Physicians Choice interviewed their Medical Director, Dr. Joel Bessmer, about the COVI-19 virus and its impact on geriatric care. Part of the interview is directed to healthcare workers, and other parts are directed to the families caring for elderly parents.

The interview was conducted on 3/26/20 and the information is accurate as of that date.

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Many seniors returning home following a hospital stint may experience some struggles once they get there. Thankfully, there are strategies to cope with them.

When an elderly parent is sent home after being hospitalized for a health issue, it can be difficult for them to adjust. This is especially true if they are experiencing a loss of mobility or can’t do as much as they once did around the house after a hospital discharge.

Patient lifts are designed to lift and transfer seniors when they are unable to do it on their own. These medical devices provide many benefits, including reduced risk of injury to patients and caregivers. The key is to make sure these lifts are operated by someone who is trained and has experience with such lifts.

Assuming the role of your parent’s caregiver is no easy task. However, it is an increasingly common one. Today, millions of adult children in the United States are charged with speaking up for a parent when that parent is longer able to do it themselves.

How to Advocate for Your Aging Parent’s Health Care. If you are one of the millions of adult children in the United States responsible for the care of an aging parent, you are well aware of the weight of this responsibility. This can be a challenge when your parent is relatively healthy and independent.

While it is not clear why deaths from falls are rising, one thing is clear, falls are preventable. Webmd.com’s article, Study: Older Americans are Dying More From Falls, states that caregivers need to know that falls are preventable and encourage their loved one to talk to their doctor regarding their risk of falling.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 experiences a fall. More troubling, that number is rising.