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“Tribute to the Homeless of Midland TX.”
This idea came to our Administrator last month.
She wanted to find away to not just give them love but SHOW them love!
Ye call Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13:13-15
We will also be giving out “HOC Blessing Bags”
Filled with all sorts of goodies to include:
Socks, Water, food item(Chicken,tuna,or mini canned fruit cup,) Toe Nail Clippers, combs,File, Chap Stick, trail mix, Razors, Bandaids,Deodarant, wipes, Toothbrush, toothpaste, $2 in coins, and a Foot care Tip card!
HOC Homecare and staff
Foot and Ankle Center of West Texas
Midland Baptist Crisis Center
Evan Rogers with Church Under the Bridge
Dr Gibbons, Nephrologist
Pat and Lynn Carter “Guardian Security”
Tailored Creations by Toni
Tamika Pride and team
Audrey White with Annointed Women’s Ministry
Prophetess Martha Silver
Giving to those who have nothing but a smile to give back is awesome!
Hands of Compassion Home Care was founded on the principal of the leper in Mark 1:41…
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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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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
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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The Permian Basin Military Parnters Coalition presents ” STAND DOWN” A Veternas Benefits and Resource Fair.
#HOC Hands of Compassion is Calling all Veterans to come participate in this amazing event. Come see us this Saturday!
Saturday – June 27, 2015 From: 0830-1600
Place: VFW Post 4149
409 Vetrerans Airpark Lane Midland TX 79705
Michael L. Kiefer, MHA, FACHE Director, West Texas VA Health Care System will present ” Homeless Veteran Summit” at 0830-0900
Several FREE Services will be provided for Veterans and their Family members:
- Medical Services & Screenings
- Men’s and Women’s Haircuts
- VA Claims Information & Assistance
- Counseling Services and Referrals
- Employment Resources and much much more.
Lunch will be provided!
COME BE A PART OF THIS EVENT VETERANS AND WELCOME HOME!!!!
Special thanks to Military Veterans Peer Network, VFW Post 4149, US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Midland Vet Center, Veterans Health Admin.
For additional information or transportation please call:
Brenda Bragg at (432) 213-3718 or Donnie Robinson at (432) 466-4911.
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 http://www.hochomecare.com. #GOHOCGO #VETERANS #VFWPOST4149 #WELCOME HOME #PermianBasinMilitaryPartnersCoalition
All You Need to Know About Kale Health
Kale is broccoli’s leafier cousin and it’s one of the most nutritious foods. This vegetable is also known as a great detox food because of its large amounts of fiber and sulfur, which play a role in detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy. However, there are more health benefits of kale that you may not know about.
Kale Health Benefits
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
Quick Kale Recipes
One of my Favorite Recipes for Cooking kale can be found here:
Don’t like it Cooked?
Then add a few kale leaves to your daily juice recipe!
Add it to Salads or just munch on it raw!
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Of course they do, would we love them so much if they didn’t! Nurses work so hard to get where they are: nursing school, clinicals, exams and all the while juggling reality. We know how proud they have to be of themselves, how proud their families are, but we also want to express how proud we are.
We know that the first one or two years after school can probably be the hardest for our loving nurses, but they wake up the next day, next month, next year, and keep going–they never give up! Perseverance is one character trait that we know every nurse must have, where they are in school, life and their careers speaks for itself
Here at #HOC, we are honored to be able to celebrate the #AMAZING, one-of-a-kind nurses that have been sent our way. We don’t believe in coincidences, so we know that our #compassionate #nurses were God-sent. Thanks to our #super nurses, they have help pave the way for #HOC’s fourth year in a row as a Top Agency Nationwide. We couldn’t be more thankful, without them, we wouldn’t, we couldn’t be where we are and be headed where we need to go.
Every year at HOC, we conjure up the biggest celebration for our nurses, just to *show* our appreciation for them. In 2011, our theme was “Nurses in Hollywood“–elvis even made an appearance. In 2012, our nurses’ celebration was themed “Nurses Just Want to Have Fun” and we gave them a full-blown carnival experience with everything from game booths, vendors and, of course, caramel apples. In 2013, we celebrated our nurses by throwing them a “Nurses in Paradise Safari” celebration with all the fun accessories of being in paradise: straw hats, coconut drinks and what more than a zebra patterned cake!
This year was no exception. With the wild and crazy ideas of our administrator, and organizational skills of our Operations Manager, we put together what has to be one of the best Nurse’s Celebration to date. Take a look:
“I seriously haven’t had so many emotions all in one day! I felt like a kid again and I loved it! Thanks for allowing us to “feel” your appreciation for our hard work,” said R.N., Mayra Ramos (middle: photographed on ropes course).
“I had a blast! I haven’t laughed like that in a long time,” exclaimed LVN, Anabelia Jasso (right: photographed during laser tag).
“Thanks for the AWESOME time! I haven’t had THAT much fun in AGES!“-R.N., Melissa Miller (lower center on left: photographed before games).
To sum it all up, we love our nurses, we love what they do for us, for our patients and for the company. We want to wish all our special nurses across the nation a Happy #National #Nurses #Week. Have fun, and always remember, you ARE a Superhero in Scrubs!
Hands of Compassion Homecare
1030 Andrews Hwy, Ste 203
Midland, TX 79701