Moving from your home can be difficult at the best of times. If you add to that a feeling that you’ve had to give up your independence, this can be especially tough for many people to accept. The idea of going into an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be frightening, even to the point that some parents may try to extract promises from their children that they’ll never be placed in a facility. [Read more…]
As our parents age, they may need help to complete tasks or participate in activities they once took for granted. But, just like most things, the kind of help they need and how much help they need differs from person to person. The trick is finding that balance – so they will accept the help, they’re safe, and you worry less. [Read more…]
Genetic mutations often get a bad rap, but they may actually help advance research for disease prevention. For example, a genetic mutation led to a devastating epidemic of early onset Alzheimer’s disease within Doug Whitney’s family. However, at 65 years of age, Doug himself has thus far miraculously avoided the fate of so many of his relatives, most of whom began showing Alzheimer’s symptoms in their 40s and died by their mid 50s. Now, doctors want to know how Doug was able to resist his own gene mutation and if his resistance might shed light on how to develop drugs that might help others resist the effects of Alzheimer’s. [Read more…]
Studies report that roughly 29% of people in the workplace are involved in the care of an ill, disabled or aging family member or friend, with the need for family caregivers increasing each year. Individuals who take on the care of a family member essentially have the stress of two full-time jobs on their shoulders – their career and providing care. This increase in stress has caused many family care providers to have to change jobs or quit working altogether to meet the demands of caregiving. [Read more…]
An unexpected hospitalization or a planned surgery have one thing in common: when coming home, it is hard to know at what level you will function and how long it will take to resume normal activities. North Home Healthcare of Houston, TX can provide the comfort and security needed to settle in stress-free, and to focus on recuperation or rehabilitation. Whether for a few days or longer term, having someone available who understands transitional care and the specific care requirements will allow more time to focus on healing and regaining normalcy. [Read more…]
The transition from hospital to home following a planned surgery is a tenuous time, whether the surgery is for a hip replacement, knee surgery, plastic surgery or for any other reason. It’s difficult to know at what level you will function or how long it will take to recover and return to normal activities, so it’s important to plan ahead, before your scheduled surgery date, and consider what you’ll need to make life easier once you’re home, and what will add to a speedier recovery. [Read more…]
Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals with high levels of preventable readmissions face the potential of losing a portion of their federal payments, which means that reducing these readmissions is of the utmost importance. Recently, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) posted an article titled “Two Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Avoidable Readmissions,” which reported successful efforts from four hospitals with low 30-day readmission rates, in part, due to collaborating with inpatient and outpatient providers such as home health care providers to provide a continuum of care.
Many hospitals have become revolving doors for patients. Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days. This translates to approximately 2.6 million seniors at a cost of over $26 billion every year. These potentially preventable readmission rates have drawn national attention, and hospitals now face penalties of reduced Medicare payments for all Medicare discharges if readmission rates for certain conditions are above a particular threshold, and must find ways to stop the revolving door of readmissions. [Read more…]