Are They Ready For Hospice?

It’s very difficult to gauge if someone is ready for hospice. There’s quantitative criteria that goes into if someone qualifies. This might help caregivers determine whether to seek a hospice evaluation.  Your loved one has experienced a rapid medical decline despite medical treatment. This includes weight loss, mental status decline, as well as the inability […]

Hospice Part 1: What is home care hospice? What services are  provided?

I recently attended an all-staff meeting. Our hospice team spoke regarding what hospice provides, what hospice means to the patient and their families. They told touching stories about their experience with families and patients. I could feel the emotion in their stories. My colleagues could as well. Some presenters became emotional.  Hospice care  provides holistic […]

A Day In The Life Of A Home Health Clinician PTA 

What does my typical day look like?  I typically start seeing my first visit around 9 a.m. I would love to start at 8 a.m. but rarely does a patient want to be visited that early and 9 a.m. is pushing it. I had one gentleman who said 5 a.m. would be fine with him. […]

The ROLE of the Caregiver 

You’ve heard of a patient advocate. But what is this person and why are they so important? These people manage the care of patients, perhaps a family member, friend, neighbor, or appointed representative.  And they are vital to the success or failure during a home health episode or navigating a complex health care system in […]

Exercising at home without equipment!

Let’s say you don’t have dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands or workout machines. But you want to improve your functional and overall strength. How? One of my favorites is called “bridges.” It’s best for clients who are having difficulty standing, walking. When I worked in a skilled nursing facility, my supervising physical therapist (PT) and I […]

What Are Star Ratings in Home Health?

I’m picky when it comes to eating out, choosing a restaurant. Ask my fiance!  My go-to app on my phone is Yelp, a popular phone app that rates/reviews establishments. I check out these reviews/ratings before choosing, especially the most recent reviews. You can do the same when choosing a home health agency.  Home health is […]

Respiratory therapy and Skilled Nursing: What do they do?

A few blogs ago, I detailed the role of occupational therapy and speech language as home health providers. Here are a few other services Specialized Home Care and Hospice provides in the home: Respiratory therapy (RT). They work on acquiring, setting up, and managing medical equipment related to breathing like a C-PAP machine, oxygen equipment, […]

Bag technique. What is it?

Bag technique.  When myself or a colleague enters a home, we bring with us our medical bags that carry items we need to do our job. These include PPE (personal protective equipment) like gloves, masks, BP cuffs, pulse oximeter, thermometer, Therabands, etc. There are protocols we must follow regarding the handling of the bag. The […]

Occupation Therapist (OT), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP): What do they do?

I’ve touched on what my role is as a home health PTA (physical therapist assistant). Our company at Specialized Home Care and Hospice provides clinicians in skilled nursing, occupational, physical, respiratory and speech-language pathology.  Below are a few of our healthcare teammates: Occupation Therapist (OT), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Kim, occupational therapist for Specialized Home […]

Recovering from COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected us all in some way or another.  So you or a loved one who battled COVID-19 has been discharged to home from the hospital or rehabilitation. What’s next? What should I be focused on during my return to home? Your discharge instructions from the care provider are paramount. Follow these instructions to […]