News & Updates

Help Pours in for World War II Vet in Need of Home Care

Even though Richard Overton can still get around well enough on his own, he needs to remain safe and at his advanced age, there are questions about whether he can remain safe. His current support system is a person who is in their 90s who’s also living with him, and friends and relatives know he needs more.

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NYS DOH Issues Severe Cold Health Advisory

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a health advisory warning of severe cold.
Home care providers are advised to communicate with their patients during and immediately following the period of extreme cold in order to perform safety checks.

The advisory states that home care staff should observe the temperature at a patient’s home upon visit, and includes signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite for staff to look for, which include the following:

Hypothermia. Signs and symptoms: shivering; confusion; memory loss; drowsiness; exhaustion; slurred speech; glassy stare; slow, irregular pulse; numbness; and decreased level of consciousness.

To manage: remove all wet/cold clothing; place individual in dry blankets/clothing; if conscious, provide them a warm beverage; seek/provide medical attention if further treatment is required.

Frostbite. Signs and symptoms: any discoloration of the skin such as flushed, white, yellow, or blue depending on the length of exposure; waxy appearance of skin; and lack of feeling or numbness.

To manage: handle the frost bitten area gently; do not rub the area; expose the affected area to a source of warmth.

More Seniors Welcome Virtual Socializing

According to a new survey, senior residents aren’t likely to be afraid of a mouse unless it has fur and four paws.

Increasingly, says Michigan State University researcher William Chopik, PhD, older Americans are not only comfortable using computers but they are discovering the joys of social media.

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Through Home Care, More Reasons to Be Hopeful Regarding Alzheimer’s

There’s nothing enjoyable about hearing a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and though there are certainly many challenges to come in the future, some within the in home care industry have reason to feel a bit more hopeful. It’s not a hope dealing with a possible cure, but improving quality of life for those dealing with the disease. Read more…

Important Update on Uniform Billing Codes!

At a meeting with the New York State Department of Health on September 2, HCP was informed that DOH was finalizing the uniform billing codes for home care services in Medicaid Managed Care. HCP was further informed verbally that it was the Department’s intention to require managed care plans to transition to the new codes by December 31, 2016, in response to concerns raised by HCP and other home care associations about the delayed implementation of this requirement, which was supposed to go into effect January 1, 2016. As of now, the codes have not been finalized and no formal timeframe for implementation has been announced by DOH.

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