The first full week in February is Burn Awareness Week. This year, the American Burn Association is focusing on the issue of scalds – a common burn injury – to raise awareness and increase prevention.
Kathleen Tsalopoulos, East Regional Wound Nurse with Kindred's Nursing Center Division, shared information regarding scald injuries and offered tips on prevention.
Scald injuries can affect people of all ages, but older adults and those with a disability are particularly vulnerable. Scalding burns are usually a result of spills, splashes, immersion or contact with hot liquids. Older adults have thinner skin, so hot liquids cause deeper wounds even with brief exposure. Additionally, their ability to feel heat may be reduced due to medical conditions or medications.
Older patients with cancer tended to fare worse on examination by geriatricians than did their counterparts without cancer, according to a review of studies. The findings suggest that geriatric assessments may have a role in cancer care and in overall well-being. Read the story
A new Web site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dedicated to reducing infection rates in long-term care facilities. Topics include antibiotic stewardship, dialysis safety and hand hygiene. Read the story
A new proposal, part of the Affordable Care Act, seeks to limit the number of antidepressants and anti-psychotics available to seniors under Medicare. The goal is to reduce costs and curb potential over-use of those drugs, officials say. Read the story
When Edward came to a Kindred Hospital, he was on a ventilator after respiratory complications following major surgery. Edward is one of many patients who need extra care and more time to recover after a short-term hospital stay. Kindred Hospital is part of a nationwide network of Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals that help bridge the gap between short-term hospitalization and home.
Many of the patients we see can’t breathe on their own, or they have a condition that makes them prone to more complications with an illness or injury. Kindred Hospitals have been focused on these medically complex patients for more than two decades. We helped develop the long-term model of care for patients who can’t get better during a short-term stay. Our facilities and services are designed to provide this extra level of care, and every patient has a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to achieving the fullest and quickest recovery possible.
For some Medicare beneficiaries who have been waiting months or years for an answer on an appealed claim, relief may be in sight. A suspension on action regarding new requests for hearings filed by hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other health-care providers should free up resources to deal with with the waiting appeals from beneficiaries. Read the story
Experts say that institutional settings such as long-term care facilities can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in aging Holocaust survivors, for whom taking direction from uniformed personnel, or visiting the shower room, can bring back unpleasant memories. The cost associated with home care presents a challenge, though. Read the story
A British study found that people who express feelings of enjoyment and happiness are more likely to be able to care for themselves as they age. Read the story
January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. Due to holidays, travel and hectic schedules, blood is often in short supply in the winter months. Fewer donors can result in putting our nation's blood supply at a critical low.
About 9.2 million people donate blood each year in the United States. Are you one of them? If not, you’re not alone – according to the American Red Cross, an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10 percent actually do it. If you have donated, your donation may have helped somebody in a hospital – such as a Kindred Transitional Care Hospital – who needed blood to survive. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
Donating blood is safe and the actual donation process takes only about 15 minutes. Type O is the most commonly-requested blood type, but donors with Type AB+ plasma can donate to all blood types.
January 19-24 is National Activity Professional Week. In honor of this event, the Kindred Continuum interviewed Lori Chepan, Activity Director at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Elizabeth City.
After college and some time off with my son, I wanted to go back to work part-time, so I came in as the Activity Director’s assistant. She encouraged me to take the Activity Director course, to get the certification. I did that, and I’ve been full-time here since 2002.
We do crafts, and have a men’s support group, and for the women, we do manicures. And we have wine and cheese once a month which folks just love.
At the holidays, we have big parties, caroling and a visit from Santa. Last summer, we had a pig pickin’ family day, with sno cones and popcorn, all free to residents’ families and the employees and their families.
A new report shows that patients and families feel that while staff are often caring, they could do more to preserve patients' dignity by allowing them more say in personal decisions. Read the story
A new Gallup poll has shown that support for the Affordable Care Act is at an all-time low, with 54 percent of those polled disapproving of the law and only 38 percent saying they approve. Read the story
In the wake of a chemical spill that contaminated tap water in West Virginia, hospitals and nursing homes were first on the list to receive emergency water supplies and patients and residents were largely untouched by the calamity as a result. Read the story
Glaucoma, which is often hereditary, results from a build-up of fluid inside the eye that presses on the optic nerve damaging it and leading to loss of vision. There are often no early symptoms of glaucoma, which is why regular vision exams are so important, especially after the age of 40.
, glaucoma affects over 2.2 million Americans, but only about half of those know they have it. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, and those at highest risk are people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics and people who are severely nearsighted.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease, and most people with open-angle glaucoma don’t experience symptoms until some loss of vision has already occurred. Loss of peripheral vision might be the first noticeable symptom.
More and more, those caring for the elderly are seniors themselves, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, a New York nonprofit advocating for workers caring for the country’s elderly and disabled. The overall aging of the population as well as a need for supplemental income among seniors are two of the possible reasons for the trend. Read the story
Among the overall population of direct-care workers, 29 percent are projected to be 55 or older by 2018, up from 22 percent a decade earlier...
In a case in which a patient's personal information, stored on a laptop computer, was stolen from a provider, a judge ruled that individuals cannot sue providers under HIPAA in this type of situation. The Department of Health and Human Services, not individuals, in responsible for enforcing HIPAA, the judge said. Read the story
Advance Directives, or Living Wills, allow you to document your wishes for end-of-life medical care. In the event that you become incapacitated and unable to express your wishes, Living Wills guide your loved ones and medical professionals involved in your care when important decisions about life-sustaining treatment must be made.
Patients are asked if they have Advance Directives when they are admitted to a Kindred facility, said Kathee Paradowski, Clinical Informaticist Consultant in Kindred’s Hospital Division.
“The goal of an Advance Directive is to make sure that patients are making informed decisions and that we’re following their wishes,” Ms. Paradowski said.
Once the patient’s wishes have been determined, the physician writes orders based on the patient’s desires and the Advance Directives are entered into the patient’s record.
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