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Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care Second Edition Released
Date:9/25/2007

SEATTLE, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrelli and Associates Inc. announced today the release of the second edition of, Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care. This is a follow up to the national best selling handbook designed especially for home health aides. Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care is being published with the Instructor's Manual, which offers comprehensive aide curriculum and education.

As more than 77 million baby boomers approach retirement age, it is anticipated that the demand for healthcare, particularly home and community-based care, will almost certainly outpace the supply of quality caregivers. Thus, home health care, hospice and private duty organizations will likely experience the full impact of this staffing crisis.

It is widely known that the country is facing a nursing shortage; however, the problem extends beyond nurses. There are currently one million home health aides working in the United States. By 2017, the industry will require an additional one million aides, and by 2031 an additional three million aides are needed to keep pace. Across all industries, the Department of Labor projects that home health aides will be one of the fastest growing occupation through 2014.(1)

"As the healthcare landscape changes dramatically in the coming years, successful home care providers will be defined by their ability to recruit, educate and retain quality home health aides. With such substantial increases in demand for aides, home care providers must offer more than a place of employment. Effective training will greatly enhance recruitment and retention, while bolstering efforts to improve quality of service and outcome performance," stated Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, President of Marrelli and Associates Inc. and author of Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care.

Focused exclusively on training for home health aides, certified nursing assistants, hospice aides and personal care aides, Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care meets the practical, ongoing need for caregiver training, while simultaneously helping position home care organizations to thrive amidst emerging market changes.

The impact of the boomer influx is far reaching. Medicare and private insurance companies are already focusing on the financial ramifications of the growing bulge in healthcare payments. As a result, pressure is mounting for providers to deliver optimal quality with minimal expense in an effort to prevent exacerbations and reduce hospital and emergency room utilization. More than a one-time learning opportunity, Aides are encouraged to bring the book with them during visits or shifts as a means of helping them to identify and report patient issues to the appropriate nurse. This early intervention can make a difference in quality and cost.

The baby boomers are also advocates of consumer-driven healthcare. In this model, provider-specific outcome information is placed directly in the hands of consumers so that they may selectively choose practitioners based upon historical performance data.(2) This unprecedented accountability requires that home health providers address the looming aide shortage in the context of a nursing shortage and a system where measures of quality directly affect the bottom line.

"Successful organizations understand how to deliver an appropriate mix of nurse and aide visits in an effort to navigate through market challenges, without compromising quality of care. Because aides are on the front lines of care delivery, their efforts often have a dramatic impact on patient outcomes. Thus, home care and hospice providers benefit from investing more time and resources into training and retaining these important caregivers," stated Marrelli.

Although the Federal Government recommends that Medicare-reimbursed agencies provide aides with at least 75 hours of training, there exist few formalized training processes in place to help agencies standardize their home care aide curriculum.(3)

A pioneer of best practice in the home care industry, Marrelli's new edition outlines standards for home care aides, and also offers a comprehensive training curriculum that is easy to follow. The small handbook, Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care is accompanied by an extensively revised Instructor's Manual (IM) that includes lesson plans, patient case studies, unit tests, and resources, all while emphasizing the importance of aides in care plan delivery. This IM resource offers a clear roadmap for aide instructors to follow so that the training is thorough and directly applicable to home care agency and hospice operations.

Aide Handbook - Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care

Marrelli and Associates, Inc., 2008

ISBN 978-0-9647801-3-2

Spiral-bound, 233 pages, $29.95

Instructor Manual - Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care Instructor

Manual

Marrelli and Associates, Inc., 2008

ISBN 978-0-9647801-4-9

Large book, 300 pages plus! $179.95

About the Author

Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN is President of Marrelli and Associates, Inc., a health care consulting and publishing firm based in Englewood, Florida. Having sold in excess of 300,000 books, Marrelli is the author or co-author of 12 titles including the Handbook of Home Health Standards and Documentation Guidelines for Reimbursement, the Nurse Manager's Survival Guide, the Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook and Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care. Marrelli is the Editor of Home Healthcare Nurse, the Lippincott peer-reviewed journal written for home care and hospice professionals. She was also the editor of the Mosby/Elsevier journal "Home Care Provider" for four years. Marrelli's prior experience includes both agency management and more than four years at the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA - Now CMS). http://www.marrelli.com

(1) U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocotjt1.htm

(Retrieved August 13,2007)

(2) U.S. Department of Human & Health Services http://www.medicare.gov

(3) U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos165.htm#training

(Retrieved August 13,2007)


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