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Family Caregivers Must Also Care for Themselves



The holidays are supposed to be fun-filled, joyous and a time for memory making. But for many of us, it can also be a hurried, expectation-heavy and stressful time.  Read More...

Preventing Recurrences of Pressure Ulcers

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that community dwelling seniors account for 20% of all pressure ulcers – more than 600,000 cases per year. By utilizing Allegiance Home Health & Rehab, physicians and families can effectively manage pressure ulcers at home, without costly institutionalization. In fact, many physicians prefer intervention in the home setting where pressure sores first developed, because a direct assessment of the home environment should be most likely be to prevent recurrences.  Read More...

Homebound Status -Less Restrictive than You May Think-

Uncertainty around the definition of homebound may sometimes prevent eligible patients from receiving beneficial home health services. Read on and you will see that Medicare’s definition of homebound is less restrictive than the word itself may imply and that more of your patients may be eligible for medically necessary home health services.  Read More...

Improvement in Gait Speed Predicts 36% Better Survival for Seniors

Susan Hardy, MD and colleagues recruited 439 adults age 65 and older to assess multiple possible predictors of mortality that could be used in primary care. Their results were published recently in the Journal of American Geriatric Society. They performed physical assessments on all participants at baseline. Seniors who showed no improvement in habitual gait speed after one year experienced an eight year mortality rate of 49.3%. Participants who showed a gain in gait speed during a quarterly assessment but lost the gains by the one year assessment experienced a mortality rate of 41.2% over the next eight years. Seniors who showed only a 0.1 meter per second improvement in gait speed after one year experienced a much improved mortality rate of 31.6% over the next eight years. Hardy et al also suggest that these findings may underscore the importance of prescribing interventions that affect habitual gait speed.  Read More...

A Prescription to Prevent Fall Injuries



Every year, one third of community-dwelling seniors experience an accidental fall. This makes fall injuries the number one cause of injury deaths among seniors. Recent research has demonstrated that a multi-disciplinary fall prevention program under the general supervision of a physician can significantly modify the risk of fall injuries.
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Your Best Ally in the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence

To our elderly patients, urinary incontinence is much worse than a prevalent nuisance. Urinary incontinence (UI) negatively affects the psychological health of patients and results in reduced physical activity (as a self-imposed management strategy), reduced social activity, reduced leisure and travel, lowered self-esteem, and diminished sense of self-efficacy. Urinary incontinence has been connected with increased risk of fall injuries, pressure ulcers, UTI, and institutionalization. Mild UI frequently progress when the underlying pelvic floor muscle weakness is not addressed. Read More...

Improving Results with Heart Failure Patients

Noncompliance with physician instructions proves to be an ongoing hazard for congestive heart failure patients. Two separate studies have found up to 50% of CHF patients to be noncompliant in following discharge instructions from a previous hospitalization. Approximately 30 to 40% of patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure reutilize hospitals within six months Studies have concluded that at least 40% of these readmissions were avoidable.  Read More...

CHF - Congestive Heart Failure

Allegiance offers a specialized care program for cardiovascular patients who suffer from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Roughly 5 million Americans are currently affected by CHF, a cardiovascular condition that impairs the heart's ability to pump blood, decreasing the amount of oxygen and other vital nutrients carried to the organs and tissues.Seniors with CHF will find that this serious cardiovascular disorder can limit their safe activity level, prolong recovery time, and impact many aspects of their daily lives. That's why Allegiance offers a targeted care plan for monitoring and safe management of the disorder. Studies have shown that 1 in 5 discharged patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being released. What's more, 75% of the health problems that bring patients back to the emergency room or other treatment centers are preventable. That's why we take measures to ensure that our clients understand the finer details of their illness and treatment, and to provide the breadth of care necessary to stay healthy and safe. Read More...

Senior Safety

At Allegiance Home Health & Rehab, we provide the most thorough, thoughtful home safety for seniors - encompassing everything from personal care and daily living assistance to high-tech monitoring that makes it easy to confirm the safety of your loved ones, even when they're home alone. Read More...

Background Screening Law

Several state agencies, including the Department of Elder Affairs, have enacted new procedures to complywith the requirements. Under the new guidelines, individuals who want to work with affected elders or other groups must have their fingerprints checked by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI. If they are found to have a record of committing certain disqualifying offenses, they will not be allowed to work in that job. Read More...


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