• ds2David and his wife, Linducia, were visiting a friend in Las Vegas. When they returned to their hotel she noticed his breathing didn't seem right. This is his story.

    "It wasn't long after we got back to our hotel that David began having trouble breathing. I called the front desk and the paramedics arrived very quickly" Linducia said. "He was rushed to the hospital and we later found out it was only a matter of minutes before he would have died from a heart attack. He had emergency heart surgery and had three stents put in. During the surgery he also suffered from three strokes and his doctors had to induce a coma."

    After surgery his outlook was very poor. David also began suffering from massive kidney failure and had to have dialysis. "His condition actually worsened" Linducia recalled. "He was on every kind of medication imaginable, completely unconscious and immobile. None of the doctors thought he would survive. Then four weeks into this ordeal I asked his doctors to run an MRI brain scan as he had said that if he was ever brain dead he wouldn't want to 'live' hooked up to a machine."

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  • From Hotel to Hospital - Hospitality Sets the Standard

    By Maggie Cunningham

    h1As clinicians, we go to work every day to provide quality medical care to our patients. And while medical care will always be our number one concern, hospitality is now the second-most important standard in healthcare. The world is evolving, and with it, our hospitals. Many medical facilities are beginning to resemble hotels in varying degrees.

    On the surface, and from a business standpoint, it seems simple. Hotel-like amenities can improve health outcomes by reducing stress and cutting down on the transfer of diseases by using private rooms. This patient-centered environment helps patients focus on getting better, which leads to decreased lengths-of-stay and readmissions. 

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  • Rideshare Services Alleviating Senior Transportation Woes

    By Maggie Cunningham

    rs3As clinicians, we think daily about problems and their solutions. If a patient is having trouble breathing, we go through a series of steps to diagnose and treat the problem. If a patient has a wound, we go through the proper steps to clean and heal it. But what happens when the problem is that the patient can't get to you for the right treatment? Again, you find a solution.

    When visiting a doctor becomes a transportation hassle, patients begin to miss visits. This leads to untreated symptoms, which are costly for medical institutions losing potential revenue. Currently, if senior patients don't have the ability to drive themselves, they must call upon one of several alternatives:

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  • Kindred Celebrates Intergeneration Month

    By Maggie Cunningham
    ig 2September is Intergeneration Month, a month dedicated to connecting people across generations. For people living in multigenerational households-a home that includes two or more adult generations, or both grandparents and grandchildren-this is not a new concept.

    However, multiple generations living together doesn't necessarily mean that they are thriving together. A pain point for many of these families is medical care. Thankfully, this is an area where nurses and other clinicians can help by providing a safe and nurturing environment for patients living in these circumstances. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines - August 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    With Room Service and More, Hospitals Borrow From Hotels

    At the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital outside Detroit, patients arrive to uniformed valets and professional greeters. Read More   

    Remote Heart Monitoring Can Help Detect Emergencies

    Instead of having heart monitors with noisy alarms near patients' beds in the hospital, it might be better to have off-site technicians do the heart monitoring remotely, a recent study suggests. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines - July 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    The Night Doctor is in: Why 'Nocturnalists' Are Replacing Some On-Call Physicians

    More hospitals are hiring experienced "nocturnalists" to improve patient safety and prevent calls to tired on-call physicians, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Read More  

    Healthcare Hiring Momentum Leads to another 38,500 Jobs in June

    Healthcare added 38,500 jobs in June and a total of 234,600 jobs in the first six months of 2016, according to initial seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines - June 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Family Caregivers Become More Crucial as Elderly Population Grows

    Strain on family caregivers is alarming many lawmakers and social-service providers. Read More   

    Anti-depressants Carry Much Higher Fall Risk than Anti-psychotics, Study Finds

    Nursing home residents with dementia who take antidepressants are at significantly higher risk of falls and fractures than those on anti-psychotics, new research shows. Read More  

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  • Kindred Celebrates Sun Safety Week 2016

    By Maggie Cunningham

    It's hot out there, and the hot weather is only just beginning. The week of June 6th is Sun Safety Week, and we want to arm you with all the information you need to know to keep yourself and the ones you care for properly protected.

    Perhaps the most common, visible danger of overexposure to the sun is the dreaded sunburn. It's red, it's painful, it can cause peeling, blisters or worse. One of the best ways you can protect yourself from the sun is to stay hydrated and take "shade breaks" as often as possible. Did you know that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM? There's a little rule to help you remember when to go inside for a bit: "If your shadow is short, it's time to abort and seek the shade!"

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  • She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis - a degenerative and deadly lung disease - when she was only three months old, but that never stopped Tara and she always lived her life to the fullest. She finally received a double-lung transplant on New Year's Day - and although the road to recovery has been incredibly challenging, she has never wavered in her determination to get her life back. This is her story.

    "I've been incredibly fortunate to have been able to do so much during my life, even with the burden of CF (cystic fibrosis)" Tara shared. "I did all the normal kid things, grew up, played soccer in college, got a BS in Math, and oh yeah! I met my husband on the UC Davis double-decker bus - he was the driver and I was the conductor. We saw each other in the mirror, went on a date and well, the rest is history as they say!"

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  • Healthcare Headlines - May 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Nursing Homes Starting to Offer More Individualized Menus

    On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen.  

    AHRQ Reports Continued Gains in Health Care Quality

    Health care quality is improving overall, especially in hospitals, and more people have health care coverage and a usual source of medical care since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read more.  

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