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Melissa Cott

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COVID-19: Three (3) Requirements for (Early) Discharge Planning

Prepare Patients for Early Discharge

Preparing non-priority home health patients for early discharge should be the primary objective of home health agencies right now. Since accessibility to routine healthcare is currently suspended, home health agencies should prepare patients and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19: Substitutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It's no secret that healthcare providers - hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor's offices - and home health agencies - have run out of - or are running out of - personal protective gear (PPE). Because of the shortage of PPE, the CDC has announced methods to optimize the supply...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19: Daily Management Plan for Home Health Agencies

1. Provide home health services to priority patients only.

Since the corona virus in the US is not contained, the presumption must be that anyone can have the COVID-19 virus. Under these circumstances your HHA must limit contact to patients that require critical care and have no one...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 & Home Health: Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

So, now it's happened. We have the pandemic called COVID-19. The coronavirus causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory infections. COVID-19, the most recently discovered coronavirus disease, was first seen in December 2019 in China.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 17, 2020

Does Your Home Health Orientation Include These 11 Policies?

Home Health orientation basics include showing new workers how to perform their jobs safely and efficiently. But thriving home health agencies know that it is important to go much further than that. Orientation is the perfect time to begin soft skills training, and to introduce...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 4, 2020

Pain Management: 2020 PDGM Utilization Recommendations

A home health pain management program can be executed by either nursing or therapy. Patients requiring pain management should use a combination of medical (chronic pain medications) and non-medical intervention such as guided imagery, distraction, relaxation - among others. ...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 3, 2020

16 Home Health Nurse Safety Tips

Basic Home Care Industry Safety Guidelines for Field Clinicians

The following is a home health and safety inspection checklist:

  1. Before making home visits, home health care workers should secure all purses and wallets at the Agency.  If you must take a purse or wallet, lock it in...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 26, 2020

5 Facts About Urinary Tract Infection in the Elderly

Do you know these 5 facts about Urinary Tract Infections in the elderly?  The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 25, 2020