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Pain Control and Close Calls: Benefits of Wound Care at Home

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 11, 2016 10:21:47 AM

Residential nurse Jessica combined skilled attention and wound care with education and advocacy, easing her patient’s pain and restoring her outlook.Residential in the Real World

At Residential Home Health, we ask ‘What’s your health challenge?’ because our care is far from one-size-fits-all. Each patient’s health status and history informs what kind of care is appropriate for the situation, whether that be nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical social work, speech therapy, or often some combination. And beyond these different services, Residential clinicians may have extra training and specialize in a particular area of expertise or proven treatment — for example, certification in the LSVT BIG and LOUD therapies for patients with Parkinson’s or other neurological disorders.

Another area of specialization is wound care; Residential employs nurses who take on extra courses of study and certification and have become experts at wound dressing and healing at home. For one Residential patient, ignoring an injury allowed her wounds to progress and worsen, and more than dressing changes was needed to repair them. Read on to learn how Residential nurse and case manager Jessica combined skilled attention and hands-on care with education and advocacy, easing her patient’s pain and restoring her outlook.

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Topics: Real World Stories

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

Residential Staff Story: ‘I Was Glad I Was the One There to Help’

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jun 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

When an emergency hit very close to home, Residential RN Case Manager Rosealee balanced level-headed expertise with overwhelming compassion.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.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Guest Contributor

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

Found in Translation: Breaking an Invisible Barrier to Success

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

RW-_VerbalBarrier_BAN-600x480-150115In life and in health care, we all have barriers to success. But some obstacles are easier to spot than others. Physical symptoms, such as a tremor or shortness of breath, can be quickly spotted by a clinician and addressed appropriately. But often the barrier is invisible: fear of falling, unwillingness to give up certain foods, or something else that breeds discouragement. We're not always inclined to announce our invisible barriers, so for someone else to discover them takes time, attention, and patience.

For Taresa, a Residential nurse and case manager, one patient presented a puzzle that at first she couldn't solve. Yet with careful deduction and gentle coaching, she recognized an invisible barrier that was so hidden, no one else had discovered it. Read on to learn about her compassionate actions, and the incredible health breakthrough that followed. 

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Topics: Real World Stories