Alzheimer’s and Memory Care in Assisted Living

As the baby boomer population increases, so too will the number of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The current need for quality and true specialized memory care in assisted living is great and is sure to intensify in the future. While many facilities claim to provide special dementia care, that is often not the case.Continue reading “Alzheimer’s and Memory Care in Assisted Living”

Unintended Consequences of Hospitalizations for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

A recent news story highlighted what is now referred to as post-hospital syndrome. This is described as a readmission to a hospital within 30 days for a medical reason unrelated to the original admission – though thought to be a result of the initial hospitalization itself. The story identifies typical stressors for patients in theContinue reading “Unintended Consequences of Hospitalizations for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia”

Hospitalization, Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Are We Capturing the Numbers?

A recent article entitled, “Do 2 in 5 Hospital Patients Suffer from Dementia?”debates some statistics from the United Kingdom related to hospitalized patients with dementia. The article loosely concluded that anywhere from 25% to 60% of patients may have a diagnosis of some type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Wherever the actual number falls –Continue reading “Hospitalization, Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Are We Capturing the Numbers?”

Alzheimer’s Disease and Law Enforcement: Training is Needed to Maintain Safety and Dignity

With the increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, stories related to people with dementia are gaining notice in the media. Unfortunately, the stories are too often sad and tragic. Indiana lawmakers recently passed a bill mandating training for law enforcement officers. While this is a positive step, the bill was the result of a June, 2012Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease and Law Enforcement: Training is Needed to Maintain Safety and Dignity”

Approach in Alzheimer’s Can Make All the Difference

How you approach a person who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will make all the difference. Bob DeMarco of the Alzheimer’s’ Reading Room recently posted a blog on how he believed that greeting his mother with a smile often had a positive influence on how their day would go together. With over 25 years ofContinue reading “Approach in Alzheimer’s Can Make All the Difference”

A Unique Tribute by Family Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease

Prior to establishing The Gilster Group, Susan Gilster was a founder and Executive Director of the Alois Alzheimer Center, the first facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. Recently, the family of a former resident made a unique donation to honor Susan Gilster and the staff of the Alois Alzheimer Center. ReferringContinue reading “A Unique Tribute by Family Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease”

The Holiday Season…not always merry and bright

Those of us who work in healthcare dedicate ourselves to serving others – patients, colleagues, staff, and families. For years we have observed – and experienced – the stress that December and the holidays bring to those with whom we work. Outside of work, there is often so much to do, and so little time.Continue reading “The Holiday Season…not always merry and bright”

Reasons to Address Dementia when Exploring Readmission Penalties

Found an interesting article by Kevin Shrake entitled, “Hospital CFOs contemplate ‘play or pay’ with readmission rates.” CMS hospital readmission penalties are currently 1%, and will increase to 3% over the next two years. Much debate exists as to whether the penalties are small enough that hospitals will not be overly concerned with losing aContinue reading “Reasons to Address Dementia when Exploring Readmission Penalties”