By Trish Carcopa, BA Health Management, Health Writer
The New Year rings in “A TOAST for GOOD HEALTH.” Most assuredly, health care clinicians know all too well that your health can change in an instant. Hospitals strive to meet higher standards of care, understanding the accomplishment of Joint Commission Accreditation, and in doing so are equipped in screening community health care providers who share in this accreditation.
Collaborative partnerships have this in common. When searching for a health care provider, look for the Joint Commission Accreditation Gold Seal. The GOLD SEAL means ACHIEVEMENT IN EARNING HIGHER STANDARDS OF CARE.
Strengthening Collaborations with
Health Care Providers
Today, across the health care continuum, health care providers are strengthening collaborations that better support the patient. By embracing collaborative partnerships, hospitals are taking charge of truly evaluating and examining community providers. Patients and families will always make the final decision about their choices. Informed consent is the result of educating the consumer.
An Informed Decision: True Story
Recently, a 57 year old male was hospitalized. At discharge, he was told that he would have to go to a nursing home for safety reasons because he had no one other than his elderly mother in the home. Recognizing he was the caregiver of his mother, he began to panic. He did not want to go to a nursing home and would not leave his elderly mother alone. He took the matter into his own hands and began to google in home care options. He educated himself. He called many listed and made an informed decision choosing BrightStar Care, because of his understanding of The Joint Commission Accreditation and their achievement in earning this higher standard of care. By doing so, he was able to get the care he needed at home, while being there for his elderly mother.
Reaching Better Outcomes
There is much work being done for the benefit of the patient, which is often never seen by the patient or families. Hospital administrators are to be commended because it is their leadership that is replacing the systems and silo mentality. In leadership today, the direction is to discuss the community support options with the patient/family pending discharge and to INVITE those support providers selected to meet in the hospital to become a partner in their discharge plan. Social Workers taking this action are the catalyst for combating hospital readmission.
Healing From Within
Good News… while many challenges face us in the delivery of quality health care, we are equipped with educated minds at the helm in leadership roles, earning and keeping the trust for the benefit of the patient. Align your health care with higher standards.
To learn more about the in home care options BrightStar Care has to offer, please call us at 913-535-0255.
Giving Our Best
The delivery of healthcare is a patient/family experience. Imagine hearing that “You have Cancer,” followed by “There is no more that we can do for you,” Where would you turn? How would you be able to cope? Taking the time to CONNECT is every bit as important to the delivery of healthcare as diagnosing, prescribing and treatment. Connecting to another person in their time of need “MEETS THE PATIENT WHERE THEY ARE” and enables both the person and the professional to improve the situation.
The Take Away
Patients, are you demanding our best? And, professionals, are we giving our best?
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A Higher Standard of Home Care
Joint Commission Accreditation