Nursing & Home Care

Home Healthcare Nurse is the professional, contemporary journal serving the educational and communication needs of home care and hospice nurses. The journal is highly interactive and timely, focusing on the multidimensional, interdisciplinary and specialty practice areas of home care nursing. Clinical, operational, and educational home care nursing issues are the core of the publication; plentiful columns and features focus on practical, up-to-date approaches to everyday situations, as well as analysis and interpretation of how healthcare trends affect the home care nurse’s practice.

Home care agencies can provide nurses and nursing assistants to help with skilled care as well as the general activities of daily living. Your local home health agency can also provide skilled care services such as nursing and physical therapy when needed.

Home infusion Therapy

Home infusion therapies are prepared under the supervision of our specialized pharmacists, and are then delivered and administered to patients by Home Care infusion nurses or trained caregivers. Home infusion is primarily used to treat infectious diseases, heart failure, cancer, intractable pain and nutritional disorders. Home Care brings more than 100 years of collective experience in the infusion industry providing clinical leadership, vision and focus.
Home Care manages a wide range of complex injectable and infusible therapies that require special handling, clinical oversight or outcomes monitoring. The following therapies are available for use in a patient’s home, physician’s office, skilled nursing facility or an Rx Solution treatment center.
Home Medical Equipment
We can also be their source for comprehensive medical equipment and supplies for home use Some examples of the types of home medical equipment that we have available include:
 Bathroom safety equipment
 Crutches and canes
 Hospital beds
 Walkers
 Wheelchairs

Six Things We Wish You Knew About Hospice…

At Heavenly Helpers Senior Home Care, we have seen firsthand what great things hospice does for the individual and the family facing an end of life situation. We are not a hospice organization, but if a hospice agency has a client who needs someone to stay with him or her (perhaps the family can’t or the hospice team doesn’t have someone available), that is where we can come in. In the last several months, we have had a number of in-services for our caregivers that pertain to hospice care.

There are several things I find myself wishing everyone knew about hospice. Here are six that I want to highlight:

1. People are not taking advantage of hospice early enough to really reap all the benefits it has to offer. I was shocked to hear that only 33% of all hospice patients live 7 days or less.

2. Some people mistakenly believe hospice care is only for cancer patients. Not true! Qualification is based on certification that the patient probably has 6 months or less to live if their disease or affliction runs its natural course.

3. Everyone can utilize hospice regardless of financial situation. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance will cover hospice so that no one will be turned away.

4. Hospice isn’t about lessening care by any means! In fact, there is something called the “hospice effect” whereby a certain percentage of patients so greatly benefit from the care and attention, they actually get better! These patients are then able to come off hospice! Just remember that hospice care is not curative.

5. Hospice provides one year of bereavement services for the family after the patient dies. This is something that probably too few families either know about or take advantage of.

6. A person may stay on hospice more than 6 months. As long as the hospice medical director and the patient’s doctor continue to certify that the patient probably has 6 months or less to live, hospice will continue for another 6 months. There have been patients that have been on hospice for several years.

We hope this will serve as a guide to any questions you may have concerning end-of-life care, as well as a resource to other sources rich in information.

Nursing Home Applications – Things You Need To Know

Seeking a promising nursing home career? Health care is a growing business. Health care professionals can prefer to work in hospitals, doctor’s clinic or nursing homes. Many health care professionals are selecting to work in nursing homes.

Experts consider that in the next eight to ten years, the demand for nursing home staffs will grow because of the millions baby boomers or those people born between 1946 and 1964 are nearing retirement. Based on research, about 75 million baby boomers are in America and it relates to 29% of the total population of the world’s wealthiest country. In Canada, there are around six million baby boomers.

With that said, many health care professionals seek jobs in nursing homes because of the possible opportunities for them. If you are like the many, seeking to join the nursing home roster, here are a few important reminders.

Careers In Nursing Homes
The term home health care refers to the care given to the patients or residents by the health care staff or employees. There are four types of jobs available in nursing homes. They’re the carers or the caregivers, nurses, support and managerial staff. Carers or caregivers spend almost all of their time with the residents. They assist the residents in their daily activities like dressing, bathing and eating. Nurses on the other hand, make personal care plans for the individual residents. They are those who manage the activities of the caregivers and they are given the task of dispensing drugs and medicine to the residents. Support staff includes the housekeeper, the maintenance people and the catering services. Managerial staff includes the home manager, the unit and clinical manager. They are accountable for recruitment, budget and training.

Nursing Home – Job Hunting
Before, when individuals are in the search for jobs, one of the best place to look is at magazines or broadsheets. Now with the advancement of technology, people can simply apply online. There are thousands of jobs offering position in nursing homes. You can be specific in your search and type in your desired location. If applying internationally, you can check the requirements before you apply, because these institutions may require you documents like a diploma from previous work experience or educational certification.

Documents To Prepare
The documents for application vary. Each facilities have their own requirements. Commonly, in the event you are seeking a career in a nursing home, you have to prepare your comprehensive resume, your passport, birth certificate, driving licence and national identity card. If married, you can prepare your marriage certificate and other bills with your address printed. These are only the basic requirements that most employers will ask of you, but it still depends on the institution. A bachelor’s degree and a clinical license may also be required of you. Generally, the bachelor’s degree should be in health care administration. Discover how you can get certified by checking the official website of the state licensing board where you wish to apply. Your education and experience are vital in your application.

After The Interview
Job offers will be provided after you have successfully completed the interview. The work offer comes in formally by letter or an informal offer by telephone or email. Do check your salary details and benefits. Check yours shifting schedule along with other allowance that you’ll get with the job.

It is very rewarding to work in a nursing home facility. Above are some of the important things you need to learn when applying as a staff in a nursing home. Consider them before you hunt for a job.

Family Caregiver: What Are Your Tasks?

Becoming a family caregiver is a life-changing decision. I made this decision more than 10 years ago when I was my mother’s caregiver. Several months ago I made the decision again, only this time I would be caring for my disabled husband. Caregiving is a huge job and it takes a while to get the hang of it. If you’re new to caregivng you’re probably asking, “What are my tasks?”

Answering this question requires three steps: brainstorming, grouping, and culling.

Step 1: Brainstorm on tasks. Jot down every idea that pops into your mind, silly ones, serious ones, and any ideas in between. Your first notes may be about the Activities of Daily Living because they’re so common: bathing, coming hair, shaving, etc.Allow lots of time for this step because it can take days.

Step 2: Group your tasks into categories. I kept things simple and stayed with three categories: Activities of Daily Living, Healthcare, and Home Management. You may need additional categories and that’s okay. For example, The Family and Nursing Care website, has posted a “Caregiving Task Sheet.” and it divides tasks into detailed groups: personal, nutrition, companionship, toileting, mobility, and support.

Step 3: Cull your list. The goal here is to streamline the job. You may be able to combine some tasks and delegate others. Weeks before I became my husband’s home caregiver I contacted a professional caregiving agency and asked for my husband’s name to be placed on a list.

The care team recommended full-time care for my husband, something we couldn’t afford. However, we could afford part-time care and pay for four hours per day. At seven in the morning an agency caregiver comes to get my husband up for the day. She or he leaves at nine a.m. In the evening a second caregiver comes for two hours and gets my husband ready for bed. I would be lost without this help.

Some days don’t go as planned, and are kind of crazy, yet caregiving is still rewarding. Though my husband is paralyzed, he is alive, and that is a miracle. When he awakened from emergency surgery he couldn’t move either of his legs. Today, he can move one leg and wiggle the second, another miracle. Thanks to physical therapists, my husband can stand for a minute and a half, a third miracle in our lives.

I have the joy of spending more time with my husband, and he has the joy of spending more time with me. Your caregiving experience may be equally rewarding. When you get discouraged, remember that you’re making a difference in someone’s life.

This month my husband and I celebrate our 57th anniversary. While I’m blessed to have such a loving husband, I’m even more blessed to have experienced miracles. My husband is disabled, yet he has a quality life. Come October, he will wheel his wheelchair down the church aisle and give our granddaugter away in marriage. Life is filled with surprises and so is cargiving.

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Caregivers – Finding Good Home Care For Your Elderly Loved Ones

Being a primary caregiver takes a lot of time and effort, especially if someone is caring for a person with Alzheimer’s. Caregivers can easily get burned out or suffer health challenges of their own if they don’t get regular breaks. Even if your family is well equipped for caregiving, its important to be familiar with the many home care services that are available today for the elderly. Taking advantage of these services may give you the occasional day off or vacation that you need, without putting undo stress on your family or friends.

Even if you have other siblings that assist you in caring for a loved one, there are times when they are not available or something unexpected comes up. At these times, being familiar with companies or caregivers that specialize in providing home care services for the elderly can be just what you need. Each local area normally has some companies that offer a wide range of living assistance services. Normally, you can find these by using a search engine like Google or Yahoo and searching for the word “caregivers.” However, there are also companies that provide home care services for the elderly throughout the United States. Here are some nationwide, senior care service providers, that you may want to consider.

Visiting Angels

Sometimes you may feel like a nursing home or retirement center is your only option. Visiting Angels specializes in non-medical home care services for the elderly, allowing them to maintain as much independence as possible in familiar surroundings. They have over 300 offices across the country to serve you. Their website is:

Cargiver Needed

Search by state for caregivers, nurses, and sitters. Nurses are available for pediatric and geriatric care. They offer both non-medical and medical care for the elderly and for children. Both live in and live out caregiving options are available. Their website is:

Right at Home

A national, in home care assistance agency, that provides trained, insured and bonded caregivers for a wide range of elder care services. They can provide home health care from as little as a few hours to 24-hours a day. Services include: caring companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing assistance, respite for family caregivers, and much more. Their website is:

I hope that some of these resources are helpful to you in your role as a caregiver. This is just a few of the many resources that are available for today’s caregivers. Over the years we have been blessed to have family members and close friends that have teamed up with us to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. However, utilizing other caregiver resources, at times, has afforded us with much needed breaks, while still providing excellent care for our loved one.

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Value retailer boosts education by supporting literacy development

In 2015, value retailer Ackermans partnered with the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, and Wordworks to start the Ackermans Ububele School to support early childhood development. In 2016, the 14 schools totalling 458 children in Grade R and 1,037 in Educare Centres. The participating schools are divided into two clusters, Belhar and Langa, each with a leading primary school and an Educare centre that feeds each primary school.
Value retailer boosts education by supporting literacy development
“Our School and governing body was keen to support the programme for the community and the parents. It is preparing for the future and if we are preparing for the future we must start at the base,” said Fezile Mguqlwa, principal of Zimasa Primary School in Langa.

“Developing literacy among young children is one of the first steps towards unlocking a child’s potential and building a brighter future for them through education,” says Tracey Jager, HR Director of Ackermans. “Recognising that parents and teachers in developing areas have greater challenges when it comes to providing for children’s educational needs, we partnered with Storyplay, Nal’ibali’s latest literacy approach. We have also donated stationery and assisted with much-needed classroom upgrades.”

These extra donations include 1,235 backpacks and 2,315 storybooks.

Value retailer boosts education by supporting literacy development
Ackermans Phadimas (as the staff are known) have also contributed by donating cushions, rugs, puppet theatres and sock puppets.

“What this programme has done for the children is made them think broadly and has opened a lot of their thinking skills,” said Langa-based Monwabisi Pre-school principal, Tutu Nontuthuzelo Sibenya.

“Part of Bringing Value to Life means making a real difference in our communities and showing that we care about the future of our children,” says Hanifa Jassiem, CSI spokesperson at Ackermans. “The word Ububele means kindness and generosity and through this we would love to see our Ackermans Ububele Schools grow. We are in the second year of a three-year plan and we hope that the results will testify to the value it delivers and that the programme has room for growth to more schools in the Western Cape and eventually other provinces too.”

Ten-year-old blogger wins national 2016 Ackermans Style Squad competition

Ten-year-old Luzuko Banda (a.k.a. “Zuko”) of Germiston had his creativity well rewarded when he was selected as the winner of the 2016 Ackermans Style Squad competition. He was chosen from 20 finalists from across South Africa who shared their love for fashion in the value retailer’s annual competition for 9- to 14-year-olds.
Luyanda Banda (Zuko’s Sister) Dineo Banda (Zuko’s Mom) Zuko Banda (Style Squad 2016 Winner)
Luyanda Banda (Zuko’s Sister) Dineo Banda (Zuko’s Mom) Zuko Banda (Style Squad 2016 Winner)
The Style Squad participants received Ackermans vouchers to spend on creating outfits for the nine fashion related challenges they had to complete and share in their blog posts on the Ackermans website. They also received an iPad mini and data to use for their monthly blog posts that showed other kids and their parents how to be on-trend without breaking the bank.

“Zuko has such great confidence and style. He really impressed the judges in the Fashion DIY activity with how he transformed his merchandise into something extraordinary, trendy and unique. He could take items and make them his own through styling and accessorising. His blogs were well written, easy to relate to and fun to read. He put a great deal of effort into every activity,” says Tanya Ruiters, Marketing Specialist of Ackermans and Project Manager for Style Squad.

Zuko won R15,000 cash as well as a R15,000 educational policy to further his studies. Over the past 12 months, he has also been given R2,250 worth of Ackermans vouchers, an iPad mini and 24GB of data. His prize was handed over on Wednesday, 24 August, at Freeway Park Primary in Boksburg, where he goes to school.

“I am extremely proud of Luzuko. From the very beginning I have believed that he could win it and now it really is a dream which has been realised. At times I find myself looking back at all his activities to see how far he has come. I’m thrilled that part of the prize is towards his education and with the other part of the prize he can finally reward himself with things he has always wanted, which he deserves after all his hard work. In today’s world an investment in a child’s education and future can make all the difference and I believe that the money he has won for his education will make a difference in his life and serve as a reminder of the importance of education,” said his mother, Dineo Banda.

Ackermans will once again give fashion savvy South African kids a chance to show their style and creativity with the 2017 Style Squad competition, where they can win their share of R250,000’s worth of prizes and something which money cannot buy – to be revealed soon!

Ackermans launches kids Style Squad range

Ackermans is proud to introduce two of South Africa’s up-and-coming kids clothing fashion designers. 12-year-old #Jodi_V from Cape Town and 14-year-old Bongz from Johannesburg are the talented duo that conceptualised this exclusive limited edition, Style Squad clothing range for kids aged 7 to 14.
Ackermans launches kids Style Squad range
#Jodi_V and Bongz were members of last year’s Ackermans Style Squad – a group of 20 of the country’s most fashionable kids between the ages of 9 and 14 who blog monthly on the Ackermans’ website. It’s all about fashion advice for kids by kids.

The Style Squad Competition is the first of its kind in South Africa. It aims to recognise children who have a love for being creative with fashion and – on top of that – are able to express themselves by blogging about it. The kids of South Africa have style and Ackermans was able to provide a platform where their talent can be recognised. Through this life-changing experience, the Style Squad kids not only get to become famous in their own right, they were also rewarded with an iPad, monthly vouchers and are taught the skills needed to take good photos and write good blogs.

“It is truly amazing to see how the Style Squad bloggers improve their photographic techniques and writing skills over time,” says Marketing Director, Louise Hamman.

Every month for 12 months, the Style Squad members have to complete a fashion challenge. One of the 2014 challenges was to test their fashion designer skills. For this they had to put together a fashion range. #Jodi_V and Bongz were the winners.

In April this year the two of them visited the Style Squad Headquarters at the Ackermans Head Office in Cape Town. Here they worked with the Ackermans buyers and planners and over three days designed a range that had achieved fantastic sales at all Ackermans stores nationwide (Launch date: 29 October 2015).

#Jodi_V’s Tropical Summer range features fun prints and girly silhouettes, while Bongz’s collection is all about Urban #Swag, using influences from top R&B singers as well as Johannesburg settings.

Moms of teenagers were over the moon about these two ranges, consisting of six items each, since they take the guesswork out of what picky teens can be like! They are well priced and were designed to be mixed and matched, making them great value for money from as little as R49.95. It’s a win-win situation – your teen is on trend and your budget is in check.

What did being part of the Style Squad journey mean to them? “I’ve had amazing experiences. Being part of Style Squad has opened loads of doors for me and gave me opportunities I will forever be grateful for,” said Bongz. “I’ve learned there are endless possibilities out there”, said #Jodi_V. “If I believe and push beyond the boundaries, not even the sky is the limit.”

How Home Care Services Suitable For The Adults

The demands of the professional life are changing and so are the relationships. People are now not trying to change their professional preferences as per relationships. However, are more into changing relationships as per professional preferences. They will try to modify their life, seek new opportunities to stay successful in life. The people present in their life are always waiting for them to talk to them or spend time with them. Especially the adults feel really lonely when they do not find someone to talk to or discuss different things with. They will roam around and will even talk to random people just to spend time with someone. In case you are unable to be nearby your parents or any adult present in your home, it is important to consult the home care services for them.

During the old age, it can be rather difficult for the adults to fulfill their daily tasks. However, they will deny the fact but you can sense it in their trembling fingers and misbalanced demeanor while performing the normal daily work. They need someone to be around them entire day, hence they can lead a normal life. In most of the care homes, the team of care givers who take care of different activities, ensuring that the adults are not facing any difficulty in fulfilling them, supervises the adults. Here are some of the activities in which the care at home deal can help:

adults have to do all their work alone when they live alone. Provide them good home care to help in living properly.

Perform daily task: the caregiver at home will help in doing their daily chores properly like cooking, cleaning, eating and bathing. Some of the adults who are sick and unable to do their work, the caregiver can do it for them. It will be a boon for all the adults who live away form either their families or who are alone in the city. They can have some to talk and be with while doing their daily work.

adults have to do all their work alone when they live alone. Provide them good home care to help in living properly.

Take medicines on time: the adults are often prone to diseases and ailments. They need constant care and attention of the medical societies in the neighborhood. With the help of the home care services, they can get a constant medical help. The caregiver will keep the diet in view, provide medicines on time and will also contact the doctor in case they need their help.

Do not let your adults to stay alone. In case it is a compulsion due to the professional demand then arrange for the proper care at home to comfort them.

Home Cargivers

Have you recently had any of your ageing parents suffer from chronic illnesses or maybe something as sudden as a heart attack or a stroke? Are you worried about the future outcomes of such occurrences and yet unsure about providing the best possible care? There is a wealth of information about elderly home care services everywhere these days, from communication patterns with the concerned patient to ensuring their safety. There can be no stopping one’s age but only with the right palliative care in reputed elderly care centres, a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs can be addressed.

It is understandable that through life’s events, managing daily living activities is a tad difficult. Relying on someone dependable and professionally trained is the most viable solution that we have. He or she should be considerate and responsive towards the needs of the elderly, and have the required expertise to provide the exact and the best possible care. No wonder, the need for palliative care is imperative. Professionals know exactly what kind of care works best for the concerned person, either in-patient that is in hospitals and palliative care facilities or out-patient where care is mostly provided in the home settings or one’s selected place.

Often elderly home care is a viable option but can some amount of stress can be found in the person undergoing it. Have a look at the benefits that comes with it, for both the patient and the family members:
-Complete care: With the help of elderly care facilities; there is enough scope for support as well as companionship. Besides, their health care needs are also catered to, which includes healthy and nutritious meals, bathing and toiletry needs, lodging and washing and so on.
-Allowance to stay near friends and family: Old people love to stay with their near and dear ones. For them, nothing can be more valuable than the presence of their close people. It is because of this that they are resentful towards assisted living where they find themselves at a vulnerable position. However, care takers accompany them for visits to close ones or on a stroll in the gardens and open areas for a change.
-Less stress: When elderly people are sufferers of some illnesses, living in a new environment can pose difficult. Keeping them in their home during those times can prove to be comforting and act as a catalyst during their recovery period.
-Choices: With various types of elderly home care services available almost throughout the country, choosing one can be challenging but at the same time rewarding as there is no liability to stay fixed to any one type. The selection is largely dependent on one’s requirements.
-Saving from undue hassles: If services are availed of professional agencies there is no need to take the extra effort of finding individual care givers. The processes of an agency are elaborate and they leave enough room for alternatives during crises.

Different home care agencies provide different packages. It is wise to do some research work before exacting on one. Surely, you want to make the old feel special and not unwanted.