This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.
While it may be common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to our health, many people assume it’s a timely or exhaustive commitment. In reality, 30 minutes of daily activity is all it really takes. And you can break it up into smaller time increments if you don’t have a solid half hour or more to dedicate to exercise. But think of it like this: there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so 30 minutes is 2% of your day. Bump it up to an hour and it’s still just 4% of your day.
According to the American Heart Association, each hour of exercise can increase your life expectancy by two hours. That could add up to two extra years for adults who begin exercising even as late as middle age. Physically active people also save hundreds of dollars per year on healthcare costs. A small investment of your time and effort can add to your life and your wallet.
Today marks the successful combination of Kindred and Gentiva, ensuring the joint company’s position as the nation’s largest and most geographically diversified provider of Home Health, Hospice and Community Care services. The addition of Gentiva’s services to Kindred’s national presence across the post-acute continuum further enables the company to deliver patient-centered, integrated medical and rehabilitative care to patients in the most appropriate setting to meet their needs and facilitate recovery. Kindred is now proud to serve more than one million patients per year, as it operates in 47 states in over 2,800 locations, and employs more than 105,000 teammates.
Starting last year, more military veterans are passing away in hospice care than in all of VA trauma and ICU wards combined.
That's because the millions of Americans who served in Korea and World War II are reaching their 80s and 90s; Vietnam veterans are reaching their 70s. That means the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is focusing on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months. Read more
People in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than elderly people living in the community, new research suggests. Read more
Results of a recent study showed that burnout among palliative care physicians – those who focus on pain and symptom relief among patients with various diseases and conditions – is extraordinarily high: over 62 percent. The study, which relied on a survey of over 1,200 hospice and palliative care clinicians, also found that 50 percent of palliative care physicians expect to leave the field in the next 10 years. Severity of the burnout seemed to be affected by younger age, having fewer colleagues and working weekends.
It's hard to sit on one's hands when caregiving issues are in play. Yet, that's exactly what I'd recommend with regard to at least one initiative aimed at lowering hospital readmissions. Read more
Getting rid of hospital observation stays might not be a good idea after all, according to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members who previously pushed for the change. Read more
Janet Baxter connects with all residents at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Maple to pull together a varied offering of activities and make sure there’s something for everyone – from cooking and coffee clubs to books and online games – to keep Kindred residents engaged and involved.
Baxter has been in her role as Activities Director for six years. She started in Housekeeping and Dietary and was promoted first to the Assistant Activities Director and then to Activities Director. It's easy to see why, as soon as she starts to talk about her job, the staff and especially the residents, whom she calls "amazing."
Federal funding might not be a critical factor in bringing down hospital readmissions rates, suggests a recently released report on a program out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Read more
Providers are being overly burdened by increasing numbers of quality measures, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission stated in a recent letter to a top health official. The government should take a step back and reevaluate its approach, the letter added. Read more
Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law grew slowly but steadily over the New Year's holiday, as the share of Americans still lacking coverage hit its lowest level in years. Read more
When Charlotte Alger, 25, was working at a Home Depot just outside Boston last year, she said she earned $10.75 an hour working on the sales floor in the woodworking department. She chose one of the more comprehensive health insurance plans offered, but it came with a whopping $3,000 deductible. Read more
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