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74% of Referral Sources Prefer Home-Based Care Providers That Meet Interoperability Standards

When it comes to interoperability, 74% of referral sources say they would send more referrals to post-acute care providers — including home-based care agencies — that offer greater electronic data access.

Broadly, interoperability is the capability of different information systems to connect across organizations in order to exchange individual or population health data.

Home-based care providers have long held a reputation for being archaic when it comes to their interoperability efforts — relying on outdated processes such as fax machines and phone calls.

Meeting basic maturity standards means the ability to receive patient demographic data and clinical information, such as diagnosis codes and allergies, electronically, otherwise, there would not be enough information to help a care provider treat a patient, understand their complex needs or claim reimbursement for working with them.

In order to reach high-performing mature interoperability, providers need to be able to receive physician orders, patient forms and visit notes, medication information and patient status updates.

As referral sources grow more demanding, providers that don’t prioritize meeting these could lose business. Either agencies begin to take advantage of these opportunities to connect, or other groups that they compete with are going to get there first.

Adwa Home Care have sensed the importance of collecting data quickly and integrate data from different kinds of resouces into management many years ago. Not only it makes the communication with clients and employees much faster and easier, it also makes referral from outside sources more convenient and accurate.

Famakinwa, J. (2021, March 08). 74% of referral Sources PREFER HOME-BASED care providers that MEET interoperability standards. Retrieved March 30, 2021, from https://homehealthcarenews.com/2021/03/74-of-referral-sources-prefer-home-based-care-providers-that-meet-interoperability-standards/
New Certification Program for Caregivers of Persons Living With Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association has launched a new training program with certification exam aimed at educating care professionals in long-term and community-based care settings—including in-home care—on current evidence-based, person-centered practices to care for people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association Person-Centered Dementia Care Training Program with essentiALZ Exam offers a new opportunity for care professionals to receive high-quality care training and certification based on the nationally-recognized Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, a set of evidence-based, person-centered dementia care practices to define quality care across all care settings and throughout the course of the disease.

"The Alzheimer's Association Person-Centered Dementia Care Training Program with essentialALZ Exam is built around evidence-based practices that promote personalized, person-centered, quality dementia care," said Beth Kallmyer, MSW, vice president of care and support at the Alzheimer's Association. "These recommendations in daily care can transform and enhance the care professionals are providing to people living with dementia."

The three-hour online training program is a self-paced curriculum for new and experienced care professionals. The program features five topic areas from the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which intersect most directly with daily care, including:

• Alzheimer's disease and dementia
• Person-centered care
• Assessment and care planning
• Activities of daily living
• Dementia-related behaviors and communication

The purchase of the Person-Centered Dementia Care Training Program includes access to essentiALZ, an individual certification exam developed based on the practices put forth in the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations that demonstrate knowledge of quality care dementia practices. With successful completion of the training program, care professionals are eligible to take the exam. Individuals who pass the exam are certified in essentiALZ for two years, demonstrating their commitment and knowledge of providing personalized, person-centered, quality dementia care.

It is estimated that nearly 70% of older adults with Alzheimer's or other dementias reside in the community (outside a hospital or clinical setting). About 26% of these individuals live alone, but the remainder receives care from family members, unpaid caregivers, and community-based and residential care providers. By age 80, 75% of people with Alzheimer's dementia are admitted to a nursing home.

As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's and other dementias grows, it's more important than ever for care professionals to implement the latest approaches to quality care. High-quality dementia care training can lead to an improvement in communication between caregivers and individuals living with dementia, a reduction in dementia-related behaviors and an increase in job satisfaction and staff retention.

According to the 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease today. It is a leading cause of death in the United States. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's is projected to reach nearly 13 million by 2050, unless more effective treatments are advanced.

Informed by leading dementia researchers and practitioners, the Alzheimer's Association offers a comprehensive suite of flexible options for providers and individuals to implement quality care for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementia.

More information on the Person-Centered Dementia Care Training Program with essentiALZ exam is available here.

“New Certification Program for Caregivers of Persons Living With Dementia.” HomeCare Magazine, 25 Mar. 2021, www.homecaremag.com/news/new-certification-program-caregivers-persons-living-dementia.

How is the COVID-19 transmitted Part One

The content below is from Special Training - part of Adwa in-service training. We are sharing it with everyone in the hope that everyone will get to know more about COVID-19 and how to prevent from contacting it.'

This training is generalized based on materials related to COVID-19 by CDC, mainly focused on how COVID-19 is transmitted. There are two parts of this training:

Part One:
How is the COVID-19 transmitted
Part Two:
Other Ways COVID-19 is transmitted

 COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person

How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza but not as efficiently as measles, which is among the most contagious viruses known to affect people.

COVID-19 most commonly spreads during close contact

People who are physically near (within 6 feet) a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at greatest risk of infection.

When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. These droplets can range in size from larger droplets (some of which are visible) to smaller droplets. Small droplets can also form particles when they dry very quickly in the airstream.

Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes, such as those that line the inside of the nose and mouth.

As the respiratory droplets travel further from the person with COVID-19, the concentration of these droplets decreases. Larger droplets fall out of the air due to gravity. Smaller droplets and particles spread apart in the air.

With passing time, the amount of infectious virus in respiratory droplets also decreases.

During the pandemic, please get to know more related information, protect yourself and family. Adwa Home Care care about your wellbeing.

Fighting COVID-19: An Express Letter
Dear Adwa Participants,

As you may have heard about the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak in USA. Your health is our major concern. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging older resident and who with severe chronic conditions to “stay at Home as much as possible”. According to the CDC, early data suggests senior citizens are twice as likely to have serious illness from the novel coronavirus.

We appreciate the hard work of our direct caregivers (who takes care of relative) and internal team as well as our Home Health Aide (HHA) who worked efficiently in order to accomplish their tasks, especially in these days the situation is uncertain. They come and go using public transportation to offer service to our participants. Although, we made emergency protection of the announcement for our staffs, but it’s still not enough. As need a backup plan, we hope you as a participant or your relatives can give us a hand and advice to protect you and your HHA. What if the HHA voluntary quits his/her job temporary because the virus outbreak and what if the Senior Apartment Building is isolated because of the COVID-19? Do you have any plans or family relatives can take care of you temporary?

If you have, please contact our office at 215-592-8848 / 215-309-2462
or send a text message to 267-310-1280 / 267-214-2858
or email to adwahomecare@adwahomecare.com 

Local Health Officials continue to urge residents to practice preventive steps such as:
. Frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
. Avoiding close contact (keep distancing at least 6 feet) with people who are sick.
. Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth
. Staying home when you sick.
. Covering one’s coughs or sneezes with a tissue and put it into trash.
. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaning sprays or wipes.

Again, we thank you for your partnership and support as we work together to minimize the disruption and a lot of challenges associated with this matter. The well beings of our participants, family members, workers, and staffs is our most important consideration.

Very truly yours,

Adwa Home Care, Inc.