Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Gadgets for Senior Assistance and Entertainment

Lure crowds during your next health fair by offering a free raffle on some fun and functional electronics for seniors. Listed below are brief descriptions of some products available for the elderly in your community.

Easy-to-read simple cell phone for seniors to help them keep in touch with friends and family.

Electronic library that holds downloadable e-books. This product comes with a variety of built-in audio options that may help visually impaired seniors enjoy book reading.

This electronic day planner lets busy family members upload photographs, check appointments, and messages at the touch of a button.

These senior friendly computers, a product of HP and Microsoft, are designed to make everyday computer tasks easier. They also come with a variety of memory games and a prescription planner.

Friday, June 19, 2009

7 Ways for Caregivers to Improve Senior Quality of Life (attached link)

This is a post that will help all caregivers build meaningful relationships with their clients.

Check it out

Monday, June 15, 2009

Newly Named Healthcare Faculty Regulation

The Healthcare Faculty Regulation (HFR), lead by division chief Doug Colburn, will be the new name for the former Georgia Dept. of Community Health as of the first of July. This will be a division of the Georgia Office of Regulatory Services.

The move was in response to Senate Bill 433, which has forced the Dept. of Human Resources to transfer responsibility for licensure and regulation of hospitals and other health related institutions.

HFR will enforce licensing and regulate nursing homes, home health agencies, private duty home care, personal care institutions, and personal care home employee record checks.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Medical ID Theft

Many of your clients that do not check their medical records closely may be at risk of medical identity theft. According to the World Privacy Forum, as many as 500,000 Americans have been the victims of medical identity theft, most of which don’t even realize until it is too late. Recovery from identity theft can take years at the expense of the victim’s bank account, health plan, and dignity.

Surprisingly, a vast majority of the thieves are corrupt doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals that know their way around medical billing systems. A thief can ruin credit history, medical history records, and can even put the victim at risk of lost insurance coverage.

You can encourage your clients to be more aware of their medical record history by having them follow these simple steps:

• Always review your explanation of benefits (EOB) that is sent in through your medical insurer. Notify personnel if you see changes that do not correlate to your history.
• Monitor your insurance benefits
• Keep a copy of your medical records on hand. In case you would become a victim of medical identity theft, these important documents act as evidence.
• Correct inaccurate medical record immediately. Even minor mistakes need to be corrected to ensure accuracy.

By providing some basic information about medical identity theft prevention, your clients will respect your company for protecting their dignity and be more responsive to your services.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Nursing Home Negligence and Prevention

Court systems statewide are noticing increasing rates of nursing home negligence and elder abuse. The economic crisis is tempting too many caregivers to take advantage of these sensitive individuals.

The jump in abuse is creating an ever more competitive environment for nursing homes. Families are double checking safety and negligence records of nursing homes to ensure that such abuse doesn’t happen to their loved one.

Even if the nursing home does have a reliable record, it does not guarantee your family member will not be abused. Such unfortunate events are rarely to be blamed on supervisors, managers, and other higher level staff, rather they are simply the symptoms of an unjust caregiver.

If abuse is suspected and has supporting evidence, an elder abuse lawyer, nursing home abuse lawyer, or a nursing home negligence attorney can assist in obtaining compensation. Different cases receive varying levels of compensation. In some instances, a situation may be settled out of court.

Cases of elder abuse, not matter how small, can be a huge setback for any home health care business trying to entice new customers. To prevent such situations, provide incentives for experienced caregivers. Maintain yearly and quarterly caregiver training meetings. Require background checks for caregiver applicants and invest in random drug screening. Those not able to deal with the stress of caring for another individual may react inadvertently. Caregivers that are educated about dealing with stress and are provided with outlet options will be less likely to abuse their clients.