One of the biggest challenges within the home care industry today is an agency’s ability, or lack thereof, to compile a complete and accurate account of a client’s care experience. Documentation is vital as it shows that quality care has been provided. Good clinical documentation also: [Read more…]
We are all comforted by our own little routines, whether we enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning before diving into work or reading a book before bed. However, for people with Alzheimer’s, the comforts of a regular routine are even more potent.
In a past blog, we discussed the importance of routine and familiarity for Alzheimer’s patients. Routines help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia feel as though they have a touchstone, and as memory loss slowly impairs the person’s ability to make plans or complete activities on his or her own, a routine becomes even more essential. [Read more…]
Some days it’s difficult to remember all the things you need to do in order to get out of the house and off to work in the morning – make lunches for the kids, sign permission slips, let the dog out, make a grocery list, and brush your teeth. Now imagine you’re an older adult with dementia and you have to remember to take five different medications on different days, some in the morning and others in the evening. Your morning routine is starting to look a bit easier, right?
The leaders of home health agencies wear many hats—from scheduling a caregiver’s shift, to documenting a patient’s new ailment, to keeping up with healthcare legislation. And just when you thought you couldn’t put on another hat, there’s one more—focusing on hospital needs. With the increasing need for improved transitional care, home health agencies are being asked to step up to the challenge to help hospitals meet their needs and reduce patient readmissions. [Read more…]
Nowadays, the importance of data is apparent in everything we do, and the health care industry is no exception. The data that Arrow Solutions home care software can track—such as access to the patient’s medical history, communication between healthcare professionals and the client, and comprehensive home care documentation—can help your agency maintain quality care, keep clients from being readmitted to the hospital, and potentially lower costs. [Read more…]
If you were asked to envision what a storyteller looks like, you might imagine someone sitting cross-legged on the floor, perhaps near a campfire, surrounded by others who are actively listening to each word being spoken. What likely does not come to your mind is a vision of a home care worker, caregiver, or home health nurse. In fact, we imagine storytellers sitting still, while home workers are constantly in motion, providing essential services to multiple clients in their home environments in multiple locations. But home health workers are storytellers, and very important ones at that. The stories they tell about clients must be rich with completeness and accuracy in order for clients to achieve positive outcomes, and home care agencies to achieve compliance and growth. Let’s explore why. [Read more…]