4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

Being a great leader will not happen overnight but by simply doing these 4 things you can start to learn a lot about yourself and what good leaders do to be successful. You’ll find what works well for you and what else you need to learn to continue your growth as a great leader. If you enjoyed reading about leadership, then let me encourage you to check out the different online leadership programs on this site.

Healthy Living – The Best Tips For Getting Through A Cold

No one likes being ill. But yet every year, there is a good chance you will catch at least one cold or flu bug. Double this if you have children. When you are down and out with a cold, what do you find happens to your diet and fitness plan? Do you abandon ship, telling yourself you will start-up again once you are feeling better? If that is the case, you may want to rethink your strategy to some degree. While you obviously are not going to hit the gym and crash through some personal best records, this does not mean you have to become a junk-food eating sloth on the couch either. Here are some healthy ideas to keep in mind…

1. Drink Plenty Of Water. First, this tip will work double time because not only will it help you stay healthy, but it may just help you get past your cold as well. You should aim to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water even while sick. If you are struggling to get your water intake in, note you can also make your fluid intake from broth-based soups, or teas. Some people find chicken soup, for instance, is the perfect fluid to take in while they are unwell.

2. Get Up And Walk – If It’s Shoulders And Above. The golden rule for activity while ill is if it is above your shoulders, you are free to do any activity you choose. If it is below your shoulders, however, then you will want to rest up for the time being.

Head colds will not preclude you from participating in light to moderate intensity activity. You probably do not want to do anything super intense because that will place a strain on your CNS and in turn, make it harder to recover, but do get up and get moving. The increase in blood circulation can be good for delivering nutrients to all your bodily tissues and this can also help to increase your energy level at a time you may otherwise be feeling sluggish.

3. Eat Sufficient Protein. It is normal to experience some changes in your appetite while you are not feeling so well. What you always want to make sure you are doing is eating sufficient lean protein. You want to get those amino acids in as this is what will help to preserve your lean muscle mass tissue and prevent the loss of muscle while ill.

If you are only unwell for a day or two it probably will not matter too much. But if you are ill for a week or longer and are not eating enough protein, this could start to impact you. Focus on lean sources of quality protein such as…

chicken,
steak,
eggs, and
fish.
There you have a few good health tips to keep in mind to use during cold and flu season. Even if you do get sick, do your best to make the most of it by giving your body what it requires to get you through a quick recovery.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

How Can You Adapt To Live With Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is the involuntary shaking of the hands, head, jaws, and voice, which causes frustration, helplessness, and embarrassment for the patients. There is no specific cause yet defined for essential tremor, which is why there is no prevention for it. Moreover, it also doesn’t have a permanent cure. However, based on the diagnosis and symptoms, doctors prescribe certain drugs, therapies, and surgeries that can control the symptoms of the disorder for a certain period of time, without permanently curing it.

Diagnosis of essential tremor

Correct diagnosis is the first step towards appropriate treatment of essential tremor. Also, ruling out other causes is the diagnostic tool. For example, having a blood test cannot determine whether you are suffering from essential tremor, but it can help in ruling out other serious conditions like thyroid that could be responsible for the tremors and be shaking. Neurological exams can check your responses and reflexes to sensations. Thus, it is very important that the right tests are done so that apart from your tremors, other significant diseases can also be checked for. And for this, you need an expert professional. While there are many doctors and neurologists that may help here, but the best person to approach is a movement disorders specialist. Such specialists have received additional 1-2 years education and training in handling such movement disorders, apart from the studies that general neurologists do; thus, making them the ideal person to approach in case of essential tremor or any such ailments.

Treatment of essential tremor

The first steps to take for treating include medications and therapies. Beta blockers and anti-seizure drugs are given to patients, along with simple exercises to follow. They are also asked to stay relaxed by undergoing massages and therapies. Additionally, patients are advised certain dietary and lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol and caffeine, using heavier utensils and glasses, wearing wrist weights, using heavier writing tools, etc. In short, you need o do everything possible to eliminate things that can make your symptoms worse. Other therapies that can improve your muscle strength, control and coordination are also taught and prescribed. All of this won’t improve your condition, but it will teach you how to adapt to living with essential tremor. Alternative treatments like acupuncture and hypnosis are being researched upon whether they can prove effective for essential tremor patients or not. Whatever therapies you wish to adopt your lifestyle, make sure to consult your doctor for the same. Knowing your health condition, medical history, genetic health, body type, age, etc. can help the doctor decide better which particular type of treatment and therapy is best for you. He may also have you experiment with different methods to help you find the right one for your condition. Therefore, whatever you do, you need to consult a right professional to help you with your condition.