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7th Annual Treasures of Cleveland Supports Music Therapy Program

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio invites supporters and the community to the 7th Annual Treasures of Cleveland on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Cleveland’s newest treasure – the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

August 23, 2016

Local Experts Discuss the Importance of Integrated Healthcare

Studies suggest that individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis are less likely to comply with their primary plan of care, resulting in higher emergency department costs and negative health outcomes. On September 14, 2016, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio and local experts will host a panel discussion to learn how integrating holistic care can transform healthcare and positively impact the community.

August 10, 2016

How Personal Care Assistance Helps Caregivers and Patients

What patient or caregiver couldn’t use an extra pair of helping hands inside the home? Personal care assistance offers just that, supplementing home healthcare services as medical needs evolve -- and as life situations change.

June 30, 2016

Caregiver Support and Assistance: Intro to Respite Care

 

Sometimes caregivers need a break -- for their own well-being and for that of the loved ones they care for. Respite care is a good option to give caregivers a hand and prevent burnout. Find out how it can help.

June 30, 2016

Preparing for Flu Season

Did you know that adults 65 years of age and older are at a higher risk for developing flu-related complications? Additionally, living with various medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and kidney disorders increases their risk.

December 14, 2015

Finding the Right Care When a Loved One is Discharged from the Hospital

After a loved one experiences a serious health crisis that resulted in hospitalization, determining where to turn after discharge is vital to their recovery. Many patients and families are unaware of the choices that lay ahead and the questions that need to be asked before going home.

April 28, 2015

Celebrate Occupational Therapy and the Services Geared Towards Your Safety

Since 1917, Occupational Therapists have provided customized interventions designed to meet the specific goals of every individual. This April, the country celebrates the 35th annual Occupational Therapy Month and the importance of services for those regaining their ability to maintain safe and independent living.

March 24, 2015

Rehabilitation Therapies: Helping Individuals Recovering at Home

Every year, millions of Americans are discharged from the hospital following a procedure, illness, or injury. Many require intensive rehabilitation therapies to regain their strength and ultimately, their independence. As individuals recover, their hope is to return back to everyday life as soon as possible. Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help.

March 1, 2015

Navigating Home Healthcare: Who to Call, When and Why

When an aging or unwell family member's safety at home is a cause for concern -- no matter what the reason -- Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help.

January 6, 2015

Redefining Hospice Care

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio wants to change the way patients and their families think about hospice care.

December 23, 2014

Orthopedic Surgeries and Therapy Connect

For patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, a period of physical therapy must begin almost immediately and continue almost daily without interruption. This can require as much as two weeks of in-patient rehab, often in a residential care facility.

December 18, 2014

Facts about the Cost of Alzheimer’s

Did you know that 62% of family caregivers pay for a loved one’s Alzheimer’s care out of their own savings? In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million individuals and families. Although the disease is not a normal part of the aging process, it continues to grow in line with the aging population. As families face the emotional and financial stresses associated with Alzheimer’s, it has become imperative that caregivers begin to plan for the future.

December 2, 2014

Why Seniors Are At Higher Risk for Infectious Disease

As we age, it seems more and more difficult to stay well, especially during cold and flu season. From common colds and stomach viruses to urinary tract infections and shingles, older adults are more prone to infection.

November 18, 2014

VitalStim® Swallowing Therapy Makes the Difference

Dysphasia, or the inability to swallow normally, can affect people who are recovering from surgery, a brain injury or a stroke, or who deal with progressive degenerative neurological diseases like Parkinson’s or ALS.

November 7, 2014

Depression Among Cardiac Patients – Signs to Watch For

When a loved one has suffered a heart attack or undergone a heart bypass, concern is understandably high. Will he have another heart attack? Was her surgery successful?

October 14, 2014

The Bridge Program: Providing Care to Those with Nowhere to Go

In Cuyahoga County, 50% of the clients admitted into the state psychiatric hospital are readmissions. Many of these individuals were unable to access care to achieve optimal health and independence. Rather, they were forced to turn to the hospital systems to receive treatment, continuing what is known as the “Revolving Door Syndrome.” To prevent the reoccurring cycle, community agencies joined forces in hopes of closing the gap for care and created the Bridge Program.

October 9, 2014

5 Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

People who live with diabetes know the importance of taking care of themselves through diet, exercise and, sometimes, insulin therapy. But many may not realize that good diabetes care starts from the ground up.

September 30, 2014

Wound Care 101

Caring for a loved one who is recovering from surgery can be scary. An open surgical wound must be kept protected and carefully monitored for signs of infection. It is a daunting responsibility to manage at home.

September 23, 2014

CHF and COPD in the Summer – 4 Tips for Home Care

Northeast Ohio summers can be tough for people who struggle to breath.

August 26, 2014

For Caregivers: 4 Ways to Ask for Help

Caring for a seriously ill person can be all-consuming. Often, one person bears the majority – if not all – of the load. But being the primary caregiver doesn’t mean being the only caregiver.

August 5, 2014

Toward Healthier Seniors

Throughout the United States, there are more than 40 million individuals aged 65 years or older, and numbers will only continue to increase. As the older population wishes to remain independent and age in place, seniors are recognizing the need to stay active and healthy, critical to making that happen.

July 31, 2014

The Family Caregiver Diet

Most caregivers spend a lot of time thinking about good nutrition. “Did Dad eat all of his veggies?” “How can we get Mom to take in more calories?”

July 29, 2014

For Caregivers: Setting Boundaries with a Loved One

When loved ones are hurt or ill, all we really want to do is make them well again. Powerless to do that, we may overcompensate and take on every task and responsibility of care.

July 22, 2014

VNA of Ohio: Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services at Home

What began more than 100 years ago as a group of 13 Cleveland women dedicated to home health care now includes more than 700 professionals providing comprehensive home healthcare, hospice and rehabilitation services throughout Northeast and Central Ohio.

July 17, 2014

Continuum of Care Means Healthier Patients, Lower Costs

There aren’t many one-stop shops when it comes to healthcare. With millions of Americans seeing a physician, having surgery or being discharged from the hospital every day, most patients must use numerous providers to meet their various medical needs.

July 12, 2014

TeleHealth: Keeping Our Community Out of the Hospital

In healthcare, there is only one goal: keep the patient healthy, safe, and out of the hospital. Unfortunately, for patients living with a chronic condition, hospitalizations are often too frequent. The goal of home healthcare is to help patients manage their chronic condition in the comfort of their home.

July 8, 2014

4 Tips to Avoid Rehospitalizations after Discharge

When a loved one is discharged from the hospital, it can be overwhelming and confusing navigating their continuum of care home. If plan of care orders are not understood and followed correctly, the patient is at a greater risk of returning to the hospital due to complications.

July 6, 2014

7 Tips to Prevent Seniors from Misusing Prescription Drugs

Today, the average senior is prescribed 5-6 medications for various health issues, increasing their odds of misusing prescriptions and potentially leading to extreme health risks or accidental overdoses. As the Baby Boomer population ages, the number of seniors continues to grow. Therefore, it is important to recognize if your loved one is at risk and identify tips to prevent misuse.

June 15, 2014

4 Step Guide for When a Loved One Needs Home Healthcare

An aging parent is in the emergency room after forgetting their medication, an elderly relative has difficulty with simple tasks of daily living, or a significant other is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s. Caregivers everywhere are forced to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system, while searching for information and resources that will allow their loved one to remain in their own home. Home healthcare is that vital solution.

June 5, 2014

Challenges of Long Distance Caregiving


Caring for an elderly loved one is difficult, especially when they live across the country. More than 7 million Americans have taken on the role of being a long distance caregiver and face the challenge of finding information and resources needed to keep their family safe and healthy from afar.

May 29, 2014

Home Healthcare and Private-duty Nursing for New Mothers

For some women, the first several days home following the birth of a new baby are filled with some of the most profound moments in life. They are also some of the most overwhelming.

May 13, 2014

How to Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

As patients, we need to maximize our time with the doctor as it is essential for our health. Doctor’s appointments can cause stress and anxiety for patients. In stressful situations, comprehension of information decreases. Add that to not feeling well or being nervous, it can seriously compromise our capacity to retain information.

May 9, 2014

6 Signs a Loved One Might Have Mental Illness

When loved ones have a serious medical condition or are living with chronic disease, their family caregivers tend to focus only on what can impact physical health, keeping an eye on healing wounds, monitoring vital signs and assisting with mobility. But as patients age, it’s important to consider their mental health as well.

May 8, 2014

Patient Safety: Don’t Let Falls Trip You Up

For someone recovering from surgery, illness or an accident, the threat of falling can be as much of a concern as complications from the medical condition itself.

May 6, 2014

May Recognizes National Arthritis Awareness Month

In the United States, arthritis affects over 46 million individuals, costing the economy more than $124 billion per year in medical care. The indirect expenses, including lost productivity in the workplace contributing to that staggering number. As the population ages, the numbers and cost will continue to rise in the years ahead. Learn today if you or your loved one may be at risk.

May 3, 2014

Alzheimer’s Versus Dementia

The family physician may have said that your grandmother is showing signs of dementia. Does that mean she has Alzheimer’s? Not necessarily.

April 29, 2014

10 Tips for Managing Allergies and Asthma in the Home

More than 25 million Americans living with asthma know the fear of struggling to breathe. Asthma attacks, often the result of allergic reactions, result in more than two million emergency room visits every year and can be fatal if untreated.

April 22, 2014

Mental Health Nursing at Home

For people with mental illness, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio’s mental health home care team is a vital component to overall wellness.

April 8, 2014

6 Ways to Take Charge of Your Health

For many of us, managing the health of an aging loved one can be a difficult and demanding task. It is a daily reminder to take control of our own health before an emergency situation occurs.

April 5, 2014

What is Diabetes and Are You at Risk?

Nearly 10% of the United States population has diabetes, including 25% of seniors. If present trends continue, as many as 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by the year 2050. Those who are affected by diabetes are required to make lifestyle changes and are at greater risk for serious health complications. In order to understand the risk factors, it is important to understand what causes the disease and if you are at risk.

March 25, 2014

Finding the Right Fit: Matching Patients with Home Healthcare Nurses

The bond between patient and healthcare provider is built on a foundation of compassion and trust. The importance of that bond is even greater when the care setting is the patient’s home.

March 18, 2014

Home Healthcare 101: Making the Home Safe for Patients

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio develops customized home healthcare plans for each of its patients. But whether the goal is to provide wound care, monitor vital signs or administer treatment, care plans have one thing in common. They all focus on keeping the patient safe from harm.

March 4, 2014

How Home Health Services Keep Patients Safe

Throughout the industry, in both acute and post-acute care settings, top priorities for healthcare professionals are guaranteeing patient safety and providing quality care. For home health professionals, ensuring a safe environment allows patients to regain optimal health and independence.

February 28, 2014

Need Help Managing Your Patients' Chronic Disease at Home? Consider VNA of Ohio TeleHealth

Managing chronic disease has never been easy for physicians – not only because of the complexities of the disease process, but also because of the noncompliance of patients to prescribed treatment. Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help.

February 27, 2014

Self-care for Caregivers of Mental Health Clients

Caring for an ailing loved one at home is a challenge under any circumstances. But those who care for individuals with mental illness often bear a particularly heavy burden.

February 25, 2014

Compassion Fatigue: Stress Management Tips for Caregivers

 

Caring for a loved one at home can be emotionally and physically exhausting. With all focus going to the patient, the caregiver’s own needs often slip to the bottom of the list of priorities. What results is compassion fatigue and, if left unaddressed, complete burnout.

February 18, 2014

Home Healthcare: Safety and the Patient with Vision Loss

Keeping patients safe at home is the primary objective of every home care plan. But for patients with vision loss, that objective can be as challenging as it is critical.

February 4, 2014

Five Heart-Healthy Tips for Homebound Patients

With Northeast Ohio as a world-class center for heart health, VNA of Ohio recognizes February as Heart Health Month and offers five tips for making sure homebound patients are doing everything they can to stay heart healthy.

February 1, 2014

Post-Stroke Rehab: Caring for a Loved One After a Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood flow in a patient’s brain is disrupted because of a blood clot or broken blood vessel. Depending on the location of the clot or bleed in the brain, the effects can range from slight vision loss to total paralysis.

January 28, 2014

Hospice: What Physicians Should Know

Determining when your loved one is ready to transition into hospice care is challenging. Family members often turn to their physicians to help them work through this decision and determine the next steps in the care plan. Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio sat down with MD News’ Jan Raabe to discuss the important information about choosing hospice care.

January 24, 2014

Spotting a Senior at Risk

An elderly family member or neighbor seems different lately. Is she just having a bad day, or is it something more? Amy Silbaugh, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio’s manager of clinical development, said there are several warning signs that a senior might be at risk and in need of help.

January 21, 2014

Insurance Coverage and Home Healthcare

For many patients and their families, the first question when arranging for home healthcare is, “Will insurance coverage help pay for it?”

December 31, 2013

5 Tips for the Caregiver in the Workforce

 

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans are both the primary caregiver for a family member and maintain employment. An estimated 61% of those caring for an adult 50 years and older are currently employed either full or part-time. The demanding role of being a caregiver spreads across all racial, gender, age and ethnic boundaries.

December 30, 2013

4 Tips for the “Sandwich Generation” Caregiver

 

More than 50 million Americans support themselves, their children and are becoming the primary caregiver for an aging parent. This growing group, known as the “Sandwich Generation”, faces the financial and emotional burdens of caring for multiple generations. As parents age and require more assistance and care, it may be time to investigate options.

December 24, 2013

5 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

Coping with the loss of a loved one or understanding and accepting a relative’s illness is extremely difficult. The holiday season, usually a time meant for celebration, can trigger feelings of absence and sorrow. For many families, traditions are no longer the same thus forcing the realization of how our lives are now different. These 5 tips can help family members cope with grief during the holidays.

December 17, 2013

You Have a Choice: How to Choose a Home Healthcare Provider

When patients are discharged from the hospital with orders for home healthcare, they are presented with a list of services and agencies and told to choose one.

December 10, 2013

What is Hospice and When is it Time to Consider Care?

Accepting a loved one’s illness is overwhelming and often times devastating for families and friends. For those given a limited life expectancy, loved ones must begin to look at options to keep the patient comfortable during their end of life. In-home Hospice care allows patients to spend their remaining time in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people and things they know and love. Learn what hospice is and when it is the right time and option for your loved one.

December 9, 2013

Same-day Surgery Home Healthcare

With advances in medical technology, many major surgeries have become routine procedures done on an outpatient basis. But just because a patient returns home the day of surgery doesn’t mean his need for help is any less significant.

December 3, 2013

Does Home Healthcare Qualify for Medicare or Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid patients dealing with illness or recovering from surgery or injury may be eligible to receive Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio’s home-based skilled nursing care. Under certain circumstances, Medicare pays for seniors and other qualifying beneficiaries to receive home healthcare services.

November 26, 2013

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Who it Affects?

Nearly 500,000 Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), meaning 10% to 20% of the country experiences the ‘winter blues’. The change of seasons brings cold and flu season, but as well an onset for depression. While individuals living in particular geographical regions are more prone to SAD, this type of depression can affect almost anyone.

November 22, 2013

Which Do You Need? Home Health Aide or Home Healthcare Nurse?

You know when a loved one needs help to stay safe at home -- that nagging worry can’t be ignored. But what kind of help is needed and who can provide it? A call to Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help answer the question, “Do I need a home health aide or a home healthcare nurse?”

November 19, 2013

Having the Difficult Conversation: Referring a Patient to Hospice

The most difficult conversation a physician may have with her patient is one that includes the word “hospice.” But it also may be the most compassionate one, said Dr. Christine Marsick, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Hospice.

November 12, 2013

Referring to VNA of Ohio for Home Healthcare Services

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio has been providing home healthcare in the community for more than a century. In that time, it has become the organization that physicians trust when they are looking for providers to manage their patients’ care at home.

November 5, 2013

Home Healthcare Transitions of Care: Going Home from the Hospital

After a stay in the hospital, the trip home is welcome. But for patients healing from an injury, recovering from surgery or dealing with a chronic illness, it’s important that the move from hospital to home be managed carefully, often with the help of a home healthcare nurse.

October 29, 2013

Keeping Hospital Readmission Rates Low: How to Stay Out of the Hospital

Hospitals are a vital part of the healthcare infrastructure for patients who need treatment and stabilization for acute conditions. But frequent hospitalizations are difficult for the patient, inefficient, expensive and, often, avoidable. So how do you prevent needless hospital stays?

October 22, 2013

Home Healthcare and Your Hospital: How We Partner for Your Health

The period following a hospital stay can be nerve-wracking for patients and their families. Surgery, treatments or the medical condition itself can leave patients weaker than before they were admitted.

October 15, 2013

When to Refer a Patient to Hospice

The word “hospice” evokes fear, hopelessness and grief. But Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio offers a different meaning: control, comfort and peace.

October 8, 2013

Change of Seasons: How to Stay Safe and Healthy

 

Fall is here and winter is around the corner. Weather changes present challenges for seniors to overcome to stay healthy, active and independent. It is important for seniors and their caregivers to prepare for the change of seasons using the following health and safety tips.

October 3, 2013

Home Healthcare and Your Mental Health Provider: How We Partner

When you think of Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, you may think of home healthcare following surgery or hospitalization for a major medical issue. You may not know about how VNA of Ohio can help people with mental illness.

October 1, 2013

Patients and Caregivers: How You Can Prevent a Fall in the Home

One-third of seniors who fall in their homes suffer from injuries including lacerations, fractured bones, or head trauma. Injuries can send individuals into a long-term care facility for months at a time. To prevent your loved one from falling, take the following precautions to keep them safe and independent at home.

September 28, 2013

Private Duty Nursing Care: How Can it Help Me?

When a life-limiting condition strikes, familiar surroundings become so much more important. When you don’t feel well and are worrying about the future, there is no substitute for sleeping in your own bed, the comfort of a favorite chair or the familiar view from your own window. A private duty nurse may be the solution to staying where you feel most secure.

September 24, 2013

Seniors: Are You at Risk for a Fall?

Every 15 seconds an older adult is seen for a falls related injury in an Emergency Department nationwide. Every 29 minutes an older adult dies following a fall. Find out today if your loved one is at risk.

September 21, 2013

Mental Health Services and a Loved One: When to Make the Call

When a family member or friend has mental illness, life can be filled with anxiety and a feeling of helplessness. Is he taking his medication? Is she being honest about her condition? Is his behavior putting him at risk?

September 17, 2013

Home Healthcare and Chronic Disease Management

A new diagnosis of a chronic illness can be traumatic. It usually comes with many new prescriptions and a list of confusing rules for keeping your symptoms at bay. Find out how home healthcare can help.

September 10, 2013

Home Healthcare After Surgery

The agonizing hours of waiting during a loved one’s surgery are usually followed by an anxiety-filled few days of recovery. When the patient comes home after surgery – sometimes with drains and tubes and even IVs – that anxiety can turn to panic for families and caregivers.

September 3, 2013

Home Healthcare and Your Doctor: How We Partner for You

When you begin receiving home healthcare from Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, you are actually solidifying your relationship with your doctor. Learn how we partner with our patients' doctors to ensure the best possible care.

August 20, 2013

When to Get Home Healthcare Help When Caring for a Loved One

 

A parent is getting more forgetful. An older relative has fallen several times in the last few months. A family member is recovering from surgery. When is it time to explore home healthcare options? The simplest answer may be this: When you are worried about that person’s ability to stay safe and well at home.

August 13, 2013

Caregiver Burnout: Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety

 

Caring for a loved one? Then you know it’s not always easy. In fact, the physical, emotional and financial challenges in providing care can be difficult to juggle along with work and other obligations. Check out these tips for preventing burnout, which can lead to exhaustion, depression and more serious medical issues. After all, caregivers need care, too.

July 30, 2013

Companionship for the Home Healthcare Patient

As a caregiver, you tackle one day at a time. The treatments, the medications, the decisions – you're never sure what tomorrow may bring. But how do you balance caring for your loved one with work, family and other obligations? Companionship care can help.

June 25, 2013

Introduction to Lymphedema

Lymphedema refers to swelling in the body due to a blockage of the lymph passages. It is a chronic disease that typically requires lifelong management. Caring for lymphedema generally requires the assistance and skill of a highly trained nurse. Learn more about this condition.

June 18, 2013

Homebound Status and Medicare Coverage

Medicare patients need to meet several requirements to obtain coverage for home healthcare services. In fact, a doctor must certify that a patient is homebound in order to be eligible for coverage of home health services. Find out what you need to know about homebound status.

June 11, 2013

Lymphedema: Causes And Treatments

Lymphedema affects nearly one million Americans. It is the common cause of leg or arm swelling due to the collection of excess lymph fluid. This swelling may not be painful, but can cause discomfort, and decrease the mobility of the patient, among other risks and side effects. But what causes it -- and how is it treated?

May 1, 2013

Caregiver Burnout: Recognizing the Symptoms


Whether you are new to caregiving, or have provided long-time support for a loved one, caregiver burnout (also known as caregiver fatigue) can strike at any time. Learns ways to prevent burnout, and what to do if you are feeling burnt out.

May 1, 2013

Hospice Articles

7th Annual Treasures of Cleveland Supports Music Therapy Program

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio invites supporters and the community to the 7th Annual Treasures of Cleveland on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Cleveland’s newest treasure – the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

August 23, 2016

Redefining Hospice Care

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio wants to change the way patients and their families think about hospice care.

December 23, 2014

Misconceptions About Hospice Care

Patients, and families of those, living with a terminal illness are often faced with the difficult decision of choosing care as they near end of life. Many choose hospice to improve their quality of life during their remaining days, while the term may carry a negative connotation for others. The following facts and common misconceptions help diffuse the negative association and highlight the positive benefits of choosing hospice care.

June 20, 2014

Respite Care: Give the Family a Break

Caring for a loved one at the end of life is a formidable and rewarding task. Sometimes, family members and friends trade caregiving shifts, but often, the majority of the responsibility falls to one individual.

May 27, 2014

Finding the Right Fit: Matching Patients with Home Healthcare Nurses

The bond between patient and healthcare provider is built on a foundation of compassion and trust. The importance of that bond is even greater when the care setting is the patient’s home.

March 18, 2014

Hospice: What Physicians Should Know

Determining when your loved one is ready to transition into hospice care is challenging. Family members often turn to their physicians to help them work through this decision and determine the next steps in the care plan. Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio sat down with MD News’ Jan Raabe to discuss the important information about choosing hospice care.

January 24, 2014

5 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

Coping with the loss of a loved one or understanding and accepting a relative’s illness is extremely difficult. The holiday season, usually a time meant for celebration, can trigger feelings of absence and sorrow. For many families, traditions are no longer the same thus forcing the realization of how our lives are now different. These 5 tips can help family members cope with grief during the holidays.

December 17, 2013

You Have a Choice: How to Choose a Home Healthcare Provider

When patients are discharged from the hospital with orders for home healthcare, they are presented with a list of services and agencies and told to choose one.

December 10, 2013

What is Hospice and When is it Time to Consider Care?

Accepting a loved one’s illness is overwhelming and often times devastating for families and friends. For those given a limited life expectancy, loved ones must begin to look at options to keep the patient comfortable during their end of life. In-home Hospice care allows patients to spend their remaining time in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people and things they know and love. Learn what hospice is and when it is the right time and option for your loved one.

December 9, 2013

Having the Difficult Conversation: Referring a Patient to Hospice

The most difficult conversation a physician may have with her patient is one that includes the word “hospice.” But it also may be the most compassionate one, said Dr. Christine Marsick, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Hospice.

November 12, 2013

When to Refer a Patient to Hospice

The word “hospice” evokes fear, hopelessness and grief. But Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio offers a different meaning: control, comfort and peace.

October 8, 2013

Hospice Help for Caregivers and Families

The transition to hospice care weighs heavily on the minds and hearts of families. It's important that caregivers are cared for -- and take care of themselves -- during this time. These tips can help.

July 23, 2013

Special Care Services: Introduction to Palliative Care

Patients who are living with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness need a specialized blueprint of care. Special Care services, including palliative care, can relieve suffering and improve patients' quality of life while undergoing treatment.

July 9, 2013

Introduction to Hospice: What You Need to Know

From making the call to choosing a hospice provider to maintaining strength and dignity throughout the care, this overview is designed help make each moment count for patients, caregivers and their families.

May 1, 2013

Introduction to Hospice: What You Need to Know

From making the call to choosing a hospice provider to maintaining strength and dignity throughout the care, this overview is designed help make each moment count for patients, caregivers and their families.

May 1, 2013

Healthcare Professionals Articles

How Personal Care Assistance Helps Caregivers and Patients

What patient or caregiver couldn’t use an extra pair of helping hands inside the home? Personal care assistance offers just that, supplementing home healthcare services as medical needs evolve -- and as life situations change.

June 30, 2016

Preparing for Flu Season

Did you know that adults 65 years of age and older are at a higher risk for developing flu-related complications? Additionally, living with various medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and kidney disorders increases their risk.

December 14, 2015

Finding the Right Care When a Loved One is Discharged from the Hospital

After a loved one experiences a serious health crisis that resulted in hospitalization, determining where to turn after discharge is vital to their recovery. Many patients and families are unaware of the choices that lay ahead and the questions that need to be asked before going home.

April 28, 2015

Rehabilitation Therapies: Helping Individuals Recovering at Home

Every year, millions of Americans are discharged from the hospital following a procedure, illness, or injury. Many require intensive rehabilitation therapies to regain their strength and ultimately, their independence. As individuals recover, their hope is to return back to everyday life as soon as possible. Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help.

March 1, 2015

Navigating Home Healthcare: Who to Call, When and Why

When an aging or unwell family member's safety at home is a cause for concern -- no matter what the reason -- Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help.

January 6, 2015

For Caregivers: 4 Tips for Dealing with Guilt Over Taking “Me” Time

Whenever she talks about self-care for caregivers, Amy Silbaugh likes to use what she calls “the airplane analogy:” In the event of an emergency during a flight, oxygen masks fall from the aircraft’s ceiling.

September 16, 2014

Caregiving and the Law: What Families Need to Know

Every day, caregivers’ minds are occupied with everything from medication schedules to symptom management. And, of course, they must remember to take care of themselves.

September 2, 2014

CHF and COPD in the Summer – 4 Tips for Home Care

Northeast Ohio summers can be tough for people who struggle to breath.

August 26, 2014

For Caregivers: Preventing Wandering Among Patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Most caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia share this near-constant fear: In a moment of confusion, their loved ones might walk away from home and family and never find their way back.

August 22, 2014

8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About an Elderly Loved One’s Illness

Having a loved one with a serious illness is a frightening, confusing time for everyone. But children with elderly family members approaching the end of life often have questions or concerns they may be unable to express.

August 12, 2014

For Caregivers: 4 Ways to Ask for Help

Caring for a seriously ill person can be all-consuming. Often, one person bears the majority – if not all – of the load. But being the primary caregiver doesn’t mean being the only caregiver.

August 5, 2014

The Family Caregiver Diet

Most caregivers spend a lot of time thinking about good nutrition. “Did Dad eat all of his veggies?” “How can we get Mom to take in more calories?”

July 29, 2014

4 Tips to Avoid Rehospitalizations after Discharge

When a loved one is discharged from the hospital, it can be overwhelming and confusing navigating their continuum of care home. If plan of care orders are not understood and followed correctly, the patient is at a greater risk of returning to the hospital due to complications.

July 6, 2014

Sibling Rivalry: 6 Tips for Negotiating Eldercare

When a parent is ailing and in need of help, siblings are a ready-made caregiving team, sharing responsibilities and supporting one another through emotionally tough times. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that simple.

July 1, 2014

7 Tips to Prevent Seniors from Misusing Prescription Drugs

Today, the average senior is prescribed 5-6 medications for various health issues, increasing their odds of misusing prescriptions and potentially leading to extreme health risks or accidental overdoses. As the Baby Boomer population ages, the number of seniors continues to grow. Therefore, it is important to recognize if your loved one is at risk and identify tips to prevent misuse.

June 15, 2014

6 Tips for Rehab Patient Caregivers

People who provide care at home for loved ones with debilitating injuries or medical conditions are at high risk for exhaustion, burnout and even stress-induced illness. But, for caregivers who care for patients requiring rehabilitation, the risks include physical injury.

June 10, 2014

Benefits of Healthy Grocery Shopping and Healthy Eating

In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, smart choices in the grocery store and kitchen are vital in achieving a balanced and nutritious diet. It is never too late to adopt healthier habits, and making simple changes to your shopping and cooking routines will help you achieve your goal.

June 8, 2014

4 Step Guide for When a Loved One Needs Home Healthcare

An aging parent is in the emergency room after forgetting their medication, an elderly relative has difficulty with simple tasks of daily living, or a significant other is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s. Caregivers everywhere are forced to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system, while searching for information and resources that will allow their loved one to remain in their own home. Home healthcare is that vital solution.

June 5, 2014

Challenges of Long Distance Caregiving


Caring for an elderly loved one is difficult, especially when they live across the country. More than 7 million Americans have taken on the role of being a long distance caregiver and face the challenge of finding information and resources needed to keep their family safe and healthy from afar.

May 29, 2014

Respite Care: Give the Family a Break

Caring for a loved one at the end of life is a formidable and rewarding task. Sometimes, family members and friends trade caregiving shifts, but often, the majority of the responsibility falls to one individual.

May 27, 2014

Heat Safety Awareness

Every year, Americans endure high summer temperatures and many are at risk for serious health complications due to the heat. In order to maintain optimal health throughout the summer months, it is necessary to utilize education and prevention techniques to keep you and your loved ones safe.

May 20, 2014

How to Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

As patients, we need to maximize our time with the doctor as it is essential for our health. Doctor’s appointments can cause stress and anxiety for patients. In stressful situations, comprehension of information decreases. Add that to not feeling well or being nervous, it can seriously compromise our capacity to retain information.

May 9, 2014

6 Ways to Take Charge of Your Health

For many of us, managing the health of an aging loved one can be a difficult and demanding task. It is a daily reminder to take control of our own health before an emergency situation occurs.

April 5, 2014

How Home Health Services Keep Patients Safe

Throughout the industry, in both acute and post-acute care settings, top priorities for healthcare professionals are guaranteeing patient safety and providing quality care. For home health professionals, ensuring a safe environment allows patients to regain optimal health and independence.

February 28, 2014

Self-care for Caregivers of Mental Health Clients

Caring for an ailing loved one at home is a challenge under any circumstances. But those who care for individuals with mental illness often bear a particularly heavy burden.

February 25, 2014

Compassion Fatigue: Stress Management Tips for Caregivers

 

Caring for a loved one at home can be emotionally and physically exhausting. With all focus going to the patient, the caregiver’s own needs often slip to the bottom of the list of priorities. What results is compassion fatigue and, if left unaddressed, complete burnout.

February 18, 2014

Home Healthcare: Safety and the Patient with Vision Loss

Keeping patients safe at home is the primary objective of every home care plan. But for patients with vision loss, that objective can be as challenging as it is critical.

February 4, 2014

Five Heart-Healthy Tips for Homebound Patients

With Northeast Ohio as a world-class center for heart health, VNA of Ohio recognizes February as Heart Health Month and offers five tips for making sure homebound patients are doing everything they can to stay heart healthy.

February 1, 2014

Post-Stroke Rehab: Caring for a Loved One After a Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood flow in a patient’s brain is disrupted because of a blood clot or broken blood vessel. Depending on the location of the clot or bleed in the brain, the effects can range from slight vision loss to total paralysis.

January 28, 2014

Spotting a Senior at Risk

An elderly family member or neighbor seems different lately. Is she just having a bad day, or is it something more? Amy Silbaugh, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio’s manager of clinical development, said there are several warning signs that a senior might be at risk and in need of help.

January 21, 2014

Insurance Coverage and Home Healthcare

For many patients and their families, the first question when arranging for home healthcare is, “Will insurance coverage help pay for it?”

December 31, 2013

5 Tips for the Caregiver in the Workforce

 

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans are both the primary caregiver for a family member and maintain employment. An estimated 61% of those caring for an adult 50 years and older are currently employed either full or part-time. The demanding role of being a caregiver spreads across all racial, gender, age and ethnic boundaries.

December 30, 2013

4 Tips for the “Sandwich Generation” Caregiver

 

More than 50 million Americans support themselves, their children and are becoming the primary caregiver for an aging parent. This growing group, known as the “Sandwich Generation”, faces the financial and emotional burdens of caring for multiple generations. As parents age and require more assistance and care, it may be time to investigate options.

December 24, 2013

5 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

Coping with the loss of a loved one or understanding and accepting a relative’s illness is extremely difficult. The holiday season, usually a time meant for celebration, can trigger feelings of absence and sorrow. For many families, traditions are no longer the same thus forcing the realization of how our lives are now different. These 5 tips can help family members cope with grief during the holidays.

December 17, 2013

You Have a Choice: How to Choose a Home Healthcare Provider

When patients are discharged from the hospital with orders for home healthcare, they are presented with a list of services and agencies and told to choose one.

December 10, 2013

What is Hospice and When is it Time to Consider Care?

Accepting a loved one’s illness is overwhelming and often times devastating for families and friends. For those given a limited life expectancy, loved ones must begin to look at options to keep the patient comfortable during their end of life. In-home Hospice care allows patients to spend their remaining time in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people and things they know and love. Learn what hospice is and when it is the right time and option for your loved one.

December 9, 2013

Same-day Surgery Home Healthcare

With advances in medical technology, many major surgeries have become routine procedures done on an outpatient basis. But just because a patient returns home the day of surgery doesn’t mean his need for help is any less significant.

December 3, 2013

Does Home Healthcare Qualify for Medicare or Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid patients dealing with illness or recovering from surgery or injury may be eligible to receive Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio’s home-based skilled nursing care. Under certain circumstances, Medicare pays for seniors and other qualifying beneficiaries to receive home healthcare services.

November 26, 2013

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Who it Affects?

Nearly 500,000 Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), meaning 10% to 20% of the country experiences the ‘winter blues’. The change of seasons brings cold and flu season, but as well an onset for depression. While individuals living in particular geographical regions are more prone to SAD, this type of depression can affect almost anyone.

November 22, 2013

Which Do You Need? Home Health Aide or Home Healthcare Nurse?

You know when a loved one needs help to stay safe at home -- that nagging worry can’t be ignored. But what kind of help is needed and who can provide it? A call to Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can help answer the question, “Do I need a home health aide or a home healthcare nurse?”

November 19, 2013

Having the Difficult Conversation: Referring a Patient to Hospice

The most difficult conversation a physician may have with her patient is one that includes the word “hospice.” But it also may be the most compassionate one, said Dr. Christine Marsick, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Hospice.

November 12, 2013

Home Healthcare Transitions of Care: Going Home from the Hospital

After a stay in the hospital, the trip home is welcome. But for patients healing from an injury, recovering from surgery or dealing with a chronic illness, it’s important that the move from hospital to home be managed carefully, often with the help of a home healthcare nurse.

October 29, 2013

When to Refer a Patient to Hospice

The word “hospice” evokes fear, hopelessness and grief. But Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio offers a different meaning: control, comfort and peace.

October 8, 2013

Change of Seasons: How to Stay Safe and Healthy

 

Fall is here and winter is around the corner. Weather changes present challenges for seniors to overcome to stay healthy, active and independent. It is important for seniors and their caregivers to prepare for the change of seasons using the following health and safety tips.

October 3, 2013

Patients and Caregivers: How You Can Prevent a Fall in the Home

One-third of seniors who fall in their homes suffer from injuries including lacerations, fractured bones, or head trauma. Injuries can send individuals into a long-term care facility for months at a time. To prevent your loved one from falling, take the following precautions to keep them safe and independent at home.

September 28, 2013

Private Duty Nursing Care: How Can it Help Me?

When a life-limiting condition strikes, familiar surroundings become so much more important. When you don’t feel well and are worrying about the future, there is no substitute for sleeping in your own bed, the comfort of a favorite chair or the familiar view from your own window. A private duty nurse may be the solution to staying where you feel most secure.

September 24, 2013

Seniors: Are You at Risk for a Fall?

Every 15 seconds an older adult is seen for a falls related injury in an Emergency Department nationwide. Every 29 minutes an older adult dies following a fall. Find out today if your loved one is at risk.

September 21, 2013

Mental Health Services and a Loved One: When to Make the Call

When a family member or friend has mental illness, life can be filled with anxiety and a feeling of helplessness. Is he taking his medication? Is she being honest about her condition? Is his behavior putting him at risk?

September 17, 2013

When to Get Home Healthcare Help When Caring for a Loved One

 

A parent is getting more forgetful. An older relative has fallen several times in the last few months. A family member is recovering from surgery. When is it time to explore home healthcare options? The simplest answer may be this: When you are worried about that person’s ability to stay safe and well at home.

August 13, 2013

Caregiver Burnout: Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety

 

Caring for a loved one? Then you know it’s not always easy. In fact, the physical, emotional and financial challenges in providing care can be difficult to juggle along with work and other obligations. Check out these tips for preventing burnout, which can lead to exhaustion, depression and more serious medical issues. After all, caregivers need care, too.

July 30, 2013

Hospice Help for Caregivers and Families

The transition to hospice care weighs heavily on the minds and hearts of families. It's important that caregivers are cared for -- and take care of themselves -- during this time. These tips can help.

July 23, 2013
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