Quick Health Tips

1. Turn off your TV for at least two nights a week

Just as you limit your child’s TV time, you also need to limit your own. Do you realize how much more you will be able to get done if you are not glued to your television set. Think of how many more things you will manage to get done in this time.

2. Set your alarm to get up a half hour earlier

We all tend to run out of time in the mornings and end up rushing. Start your day with some alone time to focus on your day and what you want to achieve, before rushing off to do all your chores. This will make a vast difference to your day and give you more direction.

3. Write a List and Shop only once a week

Plan ahead and shop for the week, and in this way you will save both money and time. If you shop daily, you will be tempted to purchase more unhealthy snacks. Shopping online is also a huge time saver.

4. Drink more water

Start your day off with two liters of water on your desk and take regular sips throughout the day. By finishing your bottle, you will have consumed the recommended eight glasses of water a day.

5. Pack your own lunch for work

You will make healthier choices and save money at the same time. If you spend just R30 a day on food and coffee, this amounts to a staggering R 7 200.00 by the end of the year.

6. Find time to exercise each day

Most of us use the excuse that we don’t have time to exercise, or that we are too tired by the end of the day to still go to the gym. There are lots of ways to exercise throughout the day in short bursts that will help you to get your exercise in. Try walking up the stairs instead of using the elevator. Take a brisk walk at lunch time. Do some stretches at your desk every hour. Stretch and use weights while watching television. Over the weekends, do family outings that involve some sort of activity, like swimming, playing cricket, hiking or even walking or running on the beach. You will be amazed at just how much physical activity you will be able to fit in if you put your mind to it.

7. Get enough rest

Last but not least, get enough rest and relaxation. You will perform much better at work and be more productive if you are well rested and you will be able to focus much better on the tasks at hand.

Just making small changes to your lives can make a huge difference in your overall health and well being, and bring you the focused results that you have been dreaming of.

Different Types of Health Care Services

Home health care encompasses many different types of health care services which are provided in the patient’s home. This can include visits from nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and nursing assistants. Home health care can mean a one time visit or 24 hour a day care.

The patients who receive health care from home are just as diverse. They can be the elderly who live alone or an infant who is on life support. The goal of home health care is to keep the patient in their own home while ensuring good medical care. This kind of health care reduces overall health care costs since these patients do not have to pay for hospital rooms and services.

Health care services at home may be administered by a local hospital or an independent agency. End of life health care from home is often provided by Hospice. It is important to make sure you hire credentialed home healthcare workers when you are looking for home health care. Healthcare practitioners who provide this service must be fully licensed just like their counterparts who work in hospitals or nursing homes.

This particular service is usually covered by insurance, at least in part, if it is ordered by a physician. Insurance companies are generally supportive of home health care because it costs them less money to cover a patient at home as opposed to covering the cost of a hospital stay.

This services may include the following:

1) A visit from a registered nurse for evaluations or to administer IV medications.
2) A visit from a respiratory therapist to maintain medical equipment.
3) A visit from a physical therapist for a session of rehabilitation exercises.
4) Around the clock care by certified nursing assistants.
5) Overnight coverage by a sitter.

Health care services at home will usually be arranged by the hospital, nursing home, or physician after a hospitalization and before the patient is sent home. Insurance arrangements will be made before hand and the approved number of visits and type of care will be determined. If the patient does not need much hands-on care, but requires supervision, a sitter may be indicated. If the patient needs to be fed, bathed, or given medications, a nursing assistant may be sent for part of the day. Home health care workers have specific tasks which they are and are not allowed to do according to their license.

Home Health Care Products

Many home health care products promote independence and freedom for those individuals that require assistance with any function they are no longer capable of doing for themselves. These products actually allow an individual to successfully age in place.

There are a variety of home health care products on the market today. For every condition or symptom, there is a home health care product to offer a solution. The key to successful aging in place is for the consumer to become aware of those solutions.

Let’s start with the basic activities we perform each day. Bathing, dressing, brushing your teeth, shaving and combing your hair are functions we perform everyday and take for granted. For some, the ability to do these tasks can feel as if performing that function is insurmountable. Finding the right home health care product can make performing that task possible.

It is important to note here, that many well meaning care givers would rather perform the task for their aging loved one, instead of painstakingly watching an individual attempt to perform the task themselves.
Please remember, that self reliance is important to an individuals self esteem. The tiny victories of being able to perform the simplest of tasks can have an overwhelming boost of self confidence for your aging loved one. Celebrating those small successes can lead to confidence to attempt a larger task.

Every task an individual can do for themselves promotes an increase in building strength and endurance as well. Caregivers do not be so quick to do things for others. Allow, encourage and promote independence as you are caring for your aging loved one.

If you assess that there is a function or task that is difficult for your aging loved one to do, it is time to investigate the variety of home health care products to find a solution.

Safety is also a major concern for those that want to age in place. Many aging seniors have a fear of falling. This is a justifiable fear as falls rob the aging seniors of their independence and freedom. There are a variety of home health care products that promote safety and security for successful aging in place.

Something as simple as raised toilet seat can make a difference in the ease of getting up and down with out having difficulty. Grab bars strategically placed in the bathroom and bedroom can promote confidence and insure safety. Scald guards in the shower can prevent burns, non slip mats or strips are proactive measures to prevent a fall.

Today’s homes were built for the young and growing family. The builders never considered the aging individuals that would remain in those homes long after their families were grown and gone. Today’s seniors want to remain in the comfort of their homes, and age in familiar surroundings.

Home health care products allow you to adjust your home to meet your needs and achieve successful aging in place. There are a variety of products ranging from portable ramps to stair lifts to promote safety and mobility.

Although safety and independence are the key factors for utilizing home health care products, it is also important to remember the social and recreational side of your aging senior.

It is important to everyday life to find joy, happiness and recreation. Many aging seniors have interests or hobbies that have helped them, not only enjoy life, but help pass the time involved in an enjoyable activity. For some, the simple act of writing a note can be perceived an impossible task. There are writing instruments and even scissors adapted to suit almost every physical condition.

There are large print cards and games for the vision impaired and adaptive equipment for making reading a book easier.

There are solutions to making physical transfers easier from one place to another, adaptive devices that decrease pain and improve comfort. Caregivers need home health care products as well, to make their lives easier. When you are dealing with a loved one, nothing is more unnerving than not to be able to make our aging loved one comfortable. There are inexpensive assisted devices that can promote comfort and decrease stress.

Home health care products promote independence for successful aging in place. Take time to assess, communicate and investigate solutions to problems that present themselves to you. There is a home health care product out there to meet the needs of you aging senior.

Obama’s Health Care Plan

Recently, the mandates and explanations have begun to trickle out on president Obama’s Health Care Plan. One of the proposed mandates of the plan was the ability to keep our current health insurance plans with our employers. It was said Medicare would pretty much be left untouched. However, new figures just released show that more than four million American Medicare recipients will be forced to switch prescription drug plans under Obama care. And, that number is expected to grow much higher.

What Happened to ‘Gandfather’?

Also part of Obama’s health care plan was the proposed ‘grandfathering’ in of many current health care plans. Remember? The president himself promised us that we could keep our current coverage under Obama care. However, if you read the fine print of the bill, it turns out that more than 72 percent of employers that offer insurance expect to lose their “grandfather” status.

At the time of the writing of this article, health insurance rates are going up with no end in sight under Obama’s health care plan. One of the most absurd concepts of this government intrusion into our personal freedoms, is the redefining of ‘childhood’ age by our government.

Childhood to Age 26.

For the purposes of Obama’s health care plan, childhood is now defined as a dependent under the age of 26 years of age. This provision alone is estimated to cost tax payers in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As it is, our children may need this coverage more than ever anyway. Universities are now announcing that they can no longer offer basic health insurance to students under Obama’s health care plan rules and regulations.

As more knowledge and information comes to light about this government monstrosity, we are made even more aware of the true costs in terms of dollars and cents. This is the true cost of government intrusion into our personal affairs. It seems more and more obvious that we do not need the government to dictate to us our health care coverage.

While it may be true that health care reform is needed, it seems to me, that private industry if left to it’s own devices, could do a much better and cheaper job of it. One of the main hindrances to cheaper health insurance for individuals, for example, is the fact that insurance companies are prohibited in many cases from selling health insurance policies across state lines. This prohibits competition and therefore causes premiums to rise.

Healthcare at any cost?

As the news continues to be made more public about Obama’s health care plan, it becomes more evident that America can not afford it. Slowly, the American public has begun to see this also. Those of us who have been watching this development carefully have realised this for a long time. And, we remain hopeful that a more reasonable and affordable solution can and will be found to healthcare.