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The Cedars Home Care Nurse Receives Rhode Island Monthly’s Excellence in Nursing Award

What makes for a good nurse?  Ask anyone in the healthcare world and they’ll tell you the following:  Compassion.  An inquiring mind.  Perseverance.  An unrelenting desire to help people.  But what makes an excellent nurse?  They’re the ones who hold your hand through the good and bad, who stay by your side well past their shifts end, who advocate for your best interests and who inspire others to follow in…. Read More

National Fall Prevention Awareness Week

National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, 09/22 – 09/28 2016 “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016” Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Each year millions of older people – those 65 and older – fall. In fact one out of three older people falls…. Read More

CHF Successfully Managed at Home

Suffering from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) can be frustrating, scary and confusing for both patient and family members. CHF can be successfully managed at home.  Home health care professionals are important members of the CHF care team. Their main goal is to improve self-management skills and to encourage patient to be as active as possible. Through education, support and collaboration with a patient’s physician, a home health program can patients…. Read More

All in the Family

Having spent an enjoyable Mother’s Day with my family, it gave me pause to reflect on family businesses and what makes them thrive.  As the owner and administrator of The Cedars, a successful health care provider for over 45 years, I am fortunate to see a third generation join me in its operation.  In fact, my husband and all three children play vital roles in our day-to-day operations.  This is…. Read More

Managing Chronic Illness at Home

Chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured.  Examples include diabetes, pulmonary disease and heart disease. Chronic illness affects the population worldwide. As described by the Centers for Disease Control, chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. It accounts for 70% of all deaths in the U.S., which is 1.7 million each year.The management of chronic illnesses has become a…. Read More

Person-centered Care Equals Customer Satisfaction

  According to Advancing Excellence, a national campaign aimed to improve quality in nursing centers across the country, “person-centered care [is care] that promotes choice, purpose and meaning in daily life. In person-centered care, a premium is placed on welcoming and honoring each resident’s needs and wants”.  In actuality, this personalized approach is the key to excellent customer service in any business that wishes to excel – both at attracting…. Read More

How to Choose the Right Home Care Provider

  15 Questions to Ask: How long has the provider been in business? How comprehensive is this provider (for example, do they also have short term care, long stay care, rehabilitation should I need those later)? Does the home care provider have national accreditations? What types of services does the provider offer (for example, nursing, physical therapy, home health aides)? Is the provider willing to share patient survey results? How…. Read More

What is Person-Centered Care Anyway?

  Today in every healthcare arena, there is increasing reference to “person-centered care.” Other similar terms include patient-centered, resident-centered, individualized or personalized care.   For short-stay patients or long-term residents in a nursing center, person-centered care means that staff seeks out individual preferences for the majority of daily decisions.  Staff at person-centered care nursing centers is trained in this special approach where daily activities are created around individual needs instead…. Read More

Caregivers at The Cedars Focus on Excellence

Home health care is a convenient way for patients to recover from their illness while being able to stay in the comfort of their home.

Foods that Optimize Senior Health

Aging and poor health often coincide with each other as seniors may have to deal with declining metabolism, aging cells, decrease in appetite, weaker bones and joints, loss of muscle, and a weakened immune system. In order to combat the deteriorating health, it’s crucial that seniors adopt a consistent habit of eating healthy foods that contain rich nutritional value. Some of the benefits are: resistance to illnesses, increase in energy…. Read More