Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration in 1972, I have had the opportunity to work in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, retirement communities, home health, hospice and adult family homes. Along the way, I owned and operated a small multi-story nursing care and retirement facility, as well as four adult family homes.As the Director of multiple nursing homes, I was frequently asked about long-term care insurance. In order to provide credible information, I enrolled in an insurance course and although I did not plan to or pursue it as a career, I was licensed as an insurance agent.Later in my career, a Superior Court Judge asked for my assistance on a case involving a vulnerable adult. At his request and because I am passionate about protecting seniors, I obtained the necessary credentials to serve as a Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in several superior courts. I was also qualified to serve as a Professional Guardian.Throughout my various career paths, I garnered decades of experience dealing with all manner of senior issues. This knowledge enabled me to navigate the complex healthcare system and all it entails first for my aging parents, and then as I also reached the status of a senior citizen, for my wife and I. Time after time, I witnessed situations where patients and families struggled with life-changing decisions, often brought about by a medical crisis. Although with the best of intentions, in the heat of the moment, and without the proper resources or knowledge, decisions were often based on less important things such as the color of wallpaper, rather than the actual needs of the patient. Thus, came about the title for my Podcast “It’s Just Wallpaper.” It is my hope that through this forum, my guests and I can provide information and insight into a myriad of senior issues, resulting in the best decisions, the first time. I welcome your feedback and suggestions for future Podcast topics.
You can’t give it away, senior financial considerations when planning for long-term care
Attorney Rebecca Eyman discusses financial considerations when planning for long-term care.
When Is Elder Guardianship Necessary?
Elder Law Attorney Rebecca Eyman will discuss the concept of elder guardianship and conservatorship considerations, the actual process, legal terms, costs, and on-going legal requirements.
How do we test for Dementia?
Dr. Meharg discusses common testing methods for dementia with additional case specific inquiry to gauge the extent of the illness.
Dementia, Definitions, Misconception and Behaviors
Stephen S. Meharg, PhD, ABN, a neuro-psychologist defines dementia, discusses misconceptions and behaviors.
How to recognize and monitor ongoing clinical warning indicators for seniors part 2
In her second podcast Nurse Practitioner Mary Buckland discusses the risk of falls and prevention, proper nutrition, hygiene and weight loss, wandering and isolation. Nurse Buckland in addition offers meaningful suggestions to improve quality of life.
How to recognize and monitor ongoing clinical warning indicators for seniors part 1
In the first of two podcasts, Nurse Practitioner Mary Buckland discusses clinician visits, defines the meaning of co-morbidity factors, Covid 19, senior driving and testing and additional considerations.
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My mother passed away from complications brought on my Alzheimer’s and my brother and I were left to figure things out on our own. Tom’s knowledge on the subject is excellent.