Richard Mollot: Infection Control Problems in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

About Richard Mollot: Richard is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, or LTCC for short. The LTCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving care and quality of life for residents in nursing homes, assisted living, and other residential care settings, through policy analysis and advocacy.  In this episode, Steve and Richard discuss: 1. How has the long term care industry handled protecting our seniors and elderly from COVID-19? We know that nursing homes are not great places to live, generally speaking, that care tends to be pretty poor and living conditions aren’t great. I think that most people were really shocked to see that preventing infections was such a big issue and the implications of not having enough staff on a regular basis has greatly amplified the harm that residents have experienced both directly to COVID-19 and indirectly, due to what we’re seeing more and more of the past at least a month and a half has been just abject neglect and substandard care. 2. Are you also concerned that the industry is not checking the temperatures, vetting their staff, or other people that were coming in and out of their[…..]

Rein Tideiksaar: Preventing Falls in the Senior and Elderly Communities

About Rein Tideiksaar: Dr. Rein is the President of Fall Prevent LLC, which is a consulting company that provides educational, legal, and marketing services related to fall prevention in the elderly. Dr. Rein is a gerontologist, which is a health care professional who specializes in working with the elderly, and a geriatric physician’s assistant. Dr. Rein has been active in fall prevention for over 30 years and is the author of textbooks, professional training manuals, and director of numerous research projects regarding fall prevention. Additionally, he has developed fall prevention programs in the community assisted living home care, acute care hospitals, and nursing facility settings. In this episode, Steve and Rein discuss: 1. Why is it that the elderly are so prone to falls? As one gets older you acquire all sorts of physical and mental health problems. Those in combination with medications that are used to treat the underlying health causes can lead one to have difficulty with walking or difficulty with balance. 2. Where are the falls occurring? The majority of falls that occur indoors occur to those individuals who are the frailest in terms of physical conditions. The group of elderly who fall outdoors tend to be[…..]

Dr. John Cascone:  Overprescribed Antibiotics Cause C. Diff Infections

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About John Cascone: Dr. Cascone, is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Physician. His internal medicine residency was done at the University of Kansas and infectious disease follow up at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the Medical Director of nursing homes in southwest Missouri. His medical practice includes the care of residents in long term care facilities, infectious disease consultations and telemedicine and infectious disease services to rural facilities. He has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, C diff, colitis, staphylococcus aureus, antimicrobial stewardship, and pressure ulcers. He lives in Joplin, Missouri with his family. In this episode, Steve and John discuss: 1. What is C. diff? C. diff refers to the organism that formerly was identified as Clostridium difficile, but has now been changed to Clostridioides difficile. So the organism and as we’ll refer to it as C. diff, is essentially an organism that resides in our bowel and it is a spore forming organism, meaning within the gut exist as a bacteria that produces toxin that leads to the diarrhea that we’ll talk about in a bit. Outside of the gut, it converts to a spore. That spore is very[…..]

Michelle PW

In this episode, Susan and Michelle discuss: Feeling and listening to your emotions. Acknowledge your emotions and breathe through them to find peace. Absorbing your emotions from your parents or those around you, being an Empath. Coaching entrepreneurs with the development, marketing, and publishing of their books.   Key Takeaways: Michelle can help shape, build, and birth your book so it’s not inside you gathering dust. Don’t get to the end of your life and realize you didn’t fulfill your goals, write your book. Don’t wait for life to come knock you down. Listen to that inner voice and make the changes you need to make to fulfill your goals and dreams.   “Worrying is distracting us from feeling our fear.” —  Michelle PW  Connect with Michelle PW: Website: Love Based Publishing.com               Love Based Biz.com    Connect with Susan Kennard: Twitter: @susankennardFacebook: Susan Kennard – Expand Your Consciousness, Sparkle to SuccessWebsite: SusanKennard.co.ukLinkedIn: Susan KennardEmail: Susan@SusanKennard.co.uk Reach out to find the program for you!   Show notes by Podcastologist: Kristen Braun   Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

Bill Vigilante: Everyday Safety Challenges for Seniors and the Elderly

About Bill Vigilante: Dr. Vigilante is a human factors and ergonomics consultant with experience researching topics related to pedestrian and premises safety, driver performance, roadway safety, lighting, night vision, the designing of warning and instructional information, risk perception, the effects of aging on performance, as well as safety and product design. Dr. Vigilante’s extensive resume includes the publication of dozens of scientific papers in the field of human factors and ergonomics. He has also testified as an expert witness in federal and state courthouses across the country. Dr. Vigilante’s expertise is in studying human performance issues and assessing how they should be used in the investigation to determine if and how they may have played a role in the outcome of an event. One issue includes aging.  In this episode, Steve and Bill discuss: 1. What are human factors and ergonomics? Human factors or ergonomics is the study of how people use all different types of products, how they interact with their environments, how they move about their environments, and essentially human factors and ergonomics is basically designing for peoples use.  2. Is your focus on how to make something safer for everyday people? Yes, there are three goals for[…..]

Stan Andrzejewski: How to Stay Independent and Out of Pain Through Yoga

About Stan Andrzejewski: Stan is the founder of Greater Baltimore Yoga. He was certified in the Iyengar tradition in 1988 while a student of John Schumacher, but now considers Victor van Kooten as his main inspiration. He integrates 45 years of experience as a physical therapist into his 33 years of teaching yoga. He works with people with orthopedic and neurologic problems in his private practice. He has trained many yoga teachers through his apprenticeship program. He has taught a series of continuing education courses for physical therapists entitled Hatha Yoga as Physical Therapy. In this episode, Steve and Stan discuss: 1. What is a neurological physical therapist? Working with and treating people with neurological issues. Working with children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy,  and adults with multiple sclerosis, and parkinsons. 2. How did you get involved in Yoga? I went to a Hatha Yoga conference in 1980 and then ended up taking a yoga class at college.  I fell in love with yoga. When something just feels right, intuitively, it’s something that I know that I need to pursue.  3. Is it an accurate portrayal of yoga to say that yoga is only for people who are double jointed,[…..]

John Cascone: Recognizing Sepsis in the Senior and Elderly

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About John Cascone: Dr. Cascone, is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Physician. His internal medicine residency was done at the University of Kansas and infectious disease follow up at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the Medical Director of nursing homes in southwest Missouri. His medical practice includes the care of residents in long term care facilities, infectious disease consultations and telemedicine and infectious disease services to rural facilities. He has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, C diff, colitis, staphylococcus aureus, antimicrobial stewardship, and pressure ulcers. He lives in Joplin, Missouri with his family.  In this episode, Steve and John Cascone discuss: 1. What is Sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s, often deadly, response to infection. 2. What kind of infection does this include? These infections could be bacterial, viral, or fungal. 3. What are some common types of infections that you see in an elderly and senior population? In elderly individuals the most common  types of infections that lead to sepsis are urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bacteremia, infections that involve artificial knees or hips, skin infections, pressure ulcers, skin tears, and even the use of antibiotics can cause a certain type[…..]

John Cascone: Recognizing Sepsis in the Senior and Elderly

About John Cascone: Dr. Cascone, is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Physician. His internal medicine residency was done at the University of Kansas and infectious disease follow up at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the Medical Director of nursing homes in southwest Missouri. His medical practice includes the care of residents in long term care facilities, infectious disease consultations and telemedicine and infectious disease services to rural facilities. He has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, C diff, colitis, staphylococcus aureus, antimicrobial stewardship, and pressure ulcers. He lives in Joplin, Missouri with his family.  In this episode, Steve and John Cascone discuss: 1. What is Sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s, often deadly, response to infection. 2. What kind of infection does this include? These infections could be bacterial, viral, or fungal. 3. What are some common types of infections that you see in an elderly and senior population? In elderly individuals the most common  types of infections that lead to sepsis are urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bacteremia, infections that involve artificial knees or hips, skin infections, pressure ulcers, skin tears, and even the use of antibiotics can cause a certain type[…..]

Ellen Platt: Why You Need a Geriatric Case Manager For Your Loved One

About Ellen: Ms. Platt is founder and owner of The Option Group, LLC. Her team conducts comprehensive evaluations, makes recommendations, implements a plan of care and coordinates resources to support it. They provide a thorough knowledge of the healthcare industry and can help families skillfully navigate the maze. Additionally, they provide advocacy services and can assist with care in the home or placement in a facility. Ongoing monitoring can also be set up so that the most appropriate plan of care can be implemented at all times and changes can be made to address changes in condition and avoid crises. The goal is to identify ways to enhance the quality of life for the clients she serves, in the safest, yet least restrictive environment possible, taking safety, independence, function, and comfort levels into consideration. Ellen is both a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Certified Professional Geriatric/Aging LifeCare Manager, with a span of 30 years providing care management and case coordination services to those with catastrophic injury, chronic diseases and disabilities. Out of that experience, she created The Option Group to address similar needs and services specifically for seniors or those with special conditions and their family caregivers and guardians. Her[…..]

Rob Schenk: Should You Sign Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

About Rob Schenk: Rob Schenk is a lawyer with the law firm Schenk Smith Trial Attorneys based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Schenk Smith Law firm focuses exclusively on representing families with loved ones that have been seriously injured or killed in nursing homes.  In this episode, Steve and Rob Schenk discuss:  1. Why do nursing homes so greatly want residents to sign binding arbitration? Arbitration is an alternative to litigating a case in a court of law. By signing a binding arbitration you are forfeiting your right to litigate your case in a court of law. The nursing home benefits from this because it keeps the case out of the private eye. Everyone in the case will be held to a confidentiality agreement. Studies have also proven that companies which require arbitration will ultimately benefit from arbitration because they are the company that hires the arbitrators. 2. Alright, so what you’re saying is that it’s kind of like the employers, the nursing homes, they have relationships with the arbitration panels or, there’s a friendly kind of, you watch our back, we’ll watch your back kind of thing? I won’t say that’s explicitly what’s happening because that would be unethical, but[…..]