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Melissa Cott

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5 Facts About Urinary Tract Infections 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 Apr 24, 2018

OASIS C2: 3 Strategies for Patients with Feeding Deficits

Many patients receiving home health have limitations in feeding and eating.

OASIS C2 - Factors that cause a patient to have limitations in self-care include: activity intolerance, cognitive impairment, decreased motivation, decreased strength and endurance, depression, environmental...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 18, 2018

Take the Nursing Quiz for Asthma/COPD

From Nurselabs: Any respiratory disease that persistently obstructs bronchial airflow fall under the broad classification of COPD, also known as chronic airflow limitations (CAL). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition of chronic dyspnea with expiratory airflow...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 17, 2018

6 Practical Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Include the following evidence-based OASIS C best clinical practices for caring for patients with Alzheimer's Disease:

In the early stages of Alzheimer's, your patient may still be able to perform the daily tasks that allow a person to live and function independently. As the disease...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 16, 2018

7 Keys to the Retention of Home Health Employees

The quality of home health employees management that a nurse, therapist or aide receives is critical to employee retention. The reasons home health workers leave their jobs has more to do with management and supervision not the job itself.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 2, 2018

15 Fine Motor Exercises for Home Health Patients

Fine motor skills are small, precise, coordinated movements, like using your fingers to pick up a coin. Fine motor skills require integrating muscular, skeletal and neurological functions. Physical and occupational therapists can work with you to practice these skills after stroke.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 29, 2018

#3 Home Health Best Practice: Competent Caregivers

Home Health Best Practices #3: as a certified home health agency you should have a policy stating that the patient must have a competent, appropriate, and available emergency contact.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 28, 2018

6 Ways to Improve Face to Face for Home Health

In its February 2018 newsletter CGS Medicare reports that many physician certifications do not contain a statement documenting the date of the face-to-face for home health encounter. Most providers utilize the CMS485 form for the plan of care and physician certification. Does your...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 6, 2018