Advance Care Planning

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 16, 2017 10:40:00 AM

No one really wants to discuss end-of-life decisions, think about advance care planning, or about what to do when faced with a major medical emergency, but the truth is, it’s an important thing to do. It’s also something you shouldn’t put off.

Unfortunately, a medical crisis can occur at any age that can leave someone unable to make their own healthcare decisions. Determining what you would want to have happen in certain circumstances and expressing your wishes now gives you more control over what happens later, especially if you can no longer speak for yourself or decisions have to be made without your active participation for any number of other reasons.

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Topics: care coordination, advance care planning, healthcare directive, living will, end of life decisions, advance directive

Let's Talk About Incontinence

Posted by The Engaged Patient

May 4, 2017 9:10:56 AM

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control. It can affect both men and women and there are different types, causes, symptoms, and treatments.

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Topics: care coordination, patients, chronic conditions, chronic care management (CCM), health conditions

Fit Seniors: Is Age Really Just a Number?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 26, 2017 3:11:00 PM

Think you're too old to exercise? Think it's too late to start trying? We know a 78-year-old record-setting weightlifter who might tell you otherwise.

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Topics: care coordination, patients, fitness & exercise, healthy living, chronic conditions, chronic care management (CCM), health conditions, older adult, aging, strength, functional capacity

The Big Role Reversal: Managing an Aging Parent's Health

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

Apr 21, 2017 1:39:07 PM

It can be challenging helping an aging parent manage their health, even when they are open to receiving your assistance. But what about the additional challenges you face when they resist your help?

Whether that resistance is due to pride, denial, or the desire to not be a burden, here are a few things to remember and some tips that may encourage mom or dad to accept the help they need.

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Topics: care coordination, family health, caregiving, caregivers, share your health stories, health conditions, health tips, healthcare planning

5 Tips for a Successful Doctor Visit

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 18, 2017 5:36:42 PM

Visiting the doctor can be a little nerve-wracking for many people. Sometimes it seems like the entire doctor's appointment goes by in a blur, and once you leave you realize you forgot to ask your doctor about your specific medical concerns and questions. By planning how you will approach your doctor's visit ahead of time, you can avoid this problem and ensure a much more successful and stress-free doctor visit.

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Topics: care coordination, family health, patient engagement, healthcare costs, doctor's appointments, patients, Digital Health, medication & treatments

What Are Your Healthcare Priorities?

Posted by Kaerrie Hall

Mar 24, 2017 11:26:00 AM

A survey from Deloitte found that consumer expectations about healthcare providers and interactions in healthcare settings are being formed by the types of positive experiences they have with other industries, such as banking and retail.

Personalized attention, tailored solutions, transparency regarding what to expect and how much it will cost, and convenient, expanded access to services are just a few of their expectations.

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Topics: care coordination, family health, patient engagement, healthcare costs, healthcare research, doctor's appointments, patients, healthcare access, Digital Health

The Heart of the Matter

Posted by Katie Gleason

Feb 27, 2017 10:41:10 AM

Your heart is the center of your cardiovascular system, and is responsible for just about everything that gives your body life, ranging from the transportation of oxygen throughout your body to the success of your immune system. The foods you eat and the amount of activity you choose to take part in can dramatically affect the overall health of your heart and many other tissues that make up your cardiovascular system.

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Topics: health tips, healthy living, care coordination, heart health, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease prevention

Include "Me Time" as One of Your Caregiver Duties

Posted by CareSync Nursing Team

Feb 23, 2017 9:21:00 AM

There's no way to sugarcoat it. Being a caregiver is exhausting. That's why it's so important for you to remember to include some down time as part of your required caregiver duties. This is especially true if you're already experiencing symptoms of caregiver burnout, such as anxiety, exhaustion, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, or feeling resentful toward the person you’re helping.

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Topics: caregivers, health tips, family health, healthy living, patient advocacy, care coordination

The Fight Against Cancer

Posted by Kaerrie Hall and Katie Gleason

Feb 13, 2017 9:20:00 AM

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. In just this year alone, approximately 600,920 Americans are expected to die of cancer. That’s a sobering statistic that translates to about 1,650 people per day. But there are steps you can take to prevent certain cancers, and the dangerous impact of some cancers can be lessened with proper screenings and early detection.

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Topics: care coordination, chronic care management (CCM), patients, observances & holidays, health conditions, chronic conditions

Heart Health + Kidney Health = A Perfect Pair

Posted by The CareSync Team

Feb 9, 2017 5:14:50 PM

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone’s talking about the happy, healthy pairings that make life sweeter. So we decided it was a great time to remind you of another dynamic duo that works hard to keep you happy and healthy for life: your kidneys and heart.

Like peanut butter and jelly or Romeo and Juliet, your heart and kidneys make the perfect pair. It’s a long-term relationship that seems to suggest everything is better together.

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Topics: health tips, healthy living, heart health, care coordination, chronic conditions, health conditions

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