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Nurses – The Heart of Home Care

People go in to nursing for any number of reasons: they are interested in medicine, they like having variety in their tasks, the job prospects are good and on the rise, there are many options and specialties in the profession, etc.  The strongest reason – they want to help people.

Nurses have a strong connection to the people they work with. While doctors often make the prognosis and are the primary medical provider, nurses get to know their patients a little better, getting to understand their personality, fears, family, and friends. Nurses can have a voice in a how care, medication, and therapies are affecting the patient. Home care nurses are often the voice for the person under their care.

Moving in to home care can be a difficult decision for a nurse.  But it can be one of the most rewarding career choices to follow.  The home setting is intimate as you’re helping people on a personal level. There is a greater sense of sharing and is a more natural flow to care. Clients, families, and their nurses often create a more familial bond. Many of the nursing duties remain the same: establishing a care plan, maintaining patients’ records and medical histories, performing diagnostic, monitoring medical equipment, administering medications, treatments and helping with rehabilitation.

In home nurses also find themselves in the role of teacher. Many in their care have recently been discharge from the hospital with injuries or illnesses that require follow up care, sometimes for the rest of their lives. It is the home care givers responsibility to help train the patient and family members about appropriate diet, nutrition, exercise, medication and its interactions, self-monitoring, administering treatments, and being observant for any issues that need to be professionally addressed.

There are down sides to home care. It can be hard to be in someone’s home when the living conditions aren’t the best, but care still must be given. And sometimes, not every family gets along, so it can be an awkward situation.

The upside is that, as a Home Care Nurse, you are at the center of care for someone who needs you in the place where their heart is… home.

“ To do what nobody else will do,

A way that nobody else can do,

   In spite of all we go through;

that is to be a nurse. “

– Rawsi Williams

If you are a registered nurse interested in the Home Care Field, Florida Home Care is always in search of talented minds and hearts to care for our patients. Contact our office today!

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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

COPD Doesn’t Have to Mean the End

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a health problem that has been on the rise. It’s most common cause is smoking, but it can also be brought on by pollution, chemical exposure, dust, and genetics. Those who frequently suffer from shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema should get see a doctor and be checked for COPD, especially if they are exposed to the common causes. An early diagnosis can help make sure that proper treatment and therapies are applied and used to make life better and last longer.

One of the first keys to treating (or avoiding) COPD is to quit smoking. This can help start the healing process.  There are many methods to quit and these should be discussed with your physician or therapist to find the way that will work best for you.

There are a number of exercises and nutritional changes that your Pulmonary Therapist can help you make to improve your quality of life.

It may seem strange to suggest exercise when you are suffering from shortness of breath. However, it will help strengthen your muscles, provide breathing techniques, and help overall physical fitness.

Among the exercises your Pulmonary Therapist might suggest and guide you through are:

Strength Training:  These will help build stamina, muscle strength, and endurance.

Breathing Exercises: Some breathing training includes resistance devices that will strengthen weakened diaphragms and lungs.

Leg and Upper Body Toning: By utilizing these muscle groups, you will not only be improving overall body tone, but it will help with blood flow.

It’s very important that you work with your Pulmonary Therapist while rebuilding your muscle system and managing your COPD. They will guide you through the training, monitor your COPD and breathing, and show you how to continue having a productive life.

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Get Good Eating Habits Now to Stay Healthy Later

Eating is essential for living, we all know that. But what you eat is essential for healthy living, and that’s something where many of us fail.

According to a 2008 study by the Health Authority, Some 70% of UAE residents over the age 18 are considered overweight or obese. This high body mass is a leading cause of cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, diabetes, and some musculoskeletal disorders. Changing eating habits now, and starting good eating habits for children, can help to stave off these types of nutritional diseases and extend life expectancy.

It’s important to understand that your diet directly influences your entire body including the way your brain interacts with your body, and vice versa. Poor diet can affect the neurochemistry in your brain, which in turn reflects in your mood and stress response. Learning, memory, and intelligence are also affected by the types of foods you eat.

It’s not a hopeless thing. Some simple steps can start leading you to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life.

Look for variety in your food choices, including lots of fresh, colorful vegetables. Spinach, carrots, blueberries, melons, and all seasonal fruits and vegetables provide plenty of nutrition, fiber, and flavor. Use minimal preparation to get the most benefit from the active vitamins and minerals.

Look for variety in your daily meals. Have whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meats in moderation throughout the day. Overloading on carbohydrates, like processed breads or fried foods, can be filling but provide little nutrition. They can also cause a sluggish feeling which is hard to shake.

Watch your salt intake. It may not be necessary to remove it completely from your meal planning, but it doesn’t need to be a main component of a recipe.

Reduce or eliminate caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, processed sugars, and over processed or chemically preserved foods. These items can create a ripple effect, creating a feeling of wellbeing or energy for a short while. Then your levels crash and you crave more to get the jump again. It’s probably the hardest part of the cycle of bad eating to break.

Get more exercise.  Even just walking more each day, can help boost your metabolism and actually help your muscles and joints by improving strength, elasticity, and flexibility.

Have patience with yourself and others while shifting to a new nutritional regime. It takes time to develop new habits, especially when the old ones are often associated with fond memories of comfort, familiarity, and a sense of yummiest. And always check with your physician or a registered nutritionist before you make major changes, especially if you are on certain medications.

Remember, everything is about balance. An occasional treat does not mean you need to give up on your goal of better eating. Finding the balance in good foods and meals will hopefully carry you through for many health filled years to come.

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”

Thomas Edison

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Speech Therapy Florida Home Care

Speech Therapy is more than Words

Communication is a key element to human interaction. From the moment we are born, we are reaching out to let others know our needs and thoughts, even if at first it is only in simple sounds and cries.

If you know that your child has developmental problems, autism, or other communications problems, speech therapy can be an essential part of helping your child become more adaptive and interactive. Sometimes there are subtler signs, like being antisocial or struggling with words or phrases, that might require advice from a professional. The benefits of helping your child communicate more clearly will not only help your home life, but your child’s life for years to come.

How can speech therapy help?

It can help alleviate stress. Developing a way to communicate, whether through improved speech or other options like gestures, sign language, approximations, vocalizations, and/or other means of communication, can help your child feel more in control and capable, and help the family understand what the child wants to say. It can relieve a lot of pressure when needs and feelings can be expressed.

Improved Social Skills can help build your child’s confidence, self esteem, and help them become more independent. They will feel more part of the community.

It can improve breathing and swallowing for children who have physical issues. It is something many of us take for granted, but proper breathing, swallowing and muscle coordination are key to clear speech. Therapists help a child learn something that is so automatic to many of us.

Problem Solving and Literacy will be increased as comprehension, sequencing, actions, pronoun usage, categorization, and grammar usage can improve greatly through therapy.

Speech therapy can be time consuming and might feel like added pressure for the child and the family. It is something that goes beyond just the therapy sessions, but extends into practicing in daily life and interactions throughout the week. But it can be rewarding as the child develops greater confidence and the ability to better communicate.

 

The Earlier that the intervention starts for your child, the quicker that the disorder can be addressed and corrected

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