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Well Beyond Care Launches Keep Safe Care

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Well Beyond Care Launches Keep Safe Care
Launch of new entity to allow more people to own a private duty agency without paying the high cost of a franchise

Austin, TX, Apr 03, 2019 –Well Beyond Care, a company that is revolutionizing the private duty industry, has launched a new entity, Keep Safe Care, to address the growing cost and inefficiencies of the private duty agencies. In addition to Well Beyond Care nationwide care matching service saving saves families between $10,000 and $30,000 per year in caregiving costs in comparison to private duty agencies, its software has the potential to reduce the cost of operating a private duty agency by 50% to 60%.

Jeffrey Fry, Well Beyond Care’s CEO and President states, “The private duty model is dominated by franchisors who charge $100,000 to $250,000 to open a franchise. We know that our software can impact the efficiencies of a private duty agency severely. As such, we have launched a new endeavor that copies the Starbuck’s model of growth by offering licenses through our new entity, Keep Safe Care.”

The Keep Safe Care model will sell licenses for a fixed fee, right now targeted at $7,500, and charge a small monthly licensing fee, as opposed to a percentage of sales. Presently, most franchisors charge 5% to 6% of sales to its franchisees.

Mr. Fry adds, “We know that the largest cost in running a private duty agency has to do with recruiting, retaining, curating, and managing caregivers, and our software can reduce those costs by 80%. In addition, we have been able to reduce truancy and turnover to under 1%, where the industry standard is 25% truancy and 53% turnover. We are hopeful to have this program fully launched by the end of the summer (2019).”

Well Beyond Care has been approached by investors to accelerate the release of what the Company calls its non-franchise license and is presently collecting information of individuals interested in starting a Keep Safe Care private duty agency ata href=”http://www.keepsafecare.com/interest-form/”>keepsafecare.com.

About Keep Safe Care
Keep Safe Care is about revolutionizing the way that private duty agencies deliver care. The company wants to change the old mold of big companies controlling franchises, and eliminating franchises’ problems of caregiver truancy and turnover. Keep Safe Care’s goal is to reduce caregiver truancy and turnover by empowering caregivers and those who are receiving care. The company holds the promise of increasing Caregivers standard wage, while at the same time, reducing caregiving costs by 10% to 15% over other traditional private duty franchises. For more information go toa href=”http://www.keepsafecare.com/”>keepsafecare.com.

About Well Beyond Care
Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application,a href=”http://wellbeyondcare.com”>WellBeyondCare.com. The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

The Healthy Senior’s Guide to Foot Care (Infographic)

As we age, maintaining good foot health is vital to our well being, comfort and mobility.

For many people aged over 65, keeping up good foot health can be a challenge and one quarter of all seniors are affected by foot pain. Fortunately, many foot ailments are entirelyimg class=”alignleft wp-image-21461″ src=”http://blog.wellbeyondcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/footcare.jpg” alt=”” width=”400″ height=”309″ />avoidable by taking a few simple precautions. If you are aged 65+ and are interested in discovering more about foot care, we recommend that you read this helpful infographic provided bya href=”https://www.walshbrothersshoes.ie”>Walsh Brothers Shoes which lays out some of the most effective ways to keep your feet healthy and happy as we age.

Maintaining good foot hygiene will help keep foot problems at bay and may even cause some of them disappear altogether. Keep feet fresh by wearing clean, dry socks everyday and by switching up your footwear. Wash your feet thoroughly a few times a week and take extra care to dry and moisturize regularly.

Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain good foot health. However, if your feet are hurting chances are the prospect of physical activity does not seem appealing. It is worth bearing in mind that with reduced exercise comes loss of muscle mass and strength; reduced endurance; and higher risk of diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle. Walking is best way to exercise your feet, but if you cannot go outside, there are also many simple stretches that you can try at home.

As we get older, it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to our feet as they can indicate a wide range of ailments. Check your feet frequently and arrange to see a doctor or foot specialist if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Take a look at thisa rel=”noopener” href=”http://blog.wellbeyondcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FootCareInfographic.jpg” target=”_blank”>infographic to learn more about foot health and care for senior citizens.  Here is to you good health.

Well Beyond Care Partners with Good Neighbor Rx

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Well Beyond Care Partners with Good Neighbor Rx
Out of SXSW: Two Companies partner to continue the fight to reduce health costs in America

Austin, TX, Mar 12, 2019 –Well Beyond Care, a company that is revolutionizing the private duty industry, and Good Neighbor Rx, a technology company focused on helping Americans save money on their prescriptions, have formed a partnership to help reduceimg class=”alignleft wp-image-21039 size-full” src=”http://blog.wellbeyondcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/goodneighborrx.png” alt=”” width=”165″ height=”99″ />the ever-increasing cost of healthcare and medications in the United States. Good Neighbor Rx offers a free discount card that is valid in over 64,000 pharmacies across America and can save on average 62% on the cost of prescription medications. Well Beyond Care’s nationwide care matching service, saves families between $10,000 and $30,000 per year in caregiving costs in comparison to private duty agencies.

Jeffrey Fry, Well Beyond Care’s CEO and President states, “We love to partner with companies and organizations that can drastically drive costs down, while at the same time offer a superior product or service. We have been looking for some time and in discussions with numerous entities who offered a prescription discount service, but Good Neighbor Rx is best aligned with our vision and mission of ‘empowering caregiving’ and giving back.” Mr. Fry goes on to state, “It is a great fit that both companies are passionate about saving families money, while offering a service that keeps them safe in their homes. It is also a plus that both companies are located in Texas.”

Well Beyond Care is prepared to immediately start promoting this cost saving service throughout its nationwide network of nurses, as well as within its network of clients and externally to other partner network, including home health agencies, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and other partner organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and AARP.

The CEO and founder of Good Neighbor Rx, Danny Corprew adds, “We realize that everyday people are forced to choose between affordable prescriptions and food, or medical care, or clothing. And though we usually partner with other non-profits, we feel that Well Beyond Care’s mission of not only saving families tens of thousands of dollars in care costs, but also in raising the standard salary of caregivers, who tend to be female, is also a mission we can wholehearted endorse.” Mr. Corprew continues with, “their focus on saving people money, while at the same time curating great caregivers, keeping people safe in their homes, raising wages, and really just caring about people, is why we are so happy to work with Well Beyond Care. They, like us, help individuals and families from having to make that tough choice and have a nationwide focus.”

About Good Neighbor Rx

The Good Neighbor Rx mission is to help save money at the pharmacy on prescription medications, with or without insurance. Most Americans overpay for prescriptions. Millions leave the pharmacy without their prescription because they cannot afford it. Good Neighbor Rx is the fastest and easiest way to save up to 90% on prescription medication–and it is absolutely free to download and use the app. Find out more ata href=”http://www.goodneighborrx.org/”>goodneighborrx.com.

About Well Beyond Care

Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application,a href=”http://wellbeyondcare.com”>WellBeyondCare.com. The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

Well Beyond Care Helps Veterans

From our founding, Well Beyond Care has had a focus in helping veterans. Two of our original investors, are both veterans, and the Company was designed with a special place for our vets.

We know that many veterans would like to work as a caregiver, but have not due in part to the difficulty in finding a position that pays more than $9 per hour. Part of what makes our service veteran focused is that we can offer well paying caregiving positions for those veterans who would like to continue their “service” to America. Most notably, these positions pay 25% to 40% more than what a veteran can make at a private-duty agency and Well Beyond Care gives our caregiving Veterans the flexibility to chose the individuals they want to give care to and the hours they want to work.

The Well Beyond Care curation system matches veterans who want to work as caregivers with veterans seeking care. Veterans have asked the Company to give them veteran caregivers, and that is what we do. It is nice to have another vet dress your wound and hear “war stories” as opposed to having a 20-year-old-someone who does not understand the sacrifice a veteran made for his country in getting that wound.

In addition, our nationwide network of nurses also inform vets about their “Aid & Attendance Benefits” afforded them as part of their VA pension and will help them with getting reimbursement for caregiving costs. These nurses also serve as a resource to medical resources in the areas were a veteran is receiving care. Because we are able to save individuals money and pair them with better caregivers, we keep vets out of the hospital, and aging in place more affordably (the get more care with less money). In addition, we have teamed with a palliative care / hospice organization that can offer doulas for those veterans facing end-of-life situations.

Below is a graphic on the benefits Well Beyond Care affords veterans. To get a larger view or download, just click on the image.

In summary, Well Beyond Care offers an online caregiving curation, matching and management system for those veterans looking for in home care. While most private duty care is administered by agencies, Well Beyond Care teaches and guides a Careseeker (most likely an adult child looking for care for a parent or veteran) on hiring their own caregiver. Compared to traditional private-duty agencies, veterans can save $10,000 to $30,000 per year, and caregivers who might be veterans, make $3 to $6 per hour extra using our service. It combines the best in caregiver hiring (matching, screening, ratings & background checks) with all the back office functions (verified time worked, payroll, scheduling, and documentation) to insure safe, reliable, dependable, affordable care is obtained for our deserving veterans.

Signs Your Loved One Needs Care

As individuals age, many of the things they used to do with ease sometimes become much more difficult to do.  Acknowledging the need for help and then accepting assistance is not easy for individuals as they get older. Often, the decision and responsibility falls on one orimg class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-14882″ src=”http://blog.wellbeyondcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/3699180-300×174.jpg” alt=”Aging Mother” width=”300″ height=”174″ />more family members to recognize the signs that your loved one might need support and aide in completing the activities of daily living. Many of these include simple tasks such as bathing, dressing, and cooking.

So, how do you know if it is time for in-home care for your loved one? There are some obvious signs that could signal a red flag that are listed below.  One may not be enough, but when these come in combination you should seriously look to have a caregiver aide in the home.

Reduction in Physical Abilities and/or Mental Status

  • Difficulty keeping track of time / forgetting appointments
  • Sleeping for most of the day / not waking properly
  • Poor diet or weight loss
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, activities or in socializing
  • Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
  • Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
  • Difficulty getting up from a seated position
  • Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
  • Unexplained bruising or injuries from falls or hitting furniture
  • Forgetfulness, including forgetting to take medications or taking incorrect dosages
  • Consistent use of poor judgment (e.g. falling for scams or sales pitches, giving away money)

Deterioration in Personal Hygiene

  • Unpleasant body odor due to infrequent showering or bathing
  • A smell of urine in the house or on clothing
  • Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care (e.g. unkempt hair, untrimmed nails, lack of oral care, wearing dirty or stained clothing)

Neglecting Household Responsibilities and Upkeep

  • Inability to independently complete Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Little or no fresh, healthy food in the fridge
  • Unkept, uncleaned house and/or extreme clutter
  • Unwashed laundry piling up
  • Stains or wet spots on furniture or carpet
  • Spoiled or outdated food that does not get thrown away
  • Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
  • Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
  • Utilities being turned off due to missed payments

Hiring a Caregiver or Caregiving Service
If many of these indicators are present, it does not mean you have to place mom or dad into an assisted living or a nursing home facility. These are often very expensive and may not be the right choice.  However, these red flags do indicate that some form of daily supportive care is needed. You may have to consider hiring a private duty care agency, or as a much more affordable alternative, hire your own caregiver using a service such as Well Beyond Care.

About Well Beyond Care
Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application,a href=”http://wellbeyondcare.com”>WellBeyondCare.com.  The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

Private Duty Services for All!

Reprinted by permission from Elisabeth Hogue, Esq.; (877) 871-4062;/span>ElizabethHogue@ElizabethHogue.net

In order to be appropriate for home care services of all types, patients must be able to care for themselves or have primary caregivers who can meet patients’ needs in between visits from professional staff from home care providers. This requirement is necessary in order to meet the eligibility of many payors, to avoid risk of legal liability and to help ensure quality of care.

Patients’ family members or others may be willing to serve as primary caregivers on a voluntary basis. If not, providers should offer patients and/or their family members the option to pay privately for primary caregivers. These services may be referred to as private duty or non-medical services.

The option to pay for private duty home care services should be offered to all patients who cannot care for themselves and who have no voluntary primary caregivers. Patients who can care for themselves or have voluntary primary caregivers may also wish to contract for additional assistance, so providers should offer this option to all patients who may benefit from these services.

Specifically, this means that:

  • Hospital discharge planners/case managers should offer private duty services to all patients who may benefit from them and assist patients to arrange for such services post-discharge as part of the discharge planning process.
  • Other types of institutional providers; such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs), and independent rehabilitation facilities (IRFs); should also offer patients who are being discharged the option to arrange for assistance from private duty agencies and should arrange for such services post-discharge.
  • Assisted living facilities (ALFs) should offer private duty services to all of their patients who may benefit from such services.
  • Home health agencies should offer patients the option to private pay for services if primary caregivers are no longer available to provide assistance and if patients no longer meet the eligibility requirements of payor sources.
  • Home health agencies, hospices and home medical equipment (HME) companies should educate patients about private duty services even though patients may have voluntary caregivers and help patients and their families arrange for these services.

Providers may be reluctant to offer these services to patients and their families because of their cost. They may also erroneously conclude that patients and their families cannot afford them. Providers should not jump to conclusions about who can afford these services. Instead, private duty home care services should be offered to all patients and their family members who may benefit from them.

A home health agency, for example, decided that a patient no longer met the eligibility requirements of the Medicare Program. The staff of the agency was reluctant to offer the patient the option to private pay for additional services prior to discharge because the patient lived in a “shack” and drove an old, beat-up truck. They did so anyway. To the staff’s surprise, upon receipt of the offer, the patient got out of bed, extracted a wad of cash from under the mattress and told the staff that there was plenty more money to pay for private duty services!

Private duty care has a very important role to play in the provision of home care services. This type of care should be offered to all patients whenever it seems that patients may benefit from it.

About Well Beyond Care
Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application,a href=”http://wellbeyondcare.com”>WellBeyondCare.com.  The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

 

Sandwich Generation Woes

A funny thing has happened in the United State over the past 50 years, which on the surface is good, but for a growing segment of the population is adding an additional stress in their life. Due in a large part to vast improvements in medicines and treatment, the median life expectancy has been steadily increasing, adding about one half year of life expectancy to the population ever two years. So, in 1959 the median life expectancy was under 70, now, it is 83.  At the same time, Americans on average have been holding offer getting married and starting a family well into the late twenties or early thirties.  As a result, the generational gap between grandparents and grandkids has grown from 20 years to now 30.

Elder care services are becoming an ever-increasing need as baby boomers continue to retire at an alarming rate. Combining the fact that the elderly are living longer, and individuals are holding off having children until they are older, a new dilemma has developed for individuals between 38 and 55. Many of these adults are becoming part of the what is referred to the “sandwich” generation. This is where an adult has to not only take care of their children, but one, two, three or even four parents dispersed across the country which they are also taking care of.

Accounting to a 2013 Pew Research report, nearly half (47%) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older). And about one-in-seven middle-aged adults (15%) are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.  Combine the fact that most adults in America do not live within 100 miles of their aging parents, it becomes obvious that this trend is adding stress to when elderly parents get ill or need care.

As a fallout of this growing trend, when the parents of a working adult become ill or need assistance, presently that working adult child will need to leave and take extended time away from work to deal with the situation.  The average time away is one week, and sometimes stretches into three weeks! In most cases, these individuals will likely have to continue to visit their aging parents for extended periods of time for the next 5 to 15 years.

The reason why individuals have to take time off, is that up until now, there was no “on-line” way to get reliable geriatric care. As stated earlier, most adult children do not reside close to their aging parents, and as such, have to schedule time to travel in order to arraign for care from a private duty agency, which includes interviewing the agencies, developing a care plan, and signing contracts.

Not only is there an impact on work, there is also a financial impact on these adults. According to a recent AARP study, 30 percent of family caregivers dip into their personal savings to cover long-term care costs, 16 percent reduce contributions to their retirement accounts, and about half cut back on leisure spending in order to help take care of their parents.

The tough reality is that many families are not rich enough to afford the staggering cost of private duty long-term care. Yet at the same time, they do not qualify for Medicaid, a health care program for low-income and disabled adults. So, it is nice to have a lower cost alternative to the high priced private duty agencies, that also delivers a superior service like Well Beyond Care.

About Well Beyond Care
Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application,a href=”http://wellbeyondcare.com”>WellBeyondCare.com.  The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

 

Well Beyond Care invited to attend Johns Hopkins MedHacks 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
COO/CNO
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care invited to attend Johns Hopkins MedHacks 2018
Company choose to present at Health Financial Management Association’s Annual Event

Austin, TX, Sept 19, 2018 –Well Beyond Care recently attended the 3rd Annual MedHacks held at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine from September 7th through the 9th in Baltimore, Maryland. The company’s CEO & President, Jeffrey Fry, joined over 750 of the best and brightest students from around the world participated in the world’s biggest medical hackathon. This year’s participants came from over 25 countries and studying a range of topics from Aerospace Engineering to Zoology.

The Johns Hopkins MedHacks (medhacks.org) is known as a Snow Day. Teams work 36 hours to develop a hack in one of three tracks. The three tracks were Medication Adherence sponsored by CVS Health (cvshealth.com), Patient Safety & Quality lead by Hopkins Medicine (hopkinsmedicine.org), and Access to Care with Blue Cross Blue Shield (bcbs.com).

In addition to exposing the Company to a plethora of great ideas, Mr. Fry attended as a mentor and judge. Needless to say, one of the groups he mentored, won first prize for their Hack. In addition, Mr. Fry made his “Silver Tsunami” presentation, which outlines the growing concern of the aging of America to much of the healthcare community. Quotes Mr. Fry, “what a fascinating event hosted by Johns Hopkins. To see so much raw talent, pour out some many ideas in such a short period of time is exhilarating. We will definitely be back next year.”

In closing a special thank you to Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, RN and Assistant Dean Kenneth Dion, PhD, RN from thea href=”https://nursing.jhu.edu/index.html”>Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for their gracious invitation and hospitality during our stay.

About Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
TheJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), located in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded in 1893 and is the academic medical teaching and research arm ofa href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johns_Hopkins_University”>Johns Hopkins University, which was founded in 1876. Johns Hopkins has consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools in the number of research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Its main teaching hospital, thea href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johns_Hopkins_Hospital”>Johns Hopkins Hospital, was ranked the #1 hospital in the United States for 22 years byem>U.S. News & World Report.

About Well Beyond Care
Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application,a href=”http://wellbeyondcare.com”>WellBeyondCare.com. The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Innovation Hub Finalist

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
COO/CNO
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care selected as HFMA Innovation Hub Finalist

Well Beyond Care has been chosen to present at Health Financial Management Association’s Annual Event as part of the Innovation Hub Pitch Event

Austin, TX, Jun 12, 2018 – Well Beyond Care has been selected by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (hfma.org) as one of the top 12 startups that can most influence the healthcare industry out a pool of over 100 candidate companies that submitted their ideas to a nationwide contest.  As a finalist, the Company has been invited to attend the annual HFMA meeting (annual.hfma.org) as a spotlight company in this year’s Innovation Hub and take part in the Virtual Pitch Competition.  The annual meeting is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 24th through June 27th.   Well Beyond Care was selected due in part to the way the Company can impact 4 out of the 8 most critical content areas (see graphic below) outline in this year’s mission, including Reducing Total Cost of Care, Creating a Consumer Centric Healthcare Delivery System, improvement to Payment Trends and Models, and leveraging and capturing Trends and Innovation.

Part of the criteria of being selected was how well a company would affect at least one of the following outcomes.

  • Reducing Cost of Care Delivery: Product, service or technology that quantifiably reduces the cost of care delivery through its implementation or utilization.
  • Enhancing the Healthcare Consumer Experience: Product, service, or technology focused on specifically improving the healthcare consumer experience in facets such as patient satisfaction, care coordination, price transparency, communication, etc.
  • Improving Population Health Management through Analytics: Product, service or technology providing analytics that lead to better health and outcomes of patients. Areas and products in the realm of wearables, mobile or telehealth, monitoring, or other digital tools.

As the Company’s CEO, Jeffrey Fry goes on to say, “Part of what makes this a great selection for our company, is being recognized for how we can save families and hospital systems money by reducing readmissions, how we combine high tech with high touch using our nurse navigators, and ultimately we will allow people to age safely in their homes and prevent a large number of emergent events. It is always nice to be recognized for your efforts, but more so by the individuals who are responsible for cost containment while maintaining quality control.”

Presently, Well Beyond Care is operating in 44 States and territories and has clients in over 350 cities. The company did its “hard-launch” in the first quarter of 2018 and is looking to hire upwards of 500 nurses this year as it continues to expand its footprint across the United Stares.  The company is also starting to partner with not-for-profit and public hospitals in order to reduce readmissions and improve outcomes.

About HFMA

With more than 38,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. We help healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Our mission is to lead the financial management of health care.

About Well Beyond Care

Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover through the web application, WellBeyondCare.com.  The Company’s platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. Their solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.

The difference between a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Although registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) both practice in the health care industry, there are a number of distinctions that set one apart from the other. While these medical professionals may have some similarities, their differences in terms of education and training, skills, responsibilities, and expected salaries draw clear lines between the two.

To start with, being a Registered Nurse requires having a diploma after successfully completing a nursing program, receiving an Associate’s degree, or a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing.  A nursing program diploma under an Associate’s degree program usually only takes two years, while a Bachelor’s degree program requires a four-year commitment.

After formal education, a nursing graduate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination and other statutory requirements as mandated by State law to become an RN. On the other hand, being a Licensed Vocational Nurse requires only the completion of a certificate program at a community college or career center. This education takes only a year, covering the subjects of nursing, pharmacology, and biology.   Both RN and LVN programs include supervised clinical experience in hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity, and surgery. Bachelor degree programs usually include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking, which is becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex.

LVNs possess the necessary skills to provide care and assistance to patients in a wide variety of clinical settings. They may be employed in different environments such as medical clinics, schools, and even as home care providers. They offer assistance ranging from the administration of oral medicine, dressing wounds, to personal hygienic routines. Depending on their relevant other skills, training, and experience; LVNs may pursue voluntary certification in additional skills such as in gerontology, foot care, or IV therapy. While LVNs possess general knowledge and skills to provide care and assistance to patients, RNs have more specialized skills and knowledge in the same areas of practice. RNs may perform diagnostic tests and analysis, and educate patients and their families on managing illnesses as well as operating medical equipment.

Responsibilities of an LVN may be considered more intricate, though less demanding and delicate than those of the RNs. LVNs are expected to provide bedside care, including bathing and dressing, and assistance with other daily tasks as required. RNs, on the other hand, may assist in the administration of anesthetics, IV medications, and other more specialized health care needs.