Home Health Care: Not Just For The Elderly

Home health care as a practice tends to conjure up a specific image of a long-term arrangement between an in-home aide and an elderly patient who needs help with daily life, from getting out of bed to preparing meals and medications. While this is certainly the most common use of home health care, it is far from its only application. One entrepreneurial woman discovered this when she opened her own home healthcare facility, Home First Healthcare. Hannah Hanshaw combined her passion for business with her previous experience as a certified nursing assistant to get Home First off the ground, but ran into trouble when she found out she needed to wait a year before it could be accredited by the state; this affected her ability to receive referrals for clients and could have meant financial ruin for the budding entrepreneur. Fortunately, she was familiar with pushing the envelope to find new paths to success: she decided to provide specialized services for those recovering from cosmetic and orthopedic surgery and is even considering expanding into chemotherapy and dialysis aftercare. “After these treatments, you’re wiped out and some of these people are handling these issues alone, so what I have is a customized recovery program and plan for individuals that may need help in the home.” It’s an excellent business strategy: nearly $13.3 billion is spent on cosmetic procedures each year, so the market is certainly booming. Recovery after such procedures, particularly invasive ones such as breast augmentation or those involving the face and eyes, can be a difficult and painful process. The experience is not dissimilar from common surgery: mobility will most likely be limited, and doing even the most basic of tasks can feel akin to climbing Mount Everest in gym shorts and a t-shirt — you’re going to need help. Employing a home health aide, even if it’s just for the week or two following your surgery, can help you prevent common mistakes that can actually prolong your healing process, and will give your body the time it needs to rest and recover without worry or stress. Hanshaw’s specific attention to those that may require extra help, even if they aren’t aware of it, is what makes Home First so special. Having previously opened and maintained a restaurant, Hanshaw was forced to shut it down when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism; her 15-hour days were keeping her from her children as it was, and the news of his diagnosis was the last straw. “I wanted my next business venture to be able to not only provide for them but also not keep me away from them....

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Medical Malpractice Settlement Sees Connecticut Paying $1.3 Million To Ex-Inmate
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Medical Malpractice Settlement Sees Connecticut Paying $1.3 Million To Ex-Inmate

The state of Connecticut is paying $1.3 million in a medical malpractice settlement to an ex-inmate, Wayne World. For almost three years, World was treated for psoriasis when he actually had subcutaneous lymphoma. At a recent public hearing, World’s mother, Carrie World, recounted his appearance to lawmakers when she saw him at the beginning of those three years. According to Ms. World, he was wrapped in gauze like a mummy and he had a hole in his palm so pronounced she could see through it. Nearly three years later, the doctors at the jail properly diagnosed him. According to state records, World was serving a 17-year sentence for manslaughter, but due to his condition he has been granted medical parole and released early. His lawyers, Kenneth Krayeske and DeVaughn Ward, are staying busy with other medical-malfeasance lawsuits. Currently, they have three pending in court and are in the midst of preparing four others, including at least two deaths. Every week they receive letters from family members of inmates who say that their loved ones’ medical conditions have worsened. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical malpractice holds the spot as the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer. In 2012, there was an average of one medical malpractice payout every 43 minutes, and that year’s total spent on the payouts was upwards of $3 billion. Connecticut’s corrections department is just seeing the beginning of their financial liability. The department has flagged 25 cases, including eight deaths, in which they have been sued or expect to be sued over the care provided by their contractor, UConn Health. According to the Hartford Courant, the DOC only gave state auditors a copy of their report of the medical malpractice cases after a ruling by the attorney general’s office. The auditors were critical of the $100 million-a-year, no-bid contract between UConn Health and the state prisons, saying that it lacked quality controls, performance benchmarks, and oversight. With roughly 20,000 medical malpractice claims filed each year across the country, the DOC is taking steps to minimize the number in Connecticut state prisons. Their previous agreement with UConn Health ended earlier this year. Now the DOC will provide the service by hiring over 600 doctors, nurses, and technicians from UConn Health, and, for the first time, commissioner Scott Semple has added a chief operating officer and two additional...

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