Answers to Your Top Atlanta Home Care Questions

iStock_000048769226_MediumAs we shared in our last blog, nursing home care in Atlanta is no longer necessarily inevitable, as there are a full range of caregiving services that can now be provided at home. If you’re in the beginning stages of exploring Atlanta area home care options, it’s likely you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the unknowns: Is home care a possibility for my senior loved ones? Does Medicare cover costs? What other options are there for paying for care? At Regency Home Care, we field questions like these all the time, and offer you the following answers:

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Could Routine Hospitalization Result in Delirium?

She's kind and compassionateIt may seem inevitable for seniors, especially those with a chronic illness, to spend a fair amount of time in the hospital. And, relatively routine hospital visits may seem to be nothing more than an inconvenience. There’s an unexpected danger to be aware of, however, that is growing at an alarming rate: hospitalization delirium.

Affecting as many as 7 million hospitalized Americans each year, the triggers for developing delirium seem to be related to heavy sedation and use of ventilators in intensive care units, as well as longer hospital stays; but delirium is occurring among those recovering from routine and easily treated conditions as well. Other potential causes include use of anti-anxiety medications, and perhaps even the hospital environment itself. And, it can linger on for months after a patient is discharged.

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Tips from the Experts: How Top Hospitals Are Successfully Reducing Readmissions

Regency Home Care of Georgia wants to help keep your loved one at home after a hospital discharge by providing exceptional in home health care planning in Alpharetta, Marietta and the entire metro Atlanta area.

Surprisingly, four of the top hospitals in the U.S. with the lowest readmission rates aren’t even focusing on reducing readmissions. By turning their attention instead to improving patient care, as outlined in the HFMA article “Two Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Avoidable Readmissions,” keeping patients from costly and inconvenient readmissions naturally follows.

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The Most Effective MS Treatment & How Home Care Services Can Help

MS treatmentAccording to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with MS, a chronic neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system. The most frequently prescribed drug for MS treatment is beta interferon, an expensive drug that recent research has revealed may not be as effective at treating the disease as once thought. However, 50 years of research has shown a low-cost alternative that anyone can do, and that many are calling the most effective MS treatment ever.
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