Mindfulness, the act of focusing on being in the present, is sometimes thought of as a type of meditation. Recent studies show that practicing Mindfulness can be an effective strategy for home health care providers, including hospice patients, caregivers, and volunteers. By shifting the focus of hospice care away from states of emotional, mental, or physical distress – it can help reduce pain and anxiety. A growing number of hospice organizations are beginning to integrate these exercises into patient care and caregiver support.
The holidays are about spending time with and appreciating those closest to you, but anyone caring for patients knows that the holidays can also come with their share of grief for patients and caregivers alike. Here are some strategies to help make it through the holidays yourself – while also lifting the spirits of patients and their families.
There are similarities and differences between hospice and palliative care services. Both are meant to provide comfort and relief, but they differ in important ways. This infographic helps to explain the differences.
Occupational therapists are a crucial and effective component of the home health agency team working alongside physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, home health aids, and social workers to provide strategies to help a patient manage daily activities while reducing their risk of injury or further decline in function. Preserving the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) is fundamental for older adults to live an independent life.
No matter how much technology evolves, life expectancy increases…occasionally we need repair and rehab. Physical therapies for seniors, though not new, has had to evolve as much as anything else in the elder care spectrum. No longer is a home health aide or nurse sufficient to handle all task. With so many diverse modalities to choose from, physical therapy has become paramount to quality of life.
If it hasn’t been said before, the home health care industry is expand day by day. With more and more baby boomers reaching older ages with higher mortality rates, the need for home health care providers has matched that. With that growth, and the inert need to be home based versus moving to a facility had created challenges when it comes to technology in home health care. How much is too much, when is an alternate facility become paramount versus living independent? None of these questions can be answered today, but there a re a few advances worth looking at.
Like a freight train, 2019 will be here before you know it..it is already late spring (May) and already the talks of summer and monsoon season are upon us..with fall trailing soon after. Why is 2019 so import to the future of home health care you might ask? It happens to be the first year people over the age of 65 will outnumber those younger than 5 years of age. We’re not sure if that’s scary or not, but we do know, home health care isn’t slowing down.
If you’ve ever thought about all the different possibilities in a home health care career, we may have some answers for you. Here are the top 3 things anyone considering a home health career should think about before moving forward.
We can’t stress the importance of this topic enough. Selecting the right home health care agency will be one of the most important decisions you make for either yourself or a loved one, and there are several considerations when evaluating caregivers.
Many of you don’t know this, but over 7.6 million people utilize home health care and home health care providers, in contrast to only 1.8 million who live in a nursing home. The convenience of home health care, as well as the feeling of comfort of being at home and with loved ones can’t be matched. What is even more important is the need to the know the difference far enough in advance to prepare financially and with insurance for that time.