Did you know that about 50 million adults have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia? In all, about half of all adults age 65 and older are diagnosed with arthritis. May is National Arthritis Month and it’s a great opportunity to educate about this painful and potentially debilitating condition while marketing your agency.
- Encourage your patients to take an active role in their treatment of arthritis with a comprehensive patient education guide. Be sure physicians and discharge planners are aware of your office’s use of this tool that is designed to improve outcomes and patient loyalty. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/patient-education-guides.php.
- Highlight the issue of bone health by teaching a free class on the subject at local senior centers. Find a ready-made class at www.tagwebstore.com/healthmatters-education-series.php.
- Call on your local rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons. Leave behind flyers that detail your agency’s services for arthritis patients. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/health-care-flyers.php.
May is a month when we recognize the vitality of our nation’s seniors. Not only is May Older Americans Month, but National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 28. Celebrate your community’s seniors while you educate them about the benefits of home care.
- Show physicians and seniors how well your agency performs when it comes to treating their specific condition. Outcomes brochures for physicians detail your quality outcomes and how they compare to competitors, while outcomes brochures for seniors educate on specific conditions and how your agency can help. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/patient-outcomes-physicians.php and www.tagwebstore.com/patient-outcomes-senior.php.
- Host a game afternoon at a local senior center. Be sure to distribute puzzle books personalized to your agency. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/puzzlebook.php.
- Call on your top referral sources and distribute health log books for them to distribute to their patients. Physicians will be grateful to have a way for patients to keep track of important information in one place. Patients will carry the logs – and your agency’s contact information – everywhere they go. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/healthlog.php and www.tagwebstore.com/patient-scorecard-logs.php.
May is also the month when it’s important to step back and recognize the professionals who keep our agencies and our referral sources’ offices running: nurses. National Nurses Week is May 6-May 12.
- Celebrate the nurses on your staff with thoughtful, personalized cards. The cards help improve employee morale and encourage employee retention. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/nursesweek.php.
- Honor your agency’s nurse of the year this month during a special staff meeting or event. Find great products to personalize to your agency at http://theadamgrp.espwebsite.com/.
- Distribute fun and personalized giveaway cards along with a small treat that corresponds with the message on the card to nurses you encounter as you call on referral sources this month. Get them at www.tagwebstore.com/giveaway.php.