Five Things to do When Looking For a Long Term Care Facility

Looking for a long term care facility for a loved one can feel like an overwhelming process. As a leading geriatric practitioner in Southeastern PA, we know what to ask and what to look for. Read on for a few tips.

  1. Speak to Your Doctor: discuss and determine what level of care will best meet your needs. Options include assisted living care, nursing homes and more.
  2. Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck: assess your financial situation, what is affordable and what are the options.
  3. Location, Location, Location: pick a location that is close to loved ones, friends and your medical care providers.
  4. Go With Your Gut: visit several different choices and see which one feels best
  5. Ask Around: Sometimes "experience" is the best resource you can find. Speak with friends, family members, caregivers, your doctor and anyone else who might be able to offer advice.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Most strokes are preventable and a large number of strokes that do occur are treatable with the right care. Still,  strokes kill more than 133,000 Americans annually. A stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. The most important risk factor for a stroke that is controllable is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the brain making it more susceptible to strokes from clots or ruptures. When a clot or rupture interrupts the proper blood flow to cells of the brain, those cells die. Timing is important if you think someone may be having a stroke and you should know when to call 9-1-1.  FAST is the word to remember when spotting a stroke. F stands for face drooping. If one side of the face appears to be drooping lower than the other, if you are unsure ask the person to smile, if the smile is uneven that is a good indicator. A stands for arm weakness. If one arm is weak or feels numb, have the person raise both arms and see if one arm drifts downward. S stands for speech difficulty. This means if the person is having slurred speech, is unable to speak, or difficult to understand. Have them repeat a simple sentence to see if it is clear. T stands for time to call. If a person is showing any of these symptoms then it is time to call 9-1-1 and say "I think this is a stroke." This will assist with getting the patient to the hospital immediately. If you are still unsure whether it is a stroke or not, or if the person experienced one of these symptoms but it went away, you should still call 9-1-1. For additional information or to learn more about strokes and stroke prevention visit the website at





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