The Benifits Of Aloe In Professional Gloves

When using professional disposable gloves, and choosing gloves with aloe, there can be many benefits. First of all they have an incredible moisturizing property which gives your skin the ability to be hydrated. It also removes dead skin. As most hygienists and medical personnel wear these at a rate of about 40 a day or more, this can only be a plus when considering your order for gloves.

Aloe, itself, has anti-inflammatory properties which can enhance the wound process. It reduces swelling and promoters recovery from infection. Studies show that active aloe can increase the rate of wound closure and tensile strength by proliferation of nerve, blood cells, skin and liver.

Again, aloe has so many great effects we do not often realize that they can aid us in our aging process. It is believed that it can reduce sever joint pain and muscle pain associated with arthritis, tendonitis and other injuries caused due to aging.

As many elderly people have seen a lot of sun during their lifetimes, it also helps prevent suppression of the skins immune system (which may be the cause of so many skin cancers).

EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE “ALOE” GLOVES IN THE MARKET TODAY

ALASTA ALOE – These gloves are designed for the latex user. They perform like latex and afford extreme comfort. They have textured fingers with precision fit and are powder – free.

ALOE PRO – A textured latex powder – free with Aloe Vera. They are covered on the inside with soothing active Aloe.

ALOE PRO SYNTHETIC – These are textured Butadiene Powder – free with Aloe Vera also made from innovative butadiene technology. A far superior fit than the Vinyl gloves.

NITRILE PF WITH ALOE – These are a perfect solution for dry irritated hands that are involved with high risk jobs. These gloves are approved for use with chemotherapy drugs.

I hope through this article that many professionals in the dental, medical and industrial fields will think about all the benefits of ALOE and especially finding the right selection for your practice. When thinking about the many times professionals use disposable gloves, it is just one more way to help keep your skin as healthy as possible when providing service to patients or the public.

Choosing the correct gloves and fit for your workers is so important and can not be stressed enough in the selection of professional gloves for your employees.

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Top Advice On Choosing Mobility Aids for Elderly People

People who are getting older should be aware of the fact that they will need to use mobility aids for elderly. Whether you are looking for a walker or scooter to help you move around or a simple stair lift, you should research the right equipment that fits your needs. There are also many kinds of smaller daily living disability aids that can help improve your standard of living as well. The main factor that stops costumers from using disability aids is the public stigma. You must first accept the fact that you need help and that your body can not do the same things it used to do, be it climbing up and down the stairs or getting up from a chair.

You should not feel any shame about this, because you must keep in mind that these disability aids were made to improve your performance and make life much easier for you. In these days, mobility aids for older are becoming more popular and the general public accepts them. Many people who have tested these products say that they will never turn back to their original life style.

Some of the most popular mobility aids are riser chairs and adjustable beds. Back pain is very common in elderly people and it is extremely difficult to treat. It can present as a sudden sharp pain, constant ache or a dull ache. Back pain can be developed because of age or bad positions. If it is age related, there are many mobility aids for older to offer them comfort and help with everyday living. Riser chairs or using chair raisers can help you obtain a comfortable sitting position, as well sit and get up. Similarly, an adaptable or adapted bed can also help get a relaxed sleeping position.

An electric wheelchair is also a very popular item that older people are using for moving around. The electric wheelchairs give you the profit of a manual normal wheelchair with no need of assistance for pushing you and your chair around, so giving you more independence. If you experience an upper body disability and have a hard time walking around, then you should consider this type of chair. The major advantages of the electric wheelchairs include easy operation, comfort and reliability. Before purchasing an electric wheelchair you should take into account your development and physical factors such as visual perception, coordination and posture. With so many models and companies to choose from, you need to take the time to choose a chair.

Whether you are looking for a scooter to help you move around or a simple stair lift, you should research the right equipment that fits your needs. There are so many models to choose from when it comes to disability aids products, ranging from adjustable beds, stair lift, riser chair or walk-in baths. Plus you can have lower cost adaptations that offer excellent solutions like chair raisers, grab handles, adjustable backrests and more. The equipment has different functions and features, service and comes at different prices. Before buying any kind of mobility aids for older, make sure you do the required research that will help you understand more about what you are looking for, according to your needs and budget.

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Getting Advice For Elderly Care

According to a recent report by the US census bureau, the proportion of the global population aged 65 and over is set to outnumber children under five for the first time. The report shows that over the next 30 years the number of over-65s is expected to double from 506 million to 1.3 billion. That will bring new burdens on carers and social service providers, which still lack inducements from Governments to continue working.

Although the UK comes in at number 19 in the list of the world's oldest countries, hundreds of thousands of the UK's elderly people are lonely, isolated and at risk. That's why it's important to take steps to arrange for any care you or your family members may require.

1. Start with the type of care you need

There are a variety of options available to those who need care. The choice depends on how much care is required. Home care is the most practical solution for those who need a few hours help a day. Sheltered housing is also for people who do not require round-the-clock care and are still reliably mobile and independent. Care homes with or without nursing provide you with accommodation, meals and help with washing, dressing, etc.

2. Arrange for care assessment

Care assessment usually involves a home visit and a talk with your GP. The assessor draws up a report on your care needs and the type of care that would suit you best. Your personal finances are also assessed to check if you need full or partial financing of your care needs. If care in a home is recommended, local social services can make sure suitable care is made available to you or your family member. People who need a care home place and have less than £ 23,250 in assets (including their property) are entitled to some financial support from their local councils. Pensioners with capital between £ 23,250 and £ 14,250 are owed to consider council funding but will have to pay a weekly capital tariff of £ 1 for each £ 250 between these two figures. Individuals who capital is below £ 14,250 can receive maximum financial support from their local authorities, while care home seekers with capital over £ 23,250 have to meet the full cost of care.

3. Get professional advice on elderly care

How much does care cost? How can you afford it? How can you get support? To a person who is dealing with elderly care for the first time, these questions may be the first to come to their mind. To avoid confusion, turn to experts in older person care provision which can provide you with an informed opinion on local authority support as well as related financial and tax matters. Their advice can help you make the best use of your financial resources and find the type of care you need.

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Care Giving in Times of Catastrophe and Disaster

It is everyday news. Disasters are reported in different parts of the world more frequently than desired. Unpredictable catastrophic events occupied a great part of the daily world news with unpresented frequency. Predictable or not, disasters affect and change human lives in unimaginable ways, regardless of cultural, ethnic or religious beliefs. The impact of a disaster is felt at all levels of a society, but the most affected are the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the children. How can a society prepare to reduce the negative impact of a catastrophic event on its members, especially the vulnerable ones? Now, more than ever, with nations and countries threatening each other with nuclear arms, biological warfare, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, the care providers and caregivers must prepare for the challenges of care giving prior and post a disastrous event. Climate changes are creating an environment of increased climatological incidents that are not far from calamitous disasters. More than ever, whether nature induced or man induced, the probability of a catastrophe or disaster is more of a reality for every human being in the world. No land is spared; the whole planet is at risk.

From earthquakes to tsunamis, from hurricanes to radioactive spills, from tornadoes to massive flooding; how will care providers or caregivers continue to care for their sick and disabled before, during and after a disaster or catastrophe? In a disaster situation, the matter of survival is compounded by the need to continue to meet the needs of those who are ill, disabled and aging prior to the event.

The answer lies in preparedness.

1. The first step is to develop awareness. Creating awareness of the possibility of a disaster based on location, climate, local infrastructure and history of nature's behavior and developing a plan that will ensure the continuation of care to those who are sick, aging and disabled is paramount. The responsibility for creating this plan falls on the caregiver or care provider and other support systems, if available. This plan should be created based on the possibilities and type of disaster that may occur, based on location, climate and the area's history of catastrous occurrences. A person living in Colorado does not need to prepare for a tsunami or a hurricane, but an earthquake can affect any region on the planet. Coastal areas are commonly affected by hurricanes and tsunamis. People living in areas close to nuclear plants should prepare for the possibility of chemical or radiation spills, and of course, we all must be aware of the possibility of a human-induced biological or atomic catastrophe. Metropolitan areas are known targets for terrorism and other kinds of disasters. Having realized that the possibility of the occurrence of a disaster is very real, the preparation plan is well on its way.

2. Once the risks are recognized, the second step is to identify those under your care who will need continual, uninterrupted care, even under disaster or catastrophic circumstances and those at higher risks, including healthy children, and make provisions to meet their needs. Acquaint and clearly identify everyone with their individual needs. For example, a premature baby requiring tube feeding, an oxygen dependent individual requiring persistent oxygen therapy, a disoriented or determined person who requires continued supervision. There should be an account for every person, including children with each person's specific needs. This information should be in writing and readily accessible in case of an emergency. Take regular inventory of all supplies used or needed regularly and maintain inventory at the highest level possible. Never allow yourself to be out of supplies at any time. Medications and life-sustaining supplies take priority in the inventory list. Medications should be checked regularly, and refills obtained before medication runs out. Oxygen tanks, and other respiratory supplies must be assessed routinely. Extra oxygen tank should be available, including portable oxygen tanks. For those patients requiring persistent oxygen therapy, be aware that one movable oxygen tank lasts only 24 hours if used continuously. Food, water and other life-sustaining supplies are also an important part of the inventory. A survival plan should provide food, water and other vital elements for at least one week per individual.

3. Educate and create awareness in all those who are able and are parts of the group, family nucleus and or support system about the reality of a possible disaster or catastrophe. Roles should be designated, and responsibilities assigned. Example, one person is accountable for keeping medication's inventory; another person is responsible to maintain the rest of the family or group informed of news, the weather and emergency reports, and a person to manage food and water supplies. Another person will keep the disoriented family members safe and calm or take care of the youngger children. Remember to assign responsibilities according to age, maturity, mental status and general health. Make participants accountable for their assignments. Conduct frequent meetings and discuss any issues or potential problems that could jeopardize the life or health of anyone, especially those at higher risk. Regular drills should also be performed routinely including testing the communication system to be used among members during an emergency situation. An escape and a survival plan after the disaster should be established and tested regularly as well. A leader should be designated with a survivor hierarchy in place in case of injury or death.

What should be included in a basic survival kit?

1. A list of group components, including names, age, any physical limitations and medical condition and a recent photo of each person

2. Medications and supplies used regularly by the sick or disabled person or persons.

3. Water, 1 gallon per day per individual for seven days

4. Non-perishable dry food, preferred items with high content of calories

5. Survival gear
• Battery operated lamps or lanterns
• Extra batteries
• Can opener
• Rope
• Whistle
• Hammer
• A pad and pencil or pen
• Cellular phone
• Paper towel
• Sanitary paper
• Blankets
• First-aid kit containing bandages, over the counter analgesics and wound cleaning supplies

All of these items should be inventoried regularly, including checking for expiration dates. Adjust the amount of inventory to reflect the needs of a growing group. Check for the functionality of equipment.

Escaping or surviving.

Once the disaster strike is either escaping or surviving until help arrives. This is a serious part of the preparedness plan. It all depends on what kind of disaster is affecting the area or how it was induced. Was it a passenger train that was the target of a terrorist attack or an area affected by a tornado or a costal city hit by a tsunami? Is it, a natural disaster or a chemical or biological disaster? In any case, there are only two options; escape or surviving while help arrives. In any case, the outcome depends on the preparedness of the individual or individuals, the competency of Governments, local authorities and agencies to deal with catastrophes and disasters. Unfortunately, it is confirmed, that no matter how developed or economic advanced a country might be, when disaster strikes we are not prepared enough to deal with disasters. New York 2001, Japan, Haiti, Joplin, Katrina and Indonesia are just some of the examples of when disaster strikes. The survival of those that are sick, aging or disabled and those that depend on our care is our individual responsibility. Getting ready before disaster strikes will make the difference.

By Ileana Perez RN, BSN, Health Educator

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Things to Consider In Choosing a Health Care Provider

You only want the best for your family and for yourself. When choosing a health care provider, you have to pay attention to the services that they will be able to give to you.

Your budget can be one of the most important considerations. Choose a hospital that you can afford to pay. If you have insurance coverage, you still have to consider the price of the facilities and the services that they provide. Your budget will become a big consideration when you need to use their services consistently.

Also ask whether or not the hospital can provide your specific medical needs. There are those that have special facilities for special cases. If your condition requires specialized attention, you have to consider these types of institutions. Get advice from your physician and determine which facility would be best for you to have. If a surgical procedure has to be performed to you, you have to look at their success rate. You would want to set up for a hospital that has reported good recovery and improvement in the cases that they have handled. The frequency that those procedures are being done will help determine their efficiency.

Choose a facility that is located near your home. Having people that you love near you will help you a lot. They can visit you and provide emotional support while you are going through a tough time. Sometimes, there are people who wish to be in a certain type of atmosphere. Some prefer to be located in an urban area. The hospital has to be in a busy street or within the city centers. Other individuals would like to have their health care provider located in a small town that offers a change of scenery from one that they have been used to. A calm and laid-back environment can be preferred by a lot of people.

Search for written description of services that are provided. Also look at the fees that they are charging. You have to be aware of the financial conditions that they are offering to their clients.

Determine if they are recognized by certain organizations. Accredited organizations may be able to provide better services that their non-accredited counterparts. You can be assured that their services are based on certain standards thatave them that accreditation level. If they are highly accredited, you know that they can perform at a good level.

You have to know your rights and responsibilities. All health care providers are required to provide this to their clients. If you know your rights, you know what you can expect to receive. You must have a copy of your rights and responsibilities. These should be provided to you upon admission into their institution.

What you should be looking for are up-to-date services. When the institution uses new technologies and practices new and more effective methods, you can be assured of good service. If they have new equipment, you can be assured of the type of care that will be provided to you.

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Now’s the Time to Secure Your Valuables

The time has come. You are in need of home care services. Chances are good that this need has been preceded by some sort of crisis; a hospitalization, death of a spouse or a sudden decline in health. Likely, there are so many things to think about and arrange. There may be a variety of service groups coming in and out of your home to assist you in this transition; home health care, home care, hospitice, durable medical equipment, housekeeping services and an increase in friend and family visits. The last thing on your mind may be the location and security of your valuables and financial instruments. This is why it is essential to locate and secure these items PRIOR to the need for these services.

Most service companies do their best to assure that the personnel that they are sending into your home are honest by conducting background and reference checks. Here is the problem, background checks are great for weeding out the prior offenders, however, no background check can detect if someone has never been done or predict if they are going to steal in the future. Simply put, there is no way to guarantee that you will not be a victim of theft or financial abuse.

There are things that you can do, BEFORE a crisis (right now) to prepare yourself:

1. Locate all valuable items, ie, jewelry, checks, credit cards, etc. Inventory what you have and identify if you are currently missing something. This will prevent confusion after the fact if you go look for something and it is not where you thought it was. Why? We once had a client who identified that she had left some diamond earrings in her bathroom. She accused her caregiver of stealing them. Of course, we immediately removed the caregiver and reported the worker to Adult Protective Services. Two months later, we received a call from her daughter, apologizing that her mother had found her earrings in a different spot and had not reclaimed moving them there.

2. Once you do need someone caring for you at home, secure all financial instruments and jewelry in a lock box in your home. Put the key where only you would know where it is and give a copy of the key to a trusted individual or in a safety deposit box.

3. Never give your PIN to anyone in your employ.

4. Never allow anyone to go to the bank for you to take out cash, via check, etc.

5. Report all suspicions or missing items as soon as possible to any company coming in and out of your home. If you are working with a home care agency make sure they are responsive to your concerns and act quickly to resolve the issue.

6. Do not give cash or check bonuses directly to home care workers, make sure that the agency that they work for is notified and has an opportunity to copy the bonus check and document the gift to avoid any future misunderstandings or opportunities for financial exploitation.

If a caregiver asks you for money directly for ANYTHING, immediately report it to their agency. As benign as this may seem, it is considered 'abuse of position' and is covered under the law as follows:

Financial Exploitations -Financial exploitation means a situation in which a caretaker or any other person who is in the care or custodian of, or who stands in a position of trust to, a resident, takes, secretes, or approves their money or property, to any use or purposes not in the due and lawful execution of his or her trust. In the simplest terms, the person who is acting as a caretaker unlawfully takes money or property of the resident. This also includes a request for transfer of property by the resident that was not carried out.

Most caregivers are good people interested in your well-being. They are also hyper-aware that they are most likely to be blamed if something goes missing in your home. If you follow the above guidelines, it should protect both you AND the people working for you.

If you find that you are a victim of financial abuse or theft, PLEASE follow through with filing a complaint with Adult Protective Services and any charges against the person suspected of committing the crime. It is up to you or your family to see that charges are filed. This may be very uncomfortable and stressful but it is VITAL. Without convictions and a consequent record to detect on a future background check, there is nothing to prevent that same person from moving on to another agency or to hire themselves out privately and continue their predatory ways.

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Basics of Emergency Kit Preparation

Emergency situations may suddenly occur at any time and this is why people should be prepared at all times. Who are the people that should prepare for emergency circumstances? Literally, everyone should be ready. Commercial establishments, government offices, stores, hospitals, and school institutions should also be ready once calamities strike. Drills should be conducted once a year to assess the emergency preparedness of people in companies, schools and government offices.

Emergency readiness means you should have the right equipment and tools. No one will ever know when the next earthquake, flood, or fire will happen, so it is best that you have the necessary means of survival during such situations, which means you should have an emergency survival kit. This kit should include the following:

• Flashlight
• Portable radio
• Batteries
• First-aid kit
• Candles and matches
• Non-perishable food (canned goods)
• Can opener
• Bottled water
• Sleeping bags
• OTC medicines

Part of being prepared is to ensure that you have all of your personal documents secured. Store your birth certificate, marriage contract, identification cards, and other private papers in a sealed plastic bag. It is easy to retrieve them this way. If you live in flood prone areas, you have to make sure to keep these important documents in waterproof cases.

Experts suggest that your emergency kit should be placed in a bag that you can easily pull out immediately when in need. You can also add other items into the kit that you think are too important to live without.

An emergency kit is not something you can keep for a long time. In the case of the canned goods, check their expiration dates and consume them before their expiration. The other items in the kit should be replaced every year.

Everyone living with you should know where to locate the emergency kit, so, it should be kept in a place where it can easily be retrieved, because you will not have much time in case an emergency occurs. You will need to escape immediately, so you should be able to grab the kit without delay. Otherwise, the whole preparation will be pointless.

Careful consideration of the kinds of food to be included in the kit is important for people with food allergies or special conditions. For instance, people who regularly have migraines may not include chocolates and other foods that contain MSG in the kit. Those with diabetes or hypoglycemia may not include sugary foods.

Some people should also have maintenance medications. This is very important. Those taking medications for hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions should keep an adequate supply of them in their emergency kit. The medications need to properly be consumed before their expiration date and replaced if needed.

Food, water and medications are anyway the most important things that need to be included in emergency kits as they may not be readily available after a severe flood or strong earthquake, when stores can not serve people. Preparation is necessary because living conditions usually become terrible after tragedies and there will probably be no supplies available as stores may have been damaged in such disasters.

Preparing emergency kits is just one aspect of emergency preparedness. People need to be aware that there is no place on Earth that is completely safe. So, people should be prepared all the time. Most people not ready therefore, not knowing what to do when actual tragedies happen, which makes situations even worse.

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Steps for Starting a Home Healthcare Agency From the Ground Up

Whether you are considering starting a home healthcare agency or are in the process, the following steps will guide you in the right direction and inform you of what to expect through the application process. All in all, it takes approximately nine months to become government approved as a home healthcare agency.

Although starting an agency is lengthy, it is not difficult when you break down the process step-by-step.

1. Set clear objectives. First start by deciding what type of provider you want to be and what payer source (s) you want to work with. Be clear on your objectives and mission statement.

2. Know your competition. Research their target market, marketing strategies, web presence, social media tactics, company culture, physician referrals, demographics, company size and policies and procedures.

3. Devise a business plan. Write a 1-year, 3-year and 5-year business plan. A solid business plan can help you secure a business loan. Also, it keeps you on track through the process.

4. Get insurance. Sign up for insurance including workers' compensation insurance, liability insurance and a surety bond.

5. Establish a formal business. Set up a business entity that will best fit your needs. For example, you can choose from a sole proprietor, partnership, limited liability, S corporation and C corporation. Register a business name from the county and obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

6. Apply for a Medicare ID. Apply for a Submitter ID and password from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A Submitter Identifies your organization to the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS). You need a Submitter ID to access Direct Data Entry (DDE).

7. Find a business location. Your office should have room for five to ten employees and be in a city that has a growing need for elder care.

8. Establish policies and procedures. Write policies and procedures related to new client admissions, plan of care, scheduling, employee records, payroll, orientation, training and billing.

9. Build brand awareness. Create your website and marketing material. Many agencies use the same stock photos of nurses and stethoscopes. Stand out from the crowd by arranging your own photo shoot or by using original concepts and ideas. A free-lance graphic artist can help you create your brand identity.

10. Hire staff. Initially you will need a licensed nurse and a superstar administrator. Once your agency gets off the ground, you will want to consider hiring an accountant, marketing coordinator and additional licensed nurses.

11. Outreach to the community. Contact local physicians, hospitals, senior centers and rehab outpatient centers for prospective clients. Initially, you need to recruit ten patients. Seven of those ten must be active at all times.

12. Research software. Demo different home healthcare software systems. The main features to evaluate include billing, scheduling, accounting, point of care, human resources and web-based.

13. Get a license. Obtain an Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) license. As part of the process, one of the following organizations will evaluate your business practice: Accreditation Commission for Health Care (AHCC), Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) or The Joint Commission (JC).

14. Enroll with Medicare. Once you have your AHCA license, enroll with Medicare and Medicaid by completing the 855A form. The approval response can take up to four months.

15. Test. Take the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) test. It verifies your ability to send claims electronically amongst other things. Allot approximately six months to become OASIS approved.

16. Schedule a survey. AHCC, CHAP or JC will come out again to evaluate your business. Once they approve your agency, you will receive a Medicare Provider ID.

17. Enroll with EDI. Complete the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Enrollment Package to get a Submitter ID. It will either start with GC or SP. This process takes up to two months.

From the moment you begin the process until the government approves your agency, you must maintain at least $ 100,000 in your business account at all times. Other expenses to consider are salaries, rent, overhead costs and supplies. It is not until your company is approved as a home healthcare agency that you can submit claims for payment. Therefore, you need funds to manage your business without pay for at least nine months, possibly longer.

It is important to always be ready for an audit. The government wants to see that you have all your policies and procedures in a binder and that the data on your patients is thorough and complete.

Once you make it through the process of becoming approved as a home healthcare agency you are on your way to maintaining a very successful business!

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Threshold Ramps Give You the Advantage of Enhanced Maneuverability

When someone is bound to a wheelchair, one of the biggest challenges they face is maneuvering it over the metal plates that protect the base of doorways everywhere. Some of them can be as high as three inches, making it almost impossible to clear without some kind of help. Threshold ramps can make this challenge easier to handle and come in a variety of materials and sizes to fit any need.

Portable and Easy To Use

Threshold ramps are foldable and can be transported along when traveling inside and outside the home, or left in place for convenience. They do not have to be affixed in any fashion, and should be placed when needed at an angle that does not make using them dangerous. Some of them come in a fixed length, while others can be extended to at least three feet on either side of the doorway. Still others are best used in outdoor areas that are exposed to the weather or anywhere else that extra parcel may be needed, like in a bathroom or shower area.

Plastic Ramps

Plastic ramps can easily be placed over any doorway threshold, up to six inches in height, and can be easily folded up for storage or transport. They are durable, with Traction ridges built-in to handle most wheelchairs but may not be advisable for use with power chairs. The weight of power chairs and scooters can be in the range of more than a hundred pounds and with the added weight of the rider, may be more than a plastic ramp can handle. Always check the weight allowance on any ramp before purchasing one.

Aluminum Ramps

Aluminum is the material most often used in portable ramps, making them very lightweight when transporting them around. The extendable versions of these ramps make them very versatile for maneuvering about the home or office, and can be extended several feet on either side of the doorway. They are also good for overcoming curbs and steps with ease, as long as the angle they are placed at is within a safe climb for the wheelchair. Aluminum ramps are designed to hold more weight than most, making them perfect for use with scooters, power chairs and even heavy-duty wheelchairs.

Rubber

Finally, rubber threshold ramps are designed for areas where extra traction may be needed because of environmental conditions, as well as for providing smooth transition quickly over raised surfaces like sliding door frames and elevator doors. Built with molded treads, they are naturally non-slip in nature, making them perfect for use in the bathroom, kitchen, shower area, pool area or outdoor deck. Portability is even greater with rubber ramps, as they can easily be rolled up and stored in a pouch on the wheelchair, or even packed in a backpack or briefcase for use outside the home, or in the workplace.

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What Is Excessive Sweating?

Who ever thought that anyone could die because of excessive sweating? Are you thinking and feeling disturbed? Do you also experience excessive sweating and do not know what to do and how to avoid it? Have you also heard about sweating sickness?

Well, there are people who are also having the same trouble as this. Sweating sickness is a condition wherein a person will experience excess sweating more than the usual. This is also known as the English Sweating Sickness. Why English? Because it was a highly virulent disease that affected so much of England. It shook England and was considered to be the most dangerous disease during the Tudor Period.

Symptoms of the sweating sickness are; shivering because of feeling so cold, pain in the shoulders, head, neck and the whole body, also feeling so stressed and tired. After sweating a lot, people who have sweating sickness will have headache, will feel very thirsty, very fast pulse and chest pain due to heartache. On the final part of this sickness, a person infected with this will feel so tired and will tend to sleep. Most people who were affected before have died.

Perspiration is also the other term for sweating. Perspiration is the involuntary action of our body causing it to secret water and other wastes in our body which we now call sweat. The armpit is the most common area in our body that sweats a lot which also causes us to become uncomfortable and irritable. This perspiration will also sometimes smell bad and oily. We sweat because of the activities we do. Some people sweat much while other people sweat less. There are times that we sweat because we are nervous of something. When we are nervous, our heart pumps blood more than the normal rate. So making us sweat more even though we are just sitting or standing.

People who are burning fat also sweat a lot. This is the process that we want to achieve when we want a fat burning exercise to work.

Experts have now found ways on how to sweat lesser. Other medical experts recommend medicines. Others also recommend medical procedures done by dermatologists.

But I have to tell you that sweating is not bad. Sweating is also good because this is one way on how to extract bad chemicals that is undesired in our body. The chemicals when not bought out will become a poison in our body. It is also the outlet of heat in our body. If you do not sweat then there is something wrong in your body.

Remember that not all are harmful to your body. Sometimes, these are good. Sweating sickness is bad but sweating is a process that our body needs to maintain and balance the harmony in the body.

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Home Remedies for Cold Sores Really Can Work For You

If you are tired of those painful and downright embarrassing sores popping up on your lips, consider a few home remedies for cold sores. Often times, the healing process will take time, but these conditions can improve on their own. The problem is, cold sores can be painful and unsightly. For this reason, it is best to invest in a few home remedies that work. You should visit your doctor for topical treatments, but you may want to consider some home remedies first.

Battling the Cold Sore

Cold sores originate from a virus that many people carry permanently and they can strike at any time. However there are home remedies for cold sores that help the open sores heal faster, minimizing the life cycle of the sore and thereby allowing you to feel better sooner. The following are some recommendations to assist you to get some relief:

  • Use petroleum jelly to help cover up the cold sore to give it time to heal. One of the worsening conditions for these sores is a secondary infection, which can occur when bacteria form in the area. By keeping it covered, you avoid this risk.
  • Protect your lips from the UV rays of the sun. Using a sunscreen on your lips (some lipstick and chapstick products contain this) can help to slow the re-occurrences of these sores.
  • Chew on some licorice. There is an ingredient in it called glycyrrhizin acid that is very effective at stopping the worsening of cold sores. Best of all, all you have to do is to chew on it to get relief. The trick is finding the right type of product. Look at the label to be sure the main ingredient is licorice mass, not any type of candy product with anise flavoring.
  • Use ice packs. These can be an effective way of reducing the healing time. You will want to use an ice pack as often as possible on the area, especially when it first develops. You can also get pain relief in this way.
  • Another home remedy involves a simple application of milk. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with milk and apply to the affected area. Milk has a natural soothing agent that can work to stimulate healing and reduce pain. Do this as often as you need to.
  • Consider some zinc. You can find lozenges made with zinc. Suck on these and you could see improvement to your health overall, not to mention relief from the cold sore sore. Zinc helps to stimulate your immune system.

These home remedies are known to work effectively and you can use more than one of them at any given time. The most effective way to use them is to apply one of the above treatments at the first sign that the cold sore is developing. By doing this, you reduce the severity of it and you can see improvements to your pain level. Often times, these home remedies for cold sores will help you heal faster.

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A Time of Life Machine: Medical Alert Systems

There came that day when the phone rang and it was bad news; grandmother suffered a fall and she had been taken to the hospital. Although her injuries were nothing more serious than a few bruises, we were advised that now was a good time to pay closer attention to our grandmother's health, although we were not necessarily always available to do so. Thankfully, during our visit with grandmother at the hospital, we discovered a brochure about a type of product we felt would complete our responsibilities-a personal emergency response device which included the personal help button: one component of what we came to know as medical alert systems.

Firstly, medical alert systems tend to have two parts: a two-way voice communicator unit connecting the user to emergency medical assistance, 24 hours a day, which is activated by the second part, the personal help button. Designed primarily for use at home, medical alert systems such as these are quite versatile and robust; turning the telephone into a speakerphone, making answering the telephone as easy as pushing the personal help button. The system can also provide medication reminders and are transferable to other residential locations, such as a summer cottage. The personal help button can be worn either as a bracelet or pendant and is both wireless and waterproof, for convenient use in either the bath or shower.

The shower … that made us remember our uncle. If we had known about medical alert systems earlier, would we have been able to save him? 89 years young, still going strong, walking around the neighborhood, bowled down at the corner lanes, watched what he ate, laughed lots with his friends, kept in touch with his family, until that one nigh when he decided to take a quick shower to cool off before retiring to bed and collapsed in the shower stall. Found a half hour later by his wife, who became suspicious when she felt that he appeared to be in the bathroom for too long …

It is the nightmare scenario we wish had not happened, and if our uncle had been using a medical alert system, he could have let somebody know he was in trouble sooner and they might have been able to get to him in time. If we had known about medical alert systems, we certainly would have registered him with one.

Yes, we had seen that “fallen and can not get up” commercial many, many years ago, and kind of shrugged it off due to our youthfulness, figuring that we would know better by the time old age kept up to us-meanwhile old age sentenced up to us through our older family members. Now we figure no more annoying off anything willy-nilly!

We all wish we could invent a time machine to either go back in time to erase bad memories, or go back and relive the good memories or maybe even just having a contraption that will make what time we have left in our lives that much easier to bear. Medical alert systems provide a convenient, immediate and direct connection to emergency medical personnel with expertise and knowledge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like a personalized 9-1-1 helpline, the dispatchers are standing by to assist you at times of the most pressing need-medical emergencies.

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The Best Natural Cures for TMJ

The best cures for TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorder are natural ones. Natural cures for TMJ would include stretches and exercises that would do the same for the TMJ or jaw joint as normal physical therapy exercises would do for your knee or ankle.

A mainstay of physical therapy guidelines is to first reduce the swelling and try to restore normal range of motion with stretching exercises. Then use other exercises to repair and strengthen the muscles to prevent re-injury. There are dozens of simple exercises you can find online that you can try to see if they help.

If you have a lot of pain associated with your TMJ disorder you may want to try ice packs or heating pads. Use one or the other and if it does not work try the other. Just apply either one for about 10 minutes at a time to help give away your pain.

To work on your stress levels you can try some yoga breathing exercises or some other stress reducing activities. You could less the list of things you are trying to do each day and start listening to some soothing music regularly. When you do stress reducing therapy you need to try to clear your mind and learn to relax every muscle in your body.

You could change your diet to only include soft foods. If some foods you feel you must have are something chewy you should cut it into tiny pieces before eating it. Also, do not eat foods that are hard or crunchy like nuts or raw vegetables.

One thing that will help you is to find a magnesium supplement and start taking that. Magnesium will help to reduce swelling and offer some natural pain relief for your jaw and head.

There are a few cures for TMJ you may want to stay away from. They would include surgery which is very painful and expensive not to mention highly invasive and unproven, drugs which would only give you temporary relief and side effects you do not need, and TMJ guards which are plastic or nylon tooth preservatives that you sleep with in your mouth.

The TMJ guards can actually give you a TMJ cure depending on the cause of your disorder and whatever TMJ symptoms you are suffering from. They have been known to work great if the doctor is experienced using them. You would need to make sure to get a thorough exam from a dentist that has experience with TMJ symptoms in order to figure out the root cause and an effective treatment plan.

Cures for TMJ need to be tailor to fit each patient depending on the root cause and the symptoms that are presenting. The most common root cause of TMJ is stress, tension, or anxiety which leads some people to grinding their teeth in their sleep or clenching their jaw unconsciously. If that is the case with you your treatment plan will need to address that as well as your TMJ symptoms because, if not, you will continue to do damage to your TMJ in your sleep or unconsciously.

Another thing you can do is network with other TMJ patients. If you find someone with similar symptom they may be able to put you on the right path to finding your own cures for TMJ.

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Cholesterol Lowering Foods – What to Know About Them

Cholesterol is an important type of fat found in the blood. All cells require it for internal as well as external membranes. It is also required to help in the production of some hormones and other functions. The body makes the ingredient required for body function. Therefore, some of the dietary product is excreted through the liver. However, consuming too much of the saturated fats can result in excess of it.

Foods that lower its levels:

Managing its levels in the blood is not necessarily an easy do-it-yourself project. It is advisable to work with the health care provider. While changing the diet to accommodate cholesterol-lowering foods may help, some people still require medication in order to reduce chances of heart disease.

Some of the main foods recommended due to their ability to lower include:

· Oatmeal and high fiber foods: Oatmeal consists of soluble fiber that plays an effective role in the reduction of “bad” or low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Other foods containing soluble fiber include prunes, kidney beans, barley, pears and apples.

· Olive oil: Olive oil contains a mixture of antioxidants that play an important role in the reduction of LDL while leaving HDL. About 23 grams or 2 tablespoons of olive oil is recommended for daily consumption. Adding olive oil to the diet can prove helpful; add to marinade sauté vegetables or mix with vinegar to use for salad dressing. Furthermore, butter can be substituted with olive oil when basting meat.

Olive oil consists of high levels of calories; therefore, it is advisable to avoid eating levels beyond the recommended levels.

· Fish & omega 3 fatty acids: Fatty fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help in the reduction of blood pressure and blood clots. Fish oil or omega 3 fatty acids is helpful in persons who might have experienced a heart attack in the past by reducing chances of sudden death. A minimum of 2 servings of fish on a weekly basis can prove helpful.

Omega 3 fatty acids level is in large quantities, particularly in herring, halibut, mackerel, sardines, salmon, lake trout and albacore tuna. In order to avoid adding fats which are not healthy during preparation, it is advisable to grill or bake the fish.

· Walnuts and almonds: Nuts are important LDL foods. They contain high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Walnuts are highly recommended because they help in keeping blood vessels healthy. A daily consumption of nuts (about 42.5 grams) including almonds, peanuts, some pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and pistachio nuts has the capacity of reducing chances of heart disease. However, it is advisable to avoid salted nuts or nuts covered with sugar.

· Nuts have high levels of calories; taking a helpful will help. To avoid gaining weight, foods with high levels of saturated fats such as meat, cheese can be replaced with nuts, by adding a handful of almonds or walnuts in your salad.

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Safe to Use Cold Sore Remedies

Many people experience the problem of having cold sores pretty often. What sucks is that their are not any type of cures that are 100% certain to be effective. Even though their are a good amount of treatments available, not all of them are trustworthy and effective.

The use of bleach as a cold sore remedy should be avoided. The reasoning for this is bleach is toxic to your body and may have negative side effects.

Do not apply ice, salt, or toothpaste onto your sore as a way of treatment. Applying ice on your skin can harm the cells and cause frost bite. Then adding the salt further arms your skin cells. Toothpaste consists of chemicals which are bad for your skin and can cause more complications.

So that you can treat a fever blister properly you need to understand that the root cause of it is a virus. The very best types of treatment are those that are proven to do well against viruses.

Cat's claw, lemon balm, and peppermint are a few organic cures that are recognized to do well in fighting viruses. For prevention you need to add some of these herbs to your regular diet. These herbs not just treat fever blisters but other medical issues as well. What I like best about these remedies is that they are natural and safe for your health.

The proper way of taking in these natural anti-viral remedies is to use them as part of a tea. However, for individuals who do not desire to drink tea it can also be purchased in capsule form. To eliminate your cold sore please take a few capsules a day every day until the they are gone.

There are a number of other benefits by utilizing these remedies. Peppermint is known to do wonders for your gastrointestinal system. The lemon balm is renamed for its relaxing effect and those that use it tend to sleep better. Finally, cat's claw has amazing body's immune system strengthening effects.

You are prepared to battle the herpes simplex virus and get rid of the cold sore with these herbal cures which have been recommended. The benefits do not end here, if you begin to use them the minute you are feeling that the cold sore is establishing, the cold sore will not grow to its full strength and will go away without creating a lot of fuss and irritation.

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