5 Tips for Families Dealing with Long Term Illness

January 18, 2012
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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.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society join forces with movie star Robert Pattinson

August 23, 2011

The Hollywood heartthrob, Robert Pattinson has joined with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to battle cancer.  He’s helping them raise awareness of the diseases through Cancer Bites.   It’s a way for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to educate and highlight life saving research.  The initiative will focus on supporting more research, as well as using modern social media tools to educate the public.  Currently you can begin tweeting about the initiative by using the hashtag #cancerbites.  You can also follow the initiative through the Twitter profiles @llsusa and @lymphoma.

If you have a family member suffering from these blood cancers you know the need for more research is vital.  Help spread the word and join Robert Pattinson in raising awareness. To learn more about this upcoming campaign, visit Cancer Bites and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society News.  Here’s a video clip from the Teen Choice Awards where he discusses the upcoming campaign.


Juvenile Arthritis Awareness

July 19, 2011

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, so we wanted to spread some light on this topic! Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.

What?

Arthritis typically affects joints, but juvenile arthritis can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well.

Who Gets JA?

No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop the disease. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition,

Cures?

There is no cure for juvenile arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, control pain and help improve quality of life. Most treatment plans involve a combination of medication, physical activity, eye care and healthy eating.

For more information please visit:

http://www.arthritis.org


Therapeutic Recreation Week

July 12, 2011

This week marks National Therapeutic Recreation week, which was established by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society. The purpose of this week is to spread awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services, and expand recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions.  These activities are designed to develop and use their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

Recreational sports can provide many benefits, both psychological and physiological. Some commonly used therapeutic recreations include: aquatic therapy, tai chi, and animal assisted therapy. Check your local papers for activities in your community.

For More information, please visit:

http://www.nrpa.org


Firework Safety

July 1, 2011

The Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high for children ages 10 to 14 as for the general population.

The good news is you can enjoy your holiday risk-free by following a few simple safety tips:

  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers, can be extremely dangerous- they can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (hot enough to melt gold).
  • If you decide to give children sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothes and hair.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and make sure to keep water near by in case of accidents.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Wear some sort of eye protection
  • Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket – the friction can set them off.
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.
  • Soak all fireworks in water before throwing them in the trashcan

In addition to these tips, take a look at the following video for more fireworks safety tips from leading news source HealthWatchMD:

For more information, please visit:

http://www.fireworksafety.com/


National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2011

Today is National HIV Testing Day! Each year on June 27, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) organizes National HIV Testing Day, in partnership with other national and local entities across the country. NAPWA was one of the first AIDS organizations to advocate that people at risk of infection should seek out voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

Today, CDC estimates approximately 21 percent of the 1.3M Americans living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. NAPWA believes voluntary HIV counseling and testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health, hence their message: “Take the Test, Take Control.”

One of their big partners is, Greater Than AIDS, who has been running campaigns called “My Deciding Moment.”

They list 5 ways to be greater than AIDS:

  1. Know– Get the facts about HIV/AIDS
  2. Talk-Start the conversation
  3. Protect– Use a condom
  4. Get Tested– Find an HIV testing center
  5. Take action– Get involved locally

For more information visit:

http://www.napwa.org/

http://www.greaterthan.org/


Home Safety Month

June 23, 2011

June is Home Safety Month, and this year the Home Safety Council’s theme is “Hands on Home Safety.” The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home injuries. HSC suggests simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury: falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking or suffocation, and drowning.

According to the Home Safety Council, 5.1 million injuries resulted from slips and falls on average each year, with falls accounting for more than one-third of all unintentional home injury deaths.

The Home Safety Council urges families to follow these safe steps:

Prevent Falls:

• Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.

• Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.

• Have lots of lights at the top and the bottom of the stairs.

• It is easy to trip on small rugs.  Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.

• Keep the stairs clear.

• Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.

• Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.

• Have grab bars in the tub and shower.

• Wipe up spills as they happen.

Protect Young Children from Falls

• Use safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.

• Use a safety gate to prevent falls from balconies.

• Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window.

• Don’t put cribs, beds and other furniture close to upstairs windows.

• Put away ladders and step stools after using them.

• Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.

Take a look at this video about preventing hazardous falls from breaking health news website HealthWatchMd:

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For more information, visit:

http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/AboutUs/HSM/au_hsm_w001.asp