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Five Ways to Keep “Happy” in the Holidays

Updated November 20, 2022 While the holidays can be a wonderful time of the year for many people, they can also be lonely and anxiety-ridden for others. But what if we told you that your overall health would improve if you spent more time with friends and family (even your annoying uncle)? Research shows that people with strong ties to others live longer, happier, and healthier lives. So, even if you are dreading the inevitable political conversation with your brother-in-law, that dialogue can actually be beneficial if you utilize some best practices. FirstLantic has some tips for not only surviving (but thriving) during the holiday season this year. Positive communication is one of the keys to a happy celebration. It doesn’t mean you can’t have some debates, but you need to do it in a way that creates a dialogue and not a diatribe. With the divisiveness in our country, there is also bound to be some friction between family members. However, we could all use a lesson in listening more effectively and trying to see each other’s viewpoints. We know – it’s easier said than done but practice these five techniques, and you might be surprised at the outcome. Use active listening – listening is different from simply hearing. Active listening means that you are engaged and respectful and ask questions if you want to clarify a point. A great approach can be to paraphrase what someone else says to ensure that you heard them correctly and understood their intent and not just the words. In fact, why not try to listen more and talk a little less? Put yourself in their shoes – at the end of the day, the world would be extremely dull if we all thought alike. At the same time, differing viewpoints don’t have [...]

Reasons to Get Help From a Home Caregiver During the Holidays

  'Tis the season for eggnog, decorations, parties, and celebrating with family and friends. However, it can also be the season of fighting for a parking spot, endless meal preparation, and trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Add that to the reality of being a caregiver for your loved one, and you have a recipe for stress. There are only so many hours in the day, so how do you balance it all without a migraine? One way to take the burden off yourself is to hire a home caregiver. Home care professionals are trained specifically on elder care issues. They can not only help with the healthcare needs of seniors, but they can also assist with light housework, cooking, shopping, and meal preparation. FirstLantic Healthcare highlights five ways hiring a home caregiver can lighten the load for you and your loved one. 1. Holiday Shopping Whether dealing with the crowds at the mall or shopping online, your loved one might benefit from some support. A caregiver can provide transportation to stores, mail packages and help navigate e-commerce sites that might be unfamiliar territory. It will free up your time while enabling your relative to check everyone off their shopping list. 2. Decorations Hauling out a tree and getting on a ladder to decorate can be strenuous for anyone, especially for someone older. And yet decorating is something that your mom loves to do. So, let her deck the halls. With additional assistance, she can continue to do the things she enjoys without you worrying. 3. Baking Every year since you were a child, your mom baked cookies, cakes, and other holiday treats. However, it isn't as easy for her as it used to be. Getting the ingredients this time of year can mean dealing with [...]

Five Steps to Bonding with Your Home Health Caregiver

  Updated November 7, 2022 Home health caregivers provide invaluable services, ensuring you get the necessary support as you age.  Depending on your needs, they can assist with medication management, personal hygiene, light housekeeping, transportation, and more. And they become a much-needed companion to offer help so you can stay in the comfort of your own home. But having a new person in your household can be an adjustment. That’s why it’s crucial to find the right person and build a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect. FirstLantic Healthcare offers tips on the best ways to connect with your home health caregiver. Communication Communication is the key to any good relationship, so why would it be different with a caregiver? However, strong communication takes work and usually only develops when there is a good rapport. If you can, spend time with your caregiver face to face and get to know them as a person before having them work with you. Provide them with as much information about your situation as possible such as your likes and dislikes, background story, needs, etc., and listen to any concerns they may have. Ask them questions about how they approach caregiving, and make sure that you both have clear expectations. Preferences Discuss your preferences with the caregiver as soon as they start. For example, if you like to read the paper first thing in the morning with your coffee or your husband can’t stand watching TV during the day, it’s essential to share that information. Detailing your food choices, housekeeping standards, and activities you enjoy will also ensure that your caregiver has the knowledge they need to avoid misunderstandings later. Appreciation and Respect Working as a home health aide is not easy, and it often can be a thankless job. Don’t forget to let the person know [...]

Discussing Home Healthcare with Your Parents

Home Healthcare - is it time to have a discussion with your parents?  Seeing someone you love become more forgetful or frail is difficult. After all, your parents were the ones that always took care of you. They comforted you when you skinned your knee, helped put you through college, and reassured you when you had problems with your own kids. So how do you have that difficult conversation when you think they might need help? While it may not be totally comfortable, FirstLantic offers some communication techniques that can make it easier. Assess the situation. If you have already tried speaking with your parents about home healthcare and run into a brick wall, take a step back and assess why they may be resistant. For many older people, seeking help is a step towards giving up some of their independence, and they may feel like once they make that decision, they can never go back. Understanding the root causes of your parents' behavior can help you identify the best way to communicate effectively. Don't be condescending. They are your parents, not your children. Don't talk down to them. Just as you get irritated when your own kids make fun of your technology skills (or lack thereof), your parents will feel the same way if they feel they are being patronized. Slow down. While you may have been thinking about this home healthcare for a while, your parents may need some time to digest it. After all, you are asking them to acknowledge that they may need help and realize that by getting help, they are giving up some of their independence. You may need to delicately broach the subject several times before they are ready to listen. Give them your full attention. Don't try to have this conversation as [...]

Home Health Care and Assisted Living Myths

  The choice between home healthcare and assisted living can be difficult.  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about both. FirstLantic wants to help you make the best possible decision for care. Take the short quiz below to test your knowledge and ensure you have the facts.  Answers are provided at the end. 1. Home Healthcare Aides (HHA) always live in the home of their clients. True or False. 2. Home Healthcare services can include which of the following? Medication management Light household chores Transportation to appointments Companionship All of the above 3. Independent Living and Communities for Age 55+ are basically the same. True or False. 4. Home Healthcare is often more expensive than assisted living. True or False. 5. Home care is only for patients who have been recently discharged from rehab or a hospital. True or False. 6. Assisted living facilities do not allow you to customize care. True or False. 7. Pets are allowed at most assisted living facilities. True or False. 8. Home care is impossible if a client has serious medical problems like dementia. True or False. 9. Home Healthcare aides must be certified. True or False. 10. I can set my own schedule if I choose to live in an assisted living facility. True or False.     Answers Below 1. False – Home Health aides can live in the home if required but can also come on an as-needed, hourly basis. 2. All of the above. In addition, many agencies offer other services, such as help with personal hygiene and meal preparation, and more specialized services, such as memory care. 3. False - A 55+ community is age-restricted and usually offers amenities like a pool, gym, golf course, etc. When seniors live in a 55+ community, they are responsible for themselves, including housekeeping, meals, [...]

Diabetes:  How to Reverse Symptoms without Medication

  Diabetes affects an estimated 34.2 million or 10.5% of the population in the U.S., according to research from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control. That number includes 210,000 children and adolescents younger than age 20. Compared to other Western countries, the statistics for Americans are significantly higher.   For example, the number of Italians suffering from the disease is almost half that of Americans. So, why is the rate in the U.S. so much higher than in other parts of the world, and what can we do about it? FirstLantic, a company dedicated to quality home healthcare, provides some insights. Reasons for Increases in Diabetes within the U.S: Not enough exercise Too much fast food Not enough fruits and vegetables Too many processed foods with high sugar and salt content Super-sized food portions What Can be Done? The good news is that many people can keep their Diabetes under control with lifestyle changes, and studies show it's even possible to reverse it. People can reach and hold normal blood sugar levels without medication through diet modifications, exercise, and weight loss. Diet: What to Eat We hear a lot about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, and Italians prove it works. Plant-based foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices, are the foundation of the diet, and olive oil is the primary source of added fat. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are eaten in moderation, and red meat and sweets are consumed only occasionally. Olive oil is the primary source of added fat in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil provides monounsaturated fat, which lowers total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (or "bad") cholesterol levels. Nuts and seeds also contain monounsaturated fat. Fatty fish, such as mackerel, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon, are rich in omega-3 [...]

Four Types of Home Healthcare Services for Veterans

Veterans deserve the best home healthcare possible. After all, they risked their lives to protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. But because veterans are used to sacrificing for others, it can be difficult for them to ask for help as they get older. Many would prefer to stay in the comfort of their home while remaining independent for as long as possible. That’s why it’s ideal if they can age in place while getting necessary services such as assistance with household chores, medication management, or nursing care. FirstLantic provides information about the home healthcare benefits available for our military heroes. Home Telehealth Operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), home telehealth is likely an appealing option for many veterans. A senior is still under the diligent home care of a health team, but that health team isn’t in their home. Instead, the caregivers continuously monitor a patient’s condition remotely using equipment set up in the house. If there’s a cause for concern, the care team consults with a physician and then calls the veteran with information on how best to proceed. To some seniors, it’s the best of both worlds: the domestic space is still wholly their own, but care is ongoing, with everyone being kept in the loop. Home Health Aides (HHAs) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) If a veteran requires assistance with everyday household tasks, transportation, meal preparation, or grocery shopping, HHAs can provide those services. This lightens the burden of daily chores and can also offer respite to family caregivers.  FirstLantic can assist you or your loved one in finding out eligibility for Veterans Pension and the Aide & Attendance Allowance to qualify for home care services.  Also, the family caregiver is still eligible to receive reimbursement for travel and lodging, access to health insurance, training, a stipend, and mental health [...]

How You Can Help Floridians After Hurricane Ian

  Hurricane Ian caused unfathomable devastation. Making landfall in Florida just days after Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico and Cuba, the catastrophic storm wreaked havoc in its' path. One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S., it caused extreme flooding, severe wind damage, and the loss of life. Many of the communities that were in its wake are unrecognizable. It can be overwhelming to view the photos and videos and think about how people can possibly begin to rebuild their lives, but we can all help. FirstLantic, a healthcare company based in Florida for over 22 years, provides suggestions for making a difference. Numerous reputable organizations have mobilized to help those suffering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Ian. However, it's essential to do your research before you give money. Below are some of the groups that could use your assistance: Caring for Others, an Atlanta-based nonprofit addressing poverty caused by natural disasters, is coordinating its "Caring Convoy" to transport relief supplies to Florida. You can donate here. American Humane was the country's first national organization created to protect animals. During Hurricane Ian, their rescue team has been helping with water search and rescue operations and transporting, feeding, and sheltering Florida pets. They are looking for volunteers to assist in the rescue efforts, foster, and potentially adopt. American Red Cross had volunteers arriving in Florida ahead of the storm and helped to provide shelter to those that evacuated. An estimated 13,000 people spent the night in hundreds of Red Cross shelters across the state. Now, they are involved in the ongoing clean-up efforts. You can donate here. Direct Relief started sending shipments of medical supplies earlier in the month and set up 12 hurricane modules, essentially "weatherproof" pharmacies-to-go. Donations to Direct Relief support the purchase of medications, equipment, and [...]

October 3rd, 2022|Categories: At Home Healthcare, Donations, Hurricane, Hurricane Relief, Kindness|

How Seniors Can Benefit from Healthcare Coordination

According to a survey by CareMore Health, 70% of senior patients need better healthcare coordination. Other research shows that 35 percent of those over age 65 have no one assisting them with coordinating their care, and 34 percent say a family member is helping them. The American health care system has become incredibly fragmented and complex and often involves managing multiple specialists, medications, and physician appointments. That's why professional care coordination can be so beneficial. FirstLantic Healthcare examines how this service can be a lifesaver for seniors and their families. Why is proactive care management so important? With many older Americans having at least two chronic conditions, the lack of a holistic approach to their medical care can lead to catastrophic results. Today, over 40% of adults age 65 and older take five or more prescription medications regularly, triple the rate two decades ago. As many as 9 million older people are on ten or more meds, and it's not unusual for patients to take as many as 20 to 25 different medications daily. The result is increased rates of hospitalization for adverse drug events. In 2018, more than 280,000 people over age 65 were hospitalized for an adverse drug event, and another 5 million sought care at a doctor's office or emergency department. Over the past 30 years, specialization in U.S. medicine has increased significantly, encouraged by higher pay for specialty providers, especially surgeons. Specialization has benefits but drawbacks as well. Since patients no longer see one dominant provider for their healthcare needs, the system is more inefficient, with patients paying for a higher volume of visits and experiencing a higher likelihood of miscommunication between providers. Elderly individuals who are severely ill and cannot act as their own advocate or don't have a friend or family member to coordinate their [...]

How Home HealthCare Can Drastically Cut Costs

A study published by the American Journal of Medicine (AJM) reported that home healthcare versus a hospital stay can provide a mean unadjusted savings of $15,233 per patient. In circumstances where extensive care is necessary, hospital costs can be financially crippling – even with insurance. In these cases, in-home care can provide significant financial relief for individuals and insurance companies and prevent further increases in healthcare costs. It can also be safer for the patient as they are not vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections and other complications of inpatient care. FirstLantic, a company devoted to quality home care, highlights six reasons why being treated at home can be better for the patient while reducing healthcare costs simultaneously. Decreased readmissions and deaths. The same AJM study concluded that at-home care "reduces follow-up hazard of readmission and death." Home healthcare can aid in the hospital-to-home transition, providing superior medical continuity. At-home care also improves safety and provides social engagement for those who would otherwise be alone during this process. Fewer doctor visits. At-home care has decreased the need for doctor visits by as much as 25%. Spending less time at the doctor is not only a sign of better health; it also means more time for patients to focus on what matters most to them in life. Better care for Alzheimer's and Dementia. A Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) report revealed an almost 10% drop in hospital admittance for patients benefiting from at-home care. Clinical savings. Institutes covering digestive disease, neurological, urological and kidney, heart and vascular, and general medicine sub-disciplines reported cost and clinical benefits associated with in-home care. Reductions in national health care costs. A decrease in the demand for inpatient services can dramatically lower the overall cost of healthcare in the United States. At-home care providers offer information to [...]

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