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Finding the Humor in Hospice


Isn’t one of the best things to do in life to laugh at ourselves? If we have no sense of humor, then who are we? Although we in no way are claiming that hospice care is anything to joke Read more

Animal Therapy Benefits for Hospice Care


We have heard of therapy puppies and cats but never a therapy duck! Meet Webster, the mallard duck that wandered into Johnston’s WesleyLife as the new pet therapy volunteer. What is so interesting about Webster is that you can Read more

Home Health Care to be Revolutionized with Smartwatch Technology


Watches are in and they are no stranger to helping people out; especially home health care patients. It seems as though necklaces aka life alert systems are a thing of the past thanks to Samsung and their recent partnership Read more

Home Health Care to Get "Uberized" in the Future: What Does This Mean?


Improvements in technology seem to be bettering the quality of everything in life these days when it comes to convenience and control. In an attempt to “uberize” the healthcare system, well-known company Axxess, intends on appealing to the convenience Read more

Great Activities For Seniors To Stay Active

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Senior Activities

As you age, it gets harder and harder to do the activities you used to do to stay healthy and active. Even if you can’t run five miles or go rock climbing anymore, that doesn’t mean the rest of your days are relegated to your couch. The more you stay active as you get older, the younger you will feel, and there are a number of great activities for seniors to stay active.

For some general guidelines, healthcare professionals recommend that seniors get at least two hours and thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week or an hour and fifteen minutes of high-intensity aerobic activity a week. This amount of activity will help ward off heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, depression, and dementia. Aerobic activities can include walking at a brisk pace, jogging with some friends, taking a water aerobics class, or even pushing a lawn mower. Basically, anything that gets your heart rate going faster than usual and reduces the amount of time you spend watching television or doing other sedentary activities.

Unfortunately, daily activities like shopping, cooking, and housework don’t count as aerobic activities, but there are ways that you can turn these into strength-building exercises through functional fitness. Functional fitness is an exercise regimen that involves doing exercises that mimic daily activities like lifting a heavy bag of groceries or getting in and out of a low chair. By strengthening the muscles you use for these activities, you can minimize your chance of injuring yourself while making it easier to do these sorts of activities on a regular basis by yourself. You’ll be better able to go grocery or clothes shopping, go out to eat, or any number of other things that can increase your feeling of independence.

If you’re feeling especially spry, you can even try yoga to stay social, strengthen muscle, and keep your joints flexible.

While getting older isn’t always easy, it doesn’t have to be debilitating. At MD Home Health and MD Home Assist, we recommend incorporating these great activities into a weekly routine to help you feel young, healthy, and independent.


50,000 Patients and Growing

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Celebrating 28 Years and Over 50,000 Patients

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Like the people we serve, our business also gets better with age. We have been providing home health services in the greater Phoenix area for over twenty-eight years now, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down. It was with immense gratification that we were able to welcome our 40,000th patient on January 1st, 2011. Only three years have passed since that momentous milestone, and we were just recently lucky enough to welcome our 50,000th patient on January 29th!

This achievement means that we have been fortunate enough to make a difference in over 50,000 patient’s lives, in addition to giving their loved ones peace of mind. Our MD companies, MD Home Health and MD Home Assist, have provided reliable home-based medical and nursing care and non-medical, daily assistance care since 1985. As a result, we have established a trusted reputation in our community. We’ve been named “Most Trusted Home Healthcare Agency in the Phoenix Valley,” because of this longstanding commitment to our patients, and that’s all thanks to you, our supporters.

We know that choosing home-based medical care and assisted living can be a difficult and stressful decision, so thank you for trusting our services to improve your quality of life. We hope that we’ll be celebrating more milestones in the years to come so we can continue helping more and more people get better with age.


Time Management Tricks

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Time Management Helpful Hints

time managementTime management is much easier said than done, but if done correctly it is a great way to accomplish more in each day while improving your health as well. One major symptom that always shows up in this discussion is stress from poor time management. There are numerous ways to mismanage your time that will lead directly to stress.  Deciding what is most important in your life can become very stressful in itself. Is it important, yes but is it urgent now?  Many people are willing to push the important things away because they are not urgent at that moment. This can often produce stress later because the important thing should have been done, but now you are out of time or it is too late. Both poor time management and stress can be reduced by making a couple changes in your daily life.

Eliminate Distractions

Today the world is full of distractions that can hinder your schedule, cause you to get much less work done than expected and create stress very quickly without you even knowing it. With distractions constantly brought by family, friends, society, TV, social media and much more, it can become very difficult to accomplish what you need to on a daily basis without shutting everyone out completely.

To avoid distractions, do your best to give full focus on what you are working on until it is done and make sure you dedicate the required amount of time to finish. If you have a large project that will take more time, eliminating all distractions will keep you on schedule while allowing you to produce fully focused work.

Finish Important Tasks First

As the day goes on, it continues to be draining and by the end of the day it is much harder to hold your discipline and take care of the important thing that has to be done. When you are tired and mentally drained from the day, it can be very hard to make the right decision at the end of the day. By eliminating the most important task first, you prevent stress later and produce much better when it is needed.

For more information regarding stress and time management, contact our specialists at MD Home Health today and start working toward a well managed and stress free life.

 


Natural Health Benefits

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Health Benefits Found in Nature

healthSpending time in nature is possibly the most efficient natural stress-reliever and is fortunately very easy to access. Whether you are hanging out with a friend or loved one for a picnic or to watch the sunset at the cliffs, hiking in early A.M. or strolling through the park in the evening, nature is always there and is a great way to relieve stress while staying healthy. 

Even bringing nature into your home or work environment by adding beautiful green plants or a lovely garden can help reduce stress and depression. More and more research is being done to confirm the numerous benefits that nature gives adults and children for free.

Adult Nature Health Benefits

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Recovery
  • General and Heart Health
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD

 Children Nature Health Benefits

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD
  • Health
  • Autism Disorders

There is an array of nature health benefits being uncovered, but the ones that often come to mind first are depression and stress.

Depression

Studies have shown that nature has many benefits for those suffering from depression whether they are adults or children suggesting that even a small portion of time during the week can lower depression symptoms. These studies published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health also show that people living near nature or at least with parks, bushes and trees are far less likely to be affected by depression. This is especially crucial for children and young adults as growing up without nature can have a negative impact on them.

Stress

Stress can have a seriously negative impact as well, not only on mental health, but physical health directly leading to less sleep, headaches, decreased appetite and much more including symptoms leading to depression or other negative feelings. There are many studies that have shown positive results simply by being around green areas with trees, grass, bushes and even flowers.  The study continues showing that staying near green areas can lead to longevity as well.

Experiencing anything mentioned above and considering utilizing natures health benefits? Don’t hesitate to contact us today and let our experts at MD Home Health do what they love.


Dance to your Health

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Practicing Good Health is as Simple as Practicing your Waltz

Did you know that staying healthy as a senior can be not only fun, but have multiple health benefits as well?!

healthResearch indicates that dancing as little as 3 times per week can be extremely beneficial to your health and will reduce the risk of heart failure.

Don’t worry; we are not saying you have to be able to break-dance, but waltzing or square-dancing is highly recommended by doctors for those who have heart failure.

There are numerous benefits received from dancing including breathing, longevity and even the quality of daily life.

Dancing is a great way to improve your health, and improve a new skill set. Keeping sharp on your feet will help you sidestep illness. Some people love jogging, bicycling, hiking or even walking on a treadmill, but for those who do not share the same passion dancing is a perfect solution.

Dancing Health Benefits

  • Breathing
  • Daily Life
  • Energy
  • Sleeping
  • Better Mood
  • Sex Drive
  • Social Life (opportunity to make new friends)
  • Hand, Foot, Eye Coordination
  • Brain Stimulation (learning dance steps)
  • Strengthen Muscles
  • Toning
  • Increase in Bladder Function
  • Upright Posture
  • Improved Balance (to avoid falling)
  • Equivalent to Hiking or Walking
  • Stress Reducing


The most important part of dancing for your health is the fun you will have while doing it and the people you will meet in the process. Dancing often requires that you have a partner and when you are ready, a dance club featuring the style you like whether it is a classic waltz, a country square dance or a lovely cheek to cheek dance. Statistics show that dancing shows if not the same, better results as physical exercise, biking, jogging or hiking. With that said, why not try it and see the benefits for yourself.

For more information regarding senior health or dancing for health, do not hesitate to contact us at MD Home Health today and start living healthier tomorrow.


MD Home Health to Welcome 50,000th Patient

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Guess the Date of our 50,000th Patient!

 

50,000th Patient ContestMD Home Health is happy to announce that we are rapidly approaching the day when we will admit our 50,000th patient!

We’re celebrating with a contest to see who can guess the actual day this momentous milestone will occur.

Give it your best shot by filling out the form on our website. The rules are simple, fill out the form with your best guess of when we will admit our 50,000th patient. (Hint: We were at 40,000 patients on January 1, 2011).

There will be a winner for each prize category. Only one entry per email address will be allowed.

Winners will receive a $200 dinner and movie for two or $500 in free home care from MD Home Health, and best of luck guessing the date!

It’s no surprise that MD Home Health is fast approaching their 50,000th patient. They have served the Valley of the Sun for over 28 years, and aided over 40,000 patients.

They take pride in their ability to provide quality medical and non-medical services and care for patients who are in need of gentle, guided care.

Specializing in providing home care services for aging loved ones, MD Home Health caters to giving a personal touch, and their facilitators not only care for patients, but about patients and their families.

Throughout the years, MD Home Health has proven themselves with the full range of services that they provide, including Non-medical, supportive services such as companions and assistance with tasks of daily living are offered through MD Home Assist, and medical-based/skilled home health services, such as nursing and physical therapy are offered through State Licensed & Medicare Certified MD Home Health.

 


Sleep to your Health

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Health Benefits of Sleep

sleepThere are many health benefits of getting quality sleep. A good night ‘s sleep or some quality naptime will greatly improve your health, weight and cognitive ability, just to mention a few! Healthy sleep habits will lead to improved memory, attention and learning, healthy weight maintenance or weight loss and reduced chance of disease.

Cognitive Ability

There have been many studies that have show that a benefit of sleep is improving the brain’s ability to learn and remember more efficiently. Sleep helps us to focus more when we are awake and improves our creative abilities. It also helps our brains to problem solve and promotes better alertness, which greatly reduces the chance of accident or mistake.

Healthy Weight

Sleep benefits our metabolism, blood sugar levels and digestive abilities. A study at the University of Chicago found that people who got enough sleep lost 56% more fat than those who were sleep deprived. It was also found that people in the study who got less sleep felt hungrier for more of the day. This study showed that sleep and metabolism are deeply tied. Getting enough sleep helps our bodies regulate appetite and metabolism controlling hormones. If you want to lose weight or keep a healthy weight, make sure to get enough sleep!

Sleep Benefits: Reduce Chance of Disease

Many diseases can be prevented or cured by getting the proper amount of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep effects the cardiovascular system, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. Not enough sleep also causes inflammation in the body and can lead to arthritis, pre-mature aging and all other kinds of negative disease in the body.  Getting enough sleep reduces our risk for heart disease and type II diabetes. Make sure to get enough sleep to avoid unnecessary disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and other hearth disease. Getting enough sleep also enhances our immune systems and makes it less likely that we will catch a cold or other illness.

Sleep is important! There are so many benefits to getting a good night’s sleep each night. Some times we have so many things to do that it is hard to find the time to get enough sleep. Even simple tasks like cooking, cleaning, or elderly home care can take up our precious sleep time. At MD Home Health we offer many services that can assist you with your daily living activities and chores, and make space in your life for more sleep. Whether you or someone you love is in need of home care assistance, we offer medical and non-medical home care to make your life more enjoyable, easy and restful.

Visit our website, MD Home Health to learn more about the services we offer. We would love to help you to have a more relaxing and healthy life.


The Importance of a Healthy Diet in the New Year

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New Year’s Resolution: Bite into a Better Diet

Fruits and veggies are extremely beneficial to seniors and are packed with crucial vitamins and fiber which are an important part to diets not only for seniors, but people in general. With as little as 3 servings of fruits and veggies everyday you can obtain the amount of vitamins needed to stay healthy and prevent future health problems. The beautiful part is that most fruits taste great as they are without any added preparation time or ingredients and can be taken on the go easily. Vegetables often take time to prepare, but can make an average meal healthy and add flavor as well as variety to the meal. An easy and delicious way to eat your daily intake of veggies is to make a tasty salad with dark, leafy greens which have the most vitamins in them. A good size salad with lunch and dinner can extremely impact toward your health. Both fruits and veggies have been proven to improve your health and prevent health problems in the future.

fruits and veggiesWhen it comes to fruits, it is better to avoid juices and stick with good old fashioned whole fruit to obtain your healthy daily intake. Apples and bananas are a couple of the best on the go fruits for seniors. According to Cara Rosenbloom of Canadian Living, apples can help decrease the risk of diabetes as well as asthma because of the antioxidants they have. She also brings up a fun fact about apples that many people may not know about saying “Apples are also a natural mouth freshener and clean your teeth with each crunchy bite.” Rosebloom describes bananas as a very healthy fruit with a large amount of potassium which can bring down blood pressure. These two fruits are great for seniors and can be easily taken on the go or prepared as a side with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Veggies can be easily added to the three daily meals and bring out amazing flavors when prepared well. Sarah Kelsey from She Knows Health & Wellness has broken down the top ten veggies along with their health benefits and I was intrigued by the top two although one may not be considered a veggie all. According to Kelsey, both tomatoes and broccoli are extremely healthy veggies with many added health benefits. Tomatoes are packed full of vitamins and help fight cancer as well as lower blood pressure. Broccoli is one of the healthiest veggies out there and helps to fight off different types of cancers and can increase immunity during cold/flu season. It is amazing how beneficial the best fruits and veggies truly can be for seniors.


Recent Hip Replacement Concerns for Seniors

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The Facts of Hip Replacement

hipThe idea of using implants to surgically repair injured or worn joints dates back three centuries. Since the 1970s, modern hip implants restored mobility and quality of life to a number of people. Thanks to modern medicine, many people are living longer lives. Because of this, many hip implant manufacturers like DePuy endeavored to create more durable implants that would provide longer, more efficient performance for younger, active patients.

In 2005, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit released the ASR line of metal-on-metal (MoM) implants that promised increased performance, decreased risk of dislocation and wider range of motion. The devices were popular, and doctors implanted 93,000 of these devices worldwide before they were recalled in 2010.

The recall came too late for thousands of people who suffered complications from the ASR.

Complications from DePuy Hip Implants

Normally, hip implants last about 15 years, but some DePuy hips failed within a year of implantation. The same metal-on-metal design that was supposed to make the hip more durable resulted in painful complications for hundreds of people. Company documents revealed that nearly half of all DePuy ASR implants could fail early and require complicated and painful revision surgery to replace the implant.

The ASR implants use cobalt chromium shells, and all components are made of metal. When these metal parts rub against each other, metal particles flake off and seep into blood and tissue.

Critics say part of the problem is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the DePuy ASR devices though the 510(k) approval process. This means that the government did not require testing before DePuy began selling the implants.

The FDA received almost 18,000 reports of problems with metal-on-metal implants like the ASR from 2000 to 2011. Patients filed lawsuits against DePuy after suffering from severe pain, tissue damage and metallosis – or metal poisoning.

Some of the complications reported include:

  • Groin pain
  • Tissue inflammation
  • Pockets of fluid called pseudotumors
  • Tissue discoloration
  • Tissue death
  • Implant loosening
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture

In addition, the metal particles can travel to other organs and cause damage.

Alternatives to Hip Replacement Surgery

Most doctors recommend hip replacement surgery to people who suffer from osteoarthritis–a degenerative joint disease. For some people who are concerned about hip replacement surgery, there may be alternatives to delay or avoid it by treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Some of these alternatives include:

  • Keeping a Healthy Weight. People who are heavier put more stress on their joints and may wear them out quicker. Losing even just a small amount of weight can decrease pressure on joints.
  • Chiropractic Care. Some clinical studies suggest that chiropractic care can treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis by increasing range of motion, restoring natural movement of the spine, reducing pain and relaxing the muscles.
  • Nutrition. Certain foods can aggravate the inflammation around joints and make them less mobile and painful. Certain foods like garlic, onions, leafy greens and those rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation.
  • Supplements. Supplements may also help with joint pain. While many people have heard of glucosamine and chondroitin, study results on this supplement remain mixed for people with osteoarthritis. SAMe (s-adenosyl-L-methionine), on the other hand, is a lesser known supplement that studies show is as effective as Celebrex in reducing pain and improving joint function. This supplement may interfere with certain medications and should only be taken with doctor supervision.

For people who received a DePuy ASR or other metal-on-metal hip implant, the FDA recommends having regular follow-ups with their doctor even if there are no symptoms. If pain is an issue, doctors can use imaging studies and blood tests to check for metal levels and tissue damage.

Bio: Michelle Y. Llamas is a published writer and researcher. She hosts Drugwatch Radio, a health podcast, and writes about drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com.

Sources:

University of Maryland Medical Center. (2011). Osteoarthritis. Retrieved from http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/osteoarthritis-000118.htm

Stanton, T. (2012, May). Metal-on-metal hip implants: The clinical issues. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Retrieved from http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/may12/clinical4.asp


Health Benefits of Walking

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Walking to Your Health

WalkingBelieve it or not, something we take for granted every day can actually improve our health dramatically. Walking is an activity that most people probably consider nothing more than an incredibly slow way to get from place to place – especially in the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. There are, however, a number of important advantages that walking offers, and it’s fruitful to consider the impact that walking can have on your life and the lives of those around you.

Better Health for You

Health studies have shown that just thirty minutes of walking a day can improve cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness, which reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.

A little extra walking can also help manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and joint pain and stiffness. Aside from these long-term benefits, an immediate and quickly evident bonus of walking is a reduction in body fat.

Helping the Environment and Others

What may not be readily apparent is the positive impact that walking can have on the environment. Walking more can mean driving less and using the elevator less, and this translates to energy conservation and a reduction of pollution. A cleaner environment, consequently, means better health for everyone and much lower personal and shared medical costs.

Finding the Right Path

Now that you know the many advantages that a little extra walking can provide, it may be helpful to know some tips about how to get the most out of your walking. For starters, a good walking technique is essential: head up and forward, back straight, stomach muscles slightly tensed, and arms swinging freely. It also helps to turn walking into a healthy habit by incorporating it into your daily routine.

Whether you want to think about walking as an exercise in itself or as a healthy replacement for a faster mode of transportation, the fact is the more you walk, the healthier you are. Plus, less traffic jams. For the people here at MD Home Health, your health is our priority, and we want to provide you with as many options as possible for improving your health.