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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!!!!
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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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November National Home Care Month| Best Home Health Midland Tx| Abilene TX 

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IMG_7413Happy Home Care Month!
November is National Home Care Month!
HOC Homecare recognizes the dedication, compassion and skill of all home care workers across America!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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National Home Care Month also honors all those who assist the elderly senior stay in their own home.

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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.
Yes!
We are very thankful for her contributions in public health.

At Hands of Compassion we

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agree with Florence Nightingale and deliver care to many who can not afford to pay and some whom have been treated as lepers….

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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.)

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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.

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(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
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We have a nurse on call 24/7… 1-877-219-7996

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Best Home Health Midland Texas| Best Home Health Abilene Texas | Healthy Aging® Month — 10 Tips To Celebrate

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Think it’s too late to “rein­vent” your­self? Think again. It’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, pas­sion, or hobby.
Sep­tem­ber is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health obser­vance designed to focus national atten­tion on the pos­i­tive aspects of grow­ing older, began over 20 years ago. According to Car­olyn Wor­thing­ton, pub­lisher of Healthy Aging® Mag­a­zine, Sep­tem­ber is Healthy Aging® Month pro­vides inspi­ra­tion and prac­ti­cal ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their phys­i­cal, men­tal, social, and finan­cial well being.”
“Use Sep­tem­ber as the moti­va­tion to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do,” Wor­thing­ton said. “Make your list based on your gut feel­ings and thoughts, no-holds-barred.
“And try it! Who says you have to do some­thing related to what you stud­ied in school? Who says, you can’t become an entre­pre­neur, start your own home busi­ness later in life, test your phys­i­cal prowess, or do some­thing wildly dif­fer­ent from any­thing you’ve done before? Live some­where else, some­where excit­ing? Only that per­son you see in the mirror!”
To get you started on rein­vent­ing your­self, here are some ideas from the edi­tors of Healthy Aging® Mag­a­zine (www.healthyaging.net). Maybe they will help you think “out­side the cage” or out­side the box:


10 Tips for Rein­vent­ing Your­self dur­ing Sep­tem­ber Is Healthy Aging® Month:
1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your cur­rent age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Pic­ture your­self at that age and be it. Some peo­ple may say this is denial, but we say it’s pos­i­tive think­ing and goes a long way toward feel­ing bet­ter about your­self. (Tip: Don’t keep look­ing in the mir­ror, just FEEL IT!)

2. Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tionsand your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive. (Tip: Stop watch­ing the police reports on the local news.)

3. Ditch the downer friends. Have neg­a­tive friends who com­plain all of the time and con­stantly talk about how awful every­thing is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life. They will only depress you and stop you from mov­ing for­ward. Sur­round your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages and you will be hap­pier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s con­ta­gious and wards off naysayers.)

4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Come on. You can prob­a­bly do it. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.)

5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you. Look at your­self in the mir­ror. Are you hold­ing your stom­ach in, have your shoul­ders back, chin up? Check out how much bet­ter your neck looks! Fix your stance and prac­tice it every day, all day until it is nat­ural. You will look great and feel bet­ter. (Tip: Your waist­line will look trim­mer if you fol­low this advice.)

6. How’s your smile? Research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier. Your teeth are just as impor­tant to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing peo­ple notice, but good oral health is a gate­way to your over­all well-being. (Tip: Go to the den­tist reg­u­larly and look into teeth whiten­ing. Noth­ing says old more than yel­low­ing teeth!)

7. Lonely? Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land­line, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing: Vol­un­teer your time, take a class, invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee. (Tip: Vol­un­teer at the local pub­lic school to stay in touch with younger peo­ple and to keep cur­rent on trends, take a com­puter class or a tuto­r­ial ses­sion at your cell phone store to keep up with tech­nol­ogy, choose a new per­son every week for your din­ing out.)

8. Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)

9. Get a phys­i­cal. Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while. (Tip: For a list of rec­om­mended annual health screen­ings, a great resource is the My Health Finder. Here’s what Medicare Cov­ers.

10. Find your inner artist. Who says tak­ing music lessons is for young school chil­dren? You may have an artist lurk­ing inside you just wait­ing to be tapped. Have you always wanted to play the piano, vio­lin, or tuba? Have you ever won­dered if you could paint a por­trait or scenic in oil? What about work­ing in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and dis­cover your inner artist!)

For more tips and ideas, see Healthy Aging® Mag­a­zine.
Have ideas or your secrets for pos­i­tive aging? Send them to us at secret@healthyaging.net. We will post the best ideas on our Face­book page and on the Healthy Aging website.

This article was provided by Healthyaging.net

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Keep Calm; Nurses Rock | Home Health Care Midland TX | Nurses Week 2015 #HOC

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Midland, TX, May 06, 2015— Hands of Compassion Home Care, Top Agency Nationwide, had the honor of celebrating National Nurse’s Week with some of the most impactful and hardworking nurses in the basin. 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.

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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 gratitude.  This year we have opened up our celebration to our fellow nurses within the community.  H.O.C. invites you to join our celebration this year. H.O.C. values all of the clinical staff we work with on a daily basis and therefore we are showing our appreciation on this special day.

Keep Calm; Nurses Rock will be held on May 6th from 11am until 3pm. The location will be at the Beal Ranch House Park.   We invite all Nurses to come by and join us.

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Special Thanks to our Vendors: Enterprise Fleet Management, Midland Memorial Bariatrics, Silpada Designs, Integrity Massage, Midland College of Cosmetology, Endless Summer Tanning Salon, Janetta Olaseni with Youngevity.

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

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 www.hochomecare.com. #GOHOCGO #NURSESROCK #BESTHOMEHEALTH

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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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Top 5: WOMEN HEALTH CONCERNS

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Women, a lot of our time is spent caring for others, whether it be your children, nieces and nephews, parents, grandparents or even an elderly neighbor; we always seem to place ourselves in the caregiver role, whether it be voluntarily or involuntary. However, if we desire to stay in that role as long as we would like, we need to guarantee that we are also caring for ourselves. It is easy to skip a meal, easy to skip a workout and easy to not go to the doctor when you have your hands full with another loved one who may need help doing that themselves. 

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Hands of Compassion Homecare is always seeking out important topics to educate the community on, and we couldn’t help but believe that this is one of those topics. We forget how important our health is when we have no time to focus on it–young, middle-aged or elderly.

Take a few minutes to learn a few facts and pick up a few pointers on how you can be caring for yourself and increase your healthy life.

Image# 1. Heart Disease

More women than men die of heart disease each year; although, the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease affect women and men, other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women.

  • Diabetes
  • Mental stress and depression
  • Smoking
  • Lack of activity
  • Low estrogen after menopause
  • Pregnancy complications

Ways to Reduce your risk:

  • No smoking
  • Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week, or 60 to 90 minutes if you need to lose weight.
  • Healthy weight / Eat a diet that’s low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt.

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# 2. Breast Cancer

ACS estimates for the year 2014:

  • About 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • About 40,000 deaths from breast cancer
  • BC is the second most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death.

Risk Factor:

  • Age, Race, Gender, Genetics
  • Family History/ Personal Cancer History
  • Menstrual periods 
  • Certain types of birth control
  • Choosing not to breast feed (some studies have shown breastfeeding can reduce chances)
  • Alcohol
  • Overweight/Obesity

 

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# 3. Osteoporosis

Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women; Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

Risk Factors: 

  • Age, Race, Gender, Ethnic background
  • Bone density
  • How fast you loose bone after menopause

Ways to Reduce Your Risk:

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D, and eat a well balanced diet.
  • Exercise
  • Don’t smoke or drink 

 

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# 4. Depression

Three main types of depression: major depression, Dysthymic disorder or dysthymia and minor depression.  More women than men get depression; it is a serious illness, and most women who have it need treatment to get better.

Risk Factors:

  • Genes
  • Brain chemistry and hormones
  • Postpartum depression
  • Stress

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# 5. Auto Immune Diseases

Autoimmunity is the underlying cause of more than 100 serious, chronic illnesses. Of the 50 million Americans living and coping with autoimmune disease (AD), more than 75 percent of them are women.  Taken together, autoimmune diseases strike women three times more than men. 

Risk Factors:

  • Gender, age, ethnicity
  • Family history
  • Exposure to environmental agents (mercury, gold, and/or silver)
  • Previous infection

Ways to Reduce Your Risk:

    • Washing your hands, often and very well.
    • Ask those caring for you and you health to wash their hands / take necessary precautions.
    • Staying away from people who are sick to lessen your chances of catching an infection.
    • Getting vaccinated and staying up-to-date.

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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