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Signature Employees and Volunteers Receive Recognition at 2018 Home Care Hero Awards

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Signature Healthcare at Home had a major presence at the 2018 Home Care Hero Awards presented by the Oregon Association for Home Care (OAHC). Five individuals from across our organization were honored for demonstrating outstanding service in home care. Nominated by their peers, the awards were presented at the annual OAHC Conference. 2018 Home Care Hero Recipients: The Hope Runnels award was created in 1980 in honor of Faith “Hope” Runnels. Hope devoted much of her life to building the home health care industry in Oregon and was a co-founder of OAHC. Hope was one of 57,000 nurses to be awarded … Continue reading

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