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Five Questions About Long-Term Care

What is long-term care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists, or aides under a doctor’s supervision. Intermediate care: Also […]

What is QOPI?

Submitted by Mid-Illinois Hematology Oncology Associates Our healthcare world is filled with acronyms which can confuse even the best of us. Now there is a new one to learn: QOPI, which stands for Quality Oncology Practice Initiative. QOPI was developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology to “promote excellence in cancer care.” There are […]

Are Your Elderly Loved Ones Being Checked on if You Are Not Close by?

Submitted by LivWell Seniors, LLC I have pondered over my father-in-law who is 91 and lives 90 minutes away from most of his children. He has home health come in one time a week to set up meds and check a wound from a surgery. Overall, he is very independent. He goes to the Senior […]

Patient Advocacy: What Is It? How Do I Use It?

By Steven Buttice, Living By Your Design, Inc. Are you a member of the sandwich generation with an active family of your own in addition to parents who need increasing levels of support and care?  Has your spouse or one of your parents been recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, like dementia, heart disease, diabetes, […]

What is the Most Important Question to Ask Your Doctor?

By Steven Buttice, Founder and President, Living By Your Design, Inc. Some of our attitudes change slowly about life. As we age, we are not quite physically or mentally sharp as we were in our 20s. This transition is usually slow. Perhaps, a person develops a high blood pressure condition then another condition. Another 10 […]

Are You on the Healthcare Conveyor Belt?

By Steven Buttice, Founder and President, Living By Your Design, Inc. Emma and George are from a larger town in northern Illinois. Emma’s husband is age 89 and had a urinary track infection. As he became sicker, he became weak and did not eat. He was losing weight, also coughing as he ate when he […]

Caring for a Parent — Do You Need Time to Catch Your Breath?

By Steven Buttice, Founder and President, Living By Your Design, Inc. Your children are back in school. Whew, now it feels good to sit back and catch your breath. Now there is a bit of time to read, time for a casual cup of coffee, time to think about projects that you could not get […]

The Idea That Became an Event

By Chad Sparks, McLean County Senior Expo It all started with a casual, unscheduled conversation in a small, second story office at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home. The idea had been simmering for some time in the mind of Alex Calvert. Alex and his father, Larry, have always had a passion for family and community, […]

Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons, Podiatry, and Comprehensive Care

Submitted by McLean County Orthopedics When suffering from foot or ankle pain, finding treatment is your main priority. When choosing a specialist to address your specific needs, it can be confusing when making a decision between two seemingly similar specialists: a podiatrist or an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Though both treat conditions related to […]