Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 32, No. 38, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 3, 1974 Page: 4 of 20
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What happens when you're
recovering from an illness and
are not sick enough to stay in a
hospital and yet not quite well
enough to completely care for
If you're lucky, you live in an
area served by a Home Health
Agency and can receive the
needed services in the friendly
confines of your own home, says
the State Health Department.
Skilled and specialized care is
given daily to thousands of
Texans through one of the 45
Home Health Agencies in the
state. The individual agencies
may be small, from a minimum
of two or three employees to
more than a hundred, but they
add up to a network of home
care services covering a large
segment of the state's
population. Most of the patients
What exactly does a Home
Health Agency do?
Take the case of a man who
suffered a stroke and was
totally bedridden, could not talk
and didn't recognize family
members. The choices for his
family were these: extended,
expensive hospitalization; a
nursing home, v/hich also is
expensive; or, home care with
skilled health personnel from a
Home Health Agency.
The patient was brought
home. Acting under a
physician's written orders
(necessary in all cases), the
patient was placed under the
care of a nurse, physical
therapist and speech therapist
and soon was able to walk with
a quad-cane, talk to a limited
extent, recognize relatives and
friends and was able to
In another instance, a woman
in her early seventies un-
derwent surgery for cancer of
the lower intestine and had a
colostomy performed. Her
children were married and
lived elsewhere and her
husband was older and partially
blind. Through a Home Health
Agency in her small town, she
was able to receive visits at
home from nurses and home
health aides who taught her how
to care for herself while she
regained her strength.
What happens if you live in an
area not served by an agency?
It's possible that one nearby
may be able to extend services
through a branch office or sub-
unit of an existing agency. In
some cities and counties, the
local health department
operates such an agency.
Can a Home Health Agency
ABILENE,-Dyess AFB, has
announced the promotion of
Teodoro C. Laurel to sergeant
in the U. S. Air Force.
Sergeant Laurel, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Taurino Laurel of
Santa Elena, is an electronics-
specialist with a unit of the
Strategic Air Command.
The sergeant, a 1969 graduate
of San Isidro High School, at-
tended Texas A4I University.
His wife, Velmira, is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Salvador S. Gyerra of
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be formed in your community?
Definitely yes, says the State
Health Department. In-
formation may be obtained
from Dr. T.E. Dodd, director of
Home Health Services Division,
1100 West 49th St., Austin, 78756.
What must a Home Health
Agency have for certification?
The requirements are many,
says Dr. Dodd, but they
basically are these: Each
agency must have a physician
or registered nurse as director
and have an advisory com-
mittee. It must be a non-profit
organization, or a public
organization like the health
department, and must offer
skilled nursing plus one ad-
ditional therapeutic service
such as physical therapy.
The Home Health Services
Division will work with a
fledgling agency in getting
started and send out a con-
sultant to assist in filling out the
required forms. When the paper
work is completed, notice is
sent to the Certification and
Consultation Division and an
inspection of the facility is
requested. If approved, a
recommendation is made with
Social Security that the agency
Since Home Health Agencies
are non-profit organizations,
payment to them is for services
rendered. Medicare payments
come through a third party, or
fiscal intermediary. This can be
an insurance company or Social
Security. The intermediary,
based on the orders from a
doctor, will determine the
length of the related home care
needed in each case. Progress
reports are made by the nurse-
director and given to the
physician on the case, allowing
the doctor to keep abreast of
progress. Often a patient ad-
vances more rapidly than the
schedule originally proposed.
Home Health Agencies are
providing a great service to the
homebound in Texas, says the
State Health Department.
Finances certainly are a part
of the contribution. Rising costs
of hospitalization greatly in-
crease the financial strain on
anyone unfortunate to have an
hospitalization. It is much less
expensive the Home Health
Agency way. And, the shortage
of hospital beds makes it
mandatory that patients be
released as soon as it is
Another point arived at over
the years is this, says a State H
State Health Department
spokesman: Patients able to go
home to continue their
rehabilitation are much happier
and seem to respond more
THE RIO GRANDE HERALD PAGE 4 WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1974
The Cost of Fuel
is Driving the Cost of
ver the past three years, prices we
I must pay for fuel to generate electricity
have doubled ... tripled ... quadrupled ...
quintupled ... and more. Which means that
electric bills have gone up 10%... 20% ...
30%... 40%... 50% ... and more.
In the past, the money you had to pay
for fuel costs didn't amount to much. There
have been times, in fact, when fuel costs went
down—and so did your bill. Natural gas was
plentiful and it was cheap.
Not any more. When we can get natural
gas, it is much more expensive than it used to
be. When we can't, our only alternative is to
burn fuel oil, which is even more expensive
The additions to your electric bills
represent only the higher costs of fuel, which
are passed directly from the fuel suppliers to
you. In fact, CPL loses since we pay taxes on
gross revenue. In other words, we collect more
money, pay more taxes, and earn a smaller
We lose and you lose.
What created this situation?
Coastal States Gas Producing Company
and its subsidiary, Lo-Vaca Gathering System,
is CPL's largest fuel supplier. At one time they
supplied almost 75% of CPL's fuel needs.
For the past year and a half, Coastal
States has been unable to fulfill its contractual
obligations to meet CPL's natural gas
requirements. Which means we have to look
elsewhere—and pay the going price. We have
also had to burn fuel oil at even more expense.
It's the old case of supply and demand.
Greater demand. Shorter supply. Higher price.
Not much consolation can be found,
unless it's this: At least we haven't had to
hang out any "Out of Electricity" signs. We
don't expect to.
And the picture is not all dark.
CPL people are searching everywhere
for the most economical fuel to meet our
present needs. We have started our own drilling
program for natural gas supplies. CPL, along
with other utilities, is moving ahead or, a
nuclear power plant. We have purchased
equipment for a coal-fired plant.
Our aim is to stabilize the cost of fuel
as soon as possible.
What can you do?
Think of energy as money. Use it
wisely. Drop by your CPL office and pick up
copies of several booklets which discuss ways
of using electricity efficiently.
HOTTER WEATHER HAS ALSO
POSHED BILLS HIGHER.
CPL customers who have air
conditioning took a double dose of higher
bills during June.
Not only were fuel costs up to
record levels, but air conditioning
requirements were much greater, too.
The month of May, which in
general is the usage-period for June bills,
was hot. A bnormally hot.
According to U.S. Weather Bureau
data. May of this year was as hot as a
To make some other comparisons:
A veraged over South Texas, May
was 7.90% hotter than April, and 43%
hotter than May of 1973.
We give you this information so
that while you join us in hoping the
weather cools off, you will also make sure
your air conditioning is being operated
as efficiently as possible.
CENTRAL POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY
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Van Nest, Lloyd A. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 32, No. 38, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 3, 1974, newspaper, July 3, 1974; Rio Grande City, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194464/m1/4/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.