• Determination and Hope: Josephine's Story

    By Jennifer Brink

    Josephine is originally from the East Coast. She and her husband moved to California where they raised their son, who gave them two grandchildren to share their love. Josephine was a very successful registered nurse and became the director over a large nursing agency covering Los Angeles and Orange County. 

    Prior to being admitted to Kindred Hospital Brea, Josephine lived in an assisted living facility with her husband.  Sadly, her husband passed but Josephine still lovingly refers to him as being her “biggest supporter”. 

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  • The following questions are commonly asked by patients, family members and caregivers after a planned hospital stay. IntegraCare, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, helped to answer these questions and offer further explanation.

    Q: There are usually many key players taking care of the patient, but is there someone that the patient and or family can go to for resources prior to and after discharge from a facility?

    A: Case managers are assigned to a patient upon admission and follow the patient until the patient transitions to the next setting. Case managers meet one-on-one with the family and assess the needs of the patient during hospitalization and post hospitalization. They are also available to answer any questions and follow up with concerns from both the patient and family.

    Q: You hear a great deal about discharge planning. What exactly is discharge planning?

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  • Victorian Home Care Home Safety Radio Interview

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Michael Montgomery, branch manager for Victorian Home Care, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, recently sat down with radio station News Talk KION of the Salinas/Santa Cruz/Monterey, California for their "Saturday Experts" talk program to share information about personal home care assistance. Michael explained how home care can benefit the geriatric population and patients of all ages who are recovering from surgery, illness or an accident. Michael also provided background about the home care process and how home care professionals coordinate care with discharging hospitals and perform home assessments to look for common items in the house that can pose safety risks that people often overlook. Click play on the video below to hear the interview:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjI6y6a85Dk

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  • AgeTech Conference and Exposition: Caring for the Whole Person

    By Kindred Healthcare

     

     Sylvia Todor<br />Marketing Director, West Region Sylvia Todor
    Marketing Director, West Region

     

    A group of leading technology and aging services companies recently convened in Silicon Valley to explore the future of care. The fourth AgeTech Conference and Exposition was held in San Jose, California, with partners, sponsors and presenters that included Intel, Google, Yahoo, and other technology companies, AARP, assisted living companies, and large healthcare organizations. Many of the technologies that were presented focused on aging-in-place or health/cognition.

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  • National Assisted Living Week - Turning a Residence Into a Home

    By Kindred Healthcare

    National Assisted Living Week - Turning a Residence Into a Home "encompasses the connection that occurs in communities between the staff, residents, and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes. Celebrating the passionate commitment of staff and friendships that form between residents, 'Homemade Happiness' will be a time to recognize the efforts, small and large, of every individual in a community that turn a residence into home for countless assisted living residents."

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     Dr. Sally Brooks Dr. Sally Brooks

     

    As Vice President of Physician and Medical Development for Kindred Healthcare’s Nursing Center Division, Dr. Sally Brooks is well versed in the challenges of caring for seniors. But when it came time to select a nursing center for her own parents, she found herself facing new challenges. She told her story recently in an article on caring.com, and here are some of the main points.

    "Over the years I watched families being thrust suddenly into these decisions, so a couple of years before I moved my parents, I toured a few facilities and found one near my home," says Brooks. "However, my grand plan did not work perfectly, because when the time came to make the move, the facility I liked had no vacancies, so I still had to do research with the help of a social worker to find another place for them near me."

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  • Using Respite Care While Going on Vacation

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Using Respite Care While Going on Vacation

    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.”

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  • Aging Gracefully: Plan Ahead

    By Sophia Kroon

    “People always think they have more time than they do,” says Jessica Reay, a Private Duty Branch Manager with Professional Healthcare at Home.  “Ideally, planning for your later years should start when you’re in your 50s or 60s.  Otherwise, you could end up in the wrong place if the decision is left to well-intentioned, but uninformed, children or a court-appointed stranger.”

    Reay recommends starting with a financial planner and estate attorney to make sure there are enough resources and long-term care insurance to cover the cost of at-home care or a senior community, and to create a will, living trust, financial power-of-attorney and Advance Health Care Directive.

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  • Kindred Healthcare’s fourth annual Clinical Impact Symposium, “Care Transitions Across the Continuum,” will be held in Louisville from November 12-15.

    This year’s symposium will offer the latest evidence-based information from some of the most widely respected experts in the nation as well as interactive conference style offerings, hands-on skills demonstrations and trade show exhibits.

    The audience for the symposium is made up of caregivers from all four Kindred divisions – Hospital Division, Nursing Center Division, RehabCare and Homecare and Hospice. The goal is to enhance clinical practice in the post-acute continuum and maintain Kindred as a leader in clinical excellence.

    Speakers at the symposium will include:

    Come back to this blog throughout the conference as we will cover the conference live with interactive blog posts, pictures, and video.

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  • November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. In the United States, 5.4 million people are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only cause of death among the top 10 that can’t be prevented, cured or even slowed. These facts are mirrored in the 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report.

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