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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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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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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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We Participated in Pennsylvania Home Care Association's Annual Lobby Day Again

Lobby Day Participants
  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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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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February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month - March
  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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A Deadly Distraction: Texting and Driving

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In today's fast pace environment, where most us find ourselves shuffling multiple tasks per day like an old riddle book, it is no secret that distractions have become so abundant that many of them are dangerous. As we struggle to keep up with the never-ending loads of tasks and things to be done, all bombarding us at light speed, we tend to lose focus on some of the more important things; like our safety. Texting and driving has become an enormous problem on the road today, claiming countless motor accidents, from minor to major. In 2014, The National Traffic Safety Administration brought fort...
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Occupational Therapy Month: Let Us Recognize #OccupationalTherapyMonth!

Occupational Therapy Month #occupationaltherapymonth
Every year since 1980, the medical community sets aside an entire month to recognize a very special group of physicians. The month of April is a time for us to rightfully express our thanks to this group of medical professionals; a group of professionals who dedicate their own lives in aiding people back to a healthy life. Without these dedicated professionals, the medical world would truly be at a loss. So, for this annual Occupational Therapy Month, we would like to join the celebration, and share our gratitude with this outstanding group of health care providers. Occupational therapists hav...
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Philadelphia: Working Together Networking Breakfast

Philadelphia Working Together Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Michael J. Stack III, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce brought together Philadelphia’s International Chambers of Commerce and business organizations as we welcome Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack. The Lt. Governor will speak about what is in store for 2017. After the event, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC’s (DMHHSS) Administrator Stanley Rynkiewicz spoke with Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III discussing home health care, changes in managed Long Term Support Services, (MLTSS), and the future of home he...
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ACO (Accountable Care Organization), What’s That?

ACO People Diagram
The ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) sought out to implement innovation into the medical world. Their plan was to create an improved quality of safe healthcare, while also managing to reduce costs for Medicare patients. In the beginning of 2012, the ACA accomplished their goal, and organized the ACO. ACO (Accountable Care Organization) represents an organization of medical professionals, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. These men, women, and institutions, have voluntarily joined together to assure that health care patients get the quality treatment they deserve in a t...
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New Technology Aims to Keeps Local Seniors Independent Longer

Technology To Live Longer
Philadelphia, PA – Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC announced today that they are partnering with Clear Care to implement new technology that aims to help local seniors live independently as long as possible. The comprehensive homecare system utilizes I Pads /tablets, smartphones, and the latest software technology to connect professional home care providers with everyone else involved in a client’s care (including seniors themselves and their family members). “I’m in this business because I believe that seniors should have quality companionship and care,” says Stanley Rynkie...
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Top 10 Reasons to Refer to a Home Health Provider

Home Care Provider
A referral to a home health provider should be considered if any of the following conditions are present and assuming the patient will have any difficulty safely leaving the home or it requires a taxing effort on the part of the patient or their family. Patient has a new diagnosis or an exacerbation of an existing chronic condition. Patient is at risk for falling due to balance, weakness, caregiver deficits, home safety concernsor new assistive devices. Patient has new or >3 prescription medications prescribed and has deficits that may impact medication compliance. Patient has no/limited/in...
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