18May, 2017

How Home Health Care can Improve the Lab Results for Dialysis Patients

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If you are on dialysis, or know someone who is, you know how complicated it can be. Dialysis is performed in tandem with other forms of treatment for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This includes nutrition monitoring and medication management. However, what also needs to be monitored are the lab results for dialysis patients. These results will tell your physician whether the patient is responding to dialysis or not. This is where Home Health Care (HHC) can significantly help patients and their family’s. Studies have shown that HHC can help improve […]

20Apr, 2017

How Home Health Care can support those newly diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease By Ken Banks

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a medical condition in which a person’s kidneys are failing on a permanent basis, potentially leading to the need for long-term dialysis. With the right treatment, however, the progression to further stages of CKD can be stopped. Also, Home Health Care (HHC) can and does support those newly diagnosed with CKD. In this article, we’ll talk about how this is possible and what it means for these patients. The incidence and cost of CKD continues to rise especially in areas like Chicagoland. In order to […]

4Apr, 2017

How Home Health Care can keep Dialysis Patients Out of Hospital By Ken Banks

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If you need dialysis or know someone who does, you know how cumbersome it can be. Not only do dialysis patients need to regularly undergo treatment, there is always a risk of hospitalizations. Many people do not realize that Dialysis patients risk hospitalizations for complications such as infection, fluid overload, and falls. Repeated admissions to hospital for patients in renal failure is often the norm rather than the exception. This also adds up costs. It currently costs about $88,000 a year for a patient to undergo dialysis, according to the […]

17Feb, 2017

5 indicators that Home Health Care Services is Right for You By Ken Banks


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I have been frequently asked by patients and their family members that – “Were there any signs that could have helped prevented me from going back into the hospital?” Although there is not always a clear answer to this question, I know that home health services have been proven to lower the rate of re-hospitalization. I started DirectMed Health Services to help patients and families in their homes who are suffering from chronic illnesses and have seen how this really is effective for a better way of living. I thought […]

12Jan, 2017

Solutions to Lower Hospital Readmission Rates

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  A topic that is frequently encountered by my nurses and therapists is “how can I prevent my mother/father from going back to the hospital?”  This is not only a concern for family members but also medical professionals and hospital administrators. The question of ever-increasing readmission penalty rates for hospitals hasn’t been answered for a while now. Day by day it has become an insurmountable challenge which hospitals, especially in Illinois, are finding very tough to climb and address in the long run. A recent report, revealed that these are […]

15Dec, 2016

Top holiday meal choices for those with End Stage Renal Disease

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You may not know that the average Thanksgiving or Christmas meal has over 2000 calories. This is more than what you would consume with regular meals over an entire day. This may not be a problem for most people, but it is for those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). If you are a patient with ESRD, you need to be very careful about what you eat not just on a regular basis, but also and especially during the holidays. For those with ESRD, you need to consume foods with […]

7Nov, 2016

Use of Home Health Services to Decrease Patient Re-Hospitalizations

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Home health care is becoming increasingly more important for  patients suffering from different diseases. Some of these include seniors and/or patients with chronic illnesses such as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The numbers speak for themselves…One in three Americans is currently at risk for developing kidney disease…26 million American adults have kidney disease and don’t know it…10% of the population worldwide suffers from CKD and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable medical treatment. This is where home health services like DirectMed can help. With a […]