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How Do I Select The Right Home Care Provider In Michigan?

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Choosing the right home care provider in Michigan can be a very big decision for you and your loved ones. This decision can directly impact your quality of life, so it's important to take the necessary time to make this decision and weigh your options carefully.

Below you'll find a process that will enable you to choose the right home care provider for your individual situation.

Decide Upon The Level Of Care Needed

How would you like to be supported? Do you require a high level of hands on care, or would you rather receive more hands off support? The level of care you'll need depends upon any health conditions you might have, as well as your individual needs.

Once you've determined the level of care you or a loved one requires, and then it's time to move onto examining the facility itself. The following questions will get you started in the right direction.

1. What Is The Company Background?

It's important the background of the company lines up with the services you require. The age of the company doesn't matter as much as the services offered. For example, if you require a service that is only offered by a few, newer companies, then it's worth considering them over more established options.

2. What Is Your First Impression?

First impressions should make an impact with you. They should make you feel right at home the moment you step in the door. If the company doesn't go the extra mile, or their presence doesn't feel right, then consider your other options.

You're relying on these companies to offer you or your loved ones continued support, so it's important for them to be extremely empathetic and supportive.

3. What Is The Training Level of The Caregivers?

Your caregivers will be trained to assist or administer varying levels of medical support. But, some companies may offer more strict medical support, and have more intense training than others.

It's important you or your loved ones medical needs align with the company you're considering hiring. Often, it's worth it to pay more if you demand higher levels of medical support and assistance.

4. Does The Fee Structure Line Up With The Value?

When home care provider in Michigan quotes you on their price it's important to compare the price to the value they offer. If you require more in-depth medical assistance, then you should expect to pay a higher price.

It's important to find a place for mom or dad that's within their budget, and caters to their unique needs. There are affordable homecare options, but it's important you don't sacrifice the quality of care, just so you can get a cheaper price.

5. What's The Level Of Added Support?

Sometimes home care providers will say one thing, and then do another. If they say they have 24/7 support, then it can be useful to test this level of support before you sign a contract.

It's important to see that they go beyond their individual plans and offer a truly customized plan that caters to the needs of your loved one.

Choosing the right home care provider in Michigan can be difficult, by taking the above considerations in account you'll be on your way towards choosing the perfect provider

Contact DRMGenesis Home Healthcare providers today . We'll help you find the right home care provider in Michigan and the Lansing area!

 

Home Health Care Assistance for Veterans in Lansing

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Do you have a loved one or patient who is a veteran? Did you know DRM Genesis Home Healthcare Providers provides home care assistance for veterans in Lansing? From licensed home healthcare assistants to caregiver companions, DRM Genesis home healthcare care staffing can offer respite to overburdened caregivers or fill in for healthcare workers who are on leave. DRM Genesis staff also  provide service to new assisted living facilities in the Lansing area.

Skilled Home Health Care Assistance for Veterans  in Lansing

Skilled home health care (SHHC) services  are available to all veteran’s in Lansing and throughout the United States. SHHC covers a large variety of home care services for vets. Skilled services such as case management, home health care nurse, and therapy and can be performed by nurses, certified nurses assistants (CNAs) and other licensed caregivers.  Daily living activity assistance is also available and doesn’t need to be provided by a licensed caregiver. Daily living activities include: bathing, dressing, bathroom use, etc. Instrumental activity assistance is also available and includes but is not limited to: rising meals, taking medicines, housekeeping, companionship.  A couple of stipulations required to receive these skilled home health care services though the Veteran’s Administration (VA) is that the veteran is considered home bound or lives far away from a veteran’s facility.

Homemaker / Home Health Aid Services (H/HHC Services)

For Lansing area Veteran’s who want to continue to live in their home, the Veteran’s Administration offers the Homemaker and Home Health Aid Services program. These services are available to all veteran’s regardless of age or gender. As an alternative to assisted living homes or nursing homes in Lansing or the surrounding areas, the homemaker and home health aid services program helps veteran’s stay in their homes as long as possible.

Veteran’s Family Caregivers Program assists and supports the caregivers of medically discharged post 9/11 veterans and service members. If the caregiver is a family member they are eligible for classes for caregivers, healthcare training, mental health services, lodging and travel reimbursement. If family caregivers are not already under another plan, caregivers of veterans also have access to health insurance. A caregiver support coordinator from the Veteran’s Administration is available to answer questions regarding the VA’s Family Caregivers Program dial toll-free 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

Veteran’s Administration Home Telehealth or Care Coordination/Home Telehealth

The Veteran’s Administration now offers the technologically advanced Telehealth service that monitors the veteran patient remotely using monitoring equipment that is placed in the home. Each physician, nurse or caregiver has the ability to monitor the patient at any time without being in the vet’s home.

Any member of the healthcare team can request Home Telehealth home monitoring services for their veteran patients at any time. Once approved the care coordinator checks in with the Veteran in their home by phone. If any health measurements are abnormal the Veteran’s care coordinator reaches out to the healthcare team and communicates with the Veteran what the recommended next steps should be.

If you have a family member in need of home health care assistance to veteran’s in the Lansing area or know someone who may benefit from these caregiving services, please contact DRM Genesis today. Our home healthcare providers are available to provide full time healthcare services in the Veteran’s Lansing area home. Our home care staff are also available part time and for temporary and respite care.

DRM Genesis Home Healthcare providers are proud to serve those who have bravely served our great nation. Please contact us today if we can offer respite, healthcare or companionship to a veteran in need.

Do I Need A License To Work As A CNA In Michigan?

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Have you been thinking that you would like to work as a CNA in Michigan? Working as a CNA in Michigan requires certain qualification you’re going to need to meet before you begin work. One of the biggest things you’ll want to ensure you complete is your CNA certification.

The two main methods to obtain a certificate are by attending a certified CNA training course, and then passing the following examination. Or, by applying to have an out-of-state certificate transferred over to Michigan state. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the requirements for the licensing process, as well as, steps to take for CNA licensing renewal.

DRM Genesis regularly seeks qualified staff in a variety of jobs for assisted living facilities, hospitals, elder care in the home and more. Our staffing expertise ranges from full time or temporary healthcare staff such as nurses, nurses assistants, physical therapists and more. DRM Genesis staff also provides common daily tasks such as companionship to the elderly, maid service, every house cleaning, and more. When we are advertising for healthcare providers such as nurses and CNA’s our first question is “Are you certified?’ To work as a CNA in Michigan is rewarding and is an inexpensive way to get into the growing healthcare field. Just be sure to follow the process in Michigan for CNA certification.

The CNA Licensing Process In Michigan

In order to work as a registered nurse you need to obtain sufficient certification and licensing to begin working. Without this licensing you won’t be able to work in a professional setting.

Luckily, obtaining a license to work as a CNA isn’t too difficult once you’ve completed the necessary training. The courses you take in preparation for the examination must be approved by the state of Michigan. At the DRM International Learning Center you'll find a variety of approved courses, which will ensure you’re fully prepared for the license examination.

Most courses will give you over 75 hours of training to effectively prepare you for the examination. You’ll also need to complete around 16 hours of supervised clinical experience in the form of internships and other means before you can take the examination. This may seem like a lot of work, however, you’ll want to ensure you’re properly prepared for the exam.

The Michigan State Nursing Exam was just updated this past March, so it’s crucial you prepare effectively for these changes.

Renewing Your CNA License

Your CNA license must be renewed every two years, and document at least 8 hours of compensated employment under the supervision of a registered nurse or doctor within those two years. If you satisfy these requirements, then renewing your CNA license won’t be very difficult.

The Nurse Aide Registry will send you a form that enables you to renew your license a few months before it is set to expire. All you need to do is fill out and send in the forms before your license expires.

No continuing education is required by the state of Michigan to renew your license. If you’re in need of hours before the time comes to renew your license it’s important to check with Long Term Care facilities. As they are required by Federal law to give 12 hours of in service hours per year to each CNA that works for them.

In some cases online classes may even be acceptable for your service hours, however it depends upon your facility. Visit Prometric for current CNA license renewals and registration.

If it’s time to renew your CNA license, yet you feel like your current knowledge isn’t up to par you can take continuing education courses at DRM ILC to bring your current knowledge of the field up to speed. For example, you can take courses in Phlebotomy, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, and Restorative Nursing, just to name a few.

If you’re interested in working within an Assisted Living Facility you’ll need to obtain a CNA license to work in this environment.

If you have any questions regarding CNA licensure make sure you reach out to our team and staff members at the DRM International Learning Center. They can help you land the job of your dreams.

Ensuring all of your licensing is in order will speed up the process of getting started in your new career. To find recent internships and healthcare jobs remember to check out DRM Genesis’ Facebook page and DRM ILC’s Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media channels.

What Is The Difference Between Nursing Homes and Senior Care Facilities?

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If you’re beginning to become concerned over the independence and safety of an aging parent or spouse, then perhaps it’s time to start looking for nursing homes and senior care facilities in Michigan. This can be a tough decision, but knowing they will be cared for and their needs will be addressed will make this a very rewarding decision.

When it comes time to start your search you’ll notice there are a number of nursing homes and senior care facilities in the Lansing area. It can be helpful to know there’s a difference between nursing homes and senior care facilities. It’s important to find the right care facility for your aging parent that will fit their needs perfectly. You also want it to be a comfortable environment, a place for Mom to feel at home if you will.

Many seniors want to stay in their home and be as independent as they can for as long as they can. There are many senior home helpers in the Lansing area that help extend the stay in their homes. In-home healthcare providers help with everything from in-home nursing services, to transportation to medication distribution and home cleaning. Because of the expense and 24/7 attention required for home healthcare in-home care is not always practical. When one spouse passes leaving an otherwise healthy spouse on their own, the comfort of having others close may be the motivation to seek a senior care facility or assisted senior care facility.

The primary difference between nursing homes and senior care facilities and assisted living centers is the amount of healthcare and attention needed for each resident. Beyond the level of care, there is proximity to other family members, comfort and attractiveness of the facility, activities offered, etc. to weight.

What Is A Nursing Home?

Nursing homes provide support and medical attention around the clock. If your parent requires extra assistance throughout their daily life, or have severe medical conditions that require around the clock support, then a nursing home might be the best course of action.

A lot of nursing homes also provide short-term rehabilitation programs for those who might be recovering from an injury or illness. If your loved one requires in-depth attention due to their health and medical conditions, then a nursing home is probably the best bet.

What Is A Senior Care Facility

Senior care facilities started to pop-up in the 1990’s as an alternative to nursing homes. Senior care facilities give assisted support, and are sometimes referred to as assisted living centers. These centers act more like a second home for your loved one. The rooms in senior care facilities are often shared or private rooms that can be decorated, and give a better sense of privacy.

This gives your loved one a sense of autonomy that they wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise. Senior care facilities almost always include group activities, meals, laundry, housekeeping and other services.

Some seniors receive assistance in some aspect of their lives throughout the day, whether that’s bathing, dressing, medication distribution, or something else entirely. The level of individual support isn’t as intensive as other nursing homes, and most of the residents don’t require the same level of hands on help.

Making The Decision: Weighing the Difference Between Nursing Homes and Senior Care Facilities

Making the right decision can be tough. Each style of senior living contains certain benefits and drawbacks. The key to making your decision is to take the needs of your aging spouse or parent into account, and see which type of facility pairs up best.

As a general rule, when making the distinction between nursing homes and senior care facilities, nursing homes tend to be for residents who need higher levels of individual attention, while senior care facilities are for residents looking for more freedom.

Once you have an idea of their individual needs it will be much easier to find the type of care that’s the best fit. It can be helpful to speak with representatives at each facility. Speak with Lansing home healthcare providers who have been in the home and seen the progression of an illness, disease or other concern. The healthcare workers who have spent time with your loved one can help determine the level of care that is required. Call Tri-County Office of Aging  to speak with an agent who has a good idea of the different styles of care available in the Lansing area. Agents may also be aware of the cost of home healthcare in Lansing and the cost of senior facilities in Ingham county, Eaton county and Clinton County. Tri county office of aging serves East Lansing, Haslett, DeWitt, Holt, Dimondale, Grand Ledge, St Johns and all points in between.

There is no cut and dry decision to recommend for your senior. Taking the time to do your research will ensure you make the right decision, and provide the best care for your aging parent or spouse.

Healthcare Staffing FAQ: How to Talk to Kids About Aging Family Members

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Healthcare staff workers are accustomed to and excel at maintaining warm, care-based relationships with clients and their families. In fact, this human-to-human, day-to-day connection is often what draws healthcare workers to the industry and is one of their absolute favorite parts of the work. Often people will ask the home caregiver how to talk to kids about aging family members. Health care staffers are good at navigating the nuances of these relationships. It is a compliment of a caregivers ability, that client families ask for advice and support in dealing with the hurdles that elder care often brings.

How to talk to kids about aging family members is one of the most common questions we get is concerning the children in a home situation. Since kids are perceptive and direct, they often want to know exactly what’s going on with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles. Healthcare workers field a lot of questions, and have learned some of the best ways to relate to children in the care situation. Here are a few tips for talking with kids about aging family members and illness in the family.

Be Clear

With kids, it is very important that we don’t leave anything open to interpretation. Giving them clear information about their loved one also means you should not assume the things they already know—this is a common fallacy because many adult’s misjudge a child’s level of previous knowledge. Clearly speaking with a child entails giving them information that is honest and not cloaked in hyperbole or flowery language. It also means that your verbiage should be appropriate to the child’s age.

Be Direct

Experts believe that children cope better when they’re given direct information about their family member. It may be advisable for the adult to open the discussion with the child, so that the child doesn’t make assumptions about their loved one. Being direct is the best approach when asked how to talk to kids about aging family members kids, you can not keep them from feeling hurt. They will surely know something has changed if their favorite Grandpa is ill, and it’s best to discuss it openly.

Lead By Example

Children may worry about Grandma’s condition bringing about changes, or interpret the caregiver in the house as a sign that some things are no longer appropriate. We don’t want our kids afraid of hugging and cuddling their favorite aunt or uncle if it’s safe for their health, because we know this contact is important for the patient. One way to signal to the child what is appropriate and what isn’t is through example. Some caregivers narrate experiences as they go about their care and duties, and this can also provide some insight for a child:

I’m going to help you to the table for dinner now, but I’m going to be very careful of your injured foot when I do it.”

Don’t Provide Too Much Information

Along these same lines, though, it is important to note that some kids need a constant narrative of what to expect in their home and with their love ones, whereas other (younger) kids don’t. For some kids, too much information is simply overload. Caregivers and family members will need to judge how much information a child really needs based on their age and curiosity level.

Appropriately involving the children in a home regarding the care of their loved one gives family and caregivers a chance to share values, model support of the patient and educate children on the facts of life. When approached with empathy and openness, it can be a smooth part of the home care setting.

Three Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation

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Here at DRM Genesis Home Healthcare Staffing, we know the value of positive contact for the elderly and our seniors. Helping seniors avoid isolation, especially during the cold winter we’ve experienced in Lansing and throughout mid-Michigan this year is important for their well being. Our customers are people just like you who have families, jobs and hobbies, but know that taking care of mom or dad is also one of their most important roles at this time in their lives. Sometimes helping mom or dad get that social interaction is difficult. Here are three tips to help the senior in your life avoid isolation.

Get Home Health Care Help

Getting home health care help isn’t only for those with complicated medical needs. Here at DRM Genesis Home Healthcare Staffing, we offer services of a more generic variety, too. Sometimes mom simply needs someone to stop by quickly to do the dishes or check out what’s in the fridge. Hiring help isn’t only for those with a specific medical issue—having a visiting nurse or companion can help many seniors to feel more connected to their community and neighbors, too.

Look Local

Check out local offerings for the elderly and seniors. Many centers open up their program of offerings to community members; sometimes you don’t need to live in a retirement center to take advantage of their programming! Getting your family member out and into the community will help them to make new friends and perhaps even discover new hobbies and interests. Check your local papers, libraries and community bulletin boards for ideas.

Respite Care

Sometimes respite care is the way to go. Respite care offers you, the caregiver a short break, whether for a vacation or other personal need, and looks after the senior in the interim, usually on a short-term basis. Respite care can often feel like a vacation for your elderly family member, too, depending on your arrangements. They may get a chance to try out some new surroundings or to make some new friends, and this short break (or respite) might help them to feel less isolated and more connected to their community. This is also often an optimal arrangement for the caregiver, too, who should be just as vigilant about their own needs and health when it comes to the caregiving arrangement.

Time and again, science has told us that our seniors need to feel a sense of connection in order to improve their wellbeing and bolster their health. As a family member/caregiver, you have many options in achieving this balance in your loved one’s life. DRM Genesis Home Healthcare providers help seniors avoid isolation through compassionate, customized care for your loved one in the mid-Michigan area.

Contact us today for more information on how DRM Genesis Home Healthcare providers can help make your loved ones more comfortable. We also provide healthcare staffing for healthcare facilities, including rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and more.

Home Healthcare Staff Share Tips for a Healthy Heart

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February is American Heart Month!

Home healthcare staff are well-versed in heart health, and therefore have a lot of tips that come from on-the-job experience in caring for those with compromised heart health. In honor of February’s designation as American Heart Month, following are some tips on keeping your loved one heart-healthy this month, and all year.

A Healthy Heart: Avoid Negative Stress

Home healthcare staff have a unique position and viewpoint when it comes to adults who are experiencing a transition in their lives—and we’re not just talking about our patients! Family members and those we care for are often navigating a difficult time in their lives. We know that negative stress can be bad for the heart, and this is even more true when there is already a heart condition in play.

One way to alleviate some of the stress in the family, and support the patient or resident is to allow services like ours to help relieve you of some of that stress. We offer services that can help you to carry the load, such as assistance with personal care needs, medication management, medication administration and respite care service. Everyone needs a little help sometimes!

Get the Best Medical Care

Of course, for our clients who have a heart issue, the best care is of the utmost importance when it comes to preventing further complications. These patients may benefit most from the presence of a licensed nurse or a certified nurse assistant who is well-versed in the signs, symptoms and treatments of heart issues. We offer 24-hour emergency care services along with ongoing monitoring of health care needs.

Don’t Forget Other Therapies Available

Of course, if your family member has a heart issue, it’s normal to focus on medically urgent care. However, keep in mind that there are many different kinds of therapies available which may help your loved one to improve their condition, or maintain a degree of health and independence.

We offer several kinds of services in the Lansing, Michigan area along these lines to help with your loved one’s heart condition. We can perform ordered therapies in-house, so that your family member remains in the comfort of their home. We also have physical therapists available on staff to provide them with the expert-level care that they deserve. Our staff travels and are available when rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities and others need an extra hand.

Don’t Forget the Other Kind of “Heart Health”

Of course, it’s important to provide your family member with the best in medical care and therapies to support or prevent heart conditions. However, let’s not forget the other thing that February is known for: in addition to being American Heart Month, it’s also Valentines Day!

We know that everyone needs a little TLC, and that family members thrive when they feel supported, valued and loved. We know that you want to be there for your loved one, but that life’s circumstances curtail your best intentions. But, we can help! 

One service that our clients find valuable is companionship. We often couple companionship services with basic housekeeping services and/or meal planning and preparation. Our best tips for a healthy heart is taking care of your loved one’s human needs, and to their medical needs, to ensure their entire heart is supported.

Our medical staff has unique expertise in caring for your family members heart —why not call or email today so that we can help you carry the load this American Heart Month

In Home Physical Therapy in Lansing : Don’t Let Winter Stop You!

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It is a given that your physical therapy is important, and that goes double in the winter time! We know that physical therapy helps the body to recover from injury or adapt to limitations by using a variety of physical movements or exercises specifically targeted to the patient. While most patients and family members know that this part of the patient’s care is necessary, it is true that things can sometimes get in the way of the treatment. Sometimes, the difficulty of winter in Michigan is one of those obstacles. However, here are three reasons that patients, families and caregivers should not let winter get in the way of appropriate physical therapy.

Winter Increases the Chances for Repeat Injury

One of the reasons that winter seems to be such an obstacle is that it impedes our mobility. Snow, slush and ice all seem to stand in the way of getting to our appointments. In addition, winter in Lansing can just be a plain old downer! Although wanting to wrap up in a blanket and hibernate the season away is understandable, it’s not recommended. Between car accidents, slip-and-falls and other potential injuries, winter likely increases the chances of falling prey to a repeat injury.

Physical therapy strengthens and supports your injury, and that’s support you want during the potentially hazardous winter months. Don’t cheat yourself.

In Home Physical Therapy Can Come to You

Some people like winter, but if you’re not one of those people, staying in your cave and waiting it out might be an attractive option. Luckily, in home physical therapy is an option in those gray winter months.

Here at DRM Genesis, we provide licensed and insured physical therapists that can take care of you or your family member in the privacy and comfort of your own home. We travel throughout mid-Michigan. Whether you are in Okemos, East Lansing, Haslett, DeWitt, Holt, Dimondale, Grand Ledge, Eaton Rapids – anywhere in Clinton County, Eaton County or Ingham County, DRM Genesis Home Health care staff can provide in home care. That means your injury or condition is taken care of, despite what mother nature might throw at you!

Physical Therapy Can Be Interesting Without Being Outdoors

Physical therapy patients often enjoy outdoor therapies such as directed walks or other activities that let them enjoy the sun. So, it’s not surprising that physical therapy appointments may drop off a bit in the winter. However, your health (or the health of your patient or family member) is too important to depend on the whims of the weather. Although outdoor therapy can be pleasant, physical therapists are trained to provide the maximum quality of care to the patient. Indoor therapy is not only effective, but it can also be as engaging and supportive as outdoor physical activities. Don’t let the lack of sun translate to a lack of care! Let your therapist know your thoughts, and trust them to make your indoor-based therapy just as supportive as your outdoor work.

Physical Therapy: Cumulative and Important

Last, but certainly not least, it is important to continue physical therapy in the winter because it is often a cumulative or collective treatment. Depending on the nature of your injury (or that of your family member or patient), regular and periodic physical therapy may be essential. Results that were gained in one session could potentially be lost if subsequent sessions are skipped.

The care and support that physical therapy provides is too important to skimp on. Be sure to continue with regular therapy by booking in-home care, no matter what Mother Nature says!

How to Care for Dementia Patients During the Holidays: Special Considerations for Caregivers

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Care for dementia patients during the holidays can be a special challenge, for both home healthcare workers and family members. Of course, a dementia patient’s care needs may change slightly over the season due to travel and festivities, but the caregivers needs also come into play, too.

Taking the needs of all involved into account in a proactive way will help the whole team to enjoy the holidays and get a little rest. Following are some special considerations on taking care of dementia patients and yourself over the holidays.

Dementia Patient Care and the Holiday Squeeze

Family caretakers will undoubtedly feel a slight increase in business during the season. Like everyone else, additional to-dos are heaped on your plate. Between shopping, decorating and cooking, it can seem like the holidays are a full time job in themselves. In addition, the care of your loved one doesn’t let up during the season, and his or her needs may actually increase.

Unfortunately, there are no magic tricks when it comes to managing this holiday squeeze. Simply being aware of and preparing for it ahead of time will give you a leg up. Spread out your responsibilities ahead of time, and be sure to “tag off” with someone who can help you grab a moment’s rest.

Dementia Patient Care and Home Healthcare Workers

The home healthcare worker may also feel some holiday squeeze. You may see family and friends taking time off, but you know that patient care (and especially care for dementia patients) doesn’t take a vacation. Your schedule directly impacts your patient’s care, and you keep that in mind as you try to navigate the season.

The best way to get the respite you need is to be proactive about things like scheduling concerns and days off, with both your home healthcare company and your patient and family. Healthcare workers who care for dementia patients in the place of a regular worker who is off for the holidays should be sensitive to this change. This is especially sensitive consideration when it comes to care for dementia patients. Open communication with the family and the patient will go a long way in making sure everyone is on the same page.

Sadness: The Dementia Patient and Visiting Family

One interesting dynamic that occurs in the holiday season is visiting family members. Consider the feelings of all involved: the patient may have trouble with increased comings and goings of family members—there may be forgotten names or changes in roles that are uncomfortable to them. Protect your patient or family member’s dignity by having comforting words at the ready for such incidents. In addition, consider the frame of mind of visitors, who may not have seen the patient in a while. It is not uncommon for extended members to be surprised or saddened by the dementia care patient’s increased needs over time.

Travel Considerations and Dementia Patients

If you’re considering traveling with a family member, or are taking care of a visiting relative who is in travel status, be sure to anticipate some of their needs at this special time. The Alzheimer’s Association has many information for all parties involved, including tips on medications, air travel safety and precautionary measures to take while in transit. (http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-and-traveling.asp)

Respite Care for Dementia Patients

Sometimes the best thing for all involved is simply to take a break. This is where respite care comes in. Caregivers should understand that their needs matter, too, and respite care can provide short-term care relief and an opportunity to recharge over the holiday season. Respite care is one of the many services that can be provided by (insert name of the company if they provide this/link), and we take great care in helping both you and your family member enjoy the holidays.

There’s no reason a dementia care patient and their caretakers shouldn’t enjoy a little holiday happiness and relaxation. Preparing ahead of time for likely situations will help everyone to have a merrier time.

The Future of Home Healthcare Assistance: 3 Things to Watch for in Lansing and Beyond

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Like most topics in home healthcare, home care assistance and healthcare staffing is a constantly evolving field. Keeping up on the latest developments might feel like constantly trying to hit a moving target.

This constant change and improvement is partially because healthcare itself is the site of so much innovation, and naturally, those new inventions, ideas, protocols and procedures definitely impact home care and home healthcare staffing in Lansing and beyond.

In addition, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or “Obamacare”) has focused additional attention improving the nation’s healthcare infrastructure, including focus on the needs specifically within our industry, the home healthcare staffing field. This attention leads to more of healthcare’s great minds turning toward solving today’s healthcare barriers.

Following are some new and exciting developments on the horizon when it comes to home care assistance and staffing.

Increased and Better Quality Coordination of Care (Including Home Care)

Many patients and clients are supported by multiple organizations, doctors, professionals and other team players when it comes to their healthcare. Home care providers value and enjoy our place on this team, and most professionals acknowledge that better support is provided when the entire team is well-coordinated. A new focus on continuity of care, information sharing (when appropriate), and proactive coordination of healthcare is due to an added emphasis on coordination of care under the ACA.

Increased Access to “Tele-health” Services

Although the concept of getting healthcare from a distance may not seem immediately applicable to healthcare staffing or home care needs, it does indeed have a potential impact on our clientele, and therefore impacts us, too. Tele-health services may add a convenience to the lives of home care patients, and enable them faster access to the professionals they need to communicate with. In addition to helping those in a home care setting, this new development will also make the healthcare setting in general more open to technological advances, and this includes the home healthcare staffing field. We can learn from technological supports that help our clients, and use similar technology to support staffing needs, too.

Smart” Houses May Support the Home Care Setting

If you’ve been in a Lowes or Home Depot here in the Lansing area (or anywhere, really), you’ve likely seen some useful technology features added to newer household appliances. “Smart” features include things such as internet-connectivity, scheduled processes and the ability to remotely control things from outside your home.

Sure enough, since healthcare is such an innovative area, these “smart” processes are also being developed to support home health. What if a sensor in the home could detect a rise in the temperature of the person living there, and send that information to the home care provider or primary care physician? What if appliances or other products in the home could help patients to be independent and healthy in other creative ways? Since we work directly in home care staffing, these residence-based innovations may be some of the most applicable to us.

Home healthcare is a field that is ripe and ready for innovation, and staffing and home care assistance professionals must be ready to move into the future of care in order to provide the best quality service to our patients and clientele. Only time will tell what the future holds for the healthcare industry. 

Lansing Home Health Care Staff Agency is Grateful for 12 Years of Service

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DRM Genesis, Lansing Home Health Care Staffing Agency celebrated their 12th  year  of service  in October. Founders Steve and ReShane Lonzo held an anniversary gathering Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Kellogg Center, Centennial Room at 219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824.

With gratitude to Lansing home health care staff, caregivers, clients, and partners who contributed to the success and longevity of DRM Genesis and DRM International Learning Center. Members of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce joined DRM Genesis Home Health Care Staff Agency and DRM International Learning Center as they extended appreciative thanks and celebration of life and caring through tributes, recognitions, dinner, dancing, and music.

Discovering and placing professional Lansing home health care staff with clients in need is what has established DRM Genesis as  a leader in the home health care staffing industry for 12 years. As we work closely with patients living with various stages of Alzheimer’s / dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury providing Lansing home health care staff for respite or long term home health care has proven to be the purpose we were put here to do.

Thank you Lansing for choosing DRM Genesis as you Lansing Home Health Care Staff Agency for over 12 years, we will be here as long as we can serve you and your loved ones with loving, professional and compassionate care you deserve.