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Acknowledging All Who Serve Our Country to Defend Our Freedoms as Americans

Posted by Dreu Adams on May 25, 2017 5:52:36 PM

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What a privilege it is each year to celebrate Memorial Day and acknowledge all who serve our country to defend our freedoms as Americans. Special thanks to the many active duty and Veteran members of the Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice families, not only our employees, but also their family members.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Hospice, Bereavement

Pet Therapy for In-Home Hospice Patients

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 25, 2017 11:18:50 AM

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Florence Nightingale once wrote that a small pet is ‘an excellent companion for the sick, for long chronic cases especially.’ The emerging field of pet therapy aims to capitalize on this positivity, enhancing recovery and promoting well-being. Patricia Petroulias, Residential Hospice’s director of education as well as an assistant professor at Oakland University, has initiated pet therapy as part of Residential Hospice’s available patient services. The pet therapy program connects hospice patients with volunteers and certified therapy dogs for comforting, furry encounters.

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Topics: Hospice

For Care with Consistency and Comfort, There’s No Place like Home

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 25, 2015 2:48:20 PM

National Home Care and Hospice Month

For National Home Care and Hospice Month this November, discover how extending care into the home can meet patients’ unique health needs.The National Association for Home Care & Hospice celebrates November as Home Care and Hospice Month. The theme for 2015 is ‘Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom’ — that is, the independence to remain living at home safely, and to stay out of the hospital.

Thousands upon thousands of skilled clinicians, including the exceptional nurses and therapists of Residential Home Health and Residential Hospice, make their way every day, in any weather, to wherever their patients call home. They deliver expert care, guidance, information, encouragement, and empowerment to maximize health and help patients and their caregivers manage chronic conditions. Read on to discover why care in the home is playing a growing role in health care, and how the Residential family is ready to meet the unique health needs of each of its patients.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Hospice, Palliative Care

Health News Round-Up: Building a Better Place Setting for Dementia

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Sep 15, 2015 3:03:45 PM

Engineering Easier Eating and Drinking for Cognitive Decline

Both the visual recognition of food and the motor skills needed to consume it can become barriers to proper nourishment.Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than thinking and memory; as cognitive decline progresses, patients may struggle to eat and drink. Both the visual recognition of food and the motor skills needed to consume it can become barriers to proper nourishment. One designer, after seeing her own grandmother struggle with her food, set out to assist. Sha Yao scoured available research and field-tested a line of bowls, spoons, and cups, which feature bright, contrasting colors and precisely engineered shapes.

The resulting tableware prototypes, dubbed ‘Eatwell,’ placed first in the 2013-2014 Stanford Design Challenge. Since that time, Yao has been pursuing resources to make Eatwell a reality for patients worldwide, and press has been growing as that goal reaches completion. The project was funded by more than 1,000 contributors via an Indiegogo campaign, and an update on the fundraising site reports that Eatwell is on track to begin shipping pre-orders by late September.

(Tableware designed for Alzheimer’s patients; CNN)

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Topics: Hospice, Dementia, Health News, Nutrition, Heart Disease, Smoking

A Bestselling Surgeon’s Striking Vantage on Aging and Care Priorities

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Book of the Month: September 2015

Our conversation-starting book for September examines the sometimes contentious relationship between aging and medicine from multiple vantage points.Dr. Atul Gawande has brought his insights as a surgeon, public health researcher, and professor of medicine to the literary world for many years. He has been recognized for his bestselling books and contributions to the New Yorker, primarily concerning modern medicine. Gawande’s writing is notable for migrating away from the thrilling, groundbreaking forefronts of treatment, often turning a critical eye on cutting-edge medicine and the expense and error it can introduce.

Gawande’s most recent book, Being Mortal, takes a bracing look at the dissonance between the aims of the US healthcare system and the best interests of aging or chronically ill patients. By placing himself and his own dawning fallacies as a physician into the story, he traces a path away from every-available-treatment and instead toward a new kind of compassionate care.

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Topics: Hospice, Recommended Reading, Advanced Care Planning