As the snow falls in the nation’s capitol, home health companies decend on Congress to inform them of issues affecting patients and those who administer care in the home. Yesterday, Caring Home Care hits the hill to speak with Congress, especially the Florida delegation about the issues from changes in the status of aides, rebasing of budgets, the requirement for patients to meet face to face with doctors to getting home care and more.
Caring Home Care is a leader in political engagement, understanding that we are standing for our aides, patients and community.
This event will continue through the week, and when finished, home care employees and business will have met with 80 of the US House and 100 % of the US Senate.
Recently, SurfMed joined other Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Providers in Tallahassee, Florida to meet with the Director of Medicaid at the Agency for Health Care Administration. The main topic was the lack of effort assuring proper implementation of the Any Willing Provider provision of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program.
The Any Willing Provider provision, or AWP, was crafted into the sweeping Medicaid reform law because it was revealed in other states, where Medicaid programs were handed over to private companies, that DME monopolies were quickly created that forced 80 to 90 % of all DME providers out of business. Most important, patient choice was stifled at the expense of quality care.
With a clear negative history for DME under managed care, AWP required all Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to contract with every qualified DME provider in the state who agrees to meet the lowest negotiated price. Currently MCOs have contracted with third party administrators that are not contracting with everyone and those trying to contract are throwing out unrealistic prices in order to drive market share to their in-house companies, which is a violation of the legislative intent.
We are proud to always stand for the law and what is right in health care. If you have an issue Medicaid, please give SurfMed a call and we will try to help.SurfMed, a sister company of Caring Home Care, has been concerned about this for some time and came together with other like-minded small DME companies to provide AHCA with examples of violations.
Choosing personal or assistive care at home for a loved one entails various safety considerations on your part to ensure that you are not posing any threat to their health and safety. Due to the lack of coordination and reduced sensitivity to their environment, seniors sometimes lack the capacity to assess the features in their environment on whether it poses a hazard. According to estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly one million people over age 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use every day. Here are several products that can be installed into a loved one’s home to prevent these potential injuries:
Raised toilet seat — Many seniors have knee or muscle problems that cause pains whenever they need to sit on lower surfaces. Installing an adjustable raise toilet seat enables seniors to go to the bathroom conveniently, but it also helps prevent further medical problems
Grab bars for toilet and shower — Grab bars offer similar advantages to the raised toilet seat. They aid weak knees when getting off the toilet and give senior family members a place to lean on while showering. SurfMed offers this package with four different sizes.
Hand-held shower head — As seniors lose some of their mobility and flexibility, it is harder and harder to move around freely and to get water into all those “hard-to-reach” areas. It also allows them to adjust the temperature of the water before pointing the shower head at themselves and can be used easily from a seated position. As an added bonus, it allows them to access the shower while it’s still dry, decreasing the risk of falling. SurfMed has a variety of options ranging from basic, inexpensive ones to deluxe versions with tons of settings.
Bath benches or chairs — Bath benches are helpful for people that tire easily and need to sit down frequently. They can be used by senior who fatigue easily or have issues with standing balance. However, if a senior has difficulty stepping into or out of a bathtub or shower, they may require more support for this transfer than can be provided with a bench or chair.
Reachers — Reachers can lower the requirement to put a senior’s body’s on the line. Very simple movements can become unattainable and may end up being the trickiest to deal with. For example, simply using lotions, sunscreen oils, and creams can become troublesome. There are many adapters for reachers, including a lotion applicator. They even come in this folding design, available from SurfMed.
Other products that can be beneficial for loved ones include button loopers and zipper pulls, specialized dinner ware, single-level faucets, and touch- tone telephones with large numbers and speaker or hands-free settings.
Due to the growing popularity of in-home care for seniors, it’s important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers and difficulties present in the home and prepare accordingly. The best part about giving loved ones these safety features is that they will no longer rely on other people for some of their day-to-day tasks – this gives them a better sense of independence, something that is crucial to them in these later stages of life.
These products and many more that can potentially make a home much safer for elderly family members are available from SurfMed, a pharmacy and home medical supplies company. All of their products are available to view and order from their website, www.surfmed.com or via phone call at 305-866-0718.
Caring Home Care has spent over eighteen years building a reputation based on the consistent delivery of superior home health care services. As a licensed Nurse Registry and Home Health Agency (Caring Associates, Inc.), we adhere to standards of excellence defined by the state of Florida through the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA.) Our objective is to provide your loved ones with a quality-assured care tailored to their individual needs. To respect their dignity, we make every effort to allow for as much personal independence as possible.