Three Important Things You have to know about Home Care Agencies

When the time comes for you or your loved one to reach out for help, a lot of tough decisions become part of the conversation. Not only is it a stressful time, full of emotion and discomfort. Therefore, there are many options available that makes you overwhelming.

We understand that and want to help ease the stress of sifting through endless amounts of information. By simplifying your criteria into 3 important factors that can help you choose an agency that’s right for you.

First, Know the Differences                                          

The types of services and caregivers providing and payment options are determined by whether skilled or unskilled care is needed. The medical home health care agency provides skilled services. When it is ordered by a physician such as skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work. However, some times agencies are licensed but its different by the state.

The non-medical home care agency provides what is termed unskilled supportive custodial care that is supplied by home health aides, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and also non-certified nurse aides, homemakers, and companions.

Non-medical home care agencies may or may not be licensed as requirements vary from state to state. It is important to note that unskilled personal care services such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation are what is needed most.

Second, Interviewing in-home care agencies

Most agencies will have their representative pay a visit to your home and conduct an interview with you. They will ask you some questions to find out what type of help you are seeking, of course, but this is your opportunity to ask some questions as well to verify some important things before making a choice.

Here are some guidelines on what to check when interviewing agencies:

  • Guaranteed background checks for in-home care candidates they employ
  • What level of training and experience do their caregivers offer?
  • Medical training and licensed candidates if you require medically qualified assistance
  • The agency will take care of payroll, taxes and legal matters regarding when employing a caregiver
  • Availability of caregiver staff for example days of the week, holiday coverage, backup staff if needed, live-in services if needed
  • Financial cost and payments
  • What is the price of services (hourly wages or shift payment)?
  • Payment for holidays, vacation, or sick days?
  • Will you provide food for the care attendant meals or they bring their own food?

Third, Reduce Your Hospital Visits.

Home health care agencies helps you stay at home and support the goal of the patient getting better, not just keep them from getting worse. Therefore, Home health care agency that works with the patient to teach them how to care for their disease is one who has your best interests at heart.

This happens through a focused team of clinical professionals and nurses who can identify what’s keeping a patient from getting better. They can assess attitudes, and execute behavior modification techniques, that can change a patient’s perspective, and inspire independence as they learn to do many of their treatments themselves.

Six Ways to Prevent Sickness or Catching a Virus

Preventing Illness

There is an outbreak of the coronavirus with over 900 cases reported and 2 have been reported in the United States. While these situations are hard to prepare for, taking the necessary precautions can keep you safe from contracting an illness.

Be wary of sharing food with others.

Double-dippers may be passing germs to those who eat after them, Dr. Mengel says, so maybe opt to steer clear of communal snacks—especially at your company’s holiday party, when cold and flu season is in full swing. Also worth ditching: Sharing drinks with anyone else—it’s just not worth it.

Wash your hands as much as you possibly can.

A good rule of thumb (no pun intended?) Each time you shake someone’s hand, wash yours. But don’t stop there—you want to lather up your hands as much as possible, says Mark Mengel, MD, chair of community and family medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Running lots of water over your hands will dilute any germs and send them down the drain, and soap will help slough off the germs quicker.

Get your flu shot every single year.

Yes, really. (No, it will not make you sick). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age or older get a flu shot every year—ideally by the end of October, around the time flu season starts showing up. Here’s where to get your flu vaccine for free.

Eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Is it always fun to eat healthy the majority of the time? Not really, but eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can help support your immune system, says Jeff Robertson, MD, chief medical officer for health insurance company Regence. That means it can give your body an even better chance of fighting off the flu.

Keep your distance from sick people.

This one might seem obvious, but it applies to more than just keeping a safe distance from sick strangers and colleagues—it pertains to keeping a wide berth to sick family and friends too, when possible, says Dr. Robertson. And if you do have to interact with people who are sick, make sure to be vigilant about washing your hands and not touching your face.

Keep hand sanitizer on hand.

You know how washing your hands is good protection against cold and flu germs? Sometimes you just are’t near a sink with running water and soap—in those situations, keep sanitizing gel or alcohol-based hand wipes on you at all times. But, pro-tip: Read the label before you buy, says Dr. Robertson. Look for alcohol-based wipes and gels, which are more effective at killing germs than those without alcohol.

3 Ways to Improve Blood Pressure [Video]

3 Ways to Improve Blood Pressure

We hear High Blood Pressure frequently. It’s a common term used by doctors. However, sometimes patients may not understand the complexity of what high blood pressure is and why it’s important to monitor it. Once we hear it from the doctor, it may feel like the world is closing in. Fortunately, there are a number of methods patients today can use to combat High Blood Pressure and improve their health overall.

What Is High Blood Pressure?

According to the research, over 31 million people diagnosed with high blood pressure or hyper tension. High Blood Pressure is a common condition which causes long-term force against your artery walls. Normally, according to Jill Magioncalda who has more than 20-years of experience in medical practice, that your blood pressure is above the normal range.

The normal range of blood pressure is between 130 to 139 diastolic. However, anything higher or lower than the range can cause a concern. A medical doctor may recommend taking medication to assist in lowering blood pressure.

Three Ways to Lower High Blood Pressure

If you want to avoid taking medication, natural remedies and precautions can be taken to help your blood pressure return to a normal level. Our leading expert gives an insight on how you can improve your high blood pressure. Jill Magioncalda recommends the following home remedies for managing your high blood pressure.

Exercise

It may be one of the most dreadful words for some. However, exercise has a number of benefits including lowering high blood pressure. Fortunately, exercise does not have to be rigorous to be effective.

A simple walk of 20-minutes per day can help reduce your high blood pressure by a few points. Doctors recommend including exercise into a daily routine to ensure consistency and efficiency.

Dash Diet

The dash diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The Dash diet is a lifelong approach. It’s designed to help or treat high blood pressure. Normally, the diet consists of vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy foods.

For those eager to have meat in their diet, fish is a good alternative. Seafood is a nice source of fats and protein. Also, fish, poultry, and nuts are a great source of protein and nutrients.

Furthermore, a dash diet can decrease the amount of sodium in your diet. Following a dash diet, will allow you to reduce your blood pressure by a few points and meet the health needs that your doctor recommends.

Avoid Salt

The Dash Diet is aimed at reducing sodium intake in your diet. Salt, while important in moderation, can cause health problems if taken frequently especially if a patient is already diagnosed with high blood pressure. It’s a healthy way of eating and offers health benefits besides lowering blood pressure.

In addition to lowering blood pressure, decreasing salt intake can lower your chances of being diagnosed with cancer, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis,

2020 Here We Come. We Wish Everyone a Happy New Year.

New Year 2020

It’s the end of a decade, but the start of a new one! Yearly, there are changes in our lives whether good or bad. Nevertheless, what continues to be constant is that time moves forward. You should enjoy every year that you spend on this planet and always strive for better.

It’s incredible how ten years go by as fast as they do. At E & S Home Care Solutions, we wish our customers a fantastic new year. While the future is uncertain, we know that our home care services will be around to assist those in need for years to come.

We hope your lives are filled with happiness, celebration, and joy!