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The Celebration of Love – One Day at a Time

Welcome to the “Month of Love & Happiness”. Even though we do not need a special day to express our love to those we care for, in this busy day and age its helpful to have a dedicated day to make us pause, think, and reset priorities.

I Love my Mom                                      I Love my Kids                                   I Love my Family

If Love is on your heart, let those people know. Our time here is a limited commodity, and regrets cause stress. Little things can be the most meaningful and build loving memories.

  • Spend those extra few minutes to have breakfast with your kids
  • Send a mid-noon message to check on your wife/husband
  • Visit your parents on a day they are not expecting you
  • Give the gift of time to your loved ones by sharing chores

In fact, a loving relationship with a spouse or good friends is good for your health! Studies have shown that:

  • It reduces stress. We all know the many benefits of reducing stress in your life – a boosted immune system, improve mental health, lower blood pressure, and helps beat depression.
  • It will help you live longer. Happily married couples and families have practical and financial support, are generally happier and less prone to risky or damaging behavior (like drinking or drugs).
  • In general you’ll sleep better and be happier!

Do the things that make you happy, it’s sure to reflect on your face and show your feelings to your loved ones.

This February, show your love – and love being loved – for better health and a better life!

 

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Let us have a heart to heart about “HEART DISEASE”

Your heart beats an average of 103,680 times a day. That makes an average of 2,838,240,000 times over your lifetime. It circulates blood throughout the body, to the farthest corners. It pumps constantly. If it should stop or hesitate – that’s when the problems start. A healthy heart is the corner stone for an overall healthy and a happier life.

What can you do every day to achieve a healthier life?

How do you incorporate the necessary little tweaks into your lifestyle?

  1. Exercise: Your Heart is a muscle and exercise helps to tone and strengthen muscles. You can easily incorporate regular exercise into your lifestyle by making only minor changes. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise to do and one of the easiest to incorporate in to your daily routine. It helps regulate blood flow, lowers blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), and increases good cholesterol (HDL). Consult a physician before starting any exercise regimen if you have a pre existing heart condition or a family history or heart or health problems.
  2. Diet: Watch your diet for fatty foods and carb overloads. Add more fresh vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins like nuts and beans. This will help you achieve a balanced diet. Consult with a nutritionist for a proper understanding of what are heart healthy foods.
  3. NO SMOKING: Smoking reduces lung capacity and your tolerance to properly exercise. Simple everyday tasks can also become daunting for smokers. It increases the risk of stroke or heart attack by damaging the arteries and leading to excessive fatty deposits. It’s never too late to seek help to quit smoking for you or someone you love.
  4. Alcohol: Limiting alcohol use is always a good idea for reducing the risk of developing a heart condition.
  5. STRESS: With today’s fast paced lifestyle, stress is a leading cause of heart disease.Stress→Bad lifestyle choices→heart disease.

    Combat stress with meditation, laughing, clubs, spending time with loved ones and, last but not least, identifying the factors leading to your stress and trying to eliminate them.

  6. Doctor visits: We cannot stress enough about the importance of regular doctor’s visits. Early diagnosis can be lifesaving. Eliminating a disease before, or at the beginning, is the best practice. Finding a cure for an advanced disease is never as easy as taking  early steps to avoid it.

Florida Home Care, a premier home health care organization based in Abu Dhabi, can help you address issues you might have by providing support and care options such as:

  • In home Health checkups
  • Social companion to help you go visit your doctor.
  • Exercise help
  • Stress management

February is the month of the heart. We wish you a very Hearty and Healthy Month and Year!

Florida Home Care – Empower people for a better life

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ARE YOU FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR RESOLUTIONS????

We’re already a month into 2017. We thought it’s a good time to look back on our New Year Resolutions.

If you are anything like the majority of us, you must have made a New Year Resolution or two with a hope to better your health and lifestyle.

Are you on track with your goals? Do you need motivation to keep up? Or maybe simply tweak a few things to make them more realistic and achievable?

  • Firstly be PATIENT. As the saying goes “slow & steady wins the race”. Remember this is only the beginning of February and you might not see big results right away. But hang in there as long as you are working towards your goal 🙂
  • Measure your progress: In order to understand if you are on the right path to reach your goal, you need to measure it.

You are not able to measure your progress???

Work on tweaking your goals to be more SPECIFIC & MEASURABLE

For example: If you plan to lose 10kgs in 2017, divide it by 1kg/month or 2kgs/month for the first 3 months and ½ kg or so for the later months. This helps you not get overwhelmed by a big target number.

  • Share your goal with a motivator: Be it a friend or family member who could remind or check on you with your progress. It is easy to break a promise to yourself but not to a loved one.
  • Get professional help (if needed): If you see any roadblocks in getting to your goal, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Many times we fail to recognize the depth of the problem. A professional can assess your case and come up with the fitting and doable solution.

For example: If you are not able to lose weight despite having started all the right eating habits and exercise, there could be a deeper problem with your body. Take a consultation with a doctor to make sure nothing is happening in your body that could be stopping you from losing weight. At Florida Home Care, we work towards simplifying these problems with free consultations and in house help.

  • Make a schedule: It is most times a no fail method. We always schedule kid’s school activities, holidays, special plans, and we stick to it because it’s on the schedule. Make your goal a priority like your kids and you are bound to get to it.
  • Any effort is better than no effort. Lastly, do not get discouraged by any surprise changes. If you fall off your schedule for any reason, just try and get back in the swing of things. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s so worth it at the end. If you plan to give your goal 1 hr a day but find you just can’t make that time, try making it at least 15 minutes a day. Efforts like this will make a world of a difference to help you reach your goal and make 2017 one of the best years for you!!!

We at Florida Home Care share the passion for making a difference in your life in every possible way

-Child care while you work towards your dream

-Take care of the adults at home if you need to be away

-Therapists and Doctors

-Highly skilled nurses

Success is calling you… Leave the stress to us!!!

Florida Home Care – Empower people for a better life

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Avoiding a Pain In The Neck

Avoiding a Pain In The Neck

Back pain is an everyday challenge for many of us today, with age being no barrier. It makes accomplishing the simplest of tasks painful and challenging, diminishing our quality of life. Relieving back pain is not an easy thing. Trying to find the right treatment or medication can take time before you feel relief. Avoiding back pain or injury is preferred. By taking care of your spine as a part of your everyday routine, you can lead a pain free life.

The neck is an amazing structure. It is constructed of bones, nerves, muscles and tendons that support your skull. Through it the messages from your brain are dispersed throughout your body. The spine also carries these signals to your lower extremities, and allows you the ability to be flexible and walk upright.

To avoid developing any issues, follow these suggestions to keep you upright and pain free.

  1. Rest your spine. When you go to bed, make sure you have a suitable mattress that provides proper support. And make sure to get enough overall rest!
  1. Sitting posture. Modern society has a lot of sitting. Maintaining the right posture helps to protect your spine from misalignment or undue pressure. Over time, that means pain. When sitting, keep your back straight and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try to distribute your body weight evenly on your hips and keep your feet on the floor.

  1. Stretching/exercising. Many of us sit at a desk all day. Sitting properly helps, but it’s also important to take breaks. Stand once in a while and gently stretch out your spine. Move your neck to avoid tension and compression.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. It sounds simple, but keeping a healthy weight helps reduce stress on your spine and can assist with balance.
  1. Work smart. If your work requires lifting, sitting, or adding excessive pressure on your neck and back, make sure you take enough breaks to adjust yourself. Find the right posture for the task at hand. Remember to lift with your legs, not with your back.
  1. Pay attention to any warning signs. Do not ignore any pain or discomfort – especially sudden, sharp pains. Minor issues can be quickly addressed to avoid any persistence with the problem. Consulting a doctor or therapist in an early stage will determine if it’s just a minor issue or a more concerning problem or disease. They can help you find a better resolution. Some diseases or the muscles or spine can be very debilitating in the long term. Early diagnosis is important to the best treatment.

Your neck and spine are the support structure for your whole body. It’s best to be pro-active and prevent injury than have to worry about treatments. Those can be a real pain in the neck.

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GETTING A HANDLE ON HEADACHES

GETTING A HANDLE ON HEADACHES

Everyone gets a headache now and then. Stress at work, eye strain, allergies or sinus issues, dehydration and many other issues can give you that distracting, painful feeling. A headache, or cephalgia, is one of the most common medical complaints. Many headaches are stand alone issues, but there are times when there may be an underlying cause related to a disease or serious medical problem.

Primary headaches are caused by over activity or some dysfunction with the pain-sensitive structures in the head. Interestingly, it’s not your brain. The brain itself doesn’t have pain receptors, but everything around it and supporting it does. Tension, migraine, and cluster headaches are all primary, with the most common being the tension headache. There can also be lifestyle triggers. Reducing these or removing them from your daily routine can reduce your problem. Some triggers include:

  • Certain foods, such as processed meats or chocolate
  • Alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Consistently poor posture
  • Poor eating habits (too much time between meals or snacks)
  • Stress

A Secondary Headache is more typically a symptom of an illness or disease that activates the pain receptors in the head. The conditions, severity and time vary greatly. For example, brain freeze from eating cold food too quickly is considered a Secondary Headache, but it can pass relatively quickly. Having the flu, sinusitis, a hang-over (dehydration), ear infections, or dental problems can also cause Secondary Headaches. However, there are other medical problems that can cause headaches that need quick attention by a professional.

 

Causes of Secondary Headaches also include:

  • Blood clots
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Concussion
  • Glaucoma
  • Overuse of pain medication (rebound headaches)
  • Panic attacks
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Intracranial hematoma (blood vessel ruptures with bleeding in or around the brain)
  • Medications to treat other disorders
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord)

Headaches can be part of a much more serious condition. When you get a headache, look at the factors. If you just ate some ice cream too quickly, it’s more likely brain freeze and will pass. If you are prone to tension headaches, you can begin to see the patterns and avoid them.

If your headaches change – they get more severe, come in waves, cause blurred vision, are accompanied by a fever, can’t be relieved with usual medication, or become more regular and last longer – it’s important to see your doctor. There may be a more detrimental underlying condition that needs quick medical attention.

 

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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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