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.
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How to keep your resolution this year

December 28, 2011

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We all make resolutions, knowing many times we won’t keep the majority of them.  However, each year we focus on the typical resolutions of losing weight, exercising and reducing stress.  But what if this year we all did something different, something that has positive potential for our careers and patients.  Sarah Eder gave several wonderful suggestions earlier this year about how to make a resolution and stick with it.  Her blog post on ONS Connect shared tips on how to make a resolution and keep it.  Simply choose one that will enhance your career and you’re more likely to keep it.

Some of her tips include setting measurable goals that you can easily obtain throughout the year.  Also consider seeing your resolutions as something positive rather than giving something up.  You can also make your resolution about a specific outcome rather than a task, giving yourself a better chance of achieving your goal.  What tips do you have for other nurses who are wanting to keep their New Year’s resolutions in 2012?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.


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/


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


Heart Defect Awareness

February 1, 2010

The National Institutes of Health reports that congenital heart defects are responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects.

These types of heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development after conception and usually before the mother knows she is pregnant. Defects range from simple problems, such as “holes” between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.

Not all heart disease in children is congenital. Occasionally, heart disease is not congenital but “acquired,” (Kawasaki disease and rheumatic fever) and may occur during childhood such as heart damage due to infection.  Children also can be born with or develop heart rate problems such as slow, fast, or irregular heart beats, known as “arrhythmias”.

Anyone can be at risk to have a child with a heart defect. Out of 1,000 births, nine babies will have some form of congenital heart disorder, most of which are mild. Your risk may be higher if you or other family members have a baby with a heart defect.

For more information, please visit:

American Heart Association


Climate Change and Your Health

January 12, 2010

Climate experts say climate change will result in severe heat waves, a rise in sea levels, and extreme weather. All of these changes can affect human health directly and indirectly.

Increased temperatures can lead to increased heat exposure, causing conditions from heat rashes to a deadly heat stroke, drought, and increased aggravation of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

There are ways to prevent heat related illnesses:

  • Make sure you have access to cooler temperatures. Check on the elderly and home bound neighbors to ensure their safety.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Dress in light clothing.

Extreme weather events include floods, hurricanes, drought, and wildfires. These events could also cause an aggravation in chronic diseases and mental health concerns due to a lack of care and displacement.

You and your family can be prepared in an emergency by planning ahead:

  • Contact the local county geologist or county planning department to see if your home is in a flash-flood-prone area or landslide-prone area.
  • Learn about your community’s emergency evacuation plans, and practice these plans with your family.
  • Stock emergency supplies, such as a first aid kit, food, and water.

To learn more on climate change and your health please visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.