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Best Home Health Abilene TX | Rose Park | Wellness Jamboree

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Hands of Compassion Abilene location Gold Sponsors at Rose Park Senior Center.

 

Nicole Barnett RN,MSN and Stacey Wesney Accounts Executive

The theme of this year’s Rose Park Wellness Jamboree was: Dun Ta Dun Dun Ta Dun Ta….

May the 4th Be With You!



Our Accounts Executive Manager Chris Crockett said the place was packed with eager Senior Citizens seeking Wellness and goodies!
 Here are some tips you can pass along to that special elderly person in your life: 

Did you know that Walnuts and Sunflower Seeds have been linked to boost memory?

Here is a shopping list to assist you or your forgetful loved one:


We had so much fun yesterday! 
  
Hands of Compassion would like to express our gratitude to Rose Park Senior Center for inviting us to their annual Wellness Jamboree!

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And our Podcast Click Here

If you or your loved one requires in home assistance privately or skilled call us first!

325-691-1093

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National Nurse’s Week 2014

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A Brief History of National Nurse’s Week

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 nursing 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.

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1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as “National Nurses Day.” The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.

1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 – 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week.

1993 The ANA Board of Directors designated May 6 – 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all subsequent years.

1996 The ANA initiated “National RN Recognition Day” on May 6, 1996, to honor the nation’s indispensable registered nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year. The ANA encourages its state and territorial nurses associations and other organizations to acknowledge May 6, 1996 as “National RN Recognition Day.”

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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 Homecare has celebrated with their RNs, LVNs and CNAs during National Nurse’s Week just to remind them of their worth and our gratitude.

Two great people in particular deserve a great H.O.C shout-out for being with the agency 5+ years:

Tandy Arp

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Debra Soto

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Each event is themed, so no two celebrations are the same. Take a look at some of our photos below and relive the excitement and joy that we had with our clinical staff.

Nurse’s Week 2013

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Nurse’s Week 2012

Carnival Theme

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Nurse’s Week 2011

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(Elvis has left the building…)

This year is no exception when it comes to celebrating with the best clinical staff out there! Stay posted to HOC to get a behind the scenes run-down of all the preparation and execution of the Nurse’s Appreciation Event 2014!

To learn more about HOC, our services, or how we can help you, visit our website at:

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OR

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Best Home Health Midland, TX |National Occupational Therapy Month

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Here at H.O.C., we like to make sure that we keep you updated on current, trending topics in the Home Health industry, elderly and disabled community and general health all together. That being said, did you know that April is National Occupational Therapy Month?  It’s ok, don’t be alarmed if you didn’t, that’s where we come in, to bring more awareness about on this Hot, trending topic.

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What is Occupational Therapy one might ask? 

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession.  In its simplest terms, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help injured, ill, or disabled patients across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.  Occupational therapists use the “occupations” of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. To achieve these goals occupational therapists may also adapt the task or the environment.  Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

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Occupational Therapy Services Typically Include

  • Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers.

The occupational therapist (OT) helps people of all ages (from newborns to older adults) who have an illness or disability to do those things that are important and meaningful to them such as eating, dressing, school activities, and work. The OT helps by making changes in any of the things that may limit an individual’s ability to do those tasks, including the environment, the task, or the person’s skills needed for the task. OTs also have the knowledge and training to work with people with a mental illness or emotional problem such as depression and/or stress.

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When one is in need for Occupational Therapy, O.T. as we like to call it, it can be for numerous reasons.  One in particular that we see a lot here at the H.O.C. agency includes those recovering from a Stroke. Having a stroke is an event in life that may otherwise bring us, and/or the one around us, to a state of minimal hope or confusion. However, we know that having a stroke does not always mean an end to running around with grandchildren, making your own glass of tea or signing along with the church choir. Thanks to our friends at the American Occupational Therapy Association, http://www.aota.org, they have compiled a great list of desires and suggestions on how to meet those desires, along with a professional O.T’s expertise.

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To learn more about OT both on a broad and narrow spectrum, visit http://www.aota.org OR http://www.hochomecare.com/TV. We have an EXCLUSIVE interview with Occupational Therapist, Joanna Capri. Visit the link http://youtu.be/iRMzcNWvLOc to be sent directly to the video!

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You can contact Hands of Compassion 24/7/365 with your questions about OT, inquires about receiving services and much much more.

Don’t miss out on today because of what happened yesterday. Start making a change to enjoy tomorrow.

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What Do You Need?

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As we age, our bodies may grow weaker and we may become more fragile than we once were; we are no longer able to throw a football for 53 yards like we once did.

When you begin to feel your body (i.e. bones, legs, muscle strength, endurance, stamina, etc.) weakening, what should you do? Where should you go from here?

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It is no secret that most people want to believe that they do not need help, that they are independent, or they can manage on their own to prevent the chances of becoming a “burden”.  However, this can led to some unnecessary health mishaps that could have otherwise been prevented. For example, your joint pains are increasing and you wake up daily with stiff joints, so much that it becomes a taxing effort to get out of bed which may then lead to over exertion and then exhaustion; maybe you’ve lost your appetite and begin skipping meals which may then cause you to become dizzy and potentially pose a fall threat.

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Where do you plan to go from here, or where should you start?

  • The first thing you should do is consult with your physician or doctor. They need to know the state of your condition, whether a new appearance or a decrease in current condition.
  • The second thing you should do is decide whether to tell your close friends and family about your new, or decreasing, condition. This can raise some awareness to your loved ones, which can benefit the both of you because it may be an extra pair of eyes to monitor your condition.
  • If your condition is decreasing rapidly or has caused you to become home-bound or disabled, talk to both your physician and family about your choices regarding your care (i.e. nursing home, inpatient therapy, home health care, outpatient therapy, etc.).

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What are your options?

  • Depending on the severity of your condition, the rate at which it is increasing or decreasing, accessibility to a caregiver and your home-bound status there are several different options to choose from.
  1. Nursing Homes:

    A nursing home is a place for people who don’t need to be in a hospital but can’t be cared for at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day.  Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy. There might be a nurses’ station on each floor. Other nursing homes try to be more like home. They try to have a neighborhood feel. Often, they don’t have a fixed day-to-day schedule, and kitchens might be open to residents. Staff members are encouraged to develop relationships with residents.  Some nursing homes have special care units for people with serious memory problems such as Dementia.  Some will let couples live together. Nursing homes are not only for the elderly, but for anyone who requires 24-hour care.

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  1. Inpatient Care: Inpatient care refers to medical treatment that is provided in a hospital or other facility, and requires at least one overnight stay. Inpatient Treatment is a type of treatment in which a patient is provided with 24 hour care at a live-in facility. Both psychiatric and physical health assistance are included in this treatment. In most cases, patients will stay at inpatient treatment facilities for months at a time. One important difference in inpatient treatment when compared to outpatient treatment is the amount of medical attention received by a patient. In inpatient treatment, constant medical supervision is placed over each resident.

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  1. Outpatient Treatment: In outpatient treatment, treatments vary depending on the patient’s needs and the facility but they typically meet a couple of times every week for a few hours at a time.  Outpatient treatment is desired by many people because of its flexibility.

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  1. Home Health Care: Home Care is a service that assists those in need to continue living and celebrating life from the comfort of their own home.  Depending on various insurances, some may require you to be “home-bound” in order to receive services in the comfort of your own home.
  • What does Home-bound mean?
    • You have trouble leaving your home without help (like using a cane, wheelchair, walker, or crutches; special transportation; or help from another person) because of an illness or injury OR
    • Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition AND
    • You’re normally unable to leave your home and leaving home is a major effort

    You may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, like attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care.

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There are many options available to your and your family that can aid in the care of your health.  This blog offers you a few of the options and broad details on these options. Ask your physician, google, or call a local agency that assists the elderly and disabled in finding health care options.

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If you would like more information on Home Health Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Wound Care or Home Health Aides, call Hands of Compassion HomeCare today. We strive to offer you the best help possible, even if our services are no the right fit.  Above all else, we care about our elderly and disabled, and are advocates for their equal and best care.

Local Office: 432-218-7996      Toll Free: 1-877-219-7996      Website: http://www.hochomecare.com

It’s not a date without a DISCOUNT.

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Here at HOC, we found a great list of restaurants to visit for a SENIOR DISCOUNT. What better way to have a nice lunch date, than a discounted lunch date.  Grab your mate, your child or grandchild and start saving your money.

Disclaimer: All discounts are subject to restaurant participation.  However, if you never ask, you’ll never know.   

RESTAURANTS:
Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+);

Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +);

Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+);

Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+);

Burger King: 10% off (60+);

Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+);

Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+);

CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+);

Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +);

Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+);

Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+);

Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+);

Golden Corral: 10% off (60+);

IHOP: 10% off ( 55+);

Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+);

KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+);

Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+);

Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+);

McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+);

Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+);

Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+);

Subway: 10% off (60+);

Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+);

TCBY: 10% off ( 55+);

Wendy’s: 10% off ( 55 +)

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Always remember, Hands of Compassion HomeCare is working to bring you the best care we possibly can. Call us for answers to your questions about Home Health, Medicare, Services, local doctors and so much more. We are here to serve you!

Call us today, 432-218-7996

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Are your loved ones safe?

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Marcus Tullius Cicero said that “the safety of the people shall be the highest law.”  It’s true, before contemplating anything, an individual should ask, “Is it safe?”  For the elderly or disabled, one of the most important things to be mindful of is safety. Having a safe, secure, and sound environment, that is both comfortable and free of hindrances, is vital for all seniors. Examples like being able to get out of the bathtub or go downstairs comfortably need to be examined for any senior. To help the loved ones in your life, here are some things to consider:

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1) Good Lighting – The home should have good lighting so that eyesight is not affected.  As we age, our eyesight tends to be affected and we need glasses, contacts, or other prescriptive devices.  Natural lighting benefits our homes as well as bright artificial light.  Light enables us to see what’s going on, decreases discomfort, and prevents falls.

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2) Uncrowded rooms – If rooms are full of items, there will be little room to roam from place to place in the house.  Small pieces of furniture can be tripped over and cause a fall. So these should be watched over carefully.  Seniors are not as alert as they used to be, so sometimes they forget where they may have placed something and end up in a nasty injury.

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3) Proper carpets/ rugs – Carpets in the home should be short pile meaning that the carpet is low and the fibers are in loops.  It helps with gripping for high-traffic areas.  Even if your loved one does not get around a lot, they will still need this style of carpet to prevent accidents.  Loose rugs are a NO-NO!  They should be removed from the home for the utmost safety.

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4) Cupboards & shelves – Items that are kept in a high places like a shelf or cupboard should be placed in a lower and easy to reach area for seniors.  The less effort they use in getting something they need, the better for them.  Stepping on stools and ladders are incredibly dangerous for the elderly and disabled, so placing items lower will prevent falls.

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5) Pets – Pets are a great and provide comfort in the home, especially when living alone. However, they can be a serious hazard as well.  Cats love to wrap themselves around our legs and dogs enjoy jumping on us and running around. Though these are their natural tendencies, these habits can cause a senior to have to be rushed to the hospital at any moment. SO it’s important to make sure your senior can handle a pet.

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6) Outside, doors, etc. – Is there a ramp for that senior to utilize when going outside or coming in?  If the ground is steep, then handrails are favorable.  Can the senior step comfortable on the ground?  Pathways should not be uneven or slippery to walk on.  Grass, especially in a gardening area, should be kept low and maintained for easy movement.  All hoses, rakes, etc. should be out of the way to prevent troubles as well.  All doors and gates should have locks to block off intruders, but be accessible for the senior to use.

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Having these concepts in mind will help your loved one be safe, sound, and secure… but to ensure that your senior is safe at all times, it may be time to get a specialized agency, like us involved who knows how to do these things. Our company Hands of Compassion HomeCare, has specific programs, like our Fall Prevention Program, to ensure the safety of the elderly and disabled and our very own Home Health AIDES, who can prevent accidents through household care. Having a skilled nurse in the home of your loved ones each week will help them be safe and be cared for.  Hands of Compassion HomeCare’s #1 concern is the SAFETY and WELL-BEING of those that they care for.  Please consider us today and let us know how we can serve you.

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