Friday, November 10, 2017

Healthy Eating - Four Reasons to Take Probiotics

If you are someone who is interested in maximizing your health, one thing you might be considering is your intake of probiotics. These healthy bacteria live in the stomach and help keep your immune system strong, promote optimal digestion, and keep your entire body working in proper order.

While everyone needs to be consuming a healthy dose of probiotics on a regular basis, there are particular times when you need to increase your dose.

Let's take a closer look at the main times when serving yourself a little extra dose of probiotics is a wise move...

1. When You Are Ill. Because probiotics play a vital role in keeping your immune system in top shape, it is important you focus on consuming these probiotics when you are struggling with your health.

If you are currently ill, an extra dose can give you the power your body needs to fend off whatever it is fighting: helping you get back to optimal health. When you have a common cold or the flu, as well as when you are struggling with a health issue, an additional dose could be helpful.

2. After You Have Completed The Prescribed Antibiotics. While you are sick and need antibiotics, they can be useful. What they won't be good for is your gut health. Antibiotics will kill any harmful bacteria currently residing in your system. However, they will also take out all the "good" bacteria.

Serving yourself an extra dose of probiotics during this time can help bring your gut environment back to optimal, ensuring your immune system stays strong.

3. Before And During Travel. The next time it is a smart move to add a few extra probiotics to your daily menu is before and during travel. Before travel, the goal is to make your immune system as healthy as possible, which will help fend off any viruses present in the area you are going.

During the traveling period, taking the probiotics will help keep your system as healthy as possible, and help you avoid any digestive woes that may occur due to eating foods, not your typical dining choices. If you are all about trying local cuisine when you travel, your taste buds may enjoy this, but your stomach may feel otherwise. Using a probiotic may help prevent unwanted issues from occurring.

4. Throughout Pregnancy. Finally, the last time to make sure a probiotic is present in your life is throughout pregnancy. Keeping your body extra healthy at this point is important, and a good quality probiotic may help to reduce your risk of suffering from birth-related complications such as Gestational diabetes.

As you can see, a probiotic is not something you want to slough off and take lightly. It is a must-have in any diet plan aiming to keep you as healthy as possible.

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How to Find Quality Caregivers for Residential Care Homes

It can be sometimes difficult to find quality caregivers for residential care homes, also called personal care homes. A quality caregiver should be someone who provides daily activities for the residents, show initiative and quick response, demonstrate sound judgement and provide confident care.

Hiring a caregiver at times can be a little overwhelming. There are many issues to consider before opening the classifieds, calling caregiver agencies, and searching the Internet for independent contractors. Since this is stepping into unknown territory, it's a good idea to leverage word of mouth referrals from family members and friends. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it is a huge part of finding a quality caregivers for residential care homes. With that said, here are three suggestions to help find quality caregivers for a residential care homes.

Caregiver Agencies - Hiring caregiver agencies can be expensive, but a lot of them are bonded and insured. It is important to ask the agency if they provide employees to do the work. Some agencies recruit caregivers looking for work from a referral list and do not perform background checks before hiring them. Reputable agencies ensure their caregivers pass criminal background checks, screening for communicable diseases, and are trained in CPR and first aid. However, if the caregiver does not work out, you can request a replacement. Also, agency CNAs may have nurses assigned to the residential care home to ensure that policies and procedures are being followed. Remember, you are hiring quality caregivers for a 24/7 operation. Bottom line, it takes money, time, and energy to provide consistent, high-quality care to your residents. It should not be something you enter into lightly.

Independent Contractor - This may be more affordable, but be careful! Find out if the caregiver has a current certified nursing assistant license. This will ensure the person can provide basic care for your residents. Also, perform a criminal background check and verify the caregiver's references. If everything seems legitimate, ask family members to sit in during the interview to confirm they feel comfortable with this person before caring for your special loved one. One thing you can do is call CNA schools to get staff members. CNA schools are always looking to place their qualified students in externships, temporary and permanent jobs.

In-Home Respite Care Services - It is vitally important to take care of yourself as you take care of your residents and loved ones. Plan your relief by assessing your needs. Some of these might include personal free time during the day to run errands, transporting residents, or daily activities (e.g., cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.). Some caregiver agencies offer this service to provide temporary or regular support to caregivers that work a 24/7 schedule. Other forms of nonmedical respite breaks can be provided by family, friends, neighbors and volunteers from local retirement groups. Also consider college-bound students that need to fulfill community service hours, faith-based and non-profit organizations to cover short, nonmedical in-home intervals.

Do You Want the Best Caregivers? - Are you comfortable with the people representing your brand? Are these people exceeding your expectations when it comes to implementing your systems, policies and procedures? Do you feel confident that your residents are receiving the best 24/7 care possible every single day? Now that you know how to find a quality caregiver, when are you going to spend the time, money, and energy to do it? Who is responsible to ensure that your residents are receiving the highest standard of care? Each caregiver has a lasting impact on your business, your residents, and your bottom line. Pick and choose wisely.

Sharman Lawson is the president and senior consultant at Care Consulting and Training, LLC. As a care home consulting firm, Care Consulting and Training, LLC has helped hundreds of people get licensed throughout the country using their customized products, services, training, and consulting programs. President, Sharman Lawson is the author of the book "12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever" and an e-book "The Blueprint to Start and Run a Personal Care Home." Sharman Lawson has appeared and been featured in Money Magazine for Women, The Oregonian, Atlanta Live, Good Day Northwest, and other local and national media.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Guide To Finding The Best Hospital

When you get sick, you want the best healthcare. To help you out, here are some of the factors you should consider when choosing a hospital:

Nature of the facility

How does the facility look like? As rule of thumb, it should be equipped with all the necessary equipment. It also should have fully functional laboratories. The hospital will be better off if it has laboratories that cater for a particular condition. For example, if should have an ear laboratory, abdominal laboratory and so on. Some of the must have facilities include: CT scan, dialysis, and cardiac catheterization lab.

You also should consider the quality standards of the hospital. For peace of mind that the facility provides you with the best care, ensure that it meets the quality standards. If you are looking for a hospital for a loved one, ask for brochures that show the facility's credentials.

The other thing you need to consider is the reputation of the hospital. The cool thing is that you can tell this by simply reading the online reviews of the institution. If there are many negative reviews, avoid the hospital.

Patient infections are common in hospitals. To avoid the infections, you need to ensure that the hospital you are looking to go is clean.

It's common for patients suffering from complex conditions to be admitted. To make sure that you get the best care, take a look at the nature of the wards. Are they clean? Is there enough food? How many people sleep on the same bed at the same time?

Quality of the doctors

The quality of the doctors is critical for your well-being. The last thing you want is to work with an unqualified doctor. You should research the qualifications of the doctors before you attend the facility. The cool thing is that you can easily tell the skills of the doctors by simply reading the information given on the hospital website.

In addition to the qualifications, also consider the ratio of the physicians to patients. While the doctors might be qualified, they won't give you a great service if there are many patients to attend to. In addition to the doctor being overworked thus tired, he/she might not have enough time to work with you. To get excellent and personalized care, join an institution with enough doctors.

Ease of access

This comes in handy when the patient is too sick. A hospital that is easy to access also makes it easy for patient visits. Although, not mandatory, you will be better off working with a hospital that is close to the main road.


How much does the hospital cost? This is crucial. While quality service always comes at a cost, you don't have to spend a lot of money all the time. There are many good quality hospitals that charge less. All you need to do is to do enough research to identify them.


These are some of the factors you should consider when choosing a hospital for yourself or a loved one. For a great service, work with a reputable health facility.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Seniors Happy

As your senior loved ones age, they're likely to feel a bit isolated. This is the time when you need to be with them and help them in any way you can. Your efforts will go a long way in keeping their health intact and making them happy. It will also assist your senior's live-in caregivers do their job properly. Here's a look at five simple ways to make your senior's day.

Make it a point to talk to your seniors regularly and address all their emotional needs. Many seniors tend to keep their feelings and emotions to themselves and do not want to be a burden on their families. If you notice any changes in their behavior, engage in a casual conversation with them and try to find out what's troubling them.

As your seniors progress in age, their self-esteem may lower. At this stage, your attitude and behavior towards them can uplift their mood or add to their misery. Consider gifting your loved one a senior-friendly cell phone and teach them how to use social media and keep in touch with them.

Be Available
Give your seniors the assurance that you'll always be just a phone call away. It is important that they know who to call if they suffer from any injury or any other condition. As a responsible adult and caring individual, you should learn how to provide first aid help in case of an emergency and teach your senior loved one what to do in a critical situation. This will reduce their stress and anxiety.

Provide Groceries
Leaving the house, going to the grocery store and shopping for groceries can be a tiresome experience for your seniors. You can help them by supplying their basic needs to their door, if you can. Also make sure to get them their medicine refills.

Online grocery shopping has made the lives easier of several shoppers all over the world. Whether or not your senior is tech savvy, it is best to teach you senior how to shop for groceries online. This will save you both the hassle.

Your senior may be going through a hard time due to the recent loss of someone close to them. This is made worse by a rapid decline in their mental and physical abilities. For these seniors, your senior loved one faces a high risk of depression. If your senior is refusing medication, be gentle and considerate with them. Help them with a few simple tasks to boost their confidence. You can consult a psychologist for this purpose.

Senior citizens often fall prey to a number of online scams- such as medical insurance and car insurance frauds. It is necessary to take out some time and explain to your senior loved one all the online scams that exist.

Find information brochures or any other documents you can to help them be aware of investment frauds, online identity theft and phishing scams. If your senior uses the computer regularly, make sure to keep them away from scams and malware. Install a trusted antivirus in their electronic gadgets and teach them how to use and update it.

Author Bio:

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What Americans Should Know About the Canadian Medical System

I'm not sure if the Canadian medical system is as perfect as some Americans might believe. As an example, we have one hospital in our city with 36,000 people. This facility services surrounding areas with a total of approximately 100,000 people. The federal and provincial governments have drastically reduced funding for hospitals. Here is what happens when you go to the emergency here...

One enters the building and takes a ticket waiting for triage nurse to assess, then your sent to a registration area to check in. If you're sick or wounded but not life threatening a 4-10-hour wait is normal. Once ten or eleven P.M. comes around there is one doctor to take care of everyone. If an ambulance comes in then you just wait longer. If there is a serious injury our hospital is not equipped to handle the emergency, a helicopter comes to air lift people to anther facility. This is unfortunate because they are not saving lives, but stabilizing while waiting to air lift them. If it is a car accident or serious injury the police are involved, ambulance drivers, maybe even child protective services. The problem is this one Doctor is stuck doing paperwork while so many other people need attention. The question is what happens when there are multiple people in an accident with life threatening situations? There is only one physician there, and now according to what I hear they are making them do 16 hour shifts. This hospital invested millions of dollars in updating the building to look modern, but cutting back on doctors.

Anyways, once you are called in your put in a room where the wait can be hours before the doctor actual comes in to see you. Again, if an ambulance happens to arrive at that moment understandably you are there in the room for a very long time. Nobody goes to the hospital as an outing, they are there for medical attention, and if you're sick or wounded it is grueling. This is indirectly mental torture, and there are signs if you become aggressive or rude they can refuse service. Wait your ten hours suck it up butter cup. When the doctor finally arrives if you need x-rays or blood work that takes time, and many instances even longer to get results.

The advantage of our medical system is you don't pay for the service, each citizen has a medical card that covers all this care through our outrageous taxation? To add insult to injury many communities must raise money to get the proper medical equipment for their hospitals. I don't blame the doctors or nurses but our governments not funding hospitals properly. Maybe it's me, but we keep bringing in people from other countries, supporting them when we can't even provide swift or at times proper medical service to our own citizens.

I understand that so many people are complaining in the states about the costs of medical insurance. The Canadian system has many flaws as well, where people have died in the emergency rooms waiting for help. I believe if you're Canadian or American there needs to be a solution were every citizen receives the care needed.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Who Should Pay For Our Health Care?

The debate goes on, should the government be responsible for providing our health care?

There are many arguments for and against national healthcare.

At one time, everyone was responsible for their own health, there was no insurance. In that day and age, medical care was a lot less expensive than it is today, even taking into account the rate of inflation over the years.

The rise in cost has in part is because of all the new technology available today, but to a large degree, the rising cost is due to increased demand.

Because of the change in our national mentality, in a large part due to negotiated union contracts, everyone thinks their health care is free. Most have come to believe it is a right, a right no one pays for.

I'm a firm believer that affordable healthcare should be available to everyone.

However, because of the present system, very few people realize the cost of health care, and because it is presumably free to them, they go to the doctor for every little sniffle they get. Many visits are unnecessary and costly. People go to the emergency room for a skinned knee, or a splinter in their hand, these emergencies could be taken care of at home.

It has become "fashionable" to go to the emergency room.

Health insurance should be paid for by the individual. If each individual was responsible for their healthcare, they would become more knowledgeable on what "works" and what doesn't.

Most companies that provide health insurance allocate a certain amount of wages for the payment of benefits including health insurance, whether they tell the employee or not.

The individual employee should be made aware of this, that money should be allocated to the individual so they can purchase their health care on an individual basis.

Thereby eliminating any corporate influence the company could exert on the insurance company, and it would open the insurance industry to more competition, that is always a good thing.

That would enable the individual to have more control over his health care and ensure his right to have or not have insurance.

In some cases, when both spouses work and are covered by their individual company insurance, both companies are providing and paying for health insurance and only one health plan is needed.

Therefore, money is wasted by the couple because they don't use the insurance provided by one company. If the money was allocated to the employee, he or she could decide how to best use the money in a way that would benefit the couple instead of the money being flushed down the drain.

It would make the individual more responsible for his own health and welfare, and it would be his choice to have or not have health care.

If he chooses not to have health insurance, then he would be responsible for any charges incurred, and pay the consequences for not having insurance.

By cutting down on the demand by eliminating people going to a doctor or emergency room unless necessary, then the cost would naturally come down, and people would find the alternative, less expensive, better forms of treatment.

Of course, there will always be an element of society who are unable to care for themselves and they should be provided for, but there are far too many people abusing the system.

The only way to prevent that is for people to be in charge of their own health. Regardless of what you believe, no one, including the government will look after you like you will.

This is America, our country was founded on the idea of the individual being able to make his or her own choices concerning how to run their lives, it's time we returned to those ideals and get government out of life management.

I have traversed the globe in search of truth, my truth, during which time I have had an opportunity to study with Aborigine elders, native American Indians, and some of the world's finest intuitive. All of this has lead me to better understand our world and all things therein contained.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

5 Things To Keep In Mind While You're Researching Home Hemodialysis Companies

It's hard not to notice the number of dialysis centers popping up all over many areas of the country. Though these dialysis centers are considered to be specific in providing this life-saving procedure in-house, many of them have taken the term 'in house' very literally by also touting their place as home hemodialysis companies. As the medical landscape changes from day-to-day, so, too, does the idea of undergoing a medical procedure in the comfort of your own home.

There's no doubt that you are already being bombarded by the trials and tribulations of being diagnosed with kidney failure, which is why you need to undergo dialysis. The last thing you need to worry about is how to approach treatment, and for those looking to maintain their lives as normally as possible, having treatments at home sounds fantastic. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind when deciding the best course of treatment for you:

1. How is Training Handled? If you're thinking that home dialysis is right for you, you have to think about who exactly will be in charge of running the procedure. Both you and, if applicable, a partner or family member must be trained to handle the materials & machinery involved. When looking for the right dialysis company, find out if they provide training.

2. How Much Does This Cost? Depending on whether you're operating from health insurance or government program, you need to take into account how much treatment will cost. You may find that perhaps holes in your health plan may not cover some costs or that your government-assisted health program covers only so many treatments for a week. Remember that training also costs money, so you'll need to be sure to talk things out with your health plan provider to see what options you have available.

3. Is Your Home Equipped for Home Hemodialysis? This is a bit of a complex question. For starters, you'll need to be sure your house can work with the machinery your treatments will use. You'll also need to see if you have a layout that handles any physical changes you'll need to make to accommodate this machinery. The complexity arises when you consider whether you or your proposed partner are ready to handle treatments. Extended medical care can be very taxing on the person being treated & on those administering treatments. It would be a good idea to ask if any home hemodialysis companies have social workers available to help when times get a little tough.

4. What Else is Offered? in doing your research, find out if these companies provide other services to patients such as disaster response assistance or general educational programs.

5. Always Remember the Risk - Some of the main risks you'll need to be aware of are low blood pressure & infection. The right training helps these be less common, but still keep in mind more severe risks such as air embolisms & blood loss.
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