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How to Make Sense of the Ever-Confusing Healthcare Terminology

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Care coordination. Continuity of care. Team planning. Care manager. Or how about cognitive capacity, disorientation, palliative, terminal, agitated, delirious, Demented…..AHH! There are so many terms that healthcare professionals toss around casually and families and patients struggle to follow along and understand what symptoms are present, what it means and what treatment is available. Language in the healthcare world can be confusing for even the most sophisticated people and more than that, each clinic, facility, hospital, or rehab center may have a completely different meaning to the terms we think we understand.

So how can we as healthcare consumers be the best advocate for ourselves and our loved ones? This week’s guest, Carole Levine, the director of Families and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund in New York discusses how to demystify the healthcare and social service terminology. Listen here.

Did you like this podcast? Would you like to hear more from Stephanie Erickson? Now that you’ve learned more about terminology, let’s read into how you can use technology to change the aging experience. “Change the aging experience by Stephanie Erickson is an article that gives you tons of resources all directed at the aging population. Whether it be an app, or program or machine, they are all broken down into groups of when they would be of use and why they would be of use in that situation.

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Stephanie Erickson, Director of Erickson Resource Group, is a clinical social worker, family caregiving expert, and Director and Founder of Erickson Resource Group based in Montreal, Quebec. She has over 20 years of experience as a social worker. She has a clinical practice that focuses on seniors living autonomously at home, placed in care facilities, at the hospital, and who are living with families. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is licensed in both Quebec and California. She lives with her husband and two children in Montreal, Quebec.

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