Brain Injury Awareness & Home Health

Focus your attention on neurology this March by highlighting Brain injury awareness month. It is an opportunity to share how home health, private duty, and hospice services benefit those suffering from brain injury. Each March the Brain Injury Association of America leads the charge to raise awareness about the lasting effects that brain injuries have on patients and their families.  

Home care agencies routinely care for patients who have experienced brain damaging events. Many of these patients can make partial or nearly full recovery with proper care. These case treatments require a multifaceted team effort. Select print media that highlights the many ways that home health and hospice assist patients and their families struggling with brain injury:

  • Improved quality of life

  • Pain Management

  • Speech Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Patient Education

There are multiple benefits for referring physicians too:

  • Reduced readmissions

  • Reduced emergency room visits

  • Up to date clinical assessment

  • Better case management

  • Streamlined care plans

  • Increased revenue through care plan oversight billing

Mild brain trauma affects brain function temporarily where as more serious injuries can result in physical damage to the brain leading to disability or death. Injuries which cause extensive loss of brain function with a deteriorating condition likely to result in loss of life within six months can receive quality end of life care with a hospice provider.

Lasting effects from serious brain injury:

  • Cognitive Deficiency

  • Motor or Perceptual Sensory Deficiency

  • Language impairment

  • Epilepsy

  • Death

Supply the neurological specialists in your service area with print media that highlights the advantages of including home health, private duty, and hospice as part of the brain injury team. Visit Tagwebtore.com for all your home care print media.

National Home Care and Hospice Month coming up in November…

We would all prefer to age gracefully in the comfort of our homes. Many adults are turning to home health, palliative, and hospice care in order to make that a reality. These health services are now a leading choice of care among the disabled, and the chronically and terminally ill.

This November honor your staff for the work they do in caring for those who can longer care for themselves. Promote the fact that your patients receive personalized health care in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. A typical Home Health Team consists of: Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologist.

Educate patients and their families about hospice and the physical, mental and spiritual support it provides those families facing a terminal prognosis. Let them know that choosing hospice is not giving up, but rather a decision to focus on pain and symptom management. It is surrounding yourself and your family with a care team that specializes in helping terminally ill patients enjoy the best quality of life they can in the time they have left. A typical Hospice Care Team consists of: Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Nurses’ Aides, Social Workers, Hospice Chaplains, and Trained Volunteers.

Celebrate the dedicated care givers in your agency who work together to minimize anxiety and discomfort for those facing a life-limiting illness, and enable patients to face the end of their lives peacefully in the comfort of their own home.

“It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying. No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration.”  – Val J. Halamandaris, former NAHC President

  Ways you can Highlight your Agency and the Services you Provide:

  • This November, honor physicians who understand and support the work you do for their patients through your social media posts.

  • Educate physicians and patients about palliative care and how it can assist those recovering from a serious illness.

  • Distribute FAQ brochures to all the libraries and coffee shops in your area. Be sure to leave them at community counters wherever possible.

  • Make the lives of your patients and their family caregivers easier by giving them a clear guide that shows them when their symptoms require a call to emergency services, to their home health nurse, or require no action at all. Zone flyers make this simple and are personalized to your agency.

  • Set up a booth at community events this month and distribute agency materials, including disease information brochures personalized to your agency. These brochures educate about specific conditions and tell how home health, private duty or hospice care can help.

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Managing Chronic Pain

Managing chronic pain is as complex as solving the opioid crisis. What was once thought to be a solution for chronic pain has become an epidemic unto itself. In order to relieve suffering without creating more opioid dependence, we need to look at other options for treating chronic pain without relying so heavily on medication.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes and cancer combined. While medical procedures and physical therapy can be pain-relieving tools, the emotional and psychological aspects of chronic pain must be addressed as well.

Working with a mental health professional can help manage the psychological effects that accompany chronic pain such as depression, anxiety, and anger. Patients can learn to see their obstacles as challenges that can be overcome, and a significant amount of pain can be remedied by simply thinking in a different way.

In addition to professional assistance, here are some simple ways to help reduce pain:

  • Relieve the stress that can increase your body’s sensitivity to pain. Consider some relaxation methods like deep breathing, meditating, or therapeutic massage. 
  • Exercise to increase endorphins which act as your body’s natural painkillers. See your Doctor before beginning any new exercise program. If you have pain from an injury, surgery, or a chronic condition such as osteoporosis, ask about a referral to work with a physical therapist.
  • Get plenty of sleep and reduce alcohol consumption which can interfere with sleep.
  • Don’t smoke. Studies have found that smoking causes people to perceive pain more acutely. 
  • Keep a pain log to track your pain level during the day. Keeping track of when your pain is worse and the severity of the pain can help you better manage your condition.
  • Practice biofeedback to decrease migraine and tension headache pain.
  • Eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy, and lean meats. Avoid eating saturated fats, sodium, sugar, complex carbohydrates, and processed foods.
  • Distract yourself from your pain with hobbies and social interests.
  • Join a support group.

As Health Care professionals here are some ways you can promote your expertise in pain management:

  • Provide brochures on pain management to your referral network along with our flip chart admission guides to make it easy for physicians to include you as part of the pain management team.
  • Host a game day at your local adult day center to engage, entertain, and distract the patrons from their maladies. Bring along healthy snacks and some of our puzzle books for them to keep.
  • Offer to lead a discussion group on pain management at worship communities throughout your service area. Have plenty of pain log books to hand out.

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