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Florida Home Care Nurses

Giving Thanks….To Nurses – Healing through Dedication

I would like to take the opportunity of National Nurses week, to express the gratitude and esteem that I and the management of Florida Home Care feel for your professionalism and leadership in achieving and maintaining standard nursing care delivery to our patients. Florida Home Care appreciates your standards of knowledge, skills and abilities in nursing specialty practice and contributions to better patient outcomes. We recognize your level of dedication and competence. We appreciate what you do to help us continue our growth – as a health care provider, and to always build our skills together to contribute to higher standards of care and better patient health outcomes. With your generous support, together we will be able to continue delivering our high-quality Home Care health services to our patient. With my sincere thanks and regards…

 Do you know the significance of “Nurses Appreciation Day?”

In January of 1974, 12 May was chosen as the day to recognize and celebrate the importance of nurses in health care. The day was chosen as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  Her contributions to nursing education, as well as reform to hospitals procedures, were a significant achievement – particularly for a woman born in the 19th century. Known as “The Lady with the Lamp”, her work inspired both public support and royal recognition.

Florida Home Care has been at the frontline of providing home health care services in Abu Dhabi. We know, first hand, what an integral part a nurse plays not only in an individual’s progress response to treatment, but to the entire health care system.  Day in and day out, our nurses’ work hard to provide healing care and support to those suffering from trauma, illness, and disease. From the most trivial of tasks to the most significant, our nurses care for patients in a way that no one else can, forming the frontrunners of the healthcare industry today.

Do you have a special note for your nurse??? Share it with us and we will pass it on to our wonderful team…..

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Caring For Those Tired Joints

Standing, bending, climbing, walking, sitting, typing, cooking ….. so many of our daily activities require healthy, functional joints. Some joints provide stability, while others help us move about from place to place.

Isn’t the human body complex? There are so many moving parts that need to function in synchronicity to help you live. Sometimes message from our body can be confusing. Pain in one area may actually be because of a problem in another. Don’t let your body fool you. If you get your health game strong and gather the right amount of knowledge you can lead a pain free life.

Aging and stress lead to wear and tear on our body. And if you are dealing with pain day to day, it can wear you down even more, causing fatigue, depression, and disrupting your everyday life.

It may seem counterintuitive, but being busy and active helps relieve the fatigue. Yes, that’s right. As repetitive as it sounds, moderate exercise along with a balanced diet is the key to leading a healthy and pain free life.

Some joint issues are more than just using the joints too much – or not enough. One of the most common joint problems is Arthritis, which means inflammation of a joint or joints.

Some of the common types of Arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis. It usually develops slowly and gets worse overtime.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This form is an auto-immune disease, where the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body, causing pain and inflammation. It can affect multiple joints at a time, lead to chronic pain, instability, and deformity in the joints. In addition to joints, it can also affect other organs in the body like lung, liver, etc.
  • SLE: Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is another auto-immune condition which affects multiple systems in the body. Some varying symptoms for lupus are: skin rashes, seizures, oral ulcers, and photosensitivity. Your doctor can differentiate the type of lupus by running some diagnostic tests.
  • Gout: This painful condition is caused by a buildup of uric acid, which forms crystals that cause inflammation in your joints. Gout commonly affects men but women are not immune. Most commonly, Gout is treated by pain relieving meds like NSAIDS prescribed by your doctor.
  • Fibromyalgia: Women are more likely to experience this condition than men. A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.
  • Reaction to your meds: Some drugs prescribed to treat one problem could cause a reaction leading to joint pains and fatigue. Be watchful of any symptoms when you start a new drug routine. These kinds are usually associated with rash, change in bowel movements, etc.

Symptoms can vary, depending on the condition but may include:

  • Pain or aching.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness.
  • Less range of motion.

Eating healthy for pain relief doesn’t mean eating dull and boring food. Load up on foods rich in:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Like salmon and nuts to curb inflammation.
  • Vitamin K: Add greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage for their pain-soothing properties.
  • Vitamin C: Brighten your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers, tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to minimize cartilage loss that comes with arthritis.
  • Spices: Turmeric and ginger are warming spices and very useful in soothing inflammation.

We at Florida Home Care believe in empowering you with basic skills and information that could lead you onto the path of a healthy lifestyle. A free consultation with one of our professional team member is always a good idea to understand and discuss any symptoms you might be facing in your day to day life.

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Autism Awareness

AWARENESS – NOT FEAR. FACING AUTISM

Autism is a word that can be a frightening diagnosis for a parent to hear.  It’s emotionally distressing to know that your child will have this development disorder for the rest of their life. Understanding what autism is can help the family better help the child, and each other, have a loving and productive life.

Autism is more than just one thing. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) covers a broad range of symptoms associated with this complex brain development. It includes Asperger Syndrome, as well as non specified development disorders. Recognizing the symptoms early and addressing them is important. Symptoms to look for in your child include:

  • Making very little or no eye contact.
  • Not recognizing their name by 12 months old.
  • Greatly delayed speech or language skills.
  • Extended repetitive mannerisms such as flapping their hands, rocking, or spinning in circles.
  • Becoming overly upset at changes in the routine.
  • Repetition of words or phrases that are said to them.
  • Physical look or actions don’t match what’s being said.
  • Extreme sensitivities to light, sound, or textures.

Individually, these symptoms may be a part of growth and development. But combined they can be signs that your child has some form of ASD.

Determining if a child has Autism can be done by the age of two. Diagnosing older children can be done through evaluations. Many times teachers can recognize the first signs through sudden changes in behavior or habits.

Exactly why children develop ASD is still being studied. It typically occurs more in boys than girls. Genetics play a role as well.  It also seems to occur more often in children that have other genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome or tuberous sclerosis.

Living with Autism now is not as bad as in years past. There are many approaches combining different treatments and therapies that can help children grow and learn.  There is no one specific treatment, but a variety of options and combinations of therapies, medications, and training that will help the child and family adapt to the disability.

Occupational Therapy can help develop techniques and methods to take care of daily activities and gain a sense of independence.

Physical Therapy works to develop walking, balance, strength and coordination.

Family Support and Counseling reminds everyone that they are not alone. Knowing you’re part of a community can help to find resources and discover new ideas for improving daily life, and provide much needed emotional support.

Speech Therapy addresses the issue of communication that most suffering from ADS have. It allows the child to better express their needs, so it reduces frustration which can trigger incidents.

A coordinated treatment program can bring all the aspects of evaluation and therapy together. Working with your doctor and other professionals that specialize in care to specific disorders can greatly improve the child’s chance for successful progressive steps.

The earlier the diagnosis, the better chance for proper intervention and development of a treatment program. Autism may be considered a childhood issue, but children grow in to adults. It is something they will be living with throughout their life.  It’s important to give the child a strong foundation in these key areas so they can grow and thrive as adults, something that would not have been possible years ago.

During Autism Awareness Month, it’s important to try to understand the needs of people dealing with ADS.  They should have every opportunity to lead vibrant, independent lives.

Talk to your pediatrician to know more about Autism and educate yourself and make us part of your journey to good health and development.

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Essentials Of A Healthy Pregnancy

Essentials Of A Healthy Pregnancy

“We’re having a baby! Now what?” These are thoughts that go through every couple mind when they receive the news. You hear old stories from your grandma, experiences from your friends, or watched your sister’s journey through 9 months of carrying her baby… it still doesn’t make you any less apprehensive.  Don’t let that nervousness get the better of you.

We thought you might like some essentials that every expecting couple should know. (And soon to be grandparents as well!)

Pre-Natal Vitamins (not your usual candy)-

Even when you’re still trying to conceive, it’s smart to start taking prenatal vitamins. Your baby’s neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it’s important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.

Get your WORKOUT game strong-

Staying active is a must for most moms to be. Regular exercise will help you control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and help you sleep better. Take this as an opportunity to spend more time with your husband/girlfriend/sister by making them your workout partner.

And the added advantage – being in good shape helps you lose your post-baby weight much quicker.

(P.S-Always check with your Medical care provider before you start any new exercise routine)

Strengthen Your Pelvic Muscles-

Kegel exercise helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support your bladder, bowels, and uterus. Done correctly, this simple exercise can help make your delivery easier and prevent problems later with incontinence. The best part- these can be done anytime-anywhere!!!

Be Cautious Of Your Daily Routines-

Even everyday tasks like scrubbing the bathroom or cleaning up after pets can become risky when you’re pregnant. Be cautious when you do any of the following:

–           Heavy lifting

–           Climbing on stepstools or ladders

–           Using harsh chemicals

–           Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove

Is your weight under check?

We know – you’re eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems. Discuss your concerns with your Doctor or a nutritionist if needed.

Food Rich in Folates-

Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby’s neural tube (it covers the spinal cord), and it’s vital for the creation of new red blood cells. Start eating plenty of folate-rich foods like fortified cereals, asparagus, lentils, wheat germ, and oranges.

Educate Yourself-

Even if this isn’t your first baby, attending a childbirth class will help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about childbirth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns.

Take this as an opportunity to learn about your family history and address your concerns with your doctor.

BE CAUTIOUS of Any Unusual Symptoms-

Contact your Medical care provider at the earliest, if you notice any of the following symptoms:

–           Pain of any kind

–           Strong  cramps

–           Contractions at 20-minute intervals

–           Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid

–           Dizziness or fainting

–           Shortness of breath

–           Heart palpitations

–           Constant nausea and vomiting

–           Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)

–           Decreased activity by the baby

The right education, healthy habits, and lots of love… will make your 9 months of pregnancy the best time of your life!!!

When in need… Let our professional team of Medical Experts provide you with all the essentials.

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Who Needs Physical Therapy

Who Needs PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Pain-free movement is crucial to your ability to earn a living, your independence, and your quality of life. Constantly taking medication doesn’t always solve the problem. Sometimes, the answer is movement.

Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems.

Who can benefit from the help of a Physical Therapist?

*A senior who has difficulty walking or reaching for something due to pain, loss of range of motion, or decreased strength can greatly benefit from physical therapy.

*It’s a runner’s worst fear: you’re running when it suddenly feels as if something jumped up and bit you in the calf. You tore a muscle. Some pains get solved with rest but other types need an expert, such as a physical therapist, to find the true problem and treat it wisely.

*Pregnancy-related incontinence occurs due to weak pelvic floor muscles. PT helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by:

  • Teaching you how to exercise your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
  • Advise on your lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, and fluid intake, which will help you manage the problem.
  • Monitor your progress and modify the exercises accordingly.

* Some diseases can create physical barriers or movement issues. Disease specific healing has been greatly improved by Physical Therapists who understand the limitations and the possibilities of these illnesses.

Some of the conditions helped by PT treatments are:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Sprains
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Post-stroke healing
  • Cancer recovery
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral Palsy

Physical Therapy does more than just improve mobility; it helps with reducing the intake of pain medications. When taken on a long-term basis, these over the counter or prescription medicines can damage kidneys and other organs.

Always discuss your condition with your physician. Plan out your goal and treatment options to see if a Physical Therapist can help you achieve a pain-free independent life.

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Keeping Good Care of Your Filters

Keeping Good Care of Your Filters

There’s one organ, well two, that have an extremely important filtering function in your body. Kidneys – those bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdomen. They have several filtering functions that keep your body in good shape.

Kidneys main function is to filter blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. They also remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which is passed out as a waste product from the body.

Just like your heart or any other organ, kidneys also need to very good care. What can you do to achieve that???

Hydrate– Consuming 8 glasses of water/fluid on an average helps with maintaining good kidney function.

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea, and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease.  It’s important to keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. In addition, people who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.

Keep fit & activeA healthy lifestyle is the key to good health.

Optimum workout and nutritious food helps you lower the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. If you’ve been sedentary, or haven’t exactly been eating right, it’s OK. You can start to make those changes now. Start slow and build and you’ll not only help your kidneys but your overall health.

Do not SMOKE- Smoking reduces blood flow to kidneys and impairs kidney function.

Smoking also increases the incidence of kidney cancer. It causes issues with blood and proper filter functions.

Reduce the intake of over-the counter medications – Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly.

Work along with your physician to deal with chronic pain conditions that create the need for these drugs. Also discuss if you have any pre-existing risk factors. If you have no pre-existing conditions, occasional use of these drugs might not pose a significant danger.

Certain physical conditions can also cause problems for your kidneys. It is a lesser known fact that high blood pressure is the most common cause of kidney damage. When paired with a heart condition, high cholesterol, or diabetes, your kidneys are under increased stress and need extra care. Work with your doctor to make sure your illness and medications aren’t having a detrimental effect on your kidneys.

Disease specific care calls for regular monitoring of your Kidney function when you have some of the pre-determined conditions:

  • you have diabetes
  • you have hypertension
  • you are obese
  • one of your parents or other family members suffers from kidney disease

Don’t let your body’s best filter get clogged. Keep your kidney’s running smoothly and your whole body will feel better.

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Colon Cancer

Live Your Best Life… It’s a choice you can make today!!!!

Good day Abu Dhabi!!!

March is many things, International Women’s History Month, Nutrition Month, and it’s also “Colon Cancer Awareness” month. Colon Cancer is a painful killer, and has the highest occurrence in men when compared to women.

As the age old saying goes…..

Prevention is better than cure

 Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, provided it’s detected early.

 Let us get some insights into Colon Cancer and its prevention.

The COLON, also known as your Large Intestine, is the final section of your digestive system. The food is broken down in the stomach and the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and are then passed onto the large intestine. Here the water and minerals are absorbed and waste is formed, which is passed out of the body through the rectum and then anus.

Colon Cancer almost always forms from polyps or growths on the colon lining. On occasion the cancer is from abnormal cells in the colon (these are usually found in people with disease of the  bowel).

With screening, these polyps can be detected before they turn into cancer and can be removed, hence preventing Colon Cancer.

The major risk factors known to cause colon cancer are:

  • Family history of Colon Cancer
  • Age/Gender (most common in older men)
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • High fat diets (Red meats, processed food)
  • Low fibre diets
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Smoking

Now that we know the risk factors, it also helps to understand the SYMPTOMS that could prompt suspicion (remember, symptoms do not always follow a pattern and vary from person to person).

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Persistent tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia of unknown origin

You want to protect your loved ones. With a few lifestyle modifications, getting timely screenings and early detection, you can continue to live your very best life ever.

Click here for more info about screening and early detection

Schedule your free consultation today and let our highly skilled professionals guide you on the right path to good health and long, happy life.

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International Womans Day

#BeBoldForChange

While another wonderful year is blooming in full speed, let us take a quick breather to acknowledge all the wonderful women and men who have worked towards empowering women.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has been celebrated since early 1900’s and has been growing strength to strength every year.

Women everywhere are on the front line for instilling change through their roles as key influencers in their children’s lives, helping to shape the future of both communities and countries as a whole.

Few of the basic needs every woman deserves:

  • Education
  • Good Health
  • Economic independence

International Women’s Day can be dedicated to give thanks to those who have helped and inspired women personally and professionally to get where they are, and to remember the trailblazers who have broken barriers and paved the roads for them.

We at Florida Home Care are so proud of all the women on our team and their never ending desire to grow and make a difference in their communities.

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High Blood Pressure

Understanding High Blood Pressure Before It’s Too Late

Be honest, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?

Do you have a family history of Heart disease or Kidney disease?

Did you know that HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is mostly symptomless health risk that can lead to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes?

Every person over the age of 40 should get his/her blood pressure checked regularly. It is the best way to diagnose any irregularities in blood pressure early and help with establishing the necessary interventions.

Early interventions allows for easier treatment options such as:

  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Medications

It’s important to know what the numbers mean. General rules for blood pressure readings are: [source: WebMD]

  • Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
  • Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
  • Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159 over 90-99
  • Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above over 100 and above
  • High blood pressure in people over age 60: 150 and above over 90 and above

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can be broken down in several ways.

~Primary hypertension is usually seen in individuals with a family history of high blood pressure.

~Secondary hypertension is associated with another underlying health condition.

In most cases, symptoms of high blood pressure are seen only when there is a hypertensive crisis, such as blood pressure readings above 180/110 mm Hg.  Some of these symptoms can easily be confused as other issues. The symptoms can include:

  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Increasing confusion
  • Seizure
  • Increasing chest pain
  • Increasing shortness of breath
  • Swelling or edema (fluid buildup in the tissues)

Left undetected, hypertension could lead to arterial damage, which in turn could cause many other life threatening health conditions such as:

Blood Pressure is one of the most common problems for men and women. That’s why it’s important to have regular checks ups and monitor it as you get older.

Get more insights into heart disease here… 

There are times a more skilled hand is needed to monitor blood pressure and properly assess the readings. For example: when caring for an elderly or a person after a heart surgery; someone who has Kidney disease. There are many circumstances that require BP monitoring by your doctor or a more trained professional.  A professional home health care provider like Florida Home Care, can provide you with highly skilled nurses to help you with regular monitoring of Blood Pressure. They are trained to recognize symptoms before they become an emergency.

Don’t you think it’s time to get  your pressure checked?

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living the mom life

Finding Time to Workout While Living The Mom Life

Are you struggling to find time to lose the last few pounds of baby weight? Is it hard to run behind your kids without huffing n puffing??? Looking forward to fitting into an outfit you have been eyeing for your dear ones wedding??

As a mom it is your challenging yet fulfilling duty to teach, nourish and protect your children.

However, the world’s most important job could leave you no time for taking care of yourself.

It is important to remember that fitness is a process and journey. The fruits of this labor will be reflected in many aspects of your life.

With the above line in mind make a plan to incorporate an exercise routine that can fit into your daily schedule (p.s: crazy hectic one already)

HOME GYM: Workout does not have to involve a fancy gym membership or too much preparation. Create a gym at home with some basic equipment for yourself. A yoga mat, jump rope, light weight dumbbells, etc. In between cooking, cleaning, homework and a zillion other things at home it becomes easy to fit in even a brief workout early or late in the day.

MOM FRIENDS: Start a group with mom’s who are in the boat as you and are looking to find motivation. Meet along with kids or when they are away at school to have a quick workout session at one of your homes and turn it into a health tips session [Don’t we all love some girl time 😉 ] Fitness DVD’s could be very helpful for a home work out or a session with a group.

FUN WITH THE FAMILY: Make workouts part of a family activity. Go for a jog, play a game that involves a physical activity, stroll around the mall, or do a cleanup session at home that gives you a healthy body and a clean home [Win Win]. Involving kids in your workouts helps you spend quality time with them and teaches them the importance of staying in shape and healthy from a young age.

FOOD FOOD: We all know what is good for us and what is not. The hardest part is making the healthy choice – eating more fruits, vegetables, lean meats while avoiding excess sugars and processed foods.

It’s possible to follow a healthy eating pattern with some time and commitment. You will be surprised when you start craving healthy foods.

PREP FOR GOOD HEALTH- Stock your fridge and pantry with all the good, healthy options. Have healthy snacks handy when hunger pangs strike. Do your research on cooking with low fat, low sugar, and less carbohydrates.

And it is always a good idea to allow yourself an occasional cheat day and mindfully indulge into your favorite cravings.

PREP IS EVERYTHING

Finding time to exercise and make healthy meals is an exercise in time-management

RIGHT MINDSET

If you’re not sure of any specific reasons to refer back to, remember that as a mother you’re a prime example to your family to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Share this wisdom to young impressionable minds.

More POWER to THE MOM in you!!!!

Do share your special tips for leading a healthy mom life………

[P.S Sharing is Caring]

Find more workout inspiration from one of our older blog post.

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