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The Transition to Hospice and Its Impact on Family Members: Strategies for Professional Caregivers. Cultural Competence - Home Health, Hospice, Home Care. The need for cultural competence in home care is growing as America's population becomes more diverse and as more seniors choose to age in place.

Cultural Competence - Home Health, Hospice, Home Care

Healthcare workers at all levels must have a certain level of cultural competence to adequately care for patients. This is especially true for nurses and other direct care staff who work with patients at home. In home settings, patients have more control over their care. They may be quicker to dismiss a nurse or aide they perceive as insensitive or indifferent to their needs or with whom they have difficulty communicating. Online hospice and home care training programs are an affordable and effective way to ensure direct care workers have the information they need to deliver culturally competent care.

What Is Cultural Competence? Cultural competence is the ability to effectively communicate with people of different cultures and backgrounds. Improving Employee Retention in Home Health, Hospice and Home Care. The need for in-home caregivers in the U.S. has never been greater, and this need will only continue to grow as America's population ages.

Improving Employee Retention in Home Health, Hospice and Home Care

Yet, even as the demand for home health, hospice, and home care increases, a workforce crisis persists in the industry. Turnover rates are exceedingly high among in-home caregivers, according to experts on the subject-a problem that has been ongoing for decades.1,2. PREVENTING INFLUENZA IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES. Millions of people in the U.S. live in long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes, hospices, and assisted living facilities.1 People aged 65 and older make up the majority of LTC residents and are at the highest risk of complications from the flu because the immune system weakens with age.2 Many residents of long-term care facilities also have significant health issues or are immunocompromised, which puts them at even greater risk of developing serious and potentially fatal flu complications.

PREVENTING INFLUENZA IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

Given these facts, it may not come as a surprise that approximately 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths in the U.S. occur in people over age 65.3 Preventing flu outbreaks in LTC facilities is critical, as well as containing the spread of the flu when an outbreak occurs. Ensuring healthcare workers receive comprehensive long-term care facility staff training and education on infection control practices is also vital. The Impact of Influenza on LTC Facility Residents Flu Facts. Grief And Loss: Recognizing The Signs In Children And Adults. Loss is a normal part of the human experience, and grief is a natural reaction to loss.

Grief And Loss: Recognizing The Signs In Children And Adults

Virtually everyone will experience grief at some point. While grief is a universal experience, it's also a deeply personal one. Grief is a natural response not only to the death of a loved one but also to other life events, including: Divorce or separation The death of a child or a miscarriage A job loss or the end of a career A change in health status, such as being diagnosed with a chronic illness Loss of independence due to disability Loss through theft (such as a treasured family heirloom) Losing a companion animal Moving to a new home/relocating to a new place. Food Safety in Long Term Care Facilities: Protecting Residents from Foodborne Illnesses.

Approximately 9 million people live in long term care facilities across the U.S. today.

Food Safety in Long Term Care Facilities: Protecting Residents from Foodborne Illnesses

The majority are adults age 65 and older.1 LTC facilities, which include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, and adult day service centers, provide critical nursing care and assistance with daily activities. They also serve millions of meals every single day. Good food safety practices are vital in long term care facilities, as seniors are at an increased risk for hospitalization and death from foodborne illnesses.

In fact, seniors living in nursing homes face 10 times the risk of dying from bacterial gastroenteritis than people in the community.2. Combatting Elder Abuse And Neglect In Long-Term Care. The decision to move loved ones into long-term care (LTC) is rarely an easy one.

Combatting Elder Abuse And Neglect In Long-Term Care

After The Disaster: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In First Responders. From the merciless hurricanes that tore through Texas and Puerto Rico to the raging wildfire that became the largest in California's history and led to devastating mudslides, 2017 was an exceptional year for natural disasters in the U.S .

After The Disaster: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In First Responders

In fact, it was the costliest on record.1. Promoting Independence In Persons With Dementia: Tips For Caregivers. Adults diagnosed with dementia are faced with a disease that is irreversible and progressive.

Promoting Independence In Persons With Dementia: Tips For Caregivers

The loss of judgment, reasoning, memory, and communication skills lead to an inability to discern risk and danger. Dementia can limit a person's ability to live independently, which can be very distressing for the individual and family members. Understanding and Identifying Social Anxiety in Adolescents. Social anxiety disorder is often confused with shyness by family members, friends, and teachers, but it's much more than that.

Understanding and Identifying Social Anxiety in Adolescents

For teens with social anxiety disorder, everyday social interactions can feel overwhelming. They may worry excessively about being embarrassed, humiliated, judged, or rejected, or of offending others in social situations. These worries and fears can become crippling, causing young people to fall behind developmentally and academically. Children and teens with social anxiety disorder are also more likely than their peers (without the disorder) to develop depression and substance abuse.1 This is why it's vital for healthcare professionals to understand and be able to identify the behavioral and physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder to advocate for patients with the condition.

The Importance Of Communication With Dementia Patients & Their Family Members. Tips for Healthcare Workers Caring for people with dementia poses many challenges for caregivers and family members.

The Importance Of Communication With Dementia Patients & Their Family Members

It is demanding work-physically, mentally, and emotionally-that requires a substantial amount of patience, understanding, and empathy. Yet, it can also be very rewarding. The Impact Video Is Having On Training And Education. Instructors have long used videos in classrooms and other learning environments to improve engagement and help learners absorb complex information. Videos have become even more popular in recent years in response to the widespread adoption of online video streaming and the emergence of innovative new teaching strategies.

The days of the "sage on stage" (with a lecture as the central focus of a course) are not necessarily over, but teaching is becoming more diversified as we move deeper into the new millennium-and that's a good thing! Research has shown that people learn abstract and novel concepts more easily when the information is presented both verbally and visually. 1 Videos are an excellent tool for teaching and training, providing learners with an audio-visual experience. Videos can be used as a primary vehicle for information delivery or integrated into existing programs. Preventing Falls In Long-Term Care: A Comprehensive Approach. Each year, millions of older people in the U.S. will fall—at home, in a public setting, or in a long-term care facility. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

This speaks to the critical importance of fall reduction programs in healthcare and long-term care facilities. The consequences of falling can range from minor bumps and bruises to major trauma, including internal bleeding, fractures (especially of the hip), and brain injuries. Severe injuries from a fall can be life-threatening; in fact, an estimated 23,000 older individuals die every year as a direct consequence of or from complications after a fall.1 More Than Just Physical Injuries The repercussions of a fall are much greater than physical injuries alone. Ahead, we'll explore how long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, can develop fall reduction strategies to help reduce the risk of patient falls.

Statistics on Falls in the U.S. The Benefits Of Online Training For Long-Term Care Facility Employees. The need for long-term care in the U.S. is growing and will continue to grow in the coming decades, as the number of Americans aged 65 and over is expected to nearly double by 2050.1 Assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes, and other long-term care (LTC) facilities fulfill a critical need by providing round-the-clock custodial and medical care for the elderly and disabled.

The Challenge of Staff Training for LTC Facilities Among the many challenges of long-term care facility directors is ensuring their staff of physicians, registered nurses (RNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), personal care aides (PCAs), licensed practical nurses/licensed vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs), and others involved in resident care are properly certified and receive in-service and continuing education training.

Employee Turnover Drives Up Training Costs Consider that: The combination of high turnover and rapid job growth means LTC employers are tasked with constantly recruiting new employees. The Many Benefits Of Online Learning. Accessible, Affordable Education for Schools and Professional Organizations The Digital Revolution has transformed the way we study and learn. Where once the in-person classroom model dominated, today online educational courses are revolutionizing education. Online courses provide students and other learners with unparalleled access to educational materials and other learning tools, day or night.

They are an excellent addition to or replacement for traditional classroom-based learning. Allergies, Asthma, And The Immune System: Understanding The Connection. The sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes of nasal allergies can make pollen seasons miserable for allergy sufferers, while the wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath of asthma can be downright scary. Infection Control in Healthcare: Precautions. Infections acquired in healthcare settings are common, yet preventable. Healthcare workers have a responsibility to patients and to society at large to do everything possible to reduce the spread of infections in the risk-prone environments of hospitals, surgery centers, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Precautions with Infection Control in Heathcare - Part 01.

Infection Control in Healthcare: Safe Work Practices (Part II) Approximately one in 25 hospital patients in the U.S. has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) at any given time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 7 of every 100 patients in developed countries and 10 of every 100 patients in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI.2 The toll of HAIs on the public is enormous-these infections kill up to 100,000 individuals in the U.S. every year and cost $45 billion a year in direct healthcare costs alone.3 The financial and psychological costs to families who lose a loved one to HAIs, and the costs to society as a whole, are undoubtedly even greater. HIPAA, Social Media & the Healthcare Worker: Safeguarding Patient Data.

Social media is ubiquitous in modern society, with people sharing just about everything with the world, including what they eat, where they went, and what they did at work. For healthcare professionals, social media can create a potential minefield with regard to regulations regarding patient privacy. Nursing Assistant Skills. The New Nursing Assistant Instructor's Guide - California, 8th Edition Product code: CNA532U Overview: This manual has been developed to provide the instructor with lesson plans that fulfill the requirements for certification of nursing assistants per the California Department of Health Services State regulation Title 22 and OBRA regulations CFR 483.152(b).

Preventing Infection with Evolving Methods. Hospital infections continue to decrease as medical institutions use improved data tracking, better training for staff, and technology to ferret out and eliminate their causes. Although progress is being made, too many patients still acquire infections in hospital settings. What Do Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Do? Mental illness afflicts people from all backgrounds, income levels, and age groups.

Orthopedic Nursing Presents Lucrative Health Career Opportunity. Orthopedic nurses work to prevent and treat musculoskeletal disorders, providing important care for patients at all stages of life. Highly trained professionals, orthopedic nurses dedicate their careers to developing the specialized skills needed to monitor neurovascular status, master casting and continuous passive motion therapy, and perform other forms of orthopedic treatment. Tuberculosis Remains a Major Health Threat. Although it is overshadowed by illnesses of late like HIV/AIDS and Ebola, tuberculosis remains a worldwide health threat, causing more than a million deaths each year. Even in the U.S., thousands of people become ill with TB each year, and health care officials keep a close watch on reports of the disease to prevent an epidemic from breaking out.

Tuberculosis is still one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. More than 1.5 million people died in 2013 from the illness and nearly 9 million fell ill from the disease, according to the World Health Organization. The vast majority of TB deaths - 95 percent - occur in poor or developing nations. The active version of the disease is expensive and difficult to treat, and new variants of the illness resistant to antibiotics are making it even more difficult.

Certified Pediatric Nurses: Caring for Children, from Infancy to Young Adulthood. Pediatric nurses play an important role in our healthcare system, caring for patients from infancy to young adulthood.