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Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN

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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 self,

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

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

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

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 affected...

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

Home Health Care - 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 about...

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

Ace Your OASIS C2 Audit with Good Documentation

OASIS C2 - MyHomeCareBiz would like to take you back to the basics of home health documentation because the professional responsibility related to this is an essential component of home healthcare.

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 16, 2018