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How Can I Relieve Chronic Pain Associated With Disease or Treatment?

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 28, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Serious illnesses, and sometimes their treatments, can come hand in hand with pain symptoms. Learn the avenues available to manage chronic pain.Coping with a serious illness is challenging in itself, from emotional strain to related treatments that can cause physical upset or fatigue. Sometimes, however, the disease or its necessary therapies can also cause pain, a side effect that may become a predominant symptom. In some cases, this pain can continue for longer than 6 months, at which point it is considered chronic pain. About 100 million Americans have chronic pain, which can range from slight to unbearable, and at its worst can drastically disrupt a patient’s daily life or mood.

Chronic pain is classified as mild to severe pain that does not go away. Shooting, burning, or aching sensations are common; the pain may leave you feeling uncomfortable, sore, or stiff. If lasting pain is having a negative effect on your ability to manage a chronic condition, exploring different avenues for pain management could make a big difference in your overall outlook and health.

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Topics: Palliative Care, Medication Management

This Memorial Day, Welcome Grilling Season with Irresistible Burgers

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 23, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Featured Recipe

To celebrate the unofficial start of summer, get in the grilling spirit. These juicy, mouthwatering lean hamburgers are a high-protein summer treat.After a long, cold winter, many of us are itching to get outdoors under any circumstances. And by the time the Memorial Day holiday arrives, we’re ready to herald the coming summer by starting up the grill. Our latest recipe has us in the al fresco spirit, with a sensible take on a classic treat.

Making your own hamburgers at home is a wonderful way to control your portion size and nutrients, rather than feasting on an oversized restaurant burger packed with calories and fat. This version includes a savory seasoning blend that adds a dash of zest to the burger’s lean dose of protein. Cracker crumbs bind the flavorful patties together, and the added egg is the secret weapon that helps keep the lower-fat burgers from getting overly dry. These tasty treats promise to add sizzle to a healthy backyard meal.

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Topics: Recipe, Nutrition

Health News Round-Up: Role of Technology in Elder Care

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 21, 2015 3:17:57 PM

Transforming Seniors’ Health Through Technology

Recent health news from across the web: senior care gets a high-tech boost, making over the empathy card, recent diabetes findings, and more.Global technology leaders IBM and Apple are working together to pilot an immense new social program. In partnership with Japan’s largest health and life insurance provider, the companies plan to distribute millions of Apple iPads to the country’s senior citizens by the year 2020. The program will include training for using these tablet computers, which will come pre-loaded with health applications developed specifically to assist with medication management, communication with family and caregivers, and other methods of search and support for successful aging in place.

Although there are likely barriers to starting a similarly structured program in the United States, this experiment in technology-supported self-care may be interpreted as a sign of more widespread adoption and practical use of personal computing technology by the elderly.

(Massive New iPad for Seniors Program to Support Aging at Home; Home Health Care News)

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Topics: Dementia, Diabetes, Health News, Nutrition, Smoking, Cancer

Perception + Deduction + Follow-Through = Stellar Care

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 16, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Residential in the Real World

When his patient struggled, Residential physical therapist Eduardo trusted his insight, and advocated to quickly resolve a medication issue.The first step in problem-solving is observation; it is also the simplest. An experienced clinician is trained to notice numerous signs, no matter how subtle, that could point to a health issue. The next step, interpretation, takes a bit more time and energy. It takes keen analysis to connect a few small, seemingly unrelated observations. The final step is the most challenging: taking action, and possibly getting others to do so too, requires perseverance and conviction. But if the end result is a patient’s better health and quality of life, there’s no doubt the effort is worthwhile.

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Topics: Real World Stories, Medication Management, Heart Disease

Celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month with Clarity and Confidence

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on May 14, 2015 3:39:49 PM

Better Hearing & Speech Month

GEN-BLOG-Speech_Month-600x460-51415For Better Hearing & Speech Month this May, we honor the Residential Home Health clinicians who help our patients express themselves, louder and clearer. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), sometimes called ‘speech therapists,’ are trained to assist with a number of communication disorders and related issues.

For patients having difficulties understanding or being understood, an SLP can assist with a range of functions, from improving cognitive processes to refining the mechanics of speech. These specialized clinicians draw on tools and skills that can help boost all facets of communication, spoken and otherwise. Read on to learn how the ‘speech’ in speech therapy is only the beginning.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Dementia, Parkinson's Disease