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Compassionate Storytelling Uncovers the Value of Caregiver Self-Care

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Book of the Month: August 2015

Caregiving can raise challenging needs, and it can also cause complex feelings. Our book for August unveils the significance of emotional self-care.As seniors age or their health declines, caregivers juggle many emerging needs for their loved ones. Doctors might impart instructions for medications or post-operative care; therapists might demonstrate and teach safe practices to assist with activities of daily living. Not only can a caregiver’s role include medical, physical, and financial tasks, but he or she may also be counted on for emotional support.

Because balancing a loved one’s needs and their own can be a high-wire act all by itself, caregivers can sometimes respond by pushing their own feelings to the back burner. However, the emotional impact of caregiving can affect a person’s relationships with family, loved ones, and fellow caregivers. This month’s book allows caregivers to explore their own feelings by way of a familiar story.

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Topics: Caregiving, Recommended Reading, Emotional Health

Scrumptious Tropical Flavors Make a Meal of a Light Summer Salad

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 25, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Featured Recipe

Low in calories, this fancy salad offers protein, dietary fiber, and a dose of healthy fat that stands alone as a complete meal for a hot day.The heat of summer can sometimes make us feel less hungry, and may make us less inclined to get into the kitchen. During especially hot days, even turning on the oven can drive your home’s temperature even higher. It’s truly a season for simplicity — for example, a dressed-up fancy salad that delivers lots of flavor for relatively little effort.

Including servings of vegetables, fruit, and meat, this salad stands alone as a complete meal. Low in calories, it offers protein from the chicken, dietary fiber from the produce, and a dose of healthier fat from the creamy avocado. Topped with a tangy homemade dressing, this colorful dish promises a bounty of texture and tropical flavor for a sizzling summer day.

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Topics: Recipe, Nutrition

Extra Time and Training for an Above-and-Beyond Confidence Boost

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 24, 2015 3:29:00 PM

When her patient was frustrated, Residential nurse Mandy got to the root of the distress and took the time to restore assurance and confidence.Clinicians draw on many different skills. First, nurses and therapists must have a background of solid medical knowledge and training. The demands of real-time care may include keen observation, quick thinking, and calm in a crisis. Teaching expertise helps patients learn about their conditions and how to manage them. Another critical skill is empathy, the ability to recognize why the other person feels the way she does, in an effort to address her particular needs.

The Residential Home Health patient in this story did need skilled medical care, but she was also troubled by something else. Read on to discover how Mandy, a Residential nurse and case manager, used empathy to get to the root of her patient’s distress — and took the time to restore her assurance and confidence.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Emotional Health

Health News Round-Up: Conference Targets Widespread Caregiving Strains

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 21, 2015 4:38:00 PM

White House Conference Echoes Caregiving Needs and Challenges

Recent health news from around the Web: the White House Conference on Aging, the limits of online symptom checking, laser health advances, and more.The White House Conference on Aging, held once per decade since the 1960s, took place on July 13. A chief focus of this decade’s conference was meeting elders’ caregiving needs, featuring thought leaders such as author and caregiver advocate Ai-Jen Poo. Of the millions of seniors who receive assistance with their care, only about one in seven lives in a full-time care facility; the rest rely on periodic visits from home care providers and/or voluntary caregivers such as relatives. Although the need for professional caregiving is climbing, the high turnover rate in this field continues to leave a shortage.

The conference also ventured into topics such as the scarcity of resources for unpaid, voluntary caregivers. The importance of respite care as a strategy to support caregiver health and avoid burnout was discussed, as was the organizational difficulty of coordinating local and community elder services among different providers.

(White House Tackles Aging Amid Booming Market For Long-Term Care; Forbes)

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Topics: Caregiving, Diabetes, Aging In Place, Nutrition, Heart Disease, Financial Health, Cancer, Fitness

Hands-on Assistance and Remote Advice — A Tale of Two Alerts

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Residential Nurse Alert to the Rescue

One patient demonstrated that Residential Nurse Alert can truly be used for ‘Anything,’ including on-site help and two-way audio counseling.Part of Residential Home Health’s commitment to promoting safe and healthy aging in place, and staying out of the hospital, is working to ensure that patients can have ready access in case a concern or emergency arises. This is why the exclusive Residential Nurse Alert mobile personal emergency response system promotes Anytime-Anywhere-Anything assistance for patients who elect this service. While ‘Anytime’ and ‘Anywhere’ ensure that access is broad and convenient no matter what, the final ‘Anything’ is a standout feature in itself. In an emergency, such as a fall or injury, Residential Nurse Alert enables a swift, appropriate response to the situation. But even if the issue is not quite so distressing, such as a curious new symptom or a question for one’s physician, it receives the same prompt attention and follow-through with the press of a button.

The enormity of that ‘Anything’ was particularly apparent for one Residential Home Health patient, who in a single day used Residential Nurse Alert for two vastly different types of assistance. Read on to learn how he benefitted not only from physical care on-site in his home, but also from sound health advice in an instructive audio consultation.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Real World Stories, Diabetes, Residential Nurse Alert