Home Care And Successful Care Transitions

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In this episode of Help Choose Home, we’ll hear from Jamie Summerfelt, M.Ed, MSPT, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Omaha, Nebraska. With more than 28 years of healthcare at home experience, Summerfelt is passionate about home care. Harnessing the power of community relationships is something that he sees as integral to the success of extending the capacity … Read More

A Longitudinal Approach to Care at Home for Seniors

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If there is one thing Joel Theisen, BSN, RN is passionate about, it’s developing proactive, preventative long-term care for older adults. Theisen is chief executive officer and founder of Lifesprk, an innovative home care company based in Minnesota that is focused on bringing Theisen’s passion to life. According to Theisen, home care and health care in general have traditionally been … Read More

Data As A Predictor For Effective Home Health Care

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Luke James is the chief strategy officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. With more than 15 years in the home care industry, James has seen the financial benefits of delivering quality heath care at home, and today, he notes the tremendous benefits home care and health care data have in helping improve the delivery of care and … Read More

Home Is the Setting for Health Delivery of the Future

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With more than 20 years of experience in the home care industry, Wanda Coley has combined her deep knowledge of finance, business development, payor contracting and post-acute strategies to become a highly-regarded expert in the field. In this episode of Help Choose Home, Coley explains why she believes that nothing is more beneficial for clients than having the opportunity to … Read More

How Do Care Managers Assist In Home Care?

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In this episode of Help Choose Home, Taney Hammill, CEO of the Aging Life Care Association and the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, explains what it is that geriatric care managers, or life care professionals, do and offers advice about at what point in the process an aging life care professional should be contacted. Listen to the full interview … Read More

Utilizing Big Data to Improve Home Health Care Patient Outcomes

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Every day, companies and organizations generate copious amounts of data. “Big data” though isn’t so much about the amount of data generated, but rather, what a company or organization does with the data. In analyzing data, businesses can use those insights to save money, to target marketing and advertising dollars, or, in the case of home health care, to better … Read More

Improving Communication in Home Care Transitions

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In the health care industry, communication is vitally important, not only in providing specifics about a patient’s condition, but also in detailing the type of care needed after a stay in the hospital. In this episode of Help Choose Home, Dr. Christine D. Jones, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Director of Care … Read More

The Growing Impact and Value of Home Care

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Like many people in the field of home health, Peter Ross had a personal experience that piqued his interest and moved him into the industry. In 2002 Senior Helpers was born out of Ross’ experience with his mother. Combining his personal experience with his professional sales and marketing background, Ross has built a home care business that is focused on … Read More

Start the Conversation About End of Life Care

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Hospice and palliative care can be care services that even those in the medical community are not fully comfortable talking about. Holly Chaffee, RN, BSN, MSN, President and CEO of VNA Care, hopes that the work she does serving more than 50,000 patients a year in Massachusetts with home health, palliative and hospice services, can move to change that reality. … Read More

Using Research And Data In Home Health Care

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  It’s no secret that research drives innovation and change. While the home health care industry has been somewhat lacking in having solid, grounded research, Jennifer Schiller, Director of Policy, Communications and Research, and others at the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) have set out to increase the amount of research that informs the industry by becoming … Read More

Education and Advocacy for Home Healthcare

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  Educating referral sources and payers on the benefits of home healthcare is an ongoing task. While there is broad awareness about home health generally, the industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of clients, utilizing new technologies and techniques to deliver more specialized care in the home. For people like Joanne Cunningham, executive director of the Partnership for … Read More

Help at Home Is a Viable Solution to Hospital Readmission and ED Visit Reduction

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  If there were a way to reduce re-hospitalizations for seniors and cut down on emergency department (ED) visits by people with chronic health conditions, would you want to know what it is? According to Tracy Clark, chief operating officer at Interim Healthcare, the answer is professional help at home. By engaging home care and educating the medical industry about … Read More

Educating Home Care Referral Sources About Home Care Options

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  From tips on how to plan ahead to help seniors age in place, to the ways in which technology is impacting the home care industry, season one of the Help Choose Home podcast series covered a diverse set of topics all aimed at helping to educate and promote the value of aging in place. To kick off season two, … Read More

Using Time During the Holidays to Evaluate the Need for Home Care

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Choosing home care during the holidays

  As we enter the holiday season, families will have the opportunity to spend concentrated time visiting aging loved ones. While of course providing the backdrop for quality time together, the holidays also are the prime time to assess how seniors are doing and whether there might be care needs that should be uncovered and addressed. In this Help Choose … Read More

What to Consider When Choosing End of Life Care

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In this episode of Help Choose Home, Merrily Orsini interviews Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC, Director of Regulatory Affairs for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. When it comes to choosing end of life care, families want quality care that addresses the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of an individual with a life-limiting illness. Imagine that this care could … Read More

Hospice Provides Care for Families and their Loved Ones

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The Help Choose Home podcast series provides information on home care options. This episode features Theresa Schmidt, speaking about benefits of hospice care. The series is hosted by Merrily Orsini, president and CEO of corecubed, who leads a team of industry experts providing elder care marketing solutions to home care agencies. Listen to the full Help Choose Home podcast with … Read More

Family Caregivers and Professional Caregivers Unite

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As the editor-in-chief of Today’s Caregiver magazine, Gary Barg utilizes his magazine, Caregiving.com, and the Fearless Caregiver conferences, as platforms to provide support and guidance through the shared experience of caregiving. Barg likens the family caregiver to a CEO. In applying a business term to describe a family caregiver, the complexity of his or her role instantly becomes obvious. To … Read More

Factors to Look for When Selecting Professional Home Care Services

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In this episode of Help Choose Home, Merrily Orsini talks with Katie Roper, CEO of Catenary Consulting and home care industry expert. Roper discusses the specifics to look for when selecting professional home care services for your senior loved one and the importance of being informed. Listen to the full Help Choose Home podcast with Katie Roper here, or by … Read More

The Need for Low-Cost, High-Value Home Care Services

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Podcast 19 covers studies at Harvard Medical School

Allen Hager, Executive Chairman of Risemark, founded one of the largest franchise platforms in the industry, which you may know as Right at Home. Risemark consists of three wholly owned subsidiaries including Right at Home, Right at Home International, and IKOR that serve more than 500 territories globally. Allen Hager has a perspective on the healthcare at home industry that … Read More