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How Families and Caregivers Can Prepare for Hospital Discharge

Research has shown that hospital pre-discharge planning that includes the help of families and caregivers can dramatically improve patients’ health, reduce readmissions and decrease healthcare costs. Whether the discharge is to home, a rehab facility, assisted living or a nursing home, patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers all play a significant role in maintaining a …

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Home Care: the preferred & most affordable long-term care option

One out of two North Dakotans will need long-term care sometime during their lives. North Dakota ranks 7th in the nation in the highest proportion of individuals age 85 and older, with 14.2% of the population made up of individuals 65 and older. If you have a spouse, the overall risk that one of you …

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Press Release: DTN Home Care Now Offers In-Home Safety Assessments

PRESS RELEASE: Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care is pleased to announce we recently hired Nicole (Nikki) Kinn, Registered Occupational Therapist, to do Home Safety Assessments and give recommendations that will help “Keep Home an Option” for you or your loved one. During a Home Safety Assessment, Nikki will assess and provide recommendations for issues such …

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Loneliness & Physical Illness: Causes & Prevention

My 97-year-old dad has lived in a very nice assisted/senior-living center apartment for nearly two years. Now, when we drive up to it together, he says, “There’s my home!” But he also says, “This is a lovely place, but I’m very lonely.” He has outlived two wives. He married a third time when he was …

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PRESS RELEASE: DTN Home Care Partners with Proximal 50 for In-Home Physical Therapy

Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care is pleased to announce that in July of 2016, we began a unique collaboration with Proximal 50, a comprehensive wellness center committed to making positive changes in health and quality of life for clients. They provide customizable health and wellness services, including physical therapy in the home for DTN Home …

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Tips for Receiving VA Benefits You Might Not Know About

Your experience with the VA might be easier, but a friend of mine has been frustrated to tears several times while trying to find out what the VA would do for her almost-95-year-old father as he progressively needed more care. Initially, he lived with his 91-year-old wife, who also has progressively lost the ability to …

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How to Recognize & Report Elder Abuse

Unfortunately, as the elderly population increases, so do incidents of elder abuse. “Elder abuse is an umbrella term that may include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect, abandonment or self-neglect.” As we age, we often become less able to make wise decisions or to defend ourselves against abusers of all types, including …

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Tips for Dealing with Agitation in People with Dementia

When you are caring for a patient or loved one with dementia, it is very likely that you will have to deal with periods of agitation that were not typical of the person before his or her memory started to fail. Like other behaviors that are common in people with dementia, understanding the causes for …

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Preventing Spousal Impoverishment

The expense of nursing-home-level care — which varies based on location and can range from $6,500 to $10,000 a month or more — can rapidly deplete the lifetime savings of elderly couples, leaving one or both of them impoverished. Provisions to help prevent Spousal Impoverishment were enacted by Congress, through the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act …

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Wound Care at Home

Wound care is a rapidly growing medical specialty, with many new developments and discoveries. Wound management has advanced far beyond applying a gauze dressing. I got to see some of this recently when my father fell and went to the ER with a 3.5 cm gash on the back of his head. My first surprise …

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