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Up Close and Personal — The Irreplaceable Value of Being There

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 27, 2015 4:15:59 PM

Residential in the Real World

For Lisa, a Residential Home Health Occupational Therapist, seeing her patient’s pain in person helped her recognize that something was not right.Remote health care has been possible since the invention of long-distance communication. Patients can reach out to experts in faraway locations; physicians and clinicians can consult with each other via telephone, fax, email, and even video chat. A truly impressive scope of care can be accomplished from afar: tracking progress, discussing symptoms, and adjusting treatments.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Real World Stories

Preventing and Treating a Common Eye Disorder: A Cataract Primer

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 25, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Cataracts are a common occurrence in seniors as they age. Learn what they are, how they alter your vision, and how to counteract their effects.The lens of the eye is made up of clear tissue that we see through, but this tissue can become damaged by injury or advanced age. These areas of damage get denser and change how light enters our eyes, forming what is known as a cataract. The condition can give a person’s vision a fuzzy or foggy effect; some compare it to looking through a dirty window.

By the time they reach 80 years of age, more than half of Americans have developed this common effect of the aging process. Although cataracts do not generally cause pain or eye irritation, they can have a profound effect on a person’s vision over time, potentially limiting his or her capabilities. Serious vision impairment caused by cataracts can even threaten a person’s well-being, making it unsafe for him or her to drive or raising the risk of a fall in the home. Read on to discover how you can lower your risk for cataracts and protect your vision.

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Topics: Aging In Place, Home Improvements, Visual Impairment

Get Comfort Food Creaminess with a Clever, Healthy Substitution

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 22, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Featured Recipe

In this healthier version of a classic comfort food, cauliflower makes a creamy and nutritious substitute for mashed potatoes.Pursuing a healthier diet can mean forgoing favorite dishes that are rich in fat, salt, sugar, or other unhealthy components. However, there are ways to get a taste of indulgence without going overboard. You might adapt a recipe to use less salt or oil, or take a petite portion for a special occasion. Another approach is substitution: finding another ingredient that mimics the desired taste and texture, but with a fraction of the calories or fat.

Mashed potatoes are classic comfort food, and are accordingly filled with ill-advised levels of starchy carbohydrates and fats. This recipe substitutes cauliflower for the potatoes, slashing the calorie count and adding in the vegetable’s valuable nutrients. Because not everyone is a fan of cauliflower, garlic and cheese help mask the taste, and a touch of nonfat sour cream gives the dish its signature rich consistency. Other than the grated cheese, the recipe has no added salt, so it can be an excellent addition to a heart-conscious diet.

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Topics: Recipe, Nutrition, Heart Disease

Health News Round-Up: An ‘Ounce of Preemption’ Before Treatment

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 18, 2015 4:48:21 PM

Preparing for Surgery or Treatment with ‘Prehab’

Recent health news from across the Web: prehab training before aggressive treatment, side effect dangers, music’s pain-fighting properties, and more.Patients who undergo surgeries, or other aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, are often guided in rehabilitation exercises afterward to build back lost strength and endurance. However, some specialists have begun to explore the potential of rehab-style exercise done in anticipation of such procedures. They reason that this so-called prehab allows patients to enter treatment at a better level of fitness that will help them endure procedures better and recover faster.

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Topics: Dementia, Joint Replacement, Palliative Care, Diabetes, Health News, Nutrition, Medication Management, Heart Disease, Cancer, Fitness, Bereavement

Correct the Unexpected — Full Assistance for an Unfamiliar Condition

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 15, 2015 10:45:00 AM

Residential Nurse Alert to the Rescue

When learning a new care routine, we might overlook some details. Residential Nurse Alert helped one patient course-correct when supplies ran low.A new diagnosis or medical challenge is often a time of adjustments big and small. Added instructions, medications, information, and routines can be hard to grasp. During this adjustment period, it’s easy for something to fall through the cracks — especially a minor detail.

For one Residential Home Health patient, a new medical device was proving to be a source of upset. But even as she worried it was all too much to handle, she had a support system in place. Learn how the Residential Nurse Alert personal emergency response system helped to meet a pressing need and also paved the way for more expert care and teaching.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Residential Nurse Alert