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26 09, 2022

How Seniors Can Benefit from Healthcare Coordination

2022-09-26T18:04:34-04:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: Aging, Health, Healthcare Coordination|Tags: , , , , , , , |

According to a survey by CareMore Health, 70% of senior patients need better healthcare coordination. Other research shows that 35 percent of those over age 65 have no one assisting them with coordinating their care, and 34 percent say a family member is helping them. The American health care system has become incredibly fragmented and complex and often involves managing multiple specialists, medications, and physician appointments. That's why professional care coordination can be so beneficial. FirstLantic Healthcare examines how this service can be a lifesaver for seniors and their families. Why is proactive care management so important? With many older Americans having at least two chronic conditions, the lack of a holistic approach to their medical care can lead to catastrophic results. Today, over 40% of [...]

19 09, 2022

How Home HealthCare Can Drastically Cut Costs

2022-09-20T13:37:30-04:00September 19th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Healthcare, Home Caregivers, Home Companions, home healthcare|Tags: , , , , |

A study published by the American Journal of Medicine (AJM) reported that home healthcare versus a hospital stay can provide a mean unadjusted savings of $15,233 per patient. In circumstances where extensive care is necessary, hospital costs can be financially crippling – even with insurance. In these cases, in-home care can provide significant financial relief for individuals and insurance companies and prevent further increases in healthcare costs. It can also be safer for the patient as they are not vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections and other complications of inpatient care. FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality home care, highlights six reasons why being treated at home can be better for the patient while reducing healthcare costs simultaneously. Decreased readmissions and deaths. The same AJM study concluded [...]

1 08, 2022

Four Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age

2022-08-01T13:45:17-04:00August 1st, 2022|Categories: Aging, Alzheimers, Brain Health, Dementia, Health, Mental Wellness, Mindset|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Have you ever believed the familiar adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? That you are simply past the point of being able to learn different things once you reach a certain age?   If you have entertained those thoughts, then FirstLantic has some information that might change your mind. Scientific evidence shows that while for most people, raw mental horsepower declines after the age of 30, knowledge and expertise keep increasing even beyond the age of 80.    Data also suggests that drive and curiosity are catalysts for new skill acquisition, even during late adulthood. And intellectually engaged people tend to be lifelong learners regardless of their age. The more intellectually curious, the more they continue to gain knowledge, including vocabulary. Another study [...]

18 07, 2022

These Steps Will Help You Find the Best Home Healthcare Provider

2022-07-18T15:01:22-04:00July 18th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Family Caregivers, Health, Home Caregivers, Home Companions|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Updated July 2022 Part 2 in a two-part series Now that you have decided that you or a loved one needs help at home and the type of care required, it’s time to find the right provider. While it's hard to admit that assistance is required, choosing a healthcare agency you trust to provide the highest care possible can be even more challenging. That's why it's crucial to perform your due diligence and follow the steps that FirstLantic outlines below. As we described in our blog last week, there are many options regarding the type of help you can get. Home healthcare can range from aids that assist with daily tasks such as cooking, transportation, and even companionship to skilled nurses who can monitor patients who [...]

5 07, 2022

Choosing the Right Type of Home Care for Your Loved One

2022-07-05T12:40:13-04:00July 5th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Home Caregivers, Home Companions|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Part One in a Two-Part Series Mom lives alone, and it’s becoming apparent that she can no longer do specific tasks around the house by herself. While you know she needs help, you want to ensure you find a caregiver you and your mom can trust.   But first, it's essential to determine the type of assistance she needs and then find the person who can best meet those requirements. Unfortunately, many adults struggle with these questions when trying to find the proper home care for their loved ones, and the decision-making process can be overwhelming. Fortunately, FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality home healthcare, provides guidance to make finding the best solution easier. There are many reasons someone needs help at home, ranging from support [...]

14 06, 2022

Five Challenges Facing Older Americans

2022-06-14T01:41:42-04:00June 14th, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Loneliness and Isolation, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part One in a Two-Part Series Turning on the news these days can certainly make it seem like the world is collapsing. And while the negative headlines usually get the attention, there is no doubt that there are significant social unrest issues that seem to have been exacerbated by the pandemic. But that isn’t the only difficulty older Americans are facing. In part one of this two-part series, FirstLantic Healthcare, looks at some of the challenges facing our elderly population today. In part two, we will examine some of the possible solutions.   Shortages in Geriatric Healthcare Professionals For the first time in our history, older adults are projected to be the largest demographic group. In 2034, there will be 77 million seniors (age 65 [...]

31 05, 2022

Five Reasons Pets Are Good For Your Health

2022-05-31T15:52:26-04:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: #Stress, Aging, At Home Healthcare, Health, heart health, Loneliness and Isolation, Mental Wellness, Pets|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In addition to May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we also celebrated National Pet Month. At first, you may not think they have anything in common, but for anyone who has ever had a pet in their life, you know how good they can be for your state of mind. In fact, a scientific study says owning a dog is linked with living longer. Ten studies that included more than three million participants showed that dog owners had a 24% risk reduction for death from any cause. But how do pets positively affect overall wellness? FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality healthcare, lists five benefits furry friends have on our health and well-being. Pet owners, especially those with dogs, often take advantage of the positive benefits [...]

23 05, 2022

Home Care Options for Aging Veterans

2022-05-23T20:35:15-04:00May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Family Caregivers, Health, Veterans|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  At FirstLantic, we believe everyone is entitled to the best healthcare possible, especially our veterans. After all, they risked their lives to protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. But because veterans are used to sacrificing for others, it can be difficult for them to ask for help as they get older. Many would prefer to stay in the comfort of their home while remaining independent for as long as possible. That’s why it’s ideal if they can age in place while getting necessary services such as assistance with household chores, medication management, or nursing care.   With Memorial Day right around the corner, it's an excellent time to provide a refresher on the benefits available for our military heroes.   Home Telehealth Operated by [...]

17 05, 2022

Five of the Best Mental Wellness Podcasts

2022-05-23T17:39:00-04:00May 17th, 2022|Categories: #Stress, Aging, Loneliness and Isolation, mental health, Mental Wellness, Mental Wellness Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated in May.  The goal is to reach as many people as possible and provide foundational knowledge about mental health and what people can do if they are concerned about themselves or a loved one.  Over the last two years, feelings of loneliness and isolation have increased due to the pandemic.  And there is no doubt that many of us are still struggling with anxiety or stress as we work towards finding the new “normal”.   The important thing to remember is that you are not alone.  If you are experiencing some of these issues, you might benefit from a “safe space” — somewhere where you can retreat (at your leisure) to hear from experts or other people [...]

2 05, 2022

Six Ways to Address Family Caregiver Stress

2022-05-02T13:53:57-04:00May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Aging, At Home Healthcare, Caregivers, Family Caregivers, Home Caregivers, Home Companions, Retirement|Tags: , , , , , |

As more senior adults choose to age in place, family members increasingly bear the responsibility of ensuring their loved ones can live safely at home. Whether it’s helping them out with chores around the house or providing full-time support, it’s estimated that there are now 48 million family caregivers within the United States. And as caregivers try to balance their personal life with the needs of their loved ones, their stress has also increased significantly. FirstLantic explains the importance of recognizing caregiver strain and techniques to address it. Causes of Stress Caregiver stress can stem from a variety of factors, including increased responsibility, time demands, unfamiliar medical and nursing tasks, and the financial burden. A recent AARP report found that the average family caregiver spends [...]

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