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Change In Condition and Core Values in Action


How a Right at Home Caregiver Helped Her Client

Hilda Mlawa has been a caregiver for Right at Home since 2015. As someone who has always lived up to our core values, she was the right person to provide long-term care for one of our more difficult clients. Hilda remains completely devoted to her client and even when some days are trying, she works 6 days a week to make sure her client receives the best care. Hilda noticed an increase in tremors in her client, which made transfers challenging. She observed the increase just after her medication doses had been adjusted. She advocated for her client to the nurses who then made the doctor aware. With a medication adjustment and physical therapy, Hilda's client improved.

Change in Condition is Continuous

On a different occasion, Hilda started to notice a decrease in her client’s hearing. During daily ear cleanings, she experienced excessive wax build-up in her client's ears. Hilda reported to the nurses and advocated to get an appointment with an ENT. She accompanied her client to the appointment and as soon as irrigation was completed, her hearing greatly improved. Hilda's client called it a “miracle”.

Although Hilda doesn't always feel appreciated by her client, she knows she's providing her the best care and that Right at Home and the client's family appreciate her dedication. Hilda exemplifies our Core Values every day and we are very grateful to have her on our team.

Right at Home Incorporates Change-in-Condition Services to Provide Additional Peace of Mind

Safety supervision for seniors and disabled

Right at Home has implemented a unique program designed to improve our clients’ health outcomes called Change-In-Condition Care.  It’s a proactive way to prevent conditions from worsening, and it gives families the peace of mind of knowing their loved one is not only being cared for, but monitored and observed for any declining health behaviors.  To us, Change-in-Condition Care is an important part of keeping our clients safe and healthy in their own homes. 

Prevents Readmissions and Hospitalizations

Change-in-Condition Care can avert preventable hospitalizations and re-admissions, particularly for recovering, high-risk seniors. 

What is Change-in-Condition Care?

Right at Home’s Change-in-Condition Care program starts with training.  Our caregivers and office staff are trained to observe, report, and act on any changes in the client's condition, particularly in the following five change-in-condition categories:

Senior Depression
  • Mobility
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Toileting
  • Skin Condition/Swelling
  • Overall Differences

How It's Reported

At the conclusion of every shift, Right at Home’s proprietary system requires our caregivers to affirmatively report whether their client has had any changes in condition.  If so, the caregiver describes the change in condition, which is then automatically forwarded to our office staff and/or if there is an RN on staff.  At that point, our office team communicates the change in condition to the client’s care stakeholders, including:

  • Family
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Social Worker / Discharge Planner / Case Manager
  • Home Health Care / Hospice

Improving Conditions

We then work with the family and relevant medical professionals to re-assess the client’s needs and revise the client’s customized care plan as appropriate.  Finally, the client’s caregivers are instructed on how to optimally perform their caregiving services under the revised care plan.  Only then will our office staff “close out” the change in condition protocol for the client. 

Quick Overview of Change in Condition

All staff and caregivers are thoroughly trained on:

• Five Change-in-Condition categories
• Observation and reporting procedures

Systemized prompting at end of shift:

• Our proprietary software prompts caregivers to note any Change-in-Condition

Observation and Reporting

• All caregiver responses logged
• Positive responses for Change-in-Condition are reported to Office Staff and/or if there is an RN on staff


Offices with a staffed RN: RN visits patient/client to reassess and verify Change-in-Condition
Offices without a staffed RN: Instead goes immediately to the next step — Protocol and Take Action

Protocol and Take Action

• RAH communicates the Change-in-Condition with the patient/client care stakeholders:

○ Family
○ Social Worker / Discharge Planner
○ Case Manager
○ Primary Care Physician


If you’d like to know more about Right at Home’s proprietary Change-in-Condition Care program, please call us at (267) 568-2638

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