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NAHC Report: Issue# 2530, 10/17/2014
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Home Care and Hospice Preparation for Ebola

Special thanks to Barbara Citarella, MS, RN, RBC, Limited Healthcare & Management,, for writing the following article. If you are attending the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Phoenix, AZ on October 19 - 22, 2014, Barbara will present two education sessions at the Annual Meeting. The first session will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19, entitled "How to Prevent Infection Control Breaches," and the second session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, entitled "How to Identify Home Care and Hospice’s Triggers and Indicators: Crisis Standards of Care."

Earlier this week, Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) wrote to Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting guidance from CDC on appropriate protocols relative to Ebola for home care workers. Officials at CDC indicated they had brought Halamandaris's letter to the Director's attention. NAHC will continue to monitor and report on activity in this important area and will be announcing additional actions it is taking to ensure the greatest possible safety of the home care and hospice community and the patients they serve.

As the Ebola outbreak continues to make headlines around the world, much of the focus, guidance and protocol development have been on acute care facilities. But we in home care and hospice need to be prepared also. At this moment in time, chances are slim we will see an acutely ill patient with Ebola, but we cannot rule it out as the situation changes daily. (As of this moment, a second strain of Ebola has been identified in the Congo, which has a 71% mortality rate.) Here are some suggestions that providers can begin implementing now for the current situation. We will update as it changes.

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NAHC President Highlights Reasons to Attend the Annual Meeting
New video highlights key reasons home care and hospice professionals should attend this year’s Annual Meeting that starts this weekend

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently released a video highlighting key reasons for home care and hospice professionals should attend this year’s Annual meeting. The Annual Meeting begins this weekend – October 19 – in Phoenix, AZ.

Key reasons to attend that Mr. Halamandaris cited include:

  • The networking. This is the largest collection of home care and hospice professionals in the world.
  • Educational workshops. There are 128 workshops offered at this year’s Annual Meeting
  • The fun. There are parties and events in the evenings to help attendees blow off steam.
  • Great Speakers. Among those scheduled to speak are Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who is Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly, Senator Rob Portman, Financial guru Ric Edelman and many more.

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Power Paws Assistance Dogs
Demonstrations by Assistance Dogs — Frasier, Faye, and Sheldon at NAHC’s Annual Meeting, Wednesday, October 22, General Session

Meet and interact with Arizona Power Paws assistance dogs as they demonstrate what they can do. These highly skilled dogs help disabled adults and children to achieve greater independence and carry out Power Paws mission to be a community resource. Power Paws main programs focus on people with mobility impairments, such as paraplegics and quadriplegics. They also train diabetic alert dogs to identify and alert patients to high or low glucose levels and partner with them in managing their condition. Hearing ear dogs serve as the ears for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and alert their person to sounds, such as phones ringing, knocks at doors, and fire alarms.

Additionally, assistance dogs have the skills to do other important tasks: turning light switches on and off, opening and closing doors, retrieving items that have been dropped, and above all providing companionship and love. That’s why Power Paws dogs also play an integral role in animal-assisted therapy to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functions. Watch puppy love in action as you see how Power Paws assistance dogs can empower the disabled.

To follow Frasier (Frasier Junior) and Faye (Faye Barkin) on Facebook, go to

To register for the Annual Meeting, click here.

Registered Nurses and Hospice Staff

Renown Health, based in Reno, Nevada, is looking for experienced, supportive Registered Nurses and hospice staff.

In keeping with our commitment to providing compassionate and continuum care at every stage of life, we are opening Renown’s first-ever hospice program and we're looking for experienced RNs and hospice staff with at least two years of prior hospice experience.

Renown Health is northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. Based in Reno, Renown serves a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. The Reno-Tahoe region holds a range of lifestyle options that spans from downtown Reno to the shores of Lake Tahoe. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s easy to understand why so many people choose to explore the natural beauty of our region. Experience as much or as little as you want as you thrive in our small-town feel and friendliness and all the financial benefits that come from a state with no state income tax.

Learn more at: or contact Anne Larson, Recruiter, at 775-982-6306. EEO/M/F/V/D


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