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AHCA Regulations Highlight Differences between Home Health Agencies and Nurse Registries

June 1, 2021

  Within recent years, numerous provisions related to the regulation of healthcare facilities by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) were amended, as per Florida Senate Bill 622, with several of the amendments directly affecting nurse registries. To understand how the provisional amendments affect in-home healthcare, it’s important to note that nurse registries and home health agencies are two separate business entities with different regulations. For example, both businesses provide healthcare services to patients in their homes, but home health agencies (like the VNA) are required by Florida law to employ their caregivers, whereas nurse registries use independent contractors. The reality is that nurse registries do not have employees, they do not carry workers compensation insurance, nor do they carry liability or malpractice insurance. Independent contractors working on behalf of nurse registries are also not covered by the registry for injury, damages, or criminal acts, such as theft. Home health agencies like the VNA of Florida provide full workers’ compensation, liability and malpractice insurance, as well as take full responsibility for all employees’ conduct and behavior. As per the latest legislative changes, nurse registries are

November 20, 2020

  Our client, Louise, turned 106 recently, and that’s reason to celebrate! We honored her on her special day by bringing her a birthday cake, card, and lots of well wishes! “The VNA was very nice to do this,” she said. Louise has been a client of ours for almost four years. After she fell and required a hospital stay, it became apparent to her daughter, Carol, that her mother would need 24-hour care. The hospital physician recommended the VNA of Florida. Now, nearly four years later, Louise is still a member of our VNA family, using our home health aide services for round-the-clock care. “They help me a lot,” Louise said with a smile, when asked about her caregivers. Her VNA home health aides have been with her ever since she started rehabilitation upon being discharged from the hospital. Carol says this helped her reclaim her personal time without having to worry about her mother’s health or safety. “I could visit with her instead of having to be with her 24-hours a day,” she said. Louise, a Stuart resident, spent much of her life volunteering, supporting local politics, and being an environmental activist. She founded the Martin County Schools volunteer program, which matches local tutors with students who are struggling academically. In 2014, Louise was awarded the

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August 24, 2020

VNA Care Management Nurse Lauren and Patient Patty S.If you live far from your parent(s) and only visit them once or twice a year, it can be a shock when you arrive at their house and realize that things are worse than you thought they were.

Many of the elderly prize their independence, and it is often difficult for them to admit they needs assistance with home or personal maintenance. The adult child can also feel like an unwanted intruder into his or her parents’ personal affairs. How do you tell if your mom or dad needs home care if you live in another state? Here are some indications:

  • Your parent seems “off” when you speak to him or her
  • The neighbors are calling you because they are worried
  • You get a call from the emergency room that your mother or father has fallen
  • Your parents’ physician is calling you with concerns
  • Your mother doesn’t get on the phone when you call—you can only speak with your father. He is vague about why you cannot speak with your mother
  • When you call your parents, they forget to call you back

Now you are worried. You want to fly down immediately, but you

March 10, 2020

  The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) would not be successful without our hardworking, dedicated, and passionate caregivers. Every day, they go the extra mile to provide exceptional care for our patients, assisting them with everyday tasks which allows our patients to maintain their independence at home. With this said, we are pleased to recognize and acknowledge our caregivers for their commitment to patient care. This quarter’s Spotlight Caregiver is Hopeline Buchanan. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who has been with the VNA for two and a half years. She chose to become a CNA because she wanted to have a career that supports her true passion, which is helping others when they need it most. Hopeline never fails to be compassionate and dedicated to each one of her patients. “Over the years, I have become attached to all of my patients. They’re like my family members to me,” she says. Most recently, Hopeline accompanied a patient from Florida to Philadelphia so the patient could be closer to family. The patient’s Care Manager was extremely impressed that we were able to provide such a thoughtful and lo

November 13, 2019

  Vincent and his wife Lynne have lived in Florida for 27 years. They relocated from Philadelphia, PA, after retiring from their respective professions as a teacher and shoe manufacturer. They chose their home in Florida because it’s in a community with two golf courses, and Vincent and Lynne both enjoy playing golf. A little over a two years ago, Vincent fell and broke his ankle. He spent time in a rehabilitation center before receiving a recommendation for home healthcare services from the VNA of Florida. Although they hadn’t used VNA services before, Lynne and Vincent followed the recommendation from the rehabilitation center staff members and used the VNA’s skilled nursing, therapy, and personal care services to help Vincent’s broken ankle heal. When he was almost recovered, however, he suffered another unfortunate setback—a stroke. After spending an additional four months in a rehabilitation center, Vincent was able to return home yet again. Right away, Lynne requested home health services from the VNA. Patricia “Pat” Weir became their certified nursing assistant (CNA), spending five days a week at their home caring for Vincent.

“I couldn’t do it alone. Now I’m able to go out and do things and I have no worries. We can trust Pat completely,” said Lynne.

Every day, Pat helps Vincent with bathing

August 2, 2019

vna-of-florida-home-health-aide Certified nursing assistants and home health aides play a vital role in patient’s lives. CNAs and HHAs are tasked with providing personal care to clients and assisting them with daily activities. For the last year of Steve’s life, Roselene Destin, a certified nursing assistant with the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, provided him with superior care. After Steve was released from the hospital following a bad case of pneumonia, his daughter Suzanne contacted the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida. Steve, who was a World War II Navy veteran, utilized the VNA’s private in-home care services. Roselene helped Steve with grooming, bathing, toileting, mobility and light housekeeping. His wife, Jeannine, was thankful for the assistance. “The VNA helped my mother and me mentally, physically and emotionally. My mom couldn’t have done all that herself,” Suzanne said. Jeannine says that Steve and Roselene had a very close bond. In addition to providing Steve with quality care, she also provided him companionship. “He always looked forward to seeing her. She brought a smile to my husband’s face every time she wal

March 27, 2019

  The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) participated in a community outreach event at the Kane Center recently to help promote awareness about local home health services that are available to senior citizens and their families. The event was coordinated by Thaysha Dutes and Natalie Darling, two South University nursing students who regularly work with seniors at the Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital. “The number one thing I hear from patients getting ready to leave the hospital is that they aren’t sure who to turn to or where to go,” said Thaysha. “I wanted to let the community know there are resources out there that they may not be aware of.” The event highlighted local Alzheimer’s, stroke, and home healthcare organizations and the services they provide to those who have become immobilized due to their current health condition. Representatives from Encompass Health, Alzheimer’s Community Care, Total Home Health, the Kane Center, and the Coalition for Independent Living Options also spoke at the event. Andy Palacios, VNA Administrator, and other staff members were on-hand to discuss the home health services provided by the VNA that can be of great benefit to seniors and their families, such as Alzheimer and dementia monitoring, in-home doctor visits through Visitin

February 26, 2019

  vna-home-health-care-patient-kateKathleen, or “Kate” as her friends call her, has been a patient with the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) for over 3 years. Originally from New York City, she grew up acting and performing in the city’s theaters. It was while walking through New York City that she first felt a sharp pain in her leg. The following morning, she awoke to find that her leg was bright red. Having previously had knee replacement surgery, Kate thought her pain was directly related to her knee implant. But the next day, when her other leg began displaying the same symptoms, Kate knew it was something else. Eventually, she decided to relocate to Florida to be closer to her family while trying to gain control of her health. Ultimately, she underwent 21 different surgeries to try to alleviate her symptoms. While she healed, she employed the home health care services of the VNA.

“Everyone at the VNA goes above and beyond to make their patients feel like more than just a number,” said Kate.

Now, over three years later, Kate has employed many home health care services offered by the VNA, i

January 31, 2019

VNA Patient Spotlight: Meet Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, Judge

Judge G., a retired Air Force Master Sargent and Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) home health patient, recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. When asked what his secret is for longevity, he replied with a smile, “Always eat your vegetables.” Judge, who was born in Louisiana, began his military career in Virginia in 1940. The World War II veteran recounted his experiences following his enlistment in the Air Force. “I flew my plane right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” he said. While stationed at Bowman Air Field in Kentucky, he met his late wife, Ann. They were married for 52 years and have two children and four grandchildren. Judge began using the VNA’s home health services after severe chest discomfort landed him in the local hospital. Thankfully, his pain was attributed to a non-life-threatening issue and he was released from the hospital with orders to begin using home health services. A friend of Judge’s son recommended that he use the VNA because they had a very positive experience with the agency and their staff. “A friend of ours had been using the VNA’s services for their parents and they were very satisfied,” said Judge’s son, David.

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