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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

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

Stretch Limbs, Save Lives: A Day’s Work for In Home Physical Therapy

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Mar 12, 2016 11:31:00 AM

Not all home health care is routine. For one Residential patient, having in home physical therapy with Negasi was a literal and figurative lifesaver.Home health care begins by setting a plan of care: a carefully chosen prescription for the exact medical services that the patient needs in the home, at a frequency that is appropriate for those needs. Some patients may need multiple therapies several times per week during a recovery period. Others may have less frequent visits to monitor status and ensure that chronic conditions are staying well managed. With a plan of care in place, the schedule of visits — and what those visits will entail — can be relatively routine.

But there are always exceptions. Working in home health care means being prepared for anything. A clinician never knows what situation will be waiting when he or she walks into a patient's home; for example, this sensational story of stumbling into a financial scam in progress. In today's true story, Residential Home Health physical therapist Negasi was already improving his patient's functional status with routine care. But when he walked into an emergency situation, Negasi was a literal lifesafer.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Real World Stories

Move, Flex, and Feel Freer for National Physical Therapy Month

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Oct 29, 2015 5:10:04 PM

National Physical Therapy Month

In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we recognize the strengths of Residential Home Health’s physical therapists in helping patients age well.For National Physical Therapy Month this October, we honor the Residential Home Health clinicians who get patients up and moving. With a singular emphasis on physical function and strength, a physical therapist seeks to advance the body’s performance and capability, preparing patients to do more, for longer, with renewed confidence.

The practice of physical therapy involves some form of exercise, tailored to a patient’s individual needs. Anything from resistance training to stretching to walking with an assistive device could be part of physical therapy work. Patients who undergo physical therapy are carefully instructed to perform their exercises safely, and supported throughout their training as they practice and improve. Keep reading for more about the extraordinary gains that physical therapy can bring, and the many strengths and skills of these specialized clinicians.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Fall Prevention, Fitness

Outside Looking In: Expert Help to Spot a Troubling Pattern

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Oct 6, 2015 4:44:55 PM

Residential Nurse Alert to the Rescue

Residential Nurse Alert to the rescue.Each of us receives care from a multitude of people and places. Primary care physicians, specialists, surgeons, nurses, therapists, caregivers, and aides may treat different disease states in different areas of the body, possibly at different times. We might be tended to at home, in the doctor’s office, in an emergency department or hospital setting, in a rehab facility, or anywhere, in any combination. Often, we’re receiving specific treatment in light of a specific issue or episode. But sometimes, what appears to be an isolated incident — when viewed as part of our larger health picture — may actually be part of a pattern.

Efforts to centralize health information and communicate among providers are aimed at catching these kinds of warning signs before they become a larger problem. For example, Residential Home Health clinicians follow up with their patients’ primary physician and other care providers, working together to track progress and avoid missteps in disease management or recovery. And for one repeat Residential Home Health patient, using the Residential Nurse Alert emergency response system was instrumental in identifying a worrisome pattern.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Real World Stories, Residential Nurse Alert