In 2017, a study released by the University of Pennsylvania found that introducing a caregiver into a patient’s treatment plan at the time of discharge has significant benefits. This study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first research to put quantifiable data behind the impact of utilizing caregivers for patients upon their discharge from the hospital. The study aimed to discover what kind of impact and benefits would come from using caregivers on both health care costs and resource utilization.
Studies have shown that following a patient’s discharge from the hospital, a rehab facility, or other healthcare entity, the incidence for falls to occur increases exponentially. This is particularly prevalent among patients who are functionally dependent on assistive devices and/or assistance when they make the return to their home.
There are a few major risk factors related to falls following discharge. These factors include decline in mobility, use of assistive devices, cognitive impairment or confusion, and unaddressed environmental issues within in the home. Such environmental issues could include safety bars, shower chairs, and more.
October traditionally marks the beginning of Fall: crisp air, bonfires, leaves changing, and the world changing to a shade of orange. You may also notice another color taking over each October-Pink. This color is representative of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October. This month symbolizes a time in which there is an extra emphasis on raising awareness for breast cancer. Throughout the month, those from all walks of life can be united in the awareness-raising efforts for breast cancer.
We recently delved into the topic of respite care in our last blog. Respite care is care for caregivers. It is an option for caregivers to finally get some relief, because it is a temporary solution that provides institutional care for elderly, ill, or handicapped individuals, giving caregivers the break they need. Full-time caregivers often feel overwhelmed and like they have to do it all. The most important thing to remember is when you are overwhelmed, do not be afraid to ask for help or consider respite care. Here are 6 important questions surrounding respite care.
Having a case manager helping you navigate care for yourself or a loved one in the hospital is essential for alleviating stress and having support from a professional. Case managers are the glue that hold the entire healthcare system together. Simply utilizing them is great, but there are some important tips on how to work with a case manager to ensure the process is as effective and productive for all parties involved.
One of the leading conditions for seniors to experience is Alzheimer’s or dementia. Alz.com reports that Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, with over 5 million Americans living with the disease (and that number is rising). The treatment of Dementia can be tricky and its symptoms and side effects can be complex. Particularly, challenging behavioral problems can arise in patients with mid-to-late stage dementia. Feelings such as anger, confusion, fear, paranoia, and sadness, which are often common in those suffering from the disease, can often escalate to aggressive or even violent actions. Here we will share some common situations and what you should and should not do if they arise while you are caring for your loved one.
Our Director, Patrick Philbrick, on the air last weekend trying to get the word out about the Veteran’s Aide & Attendance benefits. If you, or someone you know, served in the military and need additional help at home, this benefit can provide desperately needed funds to help with fall prevention, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping and medication reminders.
The beginning of September marks the official start of World Alzheimer’s Month! This month is an international campaign organized by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September. The goal of the month-long campaign is to generate and increase awareness of Dementia and to challenge the stigma that is often associated with the disease. World Alzheimer’s Month 2018 will be the 7th year of the campaign, which was initially launched in 2012. Additionally, September 21st is the official World Alzheimer’s Day.
This is the most dangerous and cheapest route for your patients to take but sometimes is the best option. When patients call me at Harmony Home Care and can’t afford to private pay a home care agency, I suggest they do the hiring themselves. Then, I educate them on the duties they will be taking on and vendors that can help them.
Although winter often gets a bad rap for posing health risks for seniors as we see spikes in flu season, pneumonia, colds, and other illnesses, the summer months can create a whole slew of issues for aging citizens as well. Hot weather is dangerous to anyone in general, but seniors have an increased risk of its threat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are extremely common in older adults. A study from the University of Chicago Medical Center reports that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the US were attributed to those over the age of 65.