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Respite Care in the Summertime

The Care Concierge of New England wants to help families place their loved ones in a safe environment. 

The next several months are considered fun for most people. School is out for students, families take vacations, camping of all types begin and baseball is in full swing.

It is also a good time to remember the potential issues that arise. Beaches will be overcrowded during hot stretches, people suffering from heat stroke and other hot-weather ailments, pets looking for cooler shelters and other hazards. This can be especially true for seniors, who may live alone and not always be thought of when it comes to constant care.

That’s where Paul Jones, Owner and Lead Concierge of The Care Concierge of New England, located in Slatersville, can help. His company aids families looking to transition their loved ones into senior care facilities throughout Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. One of the ways of doing this is offering Respite Care options, where the guest says at a facility for up to 90 days and has all the amenities and privileges of a permanent resident.

Jones said this choice serves multiple purposes and gives everyone a chance to see what’s out there.

“As the Care Concierge, I help seniors and their families navigate the different senior care options to find the best quality of life,” he said. “Too many families still conflate ‘assisted living’ with ‘nursing home’, and worry that exploring senior care is like consigning their loved one to some kind of torture. The reality is that the assisted living industry focuses on comfort and life enrichment. By taking advantage of a respite stay, my hope is that seniors can dispel some of the myths they may be holding onto regarding senior care, and stay safe through the summer heat in the bargain!”

Jones added that seniors are just as vulnerable during the summer as they would be during the winter holidays. Many people are more cognizant of their parents and loved ones during Thanksgiving and Christmas because of the potential for them not having heat in their homes. With summer, it’s not as obvious. Jones likened it to leaving small pets or children in a car. Vehicles can get hot inside fast and creating dangerous situations in the process. The same thing could happen with the elderly in their own homes before anyone realizes something is wrong.

As for helping those who may be “at risk”, Jones said this opportunity could clear up misconceptions about care.

Respite programs began as a way for seniors to assess the assisted living experience. This was a natural response to people being unclear about what assisted living was and how it differed from nursing homes. Assisted living as an industry is still relatively young — most of the large companies trace their roots back to the 1990s or early 2000s — and the irony is the people who are now age-appropriate for assisted living only ever had nursing homes to rely on for their own older loved ones.

“It makes sense that people who are in their 70s-90s today would have very limited knowledge about assisted living, so giving those seniors an opportunity to make a trial run as a resident is smart business sense.

“Beyond that, there’s a genuine component of altruism and safety in offering respite stays,” Jones continues. “In the winter, there are commercials and articles and reminders frequently to check on elderly neighbors and loved ones who may be without heat. It sometimes feels taken for granted that the summer heat can be just as dangerous for isolated seniors. Respite stays in the summer are a good and easy way for seniors to retain their homes and try an assisted living environment for the summer — and to enjoy all that entails being a permanent resident. Meals prepared for them, housekeeping done for them, leisure activities planned for them … assisted living can feel like a summer-long cruise for seniors, without ever leaving land!

Almost every assisted living community offers respite programs for interested seniors. A community may have a cap on how many apartments they reserve for respite stays, but part of the Care Concierge services is to help you secure a great respite apartment.

A respite apartment is easily accessible — as close to ‘plug and play’ as it gets in the senior care world, Jones said. A senior registers for either a 30- 60- or 90-day stay in an apartment, which is already furnished by the community. They bring whatever clothes, personal effects, etc., that they want and decorate the apartment as they desire. If a resident needs care services while they’re on the respite stay, they can receive those care services (these are typically related to Activities of Daily Living such as grooming, shopping, medication management, etc.). Residents are free to enjoy the on-site restaurant three times a day and participate in as many of the leisure activities as they would like. Housekeeping is provided, and laundry may be provided for a nominal fee.

There is a (privately paid) daily cost associated with a respite stay, but that is different from community to community. Sometimes these costs may be negotiated by someone like the Care Concierge, and sometimes they are fixed.

For more information about The Care Concierge of New England and their variety of services, please contact Paul Jones at 401-488-4935 or email at

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health announces significant expansion of education division

Villanova, PA – Oct. 30, 2019 – As part of its organizational redesign initiative led by new President and CEO, Carl E. Clark II, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare – announced a major expansion of its historic education division to enhance the provision of specialized education services across the nonprofit’s geographic footprint and beyond.

The expansion will center around the creation of new programs and content delivery modalities, diversifying Devereux’s current educational service offerings to both public and approved private schools across the country, as well as within Devereux-operated educational programs nationwide.

Evan Butler | President and CEO | Etiometry

In 2010, two aerospace engineers and a physician turned biomedical engineer realized that the
way hospitals handle the deluge of physiologic patient data is inefficient and does not provide
for the best patient care. This is especially true in critical care, where clinicians are often
confronted with a volume and complexity of data that is above the ability of a single human to
realistically process in its entirety, which when combined with the high stress/high stakes
environment of intensive care leads to patient harm and clinicians’ burnout.

Etiometry was founded to apply aerospace based predictive analytics methodology to
physiologic data, thus harvesting the power of technology to optimize clinical decisions and
improve patient outcomes. The Etiometry Platform is an FDA cleared next-generation patient
monitoring Software Platform that provides intensive care units with actionable timely
information. By synthesizing all physiologic data into specific patient risks, the platform raises
the situational awareness of the whole clinical team, thus allowing them to intervene early and
avoid patient harm.

Etiometry has 7 of the 10 best pediatric hospitals in the world as clients, which provides a
partnership with the leading thought leaders in the pediatric world. The platform has been
already associated with a 25% reduction of patient length of stay, demonstrating a tremendous
potential impact on the $120B per year ICU expenditures. Moreover, unlike the Electronic
Medical Record with which the majority of clinicians are dissatisfied, the Etiometry Platform is
well embraced among more than 90% of its users.

The company current expansion plans include transitioning to the adult market and exploring
the benefits of the platform through more hospital settings.

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –April, 2018 – The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness of esophageal cancer; a cancer that is considered the fastest-growing cancer in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. Incidence of esophageal cancer has increased over 600% in the past three decades.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a Rhode Island-based nonprofit, has been working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer since 2010.


In addition to the alarming increase, esophageal cancer has also become one of the deadliest cancers, as patients are typically diagnosed in later stages once the cancer has progressed. In fact, patients diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer are faced with a survival rate of less than 4%.

The following four factors have contributed to the great increase and poor survival rate:


  • Lack of awareness of risk factors and symptoms;
  • No routine/standard screening;
  • Late occurrence of symptoms, leading to late diagnosis and
  • Lack of research funding for improved detection techniques and treatment options.


Major risk factors associated with esophageal cancer include, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), obesity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, heavy drinking and Barrett’s esophagus. GERD. which is also known as acid reflux disease, is the primary known risk factor for esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) of which chronic heartburn and indigestion are the most common symptoms of the disease.

Millions of Americans experience heartburn and as many as one out of five Americans has GERD (including former President Barack Obama), unfortunately, many are unaware that chronic reflux could increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Possible symptoms of esophageal cancer include: difficulty swallowing, sensation of food getting stuck, chronic cough, chronic heartburn, pain in chest and/or back. Again, these warning symptoms typically arise once the cancer has spread to lymph nodes and other organs and becomes difficult, if not impossible, to treat.

The estimates for esophageal cancer in the United States for 2018 are about 17,290 new esophageal cancer cases diagnosed and about 15,850 deaths from esophageal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. With over a 600% increase in the past decades, the overall five-year survival rate is only 18.8%.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded it’s first-ever grant to esophageal cancer research in July, 2015. Since then, over 20 medical researchers have inquired about funding. The charity hopes to fund esophageal research again in the near future.

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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation: Established in Rhode Island on November 21, 2011, thefoundation’s mission is to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cureTM. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, visit: SALGI.ORG

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