Tuesday, June 13, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 10 babies born is preterm. A “preterm birth,” often called premature, is a baby born prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects 30 million Americans and over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
My name is Elizabeth SantaCruz. If you aren't aware, Lupus is an autoimmune chronic illness that can affect any part of the body including skin, joints, and internal organs.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
As many of you know, juggling work, family, and a social life is hard. Add in being responsible for an elderly person, and it can get overwhelming.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Social isolation can result in a decline of mental and physical health for the elderly. Senior citizens who don’t interact with the community regularly are at risk for a decline in overall health.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Social engagement is an extremely important component for healthy aging. Senior citizens face obstacles staying socially engaged as they age.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
According to the Administration of Community Living, the population of age 65 and over numbered 46.2 million in 2014, an increase 10 million, or 28 percent, since 2004. As more and more senior citizens choose to live independently in their homes, it is important that they and their families know their home is safe.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Susan Zabransky Hughes (or “Susie Hughsie,” as I liked to call her) was a vibrant, beautiful mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend who was full of life and laughter. She was fun with a wicked sense of humor.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The nice weather is coming! It is time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Seniors need to get exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Everyone has heard the phrase “use it or lose it” – well, it is true! Senior citizens need to get out and enjoy activities that are suitable for their age.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
According to the Administration for Community Living, the older adult population represents 14.1% of the U.S. population; about one in every seven Americans. By 2040, there will be approximately 82.3 million older persons in the United States; over twice the number in 2000.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Many patients in home care question why their caregiver wears gloves. Any nurse who has worked in home care will tell you that they have encountered clients and family members who have asked why they wear the gloves.
Friday, March 31, 2017
World Autism Awareness Day was created to help people around the globe gain a better understanding of autism. This special day gives people the chance to learn more about how autism affects individuals and families in local communities and around the world.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
While awareness and understanding of autism are on the rise, there continue to be many common misunderstandings and inaccuracies by the public.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
March 21st isn’t just another day on the calendar. Chosen because the date 3/21 reflects the chromosomal condition of a 3rd iteration of the 21st chromosome, it’s recognized across the globe as World Down Syndrome Day, a day meant to raise awareness and give voice to the individuals and families affected by this condition that affects roughly one in every 700 babies born in America today.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
As the baby-boomer population continues to age, understanding the different types of home care and what each can provide will become a more important issue for families.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Nutrition and healthy eating are hot topics in America today. There are more specialty diets and nutritional fads than ever, and it can be difficult to determine what’s best for their health. Luckily, March is National Nutrition Month and it’s the perfect time to refocus on creating a smart, structured nutrition plan for yourself.
Monday, February 27, 2017
With 2017 in full swing, you might be feeling worn out from following your New Year’s resolutions to be healthier. As resolutions go, there’s nothing better than making a commitment to living healthier and taking proper care of your body, so be proud that you’ve taken the first steps.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
There are many benefits associated with having a nurse follow up with patients at home after hospitalization. First and foremost a visiting nurse is trained to assess the homecare needs of a patient who may be fragile due to a recent hospitalization.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
When February comes around, people tend to have hearts on their mind as they shop for Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. But February and hearts share a much more important connection: American Heart Month.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Depression is a difficult diagnosis to make. In the elderly, symptoms of depression may mimic signs of dementia. Some recognizable symptoms of depression in the elderly include loss of interest/ pleasure in most activities, weight loss or gain, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, irritability, feelings of worthlessness, sloppy hygiene and memory problems. It is easy to see how depression could be mistaken for dementia in the elderly and knowing the differences and risk factors may help confirm a diagnosis as well as save a life.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
One of the toughest conversations a family has with an aging relative is convincing them to get help. A source of anxiety for the elderly person is becoming a burden on their family. Loved ones are stressing about when and how to have the conversation about homecare with their parent. Many families have the same experience, their parents are slowing down and depending on them for assistance in and out of the home. Broaching the subject of hiring a Home Health Aide takes picking the right moment as well as being educated about the process.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Parents of medically fragile children cope with a myriad of challenges. For these families, it’s helpful to know that high quality pediatric home health care is available all day, every day, 365 days a year. Home health care services allow children with short-term or chronic medical needs to receive safe and appropriate pediatric care in the comfort of their own homes.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The task of choosing a home health care provider can be daunting. With so many choices and various services, it can overwhelm even the most healthcare savvy person.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the home health care sector is projected to grow rapidly, eventually accounting for approximately 1.3 million jobs through 2022*. This is a result of more and more American seniors looking forward to staying in their own homes as they age. It is about the convenience and cost differences, as well as the comfort.
Monday, January 9, 2017
When researching home healthcare choices for yourself or a loved one, there are a variety of different options to consider. A big question for many is how to pay for home healthcare. While this may not seem like an easy question to answer, there are several different ways to help develop a better idea of options and the costs associated with each.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
When looking into home healthcare, there are a wide variety of services available. It helps keep adults as independent as possible at home where family is always most comfortable. It is a great way to keep the patient emotionally happy when they can be home in familiar surroundings instead of an assisted living facility or nursing home. When an illness, injury, or age interrupts normal daily life, it can prove frustrating for all those involved. Someone who requires care never wants to be a burden, which is where home healthcare can help. The options when it comes to home healthcare, however, can feel overwhelming. But, with a little upfront research and discussions with health care professionals, the process can be much easier for all those involved.