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EGAN Pediatrics Day at the Zoo

EGAN Pediatrics Makes Special Trip to Audubon Zoo

The care team at EGAN Pediatrics recently made a very special trip to the Audubon Zoo with a group of special needs children. By all accounts, it was an enjoyable day for staff, the children and their respective families alike.

For many making the trip, this was their very first-ever visit to the zoo.

For others such as assistant administrator Peter Egan Jr., it was his first visit in nearly 20 years. “It’s even more amazing than I remember it being,” an enthusiastic Egan stated.

The group arrived around 10 am. They split up into groups before meeting back up for lunch in the early afternoon. Some stayed until well into the late afternoon, with the Sea Lion exhibit being among the most popular attractions among the group.

Throughout the day, the specially-made blue EGAN Pediatrics t-shirts made for the event and worn by staff, patients and their families/caregivers could be spotted throughout the zoo. Approximately 60 people attended in total, including the children, their families and caregivers, as well as EGAN Pediatrics employees.

A wonderful time was had by all, and the event was so successful EGAN Pediatrics is considering making it an annual affair.

Scroll down to view some of the photos from the EGAN Pediatrics Day at the Zoo.

EGAN Pediatrics Zoo

Peter Egan Jr. poses for a photo with an EGAN Pediatrics patient and the patient’s caregiver.

 

EGAN Pediatrics Zoo Trip

An EGAN Pediatrics patient and her family pose for a photo during a recent trip to the Audubon Zoo.

 

EGAN Pediatrics Family at Zoo

A family enjoying themselves during a recent trip with EGAN Pediatrics to the Audubon zoo.

 

EGAN Pediatrics (Girl at Zoo)

A little girl having fun during the EGAN Pediatrics recent field trip to the Audubon Zoo.

 

EGAN Pediatrics (Family at Zoo)

A family enjoying themselves at the Audubon Zoo during a recent event hosted by EGAN Pediatrics.

 

EGAN Pediatrics (Group Photo)

A group of people including both EGAN Pediatrics employees, patients and patients’ family members pose for a group photo at the Audubon Zoo.

 

EGAN Pediatrics Zoo Field Trip

Family having fun at the zoo during the EGAN Pediatrics “Day at the Zoo” event.


More photos to come…

Home Care Providers & Caregivers Must Have Empathy

Home Health Care Providers, Caregivers Must Have Empathy for Patients

If there is one qualifying characteristic necessary in order for a person to become and/or to serve as a good home health care provider or in-home caregiver to an elderly patient, parent, grandparent or other relative, it is without a doubt lots and lots of empathy. There are so many moments that can be so difficult in so many ways, especially when the person on the receiving end of the care fights what you know is in his or her best interests.

Caregiving: Home Health CareI’ve worked with hundreds of families in such situations, and those who handle that phase of life with the most grace are those who are able to view each situation that arises with empathy as if seeing it through the eyes of the elderly relative for whom the care is being administered.

If I could say one thing to a person or family new to elder care (being a caregiver to an elderly parent or relative) in order to help them succeed in being effective, it would be to constantly remind oneself that no matter how difficult the situation becomes for the person or people administering the care, it’s at least as difficult if not more so for the person on the receiving end.

The patient — the only person receiving the care, be it performed by a relative, nurse, home health aide or EZ Shampoo Inflatable Hair Wash Basinsitter — is the only person involved in the equation who knows definitively that his or her days are not only numbered but that that number is rapidly dwindling as the end-of-life draws near. It is no more pleasant to have to be the person who has to have his or her own privates washed wipes by someone else than it is to be the person doing the washing.

While the existence of such products as ReadyBath wipes and the EZ Shampoo Inflatable Hair Wash Basin do make life infinitely easier on both the caregiver and the recipient of the in-home health care, the most important thing to remember is that these are still debilitating to the morale of any person accustomed to living independently, and that losing one’s own facilities can be a tremendous psychological and emotional burden that far exceeds that experienced by the caregiver, regardless of whether he or she is a professional or an amateur (i.e. family).

Gretna, LA Based EGAN Home Health Nurse Goes Above and Beyond

Patient’s Caregiver Makes Special Trip to Commend EGAN Gretna Nurse

Today we had a patient’s caregiver to walk into the Gretna home health care and nursing office because she simply wanted to tell us how exemplary her son’s nurse was. She stated that this nurse is very caring, attentive, detail-oriented, and truly genuine.

Gretna NurseShe went on to say that she only sees her son twice a week, but that she calls everyday just to check in on him to make sure he’s okay. She absolutely raved about this nurse and Egan Healthcare Services / EGAN Nursing as a whole. She explained that she’s had experiences before in the past with another home health agency in Gretna charged with caring for other family members, and although those nurses and agencies were good, they were nothing like this nurse and this company.

SO, thank you Leslie P, RN for exceeding the expectations. Great job on providing exceptional care to the patient and his family.

EGAN Announces Health Care Industry Job Board!

Home Health Care and Hospice Jobs/Careers

Update: The job board is back! For a complete list of Louisiana Home Health Care jobs, please visit the following page: http://eganhealthcare.com/louisiana-home-health-care-jobs/.

EGAN Home Health Care and EGAN Hospice are currently hiring registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, billing specialists and many other positions!. Apply online by filling out the application at http://eganhealthcare.com/jobs.

The original post is below:

EGAN Healthcare Services is pleased to announce the debut of the company’s all-new health care industry job board. The purpose of the board is to serve as a service to the healthcare community, matching up job seekers with open positions at agencies across Southeastern Louisiana.

Health care professionals such as skilled nurses, home health aids, physical and occupational therapists and hospice specialists can now post their resumes online right from the EGAN Healthcare website, where health care agencies can find the perfect candidates to fill their respective openings.

The board may be searched by specialty, industry sub-classification (nurses, hospice workers, home health aids, physical therapists, etc.), city, state, zip code and of course position. Health care industry job seekers are encouraged to participate, and agencies across the entire health care spectrum are encouraged to post their openings to the board in hopes of attracting that perfect candidate.

A 3-month trial involving a single market (Metairie) and a single job specialty (home health aid) drew rave reviews, and participation was beyond even the wildest expectations of the members of EGAN Healthcare’s IT department. Involvement was far greater than anticipated, leading to the expansion of the program by EGAN’s IT personnel.

While far from a finished product, the board features a number of different health care industry specialties, as well as all substantial markets in the Greater New Orleans area and on the North Shore. New positions and job titles will be continuously added to the board until the entire spectrum of health care workers can post their respective resumes and search for jobs within their respective fields online, right from the EGAN Healthcare website.

To view the board, post a resume or a job opening, please visit the following URL:  http://eganhealthcare.com/home-health-care-jobs/.

Hip Brace

Hip Brace Now Available at EGAN Medical

EGAN Medical Equipment & Supply is pleased to announce that the all-new Hip Brace from It’s You Babe, LLC is now available for purchase directly through the online storefront of the Louisiana-based, direct-to-consumer medical supply distributor.

Hip Brace

The Hip Brace, sometimes referred to as a trochanter belt, provides all-day hip support, is surprisingly comfortable, fully adjustable, machine washable and quite durable as well. It is indicated for treatment of hip pain and swelling, post-surgical wounds, sacral instability and hip-related ailments resulting from pregnancy. It works by providing targeted compression to the pelvic cradle and sacroiliac joints, and does so without the usual discomfort associated with similar products.

The Hip Brace is manufactured by It’s You Babe, LLC, maker of quality pregnancy and maternity care products such as the patented and award-winning Prenatal Cradle and V2 Supporter. It’s You Babe is now the official wholesale provider of Prenatal Cradle products, taking the place of the now-defunct Prenatal Cradle, Inc.

The Hip Brace is being made available at the special introductory price of $28.50, with standard shipping starting at around $3.

This product is no longer available as EGAN Medical closed permanently in October of 2014.

Egan Healthcare Raising Money for Safe Harbor Christmas Fund

Egan Healthcare to Launch Fundraising Drive for Abused Women, Children

Egan Healthcare Services will be collecting monetary donations, in lieu of a gift exchange, at the company’s Christmas/Holiday party on December 15, 2011. The money will be used to purchase six gift certificates for the residents of the Safe Harbor shelter and advocacy organization for victims of abuse.

Egan Healthcare Helping Raise Money for Safe HarborSafe Harbor is a shelter for abused women and their children. The gift certificates will be given to Safe Harbor wrapped as Christmas gifts to be presented to the six Women residing at the Safe Harbor shelter on Christmas. The women will be able to use the gift certificates to purchase clothing or other items needed to set up and furnish their new homes.

Non-employees may also donate to the fund via PayPal by using the “donate” button located at the bottom of this page.

Ann Winstead, the program Director at Safe Harbor, has suggested the money be used to purchase gift certificated from Target or Walmart, given the cost-effectiveness of both major retailers coupled with the fact that both stores offer just about every product under the sun.

In addition to the gift certificates, the women will also be receiving a gift from Egan Medical, Egan Healthcare’s retail medical equipment division. Specifically, the ladies will each be receiving a bottle of Egan Wellness Clinic brand vitamin D3 supplements, personally formulated by world-renowned nutrition guru Pamela B. Egan.

Donations are voluntary and any amount will be accepted. Gifts for the children are already being provided by other organizations.

Egan Healthcare Services would like to thank Nancy O’Donley for suggesting the project. Egan would also like to thank all who donate for their generosity and selfless willingness to help others who are in need.

Non-Employees may donate to the Safe Harbor Christmas Fund by clicking on the button below.  100% of all money donated by both employees and non-employees will be given to the Safe Harbor organization for the above-stated purposes. The amount of your donation is entirely up to you. A $1 dollar donation is better than no donation at all, and every penny counts.

Donate to Safe Harbor to help abused women and children:

Donate to Safe Harbor, the Muscular Dystrophy Association or FreeChurchWebsites.org

Thanks to all who donate, on behalf of the Egan Healthcare family of companies, and on the behalf of Safe Harbor. The recipients of your generosity are grateful beyond words for all your generous help and assistance.

Note: Anyone interested in learning more about Safe Harbor may do so by visiting the Safe Harbor Times, a daily online newspaper dedicated entirely to topics regarding Safe Harbor, domestic violence, spousal and child abuse, rape and other related topics.