Health Blog | MD Home Health - Part 11

How To Lower Stress (Part 1)

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Learning how to lower stress can be a very difficult task.  Stress can be both mentally and physically draining, so it is important to do what you can to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few steps you can take to lower your stress levels:

Identify the source of your stress.

Your stress could be caused by lack of sleep, an upcoming exam, unemployment or problems with your relationship. Sometimes your stress can be caused by multiple factors, so it is important to determine what exactly the cause is. If you don’t know what the problem is, how can you fix it?MDLowerStress2

Create solutions for each source of stress you have identified.

For example, if you are stressed about an upcoming exam, develop a study chart. Break down your studying time into sessions to decrease the likelihood of becoming overworked. Try joining or creating a study group. Be sure not to procrastinate. Leaving everything until the last minute is sure to spike your stress levels.

Add some relaxing activities to your day.
Try joining a yoga class or purchasing a DVD to workout at home. If you find yourself getting overstressed, stop what you’re doing and count to ten, while breathing deeply. Meditating is also a great way to soothe your mind and body. If you’re not the quiet type, even some calm and relaxing music or nature sounds can do wonders. Play this in your car on your way to work. It may help keep you relaxed during rush hour traffic.MDLowerStress

Try implementing the above-mentioned tips on how to lower stress. Remember that while some stress is normal, long-term or chronic stress can wear you down and cause serious issues.

According to a WebMD article, there are emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms that occur because of stress.

Ongoing, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems, including mental health problems, cardiovascular disease, obesity, menstrual problems, sexual dysfunction, skin and hair problems and gastrointestinal problems.


Nutrition for Seniors

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As we get older, it becomes more and more important for us to take extra care of ourselves. Nutrition for seniors is especially vital to keep their bodies strong, minds sharp and energy levels up. Eating a healthy, well-balanced variety of foods is an excellent way to prevent and control health problems now and in the future.

Nutrition for Seniors by MD Home Health

1. Fruits and vegetables

Stadler recommends choosing from the darkest reds and deepest greens for a strong dose of vitamins and antioxidants. She also suggests blueberries, red raspberries, dark cherries and dark, leafy vegetables. Stadler stated, “When it comes to nutrients, frozen is just as good as fresh.”

2. Dairy

Dairy provides you with a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Low-fat or nonfat milk, yogurt and cheese are great options to choose from.

3. Whole grains

Whole grains are a good source of B vitamins and fiber and a key component in nutrition for seniors. According to the Whole Grains Council, whole grains can cut pre-diabetic conditions, decrease body fat, reduce stroke risk, lower the risk of many chronic diseases and much more.

4. Meat

Try to avoid going the Fred Flintstone route by consuming ridiculous amounts of red meat. Try to stick with leans meats like skinless chicken and turkey breasts. Although fried chicken can be tasty, it can also be a health hazard. Baking your meat is a great and healthy alternative to fried foods.

5. Fish

Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and is normally excluded from multivitamins. There are tons of great recipes available, but if you’re not a seafood person, try fish oil pills.

In order to maintain good nutrition for seniors, use this list as a guide toward a healthier eating lifestyle.

Also, be sure to check out MD Home Health Home Assist for great home health services and more tips on nutrition for seniors. Your health is essential. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you require it.


Age Like A Fine Wine With The Proper Corkage

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An aged wine is nothing without the support from the cork acting as a gatekeeper blocking oxygen from getting in. It is our duty as the gatekeeper for our elders to make sure they are getting the best nutrition, guidance, and advise. We want to give back and assist elders and what better way to do that than by giving them opportunity to see their grandchildren grow. While, living in heat can take a toll on anyone no matter the age, it is more fatal in our elders. Heat, especially the unforgiving heat in Arizona, causes stress, and discomfort. To alleviate the stress and provide more comfort suggest and assist elders with a cold shower or bath.

One way to give back to the generation that gave us everything we have today is to return the favor by caring for them, and educating them. You may be thinking, what could I possibly teach someone that has lived a long, full life that taught me all I know? You play a huge role in their health and success by checking up on them as they did to us when we were young-ins. Simple tasks like taking them to and from doctor appointments and check ups. Go the extra mile and tint your car windows to help avoid the sun blazing down and causing further discomfort. Assist elders by ensuring there is AC, access to a fan, and easy access to a cool place with an abundance of water.

Educate yourself so you make informed decisions for the ones you care for on proper foods like veggies and fruit that help clear toxins circulating in our MDFineWinebodies and plaque build up which leads to clogged arteries. Oversee and manage meals that provide whole grains verses processed TV dinners. Assist elders by researching their finances so you know they are not being taken advantage of. Review their medical records so you know the best way to get them what is needed. Inquire about discounts to help with the cost of medical bills, visits, and prescriptions. If you or someone you know has a loved one that needs adequate compassionate care, please contact: MD Home Health/MD Home Assist.


How Can Dogs Affect Your Aging Health?

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As a kid, I always wanted a dog! I guess what little kid doesn’t? After years of trying to convince my parents to get a dog, I finally succeeded!  Looking back, begging them for a dog proved to be a big time commitment on my part, however at the same time, well worth it! Fast-forward to today and I can still remember how happy our dog made me!  Just like when we were kids, dogs can help adults lead a more happier and healthier life! Dogs can be the perfect medicine to some of our adult health ailments! Read on to find out – how can dogs affect your aging health!

How Can Dogs Affect Your Aging Health? MD Home Health has the answers.

Dog’s Can Increase Physical Activity:

Just like when we were kids, adults need exercise too!  As an aging adult, daily exercise can lower cholesterol, maintain a healthy blood pressure, reduce hypertension and ward off diseases such as diabetes.  With our busy workloads, sometimes we may have difficulty finding the motivation to exercise.  This is where a dog comes in! What better way to get mobile then a dog.  Bigger dogs such as a labrador, collie or retriever require at least one hour of exercise a day.  Adults will have no choice but to get outside and move around.  By being active, adults can reap the health benefits of daily exercise and lead a longer, happier life thanks in part to a dog!

Dogs Can Lead to Better Mental Health:

Not only can a dog lead to better physical health but a dog can also improve our mental health.  As we get older, we have to deal with daily stressors, mood swings and for some of us, mental illness.  These adult issues can by trying and tough.  Sometimes we need a little bit of relief.  Taking time out of our day to play with a dog can provide us with this relief.   Studies show that playing with a dog can lower stress, elevate moods and help combat mental illness.  By improving our mental health, dogs allow us to lead a happier and healthier life especially as we age.

Dogs Can Get Us Social

Lastly, how can dogs affect your aging health?  By getting us social! Studies show that interaction with friends and family can improve our overall health.  As our social activities increase, we become happier and healthier individuals. Having a dog increases our chances of having social interactions.  Whether it be at the dog park or on walk, we have more opportunities to meet and engage with people by having a dog.  With a wag of a tail, dogs give us the ability to increase our social community and lead a happier more fulfilling life.

How Can Dogs Affect Your Aging Health? MD Home Health has the answers.

Whether you have a dalmatian or shit zu, dogs can help us age in a happier and healthier way!

For more information on how can dogs affect your aging health or healthy aging visit MD Home Health / Home Assist at www.mdhomehealth.com.


Aging and Fitness

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As the years go by, each workout seems a little more painful then the last.  The running and lifting that used to come easy now leaves our bodies winded and sore.  However, this should not be a reason to stop exercising.  Aging and fitness go hand-in-hand, and continuing to exercise can lead to a better quality of life especially for adults and the elderly.yoga

Fitness is amongst the best anti-aging tools that we have.  Exercise can help prevent health related problems that occur later in life. Exercise such as weight lifting and aerobic activity can help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression.  By lifting weights or performing weight-bearing exercise, adults can increase bone density and reduce fractures that can lead to less hospital visits and home care.  Aerobic exercise can lead to lower cholesterol, therefore decreasing health related problems and need for medication.  With aging and fitness, exercise can lead to a happy and healthy aging process as long as adults continue to make it a regular habit.

So, what exercises should adults tend to lean toward as they become older to avoid injury?  Older adults should tend to do more low-impact activities.  Some of the better low-impact exercises are walking, swimming, cycling, lifting weights, and yoga.  Walking is easier on adult joints and can be done practically anywhere.  Swimming can help improve endurance, flexibility and conditioning.  Cycling aides with building muscle and endurance.  Lifting lighter weights can also help older adults build muscle and strength.  Finally, yoga can increase muscle without putting unnecessary strain on the body.  Yoga classes can typically be found at gyms or studios around the community.

So although exercise can be painful at times, adults should continue to maintain a regular regime. A good regime can have positive results on the aging and fitness process.

As always, adults and the elderly should consult a professional or a physician before starting any new exercise regime.  For information or questions regarding aging and fitness for the elderly contact MD Home Health / MD Home Assist at 602.266.9971 or visit their website at www.mdhomehealth.com.


Helen Keller

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”


Directly Hiring a Caregiver to Save Money? Pt. 2

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Directly Hiring a Caregiver to Save Money? Know ALL the Risks and Costs Before Doing So. (Pt 2)  By Dave Hildebrandt, Executive Director of MD Home Health/MD Home Assist

Another area of consideration in directly hiring consists of taxes and insurance.  The IRS states that individual employers are liable for Social Security and unemployment taxes on the wages paid to a direct hire.  If you are considered to have “willfully” failed to withhold these taxes, you will be liable for not only the taxes but interest on the amount of underpayment and civil fines of up to $100,000 as well as possible criminal penalties.

Now, how about insurance? What if the caregiver is injured on the job? Back strains and falls are very common with home care.  Will your homeowner’s policy cover it, and if so, will the policy limits be sufficient?  What if the caregiver causes your loved one a serious, life-threatening or fatal injury? Will they have malpractice insurance that will compensate you for the costs? And finally, if the caregiver should break or steal any of your personal property, will they have a bond to reimburse you for their replacement?

All of these concerns are very real.  All of them can cost a family considerable amount of money and possibly even their lifetime savings should the worse occur.  But most importantly, the safety and welfare of your loved one may be at risk unless you can insure that all these steps are followed before allowing a privately hired caregiver into your home. Sure, the costs and time commitment of performing all these steps is probably more than you ever imagined, but do you really want to cut corners when dealing with the health care of your love one?

When considering ALL the costs and risks associated with the hiring of a competent caregiver, it becomes obvious that directly hiring may not be the most prudent route to go. Your alternative to direct hire? Hire a reputable, experienced agency to assume all the costs and risks associated with hiring, training, taxes and insurance, thus allowing you to give 100% of your attention and support to your loved one with the goal of them getting better or at least reaching maximum comfort.

For more information about MD Home Health or MD Home Assist, rate quotes, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us via: MD Home Health/MD Home Assist.


What is Home Assist?

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Everyone needs a little help especially as we grow older, fall ill or become disabled.  Sometimes we reach a point where we are no longer able to take care of ourselves or a family member’s daily duties or medical needs.  This is typically a tough realization for most people, however, many have found that Home Assist and Home Health provide invaluable help in their daily lives. So what is Home Assist? With Home Assist and Home Health, a professional is sent directly to your home in order to offer supportive services for non-medical and/or medical based needs.  These supportive services are provided to the elderly, chronically ill, children and the disabled.

Through Home Assist, caregivers assist patients with their daily duties or non-medical needs.  Based on a specific patient’s needs, caregivers can help with basic services such as home cleaning or running errands to more personal care services such as bathing or feeding. Home Assist is also available to help out new moms with infant care or provide aide to a sick child.
For medical-based needs, Home Health provides medical-based home health services from a registered nurse, LPN or therapist. Trained professionals can assist with post-surgical care, medication management, pediatric care, Alzheimer’s disease and other skilled services.

Under both programs, potential patients will meet with a licensed nurse or supervisor in order to create a customized plan fitting that patient’s specific needs.  With Home Health, the patient’s physician will also take part in coming up with a plan for care.  Upon meeting with a nurse or supervisor, initial care for Home Assist can begin in as little as 24 hours while Home Health medical-based care can begin within 48 hours.

Those who struggle or who have a family member that struggles with daily tasks or medical needs have found great assistance with these programs.  Home Assist and Home Health provides invaluable help to people up to 24 hours a day/seven days per week.

For more information on what is Home Assist/Home Health in addition to a list of services provided by MD Home Assist and MD Home Health please visit www.mdhomehealth.com/.


Directly Hiring a Caregiver to Save Money? Pt. 1

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Directly Hiring a Caregiver to Save Money? Know ALL the Risks and Costs Before Doing So. (Pt. 1)  By Dave Hildebrandt, Executive Director of MD Home Health/MD Home Assist

A recent study revealed that the cost of full time non-medical home care will average $45,000 per year in the state of Arizona (based on 44 hours of care per week). Given this, the tendency for some families will be to try to and economize by directly hiring a care giver to save money, rather than going through an agency.  This is a classic example of the phrase “penny wise, pound foolish”. Before taking this step, it is important that the consumer or family be aware of all the risks and costs associated with directly hiring a caregiver to save money.

There are basically two areas that a family must address when directly hiring a caregiver to save money: the caregiver’s personal background and clinical skills, and the administrative costs of taxes and insurance.

The first part to consider is the steps involved in conducting a background verification of a caregiver.  Once you have identified a potential candidate, which in and of itself is not always easy, you will need to interview them, run a criminal background check, credit and DMV check, verify their citizenship, their automobile insurance, and their list of references. Also, if they are licensed (CNA or RN/LPN), you will want to know if their license is current, in good standing, and if there has ever been any disciplinary action taken against them. Finally, you will want to be sure they have no communicable diseases, specifically TB, and have taken First Aid and have a current CPR training certification.

Should all of the background verification go smoothly, you will then need to be able to determine the actual competency of the caregiver, especially if you are requiring special skills that will be needed to provide the care. Are you qualified to do this?  Do you really want to use your loved one to test their competency?

And finally, suppose your direct-hired caregiver is sick, wants a day off, gets injured or simply doesn’t show for work.  Will you be prepared with a list of qualified and trained alternate caregivers who will report on a moment’s notice?

For more information about MD Home Health or MD Home Assist, rate quotes, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact us via: MD Home Health/MD Home Assist.


Buddha

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”