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Getting Your Exercise to Fit

Everyone knows that exercise is essential to reducing or maintaining your weight, muscle tone, and improving your overall health. It’s a truth that can sometimes cause more stress than the exercise is meant to relieve. Schedules, work, and other activities seem to eat away at your day. When time does allow, sometimes you just want to sit back and relax.

You don’t have to fit in 2 hours of strenuous works outs every day to start making progress towards a healthier life. Short bursts of extra activity can be very effective. Even in bits as small as 5 to 10 minutes a few times a day can make a difference. Start small and build momentum. It can even begin by adding or changing up some simple activities to your daily routine that will add to your overall progress.

Here are a few tips to try to get your body moving:

  • Stuck in a line at the bank or store? Don’t waste the time, flex or stretch while you wait. It’s as easy as tightening or flexing your abs, tighten and hold your gluts, or rock on your feet from toe to heel. Subtle stretches can still tone those muscles and help with some flexibility.
  • Whenever you can, take the stairs. Work on the second floor of a building? Take the stairs down or up instead of waiting in the elevator que. It helps build stamina, increase circulation, and strengthen those leg muscles. It doesn’t have to be a race, but every time you do it will get you closer to your goal.
  • Running to the mall, or out for lunch or dinner? Park at the far end of the parking lot, or at least further away than you normally would. Little extra steps start to add up.
  • Household chores and exercise aren’t always on the “fun things to do” list. But, think of it as taking care of two things at once. Yard work, vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, scrubbing – they can be pretty strenuous work outs. Do them at a comfortably brisk pace and they can really begin to help your exercise routine.
  • Working in an office can be tough on getting fit, especially if you have a desk job. You can still fit in some muscle stretching and movement in little ways. Instead of just hitting the email or IM, walk over to your co-workers. Use restrooms on a different floor – and take the stairs to get there if you can. When you take a break, or lunch, add a brisk walk for a few minutes, even if it’s a short one. Give your legs a stretch under your desk. Simple little things can add up for your body, as well as refreshing your mind.
  • When you’re at home, don’t let binging on your favorite TV shows be an excuse to be sedentary. Whenever a commercial comes on, take those few minutes to do some stretches, get in a few sit ups or jumping jacks, or dance like crazy to the commercial music.

Don’t let a too busy life keep you from getting in the exercise and movement your body craves. By finding time to tone in bits throughout the day, you’ll be able to enjoy a longer, healthier life. You want to have time to be busy with the things and people you enjoy for years to come.

What are your favorite ways to get in some extra exercise during the day?

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Are Home Health Care Services What I Need?

With a population that is getting older and living longer, it’s not surprising that many of us are thinking more about how to care for aging loved ones while we continue to work and live our own lives. Before it becomes an emergency situation, you may want to plan for the time when extra assistance might be needed.

There are two main types of in-home health care services. Skilled Care will provide trained nurses, aides, and therapists to assist with medical requirements. This could include care for someone after a traumatic accident, surgery, or a severe or long term illness. Custodial or Non-Clinical Care provides companionship and assistance with things like shopping, meals, bathing, dressing, etc. Some home health care agencies only provide one service or the other. Other agencies, such as Florida Home Care, provide any of the care services or guidance you would need to make sure the patient, your loved one, is getting the help they need.

How can you tell if home health care services are needed? It’s sometimes a difficult question to answer. After a hospital stay, medical emergency, or trauma the physician or the discharge planner may recommend it and provide some guidance to hire a Skilled Care Provider.

Skilled Care might also be needed if you notice that this person is suddenly becoming more forgetful, is shaky or weaker, or shows other physical or mental difficulties. Talk to their doctors, and to them.

If a person is home bound, or has trouble getting around without assistance (another person, a walker, etc.), they might need a Non-Clinical Care assistant.

A good home care service provider will help you and your loved one find the right path to recovery and better health.  They will have experienced navigators that can address medical and financial/insurance concerns to help you get the proper home health care service.

If you can, because it can be a tricky subject, try to talk to your family about having a contingency plan for caring for your loved one should extra help be needed. Do your research now on home care services for seniors. Remember – you’ll be the elder relative someday. It never hurts to be prepared.

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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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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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It Doesn’t Have to Change Your Life

Colostomy

 

First Steps in Living with a Colostomy :

Having extreme abdominal surgery, cancer or other severe illness can be hard enough on a body and spirit. Finding out you need a colostomy or ostomy can make things feel even more devastating. Some people have to learn to make the adjustment to this new facet of their life. However, in many cases, it may not be a permanent condition. While you do have the stoma and colostomy, you will have to adapt your life to some changes. But it doesn’t mean you have to give up your life to do it.

Time & Supervision-   When you first get home after invasive surgery that included a colostomy, you’ll need to give your body time to recover and adjust. As you learn to use your colostomy bags and tend to the stoma (the opening created on your side or abdomen so waste can still come out), you may benefit from having a nurse or therapist come in to help guide you through the process, check on the stoma, and make sure you keep up your exercise. They and your doctor can help you through the do’s and don’ts – what you can eat, whether you can do certain athletics, how to best sleep with a bag on, etc.

Connect & support – It’s important to connect and support to the people in your life after such a difficult surgery. Many people, though, are embarrassed about having a colostomy. Since we’re young, we tend to be taught that body waste is not something openly discussed – at least not our own. It is something you have to decide how to handle should any one ask how you are, or what type of operation you had. There’s no need to give details if you prefer not to, but it can only help spread awareness and remove misconceptions if you do. It is important to not hide from social activities because of your new condition. Human interaction and support will help you heal not just your body, but your spirit.

Learning to live with a colostomy can be trying, and can create anxiety. With patience, understanding, support from friends and loved ones, and a good sense of humor, you’ll be able to enjoy almost everything you did before.

“To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now”

Donald Altman

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