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FirstLantic Blog – The Path to Outstanding Home Healthcare2020-05-12T08:27:02-04:00

How to prepare for a post COVID-19 world

COVID-19 has already changed some things about our lives forever.  And while much of the country is starting to ease restrictions, it will be quite a while before we can go back to our “old normal”.  In the meantime, we will have to adjust to continued social distancing as well as other precautions to stay healthy.  For seniors, there are some additional considerations that should be taken into account such as how they can get extra support if necessary and additional ways to protect their health.  FirstLantic has put together some helpful tips and resources that are available so that you and your loved ones can stay safe. As we age, our immune system becomes weaker. It’s called Immunosenescence.  That’s why older people are at a higher risk for catching COVID-19 and can have more serious consequences as a result.   Some of the reasons that our immune system declines are due to fewer and less effective T helper cells, less effective B cells, and more susceptibility to inflammaging or low-grade chronic inflammation.  Fortunately, there are things we can do to boost our immune system and they consist of making healthy lifestyle changes.  Exercising, eating healthier, and reducing stress can all make a big difference in our body's ability to fight off infection.  Doing even one session of exercise can reduce inflammation.  Eating more vegetables and fruits as well as other foods that are high in N 3 Pufas such as salmon or nuts are known to have a variety of health benefits against cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) including well-established hypotriglyceridemic and anti-inflammatory effects.  In addition, try to get a good night’s sleep, don’t smoke, and minimize anxiety through exercise or meditation which all help to strengthen your immune system. Secondly, older people need to be particularly diligent about minimizing their risk [...]

June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Health|

Six Tools To Get Your Small Business Started

In FirstLantic’s blog last week, we proposed that starting a new career or business during COVID-19 is not as crazy as it sounds.  So, now that you’re considering your options, we wanted to share some of the essential tools that you will need to launch a new venture, especially while working from home.   First of all, not all businesses need the same tools so some of these may be applicable and some may not.  You also need to be realistic about how much you can do at the beginning so don’t invest time or money in any tech tools until you have mapped out why you need them and how you will use them.  And, finally, there are lots of different options available so we will provide other resources where you can go to find more information.   1. Website URL, Domain, and Email All businesses should have a website but first, you need a name and a URL.  GSuite is one option offered by Google that helps you purchase a domain, set up email, track analytics and more.   There are also numerous other platforms that you can use to find and register your domain.  For a more complete list, go here.   2. Building a Website When you are ready to build your site, there are platforms such as Wix.com, Squarespace and WordPress that you can use.  However, depending on your level of expertise, you might want to hire a professional to do it for you.  The average visitor will spend about 50 milliseconds to determine whether they will stay or leave your site so your best bet may be to hire an expert.   3. Phone Systems One option for small businesses is Telzio which is a cloud-based system that powers your business calls and messages across [...]

April 21st, 2020|Categories: Careers|Tags: , , |

Three ideas for starting a new career during COVID-19

Okay, so this may sound completely crazy, but hear us out.  If you have been laid off because of COVID-19 or you’re simply sick of your current job, maybe it’s time to start a business or find a new career.  Okay, we said it.  Now take a deep breath and listen to why this makes sense.  First of all, disruption creates opportunity.  Secondly, you have the time (and hopefully the will) to make a change and set yourself up for financial success in the future.   Third, there are more small business loans and other resources available for free right now.  FirstLantic shares three ideas to help get you started. 1. What do people need right now? They need delivery services, online goods, or maybe virtual business advice/financial guidance.  One example of a service that is now in demand is one that many of us think has been extinct since the '50s — milk delivery.  The reality is that there are still companies out there that deliver farm to table fresh milk, eggs, and other products.  But now those businesses are not just surviving; they are thriving.  The uptick in new customers for home delivery is unbelievable,” says Ed Seabridge, owner of Suncrest Farms, a milk delivery service in Totowa, New Jersey.  “We’re probably averaging somewhere around 90 to 100 calls a day,” says Seabridge.  “It’s just nonstop.” On the complete other end of the spectrum is a company called Tushy, which saw its’ bidet sales skyrocket when consumers began to have a collective meltdown about toilet paper scarcity.   Tushy makes portable, self-installable bidets.  In early March, Tushy's CEO, Jason Ojalvo, said he had projected a possible bump in bidet sales due to concerns about health and sanitation. But when videos of frantic shoppers pushing carts piled high with toilet paper [...]

April 14th, 2020|Categories: Business, covid 19|Tags: |

Three heroes making a difference during COVID-19

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is wreaking havoc on many people's lives right now, and it can be hard to stay positive.  That’s why FirstLantic thought everyone could use some good news.  As the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going," and that's exactly what’s happening as more people are stepping up to help those in need.  In our blog this week, FirstLantic profiles three heroes that are setting examples and proving that bad times really can bring out the good in people. And while we profile three heroes in this blog, there are thousands of others as well.  We acknowledge all of those on the frontlines every day – doctors, nurses, home caregivers, the military, police, first responders, and all the people that are making and delivering essential goods and services.  FirstLantic salutes you all!   Ashley Lawrence Meet Ashley Lawrence who is a college senior in Kentucky.  She saw a need and decided to do something about it.  With the CDC now recommending that everyone wear masks in public, Ashley realized that it could pose a problem for deaf or hard of hearing people who rely on reading lips or facial expressions to help them communicate.  As Ashley explained, "I just saw that people were making masks on Facebook for everyone, and I thought, what about the deaf and hard of hearing population?" So, she created a special mask with clear plastic and started making them at home with the help of her mother.  She is now distributing them free of charge to anyone that needs them. To learn more about her inspirational story, click here.  You can also send her a note directly at [email protected]   Cavanaugh Bell Cavanaugh is only seven years old, but that doesn't stop him from helping [...]

April 7th, 2020|Categories: covid 19, Home Caregivers|Tags: , |
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