Educated Patients Decrease Fraud and Increase Quality of Care
- Mission offers tools for patients to learn and empower themselves to know their options and rights during National Healthcare Quality Week, October 20-26-
SAN DIEGO (May 24, 2013)—Mission Healthcare, which offers medical and non-medical services in the home, educates patients and consumers on their rights and choices in healthcare services.
“Many individuals think whatever their doctor prescribes is their only choice—that is incorrect,” said Amy Nelson, Director and Co-Founder of Mission Healthcare. “Patients and families need to be their own best advocates and we need to educate them on how to make the best choices.”
Many people do not realize that care in the home is an affordable option. Numerous studies show that it is both financially and psychologically important it is to keep elderly and ill family members in the familiarity of their homes for as long as possible. It is the ideal healing environment, where access to loved ones and familiar surroundings shortens recovery time. The technology that is now available allows care previously only available in a hospital setting to take place in the home. With consistent home care, lengthy hospital stays are prevented. Elderly patients are more susceptible to infection in the hospital. At home, they are more inclined to stay active when they are able to maintain normal routines.
“We need to educate consumers on how to pick agencies that are reputable and let them know they have the final decision in who provides them service,” said Nelson.
Mission Announces Two New Hires
-Home Care Operations Manager and Sales Manager added to Mission Team-
San Diego, Calif. (May 15, 2013)— Mission, which offers medical and non-medical services in the home through its three service lines: Mission Home Health, Mission Home Care and Mission Hospice, announces two new hires in the Home Care division, Paul Scalone and Adam Collings.
Scalone, the new Home Care operations manager brings over 10 years of experience in health care, with special attention to customer service. He most recently worked for a top-rated Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) multi-specialty physician’s group closely associated with one of the largest district hospitals in North San Diego County. He focused on supply chain services, facility and project management. As operations manager at Mission, Scalone is responsible for hiring, budgeting, expanding to new markets and process improvement.
“Adding Paul and Adam is proving to be of great benefit to our growing home care division,” said Kerry Pawl, Director and Co-Founder of Mission. “In the next couple of years we plan to double our emerging team in all three of our service-lines but at the same time making sure the patient is the number one priority.”
Mission Launches ‘Mission Forward’ for San Diego’s Homeless
-Mission empowers employees to pass out water, socks and toiletries to those in need-
SAN DIEGO (May 14, 2013)—Mission, a home health, home care and hospice organization launched Mission Forward, a yearlong campaign to support San Diego’s homeless. While Mission’s employees are on the road providing health services, they will give out living essentials to the homeless they pass by. The bags are filled with bottles of water, fresh pairs of socks and toiletries.
“Since Mission’s services are provided in the home, our clinicians and our staff are always on the road between patients’ residences,” said Mark Kimsey, co-founder of Mission. “Our staff passes by individuals in need all day long and we thought this would be a perfect way to make a difference.”
There are about 8,500 people living on San Diego’s streets and in shelters. San Diego’s homeless population is the third largest in the U.S.—New York and Los Angeles are the first two. Mission’s staff will keep the bags in their cars to give out when they see a person in need or asking for help on the side of the road.
“Helping those in need is a valuable experience,” said Kimsey. “It is important for us to empower our employees to give back and spread joy in a way that resonates with them personally.”
Vacations When Caring for the Elderly
-Tips on how to relax and have fun traveling with aging seniors who have special health needs-
SAN DIEGO (April 23, 2013)—Mission Home Care, which offers non-medical services in the home, explains how to maximize enjoyment while traveling this summer with the elderly who require special care. The key to a successful trip is advanced preparation and/or hiring a professional caregiver for extra help.
“Vacations are extremely important for family bonding and mental recharging—even more so when you care for an aging parent,” said Kerry Pawl, Co-Founder and Director of Mission Home Care. “However, many people avoid it all together due to the stress they think will occur when traveling with frail seniors—this doesn’t have to be the case.”
Below are some things to remember when planning a vacation:
National Stroke Awareness Month
-Recognize the Signs-
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Many people don’t know that if the drug, tPA is administered within the first three hours of a stroke it can drastically improve the outcomes. Many people also don’t always know when someone is having a stroke.
Here are three things you can do if you suspect someone is suffering from a stroke due to a change in their behavior or ability to communicate.
Mission Healthcare Appoints New Hospice Executive Director
-Laura Semmler brings 27 years of experience as executive director to lead hospice team-
SAN DIEGO (March 27, 2013)—Mission Healthcare, which offers medical and non-medical services in the home through its three service lines: Mission Home Health, Mission Home Care and Mission Hospice, announces Laura Semmler, RN, BSN, MBA as Executive Director of the new hospice service-line, which launched March 11.
“Laura’s extensive experience in palliative care makes her an excellent leader as Executive Director of Mission Hospice,” said Jennifer Robinson, director and co-founder of Mission Healthcare. “Her nursing and leadership skills contribute to her visionary approach for our new service line.”
Occupational Therapy—a Valuable and Misunderstood Service
- Mission Home Health highlights OT Month this April -
SAN DIEGO (March 26, 2013)—April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month and Mission Home Health takes this opportunity to dispel the many misconceptions about OT, which is a misunderstood and underutilized service among the public and even other healthcare professionals.
National figures show substantially less utilization of OT services by comparison to other services with Medicare statistics commonly showing equivalent referrals or reimbursements at less than one-quarter of Physical Therapy (PT). The name itself can be misleading. "Occupational" was intended to represent the more global definition of "anything that one does to occupy oneself" rather than the more common employment definition.
Mission Healthcare Launches Hospice in San Diego
San Diego, Calif. (February 28, 2013)—On March 11, 2013, Mission Healthcare will launch a hospice service-line that will serve the greater San Diego community. Mission Hospice was accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) and has spent the past two years building a foundation of utmost compassion and compliance.
“CHAP accreditation demonstrates that Mission Healthcare meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards,” said Terry A. Duncombe, CHAP President and CEO. “Voluntarily selecting to achieve CHAP accreditation and meeting our high standards of excellence demonstrates Mission Hospice’s commitment to quality.”
Educated Patients Decrease Fraud and Increase Quality of Care
- February is National Wise Health Care Consumer Month and Mission Healthcare offers tools for patients to learn their options and rights -
San Diego, Calif. (February 7, 2013)—Mission Healthcare, which offers medical and non-medical services in the home, educates patients and consumers on their rights and choices in healthcare services.
“Many individuals think whatever their doctor prescribes is their only choice—that is incorrect,” said Amy Nelson Director and Co-Founder of Mission Healthcare. “Patients and families need to be their own best advocate and we need to educate them on how to make the best choices.”
Mission Healthcare has Bilingual Staff at Every Level So Clients feel More at Home
- Spanish and English Speaking nurses, billing, human resources, and more, help San Diegans to feel more at ease when hiring a home health provider San Diego County -
San Diego, Calif. (July 2012)- Mission Healthcare’s newest Home Health Services are available to even more San Diegans, with several bilingual staff to provide patients and their families great support throughout the Becoming a caretaker for an aging relative is an overwhelming and expensive undertaking that countless embark on in order to keep their loved one in the familiarity of their home. What many don’t realize is that there are affordable options for in-home care that support independent living and a high quality of life. Mission Healthcare’s commitment to providing treatment choices is the catalyst for adding Home Care, to support the growing needs of a maturing population.
Mission Healthcare expands their Services with Mission Home Care
- Mission Home Care is quality, diverse and specialized private home care available to San Diego County -
San Diego, Calif. (June 2012)- Becoming a caretaker for an aging parent or loved one is a huge undertaking that many embark on for the sake of keeping their loved one comfortable in the familiarity of their own home. What many don’t realize is that there are affordable options for in-home care that support independent living and a high quality of life.