Archive for the ‘Diabetes’ Category

National Nutrition Month

by: John Aker | March 8th, 2013

Most of us can recall being admonished by our mother to eat your vegatables!

Well, as usual, mom was right.  Even in our information age with scientific and medial breakthroughs, nothing seems to be able to take the place of proper nutrition.

As part of our eNewsletter this month (if you are not receiving your copy, sign up on our home page after you finish reading this article!), we provided a link to allow you to test your health eating IQ by taking a simple quiz which appeared in the Ladies Home Journal.   You might be surprised to learn something new about nutrition that you didn’t know before.  This quiz is quick (only 9 questions) and the right answers pop up after you enter your guess–and they provide additional information to truly educate you.

For instance, did you know that snacking doesn’t always inhibit weight loss?  It all depends on what you snack on!  Snacks that combine food groups (such as a slice of whole-grain toast with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter) help keep hunger at bay and prevent overeating at mealtime. 

If you have special chronic medical conditions or food allergies, it can be a bit difficult to eat nutritionally balanced meals.  If you find it difficult or just don’t know how to prepare meals that are nutritionally sound, call one of our nurses today to set up a brief visit.  We also make several cookbooks available in our Community Resource Library to address concerns such as heart health, diabetes, and more.  Ask your in home caregiver to help you shop and prepare more nutritionally sound meals and snacks and remember part of good nutrition is to remain hydrated so enjoy several glasses of water each day too!

Call us with any concerns or questions you may have but in the meantime, eat your vegatables!

Remain At Home

by: John Aker | February 20th, 2013
Remain in Your Home – With Just  A Little Help

It is common for those needing assistance with care to feel uncomfortable or even reject the idea of accepting the help of an in-home caregiver.  Sadly, they are concerned that the presence of an outsider might suggest the family can’t or won’t take care of a loved one’s needs.  And few, if any, of us want to admit we are vulnerable or need assistance.

But in home care is often a great solution to several challenges faced by today’s busy families — and nearly every family realizes great benefits from remaining at home whenever possible. Remaining at home is often possible, even with multiple chronic conditions, with the proper assistance with the activities of daily living.

Welcoming someone into your home is not easy, but caregivers strive to honor you and treat you with dignity and respect at all times.  They assist you with some of the more challenging aspects of your day such as linen changes, laundry, meal preparation, light housekeeping and so on and can include personal care and medication reminders or management as well.  In addition to accomplishing these tasks, they strive to build rapport and engage you in your favorite activities such as listening to music, playing a game, taking a short walk, or taking you to meet a friend for lunch.

If you or a loved one may need a little help to remain at home, please take a moment to read this article for a few tips on overcoming objections to an in home caregiver.  Then contact us so we can select a compatible caregiver to assist you in remaining independent in your own home!