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Senior Care Management Insights - December 2012

December, 2012
Transitional Care Services: A Rising Referral Option to Reduce Readmissions
Read full article.The intensely debated Medicare penalties for excessive readmissions have put healthcare professionals across the hospital industry in a difficult position. How can they minimize the number of returning patients without extra funding for the necessary interventions? As many hospitals have found, cooperation with community resources is key.

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Become a CAREGiver
If you enjoy working with older adults and want to experience the benefits of a flexible part-time job close to home, becoming a CAREGiverSM with the Home Instead network might be the career for you. No prior experience or medical skills are required. To apply, find a Home Instead office near you.

Additional Articles:
  • Are Social Factors Tied to Hospital Readmissions?
    There may be several non-medical factors outside of hospitals' control that are linked to how heart and pneumonia patients fare once they're discharged, according to a fresh look at past research.
  • Doctors Don't Always Address High Blood Pressure
    Doctors sometimes miss the opportunity to better control their patients' high blood pressure, according to a new study. "It's so common that we often forget about it," said Dr. Raman Ravi Khanna, the study's lead author.
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Home Instead Service Highlight:
Read full article.Housekeeping Services

Pushing a vacuum around the living room may be difficult for a senior who struggles with mobility, but a little assistance with those types of simple household chores can make a big difference for seniors determined to age safely and comfortably at home.

Home helper services provided by the Home Instead® network include light housekeeping tasks such as laundry, taking out the trash, dusting and vacuuming, assisting with pet care, and changing bed sheets, to name a few. 

While the Home Instead® network is not a cleaning or maid service, its CAREGiversSM are trained to provide light housekeeping tasks in conjunction with companionship services.

Practitioner's Tip:
Talk to Patients About Advance Directives

Less than half of severely or terminally ill patients have an advance directive in their medial record, according to a study done by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. And, between 65 and 76 percent of physicians whose patients had an advance directive were not aware that it existed.

You can help fill in these knowledge gaps by asking patients or a representative family member if they have completed an advance directive, or if they would like more information about putting one in place. Patients can download the appropriate forms and information from

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Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead®network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSMworldwide who provide basic support services — assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping — which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSMProgram to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead offices. At Home Instead, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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