Amedisys Care Team Members Offer Support and Advice for Caregivers

  Amedisys Care Team Members Offer Support and Advice for Caregivers

                 November is National Family Caregiver Month

Business Wire

BATON ROUGE, La. -- November 12, 2012

In honor of National Family Caregiver month this November, Amedisys,
Inc.(NASDAQ: AMED) has gathered advice from top care team members across the
country about how family caregivers can best provide for an aging parent or
loved one.

According to the AARP, nearly one in three adults in the U.S. is providing
care for a family member, friend or neighbor. Financially, family caregivers
spend an average of $5,531 each year on their responsibilities, while the
median household income is $43,026, reports the National Alliance for
Caregiving.

“Considering the incredible lengths family caregivers go to—both financial and
in terms of their own well-being, it’s important they not only provide the
best care but take care of themselves at the same time,” said Dr. Michael
Fleming of Amedisys. “By offering tips to family caregivers across the
country, we hope to both honor what they do daily as well as give them
support. Being a family caregiver is no easy task and on top of it all we
don’t want them to feel alone.”

Based on decades of experience, Amedisys care team members recommend:

1.Staying organized. To keep from getting overwhelmed, maintain detailed
    lists and instructions for administering medications, dressing wounds and
    working medical equipment. Ask a health care professional to demonstrate
    tasks for you and work with you to make sure the care is being provided
    correctly.
2.Preparing for changes. Many patients with a diagnosis like dementia or
    Alzheimer’s can become angry, agitated or sometimes violent. Work with
    professionals on what to expect.
3.Taking your time. One occupational therapist explains that rushing a
    patient through an activity could take away their sense of independence,
    causing the patient to become depressed and possibly cause an injury.
4.Taking a break, or arranging for support. “You may develop feelings of
    anger, resentment and bitterness because of the constant responsibilities,
    deprivation and isolation that can result from being a caregiver,” said an
    Amedisys vocational nurse. “Research community agency help- take days to
    yourself as you hire adult day care, chore workers, home delivered meals,
    etc. to help relieve the physical stress.”
5.Knowing that you are not alone. Contact your county to find out what
    services are available such as a Department of Aging, the Veterans
    Benefits Administration or other aging services.

For more information about National Family Caregiver Month, please visit:
http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/national_family_caregiver_month/

About Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is a leading health care at home company
delivering personalized home health and hospice care to more than 360,000
patients each year. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best
for our patients, whether that is home-based recovery and rehabilitation after
an operation or injury, care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic
disease, palliative care for those with a terminal illness, or hospice care at
the end of life. The Company's state-of-the-art advanced chronic care
management programs and leading-edge technology enables it to deliver quality
care based upon the latest evidence-based best practices. Amedisys is a
recognized innovator, being one of the first in the industry to equip its
clinicians with point-of-care laptop technology and referring physicians with
an internet portal that enables real-time coordination of patient care
seamlessly. Amedisys also has the industry's first-ever nationwide Care
Transitions program, designed to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions
through patient and caregiver health coaching and care coordination, which
starts in the hospital and continues throughout completion of the patient's
home health plan of care. For more information about the Company, please
visit: http://www.amedisys.com.

Contact:

Amedisys, Inc.
Jacqueline Chen Valencia, 225-252-5091
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
jacqueline.chen@amedisys.com