The FAMCare Blog

Hospice Care:  Sound Medical Practice

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 20, 2018 3:28:50 PM

 

The Hospice movement is a humanitarian, patient-centered protocol that is still striving for complete integration into main stream medical practice. Traditional medical regulations, policies, protocols, and cultural norms are geared toward  improving the patient’s health and, at the very least, maintaining current levels of patient functioning. Even the metrics used by skilled nursing facilities to assess the quality of care are not congruent with end-of-life care.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Undiagnosed Dementia Statistics Rising

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 16, 2018 10:13:00 AM

Research shows that most people currently living with dementia have not received a formal diagnosis. In high income countries, only 20-50% of dementia cases are recognized and documented in primary care. This ‘treatment gap’ is certainly much greater in low and middle-income countries, with one study in India suggesting 90% remain undiagnosed. If these statistics are extrapolated to other countries worldwide, it suggests that approximately three quarters of people with dementia have not received a diagnosis and, therefore, do not have access to treatment, care and organized support that getting a formal diagnosis can provide.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, mental health

Caring for Those Far Away With Technology

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 20, 2018 10:30:16 AM
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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Self-Care for New Caregivers

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 4, 2018 9:18:00 AM

When we’re very busy taking care of other people, it’s easy to overlook the need to take care of ourselves. But self-care is vitally important for making sure you’re up to the challenges of being a caregiver. In order to be there for your loved ones and handle all your responsibilities, you need to keep up your health and energy levels. Here are some tips for making time for yourself in your everyday life.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Social Workers as Case Managers

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As Health Care Becomes More Complex

Health care delivery models increasingly rely on social workers and social worker case managers because of their specialization in identifying and meeting the needs of patients, post-discharge.  Social workers are also healers...

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, case management software

Who Will Care for The Boomers?

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM
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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare

Long Term Care - Global Vision Technologies' Annual Update

Posted by George Ritacco on Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In January 2015, Global Vision Technologies reported on the impending avalanche overhanging the long-term care industry as the baby boomer generation began to reach retirement age. At that time, we reported that by 2030 sixty-one million baby boomers aged 66 to 84, along with more than nine million of the “oldest of the old” born before 1946, will require some form of long term care services. Congressional Budget Office estimates suggest that total long-term care expenditures will increase at a rate of 2.5% per year compounding to $270 billion in 2030.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Dementia

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Ten thousand baby boomers turn 65 every day. As our population ages at this rapid rate, the incidence of dementia and the attendant challenges for family caregivers are becoming daunting. The impact on social work that this astounding statistic suggests also cannot be over-rated. In fact, the rapidly increasing incidence of dementia is opening up an entirely new practice area for social workers.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

How to Improve Your Agency's Infrastructure For Long-term Care

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 29, 2017 9:31:37 AM

Baby boomers are a lot more than just the generation of people born in the years immediately following World War II. They're our mothers, our fathers, our neighbors and our friends. They're also one of the most significant generations in American history, at least as far as sheer numbers are concerned. Most studies say that by the closing days of 1946 - the first official year of the "baby boom" - there were roughly 2.4 million people among the demographic. Flash-forward to 1964 - the final official year of the boom - and that number had grown to 72.5 million. Add in people who immigrated to the United States and you're looking at a total population of about 78.8 million people.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Technology Speak, FAMCare

VA 2016 Progress Report

Posted by George Ritacco on Oct 25, 2016 11:47:04 AM

2014

Back in 2014 this blog was one of the first to report on the troubled Veterans Health Administration facility in Phoenix where 40 veterans died while languishing on an eternal wait list to see a doctor. Since then, we've maintained a set of blog posts and articles that have related updates and status changes at the VA, as well as other issues that are affecting our veterans.  A subsequent investigation uncovered a system-wide inability to offer vets timely medical treatment. 57,436 newly enrolled veterans faced a minimum 90-day wait for medical care, and 63, 869 veterans who had enrolled over the past decade never received any appointment at all. In addition, a corrupt administrative culture was falsifying wait-time records in order to protect management performance bonuses and punishing whistle-blowers who tried to bring the wait-time mess to the public’s attention.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Veterans Issues