The HomMed Monitoring System Brings Compassion to Caring for Your Loved Ones

While it is no secret that certain chronically ill individuals require daily medical attention to prevent hospitalization, factors such as government-imposed cost constraints can adversely affect how easily — and in some cases how well — such attention can be given. Unfortunately, it is the patient who pays the price, which can range from the inconvenience of having to travel frequently to medical facilities for simple health monitoring procedures, to a deteriorating quality of life.

PremierHomeRehab-Logo_Cropped“Premier Home Care & Rehab uses the HomMed Tele-Monitoring System, in which we can monitor individual patients on a daily basis, 24-7, detecting even slight health changes and correcting them before problems escalate,” says Chris Johnson, Administrator of Premier Home Care & Rehab. “It is a productive, preventive tool that empowers patients by enabling them to take stock of their own health care.”

The HomMed Health Monitoring System is a user-friendly, FDA Class II hospital-grade device that takes just three minutes to collect its clinical data including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, glucose levels, lung function, body weight and temperature. The HomMed System has two units: the HomMed Monitor and the HomMed Central Station. The HomMed Monitor is placed in patients’ homes to guide them through taking their vital signs each day. The vital signs then are transmitted via wireless technology or traditional phone lines to the Central Station, which is located at the health care provider’s facility. The Central Station then presents the patient’s vital signs data for clinical review and analysis.

Among the chief benefits, that the HomMed System brings to Premier Home Care & Rehab’s patients (in concert with their physicians) is the power to better manage their health — often with dramatic, life-changing results.

Like most people who live healthy, active lifestyles before becoming seriously ill, many people at first refused to believe that anything major was wrong with their health, although problems may have plagued them for years, thus putting off doing anything about them until they became impossible to ignore.

Finally, something gives way and an emergency trip to the hospital takes place. The individual will more than likely undergo a battery of tests and thus your life is changed forever, becoming embedded as a patient seeing several physicians and becoming enriched in the healthcare system.

A key component implemented into a patients healthcare plan to improve the patients well being and quality of life is to monitor the patient daily using the HomMed System with Premier Home Care & Rehab.  Aided by the HomMed System, Premier Home Care & Rehab’s patients are able to manage and monitor critical vital signs and to accept lifestyle changes and dietary restrictions as ordered by physicians.

A current Premier Home Care and Rehab patient stated, “My monitor has been like a godsend. I don’t feel like I’m alone anymore, because the machine is right there. It wakes me up at the same time every day — even when I want to sleep!” adding, “But that’s a good thing, because I’m supposed to get up and take my medicine, anyway!”

Another Premier Home Care and Rehab patient said, “This system is extremely helpful, especially for people like me, who live alone,” she says. “It saves a lot of time and effort in that I don’t have to go back and forth to the clinic one or more times a day, which I especially appreciate if I’m not having such a great day. I feel this technology is here to stay, and am glad to be part of it.”

We at Premier Home Care & Rehab feel that the HomMed System is of great benefit to our patients. Additionally, it is a great solution for individuals who are caring for loved ones and who could use the helping hand it provides. For this, we are grateful for the sense of security the HomMed System creates along with our compassionate nursing staff who wants to improve the quality of life for all.

For more information, please call Premier Home Care & Rehab at 903-737-9010.

Premier Home Care introduces the only ‘In-Home monitoring’ service in Lamar County

Honey, I’m home…with Premier Home Care & Rehab

Premier Home Care & Rehab and Honeywell HomMed Collaborate to Reduce Healthcare Costs and Improve Patient Care.

PremierHomeRehab-Logo_CroppedHoneywell HomMed, a global leader in telehealth and remote patient care, is collaborating with Premier Home Care & Rehab to implement a comprehensive telehealth solution designed to streamline Premier Home Care & Rehab’s employee workflows and improve overall patient care.

To fully leverage the benefits associated with telehealth, Premier Home Care & Rehab chose to work with Honeywell HomMed based on its ability to provide a full-continuum technology solution – from high-tech mobile patient monitors to end-to-end managed services – as well as its wealth of experience in the healthcare industry.

“Honeywell HomMed is committed to providing our customers with the best solutions in telehealth monitoring,” said Terry Duesterhoeft, president of Honeywell HomMed. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Premier Home Care & Rehab, working together to improve patient care and outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs through enhanced workflow efficiencies.”

HomMed Health Monitoring System

What are the benefits of In-Home monitoring services?

For the Physician:

  • Helps break the cycle of emergency care and hospital re-admission for patients with chronic illness (CHF, COPD, Diabetes, Etc.)
  • Increase patient compliance with the treatment plan by reinforcing the importance of medications, diet and other interventions.
  • Helps the physicians identify the need for additional office visits to adjust treatments.
  • Provides the physician with trend reports of clinical progress for documentation in the medical record as requested.
  • Hospital-grade equipment is more accurate than the scales and monitoring devices used by patients in the home. As a result, the physician is able to detect subtle changes in clinical status and adjust treatment before a patient’s condition deteriorates.

For the Patient & Family:

  • Encourages patient independence by reinforcing the behavior and lifestyle changes needed to promote health.
  • Gives concerned family members the peace of mind that a professional nurse is “keeping an eye” on the patient on a daily basis and communicating important information to the physician.
  • Fosters active patient participation in the plan of care, producing better outcomes.

For the Home Health Agency:

  • Allows the Home Health Agency to monitor the vital signs and clinical status of patients on a daily and PRN basis.

For more information, you can contact Chris Johnson, Administrator of Premier Home Care & Rehab at 903-737-9010.

A century plus one!

Ms. Effie Weaver, of Paris, celebrated her 101st birthday recently. While the Titanic hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, Effie Weaver was born in Oklahoma, on April 14, 1912.

Ms. Effie Weaver

Ms. Effie Weaver

She moved with her family to Texas. She Married the late J.D. Weaver and worked in Denison as a nurse aide in operating rooms and labor and delivery. Ms. Weaver enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching The Price is Right.

IMG_0094Reaching the age of 101 is quite a feat, and being Ms. Weaver is a patient at Premier Home Care & Rehab, the staff wanted to help their patient celebrate that milestone birthday. They ordered a cake, provided food, and presented gifts for Ms. Weaver at their office on Monday, April 15th.

With many friends and family of Ms. Weaver gathering for this occasion, there was something extra special that day. The day was about honoring a lady who had been through an enriched life for over a century. It was a very special day for her, and Premier Home Care & Rehab felt privileged to share it with her.

“I don’t want to get old,” she said. “But it’s here and I have to accept it. I am thankful.”

Grieving loved ones need our help

Building 2With Christmas time, many people will celebrate yearly traditions, gatherings with family and friends and the general good feelings associated with the season, but for some, the holidays generate feelings of sadness and dread.

For those who have lost a loved one during the past year, the holidays may emphasize their grief, according to Shiles Hubbell, Bereavement Coordinator at Cypress Basin Hospice.

“Many times friends and family members of those affected by at a loss as to what to say or do to support their grieving loved one during the holidays” explains Hubbell.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offer eight practical tips from hospice professionals:

  1. Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to change their rituals. Remember, there is no right way or wrong way to handle the holidays.
  2. Offer to help the person with baking and/or cleaning. Both tasks can be overwhelming when someone is experiencing acute grief.
  3.  Invite the person to attend a religious service with you and your family.
  4. Invite your loved one to your home for the holidays.
  5. Donate a gift or money in memory of the person’s loved one. Remind the person that his or her special person is not forgotten.
  6. Never tell someone that he or she should be “over it.”  Instead, give the person hope that, eventually, he or she will enjoy the holidays again.
  7. If he or she wants to talk about the deceased loved one or feelings associated with the loss, LISTEN. Active listening from friends is an important step to helping him or her heal. Don’t worry about being conversational…. just listen.
  8. Remind the person you are thinking of him or her and the loved one who died. Cards, phone calls and visits are great ways to stay in touch.

In general, the best way to help those who are grieving during the holidays is to let them know you care. They need to be remembered, and they need to know their loved ones are remembered, too.

Hubbell emphasize that friends and family members should never be afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, because making an effort and showing concern will be appreciated.

Hospice is a philosophy of care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. A team of professionals and trained volunteers offer care and comfort to patients and their families when a cure is no longer possible. Fully covered by Medicare and most insurance companies, hospice services are available at home or in a facility such as a nursing home or assisted living.

Cypress Basin Hospice is a non-profit agency that has provided support since 1986 throughout Northeast Texas for those patients and their families who are undergoing the effects of life-limiting illness.  Besides their bereavement camp for children (Camp Brave Heart), Cypress Basin Hospice offers a wide range of grief support programs to families and individuals, whether or not they are Cypress Basin Hospice clients.

For more information or if you know a person who would benefit from professional grief support, please contact Cypress Basin Hospice at 903-577-1510 or 888-429-2966, or go to www: cbhospice.org.

“Home is Where the Heart Is” – November is ‘Home Care & Hospice’ month

“Home is where the heart is” is a phrase that has been heard by many of us for most of our lives.  Given the growing number of home care and hospice facilities around Texas, the phrase is starting to take on a whole new meaning.

With this as the theme, the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court has proclaimed the month of November 2012 ‘Home Care & Hospice Month’ for Lamar County.

The proclamation ‘encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the home care and hospice philosophy of care for the elderly, disabled and terminally ill.’

‘Whereas, home care services provide high quality and compassionate health care services to those in need, especially at times of community or personal health care crisis; and’

‘Whereas, home care is the most preferred method of health care delivery among disabled, elderly and chronically ill individuals eager to live independently in their own homes as long as they possibly can; and’

‘Whereas, home care in Texas is a growing alternative to hospitalization or other institution-based forms of health care for acute and chronic illnesses, providing care to hundreds of thousands of Texans each year; and’

‘Whereas, hospice care providers humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care, and social, emotional and spiritual services; and’

‘Whereas, hospice fulfills basic human needs of feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings and of attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life; and’

‘Whereas, there is a need increase public discussion about advances in pain control and care options available to individuals of all ages races, and backgrounds who are at the end of life; and’

‘Whereas, the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, and home care and hospice providers in Texas have declared November 2012 as “Home Care & Hospice Month” with the theme of “Home is Where The Heart Is” and are calling on all Texans to observe this occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities.’

Doris Dollins, Director of Nurses at Premier Hospice (pictured to the left), attended a recent Commissioners’ Court meeting to present to the Commissioners a description of hospice care and the benefits it and other home care services offer.

Both Commissioner Malone and Judge Superville said that they had family members in hospice care and agreed that it was a very valuable and necessary form of health care.