Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Role of Home Care in Preventing Hospital Readmissions

Most people shudder at the thought of a hospital visit and would do their best to avoid one.    Unfortunately, Canadian seniors account for 14 per cent of the population but represent 85 per cent of the hospital bed occupancy; the number will be on the incline with the baby boomer demographic. 

A study led by Robert Wilson, a professor of neurological and behavioral sciences, referenced a rate of cognitive decline that double after a hospital stay.  he number is staggering and intimates that the best way to keep our seniors well is to avoid hospitalizations whenever possible.

Owners, health care professionals and Home Instead Senior Care clients discuss the important role that Home Instead has played in the lives of patients coming home from the hospital. A patient needs someone to make sure they take their medicines, get to the doctors and eat correctly, and assistance with those things will make a difference in the patient being successful at home or returning to the hospital.

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Protect Yourself and Others from the Flu

What healthcare professionals need to know about influenza vaccination. Influenza Is A Serious Disease. It is estimated that in a given year up top 20000 hospitalizations related to influenza may occur and approximately 4000 Canadians die from Influenza and it’s complications.

You Need To Be Vaccinated Every Year

Healthy adults can shed the influenza virus and transmit the virus even before they exhibit symptoms. Influenza vaccination of healthcare professionals reduces influenza-associated morbidity and mortality among groups in which the vaccine is contraindicated or have a poor response to the vaccine. Healthcare professionals who also get vaccinated also reduce start absenteeism as well as lower the risk of nonsocomial influenza cases.

The Influenza Vaccine Cannot Give You Influenza

Influenza vaccines cannot cause influenza because the virus in the vaccines (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine) or weakened (live attenuated influenza vaccine).

The Influenza Vaccine Is Safe

The seasonal influenza vaccine has been administered routinely in Canada since 1946. Most who receive the vaccine have either no side effects or mild effects like soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site. Severe reactions are extremely rare.

The Influenza Vaccine Is Effective

In Canada, the influenza vaccine protects against three strains of influenza viruses that health experts anticipate will be circulating during the influenza season. Multiple studies have shown the influenza vaccine to be efficacious depending on the age and health status of the individual receiving the vaccine, and match with circulating influenza strains. The seasonal influenza vaccine is safe and the most effective way of preventing the spread of influenza.

 

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