Mission Healthcare Blog

Advance Directives for Elderly Loved Ones – Tough Now, Invaluable Later

August 26, 2020

Advance directives—clearly defined decisions and preferences for a multitude of end-of-life scenarios—are a tough topic of discussion. Who wants to think about one’s self or loved one approaching the end of their life, let alone talk about it? But here’s why it matters: dying is a chapter of our lives as important as, if not […]


The Benefits of In-Home Healthcare During COVID-19

August 5, 2020

Home healthcare agencies—agencies that offer medical services within the home like wound care, rehab therapy, medication management and hospice care to name a few—are more imperative than ever during the era of COVID-19. Managing health and wellness is especially important for our senior community; but going to the doctor or the hospital may not be […]


3 Essential Tips for Aging Happily and Healthily

February 22, 2017

The benefits of a balanced, nutritious diet are well documented and these apply throughout all stages of our lives. Good hydration and nutrition is an important part of staying healthy as we get older, but research suggests that 1 in 4 older Americans have poor nutrition. Not only does this make them more susceptible to disease but it can […]


How Rehospitalization Hurts Everyone in the Health Care System

May 3, 2016

Rehospitalization, also referred to as readmission, is the Achilles heel for the entire U.S. health care system. The average cost for a single patient to be readmitted to a hospital is $11,200. That sum takes a massive toll on everyone involved, especially when you consider the following: A 2009 New England Journal of Medicine study found that […]


Help Improve the Mental Health of Today’s Seniors

April 20, 2016

Loneliness and isolation are troubling concerns for the elderly population, often leading to more serious problems such as depression, anxiety, and the risks associated with falls, injury, or acute health concerns (such as heart attack or stroke). In 2012, more than 41 million people in the U.S. were age 65 and older, or one in every eight […]


Turn the music up! Music is a great form of therapy for our hospice patients.

March 21, 2016

Mission Hospice offers a unique form of therapy that involves instrumental and vocal activities to meet the needs of our patients. It allows us to address the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of patients, their families, and caregivers in a time when other measures may not be an option. What is Music Therapy? Music […]


Burned Out in the Medical Field? A Career in Home Health Might be the Remedy

March 1, 2016

“Burnout” has long plagued the medical field. In a 2011 survey by the American Nurses Association, three out of four nurses cited work-related stress and exhaustion as one of their top health concerns. In 2012, a national survey published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that nearly half (46 percent) of U.S. physicians reported feeling burned […]


5 Reasons It’s Time to Pay Attention to Home-Based Care

February 12, 2016

Home health has long been recognized as an emerging trend in health care—an interesting, “outside the box” approach, appealing to providers and patients alike. Meanwhile, data suggests that the home health industry is not only growing, but surging. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of home health agencies and personal care […]


What is the Continuum of Care?

January 26, 2016

Every patient has their own unique needs, and those needs can change dramatically over the course of care. A patient receiving home care, for example, might find themselves in home health after a slip and fall. Vice-versa, a home health patient who is healing after a slip and fall may become more for fit for […]


The Life-Changing Difference of Hospice Care and the Continuum of Care

January 4, 2016

When a patient is terminally ill, hospice is usually the most appropriate form of care. It’s never that simple, though. End-of-life care means different things to different patients, and family members are often (and understandably) reluctant to place their loved one in hospice.  There are so many varying needs and levels of care that fall […]