Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

It’s very difficult when your loved one has been diagnosed with Dementia because there are so many questions surrounding that news. And now you find yourself in the position of caregiver which can be difficult and overwhelming especially if you’re still working and have a family. One of the most important things to remember is you’re not alone. In 2017, 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia’s provided an estimated

How Can a Rehabilitation Hospital Help You and Your Family?

Deciding on care for a loved one with serious medical conditions can be confusing. In south central Pennsylvania, rehabilitation hospitals offer patients opportunities to move toward wellness and independence. An inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides physical medicine as well as rehabilitation programs and services. These hospitals offer advanced treatment tailored to each patient’s goals. Patients who may benefit from this type of care include those with some of the following conditions: • Fractures, joint replacements, musculoskeletal

Empower!You

Did you know that 1 in 3 people aged 65+ falls every year? Or that chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and lung disease can force older adults to give up their independence too soon? The good news is that there are free classes available to help older adults reduce their risk of falling and help people with chronic diseases learn to manage their symptoms for better quality of life. A Matter of Balance

Medicare Competitive Bidding and Mail-Order Diabetic Supplies

If you are covered by Medicare, are diabetic, and receive necessary testing supplies such as blood glucose meters, test strips, and lancets through the mail, Medicare Competitive Bidding will affect you. In the first round of Competitive Bidding which covered nine Metropolitan Service Areas (MSA) the Medicare mail-order diabetic supply fee schedule reimbursement rates were cut by more than half and in many cases at a level below the wholesale cost of the patients’ preferred

The Management of Diabetes in the Home Health Arena

       Diabetes has been noted to be one of the costliest and burdensome chronic diseases of our time. This is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone necessary to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.  Research indicates as recently as 2005, 25\% of most home health agency patient populations have diabetes with at least 10\% with a primary diagnosis of diabetes.   It is distressing to note diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and the reason for non-traumatic lower limb amputations in the United States.  Research has indicated a positive correlation between the increased number of people with diabetes and the increase in obesity.  In addition to the overwhelming direct costs of diabetes, there is documentation of skyrocketing indirect costs in the way of early retirement, disabilities, and significant loss of productivity.  These adverse events are often preventable with the right care.     

      Home Health agencies are committing themselves to reducing the incidence and costs of diabetes to our nation with the advent of chronic disease management in the home. We work to provide a sustained and consistent delivery of supportive care in the way of on-going education, skilled nursing visits in a standardized, yet individualized manner, and physical therapies as deemed necessary by the patient’s MD. The most effective approach is thought to be holistic in nature, as our bodies work as interacting systems with each other.   

       Our senior citizens have resources to access home health services under their Medicare benefits.  Here at home Caregivers Home Health, highly trained professionals in the care of people with diabetes are available 24 hours per day to answer questions, and guide you and your family towards the right services.   We work closely as a team with local endocrinology specialists such as Wasatch Endocrinology to “fine tune” the patient with diabetes for a quality and healthy life.  Diabetes is a complex disease, however, as a team we can help you keep it simple.

 

This article was submitted by Pat Reed RN, BSN. For more information please contact:  Pat Reed at Home Caregivers Home Health  801-485-6166.             

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       Diabetes has been noted to be one of the costliest and burdensome chronic diseases of our time. This is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone necessary to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.  Research indicates as recently as 2005, 25\% of most home health agency patient populations have diabetes with at least 10\% with a primary diagnosis of diabetes. 

Diabetes is Manageable

With more than 20.8 million people in the United States living with diabetes, it is a disease that affects many of us on a daily basis.      Diabetes is defined as high levels of blood glucose because of problems with the body’s insulin production.      There are two types of diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes, which accounts for 5-10 percent of all cases, occurs when the body’s immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that make