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5 Ways to Support Senior Patients and Their Families During the Holidays

5-Ways-to-Support-Senior-Patients-and-Their-Families-During-the-HolidaysThe holiday season is an excellent opportunity to support your senior care patients and their families by preparing them to address any health changes they may notice in their aging loved ones. Holiday gatherings can provide a good backdrop for families to broach these concerns in a gentle, non-confrontational manner.

Here are five ways you can support them in this process.

Provide a Senior Safety Checklist. Remind family members of tips for general safety, such as ensuring the patient has a cane, walker or other proper support if she has difficulty walking; removing throw rugs or other potential tripping hazards; and installing grab bars and no-slip strips where needed. Senior Safety Checklist for added peace of mind.

Connect Seniors with Home Helper Services.  Outlets for Social Engagement. Since social seniors generally have a healthier and more optimistic outlook on life, ask your patients about their friends and encourage the patient’s family members to do the same. If a patient doesn’t have a strong social network, help the family connect her with enjoyable community activities or companionship services.

Connect Seniors with Home Helper Services. Trouble keeping up with housework is common as seniors experience a decline in health. If the family notices the house looking more unkempt than usual during a holiday visit, connect them with senior care services that include light housekeeping.

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Paris Companies and Its CEO Honored by the 2014 Chase Smart 50 Program in the Pittsburgh Area

CEO Dave Stern is recognized as one of the top area executives as Paris Companies is honored as one of the fifty “smartest” companies.

Paris Companies and CEO, Dave Stern, were recently selected as members of the greater Pittsburgh area Smart 50 for 2014. Smart Business Magazine – a consortium of seventeen respected, regional business management journals – in conjunction with Chase, a leading U.S. consumer and commercial bank – annually present the Smart 50 awards in fifteen national regions.

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LECOM Students Chosen for Highmark Scholarships

Partnership designed to help address primary care physician shortages

Five osteopathic medical students at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) have been chosen for scholarships through a program designed to increase the supply and retention of physicians in medically underserved areas.

The students, Samuel Sawyer, Catherine Conway, Gabriella Chibbaro, Adrien Ennis, and Anthony Cocciolone, are the first recipients of the LECOM and Highmark Student-To-Practice Academic Scholarship. Funded by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the program provides each recipient $20,000 for tuition.

The Student-To-Practice Academic Scholarship is made possible through Highmark’s commitment of $500,000 over five years to create scholarships for LECOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) graduates. Scholarship recipients agree to practice in primary care in areas in Pennsylvania and Appalachia designated by Highmark as having physician shortages. That requirement is significant, considering Pennsylvania ranks tenth in the United States in terms of its number of such areas, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. Pennsylvania also has one of the largest rural populations in the United States.

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Triage Systems – What Type Is Best for Your Hospital?

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Triage comes in many forms, and hospitals across the globe approach it differently. Triage can involve one or two stages or go up to even five levels. The most common approaches to triage in the US are the “traffic director” or quick look, spot check and comprehensive methods, which cover a range of intensity.

No matter the process, the most widely accepted standard is that triage should take a maximum of 5 minutes (the Emergency Nurses Association advises 2-5 minutes). Studies show that triage times increase as the age demographic rises and when vital signs are completed as a part of triage (2). However, nursing experience levels did not affect triage times, presumably because triage protocols and algorithms map the course of every patient seen, regardless of the staff involved. Hospital design also plays role; the design of the space ultimately affects the movement of patients, staff and materials.

The triage process is fairly simple. Concerns arise, however, when a queue of patients waiting to be seen starts to build.  Then the question becomes how long is too long for the last patient to be seen? If 10 people are waiting, is a door-to-triage time of 50 minutes acceptable? Is there a way to improve that time through better facility design?

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BBF Continues to Respond to Ebola Outbreak

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 10:30 am Brother’s Brother Foundation loaded another donated container of medical supplies and equipment for hospitals and clinics in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The shipment includes a large number of face masks, protective gowns and protective gloves as well as general medical supplies to support medical facilities in Sierra Leone that are coping with the Ebola outbreak

At least one more 40-foot container shipments will be sent by BBF/Pittsburgh with additional gowns, gloves, masks, soap and other requested supplies from locations in Virginia and Washington (state).  Five containers were sent in October from Pittsburgh, Texas and Virginia. Since 2011 BBF has sent 91 containers of supplies and simple medical equipment (500 tons) for use among 230 hospitals and clinics in Africa, including 73 medical facilities in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Since the Ebola outbreak BBF has provided 12 container shipments to both countries, delivering almost 100 tons of needed medical items.

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Paris Companies Uniform Services Commits to Alternative Fuel for its Local Delivery Trucks

PR(sent),AFIGgrant,photo,Nov2014A competitively-earned Pennsylvania state grant will help Paris convert its fleet to liquid propane gas (LPG)

Paris Companies has been awarded a $144,850 grant to help finance both the purchase of new LPG-powered trucks and the conversion to LPG of existing gasoline trucks for its local delivery routes.  The conversion to LPG will reduce the fleet’s gasoline consumption by 116,000 gallons annually and cut greenhouse gas emissions by almost 20%.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced the award in September.  In total, nearly four million dollars were awarded through the state’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program to 33 local governments, non-profit organizations and companies.  Paris Companies has received two state grants within the past six months to expand its use of alternative motor fuels.

Commenting on the recent award, Rich Hopson, Vice President and COO of Paris Uniform Services, noted that Paris has a long history of environmental leadership: “We strive to incorporate the most sustainable practices inside our plants, and alternative motor fuels are just an extension of that philosophy.  Paris is proud to be in the forefront of transportation environmental initiatives in Pennsylvania,” he said.

ABOUT PARIS COMPANIES

Paris Companies is a privately-owned, independent company providing custom uniform rental programs and laundering services to industrial and commercial markets.  Paris also provides textile and linen management services to hospitals and other health care organizations.  The company services more than four thousand customers in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia, with an expanding service area in the mid-Atlantic region.  (For more, see www.parisco.com)

The Future of ACOs

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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have long held the promise of better integrated and more efficient healthcare. In concept, it should reduce duplication—and by extension—the cost of managing an episode of care. However, David Pearce, a partner in the Healthcare Practice of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, says a downside is that by aligning vertically with select providers it reduces patient choice.

“By selecting an ACO or by having one selected for you through your health plan, the providers have already been chosen for you,” he says. “Of course, that is already happening to some degree in most existing managed care structures.”

So is the future bright for ACOs or is it doomed to become a failure?

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Nursing Professor at La Roche Receives National Nurse Educator Award

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Terri Liberto

Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing and department chair of nursing at La Roche College, has received The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award from the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).

Dr. Liberto, of Sarver, Pa., was one of four educators selected out of 500 nominations across the country to receive this prestigious award. ATI recognized Dr. Liberto as an educator who demonstrates the integration of professional and interpersonal skills into her nursing practice and education of students. These skills include: how to stay healthy and manage work-related stress, convey professional behaviors and attitudes, use nursing informatics and technology, function as a leader of the health care team and act a client advocate.

“I am honored to receive this award. I could not achieve these great outcomes in the nursing department without the collaboration from the nursing faculty and the support of the administration at La Roche College,” Dr. Liberto said.

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Asbury Heights Collaborates on Positive Approach to Care for Individuals with Dementia

Cara TodhunterBy Cara Todhunter

Asbury Heights prides itself on being a leader in maximizing function and wellbeing in older adults. It’s an achievement that involves ongoing training for staff at all levels and having senior leadership stay abreast of the most current and effective approaches to the care of older adults. 

Our focus on wellbeing extends to all of our residents from independent living to personal care, nursing care, rehabilitation and memory support.

In the area of memory support, Asbury has partnered with dementia care expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR, to implement and expand on her techniques and teachings known as Positive Approach to Care

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Top Ten Things Nurse’s Should Know About Providing End of Life Care

At some point in your nursing career, you will encounter a patient who is dying.  Care for that patient is multi-dimensional and involves not only the patient but the family. Nurses must be skilled clinicians, advocates and above all, guides for patients and families. Here are ten things you need to know.

Patients and Families Trust You

Honest communication is important when caring for a dying patient.  Using open phrases such as “Tell me what you know about your illness,” helps guide patients through difficult discussions. Emphasizing what can be done, rather than what can’t be done instills trust and confidence. Use words such as “We will do everything we can to keep you comfortable,” and “I’ll be here for you.”

Advance Directives are Your Friend

Encourage patients and families to talk about what kind of care they would like at the end-of-life. Questions such as “Have you ever told your family what you would want if you couldn’t speak for yourself?” can open up and important conversation. More importantly, have your own discussion with your family.

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10 Holiday Requests – That Won’t Make Senior’s Gift Lists

While material gifts could satisfy the desires of a senior loved one, why not choose a present that is even more meaningful – a gift from the heart?  Family caregivers and senior care professionals won’t likely find these requests on a senior’s wish list:

TAKE A SENIOR SHOPPING.  Make it a special day by taking your older adult to a favorite store of create an online shopping experience he or she won’t forget.

LEND A HAND.  Carry on the holiday cooking traditions, asking the senior to help where he or she can. Or ask people to bring their favorite dish.

WRAP AND SEND PACKAGES.  Arthritis can make wrapping those holiday presents a challenge; so too can shipping gifts to loved ones afar.  Why not schedule a gift-wrapping afternoon, complete with a hot chocolate, cookies and plenty of family stories.

DECK THE HALLS.  Make decorating a multigenerational activity by sending over the grandkids or great-grandchildren.

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How to Handle Conflict with Office Neighbors

Doctors Discussing In ClinicBy Daniel Casciato

As with any residential neighborhood, we do our best to get along and play nice with our neighbors. Occasionally, however, conflicts do arise. Some can be as minor as your dog running into their yard; others could be more serious such as property line disputes. In the end, no matter the situation, we try to amicably resolve such conflicts so they do not escalate.

Neighborly conflicts are not limited to our homes or apartment units, they can arise in an office building too. Managing conflicts with the office tenant next door or across the hall need to be dealt with delicately as well. Below are some tips to help you deal with potential conflicts with your office neighbor.

Respect your neighbor

The corporate offices of Kissito Healthcare are located in a business plaza in Roanoke, Virginia. It operates six nursing homes, five in Virginia and one in Arizona. It has a simple policy—respect your neighbor.

Recently it had a grand opening of a new facility which involved building a concrete wall and having two of the world’s strongest men busting through a wall. This involved some of the biggest potential conflicts with neighbors—parking, noise, and access to offices.

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Asbury Heights: Live Life Your Way

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