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In recognition of January Glaucoma awareness month (yes we know it’s almost February 😁…)
would like to share with you some healthy lifestyle tips!
But first…what is Glaucoma?
We believe a healthy lifestyle will contribute to the prevention of many eye issues including glaucoma.
For example, smoking leads to high blood pressure (or hypertension) and unhealthy eating habits puts people at a greater risk for diabetes, which are both linked to eye problems and diseases like glaucoma.
The same lifestyle changes that lower blood pressure typically also work to lower your eye pressure, thereby helping to prevent and even treat glaucoma without a risk of side effects.
The top two habits:
1. Lowering your insulin levels
As your insulin levels rise it causes your blood pressure, and possibly also your eye pressure, to increase. In time this can cause your body to become insulin resistant, and studies show insulin resistance — which is common in people with diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure — is linked to elevated eye pressure SOLUTION is to avoid sugar and grains, the two “food groups” that will inevitably cause surges in your insulin levels. Even whole, organic grains will rapidly break down to sugars, so they too should be avoided. So in addition to avoiding sugar, if you have glaucoma or are concerned about it, you’ll want to avoid foods like: Breads,Pasta, Rice,Cereal, and Potatoes.
2. Exercise regularly: One of the most effective ways to lower your insulin levels is through exercise. A regular, effective exercise program consisting of aerobics, sprint-burst type exercises, and strength training can go a long way toward reducing your insulin levels and protecting your vision
As part of your overall program to keep your eyesight clear and problem-free, even as you age, make sure you are doing the following:
1. Taking an animal-based omega-3 fat supplement. Click Here for a very good one from Youngevity. A type of omega-3 fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may help protect and promote healthy retinal function. DHA is concentrated in your eye’s retina and has been found to be particularly useful in preventing macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness. Omega-3 fat, including DHA, is also found in fish.
Getting loads of LUTEIN and zeaxanthin. Many have never heard of these two vision powerhouses, but they are incredibly important for your eyesight. Lutein, which is a carotenoid found in particularly large quantities in green, leafy vegetables, acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from free radical damage.
Some excellent sources include kale, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and egg yolks, particularly raw egg yolks. Egg yolks also have zeaxanthin, another carotenoid, in an equal amount to lutein. Zeaxanthin is likely to be equally as effective as lutein in protecting eyesight.
It is important to note that lutein is an oil-soluble nutrient, and if you merely consume the above vegetables without some oil or butter you can’t absorb the lutein. So make sure you’re eating some healthy fat along with your veggies.
Eggs yolks are also loaded with these nutrients but once the egg is cooked they tend to be damaged and non useful. So you can consume them raw by whipping them up in a shake or cooking them minimally as in sunny side or poach them with runny yolks.
Avoiding trans fats: Trans fat may interfere with omega-3 fats in your body, which are extremely important for your eye health. A diet high in trans fat also appears to contribute to macular degeneration. Trans fat is found in many processed foods and baked goods, including margarine, shortening, fried foods like French fries, fried chicken and doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers.
The European blueberry, bilberry, is known to prevent and even reverse macular degeneration, and bioflavonoids from other dark-colored berries including blueberries, cranberries and others will also be beneficial. They work by strengthening the capillaries that carry nutrients to eye muscles and nerves. However, because berries contain natural sugar they should be eaten in moderation to avoid upsetting your insulin levels.
Following the healthy lifestyle tips described above will go a long way toward protecting your vision, whether you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma or simply want to keep your eyesight in top condition. If you have glaucoma, however, it’s especially important to eliminate those grains and sugars, get exercising, and consume animal-based omega-3 fat regularly in order to keep the disease from progressing.
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Well guess who got featured in the Senior Searchlight magazine in Abilene?
Give me an H
And a C
What does that spell?
Hands of Compassion!
Enjoy a sneak preview of the educational article they selected….
By: Nicole Barnett RN, MSN-Ed./Director of Nursing Hands of Compassion HomeCare & Janetta Olaseni RN, BA, CHC, COS-C Administrator of Hands of Compassion HomeCare
Diabetes Prevention: 5 tips for Seniors
Most of us know someone who has diabetes. Diabetes is a serious illness that can lead to other serious health problems like heart and kidney damage. Figuring out how to prevent diabetes can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to look for help.
Abilene offers many different choices for help preventing and managing diabetes:
o Hendrick Diabetes Center
1742 Hickory St
Abilene Tx, 79601
o Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center
Diabetes Education Program
o Hands of Compassion Homecare
Diabetes Management Program
4090 S. Danville Dr. Ste A
Abilene Tx, 79605
o Abilene Regional Medical Center
6250 Hwy 83/84
Abilene Tx, 79606
o Dr. Eileen E. Van Diest
Dr Fuller & Van Diest Mds
1933 Pine St Ste B
Abilene, TX 79601
o Lana S. Cunningham
2125 Pine St
Abilene, TX 79601
o Dr. Jason C. Bell
Hendrick Internal Medicine
1749 Pine St
Abilene, TX 79601
o Dr. Fred A. White
Medical Care Mission
5 tips Billy wish he had known to prevent diabetes.
1. Lose weight- Research has shown that 80% of people, with diabetes, are overweight. Every pound you lose lowers your risk of diabetes and can improve your health. Stay away from fad diets, just eat healthier. Use variety and portion control as part of an over-all healthy eating plan.
2. Get more physical activity- Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar, and raise your body’s sensitivity level to insulin. Insulin helps your body keep your blood sugar within a normal range. Any physical activity is better than none. Start out walking and then increase your activity as you can. Try different things so you can find an activity that you enjoy. This will make it easier to stick with. 1
3. Eat foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories- You don’t have to stop eating good food to eat foods that are high in nutrients. Replace fatty fried foods with baked, broiled, or grilled fish, chicken, and lean meats. Add in some fresh vegetables and non-fat yogurt or ice-cream and you have a complete, healthy meal. Sometimes all it takes to make healthy food taste good is a little seasoning. 1
5. Lower your stress level – Stress releases hormones that effect how your body handles sugar. It increases your blood pressure, which raises your risk for diabetes. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and lose weight at the same time! Social interaction can also lower your stress level. Relaxing activities, such as reading, meditating, or listening to music are also really good stress relievers.
1) United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs. (2015). Top 5 ways to Avoid Diabetes. Retrieved from https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal web/anonymous.portal?_nfpb=true&_nfto=false&_pageLabel=spotlightArchive&contentPage=spotlight/April2012/spotlight_apr2012_diabetes.html
2) Mayo Clinic. (2015). Diabetes Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-prevention/art-20047639?pg=1
For your very own copy of the magazine we were featured in call our Abilene office at :
Happy Home Care Month!
November is National Home Care Month!
HOC Homecare recognizes the dedication, compassion and skill of all home care workers across America!
There are over 70 million baby boomers who are retiring and soon to retire; these staggering numbers, coupled with today’s extended life spans, means there will be need for a lot of caregivers. The value of caregivers who help elderly persons cannot be measured. Independence and the ability to remain at home are two of the most important things to the aging senior adult.
It’s true that aging adults prefer to remain in their own homes. They may just need a little help around the home in order to retain their independence, or maybe they have a medical condition that requires a visiting nurse to observe and assess their status. An elderly adult returning from hospital or recovering from an accident or surgery might require occupational or physical therapy.
When compared to living in a facility, home care offers a greater level of independence to the senior adult. The caregiver is there to help and give assistance when needed, or to encourage the adult to do as much as possible. Sometimes all that’s needed is a little assistance. The caregiver can give as much or as little as the senior adult desires. Being able to stay at home as opposed to being put into institutionalized care is a level of independence all its own.
Home care has become the most popular choice of care for the senior adult. The high cost of assisted living and other long-term institutional care options combined with the long waiting lists to get in has got more families looking into the home care solutions. In surveys, most senior adults expressed their desire to age at home in familiar surroundings. Home care fits perfectly for these aging seniors.
There is also the factor that home care comes in all levels, from daytime only to around the clock care; from part time to fulltime, from home care to health care. The flexibility of care type makes it a very appealing choice.
National Home Care Month also honors all those who assist the elderly senior stay in their own home.
Did you know that Florence Nightingale in addition to her role in initiating nursing education programs, was also involved in developing nursing for the sick poor at home and in workhouses through her work for poor law and workhouse reform of the 1860s.
We are very thankful for her contributions in public health.
At Hands of Compassion we
agree with Florence Nightingale and deliver care to many who can not afford to pay and some whom have been treated as lepers….
It is your right to age gracefully in the comfort of your home when possible.
We appreciate all of the HOC Homecare team for all they do 365 days of the year (rain,snow,sleet,or shine.)
Just like the mailman our job must go on… 😁
And we do it with grateful hearts as we honor and serve with dignity those who have earned the Home health benefit.
(Pictured above: Some Hoc Homecare staff celebrating with a song we made last year for Home Care Month/ Top Agency five Years in a row to view the video go here )
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services please contact
Hands of Compassion Home Care,Inc today.
We have a nurse on call 24/7… 1-877-219-7996
Get Smart about Antibiotics Safety Week | Staying Healthy Tips | Best Home Health Midland TX | Abilene TX
Today we are creating awareness about Antibiotic safety use. We will first start off with some facts about Antibiotic Resistance we got from the CDC website:
Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant ones may be left to grow and multiply.
Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are the primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria.
Overuse and misuse of antibiotics threatens the usefulness of these important drugs. Decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is a key strategy to control antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance in children is of particular concern because they have the highest rates of antibiotic use and often have fewer antibiotic choices since some antibiotics cannot be safely given to children.
Antibiotic resistance can cause significant suffering for people who have common infections that once were easily treatable with antibiotics.
When antibiotics do not work, infections often last longer, cause more severe illness, require more doctor visits or extended hospital stays, and involve more expensive and toxic medications. Some resistant infections can even cause death.
Now from our Wellness Crusadarz we have some Preventative Measures to Stay Healthy:
dried elderberries to make elderberry syrup (or buy the syrup) – an immunity booster
Elderberry syrup should not be used by people with certain conditions –
homemade chicken stock – always a good food to include in your meal plan at least once a week, especially in the fall/winter.
fresh garlic – one of the top foods with natural antibiotic properties, another good habit is definitely to include garlic as often as possible.
coconut oil – also a natural antibiotic food, the healing properties of coconut oil are many and diverse!
To Fight Infections
Natural antibiotics are still quite potent and can also unbalance your natural flora, but not as recklessly as drug antibiotics, and without many of the iffy side effects. Worth buying for your medicine cabinet:
oil of oregano – infuse into air, rub onto feet WITH a carrier oil, but don’t take my word for it.
probiotics – take during and after
For pain relief from an ear infection, gently warm olive oil on the stovetop and carefully pour into the affected ear, then tip out. You can infuse it with crushed garlic, too, but take care not to get any garlic actually inside the ear.
Goldenseal and Echinacea;
eucalyptus, menthol, camphor,
To put in your vaporizer:
lavender oil (for sleeping)
You can also put the garlic and oregano oils in the vaporizer to fight infection
Use hot steam by running the shower or sink and tenting the head with a towel
Saline water, either purchased or homemade, is a simple and effective nostril-flusher-outer (I believe you can just dissolve 1/4 tsp. salt in a cup of water and drip into little one’s noses)
Can anyone remember their mom giving them whiskey and honey? Lol. Well for some it still works (although let us use this time for a brief disclaimer)
****We at HocHomecare do not encourage the use of alcohol not do we claim to be physicians. All of the contents in our blog posts are for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor on any regimen or herbal remedies first.
Ok now that is out of the way let us continue….
What about the tickle in your throat?
Try gargling with apple cider vinegar, or better yet, do this: drink a splash of ACV mixed with as much cayenne pepper as you can stand, crushed garlic, honey and lemon juice. Nasty, but effective on a sore throat or impending cold.
For Throwing Up
Other than avoiding putting anything IN the victim, activated charcoal is the only thing we know of that works as a natural anti-vomit solution.
Ginger (in tea or gum) or peppermint (tea, in vaporizer) are good anti-nauseal remedies.
For General Pain
Fish Oils: Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation plays a large role in pain, says Michael Cronin, ND, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Az., and immediate past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Turmeric: Also called Curcuma longa, turmeric is basically a root, Kim says. “It’s often found in spicy foods, very much in Indian cooking. Studies have shown it has definite anti-inflammatory properties.”
Resveratrol: Found in red wine, grapes and berries.
Deep breathing: We use the 4-7-8 technique.
For urinary tract infection symptoms:
Apple cider vinegar contains important enzymes, rich minerals, and nutrients such as potassium that prevent the bacteria that cause UTIs from multiplying or growing. Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has the ability to foster the growth of beneficial bacteria and to kill “bad” bacteria at the same time
Organic apple cider vinegar
Mix 2-3 tablespoons in a glass of water
Drink it twice or thrice a day. Add raw honey for a better taste.
Add one teaspoon of baking soda to one cup of water and drink it once a day. Be careful not too add too much baking soda.
1. Get Your Fill of Water to include Fresh or organic Cranberry Juice
2. Load Up on Vitamin C for a Healthy Urinary Tract
3. Cut Bladder Irritants From Your Diet
caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners.
Hope you enjoyed our Wellness Wednesday blog post.
Remember if you can not avoid the use of antibiotics take them as prescribed, do not skip days, and do not take your friends prescription.
We will leave you with a smile…
They so graciously awarded us with a $500 check to assist us with our Epic Veteran’s Day Celebration we host annually.
Jim Lucas (pictured above last on the right) along with the founders of HOC Homecare are proud US Army Veterans who live to serve.
#KeepCalmVeteransRock is our 2015 theme!
Our nurses, therapists, and home health aide’s take pride caring for our Veteran’s in their homes and provide them with the respect and dignity they deserve.
To find out more about some of the ways we provide compassionate,quality, value driven home care to Veterans,the elderly, or disabled community visit our website: http://www.hochomecare.com
It brings us great joy to honor the Veterans of the VFW Post 4149 tonight with a full course meal. Which has been provided by Dickies BBQ (Gary Chapman you ROCK) for the past five years.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, businesses that donated door prizes (we will list you soon, 😉) volunteers( including our HOC Crew and families,) most of all The Veteran’s all over the world for defending us while we sleep…
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H-E-B, in partnership with Meals on Wheels, is hosting the 12th annual Feast of Sharing event in Midland today at the Horseshoe Arena.
The Thanksgiving-themed meal — expected to serve more than 8,000 guests — will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, a roll and milk.
Come join us the #besthomehealth in Midland and Abilene TX as we volunteer once again at this compassionate event.
At Hands of Conpassion we not only carry the name just for name sake…
We endeavor to walk out Mark 1:41 on a daily basis.
Our nurses travel in town, rural areas, in the rain, snow, etc…
Compassion in action…#besthomehealth
The Feast of Sharing will be 4-8 p.m. today at the Horseshoe Arena.
See you there!
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Do high-stress situations send you straight for the fridge? As nurses we can attest to this, sometimes everyday!
If you think the solution to a problem can be found at the bottom of a pint of ice cream, then pay attention.
Food is not the solution to whatever it is that is making you feel sad, angry, pressured, or anxious. In fact, unhealthy, emotional eating leads to weight gain and self-loathing. The key to stopping this kind of eating is to identify and understand your triggers. One way to start is to keep a journal to record not only what you eat but how you feel when you eat it. Then you have to work on dealing with your emotions — without food. To break the self-destructive cycle of emotional eating, you have to create awareness and then implement a game plan. Here’s how:
Before you eat anything, I want you to ask yourself two questions: Are you hungry? And are you depressed or anxious? Then ask the following question: Can you find an appropriate way to address whatever emotions you’ve uncovered instead of suppressing them?
For example, if you had an argument with your mother, can you call her and talk it through? If you’re feeling anxious about a work- or school-related deadline, can you break down the work into manageable parts, so that each time you finish a part you’ll feel more on top of it? If you can address the emotion in the moment by acting on it directly and positively, seize the opportunity to do so.
Using food as an anesthetic is easy in the short term but extremely detrimental in the long term. Looking problems in the eye is difficult, but once you begin to probe beneath your behavior and analyze your feelings, it gets easier and easier.
on 4-7-8 (Inhale for 4 sec, hold for 7, exhale for 8 sec) deep breathing technique.
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