What should people do when they
first think they're not getting the
care they deserve?
Drescher: First of all, you have to
take notes. You have to ask
questions and go on the Internet and
know what your symptoms may be and
what tests could be available.
If your doctor seems busy or seems
like he's not giving you the amount
of attention that you need, you have
to move on. You can't be a
child. He's not a parent; he's not a
god. Your doctor is a person,
who is busy, has a lot of other
patients, has his own personal life,
has his own personal problems.
Ultimately, it's your responsibility
to take control of your body.
I don't give anyone power of
attorney over my money, so why
should I do it over my body?
Early detection equals survival when
it comes to cancer, but so many
symptoms can be mistaken for much
more benign illnesses. People
never thought they should be
partners with their physicians in
the way they really need to be.
There are more and more specialists,
and if you're not on top of the
game, you're really putting your
life in someone else's hands, and
that is a terrible mistake...read more
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Finding The Rewards In Caregiving
By Sheryl Leary
Caregiving usually evolves out of
necessity due to progressive disease, declining
abilities, or sudden medical changes. Despite this fact,
caregivers are usually providing care because they want
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We have my 94 year old blind mom in our
home and desperately need help to climb through the Medicaid
qualification process and to find a local nursing facility
for her. One item missing in the total Elder Care network
here in Florida seems to be the all-important checklist, or
blueprint to follow for this critical need. Can anyone out
there point us to the answers?
PS, we are in direct contact
with our local area agency on aging who have been extremely
helpful, but unfortunately, we continue to have missing
answers on a daily basis. We also located a directory of
localized care facilities and have spent endless hours
phoning only to be told "no Medicaid beds available" or
we'll have someone call you back.
My sister in
Virginia informs us that in her state it is a simple process
to contact "Social Services" for a lot of her answers. A web
search for Social Services here resulted in a contact with
the Salvation Army who said they have no idea where we
should call. Any ideas out there? Thanks.
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