Category: Top 10’s


September is National Healthy Aging Month


10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself during September Is Healthy Aging® Month:

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip:  Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!)
  2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news.)
  3. Ditch the downer friends. Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers.)
  4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)
  5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)
  6. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)
  7. Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, take a class,  invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, choose a new person every week for your dining out.)
  8. Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)
  9. Get a physical. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while. (Tip: For a list of recommended annual health screenings, a great resource is the My Health Finder. Here’s what Medicare Covers.
  10. Find your inner artist. Who says taking music lessons is for young school children? You may have an artist lurking inside you just waiting to be tapped.  Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and discover your inner artist!)

Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet


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Top 10 ways to take care of your feet

1.       Wash your feet everyday: It is extremely important to keep your feet clean and free of any excess dead skin or infection. Make sure cleaning your feet is part of your bathing regimen.

2.       Proper nail care, use appropriate tools and techniques: Keep toe nails clipped to avoid cracking or breakage. Do not use anything to clip nails other than an approved piece of equipment to do so. (i.e. biting, chewing, or common household tools such as a knife.)

3.       Use lotions or medications as needed: Keep feet moisturized while treating any corns or blisters with proper medication. Simple sores can develop into extremely serious foot pain if not treated properly and timely.

4.       Dry between toes: Most of us forget to dry our feet completely when done bathing; ensure that you are drying between all toes to avoid blistering or skin dying.

5.       Check for discoloration or blistering: Feet should be receiving the same amount of blood flow as the rest of the body. If you feet or ankles have swelling, discoloration, or pain you should immediately contact your doctor and make an appointment.

6.       Always wear cotton or wool socks: Proper foot coverage allows the feet to breathe and circulate blood to toes. Other materials can cause blood flow loss or skin irritation.

7.       Do not go barefoot, protect your feet: Never go outside without shoes on. Many objects contain bacteria or viruses that could potentially cause serious damage to your feet, legs, or overall health.

8.       Stay active: The best way to care for your feet it to keep active. It is very important that as you age you retain the ability to use both feet in the highest capacity possible.

9.       Make regular appoints to have feet assessed: Let you physician know the condition of your feet; it is vital that you communicate any and all needs including your feet to your doctor.

10.   Get professional help when needed: If you are experiencing any form of foot or leg pain it is important that you seek professional help. Many times our legs and/or feet will give us warning signs of something wrong with us physically. For more information about proper foot care or any other nail care please visit www.lovemynurse.com or contact the agency directly with any questions you may have.


Top 10 things you should know when looking for healthcare coverage


At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we want to see all members of the community function at their highest level possible. We are here to help, assist, and provide the community with the best home health care possible in addition to providing community resources for those seeking additional help. Please contact our agency today to find out more about our senior homecare services, in-home therapy programs, or beauty services provided directly in the home. One of our homecare specialist will be able to provide answers to questions as well as coordinate any homecare service you may need!

Top 10 things you should know when looking for healthcare coverage

1.      Know the provider: When making any decision it is always best to start a relationship with someone you can trust. Make sure you are doing business with a creditable source. Do some research online about policies available, coverage, and costs associated with care.

2.      Know your needs: Make a list of current list medical complications or treatments you have experienced over the duration of your life. This list will help guide you as to what sort of coverage you require or help anticipate future needs. Age also will dictate the sort of coverage you will need as well; be sure coverage is adequate for future needs.

3.      Do not be afraid to ask questions: Most people have a natural tendency to be scared of looking unknowledgeable about a subject. If you are unclear about anything regarding the information being explained to you about future coverage; do not hesitate to ask about something unclear. Take notes so you can later compare companies or coverage.

4.      Shop Around: According to SNL Financial, the top 10 health insurance companies hold a combined 47.5% of the market share. A good consumer will always find the best price. With insurance that same philosophy should apply when looking for the best deal. Inquire from other friends, family, or relatives that may have similar policies and find out how much they spend. Most companies have online access that deliverer quotes in the same day.

5.      Research you decision: Make sure you coverage is the best fit for you. Most policies have the ability to be canceled within a certain time frame. If you feel you have made a mistake, do not be afraid to find different coverage. Also, stay familiar with what is available on the marketplace. New coverage could become available and cheaper rates could apply.

6.      Know what you are paying for: Find out all details associated with the cost of coverage. Do not be fooled just because you are paying more thinking your coverage is better. Compare rates and coverage from multiple providers.

7.      Know your policy: Find out all details associated with the coverage in your policy. Ensure that proper hospitalization, long-term care, or immediate care costs are covered. Hidden costs are common with any form of insurance coverage so know exactly what is covered.

8.      Stay in communication: Call your insurance agent on a regular basis to make sure no changes have been made and all contact information is accurate. If any address changes, phone numbers, or relevant information needing to be updated; let you agent know immediately.

9.      Inquire about current and potential changes to policy: Policy changes can be frequent in the senior population so make sure you know what they are. Be sure to find out coverage limitations and spending limits.

10.    Visit www.lovemynurse.com for any additional information you may require

 


Top 10 ways to avoid falling


Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services wants all seniors and those experiencing difficulty walking/standing to be as safe as possible. We provide education for all topics including information about Medicare, Home Health Care Benefits, or covered services. Please contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services today and a homecare representative will be glad to provide clarity to any of your questions!

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Falling

1.      Wear proper shoes and socks: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) one in three seniors fall every year. Make sure you are wearing shoes/socks allowing movement of the feet and toes. Shoes should fit appropriately to the foot providing a smooth balanced surface to walk on.

 2.      Find your balance: Before you stand from a sitting position make sure you have proper footing before rising. Do not get too far away from the chair as you can always sit right back down instead of hitting the floor.

3.      Remove unnecessary obstacles: Do not leave needless items lying around that could potential cause you to fall. Make sure hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms are easy to navigate. Ensure pathways are properly lit at night for easy navigation along with assistive devices within reach.

4.      Take medications correctly: Most medications have side effects that cause dizziness and/or drowsiness. Do not over or under medicate yourself as this can cause unwanted reactions including risks for a falls. Pay close attention to all warning labels printed on the side of prescription bottles and follow instructions given by pharmacist.

5.      Use ramps and sidewalks: Most buildings provide easy access to enter or exit. Public places are required by law to provide ramps along with handicap accessible access to all areas including bathrooms. Do not be afraid to avoid stairs or escalators if you feel uncomfortable when an elevator is available.

6.      Use a cane or walker: Equipment has become very affordable or may even be provided by your physician. Preventative maintenance measures can be the best way to avoid any serious problem. Check with you local pharmacy or equipment provider to see what will work best for you individual situation.

7.      Have your eyes checked: Make regular optical appointments. If you wear glasses make sure your prescription is current and accurate. When you have the ability to see better you can avoid danger at a much higher success rate.

8.      Have your hearing checked: Having the ability to hear is imperative with regards to any form of safety. Be sure you can hear any and all signs of danger or potential risks. Have regular scheduled appointments with your hearing specialist or if you wear hearing aides have them cleaned routinely.

9.      Read safety signs: Safety signs are mandatory in buildings to provide visitors with information about wet areas, construction, and other various risks associated with maintenance being conducted. Pay attention to all posted signs and risks in any public place.

10.  Visit www.lovemynurse.com for any additional information you may require.


Top 10 things you should do when leaving the hospital


At Love My Nurse Home Health Care; we not only provide home health services and senior care services but education for those seeking a higher quality of home health care.

Top 10 Things you should do when leaving the hospital

1.      Meet with Physician or Hospitalist: When you are in the hospital it is very rare that you will be seen by your regular doctor. It is imperative that you collect as much information from the physician who has been in charge of your care to discuss with your Primary Care Physician on follow-up appointment.

2.      Ask hospital about discharge planning: Hospitals offer a service for all patients leaving the hospital known as discharge planning. This is a department of the facility that organizes care when you leave the hospital. It is best to educate yourself to the providers and services that are available. The best option for you is a personal selection that you are given a choice in who you select. The best fit for you might include a facility, outpatient therapy or even home health care.

3.      Create your own plan: It is best to have a general idea of your needs upon leaving the hospital. Make a list of medications you were taking prior to the hospital visit and compare to new prescriptions. Have an understanding of new limitations that maybe imposed from surgery or medical condition.

4.      Follow up with your Primary Care Physician: According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) over 16% of patients are readmitted to the hospital after being treated for a medical condition. Communication of current conditions and symptoms is vital to your regular doctor to avoid a visit back to the hospital.

5.      Be familiar with healthcare options: Most consumers are unaware of options available after leaving the hospital. Be familiar with what your insurance will cover and take advantage of policy benefits. Coverage can vary depending on policy and insurance company; be educated about what services you are covered for.

6.      Follow instructions: Any medical procedure or surgery requires important after care. Ensure that all medications are being taken, bandages changed, and restrictions followed. Stay in communication with your doctor and relay any additional concerns you may have. Make sure any change in condition is immediately reported to your doctor or surgeon.

7.      Stay Hydrated: Two thirds of the human body is water; dehydration occurs when the body is not resupplied with necessary fluids. Proper hydration is vital for proper brain and kidney function. Your body will not have the ability to heal if it does not have the correct water supply. It is recommended that the average adult should consume eight (8) eight ounce glasses of water each day to stay properly hydrated.

8.      Eat Healthy: Proper nutrition consists of a well balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. Any recovery process will need to include a balanced diet along with following direct orders of the doctor or surgeon. Failure to maintain a well balanced diet regimen could result in further healthcare complications.

9.      Discharge Planning Checklist: Medicare.gov has an excellent Discharge Planning Checklist available on their website. This document explains various terminology and options available to those leaving the hospital. It is a great resource for anybody leaving the hospital, not just seniors.

10.  Visit www.lovemynurse.com for any additional information you may require.