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Patient and Family Engagement in Chronic Care

Posted by Dr. Joseph F. West on Sep 27, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Engaged patients, famillies and caregivers can help lower medical costs, reduce hospital admissions, and improve health behaviors. The patients' health has a greater chance for improving when the family and caregivers can better communicate the importance of incorporating a healthier diet, increasing levels of physical activity, and medication compliance for chronic diseases management. However, recent data on health care consumers found that 1 in 3 patients are disengaged in their own care. Meaning that patients did not have a clear understanding of their diagnosis and conditions, and they weren’t actively working towards better self-management and care.

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Topics: TCM, Family Caregivers, CCM, Patient Engagement, In-Home Care

Care Coordination and Home Care for Older Adults

Posted by Dr. Joseph F. West on Sep 15, 2016 4:00:00 PM

For decades, non-clinical home care agencies, therapists, and aides have been caring for chronically ill patients in their homes.  Rather than moving into a long-term care facility as they age, many older adults prefer to stay at home for as long as possible. For those older adults choosing to stay at home, determining the range of non-clinical home care services available to help maintain their independence can be daunting. Non-clinical home care providers may have meet unique qualifications that help patients and providers reach overall goals for chronic care management, self-care, and independence. This often includes required services and supports not covered under Medicare’s home health or acute care benefit.

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Topics: TCM, CCM, In-Home Care, Hospice

Palliative Care and Care Management

Posted by Dr. Joseph F. West on Sep 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The chronically ill, aging population is growing. These patients need a continuum of care that includes the final stages of their life. Palliative care uses an interdisciplinary support system to help older patients with chronic illness cope during the end stages of life. Palliative care focuses on symptom relief and pain management, including psychological and spiritual care. The primary goal of palliative care is to provide the best quality of life possible at the end of life for both patients and families of terminally and chronically ill patients.

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Topics: TCM, Palliative Care, CCM, In-Home Care, Hospice

Chronic Care Management Boosts In-Home Care

Posted by Dr. Joseph F. West on Jun 23, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Receiving personal care in the privacy and comfort of home can be important for recuperating, chronically or terminally ill patients or persons with disabilities. In-home care facilitates independence and functional improvement. Home health patients receive medical, nursing, and/or therapeutic treatment through a wide range of health and social services. Receiving home health care reduces unavoidable readmissions, and studies have shown that patients recovering from injury, sickness, or surgical procedures heal more quickly and with fewer complications when recovering at home versus in a medical facility.

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Topics: Caregivers, TCM, Senior Health, CCM, In-Home Care


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