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Signature Palliative Care: A unique approach to holistic care

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During November, we celebrated National Hospice and Palliative Care Month  to raise awareness about these crucial services. Today, we are focusing on palliative care and how it brings a holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. Signature practices true continuity of care. Our in-home care team is made up of a physician, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and even chaplains. They provide patient-centered care where the patient calls home – whether that is in a nursing facility, assisted living community, or a private residence. What is Palliative Care and how does it differ … Continue reading

Becoming a Home Health Physical Therapist — A Personal Journey

I first became interested in Physical Therapy around 25 years ago as a high school athlete.  Multiple sporting injuries introduced me to the sports medicine side of therapy. Like many male therapists, I thought my professional career would follow the orthopedic and sports medicine route. After undergrad, I was accepted into PT school where I found that my professional interests were very far from athletes. I became fascinated with neurosciences, spinal cord injuries, and other medical conditions and discovered that in working to treat those issues, physical therapy could be a complicated yet rewarding career. After several years of gaining … Continue reading

Signature Access Pediatric Nurses Go Back-To-School

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Twenty of our pediatric school nurses at our Logan and Ogden, Utah agencies recently came together for a back to school pizza luncheon/meeting at the Logan Office. They laughed and shared their best practices as nurses who provide 1-on-1 care in school environments. Each nurse received a new Signature Access backpack stocked with goodies, notebooks, pens and items for their patients and some treats for energy. Key topics discussed were how to use communication tool with non-verbal patients, ways to integrate wheelchair-bound patients in classroom activities and how to improve communication with teachers and other school staff. This fun team … Continue reading

Avamere and American Health Care Association Urges Senate to Oppose Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Bill

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The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) President and CEO Mark Parkinson today issued the following statement regarding the Graham-Cassidy Bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act once again tries to solve the complicated question of health care reform by slashing hundreds of billions of dollars from the Medicaid program that funds essential care for the aged and disabled. “The Medicaid cuts proposed in the Graham-Cassidy Bill –including a reduction in provider assessments that alone will result in billions of dollars less to long … Continue reading

Access Hospice & Home Health Voted Reader’s Choice for Hospice Services

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Readers of the Idaho State Journal recognized Access Hospice & Home Health for its outstanding commitment to the health and comfort of the communities they serve. August 2017 – Pocatello, ID – In its first annual Reader’s Choice Awards, readers of the Idaho State Journal recognized Access Hospice & Home Health, a Signature Hospice, Home Care, Home Health company, as the #1 choice for hospice and home-based care solutions. “It is a great honor to be so highly valued by the people we are committed to serving,” says Bob Thomas, PT, President of Signature and Access. “This recognition re-enforces that … Continue reading

Millcreek Hospice, Home Health Named HHQI Agency of the Month

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Millcreek Home Health and Hospice – a member of Signature Hospice, Home Health and Home Care – was selected as the Home Health Quality Improvement National Agency of the month for May 2017. Home health agencies that are active in the HHQI National Campaign and closest to the national, risk-adjusted ACH 20th percentile and/or the national, risk-adjusted Oral Medication Improvement 80th percentile (or better) are eligible for random selection as HHQI Agency of the Month. Care connect is our initiative as a company for progressive healthcare; a system of processes that we have put into place designed to prevent re-hospitalization. It … Continue reading

Signature Home Health becomes first agency in Washington to use innovative telehealth platform to improve patient engagement and reduce readmissions

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Bellingham’s top-rated home health agency partners with industry leader Health Recovery Solutions to launch patient engagement and telemonitoring software to reduce readmissions and improve healthcare quality. Signature Home Health Bellingham is the first provider in Washington to partner with Health Recovery Solutions to reduce readmissions and improve quality of care. Known for quality patient care, Signature Home Health Bellingham serves patients in Whatcom County in skilled nursing, therapy, and social services. National telehealth leader Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) offers software that addresses the primary drivers of hospital readmissions and ER visits, including medication noncompliance, low health literacy, and lack of … Continue reading