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Care Managers: When Your Parent Needs Help at Home

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

July 13, 2018

VNA Care Management: Why You Need This if You’re Caring for an Aging Loved One

The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) understands firsthand that care management is a full-time responsibility. It’s not uncommon for family members who are caring for a loved one at home to find themselves handling more than just their loved one’s immediate healthcare needs. Oftentimes, family members must manage their loved one’s financial obligations, doctor’s appointments, caregiver scheduling, medication refills, and so much more. When the demands of caring for a loved one become too challenging to manage alone, family members need someone to turn for trusted care management services—someone like the VNA. Care management by the VNA connects medical professionals with family members who are caring for an aging loved one at home. Our care management team assists family members with managing their loved one’s health conditions and associated responsibilities, including:

  • Handling and monitoring basic financial transactions
  • Patient transitions to and from hospital stays
  • Coordination of home healthcare services
  • Providing resource referrals for elder law, financial planning, and bill paying

  If you worry about the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one becau

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