Posted on | November 26, 2013
Medicare Facts That You Should Know if You Are a Medicare Participant
For people who are 65 years or older, or younger people with disabilities, or people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Medicare plays a vital role in their lives. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for these kind of people. Without health insurance, their lives will be difficult and personal finances will slowly disappear. Thus, if you are a person who is looking forward for the Medicare’s benefits now or in the future, you need to learn some facts about Medicare. These facts will guide you, so you can get the most of its benefits and services. Here are some ideas:
Posted on | November 23, 2013
Nursing homes are the place where we expect quality medical services as well as the comfort of home for our elderly. Especially for those that offers long-term care (LTC). Aged people need everyday help in their “activities for daily living”. Care providers play a very important role in their lives
However, LTC facilities at present are facing a very serious issue about staffing. Reports showed that there was not enough staff to assist the residents in their needs to go to the bathroom, in getting dressed, bathing, eating and even to take their medications. It is not a very pleasant situation for an elderly to often wait 30 minutes or more to get assistance.
Causes of Caregiver Shortage
Low Pay- Caregivers starting pay is 7 to 8 dollars for an hour. If additional staff is needed at the moment, facilities will hire “temporary staff or agency” which they pay 25 dollars per hour for a caregiver. Agency will then give only 13 to 14 dollars for the temporary caregiver.
Physically Demanding- It is only reasonable that workers want to work in a place where pay is good and the working conditions are best. Nursing homes usually do not provide both. Normally, a caregiver of a day shift will have 10 residents to care. If some staff is absent, more residents will be given to care for. Afternoon shifts caregivers will assist 15 to 20 residents and the night shifts have 20-25. Some facilities can hire temporary staff but others cannot and so they spread an extra work to the staff. That even makes the work more exhausting.
Emotionally Demanding – Caregivers are expected to develop personal relationships with the residents. They need to know them and should meet their needs and preferences both physically and emotionally. Providing care to 10 or more residents can drain every caregiver emotionally.
Residents for long-term care facilities are dependent on the caregivers. Quality care can only be provided by a person who knows the residents personally. Hiring temporary staff every now and then can affect the elderly seriously but giving extra work to caregivers is also critical to the workers well-being and can risk their job. Special attention should be given to this issue because if neglected, the well-being of our seniors residing in these facilities is at stake.
It is important to inquire about the staff ratio of the nursing homes.
Posted on | November 18, 2013
Clinical trial is a type of clinical research that involves human volunteers to determine how well new medical treatments, drugs, diagnostic procedures, and other therapies work. It is conducted to determine whether the new treatment is effective and safe before it can be offered to a large number of patients. It is also considered as the best way for researchers to find new ways to detect, slow, treat and hopefully someday prevent certain disease.
Clinical trial is also called an interventional study. In this, participants or those who volunteer to take part will receive specific interventions based on the research plan or protocol created by the investigators or those persons conducting the research. The interventions may include potential medication, other forms of treatment, or changes to participant’s behavior. It usually involves two groups, the control group and the experimental group. Control group is usually given with an inactive treatment called placebo while the experimental group is given with the intervention being studied.
Phases of Clinical Trials
The following are phases of clinical trials:
• Phase I – It is the most basic of clinical trial. In this phase, the new drug is tested to evaluate its safety, its route of administration, frequency, and safe dosage range. This is done to a small group of people about 20-80.
• Phase II – Based on the result of phase I, the said treatment will be test for a larger group of people approximately 100-300 and then, further evaluation of its safety and effectiveness will be done.
• Phase III – It is done to a much larger group people about 1, 000 to 3, 000 to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.
• Phase IV – This phase is done to gather further information including the risks, benefits and optimal use of the new treatment or drug.
Facts about Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s
• Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to communicate.
• It is said that in 2006, the number of people affected with the disease was 26.6 million worldwide and it was predicted that by 2050, the prevalence is expected to quadruple in which out of 85 persons, 1 will be living with the disease. With this information, clinical trials should be conducted to discover and evaluate new medicines as well as other treatments, like exercise, diet, and even educational programs to better treat and hopefully to prevent Alzheimer’s disease someday.
• More than 100 clinical studies are recruiting participants. At least 50,000 volunteers are needed with or without the disease.
• Because clinical trials are experiments, as a result, there are some risks involved. However, the ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice can also be applied to this type of clinical research. It is also federally regulated with built in safeguards that protect the participants.
• In participating to this study, participants can play a more active role in their own health care. They can gain access to potential treatments before they are widely available. Often times, they can receive expert medical care at leading health care facilities and most of all they can help the future generations by contributing to research related to Alzheimer’s.
• On the other hand, there may be unpleasant or serious side effects to experimental treatment or it may not be effective. With this, participants should discuss and understand possible side effects with their doctor and if it is necessary, they have the ability to withdraw at any time because their safety is the most important.
Posted on | November 14, 2013
“There’s no place like home” is a popular phrase that often describes the comfort of a home. Being away from home for some time will make you desire to be home because “there is no place like home”. The same comfort, freedom and privacy in the home is what our aging parents desire too. Statistics show that 90 percent of seniors want to “age in place”. It means, if they have a choice, they want to spend their old age at their own home. However, this idea creates worry among the children. If the aging parents decided to stay home, it is a dilemma for the children.
The decision whether to stay home or move to a facility should be made by both parties. It is the children’s responsibility to make sure that their parents are safe and secure. So, how are you going to decide? Will you go along with their decision to “age in place”? To come up with a decision, you should first find out if it is okay for your parents to live alone. You need to check some specific information before making decision.
Here are some helpful ideas:
A thought of leaving home is detrimental to seniors. Not only that they will live in a strange place but also they will leave the comfort of their home and the company of their friends. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is also providing a way for seniors to “age in place” through high technology gadgets and appliances intended for seniors. This way, the seniors can live at home with safety and security through the help of technology.keep looking »