Showing posts from November, 2017

A RN: Disclosed = CMC, what does that mean?

What does being  Certified as a Care Manager mean: But for me, it is a little more, it is a part of my purpose . I have been working in the field of case and care management for 4 years. I have been a RN for 6 years. I have worked in every setting you could imagine and I have loved it all. The world, especially seniors and their families and caregivers need Care Management services. Healthcare is ever changing and a complex setting to navigate, as a Care Manager , one of my duties is to make that pathway, less complex and easier to navigate.  I am paid to be a Care Manager, but also provide free information to people in the community, at random, when I am asked my opinion (like this blog) . Sometimes we do have to “toot” our own horn. So yes, I am a great Care Manager! I do not commit to knowing everything, but I do commit to finding the answer. I believe in quality care for all. I believe in the right care at the right time. I believe in working to honor patient'

Red Flags: Holiday Visits with Seniors

Many times, holiday visits are the only opportunity for you to see your loved one face to face so, it’s important to pay close attention to their environment, physical, and mental/emotional health. This blog post is to discuss red flags, that may pinpoint issues that some extra help at home may be needed. Weight Loss – this is the most common and apparent sign of poor health, either physical or mental. Possible causes could be cancer, dementia or depression. You should also consider are there issues, financially. Seniors are on a fixed income, but price of food is not fixed. Seniors sometimes experience reduced energy, which can make it challenging to shop, prepare meals, and clean up (so another clue maybe an unkept house). Certain medications and aging in general can change the way food tastes. If weight loss is evident, talk to your loved one about your concerns and schedule an appointment with PCP to address the issue (asking for a consult to a dietician or nutritionist wou

Will and Testament?

Hello! Thank you visiting the official Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog, written by Danielle Harris, MSN, BSN, RN, CDP A.K.A - A RN: Disclosed. As a Care Manager of many years, I have found that many people are not planning for the times, when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. There are many terms used to describe preparing for that time. One term is end of life care planning, or advance care planning, or advanced directives, they all mean the same things, but different people use different terminology. You may already be thinking, what does all of this mean and why is it important anyway, well in lieu of the holiday season, it is a good time to talk with your family about whether these documents are in place or not. So, I am going to take this week to discuss as well as provide a simple resource to get the process going. Advance care planning, is a complex task, and should be done in sessions, if you find it to be overwhelming. This is just a l

Love Caregivers!

Let’s Celebrate! 🎆🎈🎉 What are we celebrating? We are celebrating - National Family Caregivers Month!  I want to take this time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the world; Thank you for your time, dedication, sacrifices, and love. ⌚🎁👍 I have come to realize many caregivers, have issues identifying whether they are a caregiver or not. So, what is family and what is a caregiver? The following definitions come from Merriam-Webster: Family - a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation; a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head; a group of persons of common ancestry – this to me indicates that family includes paid, unpaid, blood related, and non-blood related persons – for myself as a RN and Care Manager, I see family as whoever the patient says his or her family is.  Caregiver - a person who provides direct care; a person who gives help and protection to someone – so in some way shape or form, we al

Joint Pain - It is that time

It is “that time of year” again, when many people will begin to talk about joint pain from the cold temperatures.  😰 This blog post is about ways you can help beat the joint pain, without medication, because I am a Registered Nurse, that believes in holistic options. So, following I have some “tips”: Dress in layers – this will keep you warm and reduce stiffness, because the colder temperatures are “blocked” by the layers. Eat well – take in healthy fats, like nuts, oils and seeds, a diet rich in minerals and vitamins, fiber, leafy green vegetables and protein will reduce inflammation and joint pain, because that is what joint pain is. Be open to consulting a Registered Dietitian to learn more about healthy foods that can improve your arthritis or joint pain. Healthy fats, such as avocado and fish oil are also great lubricants for joints and contribute to overall health. Get massages – massages can improve circulation and reduce pain for people with all kinds of arthritis