17 Jun 2015
This past week I met with a distraught mother and father at a long-term acute care facility in San Diego. Their 36-year-old only son had been hit by a car five weeks earlier and suffered severe brain injury. Then, he suffered a stroke.
We are both proud and excited to welcome our newest Grace Care Management employee, Christine Lucus! Christine comes from having years of experience working with elders in the community and at home. Her diverse professional background brings a unique perspective as she transitions as our new Office Manager. We hope you enjoy her recent interview. Welcome to the Grace Care Management team Christine!
As care managers, we are always looking for the best therapies and professionals to help our clients. We have been interested in what used to be called “alternative medicine” for a very long time. It is now more often called “integrative medicine.” From massage and chiropractic to acupuncture and more, these “non-medical” interventions always seemed to address important aspects of our health that typically are overlooked or minimized in Western medicine. It is a wonderful shift that many health systems and health insurances are now recognizing the value of integrative medicine and complimentary alternative medicine, better known as “CAM.”
I struck up a perfunctory conversation with a physical therapist this past week. He began our dialogue as if I was no more than nuisance d’jour, but at some point deciding that I warranted interest, the therapist began enthusiastically sharing his dream of having a full-sized pool where clients could receive hydrotherapy.
This month we proudly introduce you to another one of our very talented San Diego caregivers. Maribel Larios was nominated as our May 2015 caregiver of the month! We sat down with Maribel to find out more about her passion caring for others.
The entire Grace Care Management team thanks you Maribel for all that you do for our clients!
Grace Care is pleased to feature Dr. Michael Lobatz, M.D. of Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Center this month. We have been honored to work closely with Dr. Lobatz and his patients for many years. He is one of those physicians who because of a combination of intelligence and heart, brings a deep humanity to his work. Dr. Lobatz exemplifies what so many of us hope to find in a trusted medical professional.
We’ve paraphrased here the Physician’s Oath of Maimonides which he embodies so well: “Inspire me with the love for my art and for thy creatures. In the sufferer let me see only the human being.”
Over the years as a care manager, I have taken care of countless patients (women especially) who have been rendered paralyzed and speechless by a tiny blood clot that blocked an artery in their brains. Sometimes it was not a clot but a hemorrhage that robbed them of the rest of their lives.
This month we congratulate San Diego caregiver Leslie Sandoval for her nomination as our Caregiver of the Month! We are glad that Leslie recently joined Grace Care Management’s team of wonderful caregivers and in a short time she has proven to be someone special. This mom has a true passion when it comes to caring for others and it shows in all that she does.
Keep up the great work Leslie and thank you for all you do! Now, we would like to share her recent interview.
With the rise of chronic disease, prescription medications and an overly complicated medical system, functional medicine is becoming more and more sought after by patients seeking a more holistic approach to healing. Dr. Borrego’s approach to medical care is making a huge impact on the quality of life for many San Diego residents and so we are thrilled for the opportunity to introduce you to her practice.
70 million Americans 50 and up (four out of five) suffer from one chronic illness. More than half of older adults have more than one chronic illness and 11 million live with five or more chronic conditions. Most of these people will need intensive health care the last few years of their lives, yet the health system is ill equipped to provide the kind of chronic disease management these elders will need.