We use the statement at Communities of Care “making a measurable difference in our clients’ lives every day” to describe our care. But how does that show up in our daily operations?
I started this agency in 1999 to care for my daughter’s medical needs. She had frequent bouts of pneumonia and multiple hospital stays. Once I could provide in-home care, these decreased, and she could also maintain and gain weight. Those are examples of making a measurable difference for my own family: less respiratory infections and hospitalizations, increased weight and strength, and the opportunity to grow!
We see these measurable differences in our clients once they begin home care. They have fewer infections or hospitalizations, they recover faster when incidents happen, and this improved health allows their lives to be more consistent and predictable.
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.