Home Health Blogger

Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN

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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 Apr 5, 2018

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 Precautions 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

7 Little Things That Make a Big Difference in Comprehensive Pain Management

Comprehensive pain management is a necessary clinical skill especially for the elderly population. As the body ages different types of diseases emerge with associated pain. Clinicians should understand that pain is not a sensation like touch or feeling.

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 13, 2018

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 Mar 1, 2018

Job Shadowing Is Important for New Employees

Job shadowing for the new home health employees is essential. By observing an employee who has already mastered the skills and tasks involved, as well as the agency's practices, policies and regulations, the home health agency can save valuable time on training a new employee. In...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 28, 2018

6 'Right' Things to Do When Helping Administer Medications

Encouraging self-administration of medication is believed to increase patients' understanding about their medication and to promote their independence depending on the patient’s capability. Here are some specific tasks that the Home Health Aide should remember when helping the...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 20, 2018

Home Health - What Does a Blood Clot in the Leg Feel Like?

What does a blood clot in the leg feel like? Painful, hot, 'crampy' and swollen. Blood clots, no matter where they are located, always need close attention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 to 2 per 1,000 people in the United States is...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 13, 2018