Home Healthcare—Keeping Older Adults Safe in Hot Weather

Thursday, August 1, 2019 2:45:26 PM America/New_York

Managing heat and humidity in the summer is a priority for everyone; for older adult home healthcare patients, it’s a lifesaving necessity.

Every summer, healthinaging.org reports, nearly 200 Americans die of health problems caused by high heat and humidity; most are age 50 or older. Hot weather is more likely to cause health problems for older adults, the authors explain, for a variety of reasons, including:

  • age-related body changes
  • chronic health conditions
  • side effects of medications
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Geriatric Nursing Care Requires Effective Communication

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9:03:58 AM America/New_York

When researchers at the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action discovered large gaps between what academia thought training nurses needed and what would actually be expected of those nurses in their first nursing positions, one issue had to do with language. At Action Products, we take great pride in our ongoing role in working with nurses, we were fascinated by the National Institute of Aging’s tutorial on effective communication with elder patients.

From a general point of view, the authors explain, what was once called "bedside manner" is becoming the subject of many empirical studies, the results of which point to the fact that effective communication with patients:

  • helps prevent medical errors
  • leads to improved health outcomes
  • uses limited interaction time more efficiently
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The Need for Geriatric Nursing Care in America

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:30:08 AM America/New_York

“The increased proportion of older adults in the population need not present major problems,” authors Bennett and Flaherty-Robb assure readers of the Online Journal of issues in Nursing (OJIN) There’s a big IF at the end of that sentence, however: “IF we can provide appropriate resources.” No easy task, that, with the fastest growing group in the U.S. consisting of the “oldest old” - those aged 85 years or more. At Action Products, we take great pride in our ongoing role in geriatric nursing products.

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Geriatric Nursing Care in the Home Setting

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 4:19:59 PM America/New_York

At Action Products, where we take great pride in our ongoing role in geriatric nursing products, we are devoting this blog series to geriatric home healthcare.

Geriatric home health care, designed to help older adults live independently for as long as possible, even with an illness or injury, may include any or all of the following: 

  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • speech therapy
  • skilled nursing
  • help with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, taking medications, feeding)
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Celebrate National Nurses Week

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 11:02:18 AM America/New_York

Celebrate National Nurses Week by Thanking a Nurse!

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The American Nurses Association chose “4 million Reasons to Celebrate” as the 2019 theme for National Nurses Week. The theme was selected to recognize and celebrate the enormous contributions of America’s four million registered nurses. This week is a time for all of us to thank the registered nurses who have made a heartfelt impact on us personally and throughout our communities.

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