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Are Opioids in Your Future? Another Side of Heath Care

May 31, 2019 — Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC If you are considering a hip or knee replacement (or other major medical surgery), it’s quite probable that an opiod will be prescribed for pain. According to David L. Albright, Hill Crest Foundation endowed Chair in Mental Health, opiods bind the body’s natural opiod receptors to the reward center in... Read More

Emergency Preparedness – Let’s Strike up the Conversation!

April 8, 2019 —  —Frankie Sherwood, CSUS Gerontology Intern with Elder Options Last December, my grandmother was evacuated from her assisted living facility during the Rye Fire in Saugus, CA. Residents and staff were forced to spend a total of 12 days away from the senior living community. Staff and volunteers from the community worked to safely evacuate a... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: Do I Have to Stay in a Nursing Home?

November 11, 2018 — Do I have to stay in a nursing home? I broke my hip several months ago and was sent to a skilled nursing facility (snf) for rehabilitation. I have been receiving physical therapy (P/T) and occupational therapy (O/T) several times a week and am improving. My family says I need to stay here but I... Read More

Are We Ready for Care? Long Term Care?

March 7, 2018 — In 2010, 13% of the U.S. population had reached the age of 65. According to 2016 statistics that number has increased to 46 million. Now many of us are over 65 (myself included) and there are times that I resent the implication that I’m part of the growing older population and thus, need help. Although... Read More

Protecting Your Savings: A Look into Popular Scams

February 5, 2018 — Mrs. Jameson lived alone. All of her children lived out of state and visited several times a year. Mrs. Jameson values her independence; however, she is suffering from mild memory impairment. Once, while shopping at a local grocery store, she was approached by a well dressed gentlemen. The man stated that her car appeared to... Read More

Avoiding a Crisis: How to Start the Conversation

January 12, 2017 — It is Monday and Mary is at work ready to start her day. As she is settling in, her office line rings and it is Peggy, her mom’s neighbor next door. Peggy is concerned about Mary’s mom because she stopped by for a visit this morning and noticed several issues. Mary’s mom appeared un-showered, mail... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: Do I Have to Stay in a Nursing Home?

December 13, 2016 — I broke my hip several months ago and was sent to a skilled nursing facility (snf) for rehabilitation. I have been receiving physical therapy (P/T) and occupational therapy (O/T) several times a week and am improving. My family says I need to stay here but I want to go home. What should I do? When... Read More

Protecting Your Savings: A Look into Popular Scams

November 3, 2016 — Mrs. Hendricks lives alone. All of her children live out of state and visit once a year at Christmas. Mrs. Hendricks values her independence but is suffering from mild memory impairment, although she denies it. Once while shopping at a local grocery store, Mrs. Hendricks was approached by a well dressed gentlemen who told her... Read More

It’s Fire Season—What Can You Do to Get Ready?

September 9, 2016 — A fire truck streaming past the E.O. office is not unusual.  A fire station is just around the corner and the office is close to the freeway.  However, this time of year it always gives us pause.  Do we hear a helicopter overhead?  Are there multiple fire vehicles headed in the same direction?  Do we... Read More

“I Can’t See to Cook, What Do I Do Now?”

September 9, 2016 — Jack recently had an appointment with his eye doctor. However, at this visit the ophthalmologist informed Jack that there was nothing more he could do for him.  Eyeglasses were not going to fix his problem.  He needed to give up driving even though he lives twenty minutes from town.  “The bus doesn’t run out there,”... Read More