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Pulse Home Health Care practices skilled health care procedures firmly rooted in the latest research and best practice policies. We routinely mail bulletins to physicians and other medical referral sources to highlight how we help patients and to explain the scientific basis for different services. Here we share selected physician bulletins about Pulses' Home Health Services. If you have questions about how home health could help you, please contact us today.

Caring for Elderly Patients During & After the Flu

Flue CareThis time of year, doctors typically receive a great deal of information about flu prevention. Let us take a moment to discuss caring for some of the most vulnerable patients who get the flu. Despite the fact that patients born before 1957 are less susceptible to H1N1, influenza of any type can result in complications and/or death. The CDC states that more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths from flu and flu-related complications occur each year. More than half of those deaths occur among the 13% of our population age 65 and older.1 Pulse Home Health Care stands prepared to be part of your team caring for elderly patients with influenza.

DURING:

When elderly patients are sent home to recover from the flu, Pulse Home Health Care can provide a number of skilled services designed to increase your patients’ peace of mind, protect their health status, protect their caregivers, and prevent unnecessary hospitalization. An influenza care plan can include:
• Skilled observation and assessment to identify a worsening condition in a timely fashion
• Training, observation, and direct care to ensure optimal at-home care
• Patient / caregiver training in warning signs
• Patient / caregiver training for preventing the spread of the flu in the home
• Activity consultation: Evidence suggests that elderly patients will spend more time than needed in bed or sitting when they are ill.2 As with most remedies, bed rest is only useful in proper doses. Too much bed rest can lead to slower strength recovery, functional loss, and other complications.3 Pulse Home Health Care nurses and therapists can monitor patient recovery and advise your patient about optimal activity levels based on your patient’s current condition.
• Home care has the additional advantage of limiting community contact.

AFTER:

Recovering from influenza usually involves bed rest. Bed rest affects elderly patients more negatively than younger patients. Among a test sample of healthy subjects age 67 and older, 10 days of bed rest resulted in more lean tissue loss than 28 days of bed rest caused in younger test subjects.4 This observed loss of muscle at a rate 3 times greater than with younger patients was with healthy test subjects and did not take into account the additional effects that nutritional compromise, inflammation, and comorbidities could have during bed rest for flu. For patients over the age of 70, bed rest is associated with a major, new disability in 1/3 of prolonged cases.2 For elderly patients who may have experienced a functional loss as the result of bed rest, prescribe physical therapy and occupational therapy assessment and treatment from Pulse Home Health Care. Our qualified physical therapists and occupational therapists specializing in elderly care can set your patient on the path to recovering from strength and functional losses.


Medicare Home Health Compare Louisiana Physical TherapyLeading Louisiana in Quality of Care

Medicare publishes risk adjusted, patient outcome measures so the public can assess the quality of home health agencies. Pulse exceeds state averages in 83% of reported outcomes. For instance, compared to other home health agencies, your patients with Pulse are 12% less likely to need urgent care. Call us if you would like to receive a full report on Medicare’s objective agency comparison measures.

(Data current when checked on 9/15/10)

Please offer Pulse Home Health Care to your patients.

 

References

  1. Suaya J, Stason W, Ades P. Cardiac Rehabilitation and Survival in Older Coronary Patients. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009; 54:25-33.
  2. Jolly K, Taylor R, Lip G, Stevens A. “Home-based cardiac rehabilitation compared with centre-based rehabilitation and usual care: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” International Journal of Cardiology 111 (2006) 343-51.
  3. Carlson J, Johnson J, Franklin B, et al. Program participation, exercise adherence, cardiovascular outcomes, and program cost of traditional versus modified cardiac rehabilitation. (2000). American Journal of Cardiology, 86, 17-23.


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