Tag: Home Health Care

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  • COVID-19 ·

Home Health Care Can Help Seniors With Loneliness and Social Isolation

By: Elizabeth Townsend, RN People are social beings. With COVID-19 introducing social distancing guidelines and restrictions on visitations, social isolation and loneliness are increasing. A report referenced by JAMA discussed the need for solutions for social isolation and loneliness in older adults. There is significant documentation that social isolation and loneliness are related to a higher rate of major mental and physical illnesses, including: Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risks More depression and anxiety An increased risk of dementia According to the National Institute on Aging, people who participate in worthwhile activities with others tend to live longer and have a sense…
  • Education & Resources ·

Sepsis Awareness Month: Why Our Program Actually Works

By: Portia Wofford Home health clinicians play an essential role in caring for patients who are: At risk of developing sepsis Recovering from sepsis or septic shock Home health providers are vital in preventing hospital admissions and readmission among sepsis patients. According to the CDC, sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a potentially life-threatening medical emergency. Many patients receiving home healthcare services have chronic medical conditions and comorbidities that put them at risk for infection, including COVID-19 and sepsis. According to the Global Sepsis Alliance, COVID-19 can cause sepsis. Research suggests that COVID-19 may lead…
  • COVID-19 ·

COVID-19 & Home Health

Pandemic Relief via legislation, CMS waivers, and enforcement discretion Telehealth Waived requirement to use volunteers Face to Face encounters to establish HH services Non-physician practitioners (NNP) certification authority accelerated Telehealth and Telephonic Visits CMS permits HHAs to provide all necessary telehealth during the emergency period Must be physician-ordered and on the plan of care Does not replace in-person visits (telehealth or telephonic visits are not billable visits) Allows for HHA to supplement in person visits for patients who might refuse more frequent visits or senior living or other congregate living facilities that might be restricting access to HHA personnel. The…
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AT Home Care earns recognition from HomeCare Elite

HomeCare Elite has recognized AT Home Care Williamsburg as a top-performing home health agency for 2018. HomeCare Elite is a compilation of U.S. Medicaid- certified home health agencies annually reviewed by ABILITY and DecisionHealth. The review is conducted using public information evaluating overall performance in quality outcomes, best practices, consistent improvement, and financial health. Recognition is given to the top 25% ranks home health agencies and further to highlight the top 100 and 500 agencies. HomeCare Elite is unique in a way that it is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. Thanks to the AT…
  • Education & Resources ·

The Value of Companionship on a Senior’s Mental Health

As a person ages, he or she may begin to lose their ability to live independently due to a variety of physical conditions. These include limited mobility, chronic pain and frailty, as well as typical everyday activities that may become stressors, such as maintaining a household and caring for themselves. Mental health problems may also arise as people grow older. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health conditions. Health conditions and lifestyle adjustments are inevitable. However, an elderly person does not need to feel alone in dealing with such changes. Whether a loved one needs full-time…
  • Education & Resources ·

Is My Loved One Ready for Home Health Care?

Assisted living, nursing homes and home health care are issues most elderly persons and their loved ones will be faced with at some point. Whether the person struggles with mental disabilities, physical incapacities or chronic illnesses, most times care outside of what family and friends can provide is necessary. When the time comes to think about options, the process of researching and deciding on an approach can be particularly stressful. Some elderly people may be resistant to change, and would prefer to keep present arrangements because they are comfortable and familiar. Factors to Consider Home health care is an excellent…
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How In-Home Care Promotes Independence in the Elderly

Independence is an important part of life, but daily human interaction and regular activities are important to a senior’s health and happiness. There is no denying that keeping seniors physically, mentally and socially active can result in overall better health and the ability to live independently longer. Having the right person step in and offer a helping hand is just what most seniors need to achieve their highest level of independence. A nurse or caregiver can provide an interactive approach to in-home care that stimulates a senior’s natural ability to perform. At a very basic level, in-home caretaking is health…
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Tips for Finding the Right Home Health Care Agency

An Aging Population And Other Outside Factors Means More People Are Turning To In Home Health Care in Virginia As the population ages, and hospitals cut back on their stays, more and more people will be looking to home health care as an alternative. Did you know that home care is approximately two-thirds less expensive than hospital or nursing home care? Knowing the options for the continuum of care can help alleviate some of the anxiety that occurs when a loved one leaves the hospital or has increasing medical needs. The pace and unfamiliar surroundings of a hospital or nursing…
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Home Health Agency Services

A home health agency is a great resource if you or a loved one is in need of personalized home health care services. Home health agencies are growing in popularity as a great alternative to traditional medical care. These agencies provide the same type of care and services, but medical professionals visit the patient in their own home. For the elderly community, or those that are ailing or disabled, home health care offers great advantages over outpatient care. In home health care provides the comfort, security and convenience most elderly persons desire. Patients look to home health care for a…