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Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN

Recent Posts

Managing the Home Health Patient on Insulin

Home health patient teaching for insulin therapy include the following MyHomecareBiz objectives: 

1. Provide the evidence-based, best practice methods for self-managing insulin injections,2. Ensure the patient/caregiver successfully recalls and demonstrates insulin self-injection...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 23, 2021

Busy Minds Fight Dementia in Home Health Care Patients

From Healthday: Mentally stimulating activities can protect home health care patients' brains against aging, even if genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a new study reports MyHomecareBiz

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 11, 2021

Long-Term Anti-Coagulation Therapy? Monitor 2 things...

Home health care patients with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and/or artificial heart valves will likely be placed on maintenance anticoagulation therapy to reduce/eliminate blood clots. 

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 2, 2021

6 Best Practices for Home Health Aides & Medications

Are home health aides in your state allowed to give medications? Click here to here to find out -

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 9, 2021

Dysphagia Diets? Home Health Clinicians Should Know...

Dysphagia is among the most common conditions in home health patients and poses a great risk for re-hospitalization. Teaching and guidance on the National Dyphagia Diet (NDD) Dysphagia Diet for patients with swallowing, feeding and eating difficulties should be included in your...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Nov 16, 2020

Do Your Home Health Aides Know Basic Grooming Principles?

One of the most challenging responsibilities that home health workers have when taking of the elderly is providing personal care. Maintaining personal hygiene and grooming while promoting independence are vital to enabling the elderly patient to feel the best about his or her own...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Oct 18, 2019

10 Helpful Tips for Wound Care For Home Health

Wound care for home health is a skill every nurse will use. Improperly treated wounds have the potential to cause severe infections and worse.  Following are some helpful tips:

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 27, 2018

Vital Fall Prevention Your Patient Needs to Know...

One of the most important things that home health clinicians should educate their patients about is fall precautions. This is especially helpful after assessing that the patient is at high risk for fall using a fall risk assessment tool. The following are fall prevention techniques...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 15, 2018