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“I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

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Helping people who need care is something that is crucial for the times that we are in.  People are facing major difficulties in their health and need help overcoming.  To lend a hand, ease the pain, and lift a burden makes other people’s lives better. Providing care for others is a major way of doing that.  The type of care, who provides that care, and helping people keep their independence are all KEY when choosing what to do!  

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Some people (especially those who are elderly) may need a little help with harder tasks like: 1) They can’t fully manage their backyard and garden. So, having someone do the mowing and weeding would be appreciated. 2) They can’t drive or utilize public transport to get from place to place.  So having someone do their shopping for groceries, clothing, and other household items helps them get what they need. 3) The person probably needs assistance getting to appointments- medical, hair, dental, etc. or even to church. Having someone that could assist them weekly would benefit them.  

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There are other people who are frail and weak and can’t complete all of their housework.  They can’t carry a huge vacuum cleaner around or bending over the tub/ shower and scrub the floor or toilet. Cleaning windows or washing walls are serious tasks as well that could be done monthly with extra assistance.    

Image   Many older individuals need maintenance help.  Things may break down, windows may crack, or locks, bulbs, heaters, and fuses may need fixing.  Finances can be another area of need: writing checks, paying bills, distributing money, and other things.

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Maybe that person cannot cook for themselves or is at risk for falling; they will need some type of help, but there is only so much that a family member, friend, or caregiver can give. Don’t hesitate to ask for extra help.  Hands of Compassion HomeCare has trained nurses who can care for your loved ones, friends, or anyone you know.  We are unique in that we provide others with compassionate, value-driven, high-quality care.  Call us today at 432-218-7996 or visit our webpage at http://www.hochomecare.com

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HOW TO ACCESS A SENIOR’S NEED FOR CARE

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 ImageHOW TO ACCESS A SENIOR’S NEED FOR CARE

When it comes to deciding whether an elderly person needs home health or not, there are some important things to know.  Heart problems, being in a wheel chair, or never leaving the house are not the only indicators of someone needing home health.  Some indicators are more subtle than these or even hidden.  Many times, a person’s environment and surroundings can tell you more about their health than their bodies can. So, when assessing an individual for home care needs, try asking yourself these helpful Hands of Compassion tips:

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1)      Check the person’s fridge!  If there is little food inside, no food, or the food is old, moldy, and expired, you should be concerned that they are in need of help with preparing meals or shopping for groceries.

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2)      Look around their home.  Is it clean? Is the sink constantly full of dirty dishes, as well as the counter tops? Are the bed sheets stale and dirty? Do they wash clothes and keep the bathroom clean regularly?  If not, this individual needs assistance with housework.

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3)      Consider the person’s lifestyle and overall well being.  How is that person’s health and hygiene? This is most important! Can the person go up and down the stairs? Are they able to get in and out of the shower or bathtub okay? Does the person have a disability or an ongoing health condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, or dementia? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Hands of Compassion HomeCare can help!

It is not always the easiest task to get an elderly person the care that they need to help themselves.  This is because many are independent and will say “I don’t want to do this” or “I’m doing just fine and can do for myself” but with support, encouragement, family, and/ or friends, you can help get care for these individuals.  Hands of Compassion HomeCare has many options that will benefit these persons.  Call us today at 432-218-7996 for a FREE, professional, in-home assessment to check qualifications or visit our website www.hochomecare.com for more information. 

We are the Hands of COMPASSION  

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I came across a relevant information listening to “Minute with Maxwell” this morning, a daily one minute video through email by John Maxwell to add value to people and I thought I would share it. The topic today is “COMPASSION”. He said compassion is “go…see…feel…and respond. As Hands of Compassion providing care for the Seniors and the disabled community , we go out , see patients in the home, and we feel what they are going through, it’s not just  “a job” for us, but we do all it takes to respond to their needs. Either by spending a little more time, calling their doctors as required, communicating cares and interventions among all caregivers and also following up, just to mention a few. This is who we are as a team at  Hands of Compassion, what we do is in our name.

This is the response from one of the commenters to the video unedited.

William Jennings Simms · Top Commenter · Senior Pastor at Christian Life Church, Nassau, Bahamas
“Thank you John for reminding many of us and helping others to understand the meaning of Compassion. Go… See….Feel and then Respond.
If one has pity they may go so far as to see and feel but real compassion always RESPONDS.
In Luke 10 is a perfect illustration, the Priest and the Levite saw a man who had been beaten, robbed and left for dead, but at best maybe felt sorry for him but merely walked to the other side of the road. But then there comes a Samaritan and here is where we see Compassion demonstrated. He got off of his colt (the Mercedes of his day) he SAW, he FELT and he also Responded. He administered first aid on the spot, then put him on his own transportation took him to place to get further help and then offered to be responsible for the cost. Compassion has eyes to see, a heart to feel and a will to respond.
Samaritans Purse always is a first responder around the world to disasters and to people in need. Let us go and do likewise and seek to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways, like JMT’s who just went to Guatemala to seek to add value to total strangers. WOW!”

We feel it when William in his comment above highlighted that Compassion has eyes to see, a heart to feel and a will to respond. Again WE are the Hands of COMPASSION.

Healthcare that unites hands with hearts…

 

For more information about Hands of Compassion Home care, Inc. visit our website at www.hochomecare.com

Education in the Home Helps Prevent Adverse Drug Reactions

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What happens when patients with chronic illnesses and multiple medicines to manage on their own return home from a hospital stay? A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins Hospital nurse Linda Costa and colleague Stephanie Poe* found that 67% of patients recently discharged from the hospital had discrepancies with their medications.  Patients didn’t understand how and when to take their medications properly, especially when they took 8 to 10 medications every day.
Not taking medications correctly can land a patient right back into the hospital, either because of an adverse drug reaction or because the medication isn’t working as it should to control the patient’s illness. What’s the best way to prevent that from happening?  That same study found that home visits by a nurse to explain how to properly take medication worked better than phone followups at finding possible problems with patient’s meds and preventing them.
At Hands of Compassion, our nurses take the time to carefully explain each patient’s medication regimen. We help decipher prescription labels, review dosage, and check for possible reactions with other meds the patient may be taking. Our goal, as always, is to help our patients recover safely at home.
*See the article here: Challenges in Post-Hospital Care…