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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

How to Teach Foley Catheter Care

Sometimes injuries and illnesses make it hard, or impossible, for you to urinate on your own. For this reason, you need a urinary catheter, also called a Foley Catheter. It's important to learn the daily requirements of foley catheter care. This catheter stays in your bladder and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 15, 2018

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

How do steroids help cancer patients?

Corticosteroids, or just steroids, can be prescribed for a wide-range of conditions. How do steroids help cancer patients? For those patients, steroids can be prescribed for the following reasons:

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 7, 2018

Dysphagia Diets? Home Health Nurses & Therapists 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 Feb 6, 2018

M2250b: Essentials of Diabetic Foot Care

Foot ulceration is a common problem for people with diabetes, especially those with peripheral neuropathy and/or peripheral vascular disease.  One of the best approaches in diabetes management is making sure that both the patients and members of the health team are all educated...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 17, 2018

2018 CoPs: Teach Patients Infection Control

Include the following MyHomecareBiz evidence-based OASIS C home health care best practices for teaching infection control:

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 26, 2017

Home Health Management of Hypertension

High blood pressure is the most common home health diagnosis.

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms and patients don't realize they have hypertension.  The 'silent' nature of the disease only reinforces the need for...

Posted by Patty Jampolsky on Dec 19, 2017