Home Health & Hospice

Home Health & Hospice Articles by Topic: Aide education

Inside story | Teaching programs for infection control

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 30, August 6, 2016

    In today’s homecare climate, care delivery must be efficient and effective. One secret to...

How can I teach my staff to avoid unprofessional behavior?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2016

     To start, define unprofessional behavior for them. Most employers consider some behaviors...

Inside Story

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 28, July 25, 2016

    Ethical standards are part of everything you do as an aide. Understanding basic ethical standards...

How should I train my aides to deal with patient outcomes regarding chemotherapy patients?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 13, July 3, 2016

    Patients receiving chemotherapy treatment will have very different reactions to the drugs...

In Focus | Supreme Court Refuses Minimum Wage Case

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 25, June 27, 2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Home Care Association of America v. Weil, which means...

Inside story | Avoiding CAUTIs

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 24, June 20, 2016

    The presence of a catheter is the strongest predictor of infection. If a person has a catheter...

Inside story | Improving dyspnea

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 21, May 23, 2016

    Measurement of improvement in dyspnea is based on one OASIS item, M1400, When Is the Patient...

What factors should help determine home health aide utilization?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 10, May 17, 2016

    Factors that can impact the number of home health aide referrals as well as the number of visits...

What experience and training do you need to require of an aide for hire?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 8, April 19, 2016

    As a Medicare-certified homecare agency, I historically hired aides that have completed the CNA/HHA...

Inside story | Managing seizures

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 11, March 14, 2016

    Seizures—sometimes called convulsions—involve rhythmic jerking of the body or an...

Inside story | Hypotension may be a symptom of heart failure

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 6, February 8, 2016

    Hypotension is low blood pressure—or blood pressure readings of 90 or less systolic and 60...

What observations are critical when caring for a stroke patient?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 3, February 3, 2016

    When working with stroke patients, you are responsible for several types of observations. First...

Inside Story | Cerebrovascular disease (stroke) care

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 2, January 11, 2016

    When working with stroke patients, you are responsible for several types of observations. First...

What should I have my home health aide on the lookout for regarding her patient with cancer who might be receiving ­chemotherapy?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 1, January 3, 2016

    There are a number of things an aide should be observing and reporting for a patient who has cancer

Inside Story | Pain management for cancer patients

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 50, December 21, 2015

    Chemotherapy drugs can damage nerves, which causes burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting pain...

Do you have any guidance on training aides on behavior management?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 24, December 17, 2015

    There are many ways to teach home health aides the skills they need, whether through a written...

Where do we begin with implanting best practices? What benefits come with doing so?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 24, December 17, 2015

    In simplest terms, a best practice is a process or procedure that consistently produces superior...

Are we responsible for caring for assistive devices?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 23, December 4, 2015

    Yes. Maintaining, cleaning, and caring for the assistive device can be done by the home health...

What are some approaches patients may try to implement themselves to overcome swallowing difficulties, and what are more effective alternatives?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 20, October 16, 2015

    What are some approaches patients may try to implement themselves to overcome swallowing...

Can we provide two home health aides to provide care for a quadriplegic patient?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 19, October 2, 2015

    Can we provide two home health aides to provide care for a quadriplegic patient?

If the patient does not require a skilled bath, can our agency continue to provide this under the state personal care program?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 19, October 2, 2015

    If the patient does not require a skilled bath, can our agency continue to provide this under the...

Can we perform home health aide supervision through a telephone call?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    Calling the patient is a way to check on what’s happening, but it does not substitute for the...

Can we bill Medicare for supervisory visits?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    No, supervising home health aides is a cost of doing business. Whenever possible, the nurse or...

Do we need an order for home health aide supervision?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    It is a federal requirement to supervise home health aides. There is no requirement to write an...

Is it acceptable to write "per patient request" for selected duties on the home health aide assignment?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    The aide care plan or assignment must provide enough direction so the aide knows exactly what to do...

Can we use a mannequin for evaluating an aide's competency?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    The aide must perform tasks, such as bathing, transferring, and oral hygiene, on a patient or a...

Must we perform an annual competency evaluation for home health aides?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    There is no requirement to do a competency evaluation of home health aides after they have passed...

Can we provide two home health aides to provide care for a quadriplegic patient?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    Yes, Medicare will cover two visits if two individuals are needed to perform a covered service...

Homecare Q&A

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 13, July 2, 2015

    July 3, 2015

Will home health remain exempt from overtime compensation in most circumstances like it has for 40 years?

  • Homecare Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2015

    Will home health remain exempt from overtime compensation in most circumstances like it has for 40...