Is Private Care The Answer For Your Parents?

As you’ve gotten older, you have probably spent a good bit of time noticing how things have radically changed from when you were a kid, and this most certainly includes your parents. Unfortunately, for some of us, the changes that come with the passage of time have made things harder for your parents, and now you have to start thinking about private care as a way to help them cope.

The toughest part of life is the ‘getting older’ part. You hear it all the time in movies, TV, and in music, but until you experience it, you never quite get what it’s all about. When it comes to your parents being slowed down by getting older, it’s hard to watch. Maybe you notice the grey hair coming in a bit more, Their dexterity isn’t what it used to be, and they may even be dealing with debilitating physical & mental illness. No matter how grown-up you are, seeing your parents have a hard time makes you feel like a your five years old all over again.

So, you’ve started thinking about private care for your folks, but is it the right call to make? Well, there’s quite a bit to consider:

Dealing with Strangers – You know your parents well. Are they good with new people coming into their space? Would they bristle at having a stranger get involved in their daily activities? Great private care services work with families to make sure any transitions are as seamless as possible.

Specific Needs – When you go over to help out, do you do basic things like get their medication lined up for a week or two? Do you bring over pre-made meals so that they don’t have to worry about meal prep? These seem like small things, but it can be taxing after a bit. What’s more, if your parents will need more help doing bigger things like bathing & dressing, will you be mentally ready for that?

Maintaining Independence – Is getting to doctor’s appointments or going grocery shopping becoming problematic? If so, you & others might fill the void, but it can make those asking for a ride feel like they’re imposing on their loved ones. Private care can help with this.

Insurance Coverage & Overall Cost – If the option of private care is a viable one, then it makes sense to find out how the numbers will work. It’s not a fun topic to bring up for either the family or the care provider, but the right information can help you make a decision.

Finally, as you consider private care for your parents, it’s important to have them be a part of the process, as well as the rest of the family. Perhaps the main reason that private care becomes a welcome option for many families is that try as they might, their own family can’t keep up with the care they need. It comes off as failure to all parties. On one hand, the elder family members feel like a burden, and kids & siblings feel as though they’ve let down Mom & Dad. Private care ends up being a way bring peace of mind to the whole family.

What I Learned About Home Healthcare And How It Can Help Your Family

About a year ago, I spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws as is the custom, but I, along with nearly everyone else at the get-together noticed that my mother-in-law was very quiet, ate almost nothing, and seemed out of it. Now, the entire family is having to cope with what ended up being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis & having to decide when home healthcare might be the best option with which to go. In short, it’s been a helluva change.

At first, the family was at a loss for what to do with the diagnosis. Some were shell-shocked and other were angry. When it came to my in-laws (Ma & Pops), they didn’t see the need for any alarm and didn’t think that there was anything wrong. Unfortunately, one phone call changed everything, and all of a sudden, everyone had to spring into action.

My brother-in-law went over for a check-up visit, and saw that my father-in-law fell, hurt himself pretty badly, and was laid-out unconscious. After seeing his dad in this state, he panicked at what might have happened to his mom. It turns out, she wasn’t aware that anything had happened or that her husband was in any danger. Things had certainly changed.

Now, our lives are filled with physical & electronic calendars at everyone’s homes noting doctor’s appointments, divvying out who takes the in-laws out for groceries and other errands (they aren’t allowed to drive anymore), and finding ways of trying to keep things as normal as possible for a situation that is anything but normal. The problem is that when you think things are moving in the right direction, you’re quickly given a dose of reality. Between major health scares for my brother-in-law & an increasing severity in Ma’s degradation, everyone is at or near a breaking point.

It’s here where home healthcare has become an incredibly important topic for all of us. We’ve come to realize that there are a number of agencies in the area that provide services, but they aren’t all the same. As such, if you’re thinking about home healthcare for your family, make a list of the specialities & needs that have to be addressed by a prospective home healthcare service provider. This way, you can narrow down your search. It’s also been important for my family to make sure that the agencies we look at put an emphasis on independence for those being cared for.

Ma & Pops are retired educators with decades of experience, multiple degrees (Dr. Pops to be specific), and have been married since the early 60s. They’ve made a successful life based on hard-work & grit. In fact, Pops still mows his own lawn & he’s 81. Being able to maintain independence for them is essential to the whole family, and it’s something you definitely need to keep top of mind.

Finally, the one thing I’ve learned about home healthcare is that it does more than just help those being cared for – it helps everyone. Therein lies the most important part of finding the right agency. We’re still making things work right now, but now that we’ve started the conversation about home healthcare, everyone seems a bit more relaxed & confident that we can make the right call when the time’s right. Every family is different, so if your family is thinking about home healthcare, have a plan, be patient, and take heart in knowing that things will be OK.

Discover “the Holistic Alternative” For Fast, Effective & Natural Relief

Naturopathic or Holistic Wellness is thoroughly grounded upon the complete wellbeing of the entire person, mind, body and spirit. Unlike Traditional Medicine, Holistic Wellness follows and integrates both ancient (time-tested) common health and healing wisdom with the recent discoveries in modern biology, genetics and quantum physics. This is accomplished by bring out bodies into a state of balance and wholeness using mind (positive psychology), body (food, drink and herbs) and spirit (beliefs, creativity and connection). This began with the “fathers” of modern medicine, which are Hippocrates and Paracelsus.

Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C.E. who practiced holistic wellness by discovering the source of any imbalances in a person and then gently influencing them back their natural state of homeostasis (wholeness or holistic state) using both positive psychology, as we call it today, and natural holistic herbal remedies.

Later Paracelsus in 15th century C.E., originator of modern chemistry, viewed the universe and everything in it as one coherent whole. He taught the necessity of human beings (microcosm) being in harmony with their environment (macrocosm) and that all of life is pervaded by a life giving spirit. He also recommended natural foods, herbs and mental states that were conducive to healing and bring back the harmony between the person and their environment.

Modern biology has demonstrated that although we are influenced by our genetic traits and familial tendencies, we can consciously choose to override our “genetic programming” to arrive at the state that we truly desire to be in. In fact, modern genetic research has clearly shown that our environment, and more importantly, what we believe about our environment controls what genes unlock or express themselves in our experience. This is called gene transcription, and it can be largely be controlled by clearing unquestioned inherited beliefs, or those that are no longer serving our best interests. The ancient physicians somehow knew about this at an intuitive level, as they did not have the technology as we know it to actually peer into our cellular biology.

Modern science also shows that our hearts, as well as our entire body has inherent intelligence “a non-local brain” that gives off energetic waves that can be measured with electronic equipment. This is called the “Wisdom of our Body.” Ancient cultures knew this and sought to provide our bodies with a balanced approach to wellness. Kirlian photography has been around for over 100 years now, and clearly shows that all living life forms have an energetic field surrounding that envelops the life form in its entirety. This energy field even shows the complete blueprint of the body or life form (plant, leaf, animal, etc.) even if a part of the physical body or plant leaf is cut completely off and thrown away! Acupuncture meridians have also been recently scientifically verified (thanks to NASA equipment) to exist exactly as the Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic physicians have stated MILLENIA ago!

Hippocrates is called the “Father of Medicine,” and all modern physicians take the oath to “Do no harm.” He taught the holistic model of medicine, and even used astrology to see beyond the physical to the actual source of the imbalance, and educate the client of potential challenging energies that may affect the patient’s future health. His foundation was based upon nature (sunlight, exercise, and wholesome foods) as well as fresh air and clean water. Paracelsus also used metaphysics and alchemy in his successful healing practice. These foundation of holistic wellness are still very relevant today (as can be seen by few people truly experiencing complete healing of anything), but no longer being followed by the majority of Allopathic (Modern) medicine’s physicians. They do take the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm; unfortunately much harm is done, although usually unintentionally, I sincerely hope. Paracelsus, the great physician, was also a metaphysician like Hippocrates and Galen before him. Naturopathic (pertaining to nature) and Holistic (pertaining to wholeness and balance) medicine should be the cornerstone of any intelligent physician’s practice as it is, and has always been, the beginning or origin of optimum health and wellness.

Naturopathic and Holistic medical physicians and practitioners seek to find the source of imbalance in the whole person and recommend changes that bring the person back to a state of optimum health, on all levels. That is they treat the person, not the illness. This is a very important distinction as we will show you as we go along in this website. This is accomplished first through a state of being (we are human Beings, not human Doings) finding the source of dis-ease (the absence of a state of ease, our natural state) and coming into alignment with our body’s wisdom.

As Albert Einstein stated, we must solve the dis-ease or disturbance (problem) at a higher level than its manifestation. Modern medicine keeps focused on treating the “effect” and rarely ever arrives at the “cause” of the effect. If you treat the illness but not the cause – your condition will surely return. That’s why most cancers return because we keep killing the effect but not even touching the cause. The spiritual, mental, emotional and environmental levels must be been brought back to wellness and balance first. That’s exactly why we are here. So, join us on a journey that will bring health and happiness back into your own control, you can do it, and we can help! Your journey starts now.

James is a lifelong student and advocate of holistic health, fitness, nutrition and spirituality and fully embraces the unity of all life. He specializes in teaching others how they can attain a state of optimum wellness and happiness in their life by living in harmony with their own inner wisdom. This naturally leads to more “lucky moments” as you actively find yourself in the flow of things, particularly those that you desire to achieve. The key I’ve personally discovered is this: The Better You Feel – The More You Attract the Types of Experiences you Desire in Your Life. This begins with Optimum Wellness, and James can help you plot the course you choose and learn to “smell” and “reap” the roses (whatever kind they may be) along your path. You can check out is new Homeopathic Medicine website here.

What To Expect From Home Care Services And How To Choose The Best Provider

Home care is generally non-medical assistance offers in home setting. Usually the services are hired for adults who are not in a position to perform daily activities because of one reason or another. Apart from providing family members peace of mind, the adults receiving assistance remain at the comfort of their homes compared to being in a nursing home or facility which is depressing for some. It is important to remember that home care is different from home health care. Home health care requires registered nurses and trained therapists with medical qualifications to offer assistance at home.

What home care can do for you

Certified home aide providers can do a number of things for their clients. They include:

1. Personal care where they help the clients with bathing, grooming, dressing and preparing meals

2. Companionship especially for adults who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s and need someone around during the day. This can include taking them for shopping, socializing and watching TV with them. Those needing companionship can usually do daily activities by themselves but may need reminding.

3. Household assistance that includes light cleaning and laundry and keeping the home in order. Usually, the chores are done together with the person receiving assistance rather than doing them for them.

Choosing the best

When looking for a home care provider, it is important to remember that you can get the services from an individual or an agency. Companies tend to be more reliable for some people, but they could be a little costly compared to individual service providers. When you have decided which path to choose, then you must remember to check the following so you have the best provider attending to your needs.

Caregiver qualification

Home caregivers may not need any medical background, but they at least should be professionally trained to offer quality services. They should have hand on skills of how to be polite and handle their clients in the best way possible. Training is very important and you should therefore ensure that you get trained caregivers to make sure your loved one is in good hands.

Caregiver schedule

Most adults are more comfortable with having one caregiver attending to their needs and a change might not work very well for them. When choosing a provider, consider whether there is an option of having a dedicated caregiver attend to your loved one or you will be forced to work with multiple rotating caregivers. Choose what works for the best interest of the person receiving care.

The services

Apart from the usual daily chores, you might be looking for other related services. Find out whether it is possible for your provider to offer such services so that you do not have to go looking elsewhere or make too many changes when you need the additional services. The more services your provider can handle, the better and convenient it can be for your current needs or needs that could arise.

An Easy Introduction to Salt Therapy

It is no question that the pharmacy industry grows every day. Any symptom you are feeling can easily be treated with a pill or a daily dose of medicine. It’s very easy to get caught up in how easily problems we have with our bodies can go away. But taking pills or medicine sometimes is not the best option. With reoccurring illnesses or problems in the body, by taking the same drug one too many times, your body can build an immunity to it, requiring larger doses to have an effect. Natural treatments have been becoming popular once again because they can be done safely and effectively at home, and with fewer risks.

A well-known natural treatment is salt therapy. Salt therapy has been around as early as the twelfth century. This natural and non-invasive treatment involves inhaling microscopic salt particles, targeted at cleansing the respiratory system. The salt’s negatively charged ions (which can be found in places like the beach or waterfalls) are found to reduce the amount of mucus and inflammation in the lungs. This effect improves respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus infections, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and many more. By liquefying the mucus and the inflammation going down, the airways become more cleared for the patient. It is also easier to cough and expel what is unwanted out of the lungs.

Salt therapy does more than just cleansing the respiratory system. According to one study published on PubMed, “It inhibits the growth of bacteria and, in some case, kills them. Phagocyte activity is also increased. It has beneficial effect on the well-being of the patients, and a relaxation effect on the central nervous system. It can prevent, or at least decrease the frequency of the respiratory tract inflammations. It produces better lung function parameters, diminishes bronchial hyperreactivity, which is the sign of decreasing inflammation.” By killing the growth of the bacteria, it’s much more difficult for it to spread and infect the body. Due to this, you will find yourself getting fewer colds and infections because of how strong your body has become. Overall, these additional bonuses of salt therapy will only continue improving your quality of life.

Since salt therapy is drug-free, it makes it a wonderful option for children, especially fussy ones. They won’t even notice the salt particles they’re breathing in because they’re so minuscule, making it extremely easy to have them do this treatment. There have also been studies taken on children with asthma and the effects of salt therapy on them. PubMed concluded that “The treatment group showed a statistical improvement in most parameters of quality of life questionnaires.” and “Our pilot study suggests that salt room with halo generator, may have some beneficial effects in mild asthmatic children.” More and more studies show the positive influence and improved quality of life salt therapy had on the patients. Beside recent studies, salt therapy has been used for centuries as folk medicine. Europe has many salt sanatoriums, the treatments being covered by the health ministry in some of the European countries.

Salt therapy can do a lot for you and can also be used easily at home. This treatment isn’t limited to only those who are affected by a respiratory illness. It can help you from preventing many different illnesses before they affect you by strengthening your immunity. It’s safe, it’s affordable, and it doesn’t come with any potential side effects like most prescription drugs do. Go natural and try salt therapy today!