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Striking Nurses Week | Best Home Health Midland TX | Abilene TX 

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Best Home Health Midland, TX, May 11, 2016 Hands of Compassion Home Care, Top Agency Nationwide, had the honor of celebrating National Nurse’s Week with some of the most dedicated and hardworking nurses in the West Texas!

Nurses on Strike What!!!!
No…

We came up with the name Striking Nurses this year to remind them of how talented and beautiful they are inside and out!


H.O.C. Striking nurses was held on May 11th from 1 until 3pm. The location was at the Bowlero in Midland TX. We enjoyed every minute of it!


  
  

  
  
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.   

As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.


The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896.


Each of ANA’s state and territorial nurses associations promotes the profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.  

 Here at H.O.C., it is no secret that we continually find special ways to show appreciation for all of our patients, doctors, partners and staff, of course our nurses are no exception.


For the past few years, Hands of Compassion Home Care has celebrated with their RNs, LVNs and CNAs during National Nurse’s Week just to remind them of their value and our upmost appreciation.


Steven Sanchez, MPT, owner of Recover Home Therapy for his generous contribution to our nurses event! 432-889-3916

recoverhometherapy@gmail.com



For pictures on Nurses’ Week, blog posts and videos all dedicated to our great nurses, visit our website at: http://www.hochomecare.com OR

Visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/handsofcompassion

 

About Hands of Compassion

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Hands of Compassion, a Medicare certified, CHAP accredited, repeat Homecare Elite Top Agency recipient, and provides compassionate care to qualified elderly and disabled persons. Services provided include: Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health Aides and Companions. They serve 18 counties in the West Texas area. For the last 5 years Hands of Compassion was recognized by Homecare Elite, ocshomecare.com, which ranked them Top Agency for Positive Patient Outcomes in the nation. “Healthcare that unites hands with hearts.”

Contact Hands of Compassion Home Care serving West Texas at (432) 218-7996 or visit HOC’s website at http://www.hochomecare.com. #GOHOCGO #NURSESROCK #BESTHOMEHEALTH

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Feast of Sharing | H-E-B | Meals on Wheels | Best Home Health Midland TX 

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(Last year’s feast of sharing) 

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. 

  
Which says: And Jesus, moved with COMPASSION, put forth his HAND and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

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!

To learn more about ways you can help us volunteer in the community (like our upcoming Veterans Day meal/party we have organized now for 7 years!)

  
Contact Lisa Lucas,Physician Liasion 

432-218-7996

 (Midland Office) 

Or 

Jamie Foreman, Accounts Executive 

325-691-1093

(Abilene office) 
http://www.hochomecare.com

Like us on Facebook we have two pages now yay!

http://www.facebook.com/HandsofCompassion

https://www.facebook.com/HOCAbilene/

  
 
Stay tuned…

Stay connected…

Be Aware! Know the Signs of a #Stroke!

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May is Stroke Awareness Month.  A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die. A stroke can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). A TIA (transient ischemic attack), or “mini stroke”, is caused by a temporary clot. The brain is an extremely complex organ that controls various body functions.  If a stroke occurs and blood flow can’t reach the region that controls a particular body function, that part of the body won’t work as it should. 

Knowing the Risk Factors is an important step. Risk factors that we cannot change include: 

  • Age — The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. While stroke is common among the elderly, a lot of people under 65 also have strokes.
  • Heredity (family history) — Your stroke risk may be greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke. 
  • Race — African-Americans (opens in new window) have a much higher risk of death from a stroke than Caucasians do. This is partly because blacks have higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
  • Sex (gender) — Each year, women have more strokes than men, and stroke kills more women than men. Use of birth control pills, pregnancy, history of preeclampsia/eclampsia or gestational diabetes, oral contraceptive use, and smoking, and post-menopausal hormone therapy may pose special stroke risks for women. Be sure to discuss your specific risks with your doctor.
  • Prior stroke, TIA or heart attack — The risk of stroke for someone who has already had one is many times that of a person who has not. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are “warning strokes” that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. TIAs are strong predictors of stroke. A person who’s had one or more TIAs is almost 10 times more likely to have a stroke than someone of the same age and sex who hasn’t. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of a major stroke. TIA should be considered a medical emergency and followed up immediately with a healthcare professional. If you’ve had a heart attack, you’re at higher risk of having a stroke, too.

Risk Factors that can be changed controlled or treated:

  • High blood pressure — High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. Many people believe the effective treatment of high blood pressure is a key reason for the accelerated decline in the death rates for stroke.
  • Cigarette smoking — In recent years, studies have shown cigarette smoking to be an important risk factor for stroke. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke damage the cardiovascular system in many ways. The use of oral contraceptives combined with cigarette smoking greatly increases stroke risk.
  • Diabetes mellitus — Diabetes is an independent risk factor for stroke.  Many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and are overweight. This increases their risk even more. While diabetes is treatable, the presence of the disease still increases your risk of stroke.
  • Carotid or other artery disease — The carotid arteries in your neck supply blood to your brain. A carotid artery narrowed by fatty deposits from atherosclerosis (plaque buildups in artery walls) may become blocked by a blood clot. Carotid artery disease is also called carotid artery stenosis.  
  • Peripheral artery disease is the narrowing of blood vessels carrying blood to leg and arm muscles. It’s caused by fatty buildups of plaque in artery walls. People with peripheral artery disease have a higher risk of carotid artery disease, which raises their risk of stroke.
  • Atrial fibrillation — This heart rhythm disorder raises the risk for stroke. The heart’s upper chambers quiver instead of beating effectively, which can let the blood pool and clot. If a clot breaks off, enters the bloodstream and lodges in an artery leading to the brain, a stroke results.
  • Other heart disease — People with coronary heart disease or heart failure have a higher risk of stroke than those with hearts that work normally. Dilated cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart), heart valve disease and some types of congenital heart defects also raise the risk of stroke.
  • Sickle cell disease (also called sickle cell anemia) — This is a genetic disorder that mainly affects African-American and Hispanic children. “Sickled” red blood cells are less able to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs. These cells also tend to stick to blood vessel walls, which can block arteries to the brain and cause a stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol — People with high blood cholesterol have an increased risk for stroke. Also, it appears that low HDL (“good”) cholesterol is a risk factor for stroke in men, but more data are needed to verify its effect in women.
  • Poor diet — Diets high in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol can raise blood cholesterol levels. Diets high in sodium (salt) can contribute to increased blood pressure. Diets with excess calories can contribute to obesity. Also, a diet containing five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day may reduce the risk of stroke (PDF opens in new window).
  • Physical inactivity and obesity — Being inactive, obese or both can increase your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So go on a brisk walk, take the stairs, and do whatever you can to make your life more active. Try to get a total of at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days.

Be Prepared Know the Signs & Symptoms and Act F.A.S.T:

THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE? CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you’ll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

F Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
A Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Beyond F.A.S.T. – Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
     
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes  
     
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
     
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency.  Please visit the National Stroke Association at http://www.stroke.org or American Heart Association for additional information at http://www.strokeassociation.org or http://www.heart.org for additional information.  Remember to act #F.A.S.T!

About Hands of Compassion

Hands of Compassion, a Medicare certified, CHAP accredited, repeat Homecare Elite Top Agency recipient, and provides compassionate care to qualified elderly and disabled persons. Services provided include: Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health Aides and Companions. They serve 18 counties in the West Texas area. For the last 5 years Hands of Compassion was recognized by Homecare Elite, ocshomecare.com, which ranked them Top Agency for Positive Patient Outcomes in the nation. “Healthcare that unites hands with hearts.”

Contact Hands of Compassion Home Care serving West Texas at (432) 218-7996 or visit HOC’s website atwww.hochomecare.com. #GOHOCGO #NURSESROCK #BESTHOMEHEALTHHOC Logo png

Best Home Health Midland TX | Top Doc July 2014 | Sapna Chilka MD | Internal Medicine

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Best Home Health Midland TX | Top Doc July 2014 | Sapna Chilka MD | Internal Medicine

Summer is in full effect in West Texas and Hands of Compassion Homecare is continuing to feature the top physicians and their practices for 2014. Hands of Compassion has ventured out into the community to work with some of the brightest and service-oriented physicians we can find just so we can put them in the spotlight for the community to see. These physicians hold and strive to maintain the same values and core principles that Hands of Compassion Homecare does: service, knowledge and patient care. Dr. Sapna Chilka MD is one such physician.

Background

Dr. Chilka moved to the Permian Basin from India in the year 2000 after completing her medical degree and decided to continue with her education and complete her residency at Texas Tech University Health & Sciences Center in Odessa. ImageShe has now been practicing for five years and expects for many more to follow! Dr. Chilka received her undergraduate degree in Pre-Medicine, Board of Intermediate, Hyderabad, A.P. She received her Medical Degree from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College in Karnataka, India, during which time she received multiple awards and achievements. She also received the National Merit Scholarship in 1994. Dr. Chilka also has extensive studies in Diabetes and Diabetes Management and to this day continues to participate in clinical and diabetic research to ensure that her patients are receiving the best care and medications available.

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Dr. Chilka practices in the Permian Basin and is a Healthgrades recognized physician. She specializes in Family Medicine and she seeks to serve others by educating and providing a better quality of care. Dr. Chilka’s goal is to be able to provide education help with prevention and improve treatment for patients in the Permian Basin Area. Hands of Compassion Homecare is excited to team up with Dr. Chilka for the Month of July. The desire of Dr. Chilka’s practice is to provide top-quality care to her patients so that they can arrive and leave with confidence in their physicians and the care that they are receiving. To increase patient care and confidence, the two, Dr. Chilka and husband Dr. Ganta, decided to team up and form one practice offering an array of services under one roof: x-rays, sonograms, cough and cold care, aches and pain care, diabetic care, and many more. Ultimately, Chilka says,

Our goal is to take care of the patient in the best possible way.” Well said.

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3401 Greenbriar Dr.
Midland, TX 79707

Want to Know More?

If you are interested in finding out more or what to expect at Dr. Chilka’s office, you may connect with her office: 432-686-0000. To view Dr. Chilka’s full interview, visit http://www.hochomecare.com and click on HOCTV at the bottom of the page.

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6 Tips to Prevent In-home Falls

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Image You may have heard about the heart-breaking death of Ann B. Davis’ earlier this week.  Most of us remember Davis from her memorable role as Alice in the hit sitcom, The Brady Bunch.  Davis captured out hearts with her witty one-liners, her level-headed argument mediating and her ability to hold the bunch together like glue.

Davis died this past Sunday, June 1, 2014, at a San Antonio hospital after having fallen in her home and hitting her head. Although, a very unfortunate accident, it was also a preventable one. If she would have had someone fall-proof her home and surroundings, could it have been prevented?

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Hands of Compassion Homecare wants to give you 6 Tips on how to prevent in-home falls, in hopes that these tips can reduce your risk of falling and possibly safe your life.

 

#1. Talk to your doctor

Learn about the medications you are taking and their side effects. Sometimes medications can increase the risk of falling due to blurred vision, drowsiness and dizziness.

Certain health conditions can also increase your risk of falling. Discuss these, and previous falls, with your doctor so that a prevention strategy can be developed if need be.

#2. Stay Active

Staying active doesn’t always mean a high-intensity workout, something as minor as walking around the backyard to maintain strength in your lower body is recommend. Of course, check with your doctor and if he gives you the “OK”, then seek out new and fun ways to stay active and keep your body in tip-top shape (swimming, seated Zumba, yoga, etc.).

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#3. Wear proper shoes

Although your slippers may be comfortable around the house, they are not always the safest, especially on laminate, wood or tile floors.  These types of floors can become slick when swept and mopped, and slippers do not possess a large amount of grip to the bottom, which in turn could lead to a fall. Make sure to wear shoes with a nonstick soul, sturdy and comfortable.

#4. Remove fall hazards in your environment

The mosts beautiful items in our home can also be the most dangerous. Look around your home, or have a loved one/caregiver, to find any fall hazards in your home. For example: rugs, coffee tables, wobbly standing lamps, electrical chords, clothing or spills.  Placing a nonstick mat in your shower is also recommend to help prevent in-home falls.

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#5. Light up your living area

When waking up in the middle of the night, it is not always first instinct to turn on a light or lamp, we just tend to walk slowly (because we are so use to our living spaces) to get to wear we need to be, using walls, chair and other items to guide us. However, we suggest placing a small nightlight in your room, hallways and even bathroom. This way, your most-used places of living are lit up during the evening and you do not have to worry about guessing where you need to go.

#6. Use assistive devices as instructed or needed

Canes are a great way to help you get around the home and outside of your home. There is a great variety out there to help you choose the best one that fits your needs: lightweight and thin; sturdy and large.  Watch a recent video interview with Midland’s Recovery Home Therapy, where Physical Therapist, Steven Sanchez, discusses four of the most popular used canes. Click the link below and it will take you directly to the video,

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmGgWaIOb8U.

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We hope this helps and if there are some questions still lingering that were not answered, feel free to give #HOC a call. We are open M-F, 8 a.m- 5 p.m., but we have an on-call RN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. We are here to help.

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Hands of Compassion Homecare

“Healthcare that unites hands with hearts.”

1030 Andrews Hwy, Ste 203

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 218 – 7996

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