do medications like Ibuprofen and Naproxen help clients with dementia by relieving brain inflammation? I was reading this article on the Huffington Post, and I thought you might be interested in reading it, too. Scientists may have discovered the key to halting Alzheimer’s. This is very exciting since I have been watching several of my clients with dementia […]

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Housekeeping, Food Shopping and Laundry for an Irishman

I admitted a very nice Irish gentleman who was visiting Ireland when he had a heart attack and stroke. He proceeded to need a quadruple bypass. After two months at a hospital in Ireland he returned to the US in a Lear jet. He was transferred to a local hospital then sent for rehabilitation at a […]

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Medicare: Admitted or Not Admitted? What is observation?

Hospitals routinely fail to tell patients they’re under observation. If  a patient has been under observation — for all or part of a hospital admission— he or she is responsible for the entire cost of rehab. Under the rules, Medicare picks up the whole tab for the first 20 days in an approved skilled nursing facility […]

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Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Many of my clients are not sure what the difference is between palliative care verses hospice care. If I have someone dying form Lou Gehrig’s Disease who may be concerned they will need to go to the hospital for fear of respiratory distress palliative care would be the best option for this client. Palliative care […]

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Many Doctors Do Not Support Life Support When it Comes to Themselves

We live in an age of marvelous medical technology and wonder drugs which have transformed the art of care and life support. Keeping patients alive at all costs is at the heart of our health care system. Yet in many cases, the aggressive treatments required to do this for critically ill patients does little to […]

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Competent to be Incompetent

The law presumes that every adult is competent and is best able to pursue her own best interest, until she is proven incompetent. What is incompetency? Mental incompetency is hard to define and even harder to identify. Generally, it means that a person has impaired or very limited ability to remember, to reason, to see […]

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Nutrition to Control Disease Symptoms

We are always told about dieting to lose weight, with great emphasis on what not to eat. Thinking about starting a meal plan that is nutritious for your body that will also manage your disease symptoms. If you’re a diabetic your diabetic diet should be controlling your sugar intake. If you have cardiac disease your […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Our Brains

When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease we need to remember that there is a very severe and destructive loss going on in the brain. It is obvious the brain on the right is very different. We can clearly see that this brain is smaller and there are holes in it. Because of this, it […]

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Medicare: What’s not covered.

Medicare isn’t intended or designed to provide nursing home or in-home care, so there are significant gaps in these areas. Families can’t rely on Medicare to pay for 24-hour at-home care, meals, delivery services, and many of the personal services provided by home health aides.  What will Medicare pay for? Usually a hospital or nursing […]

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