Remote Patient Monitoring and Home Health Care

Home health care is a personalized caregiving service not often associated with technology, yet many agencies now offer state of the art caregiving technology by way of Remote Patient Monitoring systems (RPMS).

RPMS record vital signs and specified patient conditions via smart devices which are monitored by physicians and nurses remotely. This technology brings a new level of care to home health. The problem is that patients and-believe it or not-some physicians don’t know much about it. Be the voice that tells them.

Telehealth and specifically RCMS are means to expand your service area without expanding your staff. Virtual nursing visits can reduce miles driven and increase the nursing presence in the home. RPMS are an added convenience for patients that you can use to increase referrals. If you’re not jumping on board with this technology your agency is falling behind, because your competition is.

Many telehealth and RPMS manufacturers are eager to promote their products and happy help home health and hospice agencies market their technology. Here are a few resources to help get your telehealth program off the ground:

Seek out local pharmacies, clinics, and community organizations to allow your agency to demonstrate how your RPM program works, whereby promoting your agency’s cutting-edge home care services.

We have integrated the latest information on Telehealth and RPMS specifically into a marketing piece that you can use to set your agency apart. Visit our online store: TAGWebstore.com or call us at 866.232.6477 for information on these or other home health and hospice marketing ideas.

Choosing Home Health for Post-Surgical Care

Choosing home health for post-surgical care means choosing a personalized care plan administered by nurses and therapists in the comfort of your home. Home health care provides benefits for patients before and after surgery, especially those with limited access to family caregiving support, or transportation, or those who struggle with chronic medical conditions.

Pre-Surgery, a home health team member evaluates the patient’s home to identify obstacles that may hinder the patient once they begin the at-home recovery process. They then provide solutions and the necessary equipment to assist the patient with the daily activities of living while they recover.

Post-Surgery, home health nurses closely monitor the healing process, oversee wound care, and provide hands-on instruction for care givers. Team medical technicians assist patients with their personal hygiene needs. Team physical and occupational therapists work with patients to set recovery goals and create a rehabilitation plan to achieve them. They evaluate and adjust the regimen as goals are met.

  • Share your post-surgical rehabilitation program with orthopedic clinics, orthopedists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and trauma centers within your service area. We have a variety of customizable condition-specific print materials you can distribute.

  • Most grocery stores offer a senior discount day. These are great opportunities to set up information tables and promote home health in the pharmacy area.

  • Organize a team to take part in local awareness events such as: Osteoporosis Day, Walk to Cure Arthritis, Tour de Cure, Show Your Stripes, Fill the Boot, or Go Red for Women.

  • Partner with local medical equipment retailers to display brochures and build referrals. .

Always promote the convenience of home health with your referral network. We live in a take-out world these days. Home health is the ultimate order-in!

Visit us at TAGWebstore.com to see our line of home health products or give us a call at 866-232-6477 for a marketing consultation and custom media information.

Related Resource: Johns Hopkins: The Road to Recovery After Lumbar Spine Surgery

Men’s Health: Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that keep the arm seated properly in the shoulder socket. Rotator cuff tears are common shoulder injuries among men, especially for men over the age of fifty.

Acute tears can be caused by falls, lifting something too heavy, or in conjunction with other shoulder injuries such as collarbone breaks or shoulder dislocations. Tears tend to be more prevalent among painters, carpenters, swimmers, baseball pitchers, and tennis players who make repetitive overhead motions.

Degenerative tears increase with age as tendons become worn away. Activities that were once performed with ease such as shoveling snow, chopping wood, or digging in the yard can put too much strain on an aging rotator cuff. Many tears of this type require surgery followed by extended physical therapy to repair and restore mobility.  

Home health agencies provide physical therapy to help patients manage their condition, reduce pain, and restore function. Home health therapists help senior patients avoid rotator cuff injuries by teaching muscle strengthening and safe lifting techniques. They assess a patient’s home environment for hazards and create a plan to eliminate them.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:

  •  Pain at rest and at night, particularly when lying on the affected shoulder

  • Pain when lifting and lowering your arm or with specific movements

  • Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm

  • Crackling sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions

Promote men’s health issues throughout the month of June. Partner with retail and community organizations to sponsor healthy living booths at:

  • Local sporting goods stores

  • Fitness centers

  • Community ball parks

  • Car / Boat show

  • Flea market

  • Big box stores

Improve your marketing strategy with personalized home health, home care, and hospice print media. Visit TAGwebstore.com or call us at 866-232-6477 for more information.

Home Safety is Coming Up in June

Home is the one place that everyone should feel safe. Unfortunately, there are dangers lurking inside the homes of many seniors putting them at risk of injury. Surroundings that were harmless in younger days may prove hazardous for older adults who are visually challenged, unsteady on their feet, or those who rely on transport equipment such as a walker or cane.

Fall risks such as throw rugs, poor lighting, and steps without hand rails are among commonly overlooked hazards that can create an unsafe environment. One in every three adults age 65 and older will fall every year, making this accident the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults, according to the CDC.

Home health care provides solutions for seniors who may be unaware of problem areas in their home. This is one of the many benefits of bringing caregivers into the home. Home health associates evaluate both a patient’s indoor and outdoor environment for fall risk. Risk assessments generally include recommendations of necessary support equipment, equipment procurement assistance, and hands on instruction of equipment use.

Home health care provides improved home safety that can help seniors retain their independence longer. Include fall assessment and prevention in your June marketing .

Here are some ideas to promote Home Safety:

  • Distribute fall prevention information to local worship communities and offer to teach a class on safeguarding against avoidable in-home accidents. Here are some simple home safety tips to share:

    • Exercise moderately every day to improve strength and balance.

    • Have regular eye exams.

    • Know your medications, some can cause drowsiness or dizziness.

    • Remove trip hazards: clutter, throw rugs, electrical cords.

    • Safeguard staircases with handrails and sufficient lighting.

    • Use nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways.

    • Install grab bars in and around showers, bathtubs, and toilets.

    • Store items you use often within easy reach.

    • Wear shoes with nonskid soles.

    • When rising, establish your balance before walking.

    • Keep a phone within reach with emergency phone numbers handy.

    • Set the water heater thermostat at 120°F to avoid accidental scalding.

  • Arrange for your team members to lead a discussion group at senior centers in your service area. Have your OTs emphasize the importance of exercise to maintain muscle strength. Be sure to have plenty of swag on hand to distribute to the attendees.

  • Be sure to include your local pharmacists in your home safety marketing strategy. Pharmacists make great referral partners as seniors often turn to them for advice regarding mobility challenges and transport equipment.

Visit TAGwebstore.com for fall prevention and other home health patient education material.

What is aphasia and how does home health care benefit individuals with this condition?

Aphasia is a condition that occurs when the language areas of the brain are damaged by injury, stroke, or tumor. There are three main types of aphasia: fluent, non-fluent, and global.

Wernicke’s, the most common type of fluent aphasia, is the result of damage to the temporal lobe of the brain. People with Wernicke’s aphasia tend to speak in long phrases that have no meaning, such as: Cat washing the door is that honey bee and my hour glass doorarator tomorrow. They are often unaware of their mistakes and struggle with language comprehension.

Broca’s, the most common type of non-fluent aphasia, develops when the frontal lobe of the brain is injured or damaged. People with Broca’s tend to have paralysis on the right side of their body and can understand speech, and know what they want to say, but they struggle to say or write it. They generally are only able to blurt out small phrases or a couple of words at a time.  

Global aphasia is the result of extensive damage to the brain’s language areas. Those with global aphasia experience severe disabilities of speech and language comprehension.

Home health agencies routinely treat patients recovering from strokes, debilitating brain injuries, and brain cancer. When someone suffers a brain injury, they experience both a physical and mental loss of control. This loss of control can cause some to feel anxious, afraid, or agoraphobic when leaving the confines of their home. Home health care benefits these patients by providing them quality medical care, and physical, and speech therapies in the safety if their home environment. Personalized care administered in a private home setting can result in greater patient participation and a higher rate of recovery.

Emphasize the quality and convenience of home care in your marketing strategies. Provide patient outcome scores in the print media you choose to increase your physician referrals.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the perfect time to raise awareness about stroke prevention and the benefits of choosing home health care. Why not partner with local community organizations to sponsor a Purple Walk or 5k run.

  • Provide blood pressure screening and information on healthy eating and age appropriate exercises that can lower the risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease.

  • Encourage food trucks that cater to a heart healthy diet to join in.

  • Invite the local media to participate and report on the event.

 

Visit TAGWebstore.com to order your print media and hand-outs for the event.