Reasons Why Home Care Makes More Sense Than an Institution

Just because your loved ones are getting older does not automatically mean that you have to send them to a nursing facility. Instead, many seniors are able to continue living in their own homes with some assistance. Here are some reasons to consider home care instead of an institution.

Familiar Surroundings

“Aging in place,” which is another way of describing in-home care, allows your loved one to remain in a place that is familiar. They know all their neighbors. They know the layout of the house. They know exactly how to work the appliances.

In an institution, the surroundings would be foreign to them. If they had access to appliances, such as they may in an assisted living facility, they would not automatically know how to work them, which could lead to accidents. They would not be familiar with the layout of the room or apartment, which could also lead to falls or bumps if they got up in the middle of the night. Most importantly, they would not have their social connections to neighbors and religious communities.

For seniors who are dealing with cognitive issues, such as the early phase of dementia, this could adversely affect their quality of life. Instead of using the items around them to combat this debilitating disease, they would be in an unfamiliar setting with nothing to help them hold on to the memories that are already fading.

Health and Healing

Nursing facilities and hospitals are breeding grounds for infections. It is common for patients fighting one illness to contract a secondary infection due to their surroundings. At home, your loved ones are not exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacterium that could cause secondary infections.

Many seniors actually heal quicker at home. This could be because they are more comfortable and less stressed than they would be in an institution.

Personalized Treatment

Unlike in nursing facility or hospital, home care patients get treatment and assistance tailored to their needs. Whether it is help around the house, running errands, or even meal preparation, your loved ones will get what they need from their caregiver. Medical facilities perform the same services for everyone and not necessarily in the manner in which they need.

Avoid Institutionalization

Nursing facilities are great for those who need round the clock medical care, but not for someone who is still independent but needs a little help around the house. If the only thing your loved ones need is some help doing chores or getting from one place to another, there is no reason to subject them to an institutional life. New technology also allows those who are in greater need of medical assistance to be eligible for “aging in place” supervision. This allows them to avoid institutionalization as well.


When considering institutions, you may notice how expensive they are. The cost of having a provider come into the residence is a fraction of the cost of a nursing facility. The average for having someone come to your loved one one is between $ 4,560 per month. This price is dependent on the provider's hourly rate. The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is $ 6,150. A semi-private room rates around $ 5,430 a month.

No one likes to be dependent on another person. Having the independence to live on their own is important to your loved ones. If they are in need of help or are recovering from an illness or injury, home care may be your best choice.

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What A Home Care Agency Can Do For You

When a loved one is faced with a serious injury or disability, or just needs someone around to help provide for their needs, the services of a home care agency can be the best option. This kind of agency can operate as either private duty home care or Medicare certified home health, depending on your circumstances, and can be an excellent solution to personal care issues.

Before you can qualify for home care, particularly if you're hiring for a Medicare certified agency, you'll need a doctor's referral to prove that you do, in fact, need a certain level of care. In this recommendation, the doctor will detail exactly what kind of caregiver is called for and what degree of care the patient will need. Generally speaking, your care plan can call for a nurse, a certified nursing assistant (CNA), a physical therapist, or a personal care aide or homemaker. Which you get, and the type of services you qualify for, all depend on your reasons for seeking aid.

The following are all examples of times when you may seek the services of a home care agency, and some details as to what one can expect.

1. Debilitating Injury or Illness – Many of the people who beginning receiving home health care have simply sustained some type of serious, but non-life threatening, injury, or have fallen temporarily ill. If you're in this situation and have trouble doing normal day-to-day things at home, you can likely get a doctor's referral. A home care aid will help you maintain your bedding, stay clean, perform routine wound care, dispense medications, and generally monitor your condition. Keep in mind that you'll most likely need to receive regular checks to ensure that you still need the help. Standards may vary from state to state.

2. Long-term Disability – In cases of long-term disability, more detailed and consistent care is very often necessary. It's difficult to say exactly what a given case will need until it's been taken, but often times an aid will be needed to manage general hygiene, physical therapy, housekeeping, prevention of further injury, assistance getting around the house and taking medication, and oftentimes teaching other residents of the home how to care for the patient. A doctor will give you more direct information on the care that's right for you.

3. Elderly Care – Although we often like to believe that one day our elderly relatives will be in a nursing home or assisted living center, it's often the case that they do not need that form of constant or near-constant care. In these situations, it may be possible to get a home care agency to assist with hygiene, exercise, and housekeeping, as well as medication and any other basic medical needs. Old age brings with it some special care requirements, so make sure you find an agency that caters to the elderly.

Once again, the best way to learn more is to inquire with your regular physician.

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A Caretaker For Dementia-Affected Relations

As we grow old, there is 5-10% memory loss per decade

1. Sometimes, we all, forget: 'Where did I leave my mobile / specs?' We solve the problem by giving it a thought and analyze our recent movements, and resolve the issue. A 'dementia-relation' tries, but may or may not succeed; the success rate of recollecting or finding is much lower.

* There is another unique difference. A 'dementia-affected person' often forgings recent activities / conversations, but would remember decades old interactions.

Typical 'dementia' experience

2. A 'dementia-affected person' repeats 'a conversation' or 'a question', frequently – 2 or 3 times within 10 minutes, which irritates and tests the patience of the caretaker.

* We have similar situations with our grandparents, when they keep repeating their anecdotes at regular intervals, and we avoid listening to them, or continue listening to them out of sheer love or respect.

* 'Did I give milk to my pet dog?' The 'dementia-relation' may have given milk 5 minutes ago, but now the memory cells are blank. The caretaker has to understand the situation, without losing patience. The forgetfulness is an uncontrollable effect, of dementia.

* A 'dementia-relation' may even forget, whether he / she has taken food or not.

* A caretaker has to enjoy his / her job, then life will be easy. Invariably, spouses are the caretaker. It helps, if the couple has maintained warm, and comfortable relationship. Even if, the couple had their bouts of frequent ego clashes, there would be enough pleasant memories of their long association, to motivate the caretaker-spouse to look after the dementia-affected spouse, gratefully, out of sheer love.

3. If the dementia patient is uncomfortable with the caretaker, he / she would hide the dementia effects / problems, and would not co-operate to any suggestions, to overcome the problems in daily living. It is the duty of caretaker-spouse to eliminate trust-deficiency in dementia-affected spouse.

* We all waste time, every day, in search of: specs, mobile, and keys: house keys or car keys. It is better, if we assign a fixed place to park such objects. The concept is useful for 'dementia patient' as well, but to implement is not easy, if there is trust-deficient between the care-taker and the patient. This makes the life of a care-taker more stressed, who is vulnerable too to develop dementia.

* Activities such as Sudoku, video-games are helpful, but it takes a lot of effort to create interest, in dementia patient's mind.

4. To care for dementia-spouse or sibling or old parent is a God-given opportunity to repay back their love, and care for us. If it is done, with true love, there is no stress. The care-taker must handle the affected spouse / sibling / parent as a 'daughter' or 'son'. Life is a spiritual blessing, if the caretaker enjoys his role to serve others.

5. The dementia patient's thought-process undergoes a minority change. He / she gets involved more into administrative activities – setting and cleaning a room or a cupboard, and buying necessities inalls. He / she may not indulge in activities which improve quality of life. There is lack of enthusiasm towards, intimacy in relationship – intimate talks with spouse, telephonic interaction with family members or extended family members, and proactive participation in social activities.

* Thus, if a spouse is the caretaker, he / she realizes that good old days of enthusiasm and romantic life are over, and are not easy to revive. It depresses the caretaker, and he / she too slowly withdraws from social circles.

Possible solutions

6. Encourage the patient to continue any activity, enjoyed by the patient: business, handling pets, gardening, and communicating with children or grandchildren. Any creative activity, which the dementia-relation invites, must be encouraged.

* Try and get the patient, interested in outings: movies, short trips, clubs, kitty parties; social activities – communicating with old friends, and socializing with family members; and playful activities such as Sudoku, video games – just like children to live life with enthusiasm.

* The dementia patient may experience inadequacy in the sub-conscious mind. A word of caution! Dementia patients have, memory loss, but the caretaker, and family members should never mention it, directly.

* The grown-up children – single or married – can provide limited help, as they are busy in their family affairs. Onus lies on the spouses, to bravely face the life. The grown-up, married children must communicate frequently themselves. They can even encourage the grandchildren to communicate – daily if possible, for 2-3 minutes, or weekly, either dementia-affected grandparent.

* The care-taker should thank God for the wonderful 3-4 decades of married life, when the news of dementia, emerged and slowly the family life style changed.

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What to Consider When Hiring A Home Care Provider

When it comes to caring for older loved ones, it is crucial to see that all their needs are met. Many families are unable to provide consistent care themselves, and their loved ones do not want or do not need to be placed in a senior living facility. This is when home care services can provide some assistance. There are a number of benefits to using this type of service. One of the most nottable benefits is that seniors are allowed to remain in their homes for as long as possible. The following are some things to consider before hiring a home care professional.

Ensure the Caregiver is Licensed

In addition to pertinent experience, the person hired to take care of a senior citizen must be licensed and credentialed to provide this type of service. Relevant credentials include a certification in CPR and first aid or a nursing license. In some states, providers are required to maintain these certificates and licensing credentials in order to work in home care. Be sure to request copies of credits when interviewing applicants.

Require a Background Check

Another important component to hiring someone to take care of a loved one is to conduct a background check on applicants. This can be done individually or through an agency, and the process will involve a fee. It may also be helpful to do an Internet search on the applicants and view their public activity on social media to learn more about them.

Follow Up On References

When finding someone to care for a family member, it is imperative that they have great references. Consider asking for more than what is typical in order to gauge how solid their work history is. When calling references, keep in mind that they may not be allowed to answer certain questions about the applicable. They may only provide proof that the applicable work at that place of employment. However, there is no issue with the reference providing feedback on their own. Listen carefully for any outright complaints or even hesitance to make a comment. This can often indicate a problem.

Check Immigration Status

While it is important not to stereotype or profile, it is important not to hire anyone who is not legally in the country. Not only can they get into trouble, but the person who hired them can also face legal issues as well. This can be avoided by requiring an I-9 form available from the Internal Revenue Service.

Include a Thorough Contract

So many problems can be avoided if a solid, thorough contract is signed before hiring a home care provider. The contract must spell out all employment terms, including duties, responsibilities, compensation, any benefits that will be provided, transportation, use of family vehicles, confidentiality, and notice should the job come to an end. Also, include scheduling information, and amend the contract should the schedule change.

Many home care providers can be found independently or through a home health agency. Keep in mind that this is a sensitive process, and it may be difficult for loved ones to deal with initially. However, once the right person is found for the job, it often results in engaging friendships.

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How To Make Luxury Home Made Soap

Making your own soap can be beneficial in many ways, one being you know exactly what is inside it which can be a blessing if you have sensitive skin and I will explain why later.
Home made soap making has also grown in popularity over the past few years and can be a very and profitable way of living if you do it right. Lets start with the basics, there is two ways of making soap at home; the cold press method, and the melt and pour method. We are going to be covering the latter.

First of all, let me explain a little bit about the 'melt and pour' method.

Melt and pour soap is a base soap, which in short you cut off the amount you want to use and melt it, either by over or microwave and pour it into your molds.

There are different types of melt and pour soap base including, clear, super clear, Shea butter, cloudy and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS free. SLS can irritate your hands if you have sensitive skin so you may wish to use an SLS free soap base if you want to make a soap for sensitive skin. There are many online stores selling good melt and pour soap base for around £ 6.00 per KG. You can also buy many different types of scents, colors and botanical to add to your soap to make it smell and look exciting.
Remember when adding colors and scent to your soap you want to use essential oils and cosmetic dyes. This is because you will be using your soap or other people will be using it if you decide to sell it) and you do not want to throw any old dye and scent in so ALWAYS use cosmetic grade colors and or essential oils for fragrance. To get the right colors and scent you will have to experiment you're self but I use just a few drops of color, and maybe twice the amount of essential oil.

My Method:

This is the main 'all rounder' method I use to get a nice smelling soap loaf (approx 1KG).

I melt the whole tub of SLS free soap base int he microwave, usually takes around 5 mins to melt into liquid.

I then pour it all into a 5L mixing bowl, and add 4-5 drops of cosmetic grade color.

Then I add approx 6-7 drops of my favorite fragrance.

Now I give it a very gentle stir, if you stir too much or too hard you will create a layer of froth that will not clear, it will solidify on the top of your soap. This layer of froth is good for making a nice looking cake bun but not for a soap loaf.

Next I pour it into an old (or new) loaf tin, or any mold of your choice.

And et voila! Leave it to set over night and you will have a nice smelling soap loaf. You can experiment with different blends, or add Rose petals and other botanical's to make it look even more inviting, just remember when adding petals and leaves that they will float to the top! You will get approx 10 x 100g soap slices from a 1KG tub of melt and pour. I sell mine for £ 2.75 each soap slice.

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What Every Woman Wants Her Husband to Know About Long Term Care


According to the personnel journal, eight million Americans care for a parent and 75 percent are women. Of the 75 percent of the women caring for an aged parent, more than 50 percent are employed outside the home and raising children. What's the impact? Fifty-eight per cent had missed work due to caregiving. They give up vacations and social life and suffer from anxiety and depression. Let's examine the risk of long-term care and, in particular, how it affects women.


Unfortunately, until recently, only a small percentage of working Americans have done any significant planning for Long Term Care. It's regrettable considering the significant risk involved.

48.6% of all people age 65 and older will spend some time in a nursing home

71.8% of the people age 65 and over may require some form of home health care

The likelihood of LTC for married couples is most significant. Seven (7) out of ten (10) couples, age 65 and older, can expect one spouse to need LTC.

Assuming the norm, if both husband and wife are the same age and healthy, the actuaries tell us that the average woman will live seven (7) years longer than the average man. Women tend to marry men who are older; therefore, the husband's health may well begin to fail before the wife's. She may be on her own, perhaps in failing health herself, for more than a decade after her husband is out of the picture. The family finances need to be sufficient to finance at least an extra seven years of living for the lady of the house.


What happens when the husband needs assist care and it depletes the family finances and he dies, leaving his wife with unpaid nursing home bills and little else? Who's going to take care of her? Traditionally the male's role is to manage the family finances, a woman is often poorly equipped to cope with financial matters when her husband becomes ill or dies. Matters get completely out of hand with the sunset of a long-term illness. The economic problems facing senior citizens are much worse for women than for men. Women make up a shocking 82 percent of poor elders living alone.

If a husband and wife are in good health today, the lady of the house needs to look beyond today. Envision your life 20 years from now, when your spouse is no longer healthy or even alive, when you need care. Most older couples have enjoyed traditional marriages in which the wife was dutiful homemaker and husband was an active provider. The worst time for her to learn about money is when she hears that her spouse has a debilitating illness that will absolutely put him in a nursing home. The woman is left to face the last years of her own life alone, with scant income and nothing in reserve and sometimes even no place to live.

A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that half of all poor widows were not poor before their husbands died. Loss of income from pensions and the burden of medical and funeral costs pushed them over the edge.

What's even worse is that spousal caregivers have a 63 percent higher risk of dying sooner than a comparable group of people not giving care! Here, when the husband passes away after years of being cared for by his wife, her caregiving has shortened her own lifespan !!

Men of the 65 plus generation pride themselves on their lifelong ability to provide for their wives and families. It is a cruel irony that many of them will leave behind a widow who may barely survive on her own.


Ten million Americans, most of them women over 50, have osteoporosis resulting in 300,000 broken hips each year. Then, one in every five will die within a year from complications, such as blood clots induced by immobility! Half will never walk again without assistance and more than n need LTC. The average age of claimants receiving home care benefits is 79. Of those over age 79, 32 percent are male and 68 percent female. Twenty-two percent of those age 85 and older are in a nursing home; and because women generally outlive men, they face a 50 percent greater likelihood than men of entering a nursing home after age 65.


Women in the work world have fosted an ongoing battle for decades for equal opportunity and equal pay. Women still earn less than men, save less for their retirement and receive, on average, lower Social Security benefits.

The Health Action Forum of Greater Boston identified that female caregivers frequently turn down promotions and transfers, delay retirement, or are forced into taking early retirement. They give up vacations and social life and suffer the burden of added anxiety and depression.

And, what do these women have to look forward to? A spokesperson for the American Health Care Association recently commented on the huge emotional drain and financial consequences faced by female caregivers. If they are caring for either parent or a spouse, who is going to care for them? And, where is the money going to come from?


As an Employee Benefits Consultant, I would recommend the purchase of Long Term Care Insurance with a monthly benefit of at least $ 6,000 per month (the current cost in our area for quality care). The LTC coverage would more than pay for a $ 500,000 nursing home expense, guaranteeing the rest of their assets would go to the surviving spouse and then to their children. Benefits would be guaranteed for not only nursing home care or for care at home but also for reimbursements in an assisted living facility. But is this the only answer? What about those who can not afford long term care insurance or can not qualify medically due to a serious medical injury?


We're going to be facing a national tragedy in not too many years! Currently, over 2/3's of all Long Term Care recipients use Medicaid to pay for their care. Without this current system is changed, Medicaid will collapse under the weight of 77 million baby boomers, with at least 15 million requiring LTC when they're 85 years old!

Social Security reserves will already have been tapped by our nation's leaders. (If that does not frighten our nation's elders who already can not live on their Social Security checks, what will?). And, with those 15 million people needing long term care, based on today's inflation rate, a three year stay in a nursing home is expected to cost $ 500,000 + by the year 2030; where in the world is that money to come from?

And, who's going to provide that care? Nationwide, 2,500 home care agencies, 20 percent of the home health care delivery system closed or stopped providing Medicare services in a recent 2 year period. In Massachusetts, Medicaid spending dropped by 8 per cent last 3 years, as the state tightened Medicaid eligibility rules.

Home health care services that are safe and affordable are getting harder to find. Too many old to care for; too few young to provide that care.
We will be facing a natural, national disaster in not too many years. We need our nation's leaders to understand and acknowledge these issues and, then, tell us what the solutions will be on national television and in every newspaper in every major city in the United States!

In the meantime, Long Term Care Insurance is the very best solution to being guaranteed quality care so that you can face your later years with dignity and a sense of security and independence. And, especially for women, make sure your husband understands these issues and your risks as a woman so he does not say no to the purchase of long term care insurance. The most thoughtful gift a man can purchase for the lady of the house is long term care insurance.

Copyright 2016

Allan Checkoway, RHU

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How to Extend the Life of Your Elderly Loved Ones That Physicians Rarely Tell You

How many cars have you owned during your life that were built with strong steel engines? The average life of a car may be 20-30 years until the engine fails. Every person has a heart that is the engine to the body simply made of muscles and soft tissue, yet people often outlive our cars. All things ever wear out and fail if it is a steel engine or our hearts.

One simple way to determine if our heart is getting weaker is when our lower legs start to swell. This signals that our heart is not strong enough to pump the blood that flows to our feet with the help of gravity back up to the chest area of ​​our body for proper blood circulation. If left unchecked, this can cause a heart attack, stroke or death. Physicians normally prescribe water pills to help with this problem of fluid retention in the legs but they rarely inform the patients of one simple step to help ease the stress on the heart to extend the life of our loved ones.

If your elderly loved one has feet and legs that are swapping you should promptly get them to a physician to check their vitals to determine what the problem is. It could be congestive heart failure or other problems where the heart is not as strong as it used to be. One question you should ask the physician is, “Should your older family member keep his or her legs propped up on a regular basis?” Doctors for some strange reason do not volunteer this important information. Whereas your active older loved one may not take this advice from a family member to prop their feet up whenever they can, they may be more likely to adopt this habit if they are informed by their physician.

Propping up your feet above the height of your heart allows your body to use gravity to your hearts advantage so the heart does not have to work so hard and stress itself to keep proper blood flow. Just by using a few pillows at the end of the bed to prop the feet up can extend the life of the heart and prevent dramatic life altering problems such as a stroke or heart attack to help extend the life of your loved ones.

Medical technology and methods are constantly changing. During the 1990's doctors prescribed long pressure socks that were knee high to help squeeze the blood back up to the heart. I was informed that the medical community abandoned this practice. One other way to check the strength of the heart is to see if the elastic band of the socks is making an indentation on the ankles or lower leg restricting blood flow. If so, it is a good idea to use scissors to cut the elastic band about a 1/2 inch to eliminate that pressure to allow proper blood flow. These simple and inexpensive methods can help extend the life of your elderly loved ones and avoid unpleasant emergencies including falls which are a common cause of fatality rates for the elderly. It is sad that medical professionals do not have a habit of informing patients of these important tips for preventive health which helps lower medical expenses and insurance rates. Doctors seem more interested in just prescribing medication as the fix all solution and many physicians also invest in pharmaceutical companies to further their own financial gain and self interest instead of acting in the best interest of their patient.

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Foods To Avoid With An Ostomy Bag

While you can generally eat what you want with an ostomy bag, there are certain foods that you should avoid depending on how they affect your body. Some foods can cause the production of gas, which if you have an ostomy, can be fairly uncomfortable and sometimes painful. While everyone reacts differently, it's best to test out each food and see how your body responds so that you can enjoy the food you're eating and not be worried about the consequences. Here are a few foods to avoid with an ostomy bag due to their gas-producing tendencies.

Carbonated Drinks

Fizzy drinks and sodas are well-known for causing gas, as they release carbon dioxide and increase the need to expel air through belching or flatulence.


While vegetables are good for you, certain veggies can cause more gas than others through the process of digestion. Foods such as beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and asparagus are notorious as they contain sugars that when digested, can cause intestinal gas. Of course, do not completely avoid these vegetables, as they're very nutritious and good for your health, but do monitor how you react to them and if you find them cause a build-up of gas, try to avoid them.


Fruits can also cause the production of gas due to the sugars that they contain. Sorbitol, a sweetener found in sugar-free gum and candy, can also lead to excess gas so it's best to avoid these foods depending on how they affect your system. Rather than banning fruits from your diet, try figuring out which ones trigger flatulence in you.

White Carbs

Starchy carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, potatoes and cereals can all cause gas when the carbohydrates are broken down in the digestive tract. Stick to whole-wheat grains instead and energy sources like rice or sweet potatoes so you're still getting enough carbohydrates to function properly.


Although oatmeal can make a delicious and hearty breakfast, it can also cause gas due to its high fiber content. If you enjoy oats too much to cut them out of your diet, introduce them slowly so your body gets used to them or switch to wheat bran, which may reduce the gas production.

Ultimately, you need to test out different foods to see what works for you and how your body responds. Every individual is unique, and you need to remember to follow a healthy and balanced diet to ensure optimum health with your ostomy bag.

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Family Medicine And Family Physicians

To become a family physician, men and women go through a four-year degree program, they study in an accredited family medical medicine maintenance program, and an additional three years of training before becoming board certified. A family physician is your one-stop healthcare expert. They treat everyone in the family and they exam, research, and diagnose medical conditions from head to toe. This type of care is called integrated care where a family doctor devises individualized health plans to treat mom, dad, and children of all ages. Family doctors treat a wide range of health conditions and they can be your primary care physicians at any point in your life. Unlike other specialties, family medicine involves coordinating all types of healthcare issues, from a common cold, pregnancies, to treating an acute or chronic illness.

Family doctors must practice at the highest level of medical care through the world. They are required to become re-certified around every six years, through American institutions like The American Board of Family Medicine, The American Academy of Family Physicians or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, all of which have reciprocity agreements through the globe for family medicine training. A few of the advantages in being seen by a primary care physician, includes the following:

• family doctors have all of your personal and family medical history because they have been treating you for years.

• doctors that have seen generations of family members who can help in researching various genetic diseases, like cancer, if it appears more than once in a generation.

• doctors involved in family medicine environments can perform minor surgical procedures without the added cost of seeing a specialist.

• they improve the lives of the underserved in America and abroad.

Research and clinical studies have proven that US and worldwide primary care physicians have been responsible for lowering the world mortality rates in diseases, such as in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, low birth weight issues, obesity, and many other illnesses and health conditions. The statistical results associated with the care provided by family physicians, have proven that they help to increase life spans and control diseases from spreading. Their participation in healthcare has reduced healthcare expenses, they help to lower hospital admissions, emergency room admissions, and they help to reduce surgical costs.

A family doctor focuses on preventive care, community oriented care, global health, plus they diagnose and manage a wide range of health problems to improve the quality of care in local, rural, urban, and large city health. Even if people are generally healthy, patients benefit by keeping a relationship with their primary care physicians. The doctors support individuals to stay healthy through dietary programs, they encourage their patient's to exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy.

One of the main reasons that family medicine works, is the relationship that patients have with their doctors. This specialized and confidential relationship is great for individuals who feel comfortable in talking about their medical health with their doctors. Physicians around the world, are available to answer their patient's questions in a way that forms a trusting bond. This bond creates a trusting relationship, whereby patients will listen and follow their healthcare provider's advice and directions, thus reducing chances of spreading contagions .

Family medicine is all about treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. A family physician has a comprehensive effect on the physical, mental, environmental, emotional, and spiritual health of each of their patient's. Physicians with an intimate knowledge of their patients can help introduce the healing power of hope, love, faith, and trust, as life presents challenges that can evoke depression, fear, grief, and anger. Also, if a physician's patient requires the need to see a specialist, a family doctor will help coordinate your care. Patients can often feel frustrated and confused when they have to manage the healthcare system on their own. With a family healthcare provider on your side, the whole medical care journey is made easier and less frightening than the unknown.

Refugees have always fled to foreign countries, including the US for a chance of better opportunities for themselves and their family. The present global news events are following refugees today, who are fleeing from their native countries for various reasons. Before being accepted for resettlement, all refugees must pass medical screening examinations, which is often performed by primary care physicians. The doctors perform a thorough examination of a variety of health problems that involve the mental and social health of the refugees. The family doctor's check for infectious diseases, chronic illnesses, the refugee's overall musculoskeletal system, and parasites, thus providing immunizations. The information that they gather is shared with that country's main health agency, which in the US Is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Family Doctors Are Important To A Person’s Health

A family doctor is essential to all people who need health care. Doctors help people in a variety of different ways. They keep close records of their patient's medical history and they are able to diagnose and treat people when they become ill or are injured. A family physician can even screen their clients to figure out if they have a disease or if they are developing some type of condition that could negatively affect their lives.

Most families must have insurance to receive help from a family doctor. A primary care physician wants their patients to have insurance because they receive payments from them. Most people can not afford to pay out-of-pocket for health care. Doctors know this and rely on insurance to receive payment. Without insurance, most doctors just could not afford to see patients.

Doctors are also trained to provide care in specific areas of medicine or for general health problems. Their training is important because it gives them the ability to help people to resolve basic medical issues. A doctor will be able to treat and diagnose patients for medical issues related to their body. They will also deal with infections, broken bones, physical and they should be able to detect when their patient is having a medical issue.

Many hospitals and health clinics often employ doctors and doctors. They can also work within private offices. These offices are typically located in various locations within a city. Some doctors serve inner city neighborhoods and some medical professionals help people who are located suburban neighborhoods. Most doctors offices are located in areas that best serve specific communities where the population can pay or are in need.

Private practices are very lucrative for doctors and for their patients. This is because doctors can charge their own fees and set their own prices for visits and care. Many doctors no longer make house visits. However, they may perform this service in rural locations. Many doctors can also be found inside of hospital facilities where they are also needed to provide care.

Family doctors also help to ensure that children remain healthy and strong. They know that children face a lot of problems during the early developmental stages of life. Doctors ensure that children are receiving adequate check ups and physical and that they have safe environments to live. They also help to safeguard a child's emotional and mental state.

In modern times, doctors have to closely monitor their patient's mental health. No longer are they just concerned with the physical aspects of health care, they must make sure that their clients mental state is functioning normally. Doctors routiniously diagnose their patients to determine if they are suffering from ailments such as depression or emotional instability.

They also focus on sport related problems such as discussions and broken limbs. These areas of sports related health issues are impacting people on a greater degree and is impacting people more than ever before. Athletes and sporting teams also have their personal family doctors that are designed to help them to prepare for sporting events and to stay in good condition during the season and when they have time off.

Having a personal doctor just makes sense. As people get older in life they typically need more medical care because their bodies break down. Since this is the case, doctors have a tendency to serve seniors within their communities. Older people also need more care and frequently visit the doctor more so than younger people.

A good family doctor will also endorse the benefits of good health care and stress its importance. As a matter of fact people with family doctors could live longer and healthy lives under normal circumstances. Some people could even extend their lives by at least 15 years with the proper care from a licensed and trained doctor. Family doctors are important to help families to live healthy and productive lives for many years to come.

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Turmeric and Curcumin – How Different Are They

India is a country rich in nature's bounty – the very fact that we lead in the production of a wide range of products attests to this fact. Among India's top export products, Turmeric holds a very special place. Thanks to the internet revolution and the rapid advances made in biotechnology and science, the world today knows what our ancient Rishis have said centuries ago; that Turmeric is a spice rich in nutritional value and possesses significant medicinal values. However, today, the words Turmeric and Curcumin are used interchangeably so often that we do not know what their actual difference is. Most of us think that Turmeric or Curcumin is one and the same. The reality is different though.

Turmeric and Curcumin difference:

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is closely related to ginger, another Indian spice. It is mostly grown in the tropical regions of southern Asia and is often less than 10 feet in height. Although it is grown in a lot of tropical locations, Indian turmeric has a distinct color and flavor that makes it stand out from the rest.

So what is turmeric curcumin ?

The roots and bulbs of turmeric produce rhizomes which are boiled and dried and then turned in to the familiar yellow powder called Curcumin. It is this constituent which is rich in antioxidants that gives turmeric its medicinal values. Although there are other substances in this herb that has antioxidant properties, they pale in comparison to Curcumin.

When you compare turmeric with Curcumin, this is the main difference that needs to be highlighted. Curcumin is a crucible component of the herb, which is Turmeric. If you want to draw a comparison, you can think of oranges which are a source of vitamin C.

Culinary properties of Curcumin

It is this Curcumin in turmeric that gives Indian curries that golden yellow color, distinct taste and flavor. Indian turmeric contains about 2-5% Curcumin content, which is higher than those found in other regions. Still, to get a substantial amount of turmeric extract curcumin, the intake of turmeric needs to be increased. This may be one reason why turmeric has acquired an unparallel role in Indian cuisines.

Medicinal properties / health benefits :

There have been numerous researchers conducted worldwide to establish the health benefits of curcumin from turmeric. Some of the most important ones are listed below.

Osteoarthritis: Due to Curcumin's antioxidant properties, experts believe that turmeric can relieve the pain for patients suffering from this condition. In fact, Ayurveda suggests a treatment which combines curcumin with winter cherry boswellia and Zinc, which is known to provide instant relief.

Heart Disease: Curcumin from Turmeric can prevent atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque that can block arteries and lead to heart attack or stroke. But for this to be effective, the intake of Curcumin needs to be high ie above 10 g per day.

Cancer: Inspite of a lot of researchers in this direction, the results are still not yet conclusive. The fact that there are definite positive signs is reason enough for you to include it in your diet.

Therefore, if you want to buy turmeric extract powder, make sure you buy it from India where the curcumin content is quite high.

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Enjoy the Benefits of the Various Services of Mobile Units

There are several reasons why we need to go to the dentist. In any case, a mobile dental unit will offer excellent treatment to make your teeth look better and more impressive.

Mobile dental units can be used to offer services such as dental surgeries through dental lasers, whitening of teeth, and others. Some of these dental units specialize in orthodontics while others specialize in cavities and other regular problems of teeth. It should be mentioned here that almost 80 per cent people do not take proper care of their teeth and are pretty laid back about oral hygiene. Mobile dental units have come forward to address this understated yet serious problem.

The most popular procedures that are done with these units are the checks ups and the cleanings. A cleaning must be done professionally every single year and the check up will help the individual to maintain a healthy set of pearly white teeth. When the individual does not take care of this, they are going to come in with a number of extra problems and even some pain that needs to be soothed as soon as possible.

At a time when we hope that cancer gets cancer and dies, it is but natural that there will be units dedicated to mammography. Statistics show that one out of eight women develops breast cancer. To check the deadly disease, mobile mammography units have come to the forefront. It is an effective method to take breast examination as well as screening services closer to women above the age of 40, thus reducing the risks of deaths from breast cancer. The unit consists of a specialized trailer. The trailer has specialized machines such the x-ray machines and other important computer hardware. The unit will consist of almost every aspect of articles, machines to cabins used for undressing and dressing. It is cost effective too.

Mobile medical units have taken the medical treatment to a new level. These units are fully staffed who are licensed professionals and can handle any type of problem that a patient might have. Such units have made the entire process of medical checkup and treatment much easier. All the equipment that is used in the mobile units are updated and top of the line. For instance, X rays will be available to those who have not had one in years and professionals will be able to sit down and talk about various treatment options for their patients. Everything will be comfortable and ready to go when the patient arrives.

The overall experience should be incredibly comfortable. Even those who are not very comfortable with the process will need to make sure that they ask questions and allow the professional to do their job. When the questions are answered, the patient is more likely to lay back and relax for the rest of the time.

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Four Fantastic Benefits of Non-Medical Home Care

When people think of home care providers, a sterile and impersonal image often comes to mind. People may be deterred from reaching out for assistance because they do not want to place their loved one under the supervision of a faceless team of doctors and nurses. While ensuring your family member receives good medical attention is important, tending to their emotional and social needs is also necessary. That's where non-medical home care specialists come in. These highly-trained, empathetic individuals can help support you in caring for your family member in a number of ways.

1. Free Up Time

It's not uncommon for families to feel a sense of guilt when hiring a stranger to help with an elderly relative. However, non-medical home care practitioners do not have to be tasked with social needs. In fact, they can often help relieve the daily stress of housework, laundry, and maintaining a safe environment. With more free time, you can spend more quality time with your family member.

2. Ensure Proper Nutrition

As people age, it can become difficult to find the time or the energy to make healthy meals at home. Grocery shopping can be quite an ordeal, and food preparation can become exhausting. A home care agent can help develop a nutritious eating plan for your loved one, and assist with the purchase and preparation of wholesome, healthy meals.

3. Provide Companionship

A non-medical home caregiver can provide socialization and mental stimulation for your family member by helping them keep up with their regular hobbies and activities, both inside and outside. They can accompany your loved one to movies, sporting events, and restaurants, as well as provide them with conversation and friendship. Some agencies even provide educational lessons and other activities to keep your elderly relative's mind sharp.

4. Supervise Medication

While non-medical helpers are not licensed to prescribe medicine, they can certainly aid you in making sure your family member takes their medication regularly and at the right times. Scheduling meds can be difficult, particularly if your loved one's memory is not what it once was. Having someone around to supervise this aspect of their life can help alleviate stress and worry, including your relative remains happy and healthy.

If you're struggling to support your relative by yourself and feel as if you may need some additional support, consider reaching out to an organization. Many agencies offer medical services in addition to a network of friendly, well-trained non-medical helpers. A good agency will work with you to develop a plan that best suits your needs and the needs of your loved one.

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Home Care Agencies: Questions to Ask for a Great Fit

According to a major association, 90 percent of seniors would prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. Yet, with age, many can experience a reduced ability to complete the daily tasks required to successfully maintain their independence. For these individuals, home care agencies are a great resource. They give seniors the help they need with their day-to-day chores and errands, such as grocery shopping, cleaning, and laundry, so that they can remain self-sufficient and in their residences for as long as possible.

If you or your loved one is in need of an in-home caregiver, you will want to find someone who will be a good fit for you and your family. Here are some great questions to ask when interviewing home care agencies to assist your loved ones.

Ask About Their Qualifications

Ensure potential home care agencies have the qualifications to give you the services you need. Are they licensed by the state? How long have they been providing their services to the community? How do they screen their employees? What sort of credentials do potential health aides hold? Do not be afraid to ask for references, and check any references given thoroughly.

Ask About Their Fee Schedule

A reputable home care agency will be able to provide you with literature detailing the cost of the services they provide, as well as eligibility requirements and any financial assistance that may be available. Ask if any fees are covered by health insurance or Medicare, and inquire about their billing procedures and whether they have any payment plan options. Will you be charged for sick days or holidays for your caregiver? If so, which days are considered holidays? Be sure to get a list of all fees in writing.

Ask About Your Caregiver

You or your loved one will be spending a lot of time with your new health aide, so it is important that you feel comfortable around them. Are they courteous, helpful, and positive? Do they have verifiable references from previous employers? Check all references carefully.

Ask About Their Quality of Care

You will want to work with a home care agency that keeps their workers well trained. How do they train their caregivers? Do caregivers receive continuing education, and are they licensed and insured? How are they monitored or supervised while on the job? Will a supervisor make visits to your home to ensure that you or your loved one are receiving proper care? How does the agency handle questions or concerns raised by the patient? Most services should be able to provide you with a “Patient Bill of Rights” that describes the rights and responsibilities of both the patient and the caregiver. This will help ensure that both the agency and your health aide are able to adapt to you or your loved one's changing needs.

If age, chronic illness, or a disability is making it hard for you to stay in your home, an in-home caregiver might be just what you need to maintain your independence.

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Doctors Making House Calls

One of the things which most of the older people tend to miss are the doctors who made house calls. I always felt that these were really dedicated individuals for which you knew immediately that they honestly cared about your well being. Although gone in this modern day and age many doctors still remain fresh in our minds. One such man was our family doctor Peter Penico. Here was a man who had true feelings for his patients. To him being a doctor stand out before profits and fancy cars.

I recall a time that both my brother Dave and I were bedridden and without question Dr. Penico arrived at our home to treat our illness. He even bought the necessary medicine to dispense to my mother for our rapid recovery. Granted they were the trial size packages which were often provided to the doctor courtesy of the pharmaceutical firms but medicine just the same. After examining my brother and I with his stethoscope and employing the tongue depressor on our mouth he would quietly brief my parents on what he had discovered during his examination and how long we would be bedridden. If needed, Doctor Penico would provide a short note to submit to the school to excuse our absence. As he prepared to depart he would reach into his medical bag and withdrawal a large hand of medical samplers and proceed to hand them to my mother. If you did not have the five dollar fee which he charged he would cheerfully provide you ample time to pay him.

No longer can we find doctors who are so dedicated to serving their patients that they make house calls. The prime reason for this lack of house call doctors involves the financial aspects of the medical profession. Times have changed and in today's modern world it is difficult for a doctor to charge enough to justify their time that it would take to drive to a specific location, fill the car gas tank with gasoline and for the amount of time necessary for a professional visit . Unfortunately, the house calls which I experienced as a child have now faded into history. No longer are doctors and patients emotionally connected and doctors often lack the patient and doctor bonding. It is this loss of intimate relationship and closeness that has left the visiting doctor scenario to days well past. Doctors today lack the openness and honest interaction which comes from meeting a patient in their home. There is no longer the personal interest, the integrity and honesty present with modern office calls.

The modern doctor lacks the time to spend with their patients as doctors such as Dr. Penico had done years ago. Today doctors work on a tight schedule. As an example you check into the front desk, the clerk ensures that you have either proper insurance or cash to make the payment needed, your vital signs are taken by the nurse assistant and you are placed into a cool, non-personal room decorated with an assortment of pharmaceutical ads. As you glance around your small confined enclosure you see various medical supplies stacked on the counter-tops such as gauze containers, disposable gowns and the all too familiar Red Sharps Container. My current physician associated a mere fifteen minute window for review and examination of my case and then it is the next person's turn. I often feel that I am on some sort of assembly line. You see the nurse assistant longer than you do the doctor if and when she comes into the examining room. If we contrast this attitude with the warmth, previously displayed by the medical profession we have as a society lost a valuable doctor-patient interaction.

It was not unusual when Doctor Penico would visit our home to treat an ill member of the family that he would happily sit a few extra minutes and discuss the problems involved with the ill patient over a heating hot cup of coffee. Doctor Penico lived a life filled with mutual caring and respect towards his patience. I doubt very much if we shall ever see the return of house calls in view of the amount invested by the doctor but it is always nice to remember those days when the patient had a special place in the heart of their doctor.

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