Hospice Care Is Free for Most Patients: 3 Surprisings Reasons Why Terminally Ill Patients Are Turning down Free Care
23 February 2015
Medicare covers 100 percent of most of the costs associated with hospice care for a period of up to six months. Unfortunately, the service is extremely underused. And most people who do take advantage of hospice care only receive care for the last few weeks of their life when hospice care could do so much more for them. In fact, hospice covers many medical services that help terminally-ill patients live more fulfilling lives, such as speech therapy, physical therapy, dietary counseling and more.
Immunotherapy And AIDS/HIV: How Some Types Of Therapy Can Extend Your Life
22 February 2015
The diagnosis of HIV/AIDS used to be a terrifying one. It meant fear, slow to rapid death, and medical staff who were afraid to touch you because they did not want to contract the disease. Research has overcome many of these issues, including the treatment of HIV/AIDS with immunotherapy techniques and medicines. Now, you can live longer than most doctors originally predicted, and with proper precautions, you can still engage in friendships and emotional connections with others.
How A Physical Therapist Helps Treat Urinary Incontinence
20 February 2015
Physical therapists don't just treat symptoms such as back pain or knee pain. With the field of physical therapy branching out into new specialty areas, doctors also are referring patients to physical therapists for urinary incontinence treatment.
Common causes of urinary incontinence include aging, pregnancy, childbirth, enlargement of the prostate gland, and certain neurological disorders that send the wrong nerve signals to the bladder. Although treatments vary depending on the cause, doctors generally recommend pelvic floor exercises, electrical muscle stimulation, and/or biofeedback -- medical interventions that physical therapists provide -- as the first line of treatment.
Helping Your Loved One Settle Into An Assisted Living Facility
19 February 2015
Moving into an assisted living facility can be a huge change for anyone. Most people who enter assisted living are elderly, disabled, or both. It can be especially difficult for someone to transition into a new lifestyle when they have already spent many decades in the old one. Assisted living facilities are there to give your loved one the physical and emotional help they need as they age. While this does require relocation, it doesn't mean that the new environment has to be an alien one.