Illinois Family Home Health Services (IFHHS), an affiliate of Kindred at Home, originally developed a Care Transition Program in anticipation of and in response to the October 1, 2012, hospital readmission reimbursement cuts. With the changing landscape of healthcare, IFHHS sought to improve on its better-than-average hospital readmission rates and develop these programs with the needs of hospital discharges in mind.
Louise Spate loves challenges – which is exactly what she found in her 40-year career with Kindred.
Her parents, who were both teachers, encouraged her to study nutrition because she always loved cooking for her large family. She fondly remembers baking a birthday cake at age 8 for her grandmother. After college, she initially worked at a hospital, but left to become a multi-facility consultant in 1973 for a Massachusetts long-term care organization that would eventually become part of the Kindred network.
“I said I would leave when I got bored, but I never did,” says Spate. “I love when someone asks me to do something I’ve never done before, and I figure out how to get it accomplished.”
Dr. Ken Murray, a family medicine physician, blogs about how doctors, who often know all there is to know about the limits of modern medicine, may be better equipped to choose a death free from heroic medical measures, and costly and painful treatments that may preserve length of life, but not quality. Read the story
How has it come to this—that doctors administer so much care that they wouldn’t want for themselves? The simple, or not-so-simple, answer is this: patients, doctors, and the system. - Ken Murray, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC
Over the years, several studies have looked at the potential benefits of taking a short walk after a meal. The verdict, according to The New York Times' Well Blog: taking a short stroll after eating a meal can aid digestion and help with blood sugar control, especially in older adults. Read the story
About 120 pharmacists, pharmacy directors, chief medical officers and other clinical personnel gathered in Louisville for a clinical conference from June 26-27.
The group was welcomed by James Poullard, Vice President of Pharmacy for Kindred’s Hospital Division, who coordinated the conference, and the group received a company update from Kindred President and Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Breier.
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Gallant highly recommends that caregivers plan ahead and give an assisted living facility time to get to know the person they will be caring for, whether the stay is for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. Developing a relationship with a care facility also offers greater peace of mind so the caregiver can better enjoy and rejuvenate while away.
For a respite stay, staff will need information about medications and physicians as well as power of attorney and socialization needs. Respite residents are also encouraged to bring photos, a favorite afghan or other items that will make their stay more comfortable.
“If the person has never played bingo before, we’re not going to take them to a game,” explains Gallant. “And it also helps if we know if they have coffee and cereal at a certain hour in the morning, so we will follow that routine as much as possible. I like to say that respite is an adult-care amenity with a hotel twist.”
Researchers screening 1600 FDA-approved medications found that many of them were effective in blocking accumulation of the kind of plaque that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Some of the medications were found to stimulate the build-up of this plaque. The study was published in PLoS One. Read the story
A study in the journal Neurology shows that men with restless legs syndrome may be at greater risk for dying earlier than counterparts without the syndrome, which affects about 10 percent of the U.S. population and is characterized by an urge to move the legs in response to unpleasant sensations, particularly when sitting or lying down. Read the story
Despite the existence of assistance programs for navigating the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, many consumers remain confused about what the law entails and how it will affect them. And the availability and clarity of the very assistance programs designed to help may be adding to the confusion. Read the story
As the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee continues to hold hearings regarding payment reforms to Medicare Post-Acute Care providers, it is important to note the critical role that rehabilitative therapies play in enabling patients to fully recover and return home. The powerful committee recently noted that “Medicare post-acute providers play an important role in the continuum of care for Medicare beneficiaries, providing recuperation and rehabilitation services to Medicare beneficiaries recovering from an acute hospital stay.” While there are variations in the level of care provided in different post-acute settings – including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and home health care – one constant is the value of physical and occupational therapies and speech-language pathology.
Peggy McFarland moved to Louisville about 45 years ago and went to work in a shirt factory.
“But that didn’t last long,” she said. “I was looking for another job, and a friend told me they were hiring at the nursing center where she worked. She told me to apply, I did, they called, and here I am.”
That was 44 years ago and McFarland has been at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Bashford ever since. She started as a nursing aide. Now, as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she works with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the center’s Reflections Unit.
Ask her to describe her duties, and she’ll tell you the basics.
“I take them to the bathroom, help them get dressed, feed them and put them to bed,” she says.
But ask her about the people she cares for and her voice gets softer and more personal.
Quality nursing is a critical part of good patient care, and that is more crucial than ever as healthcare reform stresses importance of primary care, preventive care and mid-level providers including nurse practitioners. Read the story
A new study published in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine shows that certain medications kept in ambulances, including muscle relaxers and seizure drugs, may expire quicker than they would if they were stored in a more controlled environment with less variation in temperature and motion. As a result, it may be prudent to provide an alternate expiration date for ambulance-kept meds. Read the story
A new study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that lowering blood sugar too much may put some diabetics at increased risk for developing dementia, which may in turn lead to more hypoglycemic incidents, creating a vicious cycle. Read the story
The Kindred at Home staff who work directly with patients and families to coordinate home health and personal care services also function as liaisons with physicians, hospital case managers, operators of skilled nursing facilities, and other service providers. And every case differs. Each individual patient or client is challenged by distinct health and physical circumstances which are further complicated by family dynamics and interactions with all the professionals involved in his or her care. How do people manage all of this? A valuable resource is their Home Care Coordinator.
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