Armistead has been like my “right hand.” I can’t say enough positive things about them. I have found that they have always had someone available when we’ve needed their assistance. And the best part is, my aunt really enjoys them; she always looks forward to the staff coming in and they have become like “family” to her as well as to the rest of us. They have never let us down!
Before the inspection, we reviewed the information we held about the service. This included the previous inspection report and notifications since the last inspection. Notifications are changes, events and incidents that the service must inform us about. We used information the provider sent us in the Provider Information Return (PIR). This is information we require providers to send us at least once annually to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make.
Thailand has observed global patterns of an enlarging elderly class: as fertility control is encouraged and medical advances are made, births shrink and people live longer. The Thai government is noticing and concerned about this trend, but tends to let families care for their elderly members rather than create extraneous policies for them. As of 2011, there are only 25 state-sponsored homes for the elderly, with no more than a few thousand members of each home. Such programs are largely run by volunteers and are services tend to be limited, considering there is not always a guarantee care will be available. Private care is tough to follow, often based on assumptions. Because children are less likely to care for their parents, private caretakers are in demand. Volunteer NGOs are available but in very limited quantities.
Aiken Regional Medical Centers is proud to be recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. We are committed to providing high quality care to all patients who are affected by stroke. This special achievement recognizes centers that meet national standards set into place by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and the America Heart Association.
One of the major causes of elderly falls is hyponatremia, an electrolyte disturbance when the level of sodium in a person's serum drops below 135 mEq/L. Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte disorder encountered in the elderly patient population. Studies have shown that older patients are more prone to hyponatremia as a result of multiple factors including physiologic changes associated with aging such as decreases in glomerular filtration rate, a tendency for defective sodium conservation, and increased vasopressin activity. Mild hyponatremia ups the risk of fracture in elderly patients because hyponatremia has been shown to cause subtle neurologic impairment that affects gait and attention, similar to that of moderate alcohol intake.
Conemaugh's team will diagnose the exact nature and extent of the patient's stroke. With advanced imaging equipment, physicians can identify precisely the brain areas that have been affected and determine the best course of treatment for each patient. Stroke patients are strongly encouraged to follow up with physicians. Patients are at higher risk of stroke or recurring stroke after experiencing a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Surgical AVM removal. Surgeons may remove a smaller AVM if it's located in an accessible area of your brain, to eliminate the risk of rupture and lower the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. However, it's not always possible to remove an AVM if its removal would cause too large a reduction in brain function, or if it's large or located deep within your brain.
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It’s very common to have a negative attitude after a serious illness, and some patients experience depression after a stroke — sometimes weeks or months later. However, it is absolutely critical to keep a realistic or positive attitude during rehabilitation to maximize results. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists, who are part of your care team, may recommend therapy and/or medication.
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Stryker is on the forefront of our industry in advancing the neurovascular market and recognizing the ever-increasing importance of health economics. As pioneers in lobbying, we have led the way in advocating successfully for increased procedure reimbursements. We have a long history of partnering closely with hospitals to achieve economic efficiencies, and we continue to increase patient access to new technologies.
Finally, you should know about the end-of-life resources that are available to you in your home. Home hospice care is often covered by Medicare or other insurance; the cost is typically between $20-$50/hour. You'll have a team of workers that may include a care companion, social worker, nurse, and/or chaplain, and they'll help provide your loved one with comfort and pain management. You can find this type of support by searching hospice. You can also search in-home care and ask providers to tell you what hospice options they offer.
U Care is yet another innovation in quality stroke care by the staff at the UofL Hospital, the first hospital designated as a comprehensive stroke center in Kentucky by the Joint Commission. In addition, UofL Hospital once again has been awarded the top level of distinction by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Elite Plus, Gold Plus award. The award recognizes the hospital’s success in providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Armistead Senior Care provides compassionate in-home care and services as people age in Vermont and New Hampshire. Established in 1999 and locally owned, Armistead Senior Care supports the independence and quality of life of older adults, people with disabilities and anyone recuperating from an illness. We do this by providing an individualized plan of care, thoughtful caregiver/client matching, and superior care management.