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Navigating Home Health Care during COVID-19

As we continue to navigate through uncertain times due to COVID-19, the team at Ready2Nurse remain committed to providing quality care to our valuable patients. We understand that many are concerned with leaving the safety of their homes or have difficulty doing so due to chronic conditions. Ready2Nurse works closely with seniors and also with those recovering from surgery or a major event. We want to ensure that we are able to expand our services and to accommodate as many of those in need as we can during these times.

With the help of technology, we have been able to conduct telehealth visits with patients and their physicians. Telehealth visits ensure seamless and safe interaction while preserving effective communication and quality healthcare. We hope to see the future of telehealth assisting more patients. Ready2Nurse also started providing virtual health talks for our senior population. Even if you are not in need of care due to a chronic condition or injury, we still want to provide important health information and the opportunity to speak with knowledgeable clinicians. Our most recent virtual health talk was hosted by Amy Wang, founder of Ready2Nurse, and discussed high cholesterol and dietary recommendation and myth. We hope to reach many more who are interested in learning from health experts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our next virtual health talk will be in November featuring our Rehabilitation Program Manager/Physical Therapist, Lucie McGrane, DPT. We would love for you to join! More information about the talk will be posted next month.

Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Ready2Nurse

Care Team

Meet Lucie McGrane, DPT

We are so grateful to have Lucie McGrane, DPT on board as our full-time Rehabilitation Program Manager and Physical Therapist!

Lucie works closely with our seniors at Ready2Nurse using creative interventions and the motto of “difficult but doable” to encourage independence and active lifestyles. She is passionate about the geriatric population and has developed and implemented therapeutic exercise programs for those with dementia, Parkinson’s, and other cognitive related issues. Lucie is reliable and noted to be full of warmth — our seniors are sure to feel comfortable in their own homes and motivated to work to increase longevity and healthy living.

We anticipate patients and families will feel this positive change through continued improvement in service quality with Lucie’s expertise and help.

To our Patients, Families, and Physicians,

We are incredibly grateful and blessed to be a part of your homes, and able to service your Home Health needs.

From our work family to your’s:

Stay safe and healthy!

Ready2Nurse

Helping Seniors Do What They Love

Ready2Nurse empowers our patients to live their best life through personalized support and care. Our care team of nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists encourage family members or caregivers to have an active role in supporting healthy hobbies and interests. Music therapy is one of the ways individuals, namely those with memory challenges, can enhance cognitive function and quality of life. Through self-nurturing activities, such as playing the piano, our patients continue to live independent and dignified lives.
Ready2Nurse Physical Therapist Playing Piano with a Senior During Home Therapy Session

Sharing How to Manage Essential Hypertension

Ready2Nurse is continuing our ongoing health talk series at the Villages—sharing the latest research and recommendations for essential hypertension wellness management. The Villages is a delightful 55+ Silicon Valley residential community in San Jose, CA, offering a stunning array of leisure, relaxation, exercise and educational activities for residents. We thank them for welcoming us into their beautiful community.

At our most recent presentation, Amy Wang, FNP-C, PA-C, enjoyed engaging with some familiar faces and discussing pragmatic steps to improving heart health! Our discussion addressed residents’ shared concerns about medication management, blood pressure measurement guidelines, nutrition, and other health complications.

Here are some take-aways for better heart health management!

– Shop locally for groceries to ensure meals are healthy and fresh!

– Partake in 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily—some of the classes residents enjoyed at the Villages were line dancing, jazzercise, and tai chi.

– Get a full night of sleep by sticking to a regular sleep routine.

All in all, listening to residents’ stories helped shed light into the everyday challenges that seniors face, as well as just how resilient the human spirit is when facing multiple comorbidities. Ready2Nurse is sincerely grateful for the Villages Medical Auxiliary Resident Services Coordinator, Cristina Freyer, LMFT, for allowing us the opportunity, VMA volunteer Lorretta for assisting with workshop space and materials arrangement, media specialist John for setting up our technology, and all residents for their detailed questions and participation in our health talk.

Coming Together As a Community

One small action may seem insignificant but in truth can have a remarkable impact. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are getting daily reminders of the role each individual plays in society, and the synergistic effect our decisions and actions can have. Choosing to follow with the shelter-in-place order and practice social distancing helps with the current health crisis we are facing as a community. We are living in ambiguous and uncertain times, which often can create fear and anxiety. Despite all of this, we also are witnessing great compassion and generosity of the human spirit. Ready2Nurse Home Health Agency is a budding startup agency, and we truly are grateful for our community for stepping up to provide assistance in various ways. For example, Charlotte Pang, who has been a constant supporter of our mission from the beginning, donated protective masks that she sewed to help our staff stay safe as we continue to care for our patients. She also donated masks to local hospitals. Although this pandemic has brought about many horrible situations, there are bright points amidst the darkness with individuals coming together as a community to do what we can to support one another.

Concerned about COVID-19?

We are in an unprecedented time with the pandemic outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  We actively are working with Santa Clara County Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to ensure safe and efficient actions are taken.  The health and safety of our patients, families, and team are our utmost priorities.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop, the following may serve as resources to get the information you need.

– Santa Clara County is using 2-1-1 to serve as a call center for questions about COVID-19.

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/news/Pages/covid-19-aall-211.aspx

– The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is providing daily COVID-19 updates online.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has information on what you need to know regarding COVID-19 and resources for the community.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Improving Seniors’ Strength and Balance

Ready2Nurse aims to promote longevity, fall prevention, and fast and safe recovery if health incidents occur. One way to meet that goal is to regularly do exercises to improve strength and balance. Our teams of nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists design individualized plans of care including home exercise programs. When available, we encourage family members or caregivers to remind and support our patients to consistently practice their exercises. Consistency with an appropriate exercise routine is key to building on physical strength and balance skills.

Teaching the Community About Diabetes

Today, Ready2Nurse was fortunate to have the opportunity to share up-to-date research and recommendations regarding Type 2 Diabetes and lifestyle management as per the latest guidelines from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists at the Villages, a lovely 55+ Silicon Valley community in San Jose, CA. Amy Wang, FNP-C, PA-C shared the most recent standards regarding A1C, complications related to diabetes, necessary preventative visits, immunizations, and lifestyle. We were blessed to have an engaged group of educated residents who shared their personal stories and asked thought-provoking questions. We were thrilled to have such an open forum to discuss and share key points to assist seniors to better manage various life factors related to diabetes. For example, people who have diabetes are recommended to have visits with their primary care physicians, podiatrists, and ophthalmologists annually. Our audience was fantastic with asking clarifying questions, such as if visits with the podiatrist and ophthalmologists should happen after a negative change was noticed or beforehand. We emphasized the importance of preventative practices and salience of regular visits every year to catch signs and symptoms before negative exacerbations of symptoms occur. Ready2Nurse truly appreciates awesome Villages Medical Auxiliary Resident Services Coordinator Cristina Freyer LMFT who allowed us to have this opportunity, media specialist Danny who helped to set up our technology, and all the wonderful residents who braved the cold morning mist to participate in our health talk!