At HealthKeeperz, we serve our clients in a number of different ways depending on their individual goals, age, and state of illness/injury. Our home health professionals provide traditional healthcare services as well as palliative care and hospice. Understanding the difference between these types of care is important, both when making decisions about your own health and when making decisions on behalf of a loved one.
Traditional healthcare is what most people think of when they think “healthcare.” It includes the skilled nurses that help you recover from a serious fall, and the speech therapists who aid their patients in re-learning certain language abilities after a stroke. Following the customary disease-model of medical treatment, traditional healthcare encompasses everything from wound care, to physical therapy, to leading the patient toward a more active lifestyle.
Although palliative care and hospice may incorporate one or more of these elements, they are intended to achieve completely different goals for the patient.
Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the pain, stress, and symptoms of life-limiting illnesses. This type of care is frequently given to cancer patients or people with chronic illnesses like COPD and renal disease. First and foremost, palliative care strives to relieve suffering and improve quality of life.
Often, this means striking the right balance of medications; for example, many cancer patients feel a renewed sense of energy after finding the right regimen of anti-nausea medications and pain reducers. But it can also mean taking a holistic approach with the aid of a mental health professional, medical social worker, and/or chaplain. HealthKeeperz’ licensed home health specialists work in tandem with your doctor to bring happiness and comfort to your life in any stage of illness.
Patients and their families call on hospice care when curative treatments are no longer desired, and healthcare goals have shifted from quantity of days to quality of days. Hospice care provides immense spiritual comfort and companionship during the end-of-life period; thus, chaplains play a key role on the hospice team, often ministering tirelessly as the end approaches. HealthKeeperz’ professionals are highly trained in a number of areas related to hospice: skilled nursing, pastoral care, medical social work, and in-home aide care.
It’s not an easy decision to move into the hospice stage, but the vast majority of patients are surprised at the sense of freedom and peace that it brings to themselves and their families.
HealthKeeperz delivers a full range of services in tandem with traditional care, palliative care, and hospice. They are always delivered with warmth and compassion, providing comfort and spiritual support to the client. Working with your physician, HealthKeeperz can help you realize your healthcare goals in the comfort of your home. Please contact us at 800-309-3784 to begin a conversation.
When a close relative is diagnosed with dementia, it can send a wave of fear, uncertainty, and sadness throughout the whole family. While these feelings are unavoidable in such a difficult situation, you’re not at the mercy of them; there are many actions you can take that will ease the pain and anxiety of a dementia diagnosis. Once you’ve gotten the chance to collect your thoughts, it’s time to be proactive in a way that will help you and the patient.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia refers to a group of symptoms without a definitive diagnosis. These symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty recognizing people, and a poor sense of time, among many others. Different people exhibit dementia in completely different ways – one patient’s demeanor might be happy as a clam 24/7, while another patient may act irritable and even aggressive. Regardless of how your loved one exhibits the disease, rest assured that you are not alone: According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people are currently living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes many of the same symptoms, indicating an overall decline in memory and cognitive function. It falls under the umbrella of dementia, but not all cases of dementia indicate Alzheimer’s disease. There are many other types of dementia.
Where to Seek Help and Find Support
With so many people suffering from dementia worldwide, there are now more resources for navigating the disease than ever before. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – it will go a long way in helping you feel calmer about the diagnosis.
Are you struggling to cope with a dementia diagnosis in the family? HealthKeeperz’ expert team of in-home healthcare professionals can help take some of the weight off your shoulders. Please contact us at 800-309-3784 to start the conversation.
The mission of HealthKeeperz is to care for all people for the glory of God. Once a year, we take an evening to appreciate those who most embody this ideal at our company.
This year we had the pleasure of hosting the celebration at the beautiful Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville on Friday, March 1. Kicked off by chaplain James Chavis, it was a joyful evening that saw some impressive team members take recognized as quarterly Barnabas Awards: Kayla Poston (Q1), hospice social worker; Chelsea Thomas (Q2), physical therapist; Kimberly Pecora (Q3), home health and occupational therapist; and Shelia Woods (Q4), billing coordinator.
Woods took home the 2019 Super Barnabas Award as announced by President Tim Brooks and last year’s winner, Hortensia Hayes. Woods has been a part of the HealthKeeperz family since 2002, when she first joined the billing department. Her love and dedication toward HealthKeeperz teammates perfectly embodies the spirit of Barnabas, and her many years of great service can’t be adequately appreciated in just one night. When she’s not at work, Woods is just as much of a rockstar, spending as much time as possible with her husband, daughter, and beloved granddaughter, Alexandra.
The evening also featured remarks from guest speaker Jim Doherty, chairman with the C12 Group, which strives to “build great businesses for a greater purpose.” Doherty has led multiple worldwide manufacturing companies, helping them cultivate company cultures that emphasize biblical and Christ-centered values. He was joined on the speaking card by Timmie Stultz (a former Barnabas Award winner himself) and Janie Hunt, members of the Barnabas Caring Team, set up recently to offer special, ad hoc care to teammates in need.
HealthKeeperz has a number of people to thank for making the night possible. James and Melissa Chavis of CrossWay of Pembroke Church provided the perfect music for the evening, while Howard Brooks, company founder, reminded the audience of the values that HealthKeeperz was founded on during his closing remarks. In addition, the 2019 Barnabas Awards Banquet would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors and 2018-2019 Caring Team.
“We’re thrilled to have wrapped up another successful banquet this year, but I have to admit I’m sad we’ll have to wait another year for the next one,” said President Tim Brooks. “The Barnabas Awards Banquet is not only a celebration of our company values – like compassion, excellence, and family – but also a night to relax, laugh, and just have a ball.”
Congratulations to each and every one of our 2019 Barnabas Awards Banquet winners! While we appreciate their hard work every day, it’s nice to shout it to the world once a year. Until 2020!