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A1. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS by Amy Nelson
As health care reform is implemented, there is a building momentum towards keeping patients in their homes whenever possible. Home care is fast becoming an integral part of the care continuum, bridging the clinic-based care model and the actual world patients live in.
For All Ages and Many Conditions
In addition to the senior niche, home care serves people of all ages who are recovering from health challenges, are disabled, chronically ill, or in need of end-of-life care. Their ongoing needs may be medical, nursing, therapeutic, or just assistance with the basic activities of daily living, and their home care ranges from a one-hour weekly visit to 24-hour-care.
Chronic patient needs that are being handled by home care nurses include tracheotomy, ventilator, g-tube, IV therapies, and many cardiac issues. Cancer and transplant patients are also recuperating at home. Skilled private-duty nurses and care managers working in the home regularly meet complex medical needs. All such nurse activities are signed off by MDs and patient plans of care are recertified at a minimum every 60 days.
Recent advances in medical technology have increased the population of patients now treated at home. Common home medical interventions include: infusion therapies with central and peripheral lines, lab draws, parenteral and enteral nutrition, sleep diagnostic testing, and respiratory assistive devices such as CPAP, oxygen monitoring, CO2 monitoring, and airway clearance equipment.
New technologies are making home care a more viable option today. Telehealth service management, electronic medical records, and a variety of assistive technologies such as home sensors all improve service levels. A nurse using telehealth equipment can potentially make up to 15 visits a day rather than the standard five.
Types of Home Care
Who Pays for Home Care?
Payment options for home care include self-pay, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, community organizations, commercial health insurance companies, managed care organizations. CHAMPUS and Work Injury Compensation.
A Cost-Effective Alternative
In 2009, for instance, national charges by Medicare were $135 per home care visit, $622 per day for skilled nursing facilities and $6,200 per day for inpatient hospital care. The average monthly cost of home care aid for seniors is now $764 per month while the average monthly cost of similar care at nursing homes is $4,890. The numbers speak for themselves.
Home care is a critical component of collaborative care that is moving from the periphery to the mainstream. Home is where families want their loved ones to be, and it's where quality of life for patients can best be had.
Amy Nelson is Founder, President and COO of Accurate Home Care, the leading provider of quality home care services in the Upper Midwest. AHC serves a wide range of medically complex pediatric and adult clients in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Amy can be reached at 763.633.3800 or email@example.com.
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A2. NAPA--THE NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT ACT
With President Obama's signature, the first national action plan for Alzheimer's disease became law on January 5, 2011, setting the stage for a coordinated effort to "accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt or reverse the course of Alzheimer's" and "improve the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and coordination of the care and treatment of citizens with Alzheimer's."
The plan is part of the National Alzheimer's Project Act, or NAPA, that was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress late in 2010. It will create a federal advisory panel to devise a national strategy for the care, support and treatment needs of the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's. It will also consider the needs of the even greater number of caregivers and family members touched by the disease.
Like the earlier war on cancer and government efforts to coordinate research and funding for diseases like AIDS, this is the first time there has been a focused national campaign for Alzheimer's disease.
The advisory panel will involve federal agencies that deal with health and aging issues. Researchers, doctors and other health care providers, scientific experts and people caring for those with Alzheimer's will be involved in developing the plan. The plan will work to coordinate localized research efforts to find effective drugs and treatments for Alzheimer's. It will also aim to improve methods for diagnosing the disease at early stages, before brain damage has become extensive and while therapies to delay symptoms may be most effective. In addition, annual reviews will work to determine the most effective government-financed programs involving research, treatment, home care and nursing homes.
The law doesn't authorize funds for research for finding a cure or for caregiver services. But legislators expect that increased funding for Alzheimer's will be a recommendation of the panel. Currently, lawmakers point out, the government spends one penny on Alzheimer's research for every dollar it spends on caring for patients with the disease.
The cost of Alzheimer's for Medicare and Medicaid is now about $170 billion a year. As the population ages and the number of Alzheimer's cases grow, the cost is expected to reach $800 billion by 2050 unless effective treatments or a cure are found.
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B. DID YOU KNOW...?
1. Avoid Mismanaging Your 401(k)
Get the Company Match. Make sure you take advantage of your company's offers of a 401(k) match. With company matches, the employer pledges to match the employee's contribution up to a certain percentage of their salary. You are passing up free money If you don't invest enough money to get the full match from your company.
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C. THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH
We present here some words from those with a birthday this month.
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D. SPECIAL SURFING SITES
1. Travel Sites for Seniors
www.gypsynester.com For Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters who have decided to grab life by the horns, sell the nest and become GypsyNesters.
2. Nostalgic Films
For other nostalgic items of interest to Seniors visit: Senior Bazaar.
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E. OH MY AGING FUNNY BONE
1. Life as A Call Center Rep.
Another problem solved!
2. Female Comebacks!
Man: Is this seat empty?
Man: Your place or mine?
Man: Hey baby, what's your sign?
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This issue has been edited by Betsy Day (Betsyjday@aol.com).
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