The value of patient education can be summarized as follows:
• Improved understanding of medical condition, diagnosis, disease, or disability.
• Improved understanding of methods and means to manage multiple aspects of medical condition.
• Improved self-advocacy in deciding to act both independently from medical providers and in interdependence with them.
• Increased Compliance – Effective communication and patient education increases patient motivation to comply.
• Patient Outcomes – Patients more likely to respond well to their treatment plan – fewer complications.
• Informed Consent – Patients feel you’ve provided the information they need.
• Utilization – More effective use of medical services – fewer unnecessary phone calls and visits.
• Satisfaction and referrals – Patients more likely to stay with your practice and refer other patients.
• Risk Management – Lower risk of malpractice when patients have realistic expectations.
Ensuring that your healthcare team is working together on your medication plan, in conjunction with the rest of your treatment, is vital to your recovery. Medication management is part of every patient’s plan of care. On our initial visit a clinician will complete a comprehensive medication reconciliation.
Medication education is provided to every patient based on each medication the patient is prescribed. This includes its purpose, how and when to take it and how much of the medication to take.
Medication reconciliation ensures that we account for every possible side effect and interaction that our patients’ medications could possibly cause. We instruct the patient or caregiver on symptoms that need to be reported to the physician based on the medication side effects and possible interactions with other medications or food. Our team assists the physician or clinic in the management of the anticoagulation therapy by obtaining lab work and providing education on how to manage diet, activity level and improve home safety.
Home safety assessment is an important tool for home health care in verifying the safety of patients and their home environment, identifying and correcting deficiencies. Some patients have difficulty at home as they transition from rehabilitation in the hospital or nursing home to their own private homes.
There are several categories that make up a comprehensive home safety evaluation:
• Basic Home Safety and Patient Safety Issues:
The home should be free of fire, health and safety hazards. Home care providers during the assessment will provide instruction in fire prevention and assist both caregivers and patients in establishing fire plans. They will provide education and training in the proper operation, maintenance, storage, and cleaning of in-home medical equipment to lower the incidence of infections caused by contaminated equipment, ensuring optimal performance of the equipment.
• Overall Home Environment: The set-up of each room will be evaluated for optimal efficiency. The home must be clean and free of excess clutter that can hamper mobility, cause accidental falls, and lead to misplaced supplies.
• Accessibility & Patient Mobility: The patient’s accessibility in and out of the home, between rooms, and into the bathroom will be evaluated. His or her mobility will also be assessed
• Patient/Family Issues: The patient’s/family’s ability to comprehend instructions will be evaluated. They will need training and education on all of the in-home medical procedures and proper use of equipment and supplies. They must be able to demonstrate competence and proficiency at performing all the required tasks, and be able to properly operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and clean the equipment.
Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires continuing medical care and patient self-management education to prevent acute complications and to reduce the risk of long-term complications. Diabetes care is complex and requires that many issues, beyond glycemic control, be addressed. A large body of evidence exists that supports a range of interventions to improve diabetes outcomes.
In plain terms, people with diabetes need to develop a routine with their eating. Because blood sugar is mostly affected by what you eat, eating a variety of healthy foods at regular times, and in regular amounts, helps you regulate your blood sugar. If you take diabetes medication, regular mealtimes and regular amounts of various foods also help you get the most out of the least amount of medication. Because people with diabetes are at risk of — or already have — high blood pressure or high blood fats, it makes sense to also choose foods that are heart healthy (lean, low-fat).