Helping children cope with long term illness in the family

September 29, 2011

dad and daughter

Sometimes it can be difficult finding ways to help children cope with long term illness in your family.  Many times they don’t express the confusion or fear in ways we expect.  We may assume they are coping fine with the situation, however studies show children do not handle stress the way adults anticipate.  If you are wondering if your children are handling the confusion or changes well, consider the advice from About Kids Health.  They have a wealth of information that answers questions on how to help your children open up and share their feelings.  Here are several points to remember when helping your children cope with long term illness.

  • Talk with your children about their feelings.  Allow them to ask questions and answer them honestly.
  • Prepare your children for hospital and doctor visits.
  • Keep a routine that allows them to feel involved in sibling care.
  • Find time to spend with your children outside of doctor or hospital visits.
Do you have suggestions on how families can help their children deal with long term illness?  Leave a comment below and share your advice.

What it takes to be a long term care nurse

September 21, 2011

Peadiatric nurse practitioner

Have you considered working as a long term care nurse in a facility or providing home care?  This video is an excellent reminder that providing care in a long term situation means offering more than simply medicine.  The women in this video do an excellent job sharing how each person is part of a puzzle that provides effective care for their patients.  Although the women in this video are mainly discussing long term care in a nursing home, I thought it was so relevant to what our nurses provide each day to our patients and their families.   Some of the advice includes going the extra mile with each patient, setting your own personal problems aside to make sure you are fully invested into each patient and make sure you view the day from the patient’s POV.  Overall the consensus was to understand each patient.  Make sure you’re providing patience and compassion as you provide care.  Do you agree?  What other advice would you give to a new home heath care nurse?

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Tips for choosing a good autism plan

September 14, 2011

doctors and nurses

One of the hardest days in any parent’s life is when your child is diagnosed with a long term disease or disability.  There are a flood of questions and concern about how to provide long term care for your child.  If you’ve recently been told your child has autism and are wondering how to find the best home care then consider these points to help you plan.  According to the Help Guide Organization, you need to work with your doctor and his team to determine your child’s strengths, weaknesses and the best treatment approach for them.   They list several things to do, when developing your child’s treatment plan that will aid you and your home health care nurse.

  1. Develop a plan that focuses on their interests
  2. Make sure it’s a predictable schedule
  3. Keep tasks simple
  4. Plan to have structured activities that engage their attention
  5. Give positive reinforcement for their behavior that incorporates you and the nurse
Your home health care nurse is highly trained and can help you fine tune your treatment plan.  If you have questions regarding autism and support, talk with your nurse or doctor.

Preparing for flu season

September 7, 2011

boy with cold

Many parents worry about the flu season, wondering how to protect their children.  There always seems to be an increase in questions, such as “Should we vaccinate our children?” or “When is the best time to get everyone vaccinated?”  These are valid questions we all have, especially if someone in your family is already dealing with a disease.  That’s why several organizations have compiled a great resource of information for parents; giving you the answer to many of your questions.

Here are a few we recommend checking out and if you still have questions, make sure to talk with your doctor.