The nurses and therapists of Residential Home Health are healthcare experts — their first priority is delivering superior medical care. But their care is emotional and interpersonal as well, generously providing support and empathy in times of fear or frustration. This story is a powerful example of balancing level-headed expertise with overwhelming compassion that hit very close to home. Thanks to RN Case Manager Rosealee for sharing her memorable tale of weathering an emergency with her patient and his family.
At Residential Home Health, we’re tuned in to the concerns affecting our patients and the potential pitfalls that can threaten their health and independence at home. But as people, we are also patients ourselves — and vulnerable to the same issues. Mario Nanos, Executive Vice President of Sales for Residential Home Health, shares his story of a medication near-miss, in his own words.
At Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice, we’re tremendously proud of the staff and clinicians who give their all to deliver extraordinary patient care. Today we’re featuring one nurse’s story of making an international difference, in her own words. Currently a triage nurse, Amy has been with Residential Home Health since 2002. Read on for her global perspective on compassionate patient care.
At Residential Home Health, we pride ourselves on recognizing patients’ unique needs and helping them achieve life-changing goals through superior care. Today we are fortunate to hear from a former patient about her Residential experience, in her own words. Thanks to Jana for sharing her incredible accomplishments with us!
‘I Would Not Want to Be Any Other Way’
A muscle biopsy revealed that a diagnosis of congenital myopathy muscular dystrophy was mine at two years of age. That day, everything changed for my parents, except the way they were going to raise me. My slow development came with an affected gait, which made a wheelchair, walker, and leg braces essential, and a unique speech, slow and unsteady, but nothing a good time-taking listener cannot understand.
‘She’s not a textbook case,’ my neurologist still tells my parents today, and being worthy of that statement is something for which I live daily, teaching one of my favorite lessons: that an affected speech does not allude to a mental disability in all cases. My different abilities define me in ways only the people close to me, whom I am fortunate to have, understand.
Like many of my peers these days, I am navigating the challenging world of caregiving for my parents. On top of their physical and emotional needs, I have come up against some legal obstacles in my caregiving journey - for example, durable power of attorney. I’ve come to believe that most physicians and attorneys would recommend designating a patient advocate for health care and financial affairs in case seniors (or anyone, really) become unable to participate in medical treatment and financial decisions for themselves.
There are several online services that can help you accomplish this for a fee, but you can actually do it yourself for free. In fact, the State of Michigan provides help in planning for medical care in the event of loss of decision-making ability through the Office of Services to the Aging (OSA).