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IS YOUR HOME CARE SERVICE ACCREDITED ?

When you are looking for an organization to help you with your home health needs, there are several things that you want to know: Can they provide the service that you need when you need it? Is their staff qualified? Can they help you with insurance claims and forms? After all, the proper service and health care provider for you or your loved one is of the utmost importance. You have high standards, as you should. One other thing you should be asking – are they an accredited organization?

Florida Home Care provides a variety of home care services, from child care through intensive palliative care, from remedial therapy through physical therapy, companionship aides to full time home nursing staff. In addition to being accredited from HAAD (Abu Dhabi Health Authorities), Florida Home Care is proud to be a CHAP accredited organization. Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) has been serving the home health care industry for over 50 years. The program standards require participating organizations to meet or exceed the criteria on a continuing basis – they have high standards, too. CHAP also provides continuing education opportunities for groups that have received accreditation, assuring that services are provided using the most current medical techniques.

Since its inception, Florida Home Care has strived to provide the highest quality, best trained staff to our clients. Accreditation by such a prestigious organization, the largest such program in the US, means that we have met the strict criteria and will continuously provide incomparable service.

Home Health Care companies wanting to learn more about the accreditation process can join Florida Home Care and CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) at the “CHAP ACCREDITATION WORKSHOP”  on October 5, 2016 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Novotel Hotel Abu Dhabi Gate City. The CHAP process, requirements, and standards will be reviewed in detail.  Registration for the event is open to all interested parties.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Florida Home Care at: Tel: 02 5555 268

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The Importance of Patience with Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s is such a devastating disease. Nerve cells in the brain die off in large numbers, and as they do, memories and clear thinking abilities begin to disappear. Changes occur physically, and the brain no longer properly sends signals to the rest of the body. It is a slow disease that affects the patient and all of their friends and family as they try to come to terms and adjust to the “new normal.”

There is no simple check list, no easy recipe to find your balance when you living with someone who suffering from this debilitating disease. Having patience, and lots of it, is important to let everyone still enjoy life and each others company. Although it’s not a simple to-do list, there are things that can be done to help cope with the daily life changes that are coming about.

Show Patience with Communication: A person with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty finding the words they want to say, lose their train of thought, have trouble concentrating if there is noise around, or understanding what previously common words mean. It can create so much frustration on both the speakers and the listener’s part. But it is important to have that patience and let the words come when they can. Don’t automatically jump in to fill in a sentence or statement. Attempt to limit distractions while having a conversation. Provide a gentle touch to encourage them to continue. Try to maintain eye contact which shows a connection, which is what all people crave, especially when changes are coming that they can’t prevent.

Stay Active, but with Patience: Maintaining certain physical and social activities help a person remain engaged and improves their mood. There may be no reason why many activities the person with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) had before can’t be continued, but they make take some adjustment. Regular walks, visits to favorite places, even daily activities might need some additional preparation, planning, or rescheduling. The person might have always liked to garden in the morning, but with the progression of the disease, afternoons might be temperamentally better. Be ready for adjustments, but don’t discourage or automatically say no to an activity. For a person with AD, something as simple as weeding, going for a walk, or fishing provides a sense of accomplishment – that they still can.

Have Patience with Yourself: Living with and caring for someone with AD is difficult. As the disease progresses there may be personality and physical changes, outbursts, and anger. It’s hard to see someone you care about go through this, but it’s important not to try to hold on to or force them to be the person you remember. Bad days happen, but the person is sick and some outbursts shouldn’t be taken personally. Take time for yourself, to do things you enjoy. Work with a home care provider to give you a break. Or coordinate with other family and friends.

There are millions upon millions of people suffering from this degenerative disease. As sad as that is, there is also an amazing network to discuss frustrations with. Know that you are not alone, and that a little patience may take you a long way in helping your loved one.

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Role Of Prescription

Prescribing Safe Interactions

Let’s be very honest. How many of us actually read those pages and pages of fine printed information that we get when we start a new prescription? And if we do manage to find a magnifying glass to read it, how many of us genuinely understand it all?

When we receive a script for new medication, it’s usually because something has happened – be it a disease, virus, injury, infection, or chronic medical condition. To start with, we aren’t at our very best. And there are times in our lives when we find we’re taking a number of different drugs for a variety of ailments.  It’s important to realize that not all medications play well with each other. Some don’t even play well with certain foods or vitamin supplements.

It is important to review your medications, interactions and side effects. Foods like kale, grapefruit juice, dairy products, wine, bananas, and others can block the very effect your medication is trying to accomplish. But it can all be very confusing.

To help prevent any issues, it’s important to keep a list of all of your prescriptions and keep it with you when you go to the doctor. It should have the name of the drug, who prescribed it, and the dosage information. This list should also include any vitamin supplements you may take, as they can also cause unwanted side effects.  It should be a very truthful list, including any alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs you may take. Show the list to the doctor when discussing the issue that brings you in. This way the doctor knows beforehand what you are already taking and what problems may arise with a new prescription – or if the issue could be from ones you are already taking.

Keep that list with you, even when you think you may not need it. Should an accident occur, this list may be the only way emergency staff will know what you are currently taking. It’s a way to help them give you the very best treatment.

Try to always go to the same pharmacy to have your prescriptions filled. This will help them, and their computer system, be more aware of incompatibility with certain drugs. Do your own research, if possible. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to handle your medicine without any undue effects.

And mostly, talk to people. Talk to your nutritionist, home health aide, nurse, and other care givers to understand completely the timing and interactions of your medicines. They are extremely versed in the effects of different drugs, foods, and physical conditions.  These professional will help you avoid any damaging effects by guiding you through the fine print.

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