Home Care: The Main Thing

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The following article describes the Main Thing about home care. Feel free
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Elizabeth



Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.

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Home Care: The Main Thing





I have a collection of buttons gathered over the years at various state and
national meetings of home care associations at which I was a presenter.
Three of them say:



- "There's no place like home."

- "Home care is where the heart is."

- "Home care professionals keep families together."



All of the above was true when the buttons were received and remains true
today!



IN ADDITION, THESE BUTTONS SAY THE MAIN THINGS ABOUT HOME CARE!



Home care providers of all types, including home health agencies, hospices,
private duty agencies and home medical equipment (HME) companies must keep
their eyes on the ball, and "the ball" is these three things!



YES! Home care providers must provide excellent care to patients!

YES! Home care providers must provide cost-effective care!

YES! Home care providers must keep patients out of emergency rooms!

YES! Home care providers must keep patients out of hospitals!



But the main thing is HOME!



Home care providers are bombarded these days with regulatory changes;
audits; denials; appeals; reimbursement and payment changes; surveys;
requirements for complete, accurate documentation; non-compliant/adherent
patients; families who are difficult to work with; patients with high
acuities; unreliable primary caregivers; and difficult requests from
referral sources.



And let's not forget animals! Attack geese! A home care field staff member
who came face to face with a pet alligator in a mobile home in Louisiana
named Bubba! A different kind of face-to-face encounter, for sure!



And on and on the list goes.



It seems that there are many who do not understand the home care industry
and may even think that it's easy to provide home care. Even a cursory look
makes it clear that this is emphatically not the case. It is tough and it's
easy to lose sight of the Main Thing.



Regardless of where patients call home, including continuing care retirement
communities (CRCs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs), that's where
patients want to be. The MAIN THING for home care providers is to help
patients stay home. In the midst of competing demands, let's not lose sight
of the MAIN THING!





C2017 Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. All rights reserved.

No portion of this material may be reproduced in any form without the
advance written permission of the author.

Comments

  • AMEN! Thanks Elizabeth. Well said!! With your permission, I'd like to use this when trying to explain who we are and what we do to some people. In a scary way - that includes other health care professionals.

    Thanks
    Guy
  • edited May 2017
    Elizabeth,
    I would also like to use this article with your permission. It says it all, and explains why we do what we do.
    Take Care
    Mary Wright RN,BSN
    Director of Nursing
    Senior Friends & Services
    www.seniorfriendsandservices.com
  • Elizabeth,

    This is wonderful, as usual.

    And I have to thank you for the levity and laughter my office staff enjoyed at the mention of attack geese and the alligator named Bubba!

    Priceless!

    Who among us cannot enjoy a laugh ?

    Thanks again

    Regina



    Regina McNamara RN MSN MPH, Owner

    Always There Home Care
    35 Tomlinson Ave
    Plainville CT 06062
    www.alwaystherehomecare-ct.com
    800.348.0485
    Fax 860 410 1031
  • Regina,



    A good laugh goes a long way!



    Elizabeth



    Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.

    Office: (877) 871-4062

    Fax: (877) 871-9739

    Twitter: @HogueHomecare

    ElizabethHogue@ElizabethHogue.net
  • Mary,



    You are welcome to do so.



    Elizabeth



    Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.

    Office: (877) 871-4062

    Fax: (877) 871-9739

    Twitter: @HogueHomecare

    ElizabethHogue@ElizabethHogue.net
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