Daily Archives: November 17, 2017

Illness & Mortality #1

 It would never be easy to have to learn more about the services offered for your loved ones as aging go the best of them. But when the time comes it would be best to be well prepared and informed about the services and programs that are available to give your loved one an easy, comfortable living situation. I read up on a few pages from the WA state social services on elderly care. It was laid out very well in the sense that it was clear and concise about the services provided and it even talked about how to pay for these services. The payment part is where I initially had the most questions, but it was covered as I read. If I were to be looking for services for my loved on, this would be a good place for me to start. It provides a basic overview of what types of care are out there and what it entails. That was awesome. What was confusing was, it didn’t talk about all the places that each service was available. It spoke briefly about if you lived in King county you could be apart of the PACE program, but what about those in Pierce county? Is there a service similar to that provided or would my loved one need to move to King county? It spoke about the option for long term care homes, in home care, just daily nurse visits, etc. and it talked about needing to pick to specific company that takes Medicaid if using state funds, what companies are included? Where should I go to look and how do I know I am putting my loved one in the best possible care option? Being a state website it could have touched more on that to create a better direction to start looking. With that being the case, I think it would be wise to take to Google and start doing some research about the home options available to you. This could open up the entire world of care and give a great direction to the best care.

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Illness & Mortality

Making the best choice for a loved one because they’re aging or sick is hard. We have to look for the best places that our loved one can go for senior assisted care living or best place to take them when they’re sick. During this time, it is hard to find the best resources because death or sickness can be sudden sometimes.  If we do not know much about the many options we have, we might make a poor choice. Doing a bit of research before the time comes can be helpful. Being informed on many options is helpful when those times come in our way.

I found this web called Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington. What I found most immediately helpful is that the website have a lot of common questions to click on if someone wants to know the answers. For instance, it has questions that many consumers would like to know. One of the questions it has there is “what kinds of services are available for seniors and people with disabilities?” In addition, there are other questions answered that many people have.

What lead to more questions than answers was about their medical insurance. When I clicked on where it said “medical insurance”, I was a bit confuse what SHIBA was. There was some information about SHIBA; however, I was not quite sure what SHIBA was as I have never heard of it. I had more questions about what exactly it was so I did a bit of research on my own. I found out a lot more information about this program once I searched. Other than having more questions about SHIBA from a first glance, I found this website somewhat useful. My suggestion to people would be to look somewhere else if the website was not useful or if it was useful but they just have more questions about the program. I suggest to do research if there are questions they want answered.

“Aging, disabled, Medicaid, applications, help, information, disabilities.” Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, http://www.altcew.org/aging-disability-resources-senior-information-assistance/.

 

Illness and Mortality Prompts/Prompt One

If I was looking for a long-term care for an older member in our family, someone who needs around the clock care, then I would definitely review this following site and go visit a few places to see which one is the ideal place.    It really depends on the elder’s health condition.  I find the following website to be very helpful.  It has a table of contents, summary on each page, and it mentions how family should be involved.  It has tons of information on housing, insurance, personal assistance, transportation, counseling, etc.    This website has 82 pages in total for information regarding long-term care.

I think what may not be so helpful are all the costs that this helpful website is not able to provide as it is providing consumers various information on all topics including hospice.  They provide websites and phone numbers so you will have to do plenty of finding out before placing a loved one in a long-term care if a family member is unable to take care of them.

Source:  http://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/long-term-care-recipient/piecing-together-quality-long-term-care_(1).pdf

 

You can find out great deal of information from DSHS website but not sure if it is only for Medicaid patients.    However,  the following link is for people who are on Medicare:  https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/Resources/Nursing-Home-Alternatives.html

So the above link to Medicare/alternative site says the following:

Alternatives to nursing homes

“Before you make any decisions about long term care, get as much information as you can about where you might live and what help you may need. A nursing home may not be your only choice. Discharge planners and social workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies can explain your options and help arrange your care.

Find agencies in your state and community that can help with long-term care choices.

Note: If you have limited income and resources, there may be state programs that help cover some of your costs in some of these long-term care choices mentioned here. Call your State Medical Assistance Office – Opens in a new window.”  This is where DSHS could be used.

People can also visit different retirement communities, get in home care and still be fairly independent, live with family if possible and this would be the best.   You are not supposed to stick your family members in a nursing home in many cultures.   It is considered to be selfish as you are here because of them so you have to take care of them somehow.

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical Industry Prompt 1

One point is that it seems that anyone can do a DTC ad. The “distinguished doctor” was not a doctor, but a fraud. He recommends people take an anti-cholesterol drug. So, consumers thought that he was a real doctor. Obviously, since he’s not a doctor, he shouldn’t have recommended any drugs or posed as a doctor.

The second point is that the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow DTC ads. New Zealand’s population is four million while the United States population is over 325 million. So, it could—is—drastically affect the population. Also, it’s disturbing that there are only two countries in the world that allow DTC ads. I’m also wondering why the FDA eased up on companies when it’s purpose to inform the people.

The third point is that these DTC ads serves as a way to give us a direct approach to what you should buy. Instead, it should just inform the consumer about the product and give them a choice comfortably. An acceptable public health solution should be a product that informs the positive and negative effects to the consumer. They should be well informed and can make the decision on their own.

GB 1… I know, but we’re going daily on these next posts, promise.

I know, I know. I’m running behind on this whole ‘glossary building’ post thing, but I think that the thing that matters is absorbing the content and being able to find out words that are interesting and pertain – and I think with a post at this point in the game, it’s a good refresher for what we’ve already learned about consumer health.

Seeing as I’m choosing to do my photovoice project on the implications of dairy, and the numerous scandals behind it truly being a ‘healthful’ food or not, I think it’s a good idea for me to talk about the implications of different foods being considered healthy by the government, and by companies in general, and talk about how they may benefit specifically off of these industries that, apparently, cannot do any foul nutritionally to it’s people.

In particular, I’ve began to learn about different parts of the government that specifically regulate the rules of how these things are promoted – and I’d love to discuss, specifically, the things that farm subsidies (we can focus on the dairy industry in this post, particularly) tend to have.

Milk Price Support Program – This is something incredibly interesting, if you’ve never heard about it. It’s basically where the US Federal Government essentially modifies the market, specifically for dairy products, and artificially manufactures a bottom-level price for specific aspects of the dairy industry: cheddar cheese, non-fat dry milk and butter.

USDA Dairy Program – A specific program, ran by the USDA, to promote marketing tactics for the US dairy industry – specifically filing marketing dollars into making sure people drink more milk. This makes sense, seeing as there’s a heavily subsidized industry that the US in investing in, so it’d be a bad investment if they weren’t to promote it, but with the questionable health aspects about milk and dairy products (not that they’re UNHEALTHY, per say, they’re not a cigarette – but is it actually as healthy, or a good source of calcium, if you compare it to a dark, leafy vegetable?)

Fluid Milk Processor Board – This specifically caters to the advertising aspect of the dairy industry – they work and make choices on how it’ll be advertised to citizens, and how they can properly increase the consumption of milk. There are 20 board members – fifteen geographic representatives and five others. While it does emphasize organic, there’s no requirement.