Medicare patients’ right to choose care varies

Q: I am a senior with Medicare as my health care insurance. I am wondering if I have any say in what hospital I would use if I have need for that type of care. Some friends have indicated that I must go to the local hospital but others have said that I can go [...]

By |April 29th, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Care transitions challenge seniors

My dad recently went through a difficult transition: from the ER to the hospital to rehab and then home, all as a result of passing out due to orthostatic hypotension (falling blood pressure when standing or stretching). These movements from place to place and practitioner to practitioner are called “care transitions” and occur as a [...]

By |April 24th, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Call a lawyer to help if a conservator is needed

Q: My cousin’s friends are hinting that she needs a conservator. Who decides if and when a conservatorship is needed? A: I’m sure the concerns of your cousin’s friends are well intended. However, a conservatorship is only one way to ensure that someone will be responsible for taking care of an incapacitated adult and usually [...]

By |April 22nd, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Why are you calling me?

A few Saturday mornings ago I was jolted awake by a phone call at 6:15. “Is this Andrea Gallagher?” “Yes, who’s this?” “This is Lifeline, Mrs. Gallagher. Your mother pushed her Lifeline button a little while ago and asked us to call an ambulance. Your father passed out. He and your mom are on their [...]

By |April 10th, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Knowledge helps you and your doctor prevent medication errors

Q: Lately it seems I am reading and hearing more and more about medication errors. It appears that these errors happen in numerous ways both at home as well as in health care facilities such as assisted living and hospitals. Do you have any safety tips for unsuspecting consumers? A: A person can never be [...]

By |April 8th, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Ombudsman gives voice to those in long-term care facilities

Q: I just placed a family member in a nursing facility and there was mention of the long-term care ombudsman. What does an ombudsman do? A: “Ombudsman” is a Swedish word meaning “citizen representative.” The long-term care ombudsman is a state-certified community volunteer trained to investigate and resolve problems for residents of long-term care facilities. [...]

By |April 1st, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments