VNA Community Healthcare
Issue 2 Vol. 7
B E S I D E Y O U A T E V E R Y T U R N
Hospital stay? Don’t get caugHt by
taking one meDicine too many?
The American Geriatrics Society recently updated
If you have Medicare and have a hospital stay, it is
the Beers Criteria –a list of drugs that seniors
important to know how your stay was classified.
should avoid, or at least, discuss with their doctors.
According to a recent AARP article, many patients
One common offender is Benadryl. Benadryl and
who stay multiple days in the hospital think they
similar drugs are used for allergies, hives and
have been “admitted”, but they are considered
eczema. In seniors, it can cause mental changes
outpatients under “observation.” This designation
such as temporary confusion and can worsen already
has an impact on how services are covered.
existing memory loss. Benadryl can also cause
For example, Medicare Part A does not cover
drowsiness, blurred vision, difficulty urinating and
outpatient services; Part B will cover your emergency constipation. People with enlarged prostates or those
observation services, but there will be additional
with glaucoma should avoid Benadryl. If you are
co-payments for each outpatient service. Plus if you taking Benadryl, talk it over with your doctor to be
are not admitted as an inpatient, Medicare will not
cover skilled nursing or rehabilitation at a facility.
Source: American Geriatrics Society
However, nursing visits at home would be covered,
even if you were admitted as an outpatient. Bottom line: if you or a loved one have a hospital
take care of your own HealtH
stay, ask if you have been admitted. If you are in
Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.
“observation”, remember that home care is a discharge
Remember: if you don’t stay healthy, you can’t take
option for you that will be covered by Medicare.
good care of your relative. Here are some tips to
Do you neeD Help witH Home meDical
• Schedule at least 15 minutes a day for
physical exercise or meditative relaxation.
As a caregiver, are you taking on “medical/nursing
• Strive to eat healthy and get a good night’s
tasks” in addition to helping with daily activities?
According to a 10/9/12 New York Times, New Old Age
article, this is growing trend. You don’t need to go
• Visit your doctor for annual physicals and
it alone! Reach out to VNA Community Healthcare.
Our professional home care staff can provide the
proper teaching and guidance you need. Call our
• Use simple safety measures like using a
Transitional Care Nurses at 203.458.4275 or toll
to see if you are eligible for
• Be accountable to a “buddy” who will
encourage positive changes and cheer you on.
call our toll free Helpline (1.866.474.5230
) for more
developed the Caregiver Support Network to meet a tips on how to stay healthy and our complete flu
growing need in our community. Since that time we clinic schedule.
have helped thousands of families along their unique
wHat are your main concerns?
We would love to hear your story. Please send your
We want to know! Contact Jo Ann Begley at
thoughts by email to MLopes@vna-commh.org
or by mail to VNA Community Healthcare, 753
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