• Kindred Volunteer Selected for National Honor

    By Kindred Healthcare

     

     Lorraine Oakes, AHCA Adult Volunteer of the Year, 2013 Lorraine Oakes, AHCA Adult Volunteer of the Year, 2013

     

    It was 23 years and more than 700 miles ago that Lorraine Oakes was bitten by the volunteering bug. Then a 40-something in Titusville, Florida, Lorraine had her first opportunity to volunteer in a nursing center, and she never looked back, despite a re-location to North Carolina. Now, more than two decades since she first set foot in the facility, her tireless devotion to the residents at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Elizabeth City earned her the respect of colleagues who nominated her for the 2013 American Health Care Association (AHCA) Volunteer of Year distinction, which she won.

    Lorraine, who is at the nursing center each day for about five or six hours, enjoys the opportunity to provide an encouraging voice, help a resident do his crossword puzzles or just be in the right place at the right time when people need her.

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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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  • Kindred Honors Ginger Stewart for 44 Years of Service

    By Kindred Healthcare

    The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was president. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Sesame Street debuted on television. And a young nurse named Naomi “Ginger” Stewart started work at Lakeside Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, a hospital that would eventually become Kindred Hospital Kansas City.

    “I have fulfilled many lifelong dreams that would’ve appeared to be those of a dreamer,” Ginger said in a letter announcing her retirement after 44 years of service. “The most important one was my father and mother’s dream for me to become a ‘real nurse,’ though teaching was always in my heart.”

    Ginger credits Kindred with allowing her to pursue that dream of teaching through a position as an adjunct nursing professor at Johnson County Community College.

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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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  • Do You Remember What this Device Is?

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Do You Remember What this Device Is?

    Participants at Kindred’s Fifth Annual Clinical Impact Symposium – from senior leadership to the clinicians on the front lines of patient care – say you should not only remember it, but you should use it often!

    A big takeaway from the three days of discussions: Communication. Is. Key.

    And it doesn’t require fancy devices to communicate effectively; it can be as easy as picking up the phone. Call the next care setting. Or the previous care setting. Talk about the patient. Gather important information. And let it inform great care across the continuum.

    Pick up the phone!

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  • The Value of a Healthy Workforce

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     Ronald S. Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH Ronald S. Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH

     

    In the last presentation of the 2013 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium, Ronald Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH, Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader, Health and Productivity for Wells Fargo Insurance Services, talked about the business value of a healthy workforce.

    People are remaining in the workforce longer than ever before, and perhaps longer than they had planned, Leopold said.

    “Your ability to earn a living is your biggest financial asset,” he said.

    And companies, in turn, are well-served to encourage a healthy workforce.

    “It’s in [companies’] best interest to get their workforces healthier and more importantly, it’s in your own best interest,” Leopold said.

    How can individuals do that? First, they can pick realistic goals and stick with them. Have a healthy lifestyle – move around, eat well, consider behavior changes – what are you doing that you shouldn’t be doing and vice versa?

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  • So What About Jack?

    By Kindred Healthcare
     (l-r) Matt Sivret, Tony Disser, Susan Sender, Kathy Owens, Mary Van de Kamp (l-r) Matt Sivret, Tony Disser, Susan Sender, Kathy Owens, Mary Van de Kamp

    As the Fifth Annual Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium wraps up, participants came together to make some recommendations for further care of our fictitious patient, Jack, who has many co-morbid conditions and ended up in the post-acute care continuum after being hit by a car while riding his bike, requiring surgery for a broken femur.

    After his initial discharge from the acute care hospital, Jack went to a skilled nursing facility, back to the acute care hospital, then to a transitional care hospital and ultimately he was transitioned to home health care. At the current moment, Jack’s home health providers are concerned about his agitated state and resistance to taking medications and exercising.

    As Jack continues his journey in the post-acute continuum, CIS participants had some common recommendations for his care:

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  • Kim Warchol has been an Occupational Therapist specializing in dementia for more than 24 years. One minute of listening to her talk about her field and you can hear the years of experience and passion in every word. But she readily admits that she wasn’t prepared to deal with cognitive impairment when she first started practicing.

    Her “aha!” moment came through the work of Claudia Kay Allen, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, which completely changed her perspective from focusing on the limitations of patients with cognitive impairment to focusing on uncovering what they could do. She hasn’t looked back since and, she says, she is no longer “leaving these vulnerable individuals to fend for themselves.”

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  • Kindred Employees Share Their Success at CIS Poster Session

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Although the posters at Kindred’s Clinical Impact Symposium came from different Kindred facilities and covered different topics, the one thing each had in common was the passion and enthusiasm of the people presenting the projects and information.

    While the posters were filled with technical terms and acronyms, the patient was never forgotten and there were often pictures of patients surrounded by their care teams, many having defied the odds for a successful outcome. While it wasn’t possible to cover all of the presentations, we had a chance to talk to the people behind three of them.

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     Attendees talk to Brenda Mayfield and Tanya Trotter about their poster presentation. Attendees talk to Brenda Mayfield and Tanya Trotter about their poster presentation.

     

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  • Managing Jack’s Infections

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Our fictitious patient, Jack, has developed severe diarrhea and is being treated with metronidazole. He is in a skilled nursing facility for wound care and rehabilitation. The diarrhea is not improving and oral vancomycin is started for suspected C. Diff infection. Stool cultures have been sent out.

    The stool culture comes back positive for CRE, or Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae.

     Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC

    Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, led participants at the Fifth Annual Clinical Impact Symposium through the next steps of infection control for our patient, Jack.

    Carrico first questioned participants about whether, given his situation, Jack should be isolated. The answer? Yes.

    “We must assume that a body fluid out of control is caused by something transmissible until proven otherwise,” she said.

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