WHO: Potential home health patients or families and friends of individuals who might benefit from home health
WHAT: are invited to attend an open house and ribbon cutting
WHEN: at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, March 30
WHERE: at Gentiva Home Health-Las Cruces’ new location, 505 South Main Street, Suite 132 B, just off Lohman Avenue.
WHY: Gentiva Home Health-Las Cruces new offices provide a more centrally located base of operations from which to deliver its home health services. Gentiva serves the Las Cruces community by bringing high-quality health care – from skilled nursing to therapy to help with daily living activities – to the patient’s place of residence.
Gentiva Home Health-Las Cruces, an affiliate of the Kindred at Home family of home health and hospice companies, today announced the opening of its new Gentiva Safe Strides program to help area residents with their balance problems by cutting their risk of falls, reducing pain, increasing sensation and improving their functionality and independence.
Gentiva Safe Strides is changing the way healthcare is delivered in the home by taking an innovative approach to balance dysfunction through extensive evaluation and treatment of balance-related disorders that result in falls. Since balance problems can arise from any number of central and peripheral physiological problems, such as vertigo (sensation of dizziness or confusion), peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves), neurological dysfunction and many others (often in combination), this new program is likely to be attractive to a wide range of Las Cruces’s physicians, from gerontologists and neurologists to emergency room doctors.
“By contrast, most balance disorders go untreated when patients seek out more traditional methods of homecare,” said Executive Director Mayra Santiago, PT. “Traditional treatment usually involves gait training (learning how to walk safely) with an assistive device and general strengthening exercises. This approach fails to address the root causes of the problem because – unlike Gentiva Safe Strides – it typically offers no intervention for the vestibular (balance), ocular (vision) or somatosensory (sensation) systems that could be contributors.”
Gentiva Safe Strides is a customized, home-based intervention program, developed by a skilled team of physicians, physical therapists, nurses and homecare administrators. It is part of a nationwide drive by Gentiva to address the root causes of accidental falls, a serious health problem among older adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in persons over 65, and about half of those falls can be attributed to some sort of balance disorder.
Santiago said that Safe Strides can help keep people out of facilities and control expenses at a time when the nation is experiencing spiraling healthcare costs. “Gentiva’s Safe Strides Program looks at both the quality of life and the cost of treating patients with balance dysfunction,” she said.
Physicians and referral sources who want to learn more about Gentiva Orthopedics, and therapists who would like to apply for positions with the new program, should contact Santiago at 575-528-5620. If you would like to learn more about Gentiva Home Health-Las Cruces, contact Santiago or come to the March 30 open house and ribbon cutting for the agency’s new location at 505 South Main Street, Suite 132 B in Las Cruces.
Gentiva, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, is one of the nation’s largest providers of home health, hospice, and community care services. Gentiva delivers compassionate, high-quality care to patients through offerings that include skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. For more information, visit www.gentiva.com.