• Therapy for Those Who’ve Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury

    By Kindred Healthcare

    When someone suffers a traumatic brain trauma — whether it’s from an automobile accident, severe stroke or other injury — he or she is initially admitted to an Intensive Care Unit. After patients are medically stable, it may be necessary to transfer them to a long-term acute care or transitional care facility before an acute rehabilitation or subacute rehabilitation facility.

    According to Terry Eberly, a speech pathologist at Kindred Hospital Denver, two assessment methods are used to determine the extent of the injury and issues that need to be addressed:

    Based on the results of the evaluation, a plan is customized to the needs of the individual, encompassing and integrating therapies to treat respiratory, speech, motor, visual, orthopedic and other identified issues.

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  • The View from the Lou - SNF Physician Workforce Challenges

    By Marc Rothman, MD

     

     Dr. Marc Rothman, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Nursing Center Division Dr. Marc Rothman, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Nursing Center Division

     

    It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to know that changes are afoot in the SNF physician workforce. On some days it seems like our way of life is nearly extinct. I’ve had a dozen phone conversations over the past eighteen months with colleagues in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont – to name a few – who all relate a similar tale: there used to be 8-10 physicians who cared for SNF patients in our community, now there are only two or three, sometimes only one, and in a few instances none at all! In several instances, the struggle to find physician coverage for our residents and medical directors for our centers has been painstaking and nerve-racking. And it is the rare physician who arranges his or her own succession plan, as you probably well know.

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  • Mentoring Matters: Teach Others, Teach Thyself

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division’s Case Management mentoring program in the West Region follows these credos. The program began in 2010 for new MSN-level registered nurse case manager graduates from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and Sacramento, CA, and has recently been extended to bedside nurses who wish to transition into the case management field. To foster the growth, development and mentoring of existing Kindred employees, academic partnerships with nursing training programs have also been developed between Kindred, the University of Phoenix and its nationwide campuses and online programs, and American Sentinel University online programs in Aurora, CO. These partnerships offer tuition reductions and other benefits to Kindred employees.

    Both of these opportunities for mentoring facilitate a pipeline of eager students and recent grads, ready for the nurturing, growth, and development that strong mentoring supports.

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  • Kindred’s Transitional Care Hospitals play a vital role in the recovery process for the sickest and most medically complex patients who require aggressive medical care and rehabilitation over a longer period of time. For patients who have complex ventilator needs, multi-organ system failure or complicated medical problems that are very difficult to treat, transitional care hospitals may represent the first important step necessary to make recovery and return home possible.

    These hospitals are licensed as general acute hospitals, often featuring such familiar elements as Intensive Care Units (ICUs), operating rooms and on-site laboratory and radiology services, but they also are distinguished by an additional Medicare certification that recognizes the need for extended recovery periods.

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  • Kelly's Amazing Story of Hope, Healing and Recovery

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Watch Kelly's inspirational story of hope, healing and recovery. Kelly, a 37 year old wife, teacher and mother of two gradually lost feeling in her legs and then woke up one day paralyzed from her neck down. Kelly's doctor sent her to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Greenbriar to see if rehabilitation therapy could help her condition improve. With Kelly's positive attitude and the dedicated staff at Greenbriar, she was able to walk again. This story, with video of Kelly during her therapy takes place from December of 2012 through March of 2013.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JIvgARQ7n4

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  • As policymakers have opened a dialogue with providers and stakeholders to address the role that post-acute care plays within the greater context of healthcare for our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries – and the need for a reformed system – it is important to recognize the benefits and value of skilled nursing facility care.

    Kindred’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers provide intensive clinical and rehabilitative services in a cost-effective setting to make recovery possible and help patients return home sooner. Our 21st Century nursing centers use new technologies and advancements in care to provide greater clinical improvement, shorten lengths of stay, and prevent inappropriate hospital admissions.

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  • Taking an Innovative Approach to Crucial Patient Education and keeping patients on the road to recovery at the highest level of function possible. As such, Kindred works with chronic-acute patients before they’re discharged to anticipate concerns they might have after they leave and to educate them about medicine management, wound care, follow-up care, caregiver issues and other aspects of their disease process.

    “If patients don’t understand what’s happening to them, they panic and bounce back to the hospital,” says Beth Hock, Chief Clinical Officer, Kindred Hospital Dayton and 2013 President’s Award Winner. “Kindred nurses constantly talk about what they’re doing as another way of training patients about their condition.”

    Kindred Hospital Dayton also recently took patient education to a whole new level with a 48-year-old woman who suffered a spinal injury that left her a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic.

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  • Why Hospice? Why Now?

    By Cindy Henderson

     Cindy Henderson, BSN, RN, CHPN - Director, Acclaim Hospice and Palliative Care Cindy Henderson, BSN, RN, CHPN - Director, Acclaim Hospice and Palliative Care

    Hospice is a word that many people do not like to hear. They automatically, and naturally, equate the word with “dying.” The reality of life is that one day we will all face our own mortality. Hospice is a philosophy of care that supports those facing life-limiting illnesses. When cure is no longer possible and comfort care is desired, hospice can help people have a safe and comfortable journey as they pass from this life into the next. When hospice is recommended, we encourage people to think not about dying but about “living until you die.” Hospice is there to help provide for a safe and comfortable journey for the patient, and to help their loved ones go on living after they die.

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  • No Place Like Home

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Carolyn Athanas is looking forward to getting back to the home she left nearly five months ago. She’s looking forward to seeing her dog and to assessing the damage done to what has unintentionally become her husband’s man cave these last few months. And with the help of her caregivers at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Hanover Terrace, she plans to get there within the month.

    When Carolyn arrived at Hanover Terrace back in March, she couldn’t stand, walk or even move around in her bed without maximal assistance. Now, she can walk up to 80 feet without rest, can get out of her wheelchair with some assistance and can sit on the edge of her bed, all huge milestones in an arduous recovery process that has included six to seven days of occupational and physical therapy per week.

     

     Carolyn and John Kluge, PTA Carolyn and John Kluge, PTA

     

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  • Preserving Personal Freedom

    By Kindred Healthcare

    The word “independence” often brings to mind democracy, justice and patriotism, especially near the fourth of July. However, it rarely recalls thoughts of personal physical freedom. Many take their physical mobility for granted, but thousands of people in the United States are struggling to stay independent due to a myriad of health issues. Kindred recognizes that personal independence and freedom are integral to the treatment of the patient and their family, and works to preserve or recover that freedom.

    Kindred’s services differ from that of a traditional nursing home in that Kindred provides specialized short-term rehabilitation, bridging the gap between hospital and home, as well as long-term care provided in a safe, compassionate environment that fosters independence and dignity.

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