5 Tips for Families Dealing with Long Term Illness

January 18, 2012
family
Many times we talk with families who have been trying to care for a family member with long term illness.  However, over time the realize they need assistance and that’s when they consider a home health care nurse.  Our staff is highly trained to assist families physically and emotionally.  Our nurses provide compassion and comfort, when many families need it most.  Some of the tips many of them will give to people include the following:
1. Remember the illness does not define your family.
2. Everyone in the family needs to take time for themselves.  Whether it’s reading a good book, mediation or exercise maintaining hobbies will help everyone stay refreshed.
3. Seek support from families in similar situations.  They’ll help you find your inner-strength. When friends and family offer help, accept and give them tasks to lighten the load.
To learn more, visit our family resource page.
Advertisements

Rewarding career with us: How to apply in a few simple steps

August 29, 2011

Peadiatric nurse practitioner

Are you a registered CNA or nurse and interested in becoming a home healthcare provider for families?  We are currently looking for nurses in several states who are interested in a very rewarding career.   Our nurses have the opportunity to work with patients in their homes; delivering quality care according to physicians orders.  Your care will include providing medical administration, therapy and assessment.  This opportunity allows you the unique opportunity to provide personalized and specialized care.

To make it easy for you, we provide an online application center and job board.  You can find the perfect opportunity, where you can offer care that meets your desired services.  We also maintain a Facebook page, Twitter profile and you can connect with us through LinkedIn.  To learn more visit our job center and begin your career with in a few simple steps.


National Infertility Awareness Week

April 25, 2011

1 in 8 women and men are diagnosed with infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) is a movement that began in 1989.  The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to take charge of their reproductive health. This year’s theme is “Bust a Myth” and their goal is to make the conversation much easier between the infertility community and their family and friends.

Who gets it?

 Infertility is a medical problem. Approximately 30% of infertility is due to a female factor and 30% is due to a male factor. In the balance of the cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause of the infertility cannot be explained.

 

What are the risk factors?

  • Weight
  • Age
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Tubal Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • DES Exposure
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

What are the signs and symptoms?

Often there are no signs or symptoms associated with an infertility problem. Listening to your body and getting regular checkups will help to detect a problem. Early detection and treatment of a problem are often critical in achieving successful pregnancy outcomes later.

To learn more visit: http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/home-page.html


Prom Safety Tips

April 18, 2011

Prom is one of the most memorable experiences of high school, however it can also be one of the most dangerous experiences as well. Some students feel pressured to drink, smoke, use drugs or have sex on prom night by friends or the media. Below we have listed some tips for having a fun and safe time at prom!

Prom Tips:

1)    Don’t Go to Extremes to Get in Shape– Many students will go on crash diets before prom to try and lose weight, resulting in unhealthy habits. Instead students should: eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.

2)    Don’t Use the Tanning Bed- There are plenty of tanning lotions and self-tanners that can be applied to get the same effects, without exposing your skin to the dangerous UV rays.

3)    Travel Safely- Always wear a safety belt. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking.

4)    Plan Ahead-If you plan to go to an after-prom party, go with a friend to ensure each other’s safety. Avoid using alcohol and drugs.

5)    Respect Yourself- Respect yourself and others, avoid alcohol and drugs, and tell family or call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused.

 

Above all, trust your instincts and have fun!


Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

April 11, 2011

Of the many health differences between men and women, many may not be aware of the fact that women are more affected by eye disease and other eye conditions than men.

Eye disease strikes women far more frequently than men, which is why women should take time to learn about protecting their sight in April—Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

  • Two thirds of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women
  • Three quarters of visual impairment is estimated to be preventable or correctable
  • One third of age-related macular disease and cataract may be due to smoking

To learn more visit:

http://preventblindness.org/

http://www.womenseyehealth.org/


Heart Disease FAQs

February 5, 2010

What are some risk factors for heart disease?

High blood cholesterol, smoking tobacco, inactive lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure are all major risk factors for heart disease. However, these are all factors that you can modify, treat, or control by changing your lifestyle.

What are some risk factors that cannot be changed?

Increasing age, heredity, and male sex (gender) are factors that cannot be changed. According to the American Heart Association, over 83 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older. Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do and have attacks earlier in life. African Americans have more severe high blood pressure than Caucasians and a higher risk of heart disease. Heart disease risk is also higher among Mexican Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians and some Asian Americans.

What are other contributing factors?

Drinking too much alcohol and stress are some other contributing factors. Scientists have found a relationship between coronary heart disease risk and stress in a person’s life, their health behaviors and socioeconomic status.

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, cause heart failure and lead to stroke. It can also contribute to cancer and other diseases, high triglycerides, and produce irregular heartbeats. Drinking too much alcohol also contributes to obesity, alcoholism, suicide and accidents.
For more information visit:

American Heart Association


Frequently Asked Questions: Respiratory acidosis

January 18, 2010

What is respiratory acidosis?

Respiratory acidosis is a medical condition in which the lungs cannot remove all the carbon dioxide the body produces.

What are some typical symptoms of respiratory acidosis?

  • Confusion
  • Easy fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleepiness

Are there tests or exams to detect this condition?

A few tests can help detect respiratory acidosis.  A chest x-ray or CT scan can check the lung’s appearance without having to biopsy it. Pulmonary function tests are a series of breathing tests that can evaluate lung capacity. Also, an arterial blood gas test involves drawing blood and measuring the amounts of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and acids.

Are there any treatments available?

Treatment is aimed at the underlying lung disease, and may include:

  • Bronchodilator drugs to reverse some airways obstruction
  • Ways to stop smoking
  • Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (sometimes called CPAP or BiPAP) or mechanical ventilation if needed
  • Oxygen if the blood oxygen level is low

Is there a way to prevent respiratory acidosis?

Losing weight might help prevent obesity hypoventilation syndrome. If you smoke, it could lead to the development of lung diseases that cause respiratory acidosis. By not smoking, you lower your risk of the condition.

When should I contact a medical professional?

Severe respiratory acidosis is a serious condition and should be treated immediately.  You should seek immediate medical help if you have symptoms of this condition. If you have symptoms of lung disease, call your doctor.

Where can I find more information?

Livestrong.com

Merck