Managing Chronic Pain with a Visiting Nurse

Managing chronic pain is easier with a visiting nurse Living pain-free is important to maintaining your health and happiness, and is a priority to you. It’s a priority for your visiting nurse and home healthcare agency too! From medication to meditation, the skill and expertise of a visiting nurse can help you with managing chronic pain using a variety of techniques. A solid pain management program at home will improve your quality and life and keep you more comfortable. It not only relieves physical pain, but also eases the related side effects such as nausea and anxiety.   Managing Pain […]

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Primary Healthcare at Home Saves Medicare Money

In the long run, patients receiving primary healthcare at home save Medicare money. A report published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, found that patients who receive home-based medical care had fewer visits to the ER, less hospitalizations or stays at a skilled nursing facility. The report was also highlighted in August 2014 by MedStar Washington Hospital Center. They found that primary healthcare at home incurred 17% lower overall costs over a 2 year period. The study shows that in-home, primary care saved an average of $8,477 per patient over 2 years. It compared costs, care and survival of […]

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What Does a Health Coach Do?

A health coach helps you achieve better overall wellness and healthy choices. One of the latest trends in personal care are health coaches. They are focused on your goals for health and overall wellness and can be a valuable asset to home health care. Think of a health coach as a personal trainer of sorts, but with a different focus. Instead of traditional physical fitness, a health coach looks outside of exercise to your nutrition, vitamins and overall wellness. They help you make healthy lifestyle choices that are personalized for your unique situation. Not only can a health coach help […]

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Health Care Trends in West Michigan for 2014

A report by Grand Valley State University from January 2014 takes a comprehensive look at the state of health care in West Michigan. The full report on the GVSU website entitled Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan 2014 is the fifth edition of the report. Focusing on Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan Counties, it details Knowledge Foundations, Health Care Trends and Economic Data related to medical care in the area.   Knowledge Foundations This section of the report covers two very broad areas, Graduation and Jobs as well as Medical Patents. They do see enough graduates in West Michigan […]

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The Advantages of Health Care at Home

The progress in medical technology over the past decade have increased the advantages of healthcare at home! Medical technology makes it easier and more affordable to get more comprehensive medical care at home. Not long ago, even if you had a visiting nurse, there were still many services that could only be provided at a doctor’s office of hospital. But with the advances in portable medical devices, many of those services can now be performed right at home. The number of patients who receive care at home has increased not only due to an increase in the aging population, but also […]

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AARP: Technology Allows You or Your Parents to Age at Home

An article from AARP talks about new technology that allows us to age at home more independently. The article from the AARP Bulletin in March 2014, titled New Technology Could Allow You or Your Parents to Age at Home, outlines how new technology is being developed to monitor and report our health and safety at home. With the use of sensors and GPS trackers, it’s easier to monitor vital signs, medication management and even safety issues. Whether its children checking in on parents, or doctors monitoring your health at home, technology is making it easier to live at home longer! […]

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Preventable Hospitalization Rates of Michigan’s Aging Population

In 2012, there were 134,400 Michigander’s Age 65 or older with preventable hospitalization. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, thousands of senior citizens could have prevented hospitalization with better management of chronic health conditions, or by maintaining better health to avoid acute conditions such as dehydration. Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Asthma and Hypertension all show significant, typically preventable hospitalizations, in this population of Michigan residents. Acute conditions such as pneumonia, kidney infections and dehydration are also prevalent. Many of these are also preventable with better daily health care at home. The key to preventing […]

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Americans Want to Prevent Cuts to Medicare Home Healthcare

Poll: 8 in 10 Americans support action to prevent cuts to Medicare Home Healthcare In an August 2014 article on Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare’s website, a poll was published regarding American’s support of Medicare Home Healthcare. “Democratic, Republican and Independent voters alike express stronger support for Lawmakers who vote in favor of legislation to replace Medicare Cuts with Payment Reforms.” Key findings of the survey show that opposition to Medicare Home Health cuts remains high. –    85.6% favor providing Medicare home healthcare services to homebound, elderly people –    81.5% think Congress needs to prevent harm to American […]

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Technology Enables Better Home Healthcare

Portable, in-home medical devices enable better home healthcare Self-management devices that keep track of vital medical information, coupled with computers and internet make it easier to manage chronic conditions and reduce medical expenses. You take fewer trips to the doctor’s office, while monitoring your condition more closely. With all the technological advances of the past 2 decades, and instant access to so much information, it is only natural that we leverage these advantages for home healthcare. Portable, in-home medical devices automatically communicate important medical information with your doctors. This allows them to closely monitor changes in your condition, and also […]

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Performance Review for Your Medicare Home Health Care Agency

It’s a good idea to review the performance of your Medicare home health care agency from time to time. No matter who your Medicare home care agency is, you need to be sure that they are serving your needs and doing the best job possible. After all, your health is in their hands!  Taking an objective look at the care you receive identifies areas where you should speak with caregivers. Either to let them know they are doing a great job, or where they can improve. The Official Handbook for Medicare Home Health Care has a handy checklist to review […]

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