Three steps to an excellent caregiver career

 

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Here’s a secret …  Great caregiving jobs are parceled out like any other type of premium personal service job.  The formula is exactly the same:

Experience + Credentials + Reference (who you know/how you were referred)= You get the job

If you are a professional caregiver/direct care worker/personal care aide/carer  you provide personal care services to clients in exchange for money.  Whether you work for yourself, a home care or home health care agency, or any type of long term care facility, the work is essentially the same.

So why is it that some people get the upscale jobs?

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Have you wondered how some caregivers get work in swanky neighborhoods, have sophisticated clients who know how to treat them, get livable schedules because their clients can afford layers of care, and get clients who can pay more or tip better?

 

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So, how can you become one of the envied caregivers?

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  1. Showcase all care experience:  Have a professional resume that includes ALL of your caregiving experience. Do not neglect to include: Child care, pet care, plant care, elderly care (even if only a loved one), house sitting, housekeeping, Special Needs care (even if only a loved one), lawn care, etc.  Even if you have only provided these services for a loved one or yourself say so honestly in your resume.  Why?  Because when a client is looking for a at home care worker most of these services are on their mind as also being needed at some point. The more you reveal what you have actually done, the more experienced you will be perceived as being. The more you can do, the more useful you seem to the prospective client.
  2. Get education credentials:  Being sweet to oldsters is not enough for serious care giving duties.  One of the biggest gripes clients have about caregivers is that they do not have comprehensive practical education for their jobs. One of the easiest ways to really stand out from the crowd is with the right professional education and credentials.  State minimums do not cut it because, well, everybody in the area has the same thing…and that is what clients are griping about!  Get yourself real credentials that demonstrate to anyone that you are a seriously professional care provider that they would be darn lucky to have working for them.
  3. Use a Registry listing reference:  In addition to the usual reference (past employer(s)) impress your next client by using a second reference source.  If you are listed in a reputable professional education care registry people can look you up and confirm your credentials (anybody can fake a certificate, but not a secured online credentials registry listing).  Become a real registered professional.

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How to get #2 and #3 out of the way quick fast and easy?  Get a top education conveniently online thru CertifiedCare and be included in their free 24/7 public registry that serves only their program graduates.  Each certification you complete is displayed there for clients and prospective clients to find and be assured you have gone beyond the basics to be a better care provider.  PLUS  you can feature your CertifiedCare education and credentials in you resume and in job applications, securing your place in the follow up pile rather than the ’round file’ (trash can) with prospective employers.

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How can you afford to make this happen?

  • Ask you current employer to help pay for your education.  It will help you help them.
  • Take advantage of the $0 (zero) interest, no credit check, payment plan offered to everyone by CertifiedCare.
  •  Ask for the CertifiedCare program as a gift from loved ones.
  • Save up and make the investment in yourself.  (No one can take your education from you!)

IMPORTANT   Follow the advice above you will find that Agencies will assign you to more important clients. Private clients will also likely choose you over your competition, especially if they find you are registered with CertifiedCare.org and your competitor is not.

The future is in your hands, so make it better!

To find out more about CertifiedCare (and their #1 ranked eLearning programs accessible online thru your phone or computer/tablet) go to CertifiedCare.org.  Their programs are only available online- not in person classrooms (that keeps them convenient and the costs down and you can study when you want). *Graduates are eligible to become (CSCAs) CertifiedCare Certified Senior Care Auditors.

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How to become a happier caregiver

If you are a caregiver chances are you love taking care of people. You love/like frail elders or adults with special needs.  You love knowing that your work produces immediate tangible and worthwhile results by making a difference to someone.

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If you are a professional caregiver/direct care worker/personal care aide/carer  you provide personal care services to clients in exchange for money.  Whether you work for yourself, a home care or home health care agency, or any type of long term care facility, the work is essentially the same.

So, if you love what you do then why is it that  why is it that some people get the better jobs?

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Have you wondered how some caregivers get work in swanky neighborhoods, have sophisticated clients who know how to treat them, get livable schedules because their clients can afford layers of care, and get clients who can pay more or tip better?

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(When is the last time a client gave you a generous gift?)

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So, how can you become one of the envied caregivers?

 

 

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  1. Showcase all care experience:  Have a professional resume that includes ALL of your caregiving experience. Do not neglect to include: Child care, pet care, plant care, elderly care (even if only for a loved one), house sitting, housekeeping, Special Needs care (even if only for a loved one), lawn care, etc.  Repeat, even if you have only provided these services for a loved one or yourself say so honestly in your resume. Why?  Because when a client is looking for a at home care worker most of these services are on their mind as also being needed at some point. The more you revealwhat you have actually done, the more experienced you will be perceived as being. The more you can do, the more useful you seem to the prospective client.
  2. Get caregiver credentials:  Being sweet to oldsters is not enough for serious care giving duties.  One of the biggest gripes clients have about caregivers is that they do not have comprehensive practical education for their jobs. One of the easiest ways to really stand out from the crowd is with the right professional education and credentials.  State minimums do not cut it because, well, everybody in the area has the same (minimum) thing…and that is what clients are griping about!  Get yourself real credentials that demonstrate to anyone that you are a seriously professional care provider that they would be darn lucky to have working for them.
  3. Use a Caregiver Registry listing reference:  In addition to the usual reference (past employer(s)) impress your next client by using a second reference source.  If you are listed in a reputable professional education care registry people can look you up and confirm your credentials (anybody can fake a certificate, but not a secured online credentials registry listing).  Become a real registered professional.

 

How to get #2 and #3 out of the way quick fast and easy?  Get a top education conveniently online thru CertifiedCare.org and be included in their free 24/7 public registry that serves only their program graduates.  Each certification you complete is displayed there for clients and prospective clients to find and be assured you have gone beyond the basics to be a better care provider.  PLUS  you can feature your CertifiedCare education and credentials in you resume and in job applications, securing your place in the follow up pile rather than the ’round file’ (trash can) with prospective employers.

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How can you afford to make this happen?

  • Ask you current employer to help pay for your education.  It will help you help them.
  • Take advantage of the $0 (zero) interest, no credit check, payment plan offered to everyone by CertifiedCare.
  •  Ask for the CertifiedCare certification program as a gift from loved ones.
  • Save up and make the investment in yourself.  (No one can take your education from you!)

CertifiedCare.org programs are accredited, ranked #1 for comprehensiveness and best value, and are available 24/7 online for convenient distance learning. Study at our own pace!

IMPORTANT   Follow the advice above you will find that Agencies will assign you to more important clients. Private clients will also likely choose you over your competition, especially if they find you are registered with CertifiedCare.org and your competitor is not.

The future is in your hands, so make it better!

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To find out more about CertifiedCare (and their #1 ranked eLearning programs accessible online thru your phone or computer/tablet) go to CertifiedCare.org.  Their programs are only available online- not in person classrooms (that keeps them convenient and the costs down and you can study when you want).

 

 

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Caregiver? How to get respect

How to become a respected, confident and happier caregiver

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If you are a primary caregiver chances are you love taking care of people. You love/like frail elders or adults with special needs.  You love knowing that your work produces immediate tangible and worthwhile results by making a difference to someone.

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So, if you love what you do then why is it that you feel stressed and anxious about your life as a caregiver?

 Caregiving is both a job and a long term relationship  You feel stressed about it because you have not been prepared and fully informed about it in either respect… and it keeps on changing…and you cannot get ahead of those changes because you have not learned about the process, evolution and physical, mental and emotional demands of elder care.

You were not ready for it.

You are, in a word,… unprepared.

But you can fix this more easily than you might think.

 

How to get a total overview of what is coming 

So how do you fix the fix your in?  First you have to understand that primary care for an elderly person is a job whether you receive actual pay or not.  Caregiving takes lots of time, has duties and responsibilities, that if shirked, can result in loss of respect and even loss of freedom (real jail). Primary caregivers have duties that require skill and intelligence. Having a good heart is not enough for this job.

Caregiving is also  a long term relationship.  Like all long term relationships it changes over time. There are high points and low points.  You often do not see the changes, for good or bad, coming.  Taking primary care of a loved on, whether a relative or friend, can a lot like riding a roller coaster.  Sometimes it will make you feel exhilarated, other times it can make you sick.

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Here’s the secret to making caregiving better for you no matter what the future holds…

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As the wise Scouts say, ‘always be prepared’.

Take a few hours to find our about all the twists and turns coming your way over the long haul.  Most people underestimate how long they will be providing primary care and how much the demands will change as their loved one becomes older, sicker and more frail. This is a reality that is certain to happen.  You can be ready for it.

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Benefits of Being Prepared

Let’s consider the benefits of being prepared as soon as possible for primary caregiving duties.  The more you know and can do, the more useful you seem to your family and loved one in your care.  The more useful you seem the more confidence they will have in you. The more confidence they have in you the more respect you are likely to receive.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

Why is this so important?

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Caregivers often suffer from the demands of their job because they are not prepared. Statistics have shown that a significant percentage (30%) of caregivers die before the loved one they cared for does. Caregiver ignorance can cause premature death of the caregiver or the cared for person.  You CAN avoid the avoidable traps of ill health, excessive stress, and premature death.   This is why it is so important to take proactive measures for your own protection.  This is why it is important to get a comprehensive education for the job of primary care.

How to get prepared

  1. Get informed: Forewarned is forearmed.  Get a comprehensive – from day 1 to surviving the grief of loss – overview of the caregiving experience immediately.  It is not too late.  Knowledge is power and you will need all the power you can get to not only survive caregiving but actually be empowered by the experience.
  2. Get caregiver credentials:  Being sweet to oldsters is not enough for serious care giving duties.  One of the biggest gripes clients have about caregivers is that they do not have comprehensive practical education for their jobs.  Get yourself real credentials that demonstrate to anyone that you are a seriously professional care provider that they would be darn lucky to have working for them.

How to get #1 and #2 above out of the way quick fast and easy

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Get a top education conveniently online thru CertifiedCare.org.

Go to CertifiedCare.org.  These programs are comprehensive, accredited, written for independent study and affordable.  

CertifiedCare.org programs cover every aspect of caregiving for all types of adults and elderly people including those with Alzheimer’s Disease, other dementia, or other special needs.

CertifiedCare programs were written by a 30 year experienced caregiver specifically for caregivers.  You will learn holistic, person centered care for YOURSELF as well as how to improve the care for the person to whom you are responsible.

 How can you afford to make this happen?

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Can you really afford not to?

There are many simple ways to get the money you need to get the information you need:

  • Ask you current employer to help pay for your education.  It will help you help them save money in the long run by having a healthier and happier employee.
  • Take advantage of the $0 (zero) interest, no credit check, payment plan offered to everyone by CertifiedCare.
  • Ask your family to chip in and pay for your training.  After all, you are doing them a big favor by taking on the brunt of primary care so they do not have to do it.
  •  Ask for the CertifiedCare program as a gift from loved ones.
  • Save up and make the investment in yourself.  (No one can take your education from you!)

How to become a respected, confident and happier caregiver

You might find that you grow to like caregiving so much that you want to become a Senior Care Auditor and make money with you education, skills and experience. There is only one place to get comprehensive and accredited Senior Care Auditing certification and that place is also CertifiedCare.org.

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Primary caregivers and Senior Care Audiors choose CertifiedCare.org for their education and certifications

CertifiedCare.org programs are available online – not in person in classrooms (that keeps them convenient for 24/7 access and the costs way down. You can study when and where you want!).

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Find out more about CertifiedCare (and their #1 ranked eLearning programs accessible online thru your phone or computer/tablet) go to CertifiedCare.org.

By Cathleen Carr JD PhD

 

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Love, Money and Professional Elder Care

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If you are a caregiver chances are you love taking care of people. You love/like frail elders or adults with special needs.  You love knowing that your work produces immediate tangible and worthwhile results by making a difference to someone.

If you are a professional caregiver/direct care worker/personal care aide/carer  you provide personal care services to clients in exchange for money.  Whether you work for yourself, a home care or home health care agency, or any type of long term care facility, the work is essentially the same.

So, if you love what you do then why is it that  why is it that some people get the better jobs?

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Have you wondered how some caregivers get work in swanky neighborhoods, have sophisticated clients who know how to treat them, get livable schedules because their clients can afford layers of care, and get clients who can pay more or tip better?

Here’s the secret …  Great caregiving jobs are parceled out like any other type of premium personal service job.  The formula is exactly the same:

Experience + Credentials + Reference (who you know/how you were referred)= You get the job

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So, how can you become one of the envied caregivers?

  1. Showcase all care experience:  Have a professional resume that includes ALL of your caregiving experience. Do not neglect to include: Child care, pet care, plant care, elderly care (even if only for a loved one), house sitting, housekeeping, Special Needs care (even if only for a loved one), lawn care, etc.  Repeat, even if you have only provided these services for a loved one or yourself say so honestly in your resume. Why?  Because when a client is looking for a at home care worker most of these services are on their mind as also being needed at some point. The more you reveal what you have actually done, the more experienced you will be perceived as being. The more you can do, the more useful you seem to the prospective client.find-job-bg-top.png (288×289)
  2. Get caregiver credentials:  Being sweet to oldsters is not enough for serious care giving duties.  One of the biggest gripes clients have about caregivers is that they do not have comprehensive practical education for their jobs. One of the easiest ways to really stand out from the crowd is with the right professional education and credentials.  State minimums do not cut it because, well, everybody in the area has the same thing…and that is what clients are griping about!  Get yourself real credentials that demonstrate to anyone that you are a seriously professional care provider that they would be darn lucky to have working for them.
  3. Use a  Caregiver Registry listing reference:  In addition to the usual reference (past employer(s)) impress your next client by using a second reference source.  If you are listed in a reputable professional education care registry people can look you up and confirm your credentials (anybody can fake a certificate, but not a secured online credentials registry listing).  Become a real registered professional.

How to get #2 and #3 out of the way quick fast and easy?  Get a top education conveniently online thru CertifiedCare.org and be included in their free 24/7 public registry that serves only their program graduates.  Each certification you complete is displayed there for clients and prospective clients to find and be assured you have gone beyond the basics to be a better care provider.  PLUS  you can feature your CertifiedCare education and credentials in you resume and in job applications, securing your place in the follow up pile rather than the ’round file’ (trash can) with prospective employers.

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How can you afford to make this happen?

  • Ask you current employer to help pay for your education.  It will help you help them.
  • Take advantage of the $0 (zero) interest, no credit check, payment plan offered to everyone by CertifiedCare.
  •  Ask for the CertifiedCare program as a gift from loved ones.
  • Save up and make the investment in yourself.  (No one can take your education from you!)

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IMPORTANT   Follow the advice above you will find that Agencies will assign you to more important clients. Private clients will also likely choose you over your competition, especially if they find you are registered with CertifiedCare.org and your competitor is not.  The future is in your hands, so make it better!

To find out more about CertifiedCare (and their #1 ranked eLearning programs accessible online thru your phone or computer/tablet) go to CertifiedCare.org.  Their programs are only available online- not in person classrooms (that keeps them convenient and the costs down and you can study when you want).

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Caregiving Pro? How to get better jobs…

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If you are a professional caregiver/direct care worker/personal care aide/carer  you provide personal care services to clients in exchange for money.  Whether you work for yourself, a home care or home health care agency, or any type of long term care facility, the work is essentially the same.

So why is it that some people get the upscale jobs?

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Have you wondered how some caregivers get work in swanky neighborhoods, have sophisticated clients who know how to treat them, get livable schedules because their clients can afford layers of care, and get clients who can pay more or tip better?

Here’s the secret …  Great caregiving jobs are parceled out like any other type of premium personal service job.  The formula is exactly the same:

 

Experience + Credentials + Reference (who you know/how you were referred)= You get the job

iStock_000037785748_Medium_woman-loves-her-job-standing-smiling.jpg (280×400)

So, how can you become one of the envied caregivers?

  1. Showcase all care experience:  Have a professional resume that includes ALL of your caregiving experience. Do not neglect to include: Child care, pet care, plant care, elderly care (even if only a loved one), house sitting, housekeeping, Special Needs care (even if only a loved one), lawn care, etc.  Even if you have only provided these services for a loved one or yourself say so honestly in your resume.  Why?  Because when a client is looking for a at home care worker most of these services are on their mind as also being needed at some point. The more you reveal what you have actually done, the more experienced you will be perceived as being. The more you can do, the more useful you seem to the prospective client.
  2. Get education credentials:  Being sweet to oldsters is not enough for serious care giving duties.  One of the biggest gripes clients have about caregivers is that they do not have comprehensive practical education for their jobs. One of the easiest ways to really stand out from the crowd is with the right professional education and credentials.  State minimums do not cut it because, well, everybody in the area has the same thing…and that is what clients are griping about!  Get yourself real credentials that demonstrate to anyone that you are a seriously professional care provider that they would be darn lucky to have working for them.
  3. Use a Registry listing reference:  In addition to the usual reference (past employer(s)) impress your next client by using a second reference source.  If you are listed in a reputable professional education care registry people can look you up and confirm your credentials (anybody can fake a certificate, but not a secured online credentials registry listing).  Become a real registered professional.

How to get #2 and #3 out of the way quick fast and easy?  Get a top education conveniently online thru CertifiedCare and be included in their free 24/7 public registry that serves only their program graduates.  Each certification you complete is displayed there for clients and prospective clients to find and be assured you have gone beyond the basics to be a better care provider.  PLUS  you can feature your CertifiedCare education and credentials in you resume and in job applications, securing your place in the follow up pile rather than the ’round file’ (trash can) with prospective employers.

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How can you afford to make this happen?

  • Ask you current employer to help pay for your education.  It will help you help them.
  • Take advantage of the $0 (zero) interest, no credit check, payment plan offered to everyone by CertifiedCare.
  •  Ask for the CertifiedCare program as a gift from loved ones.
  • Save up and make the investment in yourself.  (No one can take your education from you!)

IMPORTANT   Follow the advice above you will find that Agencies will assign you to more important clients. Private clients will also likely choose you over your competition, especially if they find you are registered with CertifiedCare.org and your competitor is not.  The future is in your hands, so make it better!

To find out more about CertifiedCare (and their #1 ranked eLearning programs accessible online thru your phone or computer/tablet) go to CertifiedCare.org.  Their programs are only available online- not in person classrooms (that keeps them convenient and the costs down and you can study when you want).

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Review your QRP data prior to public display: Deadline 9/30

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Beginning in fall 2016, CMS will publicly report IRF quality data on the IRF Compare website.

CMS will publicly report performance data on three quality measures:

  1. Percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (short stay) – NQF #0678
  2. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) outcome measure – NQF #0138
  3. All-cause unplanned readmission measure for 30 days post-discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities – NQF #2502

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Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Preview Reports are available until September 30, 2016. Review your performance data on each quality measure prior to public display on the IRF Compare or LTCH Compare websites.

Caregivers certified prior to hire can help increase quality scores. Ask if your caregiver has been educated and certified by CertifiedCare.org prior to hiring.

What’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

The IRF QRP creates IRF quality reporting requirements, as mandated by Section 3004(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.  Every year, by October they publish the quality measures you must report.

Section 3004(b) of the ACA directs the Secretary amends section 1886(j)(7) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish quality reporting requirements for IRFs.

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What happens if quality data isn’t reported?

For fiscal year 2014, and each year after, if you don’t submit the required quality data, the result shall be a two (2) percentage point reduction in your annual payment update.

Who can see the reported data?  

CMS must make quality data available to the public and give you the opportunity to review the data before it’s made public.

To learn more about ACA Section 3004 (Quality Reporting for Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCH), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF), and Hospice Programs) go to:

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/IRF-Quality-Reporting/IRF-Quality-Public-Reporting.html

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/LTCH-Quality-Reporting/LTCH-Quality-Reporting-Measures-Information.html

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/LTCH-Quality-Reporting/LTCH-Quality-Public-Reporting.html

 

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Harvard Pilot Proves Value of Senior Care Auditing Checklist

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Harvard pilot study proves value of senior care audit.

Many Americans find themselves providing care for elderly loved ones. It seems never anticipated problems endlessly arise, such as maintaining quality of care and juggling long distance caregiving. On top of that, most people do not know how to evaluate or  manage care provided by caregivers or monitor the quality of care received by their loved ones.

With the ever changing landscape that elder care has, how can families easily assess the level of care provided to their elderly loved ones while at the same time protect themselves from charges of abuse and neglect?

A recent pilot study approved by Harvard Medical School has found some initial success in a simple tool that aims to reduce hospital readmissions and neglect among home care patients. The study, which was conducted over 6 months in early 2016, found that caregivers who utilize a short checklist about their patients’ conditions were able to report a number of changes that could result in more costly care interventions or criminal charges if left untreated.

The study is one of the inaugural projects under the newly established Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab at Harvard Medical School, supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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Have the best credentials, become the best care provider, provide the best service. Get accredited Senior Care Auditing certification only from CertifiedCare.org

The program consists of two components: early identification of changes in a patient’s condition and monitoring (or helping to manage) these changes in the home.

 

Caregivers were required to clock-in and clock-out of a web-based software platform that operates for visit scheduling, integrated point-of-care reporting, two-way caregiver messaging and other managerial functions. The check-in events included a checklist about the patient.

The auditing checklist asked a number of questions, such as, ”Does the client seem different than usual? Has there been a change in mobility, eating or drinking, toileting, skin condition or increase in swelling?”

If a caregiver notes any changes in condition, they receive additional questions before receiving a task on the system dashboard. The care manager or primary family caregiver can use that task, along with more information from the caregiver, to determine potential actions for the patient.

“Most interviewees suggested that changes in condition would not have been reported without the in-home checklist,” the study reads. “They also reported relatively few ‘false positives’ in that they felt that most of the tasks warranted attention.”

Dr. Cathleen Carr, Executive Director of CertifiedCare says the answer is for the public to use a Senior Care Auditor (SCA). She says, “Senior care auditing is the new ‘aging in place’ service”.

During the course of the study, caregivers throughout the home care study pilot offices that participated reported condition changes after 2% of all shifts, representing an average 1.9 changes per care recipient. Caregivers noted that the changes likely wouldn’t have been tracked if the checklist weren’t in place.

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The study looked at random sample of various offices of an agency with franchises in 45 different locations across the country offering varying levels of care to their clients.

SCAs complete an audit of the residence and senior by evaluating the premises and person(s) condition (not health condition, but mood and appearance). While onsite, the Senior Care Auditor completes the checklist and transmits it to the client via email.

“This service helps ensure the safety of seniors who are home alone or in their institutional environment. This service also ensures that seniors are receiving the proper quality of care they need, and that they are not being abused or neglected”, Carr says.

Senior Care Auditing is a new service expected to grow substantially over the next 30 years as the population of seniors sharply increases. U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration reports that “In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010.”

Communities across the country need Senior Care Auditors for the growing population who want to stay at home well into their 80s, 90s and 100s.

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Fortunately, caregivers reported that the checklist had a largely positive effect and felt “enthusiastic about the intervention,” according to the study. They even noted that the checklist did not add much time to the clock-out process overall, and enjoyed feeling they had a larger role in the overall care of the care recipient.

Elder neglect and hospital readmissions are one of the costliest expenses across the health care system, and senior care auditing can play a big role in reducing avoidable readmissions and criminal charges of neglect.

By Abigail Bazer

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