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Respiratory Therapy Blog: Breathing Easy

Karen Respiratory TherapyRespiratory therapists educate, diagnose, and treat people who are suffering from heart and lung problems. Specialized in both cardiac and pulmonary care, Respiratory Therapists often collaborate with specialists in pulmonology and anesthesia in various aspects of clinical care of patients. They play a vital role in both medicine and nursing. An important part of the ICU is the initiation and maintenance of mechanical ventilation and the care of artificial airways. Respiratory therapists are also primary clinicians in conducting tests to measure lung function and teaching people to manage asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder among other cardiac and lung functions. 

Accurate Home Care has recognized the importance of having a respiratory specialist on staff. We are the only non-DME nursing agency that has a Respiratory Therapist on staff. Outside of clinics and hospitals, Respiratory Therapists often manage home oxygen needs of patients and their families, providing around the clock support for home ventilators and other equipment for conditions like sleep apnea. In the clinic or outpatient setting, they assist with diagnosis and serve as an educator for patients suffering from cardiac and respiratory illness. They also work in schools as asthma educators, and in sleep clinics with physicians in the diagnosis of sleep-related illnesses. Respiratory therapists are migrating toward a role with autonomy similar to the nurse practitioner, or as an extension of the physician like the physician assistant, as they are already frequently utilized as complete cardiovascular specialists.

Planning Ahead for Care

Accurate Home Care’s Founder and CEO, Amy Nelson recently spoke at an event where the primary audience was retirement age and beyond. She was asked to be a guest speaker to come in and talk about the resources that are available to people who are looking for more information regarding the home care industry. Although Accurate provides services to clients of all ages and care requirements, she spoke specifically to where many of her audience members were in life. However, many of her points apply to any family who may be preparing to start home care services.

It was a great opportunity for her to talk about how important it is to know about home care before you or a loved one actually needs it. Unexpected circumstances often arise, and by knowing the options available, some of the stress when going through a transitional time can be alleviated.

She covered some common signs of need such as memory loss, medication noncompliance or confusion, lack of motivation, and house needs not being met. Looking out for telltale signs of need is a big piece in being prepared to get the care you or a loved one need.

Things to consider ahead of time so it doesn’t become a crisis-time decision include insurance or cost, what environment would be the best fit, and what medical cares need to be met. Discussing these things ahead of time help to make a choice that gives you and your family the most control and sense of empowerment with the care you or a loved one receives. It also allows you to have more buy-in when it comes time to make decisions.

Flu Vaccinations Here!

Flu Shot Here

There's one thing that's certain about the flu: it's unpredictable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 6 months of age get a seasonal flu shot. It's quick, easy, and simply your best protection against the flu this season. We encourage you to get vaccinated for yourself, your family, your co-workers and our patients.

This year we are partnering with Walgreens to offer Flu vaccinations to our employees. Flu clinics will be held at the Otsego, Waite Park and Burnsville locations on the following dates/times:

ACE Classes

Our community education committee, Accurate Center of Excellence is hosting a new presentation, Medically Complex Children in the Community from 9am-12pm on August 19th at our Otsego, MN office. This presentation will explore inherited disorders, conditions of prematurity, chromosomal abnormalities, and the cares and treatments associated with these diagnoses and others. Click "Read More" to see the event details for this presentation and other upcoming classes! 

Father's Day 2016

Fathers Day FINAL

Although first established in 1910, Father’s Day became a national event in 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge said it would “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children” and “impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.” In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the proclamation that Father’s day would be on the third Sunday in June, and six years later, President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday.

Now, 44 years later, we are celebrating the 70.1 million dads in the United States! That’s enough to fill Target Field in Minneapolis more than 1774 times, or Soldier Field in Chicago more than 947 times!

Staffing Open Shifts

Our top priority at Accurate Home Care is providing clients with every opportunity possible to keep them in the comfort of their own homes while receiving the healthcare that they need. We work very hard to recruit, hire, and retain top quality frontline caregivers and do everything in our power to keep the number of open shifts down, and the quality of care up.

Healthcare jobs are in the highest demand nationwide, and are projected to have more openings than staff to fill them. According to an article by the New York Times, by 2020, more than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will needed to meet the growing demand (click here to read the whole article). This shortage of caregivers can make staffing a challenge, especially in certain areas. However, we have and continue to make it a priority by looking into all possible strategies.

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