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.

A Pound of Primary Health Care

Health care. Very few phrases envelope so many different aspects of an area of discipline. It can be confusing to know where to go to and when, and this issue has led to a cascade of health problems for our population and our population’s health care system. Emergency room or primary care? And where does preventative care fit in? Here’s an overview of a few facets of the system, and how they differ from each other.

Why Not Just Visit Emergency?

Most emergency departments offer a wide range of services available at all hours, without the requirement of an appointment. However, many ER visits are avoidable as patients are seeking non-urgent care or care that could have been treated and even prevented by primary health care. These avoidable visits result in higher costs, longer emergency department waits, and fewer resources available to the patients who actually require emergency services. Interestingly enough, misuse of the emergency department is equally committed across all ages, regardless of whether or not they are insured. This population-spanning issue has even spurred an “Urgency or Emergency” ad campaign in New Mexico coordinated by the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It is essential to provide and spread education about appropriate times to facilitate emergency services, walk-in to an urgent care clinic, or wait to make an appointment with your general practitioner.

So when do you visit the emergency room?

Examples are incidences of:

– Difficulty breathing

– Uncontrolled bleeding

– Loss of consciousness

– Severe burns

– Chest pains

– Broken bones

When do you visit urgent care?

Any time that you experience a change in your health status which needs attention, but will not be an immediate threat to your health.

Examples of these incidents are:

– Migraines

– Back pain

– Earaches

– Sprains

– Rising fever

– Minor lacerations

Primary Health Care / Primary Care: The Same But Not!

Primary health care is an extensive and broad model designed to cater not only to the individual and their family but to their community as well. Primary health care is meant to be an accessible community based system, responding to the to social issues of the population it is serving.

Primary health care works to:

– Prevent illness and be promotive of health (as opposed to working solely in a curative manner as seen in primary care)

– Focus on maximizing individual and community involvement in the planning and operation of services as well as in the integration of health development with social and economic development

– Integrate rehabilitative and therapeutic care into patient’s daily lives

The presence of primary health care is essential to building healthy public policy and strengthening community action. This also allows for an equal distribution of care available to the local public. Individual and community involvement can also be seen through their participation through building beneficial public policy, creating supportive environments (such as in programs at community centers), and strengthening community action. It is the action of the local individuals as a group, which encourages increased community participation and support for each other, furthering positive health habits at the local level. Not only can primary health care’s focus on health promotion be seen on an external level through community action and public policy, this can also be seen on an internal level via the promotion of personal skills through education by medical professionals.

Primary care emphasizes the curative focus of medicine and mostly occurs in the clinical setting (i.e. your GP’s office, the local walk-in urgent care clinic, or the emergency department).

Primary care:

– Often is the initial point of contact between individual and medical personnel when the individual experiences a change in health status.

– Is not as comprehensive as primary care due to the acute nature of clinical visits

– Refers individuals to the services available through primary care as well as to home health care

The Take-Home, Part 1

There is a time and a place for preventative care, just as there is a time and a place for emergency medicine. The bottom line is that health statuses will always change. And when they do, stop and think. Is this something which requires long term care in my home? Can I wait until tomorrow to make an appointment at my doctor’s office? Can I drive to a walk-in urgent care clinic? Or should I call 911 and go straight to emergency? Your decision impacts not only you, but your community as well.

Mental Health Care

Continuity of therapy is a vital component of quality care for people with serious mental illnesses and must be given more attention by consumers themselves, family members, advocates, providers, administrators, and researchers alike. At the moment, there is an important opportunity to develop a national consensus statement on the principles and practice standards that should form the basis of a continuum of therapy designed to provide realistic assurance that consumers can access vital medications when and where they are needed. Important strides have been made in identifying the specific factors which promote continuity of therapy – it is time to seize this important opportunity as yet another stepping stone to achieving the transformation of America’s mental health care system for the benefit of consumers and their families, our communities, and our Nation. A roundtable of mental health experts has developed a set of nine recommendations for enhancing continuity of medication therapy for persons with schizophrenia or serious mental illness, including schizophrenia. They are as follows:

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #1 –

Encourage collaborations between hospitals and community-based organizations. Use fiscal incentives to foster collaborations including the standardization of information and shared electronic health records.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #2 –

Use a quality improvement approach to enhance continuity of therapy by benchmarking at the organizational level performance and outcomes standards regarding continuity of care.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #3 –

Ensure all consumers have a level of care management for the transition from inpatient to community. Care management services should be reimbursable by all payers and the disincentives to providing it should be removed.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #4 –

Hospitals and community providers should focus on the “Pull Model” of transition from inpatient to outpatient care. The Pull Model focuses on involving community-based providers in the transition planning process from the beginning. Provider organizations should focus on staff competency in engagement and strategies and motivational interviewing.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #5 –

Accreditation standards should be aligned to address and improve continuity of therapy in treating serious mental illness. This may include developing standards to ensure evidence of an active process of care management and transition between levels of care, a quality review of the success of transition plans, and measuring engagement.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #6 –

Consumers and their families should be educated about the benefits of maintaining their personal health care history. Ensuring that consumers have detailed information about their illnesses and treatment history will help ensure that providers have access to the information they need to provide appropriate care in a timely manner. The options here range from simple paper and pencil logs and medication histories to electronic records on memory sticks.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #7 –

Consumer-driven recovery planning should include and the appropriate and necessary use of hospitalization. More thoughtful use of inpatient services could lead to a reduction in emergency room use and ultimately to a decrease in the number of hospitalizations.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #8 –

Parties who collect data about mental health services and performance should share it with appropriate stakeholders in usable and timely ways. Many payers and public entities collect both population and individual specific information about mental health consumers and services. Population-based data should be shared with all stakeholders, including families and consumers to aid in enhancing the system of care.

Mental Healthcare Recommendation #9 –

There should be meaningful involvement of consumers and their advocates in all levels of system delivery and evaluation. Global involvement of consumers and their advocates in the care delivery process is essential. Examples include using peer specialists as part of a treatment team, active involvement in policy and planning, as well as involvement in developing and implementing performance measurement and evaluation.

Applying these Mental Healthcare Recommendations –

While we have learned that maintaining continuity of therapy has a positive impact on consumer outcomes, the barriers and other impediments to ensuring this continuum of care have been long entrenched in mental health and related care systems. An unacceptably high number of people with serious psychiatric issues – including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder – are “falling between the cracks” in the transition between acute inpatient settings and the community causing harm and disruption in their own lives and those of their families and often bringing their recovery process to a halt.

A continuity of therapy initiative is likely to decrease inappropriate use of emergency room services by consumers with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses by assuring consistency in the disease management approach used by all community provider organizations. Both of these likely outcomes of continuity of therapy provide cost reductions for the hospital and cost offset for the investments in continuity of therapy initiative and related therapies.

In addition, the continuity of therapy initiative provides the community hospital with another very tangible benefit. The continuity of therapy initiative provides the relationships, process, and infrastructure for an overall discharge planning functionality for all consumers with mental illnesses. This discharge planning functionality is a new, and critical, element in modern behavioral health standards that began in 2007.

Using the Right Family Health Care

If you notice signs of drug/substance abuse with your child, the first thing you need to do is to create a very loving and friendly environment for discussing the problem. You need to discuss your concerns with your child in a kind manner. Making a child with drug problems to speak, or preferably, say the truth is a serious task. So, you as a parent will need to be patient and exercise a great deal of wisdom. There are many reason why children abuse drugs. Below are some of the most common reasons:

Keeping Wrong Friends and Peer Pressure:

It is a statement of fact that if a child plays with a wrong company, that company can seriously and negatively affect the behavior of the child. As parents, try as much as possible to know the company your child keeps by making it OK and friendly for them to come over to the house occasionally.

Stress:

No doubt, the pressure to succeed these days is much. Also, unknowingly, parents contribute by pushing their children a little bit too far on what they believe should be achieved. As parents, you should know the strengths and weaknesses of your child, you should set reasonable goals for the child and help in achieving these goals. Also, avoid making disparaging comparisons. Such comparisons are known to crush children’s self esteem which in-turn results to depression.

Behavioral Limits and Boundaries:

Some children abuse drugs and other substances simply because their parents let them run wild. It is true that children appreciate strict behavioral limits despite the protests they put up most times. These limits gives them a more feeling of security and love. Parents should learn how to make their Yes be Yes and No, No!

How can you afford the treatment charges needed for a child with drug problems and/or how can you afford the fees needed to get quality check-ups on your child periodically by a medical professional? Easy, make use of the right family health care and medical insurance protection in the state you live. This is the surest way to help you deal with the financial challenges involved in keeping your child drug free and providing treatment where necessary. Start by comparing free quotes on family health insurance now.

High Quality Health Care

Many healthcare facilities do not focus on achieving the objective of providing high quality healthcare to patients. Some of these facilities are primarily focused on profit making. Many of these companies employ business savvy individuals to run their operational departments/business departments. Consequently, the operational managers at some hospitals, nursing homes or home care agencies may not have clinical backgrounds.

The decision to hire business savvy operational managers who have no clinical background may have an adverse impact upon the quality of healthcare in many settings. These individuals usually do not prioritize patient safety or optimal patient outcomes. Some operational managers may strategize and assign some of the functions of an operational manager to nurse managers while dictating all actions that must be taken by the nurse manager. A nurse manager who is deputized to this role may be constantly pressured by his or her non clinician superior to ensure that the facility shows a profit, or else.

High quality healthcare and profit making can co-exist. However, this seldom occurs in many places. An appropriate business model must be implemented in order for high quality healthcare and profit making to co-exist. High quality healthcare means providing care that is tailored to meet the needs of patients. Well structured health care environments have successful business models in place whereby appropriate and highly trained individuals are placed in key positions.

Individuals in key positions are those individuals charged with making important decisions within the company. Failure of healthcare businesses to utilize appropriately trained individuals within their business models may lead to dissatisfied patients, debilitation or death.

Patient Safety May Be Compromised in order to make the Numbers

The clinical staff in some settings may find themselves on different trajectory courses from the operational department. An operational manager focused on making a profit may disregard the safety needs of patients. This may not be surprising to those who work in the healthcare arena.

Nurses and Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs) over the years have found themselves with fewer resources. Despite limitation in resources they are still somehow expected to achieve positive results. Decisions to limit resource to staff are usually made by operational managers or by nurse managers deputized to these roles.

Focusing on profit making at the sacrifice of high quality care is a common practice in healthcare settings. Some time ago, staff members in a dialysis unit were each given several pairs of gloves in a Ziploc bag. The staff was told by the non clinical operational manager that this was their quota of gloves for the day. The high risk of infection and high probability of cross contamination from blood was never factored into that decision.

One nursing home apparently pressured into cutting costs was known for its chronic absence of gloves and soap. Certain floors at that facility had the permanent smell of feces and urine.

In order to save money, the operational department at a home care agency refused to comply with the clinical manager’s directive that more than two hours of paid field training was required prior to thrusting nurses upon innocent patients. The operational manager/ account manager at the same home care agency opposed Child Protective services to be called into a home out of fear that the child’s family would get upset and remove the contract from the agency.

One nursing home advised staff that certain depleted supplies that were needed for daily patient use could not be shipped over night as the company would not pay for them. A CNA in that nursing home poignantly asserted; “The only time that we have adequate staff and adequate supplies in this place is when the State is expected to show up.”

The aforementioned acts may sound egregious to an individual with clinical training but not to someone focused on making a profit.

Cutting cost at the expensive of patient safety may result in great savings. However, the individuals who make these decisions cannot in good faith contend that their overall objective is to provide high quality healthcare to patients. Moreover, the ability to make decisions that affect patient safety and comfort also shows who has the power within certain healthcare settings.

Clinical Department’s Dilemma in not meeting the Expectation of the Operational department.

Where patient safety is compromised due to business decisions, many nurses are afraid to make reports to outside agencies. This is often in conflict with the training that nurses receive in nursing school.

Some nurses may recall that while in nursing school, there were professors who constantly emphasized that; “Nurses are agents of change.” After real life exposure to the healthcare system, some nurses may actually question this idea or refuse to believe it.

How much change can an individual nurse implement within his or her place of employment? Healthcare facilities focused on profit making are unlikely to change their policies and procedures due to a nurse’s recommendation. Often, when changes are implemented in healthcare settings, it is due to a law suit by a patient, or because of aggressive intervention by a state agency.

One New Jersey nurse was told by her nurse manager not to cause trouble when doctors refused to comply with a particular state regulation that required doctors to be present during the emergency performance of a certain procedure. The justification was that the company could not afford to lose contracts with certain facilities where those doctors had their patients. When the nurse refused to comply, the supervisor made the nurse’s continued employment with the company unbearable. Here, profit making was prioritized over patient safety.

On another occasion, a nurse was told by her manager that she was required to be productive. As such, she was instructed to leave patients during the performance of a medical procedure to do routine cleaning of equipment in another part of the department. When the nurse refused, the supervisor retaliated against her.

Employers bent on retaliation may go as far as the Texas doctor who tried to have two nurses criminally prosecuted after they reported him to the Board of Medicine.

As such, many nurses are afraid to make waves and afraid to report matters to outside agencies. Reporting matters to agencies such as the Board of Health or Child protective Services usually result in immediate loss of employment for alleged unrelated reasons.

Nurses who take it upon themselves to become “agents of change” may also find also themselves labeled as trouble makers and unable to find employment with other companies. The harsh reality is that employers still give bad references to employees. In 2013, a home care agency requested an employee reference from the hospital where an applicant was formerly employed. The hospital advised the agency that it had terminated the employee whose reference was requested, because she did not suit its needs.

Personal Sacrifices

Conscientious nurses often find that the most that they can do, is to give the best care possible, as there is little that they can do to change company policies and procedures.

More often, giving the best care possible is done through personal sacrifices. One common personal sacrifice that nurses make is working off the clock in order to complete assignments or documentation. One supervisor at a health care facility advised nurses that punching out late was the same as stealing from the company. Some nurses at that facility felt that there were too many loose ends at the end of their shifts and often punched out late. While some of nurses stayed on the clock and completed their tasks, others punched out, then went back to work to complete their assignments.

The supervisor at that facility chose not to understand that where numerous nurses were placed in the same position of not being able to complete their work, that the volume of work imposed was unconscionable. The supervisor told the nurses who complained about their situation, to just find a way to finish the work. Punching out late was not an option.

In another situation, a supervisor made it known that a particular procedure must be completed within a specified time frame. Nurses would start working off the clock as they felt that their jobs were at risk for not completing the procedure within the abbreviated time frame. These nurses punched in to work only after a substantial part of the procedure was completed. By punching in after some time had elapsed, their time cards would not reflect that they took a longer time than was mandated.

Many nurses who are forced into such behaviors often never consider making reports to labor boards.

Cutting of Corners for Survival

Limiting of resources may force staff with weak personalities into bad behaviors.

One nurse reported that during her employment with a specific Nursing home, she frequently was unable to complete her medication pass and dressing changes on time. She found herself working late several days per week. She was able to complete her tasks only by starting these tasks much earlier than recommended. The nurse later discovered that there were other nurses in the same condition who apparently found a way to deal with the situation.

Many years after leaving the aforementioned place of employment, the nurse sat down with a former co-worker to reminisce about her experience at that particular facility. The nurse asked her former co-worker, how was it possible for one nurse to give so many different medications to so many patients on one ward? Many of the medications required crushing and administration via g-tubes. The other nurse explained that such situations were generally managed by giving only those medications that were important. Simply put, some medications were never given. Surprisingly, this behavior still persists today in healthcare facilities.

Arguably, the average nurse does not engage in wrong doing. However, it would seem that facilities that place profit making above patient safety or lose focus as to why they exist, implicitly encourage these bad behaviors.

Solution

There is a solution to remodeling or creating healthcare environments where profit making and high quality patient care are equally valued. One solution is to hire only clinically trained employees to manage all aspects of healthcare facilities. This includes CEOs, account managers and administrators.

A Masters Degree in Health Care Administration program may offer courses such as Leadership Skills, Health Informatics, accounting, marketing and planning as part of the curriculum. However, none of these courses prepare individuals to connect with patients the way doctors and nurses are taught to connect. A non clinician is unlikely to lose sleep if a patient is harmed from poor quality healthcare. A non clinician operational manager may be more focused on the financial impact of a medical mistake. Consequently, the clinical training that nurses and doctors are required to undergo may be instrumental in deterring certain profit motivated behaviors that non clinicians are often willing to tolerate.

All health care management training programs that are offered by Universities should include a lengthy clinical component. All students in these programs should be required to get practical training in clinical settings before qualifying for their degrees. In-depth education about disease process, impact upon patients, appropriate nursing and medical interventions may change the mind set of these profit focused individuals.

Similarly, all medical and nursing programs should incorporate a comprehensive business and operational component. This will ensure that all persons who work in health care businesses are equally qualified and motivated to ensure high quality healthcare to patients while making a profit.

Conclusion

High quality healthcare can co-exist with big profits. However, steps must be taken to provide college level clinical training to individuals charged with managing the operational and business departments of our healthcare facilities.

Medical Health Care Concerns

Almost half of the nearly 5 trillion dollars in medical and health care related activities can be accounted for in the US. It is obvious that our country has well trained professionals, outstanding technology and a vast array of medication designed to address health concerns. Yet, why is medical care so costly and problematic for so many individuals to receive?

The Growth of Medical Care

For most of the worlds more developed countries the medical field is one of their largest industries. If you count the money generated by medication sales, diagnostics, nursing homes, hospitals, physicians, and other ancillary activities it is quite easy to see why the medical industry accounts for 10-20% of a country’s gross production.

In the US alone there are nearly 800,000 medical doctors, more than 5000 hospitals and millions of health care workers. One of every dozen US citizens works in health care now and this number is expected to grow. Still there are not enough workers and facilities to handle the 20 million outpatients that are currently being seen every day. This staggering amount of outpatient visits does not include the average daily count of 4 -5 million hospitalized patients.

The vast, complex health care industry in the United States is one that attracts people from around the globe. Switzerland and Germany both have large medical industries, but these countries run their health care differently from the US. Could it be possible that our nation’s health care will soon be undergoing a radical type of change?

Answers are Difficult to Find

Is the answer to the current health care dilemma as simple as nationalizing health care for all? Will this possibility only make the situation worse? How will the medical resources be allocated among the various segments of our society? These are only a few of the questions that are waiting to be answered.

Controversial Topic

Today medical health has become a controversial subject among many groups of citizens. There is talk of overhauling the medical system as we now know it. We are also hearing predictions that the government will try to restructure the nation’s health care system. Although much of this rhetoric has been publicized for a number of years it seems that people are becoming more polarized by the possible changes that are now constantly making headlines.

The Senior Citizens Have their own Concerns

The elderly population in the US is keeping a close eye on what is being proposed because health care and medication issues are of great concern to them. Medical and insurance coverage for people 65 and older have undergone many changes since the 1980s. Most senior citizens are very vocal about their displeasure with the way Medicare is addressing the problems, and they are also worried about what the future might hold. The costs of health care and medication needs are extremely high for senior citizens as a whole. Every year they are fearful of having their benefits cut even further, and now they have new worries regarding medical care.

Groups at Risk

It has been just a few short weeks since Governor Sara Palin galvanized many citizens with her predictions and comments about “death panels” and nationalized health care. While there were many people who rallied around her statements, the mere possibility of such radical notions began sending shock waves through the nation. This was particularly unnerving to a large percentage of our elderly population. It was also causing concern among advocates for the poor and disabled. Even parents and caretakers of people with physical and mental challenges were becoming alarmed, and feeling threatened.

Future Allocation of Health Care Resources?

Could it be possible that Medical professionals would possibly agree to form commissions that would allocate health care resources to those they deemed most deserving? This thought was both frightening and “Orwellian” in prospect. A careful review showed that there was no written documentation that actually stated such possibilities, but this did not alleviate the fear and worry of many ordinary citizens. Just the idea that access to hospitalization or medication needs might one day be restricted was enough to generate small scale panic in many communities across the nation.

Problems, Problems, Problems

Medical concerns, health care and affordable medication plans are major sources of worry for everyone today. Insurance coverage is very expensive. There is a growing trend among companies to provide less employee and family benefits in order to cut costs. In some cases this is making it difficult for employees to participate in the insurance plans being offered by their employers. However a growing number of families are too cash strapped to afford health insurance premiums on their own. This is creating a “Catch 22” type of environment with people unable to afford the cost of becoming sick as well as the cost of being insured.

The Answer is Cooperation

It is hard to know where the main problems are within the health industry. Some people want to find fault with the high paid physicians and medical specialists and others point the finger of blame at hospitals that seem to be pulling in billions of dollars annually, yet are constantly complaining having too little money. Malpractice lawyers, government regulations and insurance companies have also played a part in today’s health care woes. The answer is not going to be easy to find, and every group associated with the medical industry will need to step up to the plate and help out.

Get Discount Long Term Health Care in Oregon

According to a study published in U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, one out of every two people in Oregon over the age of 65 will need some form of long term health care. That same report went on to say that Medicare pays almost nothing toward long term care.

When you also factor in that today more and more younger people, through either accident or illness, are finding themselves in need of one form of long term care or another it becomes painfully obvious that the need for discount long term health care in Oregon has never been greater.

What exactly do we mean by long term health care? What exactly does it cover?

Well, if you become ill or suffer an accident that requires any type of special assistance with your daily living needs, such as dressing, bathing, preparing food, eating, or going to the toilet, then you are in need of long term care. Long term care can last a few days, a few weeks, or it can last for years.

The most obvious and perhaps most visible form of long term health care is a nursing home, but many patients requiring long term care live at home and require the services of an in-home health specialist on a daily or less frequent basis.

Long term health care can be expensive. Without discount long term health care insurance most families cannot afford the care with only their own resources.

The good new is, there are 42 companies in Oregon that provide long term health care insurance. The bad news is, for many people the cost of such insurance is a severe financial strain. What are some things you can do to lessen the cost of the monthly premiums on a long term health care insurance policy.

If you are still fairly young (as young as 40) and healthy, then now would be an excellent time to look into a long term health care policy. Why? Because the younger you are when you take out your policy, the less expensive the policy will be. Look at policies which have an inflation adjustment built in, or by the time you need your coverage it could be woefully inadequate.

Get on line and find an insurance site that will let you do a side by side comparison of as many of the 42 companies offering long term health care in Oregon as you can. Factor in different deductibles, different lifetime payment caps, and the different types of assistance that are available until you find a plan that you are both happy with and that you can afford.

Do not allow yourself to believe that Medicare will take care of your long term health needs once you reach 65, because the sad truth is that Medicare pays virtually nothing toward any form of long term health care.

Health Care Issues

The common saying of “health is wealth” holds real significance. The health is the first priority to all whether rich or poor. Only a healthy body is capable of living happily. However, as a matter of fact, all of us undergo the very common issues. We feel helpless in case of certain kind of health care issues which, we have no clue about. The first thing that we face after realizing that some issue has come up, is the panic and loss of mental peace. However, this is the time when we need to consult those sources, which can provide us the correct information pertaining to this issues.

One of the good ideas is to consult the local phone book for getting the information related to correct sources. These contain the contact information about those who can give the correct counseling on the health care issues. These people especially are trained on these fields and as a part of their job they provide information on health care issues. Some of the common health related issues that are dealt with by these hotline numbers are AIDS and others. The consideration should be on the fact that these are only the information providers and not the healers of health care issues. So, ultimate resort to doctor has to be made.

Next, the final source of all information, internet, can always become your partner in case of any health care issues. The big dump of information is made into the internet which has all sort of health care issues data. The information on this issues is provided with examples and images to make things very clear. There are lots of cases which have been considered on the same issues, and the entire data is stored in the internet. The biggest concerns of people during this time are getting, correct information. Internet can be completely trusted for getting knowledge on this issues.

The best part is that whenever one undergoes a health care issue, he is not the only one. The same issues may have affected others in some different part of the world. The information from such people can be easily availed, to deal with the health care issues in a proper manner. These issues are diverse, owing to the many reasons that are contributing to the adverse effects to human body.

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Beauty and Health Tips Naturally

Beauty and Health Tips NaturallyPracticing healthy lifestyle and habits is an ongoing process. Some of us may know the tips well but fail to practice in our routine. Here are some beauty tips for us to weave naturally into our schedule to maintain youth and beauty for as long as we wish.

Step 1: Drink lots of water, this is basic but not many of us are really drinking enough everyday. Drinking at least eight glasses a day. Juice is considered as one of the eight glasses if you are on juicing. Water cleanses your body, it’s great for your skin and you stay more energetic.

Step 2: Nurture the habit of juicing. Juicing is great; the nutrients are absorbed into your system easier and faster. You can have a variety of vegetables and fruits for well-balanced nutrition in your juice which almost gives you instant energy. You should juice twice a day, once in the morning as your first drink of the day before breakfast and once in the evening before dinner.

Step 3: Most of us are very stressed out in the course of our work. Make attempt to be around with nature when you are stressed. Take a walk in the nearest park or even jog around for 30 minutes after your busy day. An animal or pet at home to play with helps to release your stress.

Steps 4: Running a salt bath or having a salt scrub will do wonder for your stress. It is believed salt has properties that can disintegrate negativity. That explains why people spend a day at the beach feel so relaxed after being in salt water. If you can’t go to the beach and you don’t have a bathtub, just try soaking your feet in salt to drain away tensions and negative energy.

Step 5: If you wake up in a bad mood, it can impact you for the rest of the day. It is important when you first open your eyes in the morning and tell yourself you are going to have a good day. Starting your day with a positive happy thought can help put you in a good relaxed space from the moment you get up.

Step 6: Unwind yourself occasionally at home with a home hair treatment, mask and light candles round a bath. Soak yourself in the bathtub with your favorite spa.

Step 7: No matter how late you get back home from work or outing, always cleanse and remove your make-up. Your skin and face need to breathe too. Cleaning your face and body is the most basic of all skin care.

Step 8: If you find difficulties waking up in the morning, use a battery-operated eye massager on your eyes for a few minutes, it helps blood circulation and helps to look good on your eyes.

Step 9: Make effort to have a steam sauna once a week for a full body detoxification.

Step 10: Be consistent with the use of your skin care product: Cleanse, Tone, Nourish and Protect

It is very important to be in good health. A sound body and mind ensures happiness. Below are a few natural health tips.

The below natural health routines followed on a day to day basis helps in better health:

* Drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water in a day.
* Maintain a decent routine daily like getting up early, exercise, food and sleep.
* Have to be very careful about water and must drink only clean water.
* Do physical activities like walk, swim, cycling etc.
* Minimum 8 hours of sleep is very important.
* Make sure to avoid any fried foods.
* Yoga and Meditation will be very helpful.
* Do not smoke or consume tobacco, alcohol.

There are also many other natural health tips that can help for various reasons:

* Get relief from toothache by gargling with Luke warm water preferably mixed with salt after brushing in the night.
* If one is suffering from joint pain, you may boil tamarind leaves and apply to affected parts.
* Chewing gum helps in to reduce ear pain as it helps open the clogged Eustachian tube.
* If you had sunburn, apply calamine lotion or consume yoghurt. A bath in cold water helps.
* Vegetables like spinach, collards help in protecting you from the harmful UV rays that can lead you to cataract.
* It’s naturally healthy in winter to use more of ginger and garlic to heat the body.
* Need to cover head and ears to conserve heat in the body during winter.
* Consume a lot of fruits and leafy vegetables for better natural health.
* Consumption of naturally healthy coconut water helps in long life.
* Laughing helps naturally to keep tension and other stress levels at bay.

These are a few good to factors that can help in keeping one naturally healthy. These natural health tips can be easily cultivated for the healthy living and well being of an individual.