Perfect Sense Care Blog

This blog provides a way for me to keep you updated on many of the issues facing my clients and solutions to the most common care management challenges. It’s also a way for your to communicate to me and others any issues…or solutions that you’ve encountered in your journey.

Please feel free to comment often if there’s a particular topic that interests you, or if you’d like to add your insights and ideas to posts and comments already present.

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Can Technology Make Healthcare Safer?

Tracking Clinical and Regulatory Competency Across the Patient Care Continuum Can Be a Nightmare! Jerome Stone, RN, MA In the changing landscape of healthcare it’s hard to keep up with what is needed to maintain staff compliance with knowledge-base expectations. Not only is healthcare evolving, the roles of nurses and clinical staff are also in constant evolution. Once solely the frontline of bedside care, the role of caretaking has been broadened to include watching over and caring for the health of the institution as well. Healthcare Providers as Champions of Care and Policy Today’s patient care is dependent not only on astute caregivers and clinicians, but on individuals who understand policies around new ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in blog March 11, 2014

Eat for Health! Dr. Terry Wahls Discusses MS and Diet

For many people, autoimmune diseases are a way of life. One of the most devastating autoimmune illnesses is Multiple Sclerosis (MS). For those suffering from MS, a dietary approach to reversing the disease process may be a welcome idea and an ideas who's time is long overdue. From 1998 until 2003, I was a staff-member at the University of California's Multiple Sclerosis Center. Much of my work focused around doing research into multiple sclerosis. All of that work focused on pharmaceutical intervention. And, while I found great pleasure is working to alleviate the suffering of those who had MS, I was acutely aware that we were failing to focus ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in blog,self-care January 02, 2014

Is the Healthcare System Bad for Us?

Dead By Mistake? Would you believe that there's a site/blog with this title, and that this site is posted on the site of the Hearst Publications? Are we that bad off? In a most recent post, titled: Hospital Safety's a Wilderness of Data, the article begins with: "Every year approximately 200,000 American patients die preventable deaths as tools to make them safer go unused. Patients are in the dark about facilities’ safety records, yet only fragments of the government's wealth of information is shared." And, what about medication errors and other failures of medicine and the ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in blog November 05, 2013

Managing Ourselves, Managing Our Care

Managing our health-care means managing ourselves. Oh great, another thing to manage!?! I for one would just love to have someone else take charge of just one thing in my life so that I didn't have to think anymore. In fact, that's what the HMOs and insurance companies ARE doing. Because so many people find the health-care system overwhelming to deal with, the insurance companies and health-care corporations have taken over control of the management of our care. And, sometimes, it works. And, then...it doesn't. I've written this post, in another form, recently but since that time have discussed it with others and feel like it bears some repeating. Our care ...

End-of-life shouldn’t be the end of (financial) livelihood!

Caring for your loved one during the end of their life, however well-managed their death is, and however prepared you may be, can still be stressful. So, the last thing that you should be worried about is whether the care of your loved one is going to stress you financially as well as emotionally. While many more people are starting to take their finances and retirement more seriously, an equal number are not prepared to deal with the financial burdens of end-of-life care. Preparing for the end-of-life, whether one's own or that of a loved one, means that you are prepared for all aspects of care, and that includes ...

When Pain Manages You…and How to Work With it

Pain management works when we can manage our pain. But, what happens when our pain manages us? What happens when no matter what we do, no matter how much medication we take, the pain stays? At some point in the lives of many of us, we experience pain that cannot be managed or controlled by medications alone. Pain takes on the "element of blank" the Emily Dickinson so aptly wrote, where: It cannot recollect When it began, or if there was A time when it was not. It has no future but itself, Its infinite realms contain Its past, enlightened to perceive New periods of pain. When our pain reaches this kind of level, when ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in blog,Medications,Pain,self-care April 15, 2013