Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Statistics on Home Health Care Growth

New jobs for health aides, such as caregivers, will outweigh other positions in the health field such as doctors or nurses according to Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Compared to other non-health related occupations, health related fields have seen a 12% increase since 2000, of which 48% came from health care support such as home health care aides.

As the aging population continues to increase, there will no doubt be more home health care aide positions available to be filled.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Boomers Boost Web Traffic

A web traffic study by Neilson Online proved there are growing numbers of seniors seeking information online, particularly health related information. In fact, people 55 years and older accounted for nearly one third of the online traffic in late 2008.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project has shown that 91% of internet users between the ages of 64-72 also use email. Additionally, 85% of this age group uses search engines and 70% are seeking health related information.

Home health care companies can benefit from these numbers by providing additional online services on their websites such as email contact information, search bars, and other health related information.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

M.M.S. Study on Home Health Care from a Doctor's Viewpoint

A recent research collaboration between the Massachusetts Medical Society and Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts found that doctors supported the benefits of home health care, but found that there were problems within the medical system for wide spread referrals.

From a randomized sample of 3,000 Massachusetts licensed doctors, there were 248 responses from 12 specialties. Over half of the responses were from primary care physicians.

The majority agreed that these services allowed them to better manage their patients’ care, prevented emergency room visits, and reduced family stress.

Around half of the doctors said that paperwork, payment, and access problems interfered with home health services for their patients. Half stated that they had to keep patients in the hospital for a longer period simply because there was difficulty finding home health services.

I would like to thank The Boston Globe for providing much of the information. You can read their article here.

Friday, July 03, 2009

North Carolina Nurses Educate Legistlators About Effects of Medicaid Cuts

The state senate has recently approved a $55 million dollar budget cut to the Medicaid Personal Care Services (PCS) program. More than 36,000 elderly and children with mental/physical disabilities in North Carolina rely on these services as a part of their daily lives.

The North Carolina Association for Home and Hospice Care (AHHC) and its 900 agency membership have made efforts to educate the state legislators and communities about the devastating effects. The team points out a significant economic loss if the state forces many of these elderly patients into nursing homes, where care costs can nearly quadruple.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Encouraging Communication with Alzheimer's Patients

Caregivers need to understand how to listen to and communicate with their Alzheimer’s patients. This is essential for understanding their needs and developing a friendly relationship between caregiver and client. Make your caregivers aware of these simple steps.

  • Be Patient. Alzheimer’s patients may have difficulty finding the right words to describe what they are thinking. They may stay silent when they are trying to organize the words in their head.
  • Eliminate Distractions. The tv, phone, magazines, etc. may be inappropriate to use when conversing with your client. If your client is talking during a movie, turn the volume down. If you are on the phone, tell the person to hold for a couple of minutes.
  • Agree to Disagree. Expect that the opinions, habits, and interests of your client will be vastly different from yourself.
  • Be Reassuring. Alzheimer’s patients may be tempted to give up on communicating because of frustration or anxiety. Encourage your clients to speak their mind in their own words and that what they have to say is important to you.
  • Be Positive. Remember to smile when you listen to your clients! Expand on positive statements that your clients bring up.
  • Take Interest in Feelings. Emotions may be some of the easiest subjects for a client to express because they experience them daily. Highlight a good day or when you catch your client smiling or laughing.