Why HealthFlex was founded by nurses

There are dozens of home healthcare companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. But only one was founded by nurses, for nurses, to make a real difference in how we treat our patients.

We have very high standards for HealthFlex Nurses. That’s why they’re  carefully selected from a variety of personal and professional criteria. Because members of our leadership team are nurses, we’re committed to hiring a comprehensive team of highly trained RNs, LVNs, and clinicians to provide education, understanding and nurturing care to each and every patient.

We always put people first –– that includes our team of more than 230 skilled nurses and our hundreds of patients. Our nurses offer compassion to their care, improve our patients’ quality of life, and create wellness in our communities.

Furthermore, our nurses are a strong reason why we’ve been recognized as an industry leader by becoming an annual 5-Star Medicare Rated CMS company.

Finally, because we were founded by nurses, our patients are extremely pleased with the quality of care, which is helping us grow faster than any other in-home healthcare company in the Bay Area.

A HealthFlex Nurses Testimonial

“The best in-home care experience. Our Nurse and Physical Therapist were extremely nice and helpful. I will recommend this agency to my friends and family.” – I.K.

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If you have a comment to share with us about our skilled nursing services, please send it to info@healthflexhhs.com.

What our clients say about HealthFlex Home Health Services

Every week, more than 230 HealthFlex Home Health Services nurses and clinicians travel to clients in nearly 70 cities all over the Bay Area to help them stay in their homes.

Here are a few recent testimonials from our clients that speak volumes about our quality of compassionate care to help restore dignity, maintain stability, and regain independence.

Physical Therapy Testimonials

Regaining strength is of critical importance for any in-home health care clients to get back to an active life.

One gratified client shared: “Special thanks for the excellent care I received from your Physical Therapist and Nurse. I have been in other home health care systems and this is (by) far the best I had. Please let them know how well they are doing.” – T.R.

Another client said: “I would like to thank your clinician for the excellent physical therapy skills that are so helpful to me. Her wonderful support and care these last two months.” – Anonymous

Home Health Aids Testimonial

Because of her advanced age and dementia, this client could no longer bathe herself. She also needed some assistance with personal care like brushing her teeth and feeding.

The Home Health Aids from HealthFlex Home Health Services were much appreciated: “All the people at HealthFlex were pleasant and did their jobs professionally. I would like to thank the whole staff for all their professional, thoughtful care! Sufficient to say thank you.” – G.O.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Testimonial

Our HealthFlex CHF Management Program empowers clients and families to manage this disease. Home care options integrate skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and registered nutritionists.

This client said: “The HealthFlex nurses have been excellent, courteous, knowledgeable, and articulate, expressing concern in a very engaging way. My wife has been treated very well by HealthFlex personnel.” – W.F.

Surgery Rehabilitation Testimonial

Our Registered Nurses work closely with your primary care physician to support a customized plan of care.

Here’s what another client wrote: “I would like to thank all who helped me with rehabilitation after my surgery and especially my Physical Therapist.” – G.S.

Do You Have a Testimonial to Share?If you have a testimonial to share with us for HealthFlex Home Health Services, please email it today to info@healthflexhhs.com.

Defining home health care

There are literally hundreds of choices for San Francisco Bay Area home health care companies. So how do you choose the one that is the right fit for you or your loved one when it’s needed most?

How do you find a company that can serve all of your needs, from physical therapy to palliative care?

And how you do filter out all the others when you need to rehab surgery, to recover from a stroke or a heart attack, or to get back to your active life after other medical events?

Let’s Start With a Definition of “Home Health Care”.
Home Health care is a way to recover in the comfort of your home with skilled, personalized and professional support available to you 24 hours a day.

A service usually covered by your insurance company, home health care gives you the best opportunity to heal at home.

Most importantly, home health care fosters independence and improves your quality of life.

If the Bay Area home health care company you’re searching for does not offer to coordinate care with your physician, does not provide a personalized plan, or does not have a wide range of services, they most likely are not the right company for you.

How is Home Health Care Different From Home Care?
Home Care is often called companionship because someone comes to your home to help with daily tasks.

Sometimes, the home care worker helps with cooking or delivering meals, light housekeeping and laundry, as well as helping you get dressed, bathe, wash your hair, keep you entertained, or manage your medications.

A HealthFlex Bay Area Home Health Care Testimonial
“Best nursing and home health agency in the Bay Area. (Our) fourth home health agency and the very best! Thank you so much!” – E.T.M

So now that you know the difference between home care and home health care, you’ll know who to call when you want to stay in your home after a medical event.

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HealthFlex receives 5 Star rating from Medicare for Patient Outcomes and Quality of Care!

We are proud to announce that HealthFlex has once again, been awarded a 5 Star rating from Medicare for Patient Outcomes and Quality of Care!

We are honoured and thankful for having the opportunity to work with such an amazing community here in the Bay Area. A very big thank you to all of our amazing staff, nurses, therapists and to all our supporters who have given us the opportunity to work with them.

After only 3 years, HealthFlex has been recognized as an industry leader, delivering superior quality care to thousands of patients. Many families have greatly benefited by choosing us as their home health providers. We hope to continue creating better, more efficient ways of delivering the best care, to your home.

As we look into the future of home care, we take a grasp on the changes and challenges we face and respond with innovation and advancement. Please stay tuned for our exciting Telehealth technology and Transitional Care programs.

Slow Your Roll, Enjoying the Little Things in Life

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One of the best – and easiest – ways we can support our own mental and emotional well-being is by remembering to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. This isn’t a virtue that is often supported in our culture, which often touts the benefits of “life in the fast lane” or “going for broke.” But it’s still important – and even more so as we grow older.

The little things in life are what we will cherish when we look back on our lives and enjoy fond memories. This could be the joy of time spent with close friends or loved ones, the first moments in a child’s or grandchild’s life, or even a lazy afternoon spent with a good novel. Or it could be enjoying the cycles of the seasons and the beauty of nature. It could be doing a simple kindness for a friend, or receiving one in turn.

Without slowing down to appreciate these small things, what is the rest of life made of? It winds up being nothing more than the daily grind of work, the various disappointments we all face, and the occasional crisis that comes out of nowhere. Between these events are the little things in life. And while individually they may seem insignificant, when they are added up, they’re really what make up the vast majority of what makes us happy in life. While we tend to think of life in terms of years, it’s really composed of the small moments that take place every day. Many of these can be forgettable on their own, but together they provide the richness that results in a life lived well.

So whenever you have a moment, appreciate it. Take time to see the little things that make your life richer, and try to be thankful for them when you can. If you find that you haven’t taken the time to slow down and step out of the daily grind in a while, do yourself a favor and take a quiet moment to spend with loved ones, friends, or just by yourself.

Sleep Tips: A Good Night’s Rest is Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

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Your overall mood and energy levels during the day are highly influenced by the kind of sleep you’re getting at night. Unfortunately, many older adults report difficulties sleeping through the night, and as a result, they have lower energy during the day. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you are getting the kind of natural, productive sleep you need to stay mentally focused and emotionally balanced and have a great day.

Maintain a regular schedule. Your body is on a circadian rhythm – the natural cycle between sleep and wakefulness. Only by maintaining a regular schedule can you avoid throwing it out of balance. Keep a regular bedtime, and get up at the same time every day. If you lost sleep at night, make up for it with an afternoon nap.

Increase daily light exposure. Getting enough natural light exposure is important for your body’s ability to maintain its circadian rhythm. Spend more time outside during the day. Avoid wearing sunglasses when possible. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let as much light into your home as possible.

Decrease light exposure at night. In our modern age, we are exposed to more sources of unnatural light than at any other time in human history – and this can have a negative impact on our ability to get enough sleep. Turn off the TV and computer at least an hour before going to bed, and turn off overhead bulbs in favor of softer light from lamps. Avoid reading from backlit devices in favor of ones with darker screens.

Make the bedroom a refuge for sleeping. Use heavy light-blocking curtains to make sure it is as dark as possible and reduce outside noise. Use white noise to cancel out any noise that does filter in, such as a fan or soothing, soft music. Keep your bedroom slightly cool and well-ventilated, as this will also help improve sleep.

Tips on How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy and Clean

Healthy Teeth Smile

Brushing and flossing teeth every day is vital to making sure they stay healthy. Plaque – the enemy of healthy teeth – can build up quickly on teeth that are not brushed regularly. And as we grow older, we become increasingly at risk for tooth decay and gum disease, particularly if we do not brush and floss. Whatever your age, it’s important to maintain healthy teeth by brushing at least two times a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride; floss at least once a day; and get regular cleanings and oral exams from your dentist. Additionally, rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash can help lower levels of the bacteria that cause plaque buildup and gum disease.

During a dental exam, seniors can expect their dentist to conduct a complete history of their oral health as well as a full oral exam. Often a cleaning will also be in order. You should be ready to tell your dentist the date of your last dental check-up, as well as any emergency visits. Also, keep track of any recent changes in your gums or teeth, and whether you have recently had difficulty chewing, swallowing, or tasting food. Be sure to let your dentist know if you have had any pain or bleeding in your mouth, or if you’ve noticed any sensitive or loose teeth.

Your dentist should check to see if you have any problems in your bite or jaw, as well as the inside of your cheeks and tongue for signs of infection or ulcers. Finally, they will thoroughly examine your teeth to look for any signs of decay, monitor the condition fillings or crowns are in, and look for cracks or broken teeth.

Be sure to follow any instructions or advice your dentist provides about maintaining your oral health. If you take care of your teeth over the years, they’ll take care of you.

The Power and Rewards of Meditation

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Meditation isn’t just for cloistered monks anymore – it’s becoming increasingly popular in mainstream culture as a method for reducing stress, improving emotional and mental well-being, and grounding oneself. Meditation is practiced by everyone from yoga instructors to high-powered attorneys and can be done in many different ways. It doesn’t matter whether it involves saying a mantra out loud to calm the mind and focus the imagination, sitting quietly and concentrating on breathing rhythmically, or even praying to a higher power. All of these methods provide similar benefits to the person doing it.

Research has shown that meditation doesn’t just have perceived benefits to one’s mood and overall sense of well-being. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure, mitigate chronic pain, promote healthy cells and even lower levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream. All of these meditative benefits provide improved health in both the short-term and the long-term, leading to fewer health problems later in life. And meditation can provide a calmer, more steady outlook on life. A recent study conducted at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta found that people who meditated regularly for six weeks exhibited less emotional distress and a lower immune reaction when they were presented with a stressful situation.

But that’s not all. Meditation can actually improve cognitive function and help build and strengthen connections in the brain. A number of studies have confirmed that meditating makes neural pathways more flexible and adaptable, which can help reduce anxiety and improve empathy. And a 2012 study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that regular meditation could actually speed up the processing power of the brain, improving cognitive function. And exciting new research has shown that meditation impacts the areas of the brain that are most effected by Alzheimer’s – potentially slowing the onset of the disease.

Staying Safe During Flu Season

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A case of the flu is an unpleasant experience for anyone, but because the elderly are especially at-risk for developing serious complications from contracting the flu, they should take extra precautions to stay safe during flu season. People between the ages of 70-80 have less immunity than seniors between the ages of 60-70, and are at even greater risk as a result. Here’s what seniors can do to reduce their risk of contracting flu.

    • Get vaccinated Vaccines can help prevent 80-90% of those that get them from contracting the flu, and when more people in the population are vaccinated, the spread of flu is reduced significantly, protecting even those people who did not get the vaccine. Because seniors have higher risk of contracting flu, they should get the vaccine, particularly if they are in a nursing home or retirement community.
    • Practice good hygiene Flu spores can remain viable on doorknobs, railings, and other surfaces for hours – so it’s important to frequently wash your hands and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after touching them. Caregivers for elderly persons should be especially careful to practice good hand hygiene to prevent transmitting infection.
    • Avoid sick persons Most flu transmissions occur when a sick person comes in contact with an uninfected person, and coughs or sneezes in their direction. If you know someone is sick, avoid contact with them until you know they have fully recovered. And if you are sick, stay home from work and avoid social events in order to prevent spreading the flu.
    • Maintain your immune system. Your immune system is going to be working overtime to help you recover if you do contract the flu – so it’s important to make sure you are giving it all of the tools it needs to stay strong and ready for the worst. Exercise and diet are two of the best ways to maintain your immune function. Be sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are packed with immune boosting compounds.

Fresh Green, Red, Yellow Fruits to Build Your Immune System

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Fruits are delicious, nutritious, and colorful – but did you know that many of the molecular compounds that give fruits their vibrant color are also great for building your immune system? A number of different compounds give fruit their different colors, including acids, oils, and phytonutrients. These same compounds are used by the body to fight off infections and reduce inflammation. Eating a healthy amount of colorful fruit is one of the best things you can do to build your immune function. Different colors indicate different healthy compounds:

Orange and Yellow fruit typically contain the most vitamin C, among other nutrients. Citrus fruits get their bright colors from the more than 8,000 different flavonoids they contain. And flavonoids have been shown to have antioxidant properties, reduce inflammation, and improve cardiovascular function. They also not only have direct antibacterial properties, but also have been shown to actually work synergistically with antibiotics, boosting their effectiveness.

Red fruit have many antioxidant and immune-building properties as well. Cranberry juice has long been known to contain compounds that can prevent and treat urinary tract infections, and also can help reduce the need for antibiotics in elderly patients. Tomatoes get their red color from lycopene, a compound that also has antioxidant properties and helps promote cell health. And goji berries are becoming an increasingly popular “miracle fruit” that has been shown to increase the levels of important immune cells in the bloodstream.

Blue and Purple fruit are a great source of antioxidants as well. Blueberries get their color from a group of compounds called anthocyanins, which like lycopene are potent antioxidants. These compounds can help reduce inflammation and stress on the immune system. Red (or purple) grapes also contain anthocyanins, and regularly consuming grapes can significantly boost antioxidant levels in the body, helping to reduce the risk of certain cancers as well as promoting longer life.