This size screen isn't yet supported. We're working on that.

WCCO Radio: Senior Health – Addressing Unplanned and Unnecessary ER Visits with Dr. Nick Schneeman

  • Jun 3, 2024
  • Meaghan Puglisi
  • 2-min Read

Listen time: 30 minutes

In a lively conversation with Susie Jones, host of WCCO’s Sunday morning Health Radio Show, Dr. Nick Schneeman, Lifespark Chief Medical Officer, talks through why seniors go to the ER and where health care can support their ability to get care at home.

In the full hour show, Dr. Nick points to the 4M’s of geriatric medicine (we like to call it senior-savvy) and why knowing what matters to them, their medications, mentation (cognitive agility), and mobility level all play a role in creating age-friendly health. Nick also advises seniors who are unsure where to turn to ask your primary care provider for a Geriatric Consult to talk through setting up contingency plans, medication reviews, etc., to ensure you have everything you need to live as full and independent as possible.

The key Dr. Nick points out is not ER avoidance but addressing urgent needs at home where a senior is most comfortable to avoid long wait times and high costs, and exposure to bacteria, viruses, and overtreatment. When we serve seniors in this way, we open the doors for the ER to be used as it was intended for true emergencies.

Listen in for this very interesting segment…

Related Articles


The Powerful Hospice Lessons of Jimmy Carter 

President Jimmy Carter entered hospice care in his home, more than a year ago, and has set an inspirational example of how to live your last days on Earth with hope, meaning, and vigor.  As a senior with many serious health issues, he could have retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and self-pity. Instead, former President […]



To Heal, Minnesota Needs More Physical Therapists

Lifespark hit the Editorial Page of the Star Tribune shedding light on the physical therapy shortage in Minnesota. In this opinion piece, Lifespark Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Schneeman, points to why physical therapists are a critical part of the complete senior health team – the unsung hero keeping seniors healthy and independent at home. […]



Kiplinger: The Life-or-Death Answers We Owe Our Loved Ones

In a recent article published in Kiplinger, Joel Theisen shares a compassionate perspective on the life and death answers we owe our loved ones. “How our life ends isn’t always up to us,” Joel explains, “but that question too often must be answered by loved ones and health care workers who don’t know what we […]