Friday, March 6, 2015

Q&A with Stephen Samuelian: Does Giving Cause More Harm Than Good?

Stephen Samuelian
The year-end giving season has come and gone, and many of us donated talents and treasures to help those in need. Helping others is an important part of the American character, says Stephen Samuelian. However, an increasing number of aid practitioners and fieldworkers are recognizing that much of these good intentions fuel a toxic form of giving that fails to offer lasting change, notes Stephen Samuelian. In a recent interview, Stephen Samuelian explained how charities may risk creating cycles of dependency and why they should not be measured by good intentions but by restored lives.

Q: Mr. Stephen Samuelian, thank you for joining us.

Stephen Samuelian: It’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me today.

Q: What’s problematic with charitable giving, in your opinion?

Stephen Samuelian: While charitable giving can make us feel good, donating does not solve a social problem. The charitable act of donating serves as a short-term fix in a system in need of long-term, multi-faceted solutions.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Q&A with Stephen Samuelian: What to Expect from Skilled Nursing Care

Stephen Samuelian
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is a mentally and physically draining effort, says Stephen Samuelian. Each family arrives at a decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility based on their particular needs and circumstances. It is a decision based on several things, including the level of care needed and safety that is unavailable to the person at home, notes Stephen Samuelian.

Q: Finding the best care possible for a loved one is not an easy task. How should one go about this?

Stephen Samuelian: It’s a good idea to prepare a checklist of things to look for and questions to ask to help you in making a decision that will be best for your family. You may need to trust your instinct about a facility, and if necessary, visit the facility again before making a decision.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stephen Samuelian: Tips for Finding the Right Nursing Facility

Stephen Samuelian
When beginning the process of selecting assisted living for a loved one, start by visiting the nursing facility, says Stephen Samuelian, co-founder of Life Generations Health Care. Talk to staff and residents and observe the living conditions. Along with checking for obvious factors, such as cleanliness and safety, look for the intangibles: do the residents seem happy and well cared for? If they do, that’s an encouraging sign. If they don’t, it may be time to look elsewhere, cautions Stephen Samuelian. Notice if phones and call lights ring for a long period of time without being answered, or if trays are not attended to after meal time. Both can indicate whether the facility is adequately staffed. Finally, ask for recent nursing facility inspection reports. Research the staff and length of employment and double-check the resumes of doctors.

Here’s an important note. If the administration delays or is hesitant to provide the information you’re seeking – run! Stephen Samuelian also suggests visiting the nursing facility compare page of