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Hospital Discharge Planning Options, Skilled Nursing Facility, A Resource

I received a call from a patient, we’ll call her Lisa, about planning for discharge from the hospital after an upcoming cancer related surgery. Lisa is 83, lives alone, finished chemotherapy, and was now dealing with the additional treatment of her cancer. She requested referrals for personal caregivers because she thought she would choose to discharge to home from the hospital. After speaking with her about her present living situation it appeared that discharging to a skilled nursing facility was a much better choice. There she would receive nursing care and physical therapy rehabilitation. Her goal was to return to a state of independent living and the physical therapy available at a skilled nursing facility would help her regain the strength to do so. Lisa liked the fact that a skilled nursing facility is covered by Medicare, 100% for the first 21 days. I emailed her the list of skilled nursing facilities close to the hospital from where she was being discharged, and recommended, if possible, she visit them before making her decision. I let her know which facilities seemed to be the most popular, but encouraged her to choose the location at which she felt most comfortable.  Lisa was very appreciative for the guidance which seemed to help alleviate some anxiety about her plans after surgery. Lisa’s situation is an example of how an open discussion with a professional medical social worker can make a seemingly difficult situation easier and less stressful. Her choice to make these decisions in advance turned out to be more efficient than planning after hospital discharge.

 For free information about skilled nursing facilities and questions to ask when seeking their services, click here.

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Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW
Manager, Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information & Resource Line
www.lacancerinfo.org | Toll Free: 877-752-2120
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December 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

ASCO Validates Yoga for Cancer Patients

It has long been thought that yoga can help alleviate certain symptoms associated with cancer. Stress, anxiety, and insomnia for starters. The 2010 annual meeting of The American Society of Clinical Oncologists reported on a study involving yoga and breast cancer patients. The study stated that “Yoga as a stress reduction and mind-body intervention is increasingly becoming popular among cancer patients globally”. Therefore, researchers have begun to scientifically determine whether or not the popularity of yoga among cancer patients is merely a trend or actually has some therapeutic validity to treating the disease and its symptoms. Sixty six patients with metastatic breast cancer received yoga or supportive therapy for a period of 12 weeks with the results indicating that yoga was beneficial for reducing stress. More research will be conducted in the future with larger pools of patients to continue to validate the findings.

Long time cancer advocate, Halle Tecco, and yoga enthusiast has long felt that yoga can provide relief to recover from harsh cancer treatment side effects. As a result of her love for yoga and cancer advocacy, she founded Yoga Bear, a non profit organization that provides free yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors. Initially started in 4 studios in San Francisco, Yoga Bear now offers free classes in over 250 studios in 25 states nationwide. Last year, they initiated the Healing Yoga Project which brings yoga into hospitals for cancer patients. For more information visit www.yogabear.org .

In addition to yoga, acupressure can also provide stress relief for cancer patients. Tower Cancer Research Foundation has provided free acupressure classes to patients and their care givers in the past to educate the community about stress relief methods available when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Taught by Eileen Zegar, the acupressure classes focus on pressure points throughout the body that relieve tension and stress in specific areas of and throughout the body. For more information on the benefits of acupressure visit http://www.creativewellbeing.net/acupressure-massage/ .

For more information about cancer resources and information feel free to contact me at Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line at 877-752-2120 or online at www.lacancerinfo.org. There are so many resources available to help you and those you love deal with a cancer diagnosis.

Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW

July 1, 2010 at 12:54 am Leave a comment


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