4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

Being a great leader will not happen overnight but by simply doing these 4 things you can start to learn a lot about yourself and what good leaders do to be successful. You’ll find what works well for you and what else you need to learn to continue your growth as a great leader. If you enjoyed reading about leadership, then let me encourage you to check out the different online leadership programs on this site.

Castor Oil As A Home Remedy

The natural home remedy organic castor oil is used for centuries to treat digestive and skin problems like constipation and skin allergies. In this decade, castor oil is used for many other purposes and skin care is one of them.

It shows efficient and quick results when applied to the skin in case of sunburns, scraping, and acne. It keeps our skin hydrated, healthy-looking and moisturized as well.

Castor oil is a pale yellow oily substance. Although the oil is an oily substance, it is an excellent thing that can be used to treat acne as it prevents our skin from the effect of the skin oil that causes acne on the skin. This is because it slips deep into the skin and also provides a high antioxidant effect.

The oil is the ingredient of many commercial skin care products such as lip balms, lipsticks, creams and emulsions that are used to keep skin hydrated, moisturized and smooth.

It has also a strong anti-inflammatory effect due to the presence of ricinoleic acid. It helps to prevent rashes on the skin due to acne. The antioxidant properties of this natural vegetable oil protect your skin from sunburns caused due to the generation of free radicals on the skin. Its antioxidant property also provides protection against the formation of free radicals on the skin in response to tobacco smoke, traffic fumes, and many other pollutants.

It has also excellent humectant properties which keep our skin smooth and silky. Unlike many other oils, it can be used as a moisturizer because it absorbs moisture and does not leave your skin sticky after washing it because it can be easily washed off with soapy water.

It has humectant effect which supports its antioxidant effect to prevent the development of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation needed for the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the different parts of the body to maintain a healthy and glowing skin.

Many of its effects on the skin are amazing and surprising. It provides a wide range of effects that are required to maintain a healthy skin such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturizing effects. It has also some antibacterial and antifungal properties due to which it is amazing in treating ringworm and other infections.

It is available in different forms in the market. It is widely used in the preparation of moisturizers available in the market today. It is one of the best natural substances available in the market that provides your skin a natural care.

Castor oil is an excellent and amazing remedy against scalp infections. Scalp infections are due to nutritional deficiencies or improper diet. It has good antifungal and antibacterial properties so it’s the best among all the oils to treat your scalp. It is also very effective and amazing in preventing hair loss.

It keeps the skin hydrated, moist and free from infections, so it can be used to heal wounds. It is also effective in the treatment of ringworm disease.

This oil has an amazing property against skin allergies. Castor oil has both internal and external use.

Along with the healthy and nutritional diet, castor oil skin care preparations can help you to maintain your younger looks for many years and delays aging and wrinkles definitely.

What I Learned About Home Healthcare And How It Can Help Your Family

About a year ago, I spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws as is the custom, but I, along with nearly everyone else at the get-together noticed that my mother-in-law was very quiet, ate almost nothing, and seemed out of it. Now, the entire family is having to cope with what ended up being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis & having to decide when home healthcare might be the best option with which to go. In short, it’s been a helluva change.

At first, the family was at a loss for what to do with the diagnosis. Some were shell-shocked and other were angry. When it came to my in-laws (Ma & Pops), they didn’t see the need for any alarm and didn’t think that there was anything wrong. Unfortunately, one phone call changed everything, and all of a sudden, everyone had to spring into action.

My brother-in-law went over for a check-up visit, and saw that my father-in-law fell, hurt himself pretty badly, and was laid-out unconscious. After seeing his dad in this state, he panicked at what might have happened to his mom. It turns out, she wasn’t aware that anything had happened or that her husband was in any danger. Things had certainly changed.

Now, our lives are filled with physical & electronic calendars at everyone’s homes noting doctor’s appointments, divvying out who takes the in-laws out for groceries and other errands (they aren’t allowed to drive anymore), and finding ways of trying to keep things as normal as possible for a situation that is anything but normal. The problem is that when you think things are moving in the right direction, you’re quickly given a dose of reality. Between major health scares for my brother-in-law & an increasing severity in Ma’s degradation, everyone is at or near a breaking point.

It’s here where home healthcare has become an incredibly important topic for all of us. We’ve come to realize that there are a number of agencies in the area that provide services, but they aren’t all the same. As such, if you’re thinking about home healthcare for your family, make a list of the specialities & needs that have to be addressed by a prospective home healthcare service provider. This way, you can narrow down your search. It’s also been important for my family to make sure that the agencies we look at put an emphasis on independence for those being cared for.

Ma & Pops are retired educators with decades of experience, multiple degrees (Dr. Pops to be specific), and have been married since the early 60s. They’ve made a successful life based on hard-work & grit. In fact, Pops still mows his own lawn & he’s 81. Being able to maintain independence for them is essential to the whole family, and it’s something you definitely need to keep top of mind.

Finally, the one thing I’ve learned about home healthcare is that it does more than just help those being cared for – it helps everyone. Therein lies the most important part of finding the right agency. We’re still making things work right now, but now that we’ve started the conversation about home healthcare, everyone seems a bit more relaxed & confident that we can make the right call when the time’s right. Every family is different, so if your family is thinking about home healthcare, have a plan, be patient, and take heart in knowing that things will be OK.