Leaving hospital, older patients resist home help at their peril

Editorial Note: The article has been republished with permission by the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News
The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.
So the social worker canceled an order for home health care services. And the patient went back to his apartment without …

MDS Central and HomeCare Insider have changed to become your NEW Post-Acute Advisor

MDS Central and HomeCare Insider have changed to become your NEW Post-Acute Advisor. We are now going to cover the news and regulations across the entire post acute care continuum, including:

Long-term care
Home health
Inpatient rehabilitation
Assisted living

Post-Acute Advisor is still your place to ask questions, get the latest post acute care news, and find resources to make your job easier. We’ll keep you updated on new regulations, provide analysis of post acute care issues, and help you …

Are dementia rates dropping?

At first glance, a study showing a significant, long-term drop in dementia in the U.S. looks like good news. However, the results apply only to vascular dementia, not Alzheimer’s disease, researchers cautioned in the New England Journal of Medicine last week.
Improvements in cardiovascular health and risk factor control have driven the decline in vascular dementia, even as some contributors to heart disease have been on the rise, wrote Sudha Seshadri, MD, of Boston University, and …