Medication on My Mind: Tips For Remembering – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Missing or doubling up on medication can cause major problems for older persons, including unnecessary hospital visits.  If you are prescribed multiple medications or taking care of someone who is, remembering what drug to take when can be a real chore.  Here are 6 simple tips for making medication management less challenging:

1)      Set timers on your cell phone.

2)      If you are married or coupled up, make it a habit that both of you take medicines at the same time.

3)      Use the Lively Safety Watch which offers med reminders.

4)      Use an old-fashioned pill box with dividers for days and time of day.  While not fancy, it is very effective for people who take multiple meds.  Set up a time every week or two to focus on filling the sections with the appropriate medicine.  Be sure to not allow distractions like tv or texts when doing this.

5)      Consider using an old-fashioned paper and pencil tracking system.

6)      If an older adult is still struggling with medication management after trying a system, consider whether it’s time for hiring a home care aide or going to assisted living.  Often the inability to be medication-compliant is a red flag that more help is needed.

If you want more tips on how to more efficiently care for an older loved one, check out www.cruisingthroughcaregiving.com.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Is Reverse Ageism A Problem In Your Workplace? By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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You wouldn’t dream of making racist or sexist remarks in the workplace, right?  So why do some workplaces tolerate ageist comments? Older adults are no strangers to this phenomenon but reverse ageism is now impacting younger employees in the workplace.  Check out Jen’s new video on how to handle reverse ageism in the workplace:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMMZ62S7Kc4&t=143s

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Three Ways To Enhance Leadership Communication In An Age-Diverse Workplace – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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If you only read one business book this year, make it Dianna Booher’s Communicate Like A Leader.  If like most leaders you are concerned about better communicating with customers and staff of different age groups, here’s what’s in it for you:

  1. Communicate Like A Leader offers advice on why and how to stop “hoarding” information in the workplace. If you work with Millennials or Generation Z, this is crucial as these generations demand transparency.
  2. Younger workers typically dread meetings while many older workers seem to keep scheduling them.  Booher shares strategies for determining if a meeting is necessary and how to be sure you get return on investment for your team’s time.
  3. Most organizations need to include social media as part of a marketing and/or sales strategy.  Is your team using it strategically?  Everyone—including Millennials who many of us assume understand almost everything about social media– will benefit by considering this book’s ideas.

Communicate Like A Leader offers simple tips you can implement immediately to improve your communication as a leader, particularly in an intergenerational workplace.  Next week check out my blog on how Communicate Like A Leader can help working caregivers!

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Three Tips Healthcare Leaders Should Emphasize Daily To Employees Of All Generations – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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  1. Think beyond HIPPA and confidentiality.  While medical staff training always includes HIPPA and confidentiality information, it is never emphasized enough.  Confidentiality rules are broken every day in every healthcare and medical practice settings.  But beyond emphasizing basic HIPPA/confidentiality, help staff understand that talking about a case without using a name is often a violation.  Particularly in small communities, often others will be able to figure out who you are talking about if they know where you work.
  2. Be cautious about social media.  It’s never OK to vent about your boss, job or your patients on social media…even if you don’t use their names.
  3. Be sensitive to age diversity.  Communicate with patients and their caregivers the way they like to be communicated with.  There are 5 adult generations currently working in healthcare.  Clinical outcomes will be improved when you cater to the way a patient likes to communicate (e.g. a phone call rather than an e-mail for an 80-year old Traditionalist).  On the other hand, Millennials and Generation Z don’t always answer a phone call.  Try to communicate with patients and their caregivers the way they want to be communicated with while always being mindful of HIPPA and confidentiality.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Are You Generationally Sensitive To The Senior Living Buyer? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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The generation in which we are raised impacts how we see the world, communicate and make purchasing decisions. For a very long time, senior living marketing and sales staff have focused their efforts on impressing our oldest generations: the Traditionalists and Baby Boomers.

As a senior living marketing or salesperson, are you aware that more Millennials are caregiving than ever before?  AARP reports that about 25% of all caregivers are currently of the Millennial generation.  What have you done to gain better insight into the minds of these younger adult child shoppers of senior living? The features and benefits that appeal to Baby Boomers and their parents may be perceived very differently by Generation X and Millennials.

What values are common for Generation X and Millennials? What is most important to them?  What are their expectations? With the changing senior living landscape, understanding how to shift strategies when working with buyers of different age groups is essential.   How are you keeping current?  Jenerations can help you better understand senior living shoppers of different generations; please click here for more information: http://jenerationshealth.com/keynotes/

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.