Is it COVID-19?

Angie Szumlinski Health

Recent research on the COVID-19 virus identified that new symptoms have evolved since original cases were reported. The first signs/symptoms reported by the majority of people diagnosed with COVID-19 were fever over 100.3 degrees, extreme fatigue, dry cough, body aches, very similar to the seasonal flu. Most recent symptoms being reported are a loss of smell and taste, GI symptoms …

Reduce Transmission Among Employees

Angie Szumlinski Health

If a staff member is not feeling well; fever, cough, shortness of breath, they should call their supervisor and stay home The staff members should not return to work until they have been cleared with a physician note; or emergency state orders allow them back sooner If a staff member becomes ill or symptomatic during their shift, they should be …

Palliative Care During a Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski Health

The world is experiencing insurmountable illness related to COVID-19. The virus originated in Asia and spread through surrounding countries and eventually presented here in the United States. This illness has taken the lives of so many of our frail/elderly and those with underlying health conditions (cardiac conditions, COPD, cancer, etc.). As the virus continues to spread, hospitals are beginning to …

Depression in Dementia with Lewy Body

Residents Living with Dementia, Our Staff and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa O'Neill Health

Residents living with Dementia. These residents may require more supervision than the traditional assisted living resident. They may need to be reminded frequently to wash their hands with soap and water (this should be supervised), to stay in the common area and/or their own room/apartment (wandering can be an issue as the resident doesn’t understand why they cant move about …

N95 Respirators

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance, Health

HealthCap risk managers have received many questions regarding using N95 respirators versus medical facemasks while caring for residents infected with COVID-19. Per OSHA, N95 respirators are the standard for caring for residents with airborne illness, COVID-19 is spread by droplets, it is NOT airborne, so airborne precautions are not required. However, as with everything we do in healthcare, there is …

World Health Day

Angie Szumlinski Health

The World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th as a global health awareness day. April 7, 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response – providing high quality, respectful …

Pandemic – Manage the Stress

Angie Szumlinski Health

The pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful for everyone however the physical and emotional wellbeing of healthcare workers is a key component of maintaining essential healthcare services during the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak. Resources are available to anticipate the stresses associated with providing healthcare workers and monitoring and assessing the mental health status as well as the overall wellbeing of …

Telehealth – Finally!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

During this public health emergency there has been an urgency to expand telehealth/telemedicine to help people receive a wider range of services from their doctors without going to a healthcare facility. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, telehealth was only covered under Medicare/Medicaid for rural providers and existing patients. In order to reduce person-to-person contact with our most vulnerable population, and …

Happy senior couple training with dumbbells in gym.

Cardiac Rehab – Not Just a Trip to the Gym!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Cardiac rehab has great potential at improving health outcomes among patients with heart disease; however, we are not taking advantage of this rehab service consistently. In fact, for Medicare recipients, only 1 in 4 eligible beneficiaries participated in cardio rehab and marked disparities were observed. Disparities were observed by age, sex and race/ethnicity, so why? There are a lot of …

Card-Carrying and Proud of It!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

So you get little jabs from your younger friends about getting old; your grandchildren call you “granny” and your kids don’t ask for your advice as often as they used to. Then you go out in the community and you become invisible, people don’t acknowledge you or worse, they try to “help” you! Ageism, ah, alive and well. These are …