4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

Being a great leader will not happen overnight but by simply doing these 4 things you can start to learn a lot about yourself and what good leaders do to be successful. You’ll find what works well for you and what else you need to learn to continue your growth as a great leader. If you enjoyed reading about leadership, then let me encourage you to check out the different online leadership programs on this site.

Reasons Why Travelling Is the Best Hobby

Going on a road trip, exploring new places, cuisines and learning the culture does rivet you, right? Then yes, travelling is indeed your hobby. You are a wanderlust and seek adventure. Travelling is fun and at the same time rejuvenating too. It enriches the soul. We leave a tiny part of us with our travel diaries and learn more about ourselves. Travelling might be an addiction to many of you and world tour the biggest dream so congratulations you are on the right track because travelling is certainly the best hobby. Let us delve into it more and see how:

1. It lets you appreciate the beauty:

Why do we love to travel so much? Because we long to behold the beauty of nature then be it a mountain or an island or any old city. It lets us appreciate the finer aspects we lack in our daily mundane routine.

2. It ignites the creativity:

Most of the poetries, songs, paintings and in short an art form is defined by beautiful places and destination. You discover myriad places, people and culture which causes you to write or paint. Travelling is a boon to the creativity. The more you travel to places, the more refined shall be your art.

3. It helps you grow as a humane:

Travelling solely or in a group teaches a great deal of things. It carves you into a better human. You learn to interact with people and know their stories which impact on a greater level. Travelling and adventure lets you open to new possibilities. It even helps you to combat your fears.

4. It provides haven for food lovers:

Tired of eating the same old things daily? Well not at all because you travel. You learn new cuisines, tastes and suddenly you want to know the recipe. Ever happened with you? Food lovers are same globally. We live for food and new variety is more of like heaven on earth for us.

5. It lets you enjoy solitude:

Although you are travelling in groups yet travelling does let you enjoy your own company. It is soothing and seldom the inner talks are beneficial for a lot of problems we are confronting in our life. It teaches you to love yourself.

Never got a chance to chalk out a plan and travel toy your favorite destination out of the routine? What are you waiting for? Make things work out, pack your bags and head to the place, pronto because travelling is the best.

Discover “the Holistic Alternative” For Fast, Effective & Natural Relief

Naturopathic or Holistic Wellness is thoroughly grounded upon the complete wellbeing of the entire person, mind, body and spirit. Unlike Traditional Medicine, Holistic Wellness follows and integrates both ancient (time-tested) common health and healing wisdom with the recent discoveries in modern biology, genetics and quantum physics. This is accomplished by bring out bodies into a state of balance and wholeness using mind (positive psychology), body (food, drink and herbs) and spirit (beliefs, creativity and connection). This began with the “fathers” of modern medicine, which are Hippocrates and Paracelsus.

Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C.E. who practiced holistic wellness by discovering the source of any imbalances in a person and then gently influencing them back their natural state of homeostasis (wholeness or holistic state) using both positive psychology, as we call it today, and natural holistic herbal remedies.

Later Paracelsus in 15th century C.E., originator of modern chemistry, viewed the universe and everything in it as one coherent whole. He taught the necessity of human beings (microcosm) being in harmony with their environment (macrocosm) and that all of life is pervaded by a life giving spirit. He also recommended natural foods, herbs and mental states that were conducive to healing and bring back the harmony between the person and their environment.

Modern biology has demonstrated that although we are influenced by our genetic traits and familial tendencies, we can consciously choose to override our “genetic programming” to arrive at the state that we truly desire to be in. In fact, modern genetic research has clearly shown that our environment, and more importantly, what we believe about our environment controls what genes unlock or express themselves in our experience. This is called gene transcription, and it can be largely be controlled by clearing unquestioned inherited beliefs, or those that are no longer serving our best interests. The ancient physicians somehow knew about this at an intuitive level, as they did not have the technology as we know it to actually peer into our cellular biology.

Modern science also shows that our hearts, as well as our entire body has inherent intelligence “a non-local brain” that gives off energetic waves that can be measured with electronic equipment. This is called the “Wisdom of our Body.” Ancient cultures knew this and sought to provide our bodies with a balanced approach to wellness. Kirlian photography has been around for over 100 years now, and clearly shows that all living life forms have an energetic field surrounding that envelops the life form in its entirety. This energy field even shows the complete blueprint of the body or life form (plant, leaf, animal, etc.) even if a part of the physical body or plant leaf is cut completely off and thrown away! Acupuncture meridians have also been recently scientifically verified (thanks to NASA equipment) to exist exactly as the Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic physicians have stated MILLENIA ago!

Hippocrates is called the “Father of Medicine,” and all modern physicians take the oath to “Do no harm.” He taught the holistic model of medicine, and even used astrology to see beyond the physical to the actual source of the imbalance, and educate the client of potential challenging energies that may affect the patient’s future health. His foundation was based upon nature (sunlight, exercise, and wholesome foods) as well as fresh air and clean water. Paracelsus also used metaphysics and alchemy in his successful healing practice. These foundation of holistic wellness are still very relevant today (as can be seen by few people truly experiencing complete healing of anything), but no longer being followed by the majority of Allopathic (Modern) medicine’s physicians. They do take the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm; unfortunately much harm is done, although usually unintentionally, I sincerely hope. Paracelsus, the great physician, was also a metaphysician like Hippocrates and Galen before him. Naturopathic (pertaining to nature) and Holistic (pertaining to wholeness and balance) medicine should be the cornerstone of any intelligent physician’s practice as it is, and has always been, the beginning or origin of optimum health and wellness.

Naturopathic and Holistic medical physicians and practitioners seek to find the source of imbalance in the whole person and recommend changes that bring the person back to a state of optimum health, on all levels. That is they treat the person, not the illness. This is a very important distinction as we will show you as we go along in this website. This is accomplished first through a state of being (we are human Beings, not human Doings) finding the source of dis-ease (the absence of a state of ease, our natural state) and coming into alignment with our body’s wisdom.

As Albert Einstein stated, we must solve the dis-ease or disturbance (problem) at a higher level than its manifestation. Modern medicine keeps focused on treating the “effect” and rarely ever arrives at the “cause” of the effect. If you treat the illness but not the cause – your condition will surely return. That’s why most cancers return because we keep killing the effect but not even touching the cause. The spiritual, mental, emotional and environmental levels must be been brought back to wellness and balance first. That’s exactly why we are here. So, join us on a journey that will bring health and happiness back into your own control, you can do it, and we can help! Your journey starts now.

James is a lifelong student and advocate of holistic health, fitness, nutrition and spirituality and fully embraces the unity of all life. He specializes in teaching others how they can attain a state of optimum wellness and happiness in their life by living in harmony with their own inner wisdom. This naturally leads to more “lucky moments” as you actively find yourself in the flow of things, particularly those that you desire to achieve. The key I’ve personally discovered is this: The Better You Feel – The More You Attract the Types of Experiences you Desire in Your Life. This begins with Optimum Wellness, and James can help you plot the course you choose and learn to “smell” and “reap” the roses (whatever kind they may be) along your path. You can check out is new Homeopathic Medicine website here.