Emergency Department Visits Are Rising!

Despite CMS efforts to reduce hospitalizations, the number of emergency room visits among seniors are rising. The CDC report highlighted that the number of seniors who end up in an ER will continue to rise as the population continues to age. Given that the fastest growing age group in the country is 80+ year olds, the statistics are alarming!

Homecare is a valuable solution to help reduce hospitalizations. As adults get older, having help at home can help minimize many of the risks that lead to hospitalizations. With a wide range of services, home care can help seniors remain safe, healthy, and independent. If you would like more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

The Great Reset in Senior Care

In Healthcare industry news we are seeing daily reports of organizations launching home-based care programs. We’re seeing Hospital at Home, SNF at Home, and Mayo Clinic launched an advanced care at home model as an example.

The reality is that payors, health care organizations, and senior advocates are looking for new and creative ways to keep seniors at home with the care and services they need. Luckily we have been specializing in this type of care for over 30 years!

Policymakers recognize the growing demand and are rethinking how we deliver care to seniors. Spiking hospitalizations and readmission rates are causing healthcare costs to surge. Keeping patients at home is the goal of everyone. In fact, expanding home and community-based services is part of the legislative package that was passed on November 19, 2021, as part of the Build Back Better Act.

Home care services are an integral part of any home-based care model. Researchers have found more than 90% of hospital readmissions can be traced to non-clinical factors, such as having insufficient support for day-to-day functional needs after a patient is discharged home.

This article outlines how we can all work together to, “Build Back Better for Seniors!” We would love to talk to you in more detail about how our home care services can help you and your family reduce hospitalizations and improve outcomes for your loved ones. For more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

Parkinson’s Disease Resources

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. We always like to share helpful information to support patients and their families. We created this resource guide for people with PD and their families as part of our TULIP campaign.

Anyone with a chronic disease like PD can use all the help they can get. We compiled a list of agencies to support and direct patients and/or their families as they walk through their journey.

Parkinson’s is a challenging progressive neurological condition that impairs a person’s movement and, in advanced stages, requires full-time care. We provide Parkinson’s Care at Home which focuses on ensuring that clients get their medication on time every time and have the help they need with ADLs to avoid falls.

Many people with PD complain of changes in their thinking and mental abilities, difficulties when decision making, planning activities, and problem-solving. Our caregivers are trained in Parkinson’s related dementia and are familiar with dementia care techniques.

For more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.

“If I Could Turn Back Time”

Senior isolation during the pandemic reached an all-time high. There are many articles suggesting that isolation, loneliness, and depression have become major health concerns among the senior population.

In addition to loneliness, ER visits within this age group are also on the rise. The CDC reports a yearly average of 29 million ER visits by patients 60 and over. Their data shows that the risk of hospitalizations increases with age and chronic conditions.

Unfortunately, we can’t turn back time, but our home care services can lift a person’s spirit and help oversee their health and wellbeing! Caregivers are trained to assist seniors in the activities that keep patients safe at home. Two of the main causes of hospitalizations are falls and poor management of their medical condition, including medication management. These are important tasks that are satisfied with home care.

Making a difference in a senior’s life is the goal of every caregiver. That’s why they chose this line of work. Over the years, we have seen incredible friendships develop. As care managers, it is our job to assess the client’s needs and ensure that the care plan addresses exactly what tasks need to be accomplished each visit, and what risks the caregiver should avoid. We always like to get family feedback too to ensure that we’re not missing anything. It is a team effort, and communication is key.

For more information, please call our office at 844-543-3546.