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Monterey Meals On Wheels Needs Volunteer Drivers

by Richard Kuehn on 09/22/14

Meals on Wheels is putting a call out to anyone with a good driving record which would like to help senior citizens get a hot meal.  Board Member Julie Ann Lozano told the Carmel Pine Cone, "We are really starting to feel the pinch of needing more volunteers, especially drivers," she said.  The problem is that most of the volunteer drivers are older themselves.  "As they are unable to continue supporting the mission of Meals on Wheels, we aren't finding a lot of younger (60 years or younger) people stepping up and volunteering.  To find out how you can help, call executive director Viveca Lohr at 375-4454 or go to their website at

Pebble Beach, CA Caregiver And Home Health Industries Under Stress As Business Booms

by Richard Kuehn on 09/21/14

A report in the Wall Street Journal said that the in home private duty caregiving industry is facing a crisis.  Although it's expected to grow by almost 50% by 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employee turnover is projected at 40-65% per year.  This is a really startling statistic.  At Family inHome Caregiving, we have seen fairly nominal turnover in our staff and we hope that we have developed a reputation for one of the most reliable and best paying companies in this industry serving Monterey County.  We put employee and client happiness above all else, and have received extremely positive feedback from both.  There is a national movement on to try and unionize these employees, which I don't believe will solve the problem.  This will only serve to drive up rates for senior citizens, many of whom can't afford what they are paying now.  If we are forced to raise rates for senior citizens, it will only cause more of them to be pushed into nursing homes which most of them wish to avoid at all costs.

Pebble Beach, CA Breast Cancer Gene Discovered

by Richard Kuehn on 09/21/14

Faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer.  However, researchers have found a new gene that does the same thing opening up questions as to how many others are out there that researchers have not yet found.  Anomalies in the gene can cause women to be at 9x greater risk of developing breast cancer than the general population, according to the article which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The new gene which has been discovered is called FALB2 and you will be reading much about it in the future.   

Pebble Beach, CA Cancer Research Goes In A New Direction : Searching Through Clinical Trial Data A LA Google

by Richard Kuehn on 09/21/14

Giant technology companies like Apple and Google are making huge investments in health care technology in order to branch out of their core businesses.  And many key employees are leaving to form their own companies in this sector.  Two former Google employees have started Flatiron Health which has a noble cause, finding a cure for cancer.  Google so far has invested more than $100 million in the company.  The plan is to collect and organize clinical data in the way that Google has been able to do in revolutionizing the search industry.  It sounds like a fantastic concept, and I wish them well in this venture.

Pebble Beach, CA Medical Records Being Used For Marketing Services, One Senator Wants To Allow Us To Opt Out

by Richard Kuehn on 09/20/14

I've written a number of times on my blog about my concerns with privacy issues now that the government is forcing the medical community to switch to electronic medical record keeping.  The latest issue of BloombergBusinessWeek targeted this area, discussing a poor man named Dan Abate who does not have Diabetes but has been targeted by numerous marketing companies who think that he does.  The poor man found his name on a marketing website in a list of a sample of ten people they had in their diabetes marketing database.  The lists sell for just 15 cents per name, but are not all that accurate, according to the article.  The information could come anywhere from things you buy using your safeway card, your credit card, or even Medicare and private insurance information.   Many, including those in the senate, believe this exploitation it has gone too far.  "It is outrageous and unfair to consumers that companies profiting off the collection and sale of individuals' health information operate behind a veil of secrecy," Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) told the Wall Street Journal.   He has introduced legislation allowing consumers to opt out of these databases, and I am all for it.

Pebble Beach, CA Doctors More Optimistic About The Future In Recent Survey

by Richard Kuehn on 09/16/14

A new survey of 20,000 physicians in the United States by the nonprofit Physicians Foundation found that doctors are more optimistic about the future of medicine than they were two years ago despite being overextended and skeptical about health care reform laws.  A full 71% said they would chose to become doctors again if they had the decision to make again today versus 66% two years ago.  About 50% would recommend it as a career to their children versus 42% in 2012 and 40% in 2008.  Although being a private practice physician today is extremely difficult, many doctors are taking shelter under the banner of hospitals and hospital-owned medical practices.  These large entities can better absorb the costs of staffing required to make sure that reporting standards are in line with new health care reform laws.  In this recent survey, doctors were more likely to be younger, female and employed by a hospital or health care system.

Pebble Beach, CA Seniors And Doctors Not Impressed With Electronic Medical Recordkeeping Systems

by Richard Kuehn on 09/16/14

I have been writing for years on my blog about privacy concerns as we move to a system of electronic medical record keeping.  However there are other issues associated with this rollout.  Now, the American Medical Association has come out with a recommendation for a major overhaul of EMR systems to make usability and high-quality patient care a higher priority.  "The current generation of EMRs and the way they are deployed is not supporting the quality of care we need it to," AMA President elect Steven Stack, said in a statement.  Despite being a $9 billion per year market (according to Kalorama Information), many don't work properly.  About 85% of physicians use EMRs but only 24% said they increase efficiency and 47% said they distract from patient care.  This is particularly true for senior citizens, who are used to a doctor looking them in the eye when they come in for a visit.  It can seem very cold when a doctor or a physician assistant sits tapping away on an iPad while asking you questions about your health.

Pacific Grove, CA Diabetes Breakthrough : Apple Working With Hospitals To Deliver Near Real Time Blood Sugar Level Data

by Richard Kuehn on 09/16/14

Both Google and Apple are pouring billions of dollars into new technology, and they are expected to make huge advances in the burgeoning market for health care.  Apple just announced a partnership with two well-respected hospitals (Duke University Hospital and Stanford University Hospital) who will use their HealthKit, which tracks patient health with chronic diseases like diabetes.  Regulated medical devices such as glucose monitors which have iPhone apps will be able to send data to the HealthKit (with the consumer's consent) and Apple will combine this with other health records so that a physician can view it all in the same place.  The software is designed to allow doctors to warn patients of an impending problem.  By working with Dexcom's blood sugar monitoring equipment, for instance, a doctor could get near real time data.  It works with a sensor that transmits data every five minutes to a hand-held receiver which works with a blood glucose meter.  This could alert both a patient and a physician of an out of range blood sugar level.  What a great advance in technology.

Marina, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also in Carmel, Gilroy, Hollister, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach & Salinas)

by Richard Kuehn on 09/16/14

Marina, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks,  Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Paicines, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, Sand City, San Juan Bautista, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos)

I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving!  We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients.  Our reputation for having the best caregivers in Monterey County is growing.   We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.

Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers (Companion Aides) who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care, particularly those seeking live-in positions or those who can work 24-hour shifts.  Our services include:

        Caring companionship

        Meal preparation

        Incidental transportation

        Running errands

        Light housekeeping

        Medication reminders

        Monitoring of safety while bathing

        Information and referral services

        Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.

If you believe you would make an exceptional Companion Aide, we would love to hear from you!  We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems.  Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus.  To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle.  To apply, please visit our web site, click on careers where you can fill out an application online.  We have immediate openings all over Monterey County.  Service areas include:

Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey,  Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas,  San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos

Pacific Grove, CA Diabetes Can Be Controlled With A Good Diet

by Richard Kuehn on 09/15/14

Diabetes is a huge problem in our country, and its progress can be stunted by paying attention to your diet.  Help can come from strange places.  A recent research project which was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that eating lots of okra is a useful dietary treatment for those with Type 2 diabetes.  It's known that okra is rich in disease-fighting compounds called flavonoids, and these may help regulate glucose and fat metabolism, according to the scientists.  It also helped lower triglycerides which are linked to heart disease.  Try it, it's great in gumbo.

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