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How to Prepare for the Winter: Winter Health

Winter can cause issues with our mental and physical health.

The cold temperature leads to less outdoor time. Many who exercise outside will have a decrease in physical activity. The reduction in exercise means fewer endorphins which will negatively impact both mental and physical health. The cold temperatures can also mean fewer outings with friends. Socialization is important to human’s well-being. Feelings of isolation are very common in the winter. Another common issue is the immune systems response can slow down making you more susceptible to sickness. Many do not venture outdoors. Exposure to colds and viruses is increased because more people are in close quarters and these germs survive better in the cold.

Winter also means less sunshine. The decrease in sunshine has a great influence on mental health. Sunshine gives individuals vitamin d; a lack of vitamin d can negatively influence your mood and energy and has been linked to depression. The increase in darkness can also disrupt your Circadian rhythm. Darkness and light can affect this causing a disruption in your sleeping cycle and feeling abnormally tired.

The dry air that accompanies winter weather can cause discomfort for many. the dry air can cause the skin to itch and peel.

Another aspect leading to health issues for the winter can be a multitude of holidays. Many different religions have special holidays that take place in the winter months, which mean more people coming together and spreading germs. This also means more food. Weight gain is very likely at this time and can cause discomfort for people and affects self-esteem.

You can improve your mental and physical health.

It is important to continue exercising during winter. Try to work out at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. This can strengthen the mood and immune system. To keep yourself motivated, you can ask friends to join a local gym or exercise class, or even find home workouts to fit into your schedule.

To stay healthy, it is important to eat healthily. It can be difficult during the winter and holidays, but proper nutrition will help give you energy and can positively affect mood.

In the winter, many individuals retreat from social interaction, but mental health can be negatively impacted by this. It is important to stay socially active, whether it be through strong relationships or volunteering to help others. Both can give you positive social interactions.

Always wash your hands. Make sure you use soap and warm water. Try to use a paper towel to open doors after. Washing your hands should take at least 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer can also be brought anywhere in case an area does not have soap.

Adults should be sleeping 7-9 hours a night. Poor sleep can worsen the immune system, anxiety, depression, and overall mood. If the air is too dry, humidifiers should be purchased. The temperature inside a house will also affect sleep, too hot or too cold can prevent sleep.

Remember to stay active! Do the things you enjoy. While motivation and focus may be low, once you push yourself the results will be beneficial.

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Being Kind Helps Improve Overall Health

Being Kind Helps Improve Overall Health

It is the most wonderful time of the year.  Despite the cold temperatures and the white flakes that we like to call snow, it is this time of year that is known for random acts of kindness.  The kindness shown to others have been known to improve overall health.  Studies show that people, who are generally kind to others especially in the home health care industry, have higher self-esteem and are happier with their lives.

The holidays bring families together.  The moral values of kindness and giving is a tradition that is constantly expressed through various forms of what is perceived as kindness.

The truth is kindness in medical matters.   When patients are ill or feeling discomfort, feelings of being looked after can increase their healing.   Ninety-percent of patients would switch doctors or home care facilities if they were treated unkindly.  Furthermore, eighty percent of patients would pay more for kinder care.  Additionally, caregivers need to understand how to connect on a personal level.

Home Health Aides are at the seventy percentile when it comes to providing a personal level care that is unprecedented to other health care workers.  The statistics show that when patients experience feelings of comfort, they can fully focus on healing.  Although Americans may not see the value in kindness, eighty-eight percent of patients feel that being kind is a treatment that is vital to their health. 

When considering what is important for your health, consider the people around you. Do they make you feel happy?  Are they there to support you twenty-four seven?  Can you feel safe around them?  These are valid questions that can improve your health.

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Recognize the Signs of Needing a Caregiver

Recognize the Signs of Needing a Caregiver

First, it is important to know what a caregiver is. A caregiver is an individual who regularly looks after a sick, elderly, or disabled person. Caregivers can be health professionals, family members, friends, social workers, or those from religious affiliations. This care can be given at home, in a hospital or other health care settings. It can be difficult to accept the fact that a loved one, or possibly you, need assistance. It is important to acknowledge the signs to protect you and those you love. Caregivers make life more manageable, enjoyable, and healthy.

Recognize the Signs.

Forgetfulness- A sign you or a loved one needs personal care can be an overall feeling of forgetfulness and confusion. This can create many other issues such as missing medications, doctors’ appointments, forgetting to pay bills, noticing mail pile up, a neglected household, and overlooking general safety concerns. Wandering is one of the most noticeable signs of forgetfulness.

Loneliness and/or Depression- A lack of interest and a feeling of loneliness can be helped by gaining a caregiver. Frustrations, social avoidance, and lack of energy affect lifestyles significantly. Changes in personality can be a sign of depression. Changes in appearance such as weight gain or loss, lack of effort, or any other drastic changes can also be sign.

Medical Issues Arise- Life can be made easier with a caregiver if there is a weekly/daily treatment needed, or if medical equipment is necessary to daily life. Some individuals notice signs of falling more often or bruising easily. New or worsening medical conditions should be monitored. If you or a loved one have weakened mobility, caregivers can be a necessary option for comfortable living.

Find a Caregiver.

There are many options in seeking a caregiver for you or your loved one. The first step is deciding whether home care or a living facility is the best option for your needs. There are many options for all types of care. E&S Home Care Solutions is based in New Jersey and can provide you with a Certified Home Health Aide for personalized in-home care. There are options worldwide depending on where you live and what treatment is needed.

Do You Want to Become a Caregiver?

The healthcare field is growing in demand and many schools provide certifications which only take a few weeks. E&S Academy provides training and employment opportunities after certification completion. You can take the first step to changing a life today.

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5 Things You Should Know About Aging Loved Ones and Home Care

5 Things You Should Know About Aging Loved Ones and Home Care

The thought may not have crossed your mind yet.  It’s possible you’ve noticed your loved one around the home needs extra attention.  You may have heard your options regarding providing the quality care your loved one needs.  It is not always easy choosing the best option and it can sometimes leave you with a feeling of guilt if you feel that your decision will cause more stress than you may already have.

Home care is the number one solution for working families.

Five important things you should know: 

  1. How to pay for home care services
    1. Most agencies accept most insurances and private pay.  Private pay is an affordable option.
  2. The benefits of home care services
    1.  A loved one can stay at home where their surroundings are familiar.  It is psychologically and physically beneficial for loved ones to stay in the comfort of their home.
    2. Care can be available 24/7.  There is no substitute.
  3. The limitations of home care 
    1. Home care is a perfect solution for most long-term care options.  There are limitations though.  Be aware of home care agencies that do not have proper accreditations.  
  4. Why home care is the future 
    1. Hospitals are expensive.  Doctors are realizing that their patients’ do better when they recover at home with specific treatment plans.
  5. Why medical professionals choose home care over other options
    1. The reason is simple.  It is the future.  With the technology available today and the need for loved ones to feel independent, there is no other option better than staying at home and receiving the care from a trained professional.
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Are You Sick of Your Job? We’re Hiring!

Are You Sick of Your Job? We’re Hiring!

Are you sick of your job? I don’t blame you!  We’re hiring for several positions currently.  We have the best work environment.

Benefits of working at E & S: 

  • Positive work environment
  • Promotion within the company
  • Team Oriented
  • Three locations
  • Expanding company
  • Career-focused

Hiring for the following positions: 

  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • Registered Nurse
  • Case Coordinator
  • Marketing Internship
  • Human Resource Internship

You don’t want to miss your opportunity to apply to an incredible company.  You can apply with us today by emailing your resume to info@eshcs.com and writing the position you are interested in applying for.