Chanda Liebo, Director of Hospice Operations, and Kim Anderson, Inpatient Clinical Manager, Deaconess VNA Home Care & Hospice
There are a many questions regarding hospice, such as, “What services are included?”, “How is it paid for?”, and more. Below are answers to some of these most common questions, as well as additional information about why hospice is a wonderful service and resource for families when a loved one has a terminal condition.
Dr. Jugesh Cheema, Radiologist, Evansville Radiology
Mariah Atkinson, BSN, RN, Deaconess Cancer Services Nurse Navigator
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, killing more Americans than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Fortunately, there is a screening tool available for those at risk for lung cancer, but many people don’t take advantage of this option.
Mark Graves, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 29 million Americans have diabetes and of those 29 million, one in four people do not know they have diabetes.
Celine Mestel, MD, PhD, Deaconess Clinic Dermatology
Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition that affects about 1-2% of the population, and is one of the most common diseases that dermatologists treat.
Jacklyn Oakley, MD, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Gateway Professional Building
Few things can make a person as miserable as a case of diarrhea (also known as “the runs, “the trots” and other charming euphemisms). No one wants to talk about it, but I’m going to because I want to help you know how to treat diarrhea well at home-- both to ease the misery as quickly as possible, and to possibly prevent an unnecessary doctor’s visit.
Brittney Fulcher, NP, Deaconess Comprehensive Pain Centers
Pain will affect everyone at some point in their life. Pain can occur suddenly or can come about slowly and may vary in intensity from mild to more severe pain. The presence of pain is usually an indication that something is wrong within the body. Pain can be acute (temporary)—usually lasting three months or less--or chronic (long term).
Aziz Mehrzad, MD, Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors
September is World Alzheimer’s Month. More than 5 million people in the US suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and it is currently the 6th leading cause of death in this country—more than prostate and breast cancer combined.
Deaconess Regional Trauma Team
Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those aged 1-54. For adults and older children (who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly), seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
Ruston Stoltz MD, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection, and it can happen to anyone. Young or old, sepsis can be life threatening, as between ¼ and ½ of all individuals who develop sepsis will die from it.
Rebecca Hopper, MD Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Deaconess Clinic
Summer is a time when most of us head for the outdoors--even if it’s just our own backyard. The season provides a time to get more exercise, eat fresh produce, and perhaps most importantly lower our stress by enjoying nature.
Lu Weil, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Deaconess Regional Trauma Center
Walking is one of the best things we can do to stay healthy, but only if we put safety first. We are seldom more vulnerable than when walking. It is important to pay attention to what is going on around us.
Jessica Martin, Deaconess Registered Dietitian, Clinical Dietitian
Summer is in full swing! Its presence surrounds you with the warmth of the sun and humidity in the air, children enjoying outdoor activities, outdoor grilling, and the wonderful fruits and vegetables the season has to offer.
Kim Snyder, PT, Clinic Director, High Pointe Therapy at The Women's Hospital
Women seem to be very conscientious about getting routine exams completed. Whether it is a mammogram, yearly physical, and colonoscopy or bone density. When getting the results we are relieved when everything is negative or normal.
William R. Smith MD, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
In Part One (link?) of this article, I discussed making the most of your doctor’s visit, the dangers of tobacco, the benefits of exercise and sleep, and how you can best monitor your salt intake.
William R. Smith MD, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown
June is Men’s Health Month, a time for men to reflect on ways they can better care for themselves to be at their best for themselves and their families.
If you could ask your doctor what he or she wishes you would do to protect your health, you’d probably get many answers.
Claire Sutherby BSN, RN, CMSRN, Oncology Survivorship Nurse Navigator
Earlier this month, Deaconess celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day with a special party for cancer survivors and their family and friends. We celebrated because being a cancer survivor is a special thing!
Donna Lilly, MS, LCSW, LCAC, Chemical Dependency Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe
Co-occurring disorders are very common and are characterized by a co-existing mental disorder and a chemical dependency/addiction.
Dr. Daniel Emerson, Orthopaedic Associates, Deaconess Joint Replacement Program
If you suffer from knee pain, you’re not alone. Out of approximately 320 million people living in the United States, more than 40 million suffer some form of arthritis.
Donna Lilly, LCSW, LCAC, SAP, Chemical Dependency Treatment Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe and Lynn Schnautz, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Heart Hospital
There can be a lot of confusion about alcohol and its effects on your health. How much alcohol—and what kind—is good for you?
Anne McLaughlin, MD Deaconess Clinic Allergist
Does this spring find you sneezing, sniffling and itching? You’re in good company right now, in large part due to the high tree pollen counts.
Michelle Galen, MD, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
Our knees do a lot of “heavy lifting” so it’s not surprising that nearly 50% of adults will develop osteoarthritis in the knee by the age of 85. The human knee consists of three bones (kneecap, tibia and femur) that must move in concert to allow normal range of motion. The ends of all three bones are covered in cartilage to cushion the joint during movement. With aging and “wear-and-tear,” the cartilage starts to wear away and the result is painful bone-on-bone friction and/or bone spurs.
By James Gutmann, MD Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lesser-known respiratory disease but is every bit as dangerous and difficult to manage as asthma. COPD is an umbrella term for a grouping of specific symptoms that are incurable but manageable with appropriate treatment and lifestyle adjustments.
Wendi Tingley, Home Care Manager, and Andrea Walker, Hospice Manager, Deaconess VNA Home Care & Hospice
Caregiving is an increasingly-common role in America. Seniors are living longer, and often there are family members and friends who are helping to look out for their well-being.
Rebekah Basham, PA, Deaconess Clinic Mary Street
Most people are aware pediatric vaccinations are very important and prevent serious diseases and related complications. However, people often forget there are adult vaccinations and boosters that are recommended to keep us healthy and prevent complications associated with certain infections.
By Becky Richardville, MSW, LCSW, Care Coordinator at Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors
Growing older is a privilege, but let’s face it—aging definitely brings about changes in our bodies and minds.
Dr. James Gutmann, Family Medicine Physician at Deaconess Clinic Mt. Pleasant
In my 26 years of practicing family medicine, I have treated hundreds of patients with shingles and seen how painful and debilitating it can be. My goal in writing this article is to help people either learn how to potentially avoid shingles, OR help them know what to do if they get shingles.
Dr. James Gutman, Family Medicine Deaconess Clinic
Chickenpox are nearly a childhood rite of passage… Quarantine from others, being doused in calamine lotion and strong inclinations to take a hairbrush to those itchy miserable lesions. The varicella virus (or chickenpox) primes patients to develop herpes zoster later on in life.
Peggy Matacale, Chaplain, Deaconess Religious Life, and Candace Foster, Deaconess Privacy Officer
Here at Deaconess, patients and family members are making decisions on others’ behalf every single day. Sometimes the situation is sudden, such as after a car crash. In other situations, a family member has been in a gradual decline. But in all circumstances it can be a difficult time, so having the right information, with the desired decision-makers, is very important.
Getting a good night’s sleep is a critical part of living a healthy life. Sleep is when our bodies repair themselves, and inadequate sleep has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, weight gain and depression.
Brandt Dodson, DPM
Chronic non-healing wounds are a daily fact of life for many. Whether they result in lost wages, prolonged hospitalization or the loss of a limb, these wounds can be as life-altering as they are costly. Deaconess Wound Services addresses this problem with the most advanced techniques available.
Ann B. Raibley, Certified Clinical Audiologist
Protecting your ears from hazardous noise and keeping ear infections at bay are fundamental ways to minimize hearing loss. However, a healthy lifestyle with exercise and a balanced diet can also help maintain hearing health.
When does drinking become a problem? The aging population is not immune to alcohol abuse. For men and women 65 years of age or older, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse considers one drink per day to be the maximum amount for “moderate” alcohol use.
Dr. Dodson explains Peripheral Neuropathy and who this painful condition can be treated so you can live an active, pain-reduced life.
Learning that you or someone you love has cancer is a life-changing moment. After hearing the word “cancer,” people are often overwhelmed, anxious and fearful. You may feel paralyzed and numb, not knowing what to do next. There are many aspects to preparing for your cancer journey—medical, financial, physical, and emotional.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This is such an important awareness initiative, because many people don’t realize that lung cancer is so prevalent and deadly. More people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Also, Veterans are at an even higher risk of lung cancer due to the prevalence of smoking in the Armed Services.
Kim Childers, MSW, LSW Care Coordinator at Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors
Complications due to falls are the leading cause of death from injury in seniors age 65 and older. Prevention of falls in the home is so important. You’re protecting someone’s vitality, independence and life.
There is a lot of confusion related to Medicare and Medicare supplement plans. This two part series answers several of the questions you or your family members might have.
The normal human knee will tolerate the stresses of life – walking, lifting, running, sports, even extreme sports without wearing out enough to ever require a total joint; but, not every knee is normal. There are many circumstances that cause a knee to wear out and get osteoarthritis. Plus, the life expectancy in the year 1900 was about 50 – now it is in to the late 80’s; so, we have over 30 extra years to get osteoarthritis.
Hip fractures in the United States represent an epidemic of disease. As of 2003, there were 2.25 million hip fractures in the world. Hip fractures are increasing at a rate of approximately 8% every year due to the population aging and increased activity of our seniors and the community.
Arthritis is a very common condition, affecting as many as half of all Americans in their lifetime. In my more than 20 years of practice, I’ve seen thousands of patients who are suffering from arthritis. It can be a painful and debilitating disease. However, arthritis is a broad term that describes one of several conditions.
Stroke is the leading cause of long-term adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Because of these serious statistics, I want everyone to know more about stroke risk factors, stroke signs and symptoms, and the importance of immediate treatment if a stroke is suspected.
Shingles: A Patient’s Perspective – Part One
Many people don’t know that about one in three people in the US will develop shingles during their lifetime, and older people are at the greatest risk for developing shingles. In fact, half of all people who live to age 85 will develop shingles at some point.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced—bones actually become weaker. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs.
Realizing that someone you love is not functioning as well at home as they used to can come as a shock; discovering what in-home care costs can be even more surprising, particularly since many people believe that Medicare or traditional health insurance will pay for all types of assistance.
As defined by the Center to Advance Palliative Care: Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for people facing pain, symptoms and stresses caused by illness. This service improves quality of life for both the patient and the family.
When someone is in pain, it affects every aspect of their life, and can lead to many questions about how to address pain. Below, I’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions I receive as a pain management specialist.
Get the basic explanations of COPD and asthma; understand how they can be prevented, diagnosed and treated; and get tips on managing both conditions—particularly in the winter.
Did you know that about 20 percent of adults in the United States report some degree of hearing loss? By the time people reach age 65, that number rises to 1 in 3. As an audiologist, there are many common questions I receive about hearing loss, so I want to share those—and their answers—with you.