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Men'S Health

5 Safety Measures to Put in Place Before Implementing in Home Care

In home care can be a blessing, when elderly home health care is started in a home and done right. We all hear the horror stories of the individuals that took advantage of that aging senior while providing care for them. Many times, this occurred right under the noses of the family.
There are many safety measures you can take to protect yourself before you begin in home health care. If you are reading this, and have not taken these steps, it is not too late. I will address five of them today.
There are many good people in health care. But I am an individual that believes you should not tempt fate. You cannot put a price tag on preventing something disastrous from happening to your family. In home health care means bring strangers into your home. Many of these strangers, over time, will grow to be like your own family. Minor problems with any situation are not uncommon. There is always an adjustment period, for the aging senior family member as well as the health care workers.
The more serious problems, fraud, theft and abuse are rare. But, it does occur. So it is my goal to help you not to become a victim. I have had the opportunity of compiling a list of things that family members have shared with me. Many have had had some very unpleasant experiences and do not want others to have the same things happen to them.
The most simple advice is to use common sense and do not make anything of value easily available to anyone that is coming and going from the house. Sounds simple enough, but you do not think about keeping alcohol or narcotics locked up.
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Do not allow anyone to bring in the mail or make the mail available to anyone in the house. Credit card statements and bank account numbers make an individual a target for easy prey.
It is important that you take the time to make a room that you can lock up the valuable knick knacks, jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks etc. You may feel like these are extreme measures, but when you put things away and make them inaccessible it protects the health care worker as much as it does you and your family member from theft. It not only removes the temptation to take things it also protects the in home health care worker from being accused of taking something if it comes up missing. And I will tell from personal experience that things do get lost, or misplaced and even stolen by other family members.
Do not allow the wallet or the credit cards of the aging senior to be available to any outside help. Remove money, social security anything that can be used to steal an identity or obtain credit. If you have an aging senior that is adamant about keeping their wallet and having a credit card, get one with a very low limit, as in a few hundred dollars. Be sure to monitor the activity on this card online or monthly if not more often.
If you have a senior that is at home and uses a computer, make sure that their personal information or areas where they pay bills etc is password protected. It is important to make the computer off limits as a house rule. If you are not going to be able to monitor the activity when you are not there, just be on the safe side and make certain areas on the computer password protected just in case.
In home care allows caregivers freedom and the ability to carry on their lives while trying to honor the wishes of their loved one and keep them at home. The individuals that work and provide care for elderly home health care are very special people, kind and caring. When you find a good employee, treat them like gold, because they are priceless. Just use common sense and protect yourself and give yourself peace of mind.…

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Healthy Nutrition

Reclaiming the Body – The Foundation of Health Touch Through Massage Therapy

In the state of trauma, the body, in order to survive, will protect itself. This survival instinct is apart of the evolution and adaptation of humans, regardless if the response is due to a physical threat or not. With nerve fibers to respond with sensations and the brain to release chemicals, to ready our bodies to the physical challenges, we have, within normal perimeters, the tactics to react to stress, trauma or any other perceived threat. If conditioned enough times repetitively without enough processing time for recovery, or in the case of an extended duration, patterns can develop which can be deeply seated into the mind and body. These patterns switch on easily and often trigger the event or events that created the original trauma. Post traumatic stress disorder is a common diagnosis relating to this condition. Developing coping mechanisms is one way in which order to adapt to trauma.
Isolation, guilt, blame, anxiety, fear and resentment can be a few of the emotional conditions of coping. Often one internalizes feelings, resulting in repression, depression and tension in the body. Often times other physical symptoms and/or disorders manifest as well. Other forms of coping can take place forming addictions, attachments, detachments boundary issues, etc.
Healthy touch reinforces healthy boundaries, especially in the case of physical and sexual abuse. Often times trauma, as yet another coping mechanism, one can remove themselves from feeling and residing in their body. Healthy touch reclaims the body, sending a positive message of self acceptance, embodiment, safety, trust, openness, healthy vulnerability and self love.…

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Men'S Health

When Nurses Assume Leadership Roles

Nurses have evolved through the years. They have assumed different roles in the health care industry. They are now more than just doctor’s assistant. They have become health care professionals who are part of shaping the future of the health care industry. One of the roles that nurses assume is the leadership role. It can be supervisory or simply because you are the senior nurse. Some nurses are reluctant to take the leadership roles because they feel that they are not well equipped. Another reason is that they think they already have many responsibilities with their patients.
However, the increasing need for nursing leaders have become very vital. It is completely necessary for the benefit of the patients. Nurse leaders are important because they are the ones who will be involved in organizing, controlling and managing the activities of other nurses and patients.
Positively speaking the role of nurse leader is not as hard as one might think. You already possess all the needed qualities, all you have to do is up it in a much higher level and you are good to go.
Coordination
When you are just a staff nurse you are so used to coordinating with different things during your shift. You coordinate schedules of patients, doctor’s visits and even hospital records. As a nurse leader you will still do these things, but in a more massive scale. It would involve managing other nurses. This would also entail managing difficult situations from the nursing shifts, motivation of the staff and performance quality of the nurses.
Flexibility
Schedules can sometimes be changed. Sometimes there would be unexpected events that can happen. When you become nurse leaders this would be part and parcel of your role. There would be changes that you do not expect but you are trained to respond to these kinds of changes.
Encouragement
One of the things that we do with our patients is helping them feel encouraged to get better. We also help our colleagues get over an extremely difficult day by saying a few words of encouragement. When you assume the role of the leader you are the one who help junior nurses feel their way in the new environment that they entered. You will be the person they will look up to for strength and guidance.
Nurse leaders are extremely needed in the medical health care setting. It is one of the roles to assume for the benefit of the patients.…

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Nutrition

Traditional Medicine Compared to a Natural Health Approach

As more and more truth about the dangers of drug side effects and reactions is made public more and more parents are wisely turning to conservative, safe natural health care as an addition or even alternative to medical treatment. There are many who believe that it has to be either medical or natural but the fact is that both have their place and the approaches are not mutually exclusive.
Medicine and Natural healthcare are like two different tools in a tool box. Both useful, but each designed for a different purpose and each with strengths and weaknesses.
Most alternative healthcare options focus on putting your body in its most natural state so that your body can heal on its own. The biggest advantage of using natural health techniques is true disease prevention. This results in less sickness, longer life and a sustained higher quality of life. The primary weakness of natural health care is that it is not the best treatment option if you are in crisis and need emergency help.
The 3 keys to wellness via the natural approach are:
1) Optimal bio-mechanics including flexibility, strength, balance and posture.
2) Optimal bio-chemical factors in place such as good nutrition, detoxification and protection from commercial and environmental contaminates.
3) Ideal psychological/mental/emotional balance associated with good self-esteem, positive outlook and attitude and healthy relationships are key objectives.
These are the factors that produce excellent health, fast healing and high resistance to disease, not to mention enhanced performance and longevity.
Traditional Medicine’s strongest point is in the area of crisis care such as treating trauma, advanced infection, heart attack and stroke. The biggest weakness of the medical system is trying to design a drug or vaccine for every known symptom and condition. It is like the old saying what when you are a hammer everything starts looking like a nail. The sad reality is that most drugs are not only useless but dangerous as well resulting in the unnecessary deaths of over 200,000 Americans every year and organ damage (liver, kidney, stomach etc.) to millions more.
In the USA, the average number of prescriptions [drugs] per person, annually, in 1993 was seven and as of 2010 that number had doubled to an average of 14 prescriptions per person, annually!
The World Health Organization ranks the US healthcare system, which is primarily drug based, 37th in the world. We have this low ranking despite spending more than twice as much per person as any other nation in the world. Twice as expensive but ranked 37th overall!!
Now if you are having a medical crisis then our medical system is the best in the world and should, by all means, be sought out. But what if you are in the 99+% of the population who not experiencing a health crisis? That is when seeking out an experienced wellness doctor employing a natural health care system is the best solution.
The world’s largest non-drug natural primary healthcare system is the chiropractic profession. Whereas medicine is the study of disease and how to treat it, chiropractic is the study of health and wellness and how to regain and maintain it. Medicine sees health coming from the outside inward (mechanistic view) and Chiropractic sees health coming from the inside and expressed outward (vitalistic view).
Most medical doctors these days are familiar with the incredible safety and benefits of chiropractic and are happy to refer you to a chiropractor for care. Unfortunately there is still a minority of MD’s who have remained ignorant of all the positive chiropractic research and will even go as far as recommending against this extraordinary safe and effective form of treatment. WE all like to think of doctors doing what is best for their patients but the fact is that healthcare is also the way doctors feed their families. Competition in the business arena most definitely colors some doctor’s opinions of what is best and for whom it is best. The following research data may explain why some MD’s don’t like DC’s.
This is why some MD’s don’t like chiropractic!
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Chiropractic Research Fact Sheet
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Significant decreases in the utilization of medical services, and their attendant costs, were noted when chiropractors were used as primary care providers. In an Independent Physician Association (IPA) which permitted patients to select a doctor of chiropractic as their primary care physician, clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 members over a seven year period demonstrated the following:
60.2 % decrease in hospital admissions,
59.0 % decrease in hospital days
62.0 % decrease in outpatient surgeries and procedures
85.0 % decrease in pharmaceutical costs compared to conventional medicine.
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After surveying 2,818 respondents in 156 practices, a strong connection was found between persons receiving chiropractic care and reported improvement in health, wellness, and quality-of-life.
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Whole Food Vitamins

Phlebotomists: Important Health Care Team Members

Just saying the word phlebotomist is quite a mouthful. So, what exactly is a phlebotomist and what do they do? Phlebotomists are trained to collect blood samples. It is very common for a routine doctor’s visit or a trip to the Emergency Department to include a blood sample. This can be frightening for a lot of patients. It is the job of the phlebotomist to put their patient at ease and collect the proper sample for the blood tests ordered. The phlebotomy experience starts with the paperwork. The first most important step of a phlebotomy procedure is correctly identifying the patient. It may seem simple, but it is vital. Most errors occur not in the actual testing process, but in the paperwork. Incorrectly labeled samples are a huge problem. There is more work involved in tracking down the correct patient and results than just taking the time to properly identify and label the samples from the start. With the technology of today and a lot of patient privacy laws, more and more companies are using bar-coding for patient identification. A bar code is not readable by a human and cannot tell you if an error has occurred. This is why it is so important to take the simple step at the very beginning to properly identify each and every patient.
The next thing a trained phlebotomist will do is asses the patient. If there are any questions, doubts or fears, now is the time to address them. A phlebotomist knows their job and can easily answer most questions up front. Putting the patient at ease allows for a better experience all around. Patients who are nervous or tense can have a more painful than necessary experience or provide a sample that is sub-par. Extreme tension in a patient will not provide a good sample. Some patients can even tense themselves up to the point of stopping their own blood flow. Phlebotomists can ease the tension of patients by talking to them and walking them step by step through the process. Even chatting about a topic that interests a patient can put them at ease enough to allow for proper collection of a blood sample.
The phlebotomist will then check the orders and obtain the proper sample containers for the blood collection. There are a variety of blood tests available and each one has specific requirements. Your trained phlebotomist knows exactly what tube or container to collect from you based on the order from the doctor. The trained phlebotomist has all the supplies needed on hand. They will then collect the sample from the patient. Each patient and situation is unique and your phlebotomist will be able to collect your blood sample based on your needs.
After the sample is collected, the phlebotomist will then label each sample with the proper labels or actually hand write on the blood tubes. This is another vital step in proper patient identification. After all of this is complete, your blood samples are sent to the laboratory for testing. The result reports are sent to the ordering physician for interpretation. Patients can then discuss their results with their doctor.
The trained phlebotomist is an important member of a health care team. Helping doctors and nurses to understand what is going on with patients through blood testing can reveal a lot about a patients current condition. With a trained phlebotomist on your side, you are in good hands.…

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Men'S Health

Tips on Choosing Low Budget Stylish Pregnancy Clothes

Amidst balancing a thousand things such as planning and designing the nursery, buying baby clothes, dealing with morning sickness and possibly leave from work, thinking about stylish pregnancy clothes probably takes a backseat during the initial few months of pregnancy. Especially as your shape does not start changing immediately, you will probably carry on wearing your regular clothes as long as you don’t start showing the baby bump.
However, when your clothes just don’t stretch any more, you have to contemplate ‘stretching’ your budget. But before you go ahead with your shopping, use the following tips to help you to save a few dollars.
Be Proud Of Your Baby: Firstly, gone are the days when women hid their pregnancies behind tent clothes and colorful sacks. Flaunting the belly is in, and so is looking elegant with a big tummy. If you plan carefully, you may actually get through your pregnancy with elegance and style, and no big hole in your bank account to show for it!
Take Stock Of Your Clothes: If you don’t really require too many formal clothes, your jeans and tees will carry you through a considerable portion of the pregnancy. In fact, you may pick up larger sizes of the stuff you loved wearing during the pre pregnancy period. You may continue to wear them after the pregnancy too, as your body takes time to get back to its earlier shape.
Stretchy Black Leggings: These are the best friends of a pregnant woman on a budget; stretchy black leggings add the stylish element when coupled with over sized tees or large unbuttoned shirts. You can raid your partner’s closet for the tees.
Consider Borrowing: See what you can borrow from your friends and family. While you pick and choose from the borrowed collection, you may consider that the loose overalls that seem so ghastly in the first trimester may be the only comfortable pair in the third trimester. Borrowing is also an economic way of finding out what is most comfortable for you – an A line or empire waist, or long tops over tailored slacks. Or do you choose between elastic waistbands and underbelly support?
After you have been through the above steps, you may consider buying a few classic pieces to team up with your existing collection. Classic drawstring pants, dark leggings and floral dresses, if you fancy, are good investments as stylish pregnancy clothes.
Bargain Hunt: Maternity clothes aren’t worn very long, they stay in good shape and color – so you may hunt for bargains at seconds’ sales and yard sales. Keep the seasons in mind when you shop, and look for clothes that will carry through the nine months. When you do decide to buy a fresh piece, look for the differences in prices between maternity wear shops, catalogs and online stores.
Don’t Skimp On The Basics: A supportive bra can go a long way in making you look beautiful, no matter what you are wearing over it. If you don’t skimp on such basics, you can get away with stylish pregnancy clothes even at a low budget.…

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Whole Food Vitamins

Popular Health Care Jobs to Think About

Health care is one of the few professions that are lucrative as well as noble. Health care professionals have the dual responsibility of doing a good job as well as looking after the health of the people that come to them. Health care is an umbrella term for a number of jobs. Here is a brief list of the number of healthcare jobs that are available:-
Nurses
Nurses are the backbone of any medical facility. The work of a nurse is to monitor the condition of the patient, look after their well being and ensure that they are on the course of their medication. In times of severe urgency, some senior nurses can also provide emergency medical care.
Being a nurse is a hectic job, with the basic time frame that they work for in a day being ten to twelve hours. Of course, this can be increased if there is an emergency in the place where they work. Despite being such a hectic job, it is quite lucrative because it is one of the best paying healthcare jobs in the job market today.
Psychiatrists
There have been several individuals who have not been able to pursue their medical dreams simply because they cannot stand the physical aspect of being a doctor or a surgeon, like carrying out a surgery, or looking at a diseased organ, etc. For those interested in the human mind and having a knack for observing people, the profession of a psychiatrist is now available.
A psychiatrist basically looks after the medical health of a person. The psychiatrist also helps patients with mental illnesses to nurse back to normalcy. Of course, one of the biggest aspects of being a psychiatrist is that the psychiatrist should be of a strong mind and understand human psychology or at least have an interest in human psychology.
A psychiatrist is also quite helpful in legal and criminal cases, simply because there have been several cases where people with mental illness history have turned to crime.
Being a psychiatrist is also quite lucrative, and it stands within the top ten paying healthcare jobs in the world today. Several medical colleges offer courses that enable one to practice as a psychiatrist.
Surgeons
Being a surgeon is another lucrative job in the medical world. As the name suggests, a surgeon is the person who carries out the surgeries. Most surgeons are specialists, in the sense that a particular surgeon will carry out the surgery of the heart, while one will carry out the surgery of the brain, while another will carry out the other surgeries related to the human body, like the stomach surgery, etc.
Being a surgeon is also a hectic and stressful job. There is no saying when a surgeon may be called for an urgent and important surgery. In the medical world, time is of the essence and a surgeon should be a stickler to time if they wish to become successful surgeons.
Despite the hectic and stressful nature of being a surgeon, it is one of the most lucrative health care professions today.…