By, Jessy Draka, Communications Intern
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox may be familiar people, but how familiar are you with their disease? Many people have misconceptions about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and education can change that.
Home health is an option for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Support and guidance is important when making this decision and throughout the journey of care. Living at home can be comfortable and safe if certain precautions and preventative steps are taken. Most falls take place in the bathroom. This is an important room to survey and make sure it is safe. Watch our video about the importance of bathroom safety. The kitchen is also a difficult room to navigate and manage, so some reorganization may be helpful to make living at home easier. For more home safety tips, visit the National Parkinson Foundation home safety page.
The typical stay at a traditional hospital is five days. At Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals, the length of stay may be measured in weeks, not days. Why? Because we know that not all patients can recover in five days or less. Some have underlying conditions that make illnesses or other conditions harder to treat. Others are still too ill to return home.
At Kindred Hospitals, we offer a range of services to help patients who need additional time to recover, and the length of the stay depends on the needs of the patient. This includes the specialized services of our Subacute Units, where we work with patients who have an acute illness or injury or worsening of a disease but no longer need the aggressive level of care provided in a hospital. We offer short-term comprehensive inpatient medical care and rehabilitation that is designed to get the patient home or to a facility such as a skilled nursing center.
The Obama Administration has rolled back proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, a potential provision of the Affordable Care Act. Reimbursement is now expected to rise 0.4 percent instead of the 1.9 percent reduction that had been talked about before. Read the story
A new study has found that callers claiming to have private insurance had greater success in securing an appointment with a primary care provider than did their counterparts claiming to be covered by Medicaid -- 85 percent to 58 percent to be exact. Read the story
For the new study, the researchers called doctors' offices in 10 U.S. states to ask about making an appointment as a new patient. The team made about 13,000 calls to almost 8,000 doctors' offices between November 2012 and April 2013.
The new model of care that encompasses mid-level clinicians and a team approach is just fine with many Medicare beneficiaries, and they believe it will improve their overall health, according to a new survey. Read the story
On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law by President Obama. Most commonly, this legislation is known for providing a one-year patch to the physician Medicare sustainable growth rate – otherwise known as the ‘doc fix’ – but it also includes other important provisions including the extension of the Part B Therapy Cap exceptions process and the establishment of a value-based purchasing (VBP) program for skilled nursing facilities.
In more common terms, the legislation creates hospital readmission reduction program for all patients cared for in nursing centers nationwide. In order to incentivize improvement in preventable admissions to short term hospitals, the legislation establishes an incentive pool for high performers.
Stroke survivors have an “enormous” need for palliative care that needs to be met by healthcare providers, The American Heart Association said in an issued statement. Read the story
The Obama administration announced that after Monday’s enrollment deadline, more than seven million people have signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act. The figure includes enrollees of the federal and state-run marketplaces. Read the story
Premiums are expected to rise next month on health plans bought through federal and state marketplaces. Questions remain about what cost increases consumers can expect in months to come. Read the story
The demanding nature of family caregiving often presents challenges in the workplace for caregivers. Some propose that employer elder care benefits and caregiver support services could help employees care for aging parents. Read the story
Sometimes it seems you’re asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, but nearly everyone has had nights where they just couldn’t get to sleep right away or they woke up after two or three hours and couldn’t go back to sleep. And most have felt the effects the next day.
Your body needs sleep and not just so you don’t nod off at your desk in the afternoon. How well you sleep impacts your overall health.
Even a short run of sleepless nights can hurt your immune system. In a Mayo Clinic FAQ, Timothy Morgenthaler, MD, explains that “your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases.” Not only does a lack of sleep make you more vulnerable to viruses, but, “Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick,” he says.
The effect is worse when it’s long-term, when it increases the “risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease,” Dr. Morgenthaler says.
Terah Hatter can sum up her job in one word – amazing. Her job, she says, “is about caring.”
“It’s an honor to walk beside the patient and family to help them through a difficult time,” says Hatter, LMSW, a social worker for IntegraCare, which is an affiliate of Kindred at Home and an agency that provides home health, hospice and private duty nursing care in Texas.
It’s not so easy to describe a typical day for Hatter, if only because each one presents new challenges.
Each day she reviews referrals, which may come from the patient, family or the healthcare team. Patients may need to have meals delivered to their home or the patient’s primary family caregiver may need someone to stay with the patient while they run errands or even just take a break.
Hatter has a list of community resources but says she also relies on other social workers and agencies to help locate the right resources for each patient and family.
Debunking concern that flu vaccines can do more harm than good in very old and frail people, a new study out of Hong Kong suggests that flu vaccines can save the lives of even the most frail and elderly in nursing homes and hospitals. Read the story
An experimental program run through a New York hospital aims to teach children to recognize the signs of stroke, so that they may help stroke victims -- who may be family members -- get help sooner. Read the story
There's a pretty good chance some children might witness a parent or a grandparent having a stroke. So if they're armed with the signs and symptoms, they could likely save a life. -- Jim Baranski, CEO of the National Stroke Association
Proposed new rules would protect seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage, who currently only have 30 days' notice of network changes. Recent doctor terminations have sparked protest from beneficiaries as well as physician groups. Read the story
, says. An individualized care plan is critical when helping brain injury patients recover and return home. And it takes a team of specialists to tailor the rehabilitation plan so it addresses both the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues involved.
The brain injury program at Kindred’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals focuses on helping patients restore function and learn how to do things differently when functions can’t be restored to pre-injury levels. The program combines a multidisciplinary team with the technologies and tools specifically geared toward brain injuries.
In addition to physician specialists, Kindred’s brain injury team includes rehabilitation trained nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical dietitians, neuropsychologists, orthotists, social workers and case managers. The therapists often have extensive training in areas such as Neuro-IFRAH, Neurodevelopmental technique, Vital Stim, and more.
Did you know that every fourth Tuesday of every March is The American Diabetes Association Alert Day? Diabetes is an epidemic and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million children and adults in the United States or 8.3% of the population have diabetes. Approximately 7 million people are unaware that they have diabetes and go undiagnosed. As a result, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, The American Diabetes Association is “Alerting” the public to this chronic disease and is asking everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
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