Has the RCFE License Changed Due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic?

As of the writing of this article in the second quarter of 2020, the answer to that question is: no. The RCFE License has not changed, but we can expect some of the requirements in the future will. Why you ask? Well, it is simple really. If you will recall the big MRSA scare, as this superbug changed the landscape of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly by adding many additional mandates for bacteria control, the State of California did institute many new guidelines.

So, you can expect as authorities get a handle on the CoronaVirus and figure out how best to safeguard our elderly seniors living in residential care facilities, that there will be even more rules and regulations. And, these regulations will be expected to be known by Residential Care Facility personnel, nurses, administrators, and that each facility will have to have a plan specific to the outbreak of any future pandemic virus or disease.

How soon will these new requirements come forth? We cannot s

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‘Cure With Care’: The Motto Of Indian Medical Tourism

Medical tourism in India has seen an exponential growth in the past five years and is all set to become the major earner of foreign exchange in near future. There are a number of reasons that has led to the promotion of medical tourism in India. Patients from abroad are wooed not only by the low cost factor but also by the exceptional hospitality offered by the Indian healthcare centers. In a nutshell, one is not only cured but also cared for and it is this theory of ‘cure with care’ that forms the motto of medical tourism industry in India.

Indian healthcare facilities are in no way inferior to their foreign competitors in the medical tourism industry like Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and so on. Canadian Minister of Labour and Citizen’s Services, Michael De Jong, who recently visited few hospitals in India and was impressed with the facilities on offer, has even acknowledged this. Indian healthcare centers offer specialized services at less than one-fif

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New Year’s Eve at Home

Caring for a senior, whether as a professional caregiver or as the spouse or adult child of a senior who needs care, takes a lot of energy any time of the year. The holidays are no different, so making sure you get the downtime you need and the celebration of the fresh start of a new year are both important. Creating fun New Years Eve festivities doesn’t need to be a highly involved and complicated process. Combining a special occasion with the day-to-day needs of taking care of a senior citizen honors both the holiday and your dedication to care.

Plan the Party

Everyone likes to feel needed, so include your senior in the planning process. Ask him what he remembers from years past, what he liked and didn’t like. Set him to work writing a shopping list for you that includes favorite snacks, beverages, and fun novelty New Years Eve hats. Decide what you’ll wear to add a touch of festivity, and plan to add some sparkle to your senior’s outfi

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Which Home Humidifier Is Best For You?

A home humidifier can have a positive impact on anyone who owns one. They’re know to keep the air at a comfortable moisture level, which, in turn, can affect your overall well-being. Embracing the benefits of a home humidifier is a great first step towards getting better sleep and improving your overall quality of life. Once you decide that you want a home humidifier, you need to figure out which one you’ll get the best use out of. All humidifiers provide the same general benefits but their method of deploying the comforting mist varies. The different types and sizes should also be considered when deciding the best one for your home.

In this article, we’ll be looking at three common types of home humidifiers to help you narrow down your options. Remember, regardless of whichever one you purchase, the most important thing you can do is maintain it with a regular cleaning and disinfecting routine to keep mold and bacteria from building up and spreading through

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Home Health Aide Training – Complex Modified Diets

Oftentimes, as a home health care aide, your job will include helping a patient to prepare food. While the standard rules of food preparation do apply for most of your patients (i.e. following the Food Pyramid), there are also a large number of different modified diets, some of them quite complex that you may need to follow. Here’s what you need to know:

Increasing or Decreasing Intake of Certain Foods

The most common type of modified diet simply requires either an increase or a decrease in the intake of certain kinds of foods. For example, a patient suffering from chronic high blood pressure may be advised to decrease the amount of sodium in the diet. This would entail more than leaving the salt shaker in the cupboard. You also need to check the nutrition information on all prepared foods for the total sodium content that they include.

Other times there may be a need to increase intake of certain foods. For example, some patients may nee

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Creating a Caregiver Binder

Creating a caregiver binder is essential for a lot of reasons. The number one reason is for peace of mind for the caregiver and the care recipient. This binder is a portable compilation of resources to have at your fingertips to assist in your role as caregiver.

A caregiver binder should include as much information as required for the care recipient’s needs. It should be portable to accompany the caregiver and care recipient when they visit healthcare providers. Most doctors will ask about medications you’re taking to ensure they have the most up-to-date list. If they make changes, you can update the list at that time.

Create at least two copies of the caregiver binder. Keep one copy at the home of the care recipient and one copy with the caregiver. Update all copies as things change, and put the date of the change beside each entry. Entry dates ensure you have the most current information.

There are a couple of options to create a caregiver binder a

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Health Care Professionals

A health care professional is a person who provides proper health care to any individual in need of health care services in a systematic and professional manner. They include Physicians, Nurses, and Dentists, Physician assistants, Pharmacists, Therapists, Psychologists, support staff and other such individuals who are licensed to deliver health care of any kind. Although physicians’ services are the most needed in providing health care, the duties of others cannot be under estimated. To understand the value of each of their services we need to learn about them.

Physicians:

A Physician – also known as Doctor or a Medical Practitioner is a person who practices the Profession of Medicine and hence helps to maintain health. He is the one who makes the diagnosis and treatment for any disease or injury. A Physician needs to be highly competent and possess a detailed knowledge about the science of medicine. The physician is bound to do what is right by himsel

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Knowing The Facts About In Home Senior Care Services

Seniors who are strong enough to live on their own but not enough to perform certain household chores may be in need of in home senior care services. Most elderly individuals prefer to stay in a familiar environment for as long as they can because like most of us, they treasure their independence. This is why it is much easier for them to accept the idea of senior home care than nursing homes. Through some help from a home care provider, seniors can be easily kept in good condition making it possible for them to preserve their dignity and independence.

The cost of in home senior care services is also often less than that of full time nursing homes. This is why it may not be necessary to relocate your senior parents to a nursing home, especially if their condition isn’t serious enough.

There are at least two main types of in home senior care services, namely skilled or custodial care and supportive or unskilled care.

Skilled services are those provided by m

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Senior Video Conferencing in Home Healthcare

For today’s senior citizens, technology is always changing, especially with communications. The phone and snail mail are still functional, but vastly different. The internet is the foundation for growth of the “Information Age”. Modification of computer hardware and software adds video web conferencing to their communication options.

Now that healthcare is a major force in America, “Internet video conferencing is quickly becoming essential in promoting Senior independence at home”, says Greg Hartwell, co-founder and CEO of Homecare California. This technology is common in business and social settings, but less so for Seniors. As a growing communications option, internet video conferencing promotes instant access, making evaluations and medical management convenient.

The American Association of Retired Persons defines four challenges to Senior well-being. These challenges consist of diminishing memory, diminishing mobility, diminishing skil

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How to Get More Referrals From Hospitals, SNF, and Physicians

HHAs cannot survive without a steady flow of patient referrals, especially in areas where there is an abundance of HHAs competing for the same few patient population.

Why is it now harder to get referrals from hospital or SNF discharge planners?

There are several good reasons why it’s harder to get referrals from discharge planners:

1. Discharge planners are bombarded by home health sales reps on a daily basis as competition for patients increases. There has been a 75% increase in the number of agencies across the US. Can you see why discharge planners from hospitals and SNFs are overwhelmed? Many hospitals have new policies prohibiting home health sales reps from calling or dropping in on their discharge planners because it’s takes up too much of their time.

2. With the explosion of home health agencies, and the rules about patient choice and freedom of choice, it is more difficult for discharge planners to make referrals to

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