• 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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  • 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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  • CNA With 44 Years at Kindred Nursing Center Loves Her Job

    By Kindred Healthcare

     Peggy McFarland, CNA Peggy McFarland, CNA

    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.

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  • Providing Home Care as a Trusted Advisor

    By Sylvia Todor

     

     

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

     

    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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  • Cleveland Nurse Puts the Care in Long-Term Care

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Cleveland Nurse Puts the Care in Long-Term Care A close, long-lasting relationship with the nurse-midwife who delivered her daughter inspired Marvalyn Drayton, RN, BSN, to pursue a career in nursing herself, and to focus on long-term care.

     

    “When you are comfortable with the person you are seeing long-term, they become your family,” she said.

    When she graduated from nursing school nearly four years ago, Marvalyn, 28, took a job with Kindred Hospital Cleveland, and has never looked back. She was recently promoted to nurse supervisor.

    “Because our patients are here long-term, I really get to know them, and I love that part of my job,” she said. “When something is wrong, I know it, because I know them so well.”

    There are challenges as well, but addressing them and rising to them can have its own rewards, Marvalyn said.

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  • What is an ACO?

    By Sophia Kroon

    Born out of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the concept of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is tied to the goal of providing better and more efficient, coordinated health care to more people at lower cost. The organizations themselves are composed of groups of physicians and other providers of Medicare-covered services, and venues where care is provided, connected by networks of individual practices or partnerships, joint ventures or hospital-employed ACO professionals.  Payment is tied to the achievement of health care quality goals, and the organization is expected to be patient-centered, with patients and providers working together toward optimum health care delivery.

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  • Moving Forward After Traumatic Brain Injury

    By Sophia Kroon

    Returning to daily life as usual after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seem daunting.  Many TBI patients believe every facet of their life will be different.  However, this does not have to be the case, as brain injury rehabilitation can help make this seemingly scary recovery an easy transition.

    Brain injury rehabilitation helps you regain abilities that have been lost due to TBI.  This rehabilitation helps patients learn to live again --- to be as independent as possible, to live with changes caused by TBI, and to readjust to home, family, and community.

    Rehabilitation efforts should begin as early in the recovery process as possible – as soon as the patient’s condition is stable enough and doctors have taken all necessary preventative measures against further complications.  Patients that begin rehabilitation quicker are more likely to regain lost abilities and functions.

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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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  • Planning a Valentine’s Day Visit to a Loved One

    By Sophia Kroon

    Valentine’s Day can be a popular day for visiting a loved one, and planning ahead can make for a more successful visit. Lyle Pepin, District Director of Case Management, recommends calling the Case Manager or nurse before you arrive to get an update on the patient’s condition and to see if there are any scheduled tests or therapies that might interrupt your visit.

     

     Family visits can raise spirits and help patients achieve their goals quickly. Family visits can raise spirits and help patients achieve their goals quickly.

     

    “The Case Manager can explain your loved one’s progress and planned next steps. This gives visitors something to talk about during a visit,” he says.

    Start with light conversation such as news about the family or a favorite sports team. Then, transition into a positive conversation about their status such as: I heard you walked down the hall on your own today and they’re going to take you outside next week.

    “This helps reinforce what the patient is hearing from their treatment team and keeps the family involved in their progress,” says Pepin.

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