By: Gina Epifano, PT, COS-C, Director of Rehabilitation
Carl Reiner is well known as an actor, director and comedian. He’s also 95 years old. His recent HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” is an inquisitive and insightful look into what life is like for people in their 90s. He talks with other famed nonagenarians including Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and Norman Lear, discussing their thoughts and ideas about their own longevity. Dick Van Dyke’s best tip? Keep Moving. He believes so strongly in the importance of maintaining mobility that he has written a book about it.
By Dorothy Davis, LPC, Vice President of Community Health and Strategy
By bringing healthcare home with connectivity and innovative aging, together with the community, we work to facilitate independent aging at home. One of the benefits of bringing healthcare home is nurses are able to see the patient’s home environment. As our CEO, Norene Mostkoff, has often stated, healthcare happens at home: healthcare happens in the bathroom, it happens in the living room, it happens in the kitchen—and our nurses are able to assess whether the home environment is conducive for recovery and healthy aging. Doctors are unable to see the environment in which patients live. A diabetic could repeatedly visit the ER and the doctor would never know it because the patient doesn’t have proper refrigeration for her diabetes medicine. Deploying home health clinicians is the way to fill this gap in care. The environment in which the patient lives contributes to their health. Health is all encompassing; health is our way of life, where we live, what we do, what we eat, and who we live with.
By Andrea Stevenson, RN, BSN, MPH, Executive Director of Home Health Services
As we celebrate Independence Day this July, let’s also celebrate the value of aging independently at home. With today’s technological advances, it has never been easier to bring healthcare to a patient’s home. This is particularly of value to aging patients who wish to remain independent for as long as possible. Aging independently means patients feel dignified, empowered and prepared to handle the many health-related aspects of aging. An independent patient is one who understands his or her disease or condition, and is an active participant in developing and meeting their healthcare goals.
For the 20th consecutive year, Visiting Nurse Health System was awarded The Atlanta Regional Commission’s contract for the Community Care Services Program (CCSP). Facilitated by the Long-Term Care at Home program of Visiting Nurse, this Medicaid waiver program helps seniors and individuals with disabilities receive community-based social, health and support services.
Dorothy Davis, Executive Director of Long-Term Care at Home and Vice President of Community Services and Strategy, shared an overview of the program and how it improves the lives of those it serves.
By Gina Epifano, PT, Director of Rehabilitation, Visiting Nurse
Chronic pain and the use of opioids for chronic pain management have been making headlines in recent months. Statistics show that opioid prescriptions have quadrupled since 1999, with 259 million opioid prescriptions written in 2012. That’s enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills! Overuse of opioids can lead to overdose, addiction, depression and withdrawal symptoms.