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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!!!!

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

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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,, 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 #GOHOCGO #NURSESROCK #BESTHOMEHEALTH

Oh yeah…

check out our national press release Right here


Glaucoma Healthy Lifestyle Tips | Best Home Health Permian Basin | Hochomecare

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Hoc Wellness Crusaderz “Glaucoma Awareness”


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.

Eat dark-colored berries:

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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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 


 (Midland Office) 


Jamie Foreman, Accounts Executive 


(Abilene office)

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How to Stop Emotional Eating | Best Home Health Midland Tx | Abilene Tx

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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.

HOC Wellness WarriorZ Tip:
When emotions get high try some deep breathing exercises. We teach our patients deep breathing often, now it’s time to take our own medicine. here is a cute video 

on 4-7-8 (Inhale for 4 sec, hold for 7, exhale for 8 sec) deep breathing technique. 

Hey have a Happy Monday! 
From your friends…
Hoc Wellness WarriorZ

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