How Home Health Care Can Help Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients at Home

Kidney Disease Defined Kidney diseases are disorders that affect the kidneys; the two organs that remove waste products, produce certain hormones, and regulate the level of chemicals in blood. Unless dramatic changes are made to diet and lifestyle, kidney disease can progress to a point where the kidneys can no longer function efficiently enough for…

How Home Health Care Can Benefit Heart Failure Patients

Heart Failure Defined Heart failure is the inability of the heart to keep up with the demands placed on it and a loss of normal efficiency. When this occurs, the heart is unable to provide adequate blood flow to other organs such as the brain, liver and kidneys. Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms Heart failure…

How Home Health Care Can Benefit COPD Patients

COPD Defined Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a serious, progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe, to get enough oxygen into the body and to remove enough carbon dioxide from the body. COPD Facts Umbrella term for two most common forms of non-cancerous lung disease: Chronic bronchitis Emphysema COPD is now…

Importance of an Advance Directive & Appointing a Healthcare Proxy

In a 2010 study from the New England Journal of Medicine entitled Advance Directives and Outcomes of Surrogate Decision Making Before Death, the investigators from the University of Michigan and the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor took a look at how often advance directives and living wills were in place for a group of…

Home Health Care for Dummies

In simplest terms, home health care is treatment and therapy at home that is intended to return an individual back to their previous status. The need for home health can arise from a surgery, accident, injury, stroke, heart attack or any other malady that has caused a reduction in function for an individual. Home Health…

Living With Heart Failure

A nice article on helping older parents with heart failure to continue to live at home. Home health care agencies can greatly assist these seniors by bringing care that they need at home and by monitoring their statusĀ at home. More on this topic in a future blog post! Article: Living with Congestive Heart Failure