News

April
26
2017
Number One
AMERICARE RECEIVES 5 STAR RATING FROM CMS
In a newly released national ranking by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), industry leader Americare received the highest rating possible - 5 stars - for quality of patient care. This is the second year in a row that Americare has received the top rating from CMS for its outstanding performance across 9 quality measures. With its perfect 5-star, Americare far outperformed its competitors, scoring well above the state and national average of 3 stars.
March
03
2017
Americare Afghan Event
AMERICARE COMMUNITY EVENT OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT & HOME HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS
Americare is proud to work with New York's Afghan community to provide quality home care/health care programs and opportunities for employment. We presented today at a local community center, with over 50 in attendence. You can join us too: Americare can train you to become a paid professional care giver for your family and we are always hiring home aides at competitive wages. To learn more, please call 1-800-704-4341.
March
01
2017
Americare Staff Interview
AMERICARE TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE IN YOUR HOME: FALL PREVENTION
Watch as Tziporah Schwartz, an Americare nurse provides tips to prevent falling, With a Masters degree in Nursing and Counseling nurse Tziporah Schwartz discusses the issue of falling. Why be afraid? Who is at risk? Americare has tips to keep you upbeat and upright. Click here to watch. To learn more, please call 1-800-704-4341.
December
01
2016
Americare Interview
AMERICARE JOINS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PANEL TO ADDRESS MANAGED LONG-TERM CARE
Watch as Penina Mezei, VP of Program Development at Americare, joins a community outreach panel to address how to prepare, equip, and inform seniors and caregivers about managed long-term care (MLTC) and home care options. Americare is proud to offer patients and their families a comprehensive array of services to ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of their own home with supportive healthcare services. Please take a moment to watch this video and hear more about how making sure our community of patients has the best care possible is “very near and dear to our hearts." Click here to watch. To learn more, please call 1-800-704-4341.
November
03
2016
Americare at Agecon 2016
AMERICARE ATTENDS 27th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON AGING & VENDOR EXPO #AGECON2016
On November 3rd, Americare participated in Live On-NY’s 27th Annual Conference on Aging. Leaders from Americare hosted a booth to provide information about our diverse array of services and quality patient care. At Americare, our skilled home health aides are able to provide a level of individualized care to our community of patients. To best service our incredibly diverse community of patients, Americare offers home health aide services in ten languages, allowing patients to communicate in the comfort of their native language. At Americare, we believe each patient is unique, and ensure the most customized plan of quality at-home care. To learn more, please call 1-800-704-4341.
September
14
2016
Americare's Chinatown Office
AMERICARE HOSTED EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON APPLYING FOR HOMECARE AND CDPAP
Americare sponsored "Applying for Homecare and the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)" on September 14, 2016 in conjunction with one of its many long-term care partners. Approximately 50 seniors came to Americare's Chinatown office to meet with our dedicated staff for this informational event.

CDPAP is a Medicaid program that gives patients the power to choose their home care providers. Americare is a proud participant of CDPAP and can provide the support necessary to get you or your loved one enrolled. To learn more, please call 1-800-704-4341.
August
26
2016
News: 2016 Health and Job Fairs
AMERICARE TO HOST HEALTH AND JOB FAIRS
Americare is proud to be hosting several Health and Job Fairs in Brooklyn and Queens next month. The events are open to the public and we will be offering free health and blood pressure screenings, as well as the opportunity to enroll in Americare's Home Health Aide Certificate Program. Those interested will be able to participate in on-site job interviews, and there will be gifts for all participants. All are encouraged to stop by for free refreshments on the dates listed below.

Brighton Health Fair & Job Fair

Dates: September 14th, 20th, 28th; October 6th, 24th
Time: 10AM-2PM
Location: 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue at Chase Bank, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Queens Health Fair & Job Fair

Dates: September 7th, 21st; October 5th, 13th & 26th
Time: 10AM-2PM
Location: 132-49 41st Road (Queens Office), Flushing, NY 11355

For more information, please call 718-535-3132



August
10
2016
News: Good Health Day 2016
AMERICARE ATTENDS GOOD HEALTH DAY 2016
NEW YORK - Thousands flocked to the park of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center on August 10th to celebrate Good Health Day 2016. The fair featured resources and services available in the community dedicated to keeping people healthy and happy in their own homes, and the communities they love. Americare sponsored a booth to showcase our various programs. Many attendees stopped by to inquire about our Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which services chronically ill or physically disabled individuals. People were also very interested in our pharmacy and ingenious way of delivering medications. Showing up for this important event is just one of the many ways that Americare continues to serve the community.


July
20
2016
News: Liveon Event
LIPA SCHMELTZER PERFORMS AT A LOCAL CHINATOWN SENIOR CENTER
NEW YORK - On July 18th, Americare joined with a local Chinatown senior center to provide support to seniors by harnessing the power of music to promote physical and emotional healing. Featuring world famous performer Lipa Schmeltzer, seniors were treated to a morning of entertainment and dancing through the joy of music. Participants were delighted to watch the language of music transcend cultural barriers, as everyone, from all backgrounds, joined together to clap and dance with the music. Seeing participants brighten their day with joy, laughter and cheer, Americare was proud to sponsor this event, and once again give back to the community it serves.


June
22
2016
News: Liveon Event
AMERICARE HOSTS INFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY EVENT AT CHINATOWN SENIOR CENTER
#1 Ranked Home Healthcare Provider Hosts Health Fair For Seniors In Chinatown.

Americare Partners With LiveOn NY To Provide Services And Important Information On Senior Care.
NEW YORK - Today, Americare partnered with LiveOn NY a nonprofit organization in an informational event at the Chinatown Senior Center to share important information on the services available for aging New Yorkers. LiveOn NY provides targeted advocacy, data-driven policy, direct assistance & innovative programs dedicated to making New York a better place to live for aging individuals.


May
05
2016
News: HCA Award
AMERICARE AIDE HONORED WITH HOME CARE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE "CARING AWARD"
Home Health Aide From #1 Ranked Home Care Service Provider Wins Prestigious Home Care Association Of New York State Award.
NEW YORK - Today, Americare home health aide Angela Pinzon received the "Caring Award" at the Home Care Association of New York State's annual conference in Saratoga Springs. The Home Care Association's "Caring Award" recognizes an individual in the New York State home care field who has exhibited compassion, skills and service that exemplifies caring above and beyond their peers in the home health care field.


Feb
28
2016
Resources: The doctor is in article
The Doctor Is In!
Now that the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population is 80 and older, Americans are starting to look outside the nursing home setting for their long-term health care. Many surveys have shown that a majority of people would rather stay at home, than in a nursing home or hospital setting. Whether you're sick, frail, or homebound, it sometimes feels impossible to get out of bed, let alone get to the doctor.


July
23
2015
Resources: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
AMERICARE RANKED #1 HOME CARE AGENCY IN NEW YORK FOR QUALITY PATIENT CARE
In Medicare's Home Health Compare National Ranking, Industry Leader Americare Received 4.5 Stars, Well Above The 3-Star NYS & National Average.

Americare Scored Best Among 9 Quality Measures Reflecting Top Treatment Practices & Improved Patient Outcomes
NEW YORK - In a newly released national Medicare ranking, industry leader Americare was rated the top home care agency in New York State for quality of patient care. Receiving 4.5 stars for its outstanding performance across 9 quality measures, Americare far outperformed its competitors and scored well above the state and national average of 3 stars.


July
10
2015
Resources: Heat stroke
Heat Stroke

noun: heat-stroke
A condition marked by fever and often by unconsciousness, caused by failure of the body's temperature-regulating mechanism when exposed to excessively high temperatures.

Is the above definition the extent of your knowledge when it comes to a heat-stroke? When it comes to Heat-Stroke, what is there to know and look out for? Who is prone to getting a Heat-Stroke?



April
22
2015
Resources: IT Conference
Americare Leads Major IT Conference to Inform Home Care Leaders on Industry Trends

NEW YORK – Americare, a leading home health service provider led a major IT conference on Wednesday, with over 180 participants from across the country in attendance at the LaGuardia Marriott Conference Center. With one of the most sophisticated and largest IT infrastructure systems in New York State, Americare's IT team informed participants about new advances in home care technology, including the use of HHA eXchange, one of fastest growing software solution systems in the industry.


April
16
2015
Resources: New Medical Program
Americare Implements New Drug Program to Reduce Hospital Re-Admissions & Improve health Outcomes for Seniors

NEW YORK CITY– Utilizing evidence-basedpractices, Americare has designed and implemented a new medicine adherence program, which aims to improve a patient's ability to safely and reliably take medications as prescribed, reducing costly emergency care visits and re-hospitalizations, and enhancing the quality of life for patients.


Jan
05
2015
Resources: Concert
Americare Hosts Free Concert for New Yorkers, Celebrates Success of Music Therapy Program

NEW YORK – Celebrating the success of MusiCare, its innovative musical therapy program, Americare hosted a free concert featuring noted performer Lipa Schmeltzer. It was held in front of a full audience last Sunday at the Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn. Lipa’s performance reflected the principles of the MusiCare program by expressing the joy of his music, and sharing his experiences of healing with the audience. The concert was produced by YossieKleinman and Lipa Schmeltzer.


jul
16
2014
Resources: Patient Activities
Lipa Joins Americare for MusiCare Therapy

He has long been a fixture in hospitals and camps for special needs children, using his positive energy and unique talents to brighten the lives of others, but Lipa Schmeltzer has set his sights on yet another demographic, using music to bring simcha to the lives of the elderly.
Nov
1
2013
Resources: Patient Activities
Walking in a Winter Wonderland

New York City has had many bad winters; winters with extremes of cold and multiple inches of snow. As we prepare for winter, let us not forget the hazards that accompany this change in weather. Caregivers need to remember that harsh weather requires special attention to the elderly.
Here are some suggestions that focus on their needs.
Oct
31
2013
Resources: Patient Activities
FROM A CAREGIVERS PERSPECTIVE

Holiday time is family time. During these times, caring for elderly family members can become overwhelming for the caregiver. When a family member has a cognitive disorder, this may be an especially difficult time.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND...

AMERICARE HOSTS INFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY EVENT AT CHINATOWN SENIOR CENTER

#1 Ranked Home Healthcare Provider Hosts Health Fair For Seniors In Chinatown New York State Award.

Americare Partners With LiveOn NY To Provide Services And Important Information On Senior Care.

NEW YORK - Today, Americare partnered with LiveOn NY a nonprofit organization in an informational event at the Chinatown Senior Center to share important information on the services available for aging New Yorkers. LiveOn NY provides targeted advocacy, data-driven policy, direct assistance & innovative programs dedicated to making New York a better place to live for aging individuals.

"Events like these, where Americare gets to bring our services and information directly to those in need are most rewarding" said Penina Mezei, Vice President of Marketing at Americare. "This is our community and we want to see everyone in it flourish and live a comfortable life. We want people to know Americare is there for them in their time of need and that we are a resource they can turn to."

"We are delighted to partner with Americare at this event. Through the collective strength of our members like Chinatown Senior Center, LiveOn NY works to champion the rights of all older New Yorkers. We connect them in ways that foster community so that New York can be transformed into a better place to grow old" said Igal Jellinek, Executive Director of LiveOn NY.

Dozens of seniors attended the event at the Chinatown Senior Center, where they learned about Americare's services available in their community. Additionally they were educated about common illnesses that effect seniors and healthcare options to help offset these conditions. LiveOn NY also shared valuable information on the services available to seniors in New York, including Medicare and Medicaid, and the work being done to ensure New York City remains a practical place for aging New Yorkers to live.

Americare is the #1 ranked home health service provider in New York State; offering services in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley. As a licensed home healthcare service agency and a certified Home Health Agency, Americare has been working with New York communities for over 30 years. Americare is experienced and committed to offering quality healthcare through our various and innovative programs.

LiveOn NY's mission is to champion the rights of older adults to make New York a better place to live. Founded in 1979, LiveOn NY began as an organization dedicated to advocating for policy change to further the interests of senior centers and agencies in New York City. Today, LiveOn NY is at the forefront of shaping the future of aging by developing new ideas that take the form of advocacy, policy and program development. LiveOn NY has a membership base of over 100 organizations that provide more than 600 community based programs, which range from individual community-based centers to large multi-service organizations. LiveOn NY's work ranges from promoting affordable senior housing and supporting family caregivers to promoting economic security and addressing elder hunger. Through its network and initiatives, LiveOn NY serves all older New Yorkers so that they can age the way they have always lived: like New Yorkers.

AMERICARE AIDE HONORED WITH HOME CARE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE "CARING AWARD"

Home Health Aide From #1 Ranked Home Care Service Provider Wins Prestigious Home Care Association Of New York State Award. Award Recipient Exemplifies Service to Patients And Home Care Students.

NEW YORK - Today, Americare home health aide Angela Pinzon received the "Caring Award" at the Home Care Association of New York State's annual conference in Saratoga Springs. The Home Care Association's "Caring Award" recognizes an individual in the New York State home care field who has exhibited compassion, skills and service that exemplifies caring above and beyond their peers in the home health care field.

"We are immensely proud of Angela for receiving this award. Angela's compassion and presence of mind, and her dedication to providing her patients with the highest levels of comfort and care is inspiring," said Penina Mezei, Vice President of Patient Relations. "I am deeply impressed by Angela's accomplishments and her ability to share her experiences with her peers so that they too can learn to provide the same level of care."

Angela Pinzon, who lives in Brooklyn, exemplifies the compassion, skills and service the "Caring Award" recognizes. Working with elderly patients as a home health aide, Angela provides the much-needed day-to-day care and assistance these individuals require. She was recognized for her two years of working with a 97-year-old patient, helping manage her end of life care. Angela was with her patient as she passed away and held her hand to ensure the woman's wish of not dying alone was fulfilled. Angela was asked to share her story with her peers and, in doing so, has helped numerous aides learn how to deal with the treatment of end-stage patients.

Americare is the #1 ranked home health service provider in New York State; offering services in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley. As a licensed home healthcare service agency and a certified Home Health Agency, Americare has been working with New York communities for over 30 years. Americare is experienced and committed to offering quality healthcare through our various and innovative programs.

The Doctor Is In!

Now that the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population is 80 and older, Americans are starting to look outside the nursing home setting for their long-term health care. Many surveys have shown that a majority of people would rather stay at home, than in a nursing home or hospital setting. Whether you're sick, frail, or homebound, it sometimes feels impossible to get out of bed, let alone get to the doctor. People getting medical care at a hospital or emergency room are at risk for catching serious infections. The last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours at the emergency room.

Americare CSS is one of those advanced home care agencies that are joining forces with home visiting doctor groups. Our goal is to better serve older and disabled people who need health care at home. This type of collaboration delivers high quality home-based health care services while helping to lower overall medical costs by avoiding unnecessary hospitalization and institutionalization. Some home visiting doctor groups bring a wide variety of testing options to the home, including lab work and portable x-ray machines. This advanced home based care model has become one of the fastest growing sectors in health care, driven by health financing challenges, a dramatic increase in the older adult population, a move to more patient-centered care, and an explosion of new mobile and digital health technology.

The advantages of the in-home doctor visit trend are already beginning to show, particularly in the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. Numerous studies have concluded that aging adults who receive house calls from their doctors are less likely to be hospitalized or go into a nursing home for care. Home visit recipients also tend to experience less cognitive decline and have a lower mortality risk than those who frequently have to visit an outside clinic. House calls can provide a unique perspective on a patient's life that is not available in an office visit. A house call can foster the physician-patient relationship and enhances the physician's understanding of the patient's environment and support systems. The overall outcome tends to be an improved quality of life for the patient.

If you feel that you or your homebound loved one might benefit from the assistance of a home visiting medical professional, please speak with the Americare patient relations department at (800) 704-4341.

AMERICARE RANKED #1 HOME CARE AGENCY IN NEW YORK FOR QUALITY PATIENT CARE

In Medicare's Home Health Compare National Ranking, Industry Leader Americare Received 4.5 Stars, Well Above The 3-Star NYS & National Average. Americare Scored Best Among 9 Quality Measures Reflecting Top Treatment Practices & Improved Patient Outcomes

NEW YORK - In a newly released national Medicare ranking, industry leader Americare was rated the top home care agency in New York State for quality of patient care. Receiving 4.5 stars for its outstanding performance across 9 quality measures, Americare far outperformed its competitors and scored well above the state and national average of 3 stars.

Americare is among the leading innovative home care agencies in the state, working with various Preferred Provider Systems in assisting to redesign New York's health care delivery system.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Americare's unwavering commitment to quality patient care is being recognized in this national report. Our team is made up of the best nurses and industry leaders in the business, and we are constantly improving our treatment practices to ensure the best possible health care outcomes for our patients. This ranking is a reflection of our extraordinary staff and our incredible community of patients," said Elly Kleinman, President and CEO of The Americare Companies.

Medicare's Home Health Compare uses a quality of patient care star rating to show consumers how the performance of a home health agency compares to other agencies. Agencies get a rating from 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 representing the highest performance. Agencies get more stars when they follow recommended care practices for more patients, and when more of their patients show improvement.

The quality of patient care star rating summarizes each agency's performance on average across 9 of the quality measures reported on Home Health Compare. These measures were selected to give a general overview of agency performance on measures that apply to the most people.

Americare's 4.5 star rating means that the agency performed better than other agencies on the measured care practices and outcomes. A 1- or 2-star rating means that the agency's average performance on the 9 measured care practices and outcomes was below the averages of other agencies. Across the country, most agencies received 3 or fewer.

The actual scores are based on home health agency patient assessments and Medicare claims. Visit Medicare's website and see our rating by clicking the picture below:

Americare Compare

Headquartered in Brooklyn, Americare is a leading home health service provider; offering services in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley. As a licensed home healthcare service agency and a certified Home Health Agency Americare has been working with New York communities since 1982.

Heat-Stroke

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, or heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.

Fact: Heatstroke requires emergency treatment.
Fact: Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles.
Fact: The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or even death.

SYMPTOMS

• High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
• Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
• Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
• Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
• Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
• Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
• Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
• Headache. Your head may throb.

GETTING HELP

If you think someone may be experiencing a heat-stroke the following immediate steps should be taken. Call 911 or your local emergency services number. Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.

wet dog • Get the person into shade or indoors.
• Remove excess clothing.
• Cool the person with whatever means available

For example...
• spray him/her with a garden hose
• sponge with cool water
• fan him/her while misting with cool water
• Place ice packs or cold wet towels on the person's head,neck, armpits and groin.

Those most susceptible (at risk) individuals to heat stroke include:
• Infants
• The elderly, especially if they are taking medications that make them vulnerable to dehydration and heat strokes
• Athletes
• Individuals who work outside and physically exert themselves under the sun
• Infants, children, or pets left in cars.

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Americare Concert The Americare companies wishes all its patients, families and all of NYC an enjoyable summer.
And remember. . .

Stay safe
Stay cool
And be responsible

Americare Implements New Drug Program to Reduce Hospital Re-Admissions & Improve health Outcomes for Seniors

Positive Results FromFree Americare Program To Increase Medicine Adherence

Internal Study Shows Effectiveness Of Program: Lowers Hospital Admission Rates& Registers Improvements On 5 Quality Measures

85% Of Hospital Admissions For Home-Based Patients Are Medication-Related

NEW YORK CITY– Utilizing evidence-basedpractices, Americare has designed and implemented a new medicine adherence program, which aims to improve a patient’s ability to safely and reliably take medications as prescribed, reducing costly emergency care visits and re-hospitalizations, and enhancing the quality of life for patients.

As part of a 6-month internal study on the program, Americare found improvements on all quality measures, including:

•Improvement in management of oral medication – by 26%
•Identification of potential medication issues (duplicate therapy, omissions, skipped doses and negative medication interactions) – by 18%
•Improved drug education - by 10%
•Lower hospitalization rates for improper medication administration - by 7%
•Lower emergent care rates for improper medication administration - by 8%

“Non-adherence to medication is one of the leading causes of preventable death for seniors in this country. Through innovation and experience, Americare is constantly improving our treatment practices to ensure the best possible health care outcomes for our patients. We’re proud of this program – and encouraged by its initial success on a wide range of quality measures. We hope to continue to building on these services and expanding them, to deliver the best quality of care for our patients and their families,” said PeninaMezei, Vice President of Patient Relations.

Americare, a Brooklyn-based home health care industry leader with 8,500 patients in the New York area recognizes that non-adherence is the third leading cause of preventable death in seniors, and costs $290 billion per year as well. Up to 85% of hospital admissions for home-based patients are medication related.

In October 2014, Americare launched this program with 60 patients participating and atno extra cost to the patient. This program improves medication compliance, decreases the risk of medication errors resulting in hospitalizations and improves quality of life for many patients through nurse oversight, individually designed medication packaging and monitoring software.

“For the past several years, my mother-in-law has been taking multiple medications twice a day. I used to spend about an hour and a half every week organizing her medications into her weekly pill box. Many times there were mistakes made with similar looking pills and mix ups of the day and night medications. This has all changed for the better since Americare has come into our lives,” said Marty, Family Member of an Americare Patient. “The medications come pre-sorted in sealed packets marked for breakfast and dinner. No room for error. When she travels or comes to our home for a short stay, an aide provides several days of medication packets and she brings it with her. No more confusion -thanks to the medication adherence program at Americare.”

Components of Americare’s Medicine Adherence Program include:

•A nurse identifiescurrent and potential medication compliance and adherence problemsas part of a thorough evaluation of a patient’s history.

•Then, as part of the treatment program, all prescribed medications are delivered to patients in individually-designedprepackaged strips in an easy-to-use table-top dispenser box. Example below:
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•Medication interaction software program is utilized to identify & monitor adverse reactions and to ensure compliance, prompting Americare aides to adjust treatment as necessary.

Following the implementation of this program, a recent internal studyfollowed60 patients on the program for a period of 6 months – three months under standard care and three months in the new medicine adherence program. The results show patients in the program had zero hospitalization and emergency care admissions for improper medication. By contrast, the same patients had higher rates of hospital and emergency care admissions due to improper medication management prior to joining the program.

During that time period, the program also showed a significant improvement in the management of oral medication by 26% with an 18% improvement in identifying medication issues (duplicate therapy, omissions, skipped doses, and medication interactions).

With these promising results in just a few months of implementation, Americare intends to expand the program for all of its patients, including those in foreign languages.

Americare is a leading home health service provider; offering services in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley. As a licensed home healthcare service agency and a certified Home Health Agency Americare has been working with New York communities for over 30 years. Americare has a lot of experience and is committed to offering quality healthcare through our various and innovative programs.

Americare Hosts Free Concert for New Yorkers, Celebrates Success of Music Therapy Program

Americare Hosts Concert With Noted Performer Lipa Schmeltzer
Free Concert Celebrates Success & Raises Awareness Of MusiCare

Americare ConcertNEW YORK – Celebrating the success of MusiCare, its innovative musical therapy program, Americare hosted a free concert featuring noted performer Lipa Schmeltzer. It was held in front of a full audience last Sunday at the Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn. Lipa’s performance reflected the principles of the MusiCare program by expressing the joy of his music, and sharing his experiences of healing with the audience. The concert was produced by YossieKleinman and Lipa Schmeltzer.

Americare ConcertThe program, MusiCare offers the musical talents of Mr. Schmeltzer, a popular Jewish performer to its patients in their homes, including Holocaust survivors. Having spent many hours working with patients, young and old, Lipa has firsthand experience harnessing the power of music to promote physical and emotional healing. With Lipa’s talents, Americare patients have seen an increased quality of life, and the joy of a shared musical experience in the comfort of their own homes.

“Our goal is to give New Yorkers the opportunity to have a better quality of life through the MusiCare program, and with Lipa’s talents, it has been a phenomenal success. We are pleased to offer this free concert to share the joy our patients have experienced and to raise awareness about the program. Americare looks forward to continuing to offer these services to those who need it most, including Holocaust survivors, ” said PeninaMezei, Vice President of Patient Relations.

Americare ConcertAmericare is a leading home health service provider; offering services in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley. As a licensed home healthcare service agency and a certified Home Health Agency Americare has been working with New York communities for over 30 years.



If you’d like to learn more about Americare’sMusiCare program, contact us at: 1-800-704-4341

Americare Leads Major IT Conference to Inform Home Care Leaders on Industry Trends

Americare Leads Full-Day Conference On Tech & Home Care Industry Trends
Hundreds Of Leaders In Home Health Care Nationwide Attended

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NEW YORK – Americare, a leading home health service provider led a major IT conference on Wednesday, with over 180 participants from across the country in attendance at the LaGuardia Marriott Conference Center. With one of the most sophisticated and largest IT infrastructure systems in New York State, Americare’s IT team informed participants about new advances in home care technology, including the use of HHA eXchange, one of fastest growing software solution systems in the industry.

The semi-annual IT conference included educational break-out sessions running simultaneously to discuss financial, coordination & scheduling and clinical tracks of new software. In addition, Americare representatives detailed best practices in home health IT including, systems, integration, compliance and customer support. The participants, all leaders in licensed home healthcare companies represented about 120 different agencies with patients ranging from 100 to 5,000.

“As part of the home care industry here in New York, we know new technology is a critical necessity to ensure top quality care for our patients. By streamlining processes and medical management, Americare has reduced hospital admissions, cut costs and increased quality of life for the communities we serve,” said Penina Mezei, VP of Patient Relations. “We’re proud to be able to extend our knowledge and practices to other home health care leaders to produce better outcomes across the industry."

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Earlier this month, Americare hosted a weeklong open house in appreciation of their patients and homecare aides in its Flushing, Queens location. Hundreds of participants stopped by the open house for new health care information and refreshments.

As part of the event, Americare offered educational pamphlets for patients and their aides with new health care tips, including new information about Americare's effective medication adherence program. By improving a patient’s ability to safely and reliably take medications as prescribed, this program has been shown to reduce costly emergency care visits and re-hospitalizations, and enhance the quality of life for patients.

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Americare is a leading home health service provider; offering services in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Hudson Valley. As a licensed home healthcare service agency and a certified Home Health Agency Americare has been working with New York communities for over 30 years. Americare has a lot of experience and is committed to offering quality healthcare through our various and innovative programs.

Lipa Joines Americare for MusiCare Therapy

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He has long been a fixture in hospitals and camps for special needs children, using his positive energy and unique talents to brighten the lives of others, but Lipa Schmeltzer has set his sights on yet another demographic, using music to bring simchato the lives of the elderly. Joining forces with Americare, the leader in home healthcare, Lipa and Americare President and CEO Elly Kleinman are introducing MusiCare, an innovative music program which will allow the popular singer to use his gifts to lift the spirits of seniors in a music program.

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“Lipa is spearheading MusiCare and will develop different methods and ideas on how to enhance each patient’s mood, as well as paving the way to recruit certified music therapists to work with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in an effort to boost their cognitive stimulation,” said Kleinman.

Lipa noted that he is looking forward to this new endeavor and to working with the Kleinmans, who are well known baalei tzedaka.

“We hope that together with Lipa we can develop MusiCare into a full music therapy program, offering our patients tremendous advantages,” said Kleinman.

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Lipa has spent thousands of hours visiting patients and has seen firsthand the benefits of music under many circumstances.

“Music is the greatest form of therapy,” said Lipa.

Yossie Kleinman, director of special projects at Americare, said that Lipa is well suited to the task at hand and that he has high hopes for MusiCare.

“Lipa is like a chameleon,” said Yossie Kleinman. “He can visit 50 different patients and will adapt instantaneously to each and every patient’s mindset and mood.”

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

New York City has had many bad winters; winters with extremes of cold and multiple inches of snow.  As we prepare for winter, let us not forget the hazards that accompany this change in weather. Caregivers need to remember that harsh weather requires special attention to the elderly.

Here are some suggestions that focus on their needs.

Winter Walking
winter_walkingSnow, ice and cold temperatures are dangerous especially for the elderly. Walkways need to be kept clear.  It only takes a moment to slip on ice. Broken bones, especially hips, are common health problems this time of the year.

Safe at Home
safe_homeThe elderly are commonly confined to their homes during the winter due to the weather. Make sure that they have their medications on hand and enough food in case of a storm. If you have an elderly neighbor, try to keep in contact with them.

 

It’s Soooo Cold 

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The elderly often have difficulty in body temperature regulation. Hypothermia can occur indoor as well as outdoor. It is important to check the thermostat in the home of someone you are caring for. Make sure the heat is not turned off. This is especially important if it is an unusually cold day

 

Say Hello
say_helloOne of the most common problems for the elderly in the cold weather is the deterioration of their health both physically and emotionally. This is due impart because of the inability to get out because of the cold. Be sure to visit or call your family member often to be sure that they are safe and well.

 

Skin Care

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Winter is also hard on the skin. Although skin care may be a far gone thought for many when it comes to caregiving, take the time to assist your elderly family member or loved one in good skin care. Here are some very important facts to know on skin care for the elderly.

Itchiness
·    With ageing, oily secretions of the skin decrease, leading to dry skin and itchiness. Improper skin care such as scratching or using hot water for stimulation only makes it worse. If the skin becomes broken, there may be infection or inflammation.

Dry Skin
·    The most effective way to manage the itchiness due to dry skin, is to apply moisturizing cream frequently, especially after bathing when the skin is still moist.

Bathing
·    Hot water can wash away all the oily secretions, therefore the elderly should only use warm water, and avoid excessive cleansing. Mild soap or bathing gels should be used, or perhaps only applied to local areas, the rest of the body to be flushed with warm water only. Dry weather makes the itching worse. So, in winter, unless there has been sweating, the elderly does not need to bathe everyday, instead, bathe on alternate days or even every three days.


Safety First

safety_firstMost falls occur indoors so be sure that walkways are clear, lighting is adequate, and equipment such as canes and walkers are in good condition. Winter is a season that makes the elderly very vulnerable to harm.  As caregivers, we need to be focused on these potential hazards in order to safeguard those in our care. Just remember, when winter comes, spring is close behind.

 

Stay warm!

Nancy Hahn, RN, MPH
Vice President
Americare, Inc.

FROM A CAREGIVERS PERSPECTIVE

Holiday time is family time.  During these times, caring for elderly family members can become overwhelming for the caregiver.  When a family member has a cognitive disorder, this may be an especially difficult time.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
While we all begin to celebrate the upcoming holidays, getting into the holiday spirit is part and parcel of our daily routine. However, the elderly, especially those with memory problems, often feel confused and have little interest in the holidays. The holidays often present issues not addressed by family such as change in routine. This is especially true for those who suffer from memory loss, as they are very tied to routine. Family members who do not live or interact with their loved one on a regular basis may be unfamiliar with the day-to-day needs of someone with confusion and memory deficits.

As a nurse and also as the primary caregiver for my 89 year old mother who resides with me, I am in a unique and at times, dubious position of understanding both the needs of the elderly patient and the difficulty in caring for a loved one. *Here are some tips that can help to offset some of these problems and feelings that may impact the holiday celebration.

1.    In preparation for the holiday, keep reminding your loved one that the holiday is coming.

2.    Tell them where they will be going or, if they will be at home, tell them who will be visiting.

3.    Remind them of the time that the celebration will begin. (I generally start telling my mother about the holiday, 2 or 3 days ahead of time repeating it each time I see her. I then ask her what we are doing for the holiday. Sometimes she gets annoyed when she does remember; other times she does not recall.)

4.    At times, after asking your loved one about the holiday schedule, be prepared to either get no response or an incorrect response. Keep in mind that when the guests arrive or you get where you are going, it helps if you remind them that you had discussed it with them.

5.    Have your loved one assist in the preparation. For example have your loved one do simple decorating on the cookies or by cutting colored paper for making simple tree decorations. Other family members can participate and do the hard parts.

6.    Take out old photo albums for them to look at with other family members and reminisce. Often your loved one can remember many of the events in the past. It makes them feel involved and needed when asked about specific pictures.  They may even have stories to go with them—stories that the younger generation may not have heard.

7.    Keep them active and engaged, even if they are just sitting in the room. Specifically address them when discussing various topics, asking them for their input.

8.    When asking your loved one to participate, keep the instruction short and simple.

9.    When asking them to do something, give them choices rather than ask if they would like to “Help out.” It gives them the option to say “NO”.
For example, “would you like to help out with the food”? Or would do you like to help out with the decorations”?

REMEMBER
Making sure that your loved one is involved in activities does so much to make them feel needed and part of the festivities.   Preparing in advance is the key to having them as part of the holiday celebration. Aside from the benefit of reducing the stress level of the caregiver and your loved one, it will also help to keep them in better mental health and overall well-being.

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Hahn, RN, MPH
Vice President
Americare, Inc.