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Faster Joint Replacement Recovery — Setting Yourself Up for Success

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 21, 2016 4:00:02 PM

Having a successful joint replacement surgery goes way beyond the operating room. Prepare your home and care team for long-term recovery, faster.There’s no way around it: recovering from joint replacement surgery is hard work. At least as much as other procedures, the speed and success of your recovery can depend on the effort you put in and the tools and experts you draw on for support.

One major way to give yourself the fastest possible joint replacement recovery is to go into your surgery well-prepared. Read on for our tips on preparing your home and your care team for the road to recovery, and how home health care can keep you on that fast track toward restored function.

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Topics: Joint Replacement, Fall Prevention

When Stroke Is Suspected, Speedy Actions Save the Day

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 14, 2016 2:27:02 PM

RW-SuspectedStroke-600x480-150115.pngIn a perfect world, home health care would progress without any setbacks. Improvements would happen exactly as planned, on schedule, without interruption. And health scares — related or not to a patient’s chronic illness — would be unheard of.

In the real world, however, health is a little trickier to maintain, especially at home. There’s so much to manage: home hazards, medication dangers, financial matters….Even when someone’s health and strength is progressing well at home, there’s no guarantee that a sudden symptom or warning sign won’t pop up. For Residential physical therapist Kimberly, her patient was appearing to do just great, until, just as quickly, she wasn’t. But Kimberly's medical expertise and calm approach allowed her to recognize the red flags and summon emergency help. Her story of wise clinical judgment and speedy action shows the value of urgent treatment when a stroke is suspected, possibly even reducing the extent of injury.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Stroke

Understanding Sibling Dynamics When Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by Emily Lewis on Jul 11, 2016 3:37:56 PM

GEN-BLOG-BAN-600x460-150115-UnderstandingSiblings.pngThe situation is new – taking care of Mom or Dad – but sometimes, the old story still dictates family interactions. It can become especially apparent when siblings try to assign jobs or make decisions together. Old family roles are rekindled….Who is the ‘responsible kid’ in the family? Who leads the pack and is dominant, and who is considered flighty or unavailable? The challenges may be escalated further when one sibling lives close to the parent and the others are physically distant.

Unspoken Expectations and Asking for Help

A large part of sibling tensions can arise from lack of communication. One huge step that any caregiver can take is asking for help, and specific help at that. Many times, a brother or sister may be disappointed in another sibling for not contributing more, but has never communicated the need or where there are gaps to fill in the care.

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Topics: Caregiving

Protecting Independent Living for Loved Ones Might Just Save Their Lives

Posted by Dreu Adams on Jun 30, 2016 1:30:00 PM

GEN-BLOG-Living_For_Loved_Ones-600x460-062316.pngAs our parents age, we’d all like to see them continue the activities they love and enjoy independent living as long as possible. But did you know that helping them maintain that independence might just also save their lives? Although heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease remain the leading causes of death in seniors age 65 and older, would you believe that falling is the leading cause of injury-related death in this group? In fact, in 2012 and 2013, 55% of all unintentional injury deaths among adults over 65 were due to falls.1 Each year, one in three adults over 65 suffers at least one fall, and the likelihood of falling quadruples again by age 75.2

And while we can’t protect against every possible risk, the majority of falls can, and should, be prevented. The majority of falls occur while completing activities of daily living, especially when seniors have diminished physical capabilities but are still attempting the same tasks as before. The research of gerontologists Morse and Dixon indicates that 78% of falls can be classified as ‘anticipated,’ 8% as ‘unanticipated,’ and 14%  ‘accidental’ (that is, attributable to outside factors).3

To address that whopping 86% of falls that are likely preventable and ensure our loved ones’ safety and independence, we need to understand those factors that contribute to falls in individuals over the age of 65.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Durable Medical Equipment: The Fundamentals of a Home Care Essential

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jun 24, 2016 2:05:04 PM

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For people living with chronic illness or injury, staying safe and independent at home relies on getting the help they need. And help comes in all forms: caregiving from family and loved ones; expert medical assistance from home health clinicians; and services like food deliveries and yard work. For many seniors aging in place, one critical source of help comes in the form of devices that are designed to promote safety and disease management at home.

Known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME), this broad spectrum of devices ranges from walking aids to blood sugar monitoring equipment, and much more. This guide offers an overview of how DME is defined, how it’s handled by insurance, and who to turn to in order to get the right DME for your home and needs.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Aging In Place