• Kindred Honors Veterans

    By Maggie Cunningham

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    Designated as a national holiday after the end of World War I, Veterans Day was first celebrated in 1918 as a way to recognize veterans and honor their patriotism. As a healthcare provider, this day is especially significant to us, because so many of the people we care for are veterans or are connected to veterans in some way. Because of this special connection, Kindred makes a point to honor veterans in multiple ways, not just on Veterans Day, but all throughout the year.

    Gulf War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bryan Anderson was a guest speaker at our Support Center Veterans Day ceremony. Following that event, a group of veterans were able to join us for an extended presentation by Anderson during which he shared more details about his service, his experiences as a combat-injured veteran and his work with USA Cares, a national charitable organization that addresses the critical and unmet needs of post-9/11 veterans and military families.

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  • President Obama Delivers Opening Remarks at WHCOA

    By Maggie Cunningham

    The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) is held only once every ten years. This year, it happens to fall during the 50th anniversary year of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.  The conference provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs, in addition to providing foresight into new and evolving issues that will shape the landscape for the growing population of older American’s over the next ten years.  

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  • How a Garden-Fresh Tomato Can Be Therapeutic

    By Kindred Healthcare
    How a Garden-Fresh Tomato Can Be TherapeuticIf you've grown your own vegetables, herbs or fruits, you know these fresh foods can be delicious. What you may not know is that the entire process of planting, growing and cultivating a garden can make you feel better physically and mentally. And it doesn't have to be edible plants -- flower gardens and mixed gardens have the same benefits. The beauty of gardening is that it can be a group or family activity that everyone can do together and your garden can be as big as your yard or just a corner by the fence. Read Full Post
  • Tips for the Family Caregiver

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Tips for the Family CaregiverThis story is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Being a caregiver for a family member who is ill or disabled is an incredible show of kindness, compassion and dedication to a loved one. It can also be challenging and exhausting mentally, physically and emotionally. While you want to do everything possible to keep your family member comfortable and content, sometimes it is a struggle. Pain management may be challenging; moods may be unpredictable or seem unwarranted. You may mourn the loss of your loved one’s abilities. You may be worn thin between caregiving and other commitments like your career, other family members or your social life. Read Full Post
  • What Can we do About Burnout Among Palliative Care Doctors?

    By Dianne Halderman, AVP, Clinical Operations, Kindred at Home

    Results of a recent study showed that burnout among palliative care physicians – those who focus on pain and symptom relief among patients with various diseases and conditions – is extraordinarily high: over 62 percent. The study, which relied on a survey of over 1,200 hospice and palliative care clinicians, also found that 50 percent of palliative care physicians expect to leave the field in the next 10 years. Severity of the burnout seemed to be affected by younger age, having fewer colleagues and working weekends.

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  • The Activities Director: Enriching the Life of Every Resident

    By Kindred Healthcare
    The Activities Director Enriching the Life of Every Resident finalJanet Baxter connects with all residents at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Maple to pull together a varied offering of activities and make sure there’s something for everyone – from cooking and coffee clubs to books and online games – to keep Kindred residents engaged and involved.

     

    Baxter has been in her role as Activities Director for six years. She started in Housekeeping and Dietary and was promoted first to the Assistant Activities Director and then to Activities Director. It's easy to see why, as soon as she starts to talk about her job, the staff and especially the residents, whom she calls "amazing."

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  • Alzhimer's and Dementia: Tips for Family Members and CaregiversThe holidays are usually a time filled with laughter and joy however for those with family members living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, stress and frustration can become an issue. Below are four tips to help prepare for gatherings and get through the holiday season a little more easily.

     

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  • Quality and Service Measures Across the Continuum

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Quality and Service Measures Across the ContinuumDuring the introduction for Sean Muldoon, MD the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Kindred Healthcare’s Hospital Division, the audience got a hint of the difficulty involved when it was noted that Muldoon was given the choice of solving world hunger or getting three key metrics measured the same way in all Kindred facilities. Solving world hunger, it was noted, would be the easier task.

     

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  • Leading Change at the Local Level - Continue the Impact

    By Kindred Healthcare

    NOTE: Mary's story is purely hypothetical and was crafted specifically for 2014 Clinical Impact Symposium attendees to use as an exercise in care transitions. Any resemblance to a person living or deceased is coincidental.  

    Throughout the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium: Clinical Excellence in the Care of the Stroke Patient Across the Continuum, participants were asked to consider the fictional case of Mary Marton, a 66-year-old woman who had been the primary caregiver for her debilitated husband, Jack, until she herself suffered a stroke. Participants broke into small groups yesterday to talk about some of the lessons learned through the care Mary received after a friend called 911 when she noted Mary’s speech was slurred and that she was having trouble picking things up off the table.

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  • Facilitated Breakout Sessions Examine Mary's Care

    By Kindred Healthcare
    CIS Marys Care Nov 12 aWithin the main session room, four groups gathered to discuss Mary’s care transition story during the Wednesday breakout sessions at the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium. Each group, consisting of around 14 to 18 participants, had a facilitator to help direct the discussion. The groups were made up of people from various disciplines from different types of facilities in different parts of the country.

     

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