Cristina Flores, PhD, RN
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 8:00 am Pacific, 8:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Central, 11:00 am EST, 12:00 pm Atlantic, 5:00 pm Zurich, 6:00 pm Istanbul, Dubai 8:00 pm
Managing Chronic Disease with Health Care Oversight
Assisted living classifications are increasing and costs are rising, a phenomenon disparagingly reflected to as "acuity creep." Learn how elder communities, such as AgeSong, can meet the growing need of older adults with "chronic disease management." Specialized programs will be discussed, such as those developed specifically for clients with diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, renal failure etc.
Cristina Flores, PhD, RN, is the Vice President of Operations and Program Development at AgeSong Inc., an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and a lecturer in the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She has been a registered nurse for 22 years, a certified public health nurse for 18 years, and has 6 years experience in home health nursing.
Cristina holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing from California State University, Dominquez Hills, a Master's of Arts Degree in Gerontology with an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate degree in Nursing Health Policy from the University of California, San Francisco. Her published work includes several journal articles, two book chapters, and a textbook on RC/AL facilities and quality of care.
- Yee-Melichar D, Renwanz Boyle A, Flores C. (2010). Assisted living administration and management: Effective practices and model programs in elder care. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
- Flores C, Bostrom A, Newcomer R. (2009). Inspection visits in residential care facilities for the elderly: The effects of a policy change in California. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28(5), 539-559.
- Flores C, Newcomer, R. (2009). Monitoring quality of care in residential care for the elderly: The information challenge. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 21(3), 225-242. PMID: 19806928
- Newcomer R, Flores C, Hernandez M. (2008). State and federal policies and regulations: Intended and unintended consequences. In SM. Golant and J Hyde (Eds.), The assisted living residence: A vision for the future (pp. 351-378). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Flores C, Newcomer R. (2006). Toward a framework for monitoring the quality of care in residential care facilities for the elderly. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 14(1), 59-72.
This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our guest today, Cristina Flores, PhD, RN, is the Vice President of Operations and Program Development at AgeSong Inc, the company that I also work for. She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and a lecturer in the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She has been a registered nurse for 22 years, a certified public health nurse for 18 years, and has 6 years experience in home health nursing. Cristina will discuss her innovated approach to improving services for older adults who have chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and congestive heart failure. Since our population is aging, including the population of career counselors and other helping professionals, I believe we need to keep educating ourselves on the needs of our aging population because our clients and we, ourselves, are all affected. Welcome Cristina!
- You mentioned "acuity creep" in our email exchanges. What is acuity creep?
- How do you suggest to address the acuity creep challenge?
- What are the major chronic diseases in the U.S. and Canada?
- How are these diseases currently managed?
- What are your suggestions for managing chronic diseases?
- What are asssisted living communities?
- How could chronic deseases be more comprehensively managed in assisted living communities?
- How could chronic diseases be more comprehensively managed at home?
- Could you give an example of how you would manage diabetes, the most prevalent of all the chronic diseases, in an assisted living community?
- Concluding words...
Thank you Cristina, thank you listeners. This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.