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Hearts Making a Difference

by: John Aker | February 13th, 2013

Operating a service-based business can be both challenging and exhilerating.  The greatest reward for our organization is realized when a client or family member tells us we’ve made a positive difference.  With a view to treating the whole person–not just assisting with physical needs, but also addressing emotional well-being as well, we seek to preserve dignity, promote quality of life, provide for safety, and protect the serenity of the family.  Whether we serve a client for 4 hours a week or 24/7 Live In care, we follow the same model of caring, from the heart.

Caring for the whole person can not be achieved by simply placing a caregiver in the home.  Each client is cared for by a Concierge Team, at no additional cost:  a primary caregiver, a respite coordinator, a nurse supervisor, and a concierge coodinator.  These team members work together to ensure quality outcomes and coordination of care.  (Also available upon request is access to a chaplain for spiritual and end of life care.)  When possible we communicate with a primary care physician and other health professionals to ensure our client’s condition and needs are constantly monitored and met. And will even send progress updates to a designated family member, if desired.

This agency was founded to make a difference in people’s lives.  We’ve learned that the impact of our care can be significant and powerful–despite the simplicity of what we do.

We take time throughout the year to gather our caregivers and acknowledge and honor their efforts to make a difference to our clients.  Their labors of love are rewarded and celebrated for it is not always easy work–but it is work they choose, and it comes from the heart.

We’ve been humbled by kind words for our caregivers, office staff, and leadership.  And yet, we know there is always room for improvement and we must continually strive to enhance our service to others.

Click on our Testimonials page to see what others are saying.  And take a moment to let us know how your caregiver is making a difference in your life.  It’s nearly Valentine’s Day so it’s a perfect time to share a positive word with someone in your life!

So, here’s our positive word to you:  we deeply appreciate you!  We are privileged to have become acquainted with you and to serve you.  From our hearts, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Medicare Changes for 2013

by: John Aker | January 3rd, 2013

With all the news coverage of the changed in legislation surrounding Affordable Care Act(also commonly referred to as ObamaCare), it can be difficult to know what really affects YOU.

The National Council on Aging has put together a few highlights of changes in Medicare in 2013. In addition, they also have posted some helpful links to items such as new preventative care options (such as a smoking cessation program) as well as Medicare’s chart of the monthly payments due in 2013.

There are some positive changes to look forward to including: an easier-to-read benefit summary…discounts to combat the prescription coverage gap…and decreased cost for mental health benefits. Unfortunately, 2013 will also deliver slightly higher premiums. For more details, visit What’s New with Medicare in 2013.

And be sure to join our online community today — we digest medical and healthcare news and information for you to bring you items of interest to you! We will also try to answer your questions so check our Facebook page or Twitter feed often for more current home care and health news items — ask questions and share your opinions. We care about what matters to you!

Avoid Re-Admittance After A Procedure or Hospitalization

by: John Aker | December 11th, 2012

According to research recently conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, patients who received assistance with medication compliance in their home following a procedure or hospitalization reduced their risk of re-admittance to 11% as compared to 34% of those who received no supportive in-home care.

This is just another study affirming the value of home health care and its vital role within a continuum of care which seeks to provide support medical providers such as physicians and hospitals. The goal is to keep you healthy and happy–AT HOME!

Home health care helps you follow doctor’s recommendations, take your medication properly, enjoy nutritionally balanced meals, reduce your risk of falls, and meet reasonable exercise goals–all while assisting with activities of daily living and encouraging your social engagement.

The leading causes of admittance or re-admittance to hospitals and other facilities are medication mismanagement, falls, and failure to make or attend follow up appointments with physicians. Having The Aker Kasten Home Health Care Family on your side will help minimize or eliminate these risks.

And our whole agency is dedicated to you as a whole person. When we introduce your in home caregiver–you actually have a team of professionals working for you behind the scenes.

Your care team will include:

  1. Primary Caregiver
  2. Respite/Back-up Coordinator
  3. Care Manager
  4. Nurse Supervisor
  5. Chaplain (upon request)

And this team is available to you at no additional cost! Each member of your care team has specific skills and sensitivities to ensure unparalleled service and care of your physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Call now for details on how we can help you remain healthy and happy in your own home!

561-955-6010

Aker Kasten Helps Raise Funds for Memory & Wellness Center

by: John Aker | December 5th, 2012

We were delighted to be Bronze Sponsors and send a team of caregivers to participate in a fundraiser for a local Memory & Wellness Center to help them reach out to those in our community living with memory disorders! Here’s a picture of our team, giving of their time on a Sunday to walk for this great cause:

Aker Kasten Memory Walk 2012 Team - memory disorders

Read more here: https://fauf.fau.edu/news/?p=6698

Do You Know The Signs?

by: John Aker | November 26th, 2012

Review the Warning Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke

Not all of these warning signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. If you think you may be having a heart attack or stroke call 911 immediately.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you know you are at risk for heart disease or stroke, contact our office to see how we can help you manage your condition.

Our caregivers can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle by being physically active in a safe way–maybe by accompanying you on short walks…preparing heart-healthy meals and snacks…and ensuring you are reminded to take any prescribed medication properly…and transporting you to follow up visits with your physician.

Let us help you reduce your risks!

 

The content of this page is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.

Vaccination Recommendations

by: John Aker | July 22nd, 2011

Vaccination Recommendations for Older People by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.

Jul 22, 2011 As seen on Yahoo! Health

Flu: Influenza (flu) vaccine

Many older people think they don’t need to worry about something as insignificant as the flu. But an annual vaccination against influenza virus is recommended each fall or winter for adults of all ages. Although earlier studies probably overestimated the dangers of influenza in the elderly, bouts of the flu can produce severe symptoms, may require hospitalization, and can be fatal. Influenza is also recognized to increase the risk of heart attacks. One problem is that the flu vaccine is less effective in older individuals. Nonetheless, the vaccine offers at least some protection for most older individuals and should be obtained each year.

Pneumonia: pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneumovax 23)

Another common and potentially dangerous illness is pneumonia. There are about four million cases of pneumonia each year in the U.S., and the pneumococcus is the most common agent leading to hospitalization for pneumonia in people of all ages. Influenza infection greatly increases the risk of developing pneumococcal pneumonia. The pneumonia may be mild and easily treated, but some develop an overwhelming infection that can be fatal.

This vaccine can protect against pneumonia that is caused by the 23 types of the pneumococcus bacterium that are responsible for the vast majority of pneumococcal pneumonia. However, it offers no protection against pneumonia caused by the other 60 or more types of pneumococcus, or by other bacteria or viruses. Recommendations: the vaccine should be given one time to all people who are 65 or older with no prior pnumococcal vaccination or when the history of vaccination is unknown. The vaccine should also be given for those 65 or older if it’s been five years since a previous vaccination. The vaccine is also recommended for some who are younger than 65, for example those with liver disease, diabetes, or chronic heart or lung diseases.

Shingles: Herpes zoster (Zostavax)

Shingles results from activation of the varicella virus that causes chicken pox and then remains dormant for many years. Shingles can attack any of the 95 percent of adult Americans who have had chicken pox. As a result, between 10 and 20 percent of them will develop shingles during their lifetime. Most often shingles begins with an unexplained throbbing or burning pain in a limited area on one side of the chest or lower back. Days to weeks later a painful rash appears and evolves into pus-filled blisters with the same band-like distribution as the pain. The rash is not contagious, but bacteria may infect the blisters.

Recommendation: because the incidence of shingles increases progressively with age, the vaccine in recommended for everyone 60 years of age or older. The zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is given as a single, one-time injection, regardless of a previous history of herpes zoster (shingles) or chicken pox.

Contraindications to giving these vaccines

A vaccine should not be given to an individual who has had a prior severe reaction to the vaccine or at a time when he or she is suffering from a moderate to severe acute illness.

Other possible vaccines

A booster injection against tetanus is recommended every 10 years. Some older people may wish to get protection against hepatitis A and/or B, especially if they will be travelling to underdeveloped countries or are exposed to people with a high likelihood of these disorders.

Check with your doctor about your need for all of these vaccines. We will even accompany you to your doctor’s office to help you understand the information they provide. Call Aker Kasten Home Health Care today at 561-955-6010 or 561-737-4990.

 

The content of this Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency News page is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.