Category Archives: Caregivers

When Serious Illness Strikes – Four Things You Must Know

Four things you must know when serious illness strikes: Get Smart Fast. Get Organized. Stand Your Ground, Nicely. Always Follow Up. Read this article for detailed helpful hints. Continue reading

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Roadmap: Successful Medical Communication

Being diagnosed with a serious illness is a frightening experience. It is important that you research and educate yourself about your disease and learn to communicate with your medical team. An informed patient gets better results. Continue reading

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When Illness Strikes – What To Do First

Any serious diagnosis thrusts patients and their families into an unfamiliar world of doctors, tests and treatment options. Here are my suggestions as you begin the journey through illness. Continue reading

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Holiday Grief – Survival Tips

The holiday season – beginning with Thanksgiving and through the New Year – can be unbearably hard if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Here are my tips to survive. Continue reading

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Patient Navigators – Who We Are and What We Do

Patient advocacy, or patient navigation, is gaining attention as an emerging profession, both in the media and in the popular lexicon, because it fills so many gaps in the current American health care system. This is especially true today as we continue implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is changing the landscape for consumers in how health care is delivered and paid for in this country. Continue reading

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Transportation Help After Medical Services

Easter Seals Project ACTION and the American Medical Association have a new pocket guide for patient transportation options before or after a medical procedure. Continue reading

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Battling Through: How My Family Beat Cancer

When my wife was diagnosed with mesothelioma, I wasn’t sure how to react. Now I can only think of it as an emotional learning and caregiving experience. Continue reading

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Becoming a Patient Navigator

Patient navigation and patient advocacy are dynamic and growing professions. This article explores the background and current landscape of patient navigation and advocacy. Continue reading

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The Doctor-Patient Relationship

In all cases, physicians and patients owe each other certain basic obligations. Here is our list for a better relationship. Continue reading

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Long Term Care Insurance – Getting Paid Takes Work

Why do long-term care insurance providers make it so difficult to collect the benefits for which consumers have already paid thousands of dollars? Continue reading

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