All Care Quality Services Recognized by State

Lynn, MA'”All Care Visiting Nurse Association has long prided itself on providing the highest-quality services to patients. Each staff member works toward this goal every single day, according to Director of Quality Improvement, Mary Ellen Dawley, RN, BSN, COS-C. 'We strive to be the best we can be'”our home health aides, nurses, OTs, PTs, speech therapists, social workers, each provides the highest quality care. We listen to our patients, and we individualize their care.' So it is with pride that All Care VNA is pleased to announce DPH has given formal notification that All Care successfully passed its recent Department of Public Health survey with no deficiencies. The Department of Public Health surveyed All Care VNA over a five-day period this month and All Care's hard-working, compassionate efforts of health care providers and staff were noted with perfect scores. All Care also was awarded high accolades, without any deficiencies and in full compliance, as it has been for prior DPH surveys. DPH carries out these surveys every three years with all certified home care organizations to ensure full compliance with the conditions of participation and guidance from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid services.   Two DPH surveyors scrutinized All Care's care plans, standards of care, policies and procedures, communication between patient care teams, infection control, and much more. This included examination of a myriad of records as well as intensive meetings with care providers and a dozen joint visits with patients chosen by the surveyors.  More important, Dawley points out, All Care approaches the process with competence and confidence, knowing 'this is the  type of care we give...

Staying Warm this Winter Season – Tips for Avoiding Hypothermia

Most people complain when the temperature starts to dip; the wind chill, the frost, shoveling snow, and treacherous driving (and drivers!) can bring out the crankiness in all of us but did you realize that dropping temperatures can have some serious consequences for the elderly and those dealing with chronic illnesses or diseases?   Most of us know what hypothermia is, when your body loses too much heat and your body temperature drops; but did you know that in an older person a body temperature of 95 or lower can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, problems with the kidneys, heart attack, or worse?   When you are preparing for a storm by stocking up on water, food, batteries, and ice melt, keep in mind that there are some other additional tactics that you should enlist to make sure you stay warm and healthy this winter!   KEEP WARM INSIDE! Living in a cold home can cause hypothermia and people who are sick or elderly may have special problems keeping warm.   Make sure to always dress warmly inside and never let it get too cold   Tips for keeping warm inside: Set you heat at 68 degrees or higher during winter months To save on heating bills and contain heat, close off rooms you aren't using, close the vents and shut the doors, consider using a rolled towel to block any potential drafts from closed doors To keep warm at home, wear long johns under your clothes, be sure to wear socks and slippers, and/or put a blanket over your legs Be sure to wear long johns...