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Home Health, Nutrition and the Holiday Season

Nutrition and diet are always important to talk about in terms of cardiac health, but especially during the Holiday Season. Studies suggest that there is an increase in cardiac events during the winter months with a peak around the holiday season.  In addition, there are significantly more admissions to the hospital due to a cardiac event following Christmas day when compared to other holidays. This could be related to overeating,…. Read More

Director of Nurses is Rhode Island Monthly’s Honorable Mention for Nurse Leader of The Year

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

Cedar Home Health Receives Patient Satisfaction Award

PATIENT SATISFACTION AWARD OF DISTINCTION The Cedars Home Healthcare Program receives a Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction 2016 Cedar Home Health has once again been recognized for being in the top 25% of the Fazzi  National Patient Satisfaction Database.  For the third consecutive year our patients have experienced excellent satisfaction and are definitly  likely to recommend our service to others.  Agencies with this distinction are proven leaders that have excelled…. Read More

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