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How to Stay Active During the Warm Summer Months

With the days getting warmer, and the nights stretching out a little bit longer, the summer season is once again upon us. With the heat ever increasing, it’s very important to remember that the list of activities you perform daily must change with the seasons.  The physical stress upon your body can be very severe during the hotter months, and even the recovery time for procedures can be very different.

One of the most important aspects of seasonal climate change can be the necessity for additional water to stay healthy and hydrated.  Simple activities like regular walks and light exercises that may be done during the cooler months, can cause your body to react quite differently during the warmer months. Monitoring your heart rate, and making sure to not over-exert yourself should be regular occurrences.  Learning to pace yourself during the warmer months is a good practice. Remember to keep track of how long your walk is, or set reminders to let you know when you should take a break.

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Animal Companions as Healers

elder-gentleman-with-dog-on-benchOn a path to recovery or overcoming an impromptu surgery, there can be many hurdles to overcome. Some challenges may be physical, while lengthy recovery times may result in emotional strains. Sometimes, emotional and mental hurdles can be difficult to get past. In times like these, it may take more than a great homecare specialist or physical therapist. It may take time and effort from a very unexpected friend.

For many years dogs, cats, and other animals have been providing assistance to people in the course of their daily activities. Recently, animals that can help people overcome the melancholy of post surgery recovery or rehabilitation can be a very valuable assistance. While emotional support animals often provide companionship, alleviate loneliness, and can ameliorate depression and anxiety. (link https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet)

Studies have found that individuals who use animals as a companion or comfort through difficult healing times can be at a much lower risk of heart attack, and have lower blood pressure.

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A Healthy Diet and Physical Activity May be Your Best Defense Against Kidney Disease

Healthy Eating FruitsKidney disease affects nearly 20 million people, and is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Kidney disease does damage to your kidneys, stopping them from cleaning your blood they way they should. This allows waste to build up in your body, and can even do damage to your heart, and weaken your bones.

Maintaining a healthy diet is the first step to prolonging the health of your kidneys. Keeping your blood pressure in the correct range, and eating lower sodium foods as well as fruits and vegetables can make a huge difference.  Remember to try and stay physically active as well.  Many are there for support and to help inform people of their choices, such as the National Kidney Foundation, the ‘leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

Diabetes remains the leading cause of kidney disease. In 2012, diabetes led to over 50,000 new cases of kidney disease. The fact is, most people with kidney disease aren’t aware they have it.  This is why it’s so important to get screened early, and continuously meet your sugar levels regularly if you have diabetes. Be sure to get checked out by your physician if you begin to see any unusual symptoms, which may include:

• Fatigue, weakness
• Difficult, painful urination
• Foamy urine
• Pink, dark urine (blood in urine)
• Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
• Puffy eyes
• Swollen face, hands, abdomen, ankles, feet
• Increased thirst

While this information is meant to inform you, it should in no way replace regular medical checkups or educated conversations with a health care professional.

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Vacation coverage for caregiver travel

Vacation coverage for caregiver travel

Vacation coverage is a wonderful alternative for full time caregivers to plan a get away without the worry of loved ones being left unattended.  Whether it’s meal preparation, accompaniment to appointments or  helping with daily activities such as bathing and dressing, we strive to make sure that they can maintain the continuity of care and peace of mind in your absence.

Vacation coverage can be catered specifically to the needs of your loved ones. Our skillfully matched and well trained staff will maintain a clean environment, assist with meal planning, shopping and preparation,and pet care upon request.

We also assist with medication reminders and ensure safe activities of daily living with personal hygiene. We have unlimited options for you, whether you’d like to leave for a few hours or several weeks. Contact us today to find out how affordable our vacation coverage care can be.

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