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HHQI Consumer Resource Center

HHQI’s Consumer Resource Center provides one-stop shopping for health care resources, online tools and links to other useful websites to help you best manage the home health care for you and/or your loved one. All HHQI resources are free* to use and share with your family and friends.
 
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information about specific aspects of home health care, take advantage of caregiver tips, and check out some of the free mobile apps that are highlighted at the bottom of this page. Understanding and managing home health care can be an easier task when you have the knowledge you need to make the best decisions possible.

HHQI Educational Videos


Link to Videos on YouTubeIf you are concerned about your cardiovascular health (or that of a loved one), we encourage you to watch HHQI's patient education videos. Cardiovascular health is a broad topic with many factors, but each of the videos focuses on a specific aspect in order to provide the helpful information you need in just 8 minutes or less.

Click on the links below to watch videos about the following cardiovacular topics. You can also download the MP4 files from our Best Practices webpages (login required).

      Cardiovascular Risk Factors
  • Risks & Signs of
    Heart Attack & Stroke
  • Diabetes & Your Heart

 

      Blood Pressure Control
  • Blood Pressure
    Medication Management
  • How to Check My
    Own Blood Pressure
      Smoking Effects & Cessation
  • Smoking & Your Heart
  • How to Quit Smoking

 

HHQI Consumer Tools

The following resources are part of our HHQI Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) designed for health care providers to improve quality but are also the most relevant resources for consumers.

*All materials developed by HHQI are in the public domain and permission is not required for use or adaptation.

Document name    DescriptionModified
 .pdf10 Common Flu Myths
1 page8/19/2013 3:09:11 PM
 .pdf4 Ways to Be Smart & Safe with Medicines
2 pages; PDF6/11/2014 11:37:21 AM
 .doc6 Tips to Cut Sodium
1 page; Word doc6/11/2014 10:16:22 AM
 .pdfAim for a Healthy Weight
44-page booklet8/19/2013 2:37:43 PM
 .pdfAt A Glance: Lowering BP with DASH
2 pages8/19/2013 2:39:12 PM
 .pdfBe More Involved: Tips for Patients
quad-fold brochure8/19/2013 3:03:16 PM
 .pdfBlood Pressure Wallet Card
2 pages8/19/2013 2:40:47 PM
 .docControlling My Diabetes: I Know, I Can, I Will
1 page; Word doc6/11/2014 10:37:06 AM
 .docDiabetes Patient Self Care Workbook
4/23/2013 4:49:23 PM
 .docDiabetes Risk Assessment & Prevention
1 page; Word doc6/11/2014 10:39:09 AM
 .pdfDiabetes Stoplight Tool (Sutter Care at Home)
3 pages; PDF6/11/2014 10:43:30 AM
 .docxDoctor Reminder Notice
1 page; Word doc6/11/2014 11:39:41 AM
 .pdfFagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (Rx for Change)
3 pages; PDF6/11/2014 11:30:32 AM
 .pdfFall Prevention in the Home
4/23/2013 4:50:27 PM
 .pdfGetting Blood Pressure Under Control
4 pages8/19/2013 2:42:28 PM
 .pdfHeart Failure Stoplight Tool (Sutter Care at Home)
3 pages; PDF6/11/2014 10:29:24 AM
 .docHeart Failure: Patient Self Care Workbook
4/23/2013 4:51:15 PM
 .docHeart Failure: Zone Tool
4/23/2013 4:48:16 PM
 .pdfHeart Talk: Living with Heart Failure (Qualidigm)
31 pages; PDF6/11/2014 10:19:40 AM
 .pdfHeart Talk: Living with Heart Failure (Qualidigm)
31 pages; PDF; Spanish6/11/2014 10:21:45 AM
 .pdfHeart Talk: Living with Heart Failure (Qualidigm)
31 pages; PDF; Polish6/11/2014 10:23:34 AM
 .pdfIn Brief: Lowering BP with DASH
6 pages8/19/2013 2:44:09 PM
 .pdfIs What You Know About Smoking Wrong? (CDC)
2 pages; PDF6/11/2014 11:31:13 AM
 .pdfKeep an Eye on Portion Size
3 pages8/19/2013 2:45:19 PM
 .pdfLifestyle Modifications for Hypertension Management
1 page8/19/2013 2:46:47 PM
 
 

Please register for the campaign for free access to all HHQI educational resources or contact us at HHQI@wvmi.org for more information.

Medicare Resources

Home Health Compare
Home Health Compare has information about the quality of care provided by “Medicare-certified” home health agencies throughout the nation. “Medicare-certified” means the home health agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain Federal health and safety requirements. Home Health Compare can help you or your family or friends choose a quality home health agency that has the skilled home health services you need. The information on Home Health Compare:

  • Helps you learn how well home health agencies care for their patients
  • Shows you how often each agency used best practices when caring for its patients and whether patients improved in certain important areas of care
  • Shows you what other patients said about their recent home health care experience.

The information in Home Health Compare should be looked at carefully. Use it with the other information you gather about home health agencies. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about the information on Home Health Compare. More about finding a home health agency.

The Home Health Compare Web site was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NOTE: Medicare will not cover home health services provided by a home health agency that has not been Medicare-certified. More about how Medicare covers home health care.

Medicare’s Blue Button Program
MyMedicare.gov's Blue Button provides you an easy way to download your personal health information to a file. You can download the file of your personal data and save the file on your own personal computer. After you have saved it, you can import that same file into other computer-based personal health management tools. The Blue Button is safe, secure, reliable, and easy to use. It will help you to have control over your health information, which is important for every home health care patient.
Partner Educational Resources

Partner Resources


National Association of Home Care & Hospice
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation's 33,000 home care and hospice organizations, and offers the following consumer-focused resources on their Web site:
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is a national nonprofit association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based, nonprofit home health and hospice providers that care for all individuals regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay. VNAA offers several consumer-focused resources, including a map to locate home health providers and a comprehensive listing of partnership programs and initiatives.

The National Aging Network
To meet the diverse needs of the growing numbers of older persons in the United States, the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended, created the primary vehicle for organizing, coordinating and providing community-based services and opportunities for older Americans and their families. All individuals 60 years of age and older are eligible for services under the OAA, although priority attention is given to those who are in greatest need.

The OAA established a national network of federal, state, and local agencies to plan and provide services that enable older adults to live independently in their homes and community. This interconnected structure of agencies is known as the National Aging Network.

The National Aging Network is headed by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The network includes 56 State Agencies on Aging, 629 Area Agencies on Aging, 246 Native American aging programs, over 29,000 service providers, and thousands of volunteers.
Eldercare.gov
Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. They can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 and offer the following consumer-focused information on their Web site:

FAQs

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Home Health Care are courtesy of the U.S. Administration on Aging's Eldercare Locator resource:

Caregiver Tips

Being a caregiver can be both physically and emotionally draining. Caregivers often focus all their attention on their loved one and neglect their own concerns. This page provides tips, information and a range of suggestions provided by fellow caregivers to help you better cope with the many challenges of caregiving. Please share your tips or suggestions.

Here are some of tips provided by caregivers across the country that we’d like to share:

“It's been helpful for me to keep a journal. I know this may not be practical for some, but I do it on the computer. This exercise of physically typing the symptoms / emotions / frustrations, etc. has released some of the tension, and helps when I look back. Besides the not-so-pleasant things, I try to also include a humorous note, or inspirational, or even a prayer.”
Carole

“Take the knobs off the stove so that your loved one does not start to cook and then walk away and forget about it.”
Lynn F.

“Modify the bathroom and most used entrance to the home as soon as possible after diagnosis. This will allow your loved one to stay at home longer.”
Pat S.