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Plaza Health Network aligns with Jackson Health System to treat complex patients

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TRANSPLANT AND LVAD PATIENTSRelationship will allow for more personalized sub-acute care to speed up recovery

Plaza Health Network and Jackson Health System have collaborated to provide clinically complex patients with an option for sub-acute care recovery.

Patients who require extra care and observation but do not have to be in a hospital setting can continue their recovery at one of Plaza Health Network’s seven rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. The relationship commenced between Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) and The Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) with Plaza Health Network’s two facilities in the Miami Health District, University Plaza and Jackson Plaza. These two facilities are in close proximity to the hospitals, providing JMH and MTI doctors and nurses ease of visitation if necessary to monitor their patients. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients are among the first to benefit from this unique arrangement.

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Aqua Therapy Can Mean Less Pain, More Gain during Rehabilitation

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For patients who require rehabilitation for certain chronic conditions or to recover from illness or injury, wading into warm water for physical therapy can make a difference.

Plaza Health Network in South Florida offers aqua therapy services at its University Plaza rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, located in the heart of the health district near downtown Miami. At University Plaza, each individual candidate is evaluated for their risk versus benefit before starting aqua therapy.

Aqua therapy offers multiple benefits for the right candidates. Less pain during rehab, a speedier recovery, and — for someone with limited physical endurance on land — the opportunity to perform more beneficial strength training or walking exercises.

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Q&A: Telemetry and Tele-Health Can Make an Immediate and Interactive Difference for Residents 

Q&A: Telemetry and Tele-Health Can Make an Immediate and Interactive Difference for Residents 

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21st Century healthcare is about making the right connections, at the right time, to provide the best quality of care. The goal is to seamlessly link nursing home residents, physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners to remote medical specialists through collaborative virtual care, including video conferencing.

Plaza Health Network’s seven South Florida rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities are rolling out this interactive technology to allow rapid, real-time, remote physician monitoring of patients utilizing the latest technological advances.

In this Q&A, Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, Chief Clinical Officer at Plaza Health Network, explains how telemetry can improve the quality of nursing home care, enhance patient comfort by minimizing the disruption of traveling to a hospital or medical specialist, while reducing costs for hospitals by decreasing unnecessary hospital readmissions.   Read More

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Plaza Health Network launches advanced respiratory care program at Arch Plaza

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aAdvanced Respiratory CareAs part of its ongoing mission to provide high quality, sub-acute care to adults and seniors in the South Florida community, Plaza Health Network has launched an advanced, inpatient respiratory care program that provides treatment, rehabilitation and education to patients with complex respiratory conditions. The program is available at Arch Plaza, located in North Miami, and will continue to roll out at the other six Plaza Health Network centers throughout Miami-Dade County over the course of 2018.

Patients with complex respiratory conditions -such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung disease and those who are ventilator or tracheostomy dependent- will be cared for by respiratory therapists who coordinate with nursing and rehabilitation staff to provide enhanced and advanced pulmonary care. The team also is focused the patient’s continual care once they have transitioned from hospital to home by teaching them the necessary skills that would enable them to function independently at home, thereby avoiding unnecessary hospital readmissions.

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Five Tips to Keep the Holidays Special for a Nursing Home Resident

Five Tips to Keep the Holidays Special for a Nursing Home Resident

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With the holidays approaching, many people get even busier than usual, adding the hustle and bustle of the season to all their normal day-to-day activities. Nevertheless, most still find time to celebrate holiday traditions important to them and their loved ones.

When people recovering from an illness or injury find themselves in a nursing home this time of year, they might worry about missing cherished traditions with friends and family. How can you help?

Take action. You can prevent your loved one from feeling isolated or excluded.  Here are some tips to get you started on making the season brighter and more memorable for everyone.

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Rights of Florida Nursing Home Residents Protected by Multiple Rules and Regulations

Rights of Florida Nursing Home Residents Protected by Multiple Rules and Regulations

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When you or a loved one enter a skilled nursing facility for care, you are entitled to certain rights as a patient. Nursing homes will explain these rights before or at the time of admission, and new residents sign a form acknowledging they understand their legal protections.

Protecting patient privacy, quality of life and personal dignity are some of the reasons federal and state governments establish minimum nursing home rights.

Skilled nursing facilities accredited by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare, for example, need to follow federal rules outlining patient rights. These rights include being able to participate in activities, get treatment free from discrimination, and remain fully informed about your or your loved one’s medical condition and all medications and supplements. The Social Security Act also requires nursing homes to protect and promote the rights of its residents, including the right to ensure dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and respect.

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Recognize the Early Signs of Dementia – and Know When to Seek Residential Care

Recognize the Early Signs of Dementia – and Know When to Seek Residential Care

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It is not always easy to tell the signs of dementia from normal, age-related changes in memory and mood. But when you notice symptoms in a loved one getting progressively worse and starting to impact daily life, it may be time to find out more.

Although early symptoms can vary from person to person, the 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease is a good place to start.  If these symptoms of memory loss, confusion or social withdrawal on the Alzheimer’s Association list seem familiar or leave any doubt, consult a physician.

Early detection can lead to earlier treatments. Medications can slow progression of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Another benefit of taking action early is together choosing the right place for residential services, should the need arise in the future. That way, a skilled nursing facility will not seem completely unfamiliar, which can be disorienting to someone with more advanced dementia. Read More

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Florida Nurse Practitioners are Leading the Charge to Elevate their Profession and Patient Care

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It’s a story of hard work, commitment and tenacity. Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs), often referred to as nurse practitioners, are making significant strides in Florida, expanding their scope of practice, assuming health care leadership roles, and reaping the benefits of decades of work striving for a greater understanding and acceptance of the profession.

As a nurse practitioner myself, now serving in a leadership role as Chief Clinical Officer of Plaza Health Network’s rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in Miami, I took time to reflect on this progress in a recent article for the health care publication Advance for NPs and PAs. The article focuses on the landmark “Future of Nursing” report by the Institute of Medicine, and Florida’s progress on implementing the report authors’ recommendations. It reminded me of how much we have achieved, and also how much more there is to do.

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Respiratory Therapy Can Help Nursing Home Residents Breathe Easier

Respiratory Therapy Can Help Nursing Home Residents Breathe Easier

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As skilled nursing facilities, we strive to provide the best recovery for all patients who come into our care. For some people, skilled respiratory therapy services can help improve outcomes. That’s often the case when a patient arrives with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), moderate-to-severe asthma or another breathing disorder, or needs breathing help while recovering from an injury or surgery. In addition, physical therapy may assist in building body strength as well.

For nursing home residents who appreciate receiving specialized treatment in the same facility where they are staying, having respiratory therapy services onsite can be a great convenience.

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Plaza Health Network’s South Pointe Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center Earns South Florida’s First Center of Excellence for Wound Care Designation

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Wound CareSouth Pointe Plaza, an award-winning rehabilitation and skilled nursing center that is part of Plaza Health Network, proudly announces its recognition as the first skilled nursing center in South Florida to earn Center of Excellence for Wound Care certification from VOHRA Wound Physicians, the nation’s largest multi-specialty post-acute physician group. South Pointe is one of only 25 skilled nursing centers in the entire country to earn this designation.

The VOHRA Center of Excellence for Wound Management Program identifies and honors facilities that have established superior wound management programs. These facilities must meet multiple requirements such as having a less-than-one-percent wound-related re-hospitalization rate as well as having a verified outcomes-focused wound care program led by a physician specialist and staffed by certified wound care nurses seven days a week.

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