Heart & Sole Mall Walkers

February 4, 2014

Heart & Sole Walkers

We all have the opportunity to live a healthier life now and in the future. TCM Home Health and Caring Mission Home Care are committed to our community and will be organizing the Heart & Sole Walkers Wellness Group. Everyone is eligible to participate. If you would like to be on our mailing list for this and many other events and free wellness seminars we will be hosting email us at info@thecaringmission.com. Join us every Tuesday at The Washington Crown Center starting on March 4, 2014 at 8:00 am and let's get moving! Stop by our TCM Tuesday's Blood Pressure Wellness Clinic at our office next to Macy's every Tuesday from 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

Take your first step now!

Key Facts and National Statistics about the benefits of a walking program

When done briskly on a regular basis, walking can have many positive impacts on health.

Decreasing the risk of a heart attack – Walking helps lower low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) and raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ("good" cholesterol). Regular exercise can also help keep your blood pressure in check, and reduces your risk of blood clots and irregular heartbeats. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, "Walking for Fitness, Taking Steps in the Right Direction," December 19, 2002.)

Reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes – For individuals with type 2 diabetes, regular exercise may help decrease the amount of insulin or other medications needed to control their condition. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, "Walking for Fitness, Taking Steps in the Right Direction," December 19, 2002.)

Helping to control weight – Taking a brisk, one-hour walk burns approximately 400 calories for the average person. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, "Walking for Fitness, Taking Steps in the Right Direction," December 19, 2002.)

Improving muscle tone – Walking leads to lean, toned muscles, and keeps bones and joints in shape, minimizing the effects of osteoporosis and arthritis. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, "Walking for Fitness, Taking Steps in the Right Direction," December 19, 2002.)

Going for a walk is a great way to reduce stress and promote an overall sense of wellness. Regular walking can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety as well. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, December 2002.)

Walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective ways to get regular exercise. When done briskly on a regular basis, walking can reduce blood pressure, increase the efficiency of the heart and lungs, boost bone strength, and help burn excess calories. In fact, walking briskly for one mile in 15 minutes burns about the same number of calories as jogging an equal distance in 8.5 minutes. And walking an extra 20 minutes each day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat per year. With each step you take, you will be helping to prevent chronic health conditions.

Related Link • The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: www.fitness.gov

  • More than 60% of all adults in the United States do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity.
  • Lack of regular physical exercise can lead to illness and chronic diseases down the road.
  • Regular, brisk walking is one of the simplest and safest forms of physical exercise.
  • A regular walking program can help control weight, condition the heart and lungs, strengthen bones, and help you take the first step to a healthier future.


Caring Mission Goes to Washington...DC that is!

March 27, 2012

PHA Lobby Group

On March 27, 2012, 30 representatives from the Pennsylvania Home Care Association (PHA) joined together to discuss issues relating to home care and home health. We met with various national legislators to review key legislation regarding whether nurse practitioners and physicians assistants may order home health services, our opposition of co-pays for Medicare Home Health Services, protecting the hospice benefit and ensuring that we receive adequate reimbursement for home health services to name a few. Our contingent consisted of Sherri Hewitt-Laird, Administrator and Owner of Caring Mission, Gretchen Stewart, Assistant Administrator of TCM, Sharon Hixenbaugh, R.N., Director of Nursing for Caring Mission Home Care and Karen Curry, Director of Business Development for Caring Mission Home Care and TCM Home Health.

It was fascinating to be a part of making a difference in our industry and Caring Mission Home Care and TCM Home Health are committed to continue to bring our voices to both our national and state legislative members. In fact, we will be taking an even larger group of nurses, caregivers and company representatives to Harrisburg on May 1st and 2nd to discuss similar topics.

During our visit the Supreme Court was holding their hearings on the legality of the Accountable Care Act or "Obama Care" and we were able to witness first hand the opposition and supporters of the program outside of the Supreme Court. We look very forward to hearing the outcome of those hearings sometime this summer. It was an exciting time for health care in Washington D.C. during those few days we were lobbying to make a difference!

Minutes Matter...in Cardiac Cases

April 18, 2012

heart education

Minutes Matter in Cardiac Arrest....

NEW Pulomonary Support Group in Washington

May 10, 2012

Better Breathers Club info

Come join the Better Breathers Club which provides community education and support for adults with pulmonary disease.

Meeting every 3rd Wednesday from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Washington Family Doctors
Centerville Clinic
37 Highland Avenue
Washington, PA 15301

Free to the Public
No Reservations Required

Teleheath Helps Decrease Hospitalization

April 24, 2013

Home monitoring (Telehealth) helps you manage your health from where you want to be....home.

I am very satisfied and grateful to all individuals that took care of me for the last 2 years. When ever the Telehealth was introduced; it was a Peace of Mind for my daughter that every morning I was being monitored and evaluated.
To be at HOME is the most wonderful feeling!

                                                                                  Diana, TCM Telehealth Patient in Washington, PA


Telehealth Monitoring reduces the number of hospital re-admissions and ER visits by monitoring and providing actionable clinical information to make better care management decisions by catching early signs of exacerbation and health declines. If you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or respiratory disease you have to make lifestyle changes to stay healthy. In addition to following your doctors' orders, watching your diet and getting physical activity, you also need your vital signs monitored on a regular basis. We can do that with telehealth. TCM Home Health has significantly cut down on hospital readmissions.  


A TCM Certfied Teleheath Install Specialist  will deliver everything you need and teach you how to use telehealth. The system is wireless so it won't get in your way. You take your measurements without a nurse and the results are automatically sent to our TCM nurse who monitors and checks your results daily 7 days a week 365 days a year.


Your healthcare team at TCM can track your vital signs and symptoms on a regular basis through our wireless system and you don't have to worry about traveling to the doctor's office. This routine takes just minutes a day...at your leisure in the comfort of your home.

W e can check YOUR:

  • weight
  • blood pressure
  • pulse
  • blood glucose level
  • blood oxygen level
  • heart rhythm

You can answer questions on the monitor about how you feel and all of that will be read and monitored by our TCM Telehealth RN to help manage your condition effortlessly. 

If you would like more information on how we can help you or your loved one, family or friend please contact us.

Patient Centered Medical Home

April 29, 2013

The New Approach to Health Care – Patient Centered Medical Home

The “Medical Home” concept is a new approach to effective coordination of medical care, ensuring continuity across all facets of healthcare.  Traditionally, patient care has been very fragmented between providers, such as hospitals, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, etc.  Communication seemed to stop when a patient exited the doors of each provider and the patient was the least informed of all. 

According to Gretchen Stewart, Assistant Administrator at TCM Home Health, “The key to a successful medical home model is actively involving the patient and their family as part of the healthcare team, respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values and preferences, while also encouraging a patient’s accountability for their health.” An active, engaging partnership between the medical care professionals and patient/family ensures the patient is provided the skills necessary to make better decisions regarding their overall health with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes. TCM Home Health is a part of the first “Patient Centered Medical Home” or PCMH recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, NCQA. 

Preventative care and implementing evidenced-based management of chronic conditions also contributes to successful outcomes.  TCM Home Health in partnership with the local PCMH has developed a measurable, Fall Risk Assessment, focusing on patient safety and function in their home environment.  Our licensed Physical Therapists complete this comprehensive assessment and immediately share this information with the primary physician, including recommendations to ensure a patient’s safety.  Throughout their involvement with TCM, the patient is re-assessed to determine if their “safety score” is improving.   This simple process has successfully prevented many patients from sustaining significant injuries related to a fall, likely requiring hospitalization.  We are also developing a similar program for patients at risk, or having a diagnosis of depression.

The Patient Centered Medical Home focuses on the patient as a whole, ensuring high quality, safe and coordinated care throughout all facets of the healthcare system, with the end result being a healthier, well-informed patient.  The Care Manager with a local physician group stated, “TCM Home Health has helped our practice transform into a PCMH.  Our partnership has helped all of our patients’ outcomes to be the best they can be.”

Four Perfect Questions

May 17, 2013

FOUR PERFECT QUESTIONS......When a Loved One is Faced With End-of-Life

In the Fall of 2010, Atul Gawande, surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, delivered a touching speech at the October New Yorker Festival. My husband attended with a friend and, because he said it so profoundly impacted the audience, I watched it myself on video the next day. It was indeed amazing. Dr. Gawande, author and national health care presence, spoke unabashedly about his lack of skill in conducting end-of-life conversations with his patients.

How could that kind of conversation ever be easy? I remember when my father-in-law passed away nine years ago. A nervous young doctor had the uncomfortable task of telling him that nothing more could be done about his leukemia and it was perhaps time for hospice. As he stumbled through the explanation, my father-in-law let him off the hook easily by saying “Well, hell son, I didn’t think I’d live forever.” It wasn’t the doctor initiating an
end-of-life conversation, but rather the patient reassuring the doctor by simply announcing, albeit a bit theatrically, that he understood what was going on and he was ready.

In the 2010 presentation, Dr. Gawande talked about how he searched for a way to help his patients understand, accept, and know when they are ready. He spoke with several end-of-life physicians who told them how they do it every day.

Ultimately, one physician, Dr. Susan Block at Dana Farber Institute, gave a simple, straightforward, and elegant answer that resonated. She told Dr. Gawande that there are four questions she mentally carries around that guide her through the difficult but important conversations. And those conversations are not about sophisticated hard choices or last minute “epiphanies.” Instead, they are about the process of understanding hopes and fears.

Here are her four questions:

Do you understand your prognosis?
What are your fears about what is to come?
What are your goals as time runs out?
What trade-offs are you willing to make?

Four perfect questions.

After seeing the video eighteen months ago, I scribbled those four questions onto a torn scrap of paper and tossed it into a stack of things that I would, like Scarlett O’Hara, think about tomorrow. But once in a while, I unearth it unexpectedly and then pause to consider the genius of Dr. Block. Sometimes it is because I wonder if I may personally face the end-of-life choices sooner than I ever expected. At other times, what really strikes me is that the questions are also about the process of recognizing hopes and fears in everyday life. Think about the daily choices and hard decisions, especially the unexpected ones that we are faced with. …And with each one we have to ask ourselves….

What is going on?
What scares us about it?
What do we ultimately want to accomplish?
What are we willing to do or sacrifice to make it happen?

Four perfect questions.

They came to the forefront again recently when I read about a family physician, Dr. Ken Murray, who wrote a Wall Street Journal essay titled “Why Doctors Die Differently.” He observed that doctors are more likely than other people to decline end-of-life interventions that have little likelihood of benefit. It’s not something that we like to talk about, but doctors die, too. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care that they could want. But they tend to go serenely and gently.
Dr. Murray goes on to talk about the importance of advance directives and all the other technical issues that must be addressed. But those notwithstanding, I have to wonder if doctors tend to go serenely and gently because they have spent years, by virtue of what they do and see, knowingly answering those questions for themselves.

I recently shared the questions with a friend who is close with someone facing an end-of-life situation. She was amazed by their simplicity and perfection, and I realized what a small but meaningful gift it is to help someone accept what is to come with grace and dignity. It was eye opening. It made me think about the fact that one day; we will all be faced with the end-of-life. And so, perhaps today we might promise ourselves for the sake of spouses, partners, family, and friends to make an effort to understand what can truly happen to us, to acknowledge our fears, to plan what we want to do with whatever time we have and to know what trade-offs we are willing to make.

They are indeed, four perfect questions.  

Elaine Waples underwent major abdominal surgery for ovarian cancer that had metastasized to several organs. Her journey is chronicled on Care and Cost

We Have Moved!

September 30, 2013

TCM office staff

TCM Home Health formerly located near Ann's Feed on Jefferson Avenue is so excited to announce we have relocated to the Washington Crown Center near Macy's! "We had really just grown out of our office space. In fact, we also relocated Caring Mission Home Care to 817 N. Main St near the hospital and have more room to manage our growing business."  Our new space in the Washington Crown Center has been in the works for quite some time and we are all happy to be a part of our local mall and be more accessible to our senior community and their families", Karen Curry, Director of Operations for Caring Mission.  We TCM has bC Caring Ca

Financial Assitance for Veterans

May 22, 2014

VA TCM Talks Flyer

TCM is proud to announce an upcoming TCM TALKS educational seminar on "Veteran's Benefits-From Soup to Nuts", with Guest Speaker, Barry Grimm of the Department of Veteran's Affairs. If you are a Veteran you are eligible for over $2000 for in-home care through the Aid and Attendance Benefit. Your spouse is also eligible for this financial assistance.
Join us on June 3rd from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the TCM Home health office located in the Washington Crown center near Macy's.  Please RSVP to 724-222-9906 or 724-222-9905 or email info@thecaringmission.com. Light refreshments and prizes!

Free November Wellness Seminar

November 4, 2014

TCM Home Health presents another Free Public Wellness Seminar this November. "Understanding Your Financial Options for Long Term Care" will be presented on Tuesday November 4th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at TCM Home Health Office at The Washington Crown Center near Macy's. This is part of the TCM Tuesdays Free Public Seminars offered by TCM. The guest speakers are:

Roger Bedillion, RFC managing Partner at Csenge Advisory Group and Eva Ahern, Estate Planning at Peacock Keller. They will educate you on how to protect your home and assets the leagl way. Spending down retirement savings or losing the family home is unnecessary IF the estate is planned correctly.

Call to reserve your spot 724-222-9906 or just come on by on November 4th!

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Veterans Benefits and Social Security

May 12, 2015

May Seminar

TCM Tuesdays Free Public Wellness Seminar on "What You Need to Know About Veterans Benefits and Social Security" to be held on May 12 from 1-3pm at TCM Home health office in the Washington Crown Center near Macy's. It's a free seminar opened to all. Guest Speakers are Barry Grimm, Dept. of VA and Angela Carrier, First Investors Corporation. 

The Family Room

June 3, 2015

When you choose Caring Mission Home Care to provide in-home caregiving for your loved ones, you have the ability to log in to our Family  ROOM to see all shifts that were completed, the time the caregiver clocked in and out, what tasks were completed, why others were not completed and why, pay your bill online, and much more. 

We offer you transparency so you know whats going on in real time! Check-in at work, on the way home, anytime you like and you can see what is and what has happenned concerning your loved ones care. Simply click on the link to learn more:

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