• When Elders Need Care: Home Environment

    By Sylvia Todor
    Sylvia Todor AuthorEven with a close friend or family member, talking to someone about unpleasant odors in their home isn't an easy conversation. However, Sylvia Todor, Regional Marketing Director with Kindred at Home, explains that tackling this tough subject may be in the best interest of your elderly loved one.

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  • Sylvia Todor AuthorSylvia Todor, Regional Marketing Director with Kindred at Home, offers advice on signs to look for with elderly loved ones and how personal home care assistance can help. Here, she provides information on understanding why the elderly may have limitations when it comes to keeping their homes clean and odor-free.

    As we age, it can become harder to take care of ourselves and our homes. If your parents always kept their home clean and tidy when they were younger, it may be hard to understand why things have changed as they have grown older. There are several factors that can contribute to this and it's important for family members and other loved ones to be aware of the changes and understand why it might be happening. By understanding the challenges your elderly family members and loved ones face, you can help get them the assistance they need to keep their homes clean.

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  • Karen Schulkin, a nurse with Professional Healthcare at Home, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award presented by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

    Annually, NAHC promotes a nationwide recognition campaign that asks its members, affiliates and the public to help choose a top home care and hospice nurse from every state. NAHC recognizes nurses for providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions and making a difference in patients’ lives. A public vote determines the winning nurse from the top 10 finalists featured on their website.

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  • The Smell Test: When Elders Need Care

    By Sylvia Todor
    When caring for an aging loved one, there are many subtle signals indicating they need help but these signs often go unnoticed. Sylvia Todor, Regional Marketing Director with Kindred at Home, offers some advice on what to look for and how home care can help.

    The Smell TestIf you notice musty and other unpleasant odors in your elder loved ones homes or on them, personally, it’s a big red flag that they need personal home care assistance. It’s more than strange odors. It’s an issue of health, sanitation, and declining physical capabilities. Read Full Post
  • What to Expect After Stroke Diagnosis

    By Kindred Healthcare

    After Stroke DiagnosisHelping others recognize the signs of a stroke can shorten the time before a person gets treatment, and faster medical treatment can minimize long-term effects or prevent death.

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  • Reducing the Risk of Heat-Related Illness

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Reducing the Risk of Heat-Related IllnessEarlier this week, we discussed heat safety and various factors that can contribute to heat-related illness. Below are ways to reduce your risk as well as first aid tips.

     

    Stay tuned to local weather news for heat alerts or warnings as you plan your outdoor activities. Be aware of the Heat Index, which factors in humidity levels as well as air temperature. With relative humidity at just 55 percent, 92 degrees has a Heat Index temperature of 101.

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  • The Heat is On: Stay Cool and Safe

    By Kindred Healthcare
    The Heat is On: Stay Cool and SafeWhen temperatures drop into the teens, most people take extra precautions to stay warm and limit their exposure outside. Rising temperatures call for extra safety measures, too.

     

    As the days warm up, don’t underestimate how deadly the heat can be: The National Weather Service (NWS) calls it “one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.”

    You can prevent heat-related illness and fatalities. Understanding and limiting the risks will go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe all summer.

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  • Kindred CNA With 25 Years of Service Shares Her Story

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Josephine Holmes

    Josephine Holmes pushed Carol outside in her electric wheelchair so she could get some fresh air. Due to her medical condition, Carol was paralyzed. She could not speak, eat or breathe on her own. But Josephine Holmes loved her, and she took care of her nearly every day for 11 years.

    Josephine is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Kindred Hospital Bay Area – Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Carol was one of her patients. As Josephine recalls the memory of Carol, her voice cracks.

    “I became like her daughter,” Josephine said. “And before she passed away, her family called me at home because all she wanted to do was be with me. Carol’s family trusted me more than they trusted anyone.”

    Carol was just one of the many Kindred patients that Josephine has impacted. Josephine has been a CNA with Kindred for 25 years. She is responsible for helping patients bathe, eat, walk, exercise and use the restroom. She also must take blood pressure, turn bedridden patients and give post-mortem care.

    “I raised both of my kids being a CNA,” Josephine said. “Now, my son is an engineer and my daughter is a secretary at the hospital.”

    Josephine’s colleague, Marisol Gonzalez, calls her a loyal asset to Kindred. And colleague Nancy Reyes agrees.

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  • Home Health for Parkinson’s Disease

    By Kindred Healthcare

    By, Jessy Draka, Communications Intern

    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox may be familiar people, but how familiar are you with their disease? Many people have misconceptions about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and education can change that.

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  • Health Essentials: A Good Night’s Sleep

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Sometimes it seems you’re asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, but nearly everyone has had nights where they just couldn’t get to sleep right away or they woke up after two or three hours and couldn’t go back to sleep. And most have felt the effects the next day.

    Your body needs sleep and not just so you don’t nod off at your desk in the afternoon. How well you sleep impacts your overall health.

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