Consider this Scenario…

A patient is seen by her physician every month; she complains of weight loss and confusion. She is given referrals to specialists and told to follow up. Month after month; the same story. The referrals sit in her purse because she can’t figure out how to navigate the phone tree at the specialists’ offices. The weight loss and confusion continue, month after month. She’s lost over 50 pounds in 5 months and she now cannot

What Is PACE?

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are programs that provide comprehensive health services for individuals age 55 and over who are sufficiently frail to be categorized as “nursing home eligible” by their state’s Medicaid program. Eligibility for PACE requires that individuals be 55 years old or older, certified by the state to need nursing home-level care, reside near a PACE program, and be able to live safely in the community. Services include primary and

The New Choices Waiver Provides More Choices Than You May Have Realized

Choices…they are sometimes difficult to make but we’re sure glad when we are offered more than one. When age robs us of physical strength, balance, quick memory recall, agility and energy and we must turn in our car keys, our choices can feel frustratingly limited. For individuals receiving Medicaid benefits who have been in a nursing home for at least 90 days, more choices may exist than you are aware of. The New Choices Waiver

How Do I Know That It’s Time? Paving the Way for Advocacy of our Aging Seniors.

During the summer of 1992, I took the Certified Nursing Assistant class. Little did I know, that course and the subsequent work at senior communities, would not only help pay college expenses; but more importantly, pave the way for my lifelong advocacy of our aging seniors. For twenty-three amazing years, I have visited with thousands of seniors and their families.  I have listened to stories of survival, strength, disappointment, sorrow, and love…each one unique.  After

What Are My Options?

No one plans when sickness, disability or other common challenges in life will happen. Many plan for retirement but few adequately plan ahead for the issues facing millions of people across the U.S. every day.  Anyone who has navigated through the healthcare landscape knows that it can be challenging. When a challenge occurs, patients are potentially left to navigate through: Hospitals, short-term rehabilitation, home health care, and skilled nursing facilities. Those are only a few

Pennsylvania Link to Aging & Disability Resources Offers “No Wrong Door” Approach to Assistance

Are you looking for resources that will allow you to maintain independence as you age? Look no further than the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Link to Aging and Disability Resources (ADRC) program. Better known as PA Link, we offer a literal link for seniors, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers, a connection to resources. Our mission is to improve access to long-term services and supports, and this is accomplished through a cross-system, integrated network of