About: Joan Vaughn
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out. I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff). I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success. So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses. Join me in the conversation.
Recent Posts by Joan Vaughn
As Minnesota approaches the peak of fall, there are plenty of options for taking in the gorgeous sights. Here are three guides for fall sightseeing in Minnesota, each tailored to different goals. The DNR Fall Color Finder is a well-organized guide to the options for admiring leaves in Minnesota state parks, broken down...Read more
If you want to make a difference with your work or are simply looking for a career change, home care nursing might be an excellent option for you! At Communities of Care, we are committed to a culture of collaboration. Our nurses have a unique opportunity to develop a one-on-one relationship with clients, their families, and...Read more
Home care is a unique industry within medicine because it is far less visible than running a private practice or working in a hospital. When driving through a neighborhood, one could pass any number of houses that receive home care without even knowing. This is because home health care seamlessly enriches the lives of clients,...Read more
At Communities of Care, we take pride in our inclusive approach to home care. While the home care dynamic between nurse and client is primary, we want to involve the family and physicians in all aspects of the care plan. We build our block schedules to guide routines clearly for both nurses and...Read more
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