HomeCare Encyclopedia

The Homecare Encyclopedia is…

The HomeCare Encyclopedia is an everyday disease management reference for everybody, including home health workers, family caregivers and patient who are stressed and exhausted by disease, have no formal education in the sciences or health, and may not even have English as their first language.

No reading is necessary. Any visitor to The HomeCare Encyclopedia can find everything they need to know from entertaining, easy-to-understand and easy-to-remember videos. Everything is explained with fun, unforgettable videos that combine friendly hosts, quirky storytelling and imaginative animation. (Visitors who want texts, also have the option of clicking for written explanations.)

For all its fun and informality, however, The HomeCare Encyclopedia is a serious clinical tool that focuses on the two most important treatment interventions for keeping patients stable and out of the hospital:

  • Medication adherence
  • Warning sign recognition

The Encyclopedia can also be used as a wonderful, patient-specific tool for the whole home care treatment team. Exactly What the Doctor Ordered allows physicians and RNs to design tailor-made curricula for specific patients and their caregivers. For example, if a doctor has a patient with congestive heart failure and peripheral vascular disease, the doctor can fill out an easy-to-use Exactly What form to suggest a “film series” with these topics:

  • CHF: The basics
  • Pressure pills (vasodilators): An overview
  • Water pills (diuretics): An overview
  • Swollen legs (lower extremity edema)
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Cellulitis

In addition to the videos, each segment includes learning reinforcement tools, including quizzes and daily patient assessment guides.