PARCR - Posts Published in November 2013

President's Message: Dr. Linda Rhodes

11/11/2013 - PARCR Admin

If I could make one recommendation to each senior citizen residing in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), I would suggest that they become acquainted with the writing of Dr. Linda Rhodes, whose column appears in the Harrisburg Patriot News each Sunday. Dr. Rhodes is a former Secretary of Ageing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the author of a book entitled, "The Essential Guide to Caring for Ageing Parents".

Several articles have appeared in the Patriot News that are important to Seniors and should be read. Dr. Rhodes writes on October 27, 2013 that "Seniors Should Sort Through Their Options for Flu Shots". She explains in detail that there are four (4) options available. You are advised to consult with your physician as to which option is best for you.

On November 3, 2013 she warns us about "Hospitalization: What to Know if You are on Medicare". She outlines the difference of being classified as "inpatient" or "under observation" when admitted to the hospital. Should you remain under observation, then sent to a skilled nursing or rehabilitation unit for additional care, Medicare would not cover your expenses. This information is essential for every Senior as the financial implications could be catastrophic.

On November 10, 2013 Dr. Rhodes writes, "As We Age, Nutritional Choices are More Vital". She describes the impact that improper diet has on the elderly and how to deal with it. The risk of dehydration, the importance of good dental health, the problems of multiple prescription drugs, and the effects of eating alone are also discussed. Each are important to the well being of the individual.

These articles and other materials written by Dr. Rhodes can be accessed by clicking here, or access www.pennlive.com and search Dr. Linda Rhodes.

Keeping you informed, George A. Tjiattas, President

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November 2013

11/8/2013 - PARCR Admin

Home Care Licensure – Since the passage of Act 69of 2006 The Home Care Licensure Act, LeadingAge PA has been involved in discussion with the Department of Health on the impact for CCRC’s and attempting to resolve the issue of exempting CCRC’s from requiring this license. (update 9-25-13)

House Bill 1702 – Community Respite Services Act. This bill may require additional licensure for Adult Day Services. (update 10-17-13)

Federal MA Match to be Reduced in Pennsylvania – (update 10-22-13) Preventable Serious Adverse Events (PSAE) Act- Discussions and upcoming meetings about the July, 2013 draft to update language of the Department of Public Welfare’s 2010 proposed bulletin identifying PSAE’s for nursing homes. (update 10-23-13)

Medical Directors to Weigh-In on PSAE- (update 11-6-13)

Highlights from LeadingAge Ziegler 100 – LeadingAge (national) announced the availability of the LeadingAge/Ziegler 100 report, which provides rankings and characteristics of the largest 100 not-for-profit multi-site senior living communites in the U.S. Pennsylvania based communities are once again well represented. (update 10-22-13)

“I’m Sorry” Bill becomes law – SB379 – This bill defines a benevolent gesture and its impact on litigation. (update 10-24-13)

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Exposition – October 27-30 in Dallas, TX – How many members of your CCRC’s administration attended?

Elder Abuse –House Committee to hold hearings to assist the committee in drafting an amendment to the Older Adult Protection Services Act (OAPSA.) (update 11-7-13)

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