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

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.

Home Care and Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health month which means it’s time once again to emphasize how important it is for men to have an annual check-up. Men are traditionally more reluctant than women to see their doctor regularly. This may contribute to their higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death. There are various excuses that men give as to why they don’t or won’t see their doctor, but whatever the reason behind the avoidance, it’s a serious problem. Do your part as a health care provider to encourage men to be proactive when it comes to their health.

The leading death contributing diseases among men:

  • Heart Disease

  • Cancers

  • Stroke

  • COPD

  • Diabetes

Plan June promotions that highlight the benefits of home health care. Home health care provides men rehabilitating from surgery, a stroke, or those suffering with a chronic health condition a more palatable health care alternative. There is something more appealing about receiving treatment in the comfort of your recliner.

Bringing health care to the patient removes much of the anxiety that comes with frequent visits to crowed clinics, long waits in dreary waiting rooms, and the logistical dilemma of figuring out how to get to and from appointments. These are real issues for aging men and women dealing with recurrent treatments.

Here are some ways your agency can promote Men’s Health and your Agency at the same time:

  • Plan a Wear Blue day to show support for Men’s health. Provide T-shirt’s for your staff to wear during Men’s Health week June 10-16.

  • Organize a softball tournament and invite your referral partners, the local Red Cross, community organizations and your and local Media stations to participate. Post about it on your social media outlets to attract a big crowd.

  • Partner with your local big box home improvement store to sponsor a mini health fair on the Saturday before Father’s Day. Have print media on hand highlighting men’s health issues.

  • Offer to give a short presentation at elementary schools in your service area. The younger a child is exposed to positive messages about doctors and nurses the more likely they are to not avoid them as adults. Provide some fun stuff for the kiddos and some information for their parents.

 Visit TAGwebstore for promotional products and print media to market your Home Health, Home Care and Hospice Agency. Learn more about Men’s Health Month at www.MensHealthNetwork.org.

Home Care and Huntington’s Disease

Home Health and Hospice agencies care for patients with progressive brain disorders such as cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease is a progressive hereditary brain disorder that usually develops between the ages of 30 and 50.  The early symptoms can be vague and exhibit as irritability, depression, or difficulty grasping new information. These are often accompanied by physical indicators such as loss of coordination or small involuntary twitches. As the disease progresses these small twitches become more pronounced, making it difficult to walk, stand or even swallow. Huntington’s disease will eventually result in severe mental and physical disability.

The benefits that home health care provides neurological patients with physical disabilities is obvious. What may not be obvious is how home care can reduce the confusion and anxiety that a patient with diminished brain function experiences when leaving their safety zone. Oftentimes even leaving the confines of their bedroom can be overwhelming for them.

When marketing your services always emphasize the emotional benefit that Home Health and Hospice provides patients and their families. No one wants to see someone they love suffer, let alone become agitated to the point of sedation while being transported for treatment. Home Care minimizes episodes of agitation and in some cases can almost eliminate the need for a patient to leave home at all.

With May approaching, and being Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, here are some ways your agency can get involved:

  • Partner with your referral sources and sponsor a TEAM HOPE WALK to raise awareness and provide hope for those suffering with Huntington’s Disease.

  • Organize a SRIKE OUT HD night at your local bowling alley. Encourage other Home Care and Hospice agencies to join you to raise awareness. Be sure to invite the local Media, and don’t forget to post the event on your social media outlets.

  • Get involved with local brain injury support groups. Provide refreshments and information on your company’s respite services and in-home support for caregivers.

Support Resources:  The Michael J. Fox Foundations - Parkinson’s Support | National Brain Tumor Society  | Brainline |HDSA

Visit TAGWebstore.com for Home Health. Home Care, and Hospice marketing media.

Understanding Home Health Care, Hospice and the Admission Process…

Patients and care givers can easily get overwhelmed when meeting with a Home Health Care or Hospice Nurse for the first time. The anxiety of a serious illness can make it difficult to comprehend diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, causing the enrollment presentation to sound more like a foreign language lesson.

No matter if you are the patient receiving this complex information or the care provider explaining it, you want the admission process to be as simple and understandable as possible. That’s where we come in:

We at TAG Partners have developed patient admissions booklets for home health, hospice and private duty home care to streamline the admission process for everyone involved. Your branded admission booklet will provide a professional, reassuring presentation as you the gather the information required to enroll the patient in services. The skillfully designed materials create a source of information that recipients will want to keep and refer back to. When it’s time to use your services again or recommend you to a friend, your referral information will be at hand.

Our admissions booklets include information such as service agreements, patient rights, privacy statements, home safety guidelines, agency information, and more. Presenting all your important information in a bound printed piece ensures nothing gets left out and no questions go unanswered.  

The booklets are completely customizable, with options including additional NCR forms, perforated pages, coil binding, pockets, custom covers, and modified content to meet your specific needs.

For more information or to place an order for your customized Admission Booklets, contact Patti Clark at 615-819-2018 or email her at: patti.clark@partnerwithtag.com.