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Let’s Talk Generalized Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety
Most of us experience worry at one time or another, especially with big exams, business presentation, or first dates. However, Anxiety Disorders are different – they involve more than just temporary worry or fear. It's pervasive and doesn't go away. Anxiety starts interfering with mood and daily activities such as job performance, relationships with significant others and friends, school work. Anxiety often comes with other mental health "friends," such as depression.There are several types of anxiety out there- Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, ...
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New Registered Apprenticeship Program for Nurse Aides and Home Care Aides!

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Friday, June 14, 2019 Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced a new registered apprenticeship program for nurse aides and home care aides with the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The apprenticeship will help meet growing demand for workers to provide care for seniors.Oleksiak toured the Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services facility and discussed the Wolf Administration's commitment to helping Pennsylvanians become better prepared for in-demand careers. The governor's Statewide Workforce Education and Accountability Program (S...
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We are now Home Care Pulse Certified – Trusted Provider Distinction

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Philadelphia, PA – Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC today announced that it has received the Certified – Trusted Provider distinction from Home Care Pulse. This distinction illustrates DMHHSS's commitment to client satisfaction. "We want to commend Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC for receiving the Certified – Trusted Provider distinction," says Aaron Marcum. "Home Care Pulse awards this distinction to providers who are actively gathering feedback from their clients each month and using that feedback to improve the quality of care they provide. By choosing a...
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Dementia and Delusions/Hallucinations

Dementia and Delusions/Hallucinations
Dementia takes an immense emotional toll oncaregivers and it can be really hard to cope with. It's important to rememberthat dementia is a symptom of a disease, not the disease. According to theWorld Health Organization (WHO), Dementia is "a broad category of braindiseases that cause long-term and often gradual decreases in the ability tothink and remember that is great enough to affect a person's dailyfunctioning".    One of the symptoms of dementia isdelusions. In a nutshell, a delusion is a belief thatmay be bizarre, weird, or untrue that is fixed - no amount of evidence will...
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Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services Awarded CHAP Accreditation

CHAP Accreditation
Philadelphia, PA — 2/26/19 — Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) announced today that Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC., (DMHHSS) has been awarded CHAP Accreditation under the CHAP for Private Duty and Home Health Standards of Excellence. DMHHSS had a survey with no required action. CHAP Accreditation demonstrates that DMHHSS meets the industry's highest nationally recognized standards. The rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources and long-term viability. Adherence to CHAP's...
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Do You Have the Warning Signs of Depression?

Warning Signs of Depression
The national average rate of depression is 6.7 % in a given year. In home care, 1 in 7 patients meet full diagnostic criteria for depression and 1 in 3 suffer from significant clinical depression. Because depression can affect treatment outcomes, it is imperative to address any symptoms of depression. Depression doesn’t just affect our mood but also gives physical and behavioral symptoms. There are three “classes” of symptoms to look for: Emotional or Cognitive : depressed mood, lack of interest or motivation in things you enjoy, having problems making decisions, difficulties focusing, memory ...
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Weekend Referral Program

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Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services is the only home health care agency in the Philadelphia region that guarantees a 24 hour response time for patient admission referrals."Physician practices, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals find it incredibly difficult to find a home care agency that is readily available to accept their patient referrals on a weekend", says Marketing Coordinator Shawn P. Hanshew. "We are always available by our cell phones and we have a dedicated e-fax line in place to accept weekend referrals. The physician, skilled nursing facility or hospital can send th...
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Taking Care of Caregivers From a Social Workers Point of View

Taking Care of Caregivers
As a social worker and clinician, I've met a lot of caregivers who are stressed out, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Caregivers spend an average of 40.5 hours a week if they live with a loved one who needs care AND 24.4 hours if the loved one lives in another home. More than 96% of caregivers who provide complex care help provide activities of daily living such as shopping for food, dressing/undressing, providing technology, booking medical appointments, and the list goes on. Caregiving for a loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful. With all that time being spent helping someone ...
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Wound Care Program - Deer Meadows Home Health

Wound Care Management
  Shawn Hanshew from the Deer Meadows Home Health marketing team has been promoting our wound care program to the medical community of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks. Our clinical specialist team members are board-certified in Wound Care WCC, Diabetic Wound Care DWC, and are Ostomy Management Specialists OMS. We practice evidence-based and current standards of care, and work with physicians to customize an individual plan of care for the patient. We will achieve increased healing rates and decrease readmission's for patients. Sha...
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Another 5 Star Rating by CMS Home Health Compare!

5 Star Rating
On 7/25/18, CMS Home Health compare website updated its quarterly data. Once again, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS) is rated 5 Stars. Since CMS launched Home Health Compare Website July 2015, DMHHSS has been rate 5 Stars ten out of eleven rating periods. The only exception was October 2015 when DMHHSS was rated 4.5 Stars. This is an outstanding achievement and join me in congratulating the DMHHSS staff on their excellent quality of patient care and customer service. This is star rating is evidenced by our patient's quality outcomes and satisfaction surveys which are...
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Deer Meadows Home Health Offering Clinical Services to Philadelphia Residents

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This week starts a busy time over the next few weeks for the staff of Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services(DMHHSS). Kate Liggins, Private Duty Manager has worked closely with Carla Fleming, the Manager of Special Programs for many PHA sites in the Philadelphia area to schedule events at 6 PHA housing sites in the Philadelphia area. Of the selected sites, 5 of these locations has never been visited by DMHHSS staff previously. This will be the selected locations first chance to receive 5-star care from one of Philadelphia's premier home care agencies. At these events participants will b...
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Our Philadelphia Home Care Agency Receives DHS Award!

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The Department of Human Services recently announced the awarding of nearly $8 million dollars in grant money to member agencies of the Pennsylvania Homecare Agency (PHA) to connect their Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to the statewide health information exchange. Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services was one of only six home care and hospice agencies in the state of Pennsylvania to receive the grant. Our Philadelphia home care agency will use the funding to upgrade our software programs and to provide training to other staff members. The funding will also enable Deer Meadows Home Hea...
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We Participated in Pennsylvania Home Care Association's Annual Lobby Day Again

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  On May 22, 2018 representatives from Deer Meadows Home Health & Support Services LLC. (Stanley Rynkiewicz, Administrator; Irene Dudley, Clinical Director; Kathleen Liggins, Private Duty Manager; Melissa Buettler RN; and Matthew Mortka, Community Liaison) went to the state capitol in Harrisburg ,Pa  to participate in Pennsylvania Home Care Association's Annual Lobby Day. Pennsylvania Home Care Association otherwise known as PHA organizes an annual Lobby Day in which home health companies speak with politicians and state leaders about important issues surrounding home health from...
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Bernard Stepanski Veteran’s Library's Dedication

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On Friday May 11th Deer Meadows Home Health & Support Services (along with Deer Meadows Retirement Community) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the grand opening of the Bernard Stepanski Veteran's Library . The library, which is named after long-time DMRC resident and United States Veteran Bernard Stepanski , houses many historical books of Bernard's that were donated by his family.Some of the books date back to World War II. The library will serve as the meeting place for DMRC's Veteran's club, as well as a place for veterans to go and check out books and spend time. Several lo...
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Bernard Stepanski Veteran’s Library

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Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC. (DMHHSS) and Deer Meadows Retirement Community (DMRC) ​ Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC, (DMHHSS) and Deer Meadows Retirement Community (DMRC) announced the plans for the grand opening of the Stepanski Veteran's Library.The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Bernard Stepanski Veteran's Library will be on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:30 am in Deer Meadows Retirement Community, 5th Floor Veteran's Library. A brief reception will be held in our Walton Conference Center following the ceremony. We plan to show Bernard Stepanski's Vet...
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We were rated 5 Stars by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Again!

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CMS established the Home Health Compare (HHC) website on Medicare.gov< http://medicare.gov/ > as a key tool for consumers to use when choosing a home health care provider. It is designed to be an easy-to-access, convenient source of authoritative information on provider quality. Please go to https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/search.html . On 4/11/18, CMS Home Health compare website updated its quarterly data. Once again, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS) is rated 5 Stars. Since CMS launched Home Health Compare Website July 2015, DMHHSS has been rate 5 S...
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened. How can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month make a difference? We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer a...
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U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans at Brith Sholom: Getting Out to Vote

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On February 20th, 2018 representatives from  Deer Meadows Home Health & Support Services LLC. took part in a celebration of black history month at Brith Sholom Senior Residence. U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans was in attendance and spoke to residents of the community about his story and the importance of getting out to vote. Congressman Evans thanked members of the community for paving the way and building the foundations for individuals like himself. He also added that it's everyday citizens that allow him to make such a profound impact on a local, state, and national level.  

February is American Heart Month

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  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. How can American Heart Month make a difference? We can u...
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We are on TV! Watch Our New Commercial Before It Airs. Let Us Know What You Think!

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You Need Medical Care or Other Assistance and Want To Remain At Home. That's Where We Come In. Figuring out what health services fit best in your life can be a grueling feat to face. As life presents its many health-related challenges, getting quality heath care services is essential. However, the task of finding the best option for you—health-wise and financially speaking—is not something particularly fun. That's why when it comes to Philadelphia home care, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC is the best! We are passionate about providing you with the greatest services that exc...
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