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February 21, 2018

Caregivers and nurses understand the importance of well-chosen words

Precision of language is important for both. But caregivers and nurses learn the emotional impact of words, wisely or poorly chosen, on the job, directly from our patients. There’s seldom an opportunity to edit or revise when words are spoken. Words cannot be unsaid.

Since patients rate nursing skills by my words, the ability to pass the ‘bs test’ is more important than ever before in our career

As a navigator, our caregiver have impressed a patient or two (and helped them get proper care) by recognizing over the phone that the symptoms they described were cardiac related and not the side effects of cancer treatment. But for the most part, words are the tool we rely on to prove our value.
It’s the nature of caregivers and nurses to want to comfort our patients.

We understand their emotions run high when they are faced with a diagnosis of life-threatening disease or hospitalized for a traumatic, life-changing injury

Choosing the right words to comfort them, or at least to decrease their fear and anxiety, while at the same time caring or treating their illness or injury is challenging.It’s realistic to expect that once in a while we will choose the wrong words, despite our good intentions”. “Using words to comfort and heal is a skill expected of nurses, whether we aspire to become writers or not. While choosing the right words takes practice, and sometimes self-forgiveness, providing comfort with well-chosen words is one of the most rewarding aspects of nursing.

Posted in Blog, Long Term Care by admin
February 21, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first shockwave device indicated for patients with #diabeticfoot ulcers. Marketed as the Dermapace System, the device uses a handheld probe to deliver high-energy pulses similar to sound waves to the wound’s surface.

According to the manufacturer, Sanuwave Health Inc, of Alpharetta, Georgia, the device increases perfusion and arteriogenesis, angiogenesis, biofilm disruption, and growth factor upregulation, which help regenerate skin and musculoskeletal and vascular structures.

Treatment consists of 4 to 8 brief, noninvasive applications given over 2 to 10 weeks. Monitoring and usual care are required afterward. The device is indicated for adults with diabetes who have foot ulcers lasting more than 30 days. The FDA noted that about 25% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer. Poor circulation or a foot infection that doesn’t respond to treatment sometimes results in amputation.

Posted in Blog, Health & Wellness, New Therapies by admin
February 21, 2018

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February 21, 2018

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January 28, 2018

Social relationships are consistently associated with biomarkers of health. Positive indicators of social well-being may be associated with lower levels of interleukin-6 in otherwise healthy people. Interleukin-6 is an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer.

Some grandparents feel that caring for their grandchildren makes them healthier and more active. They experience a strong emotional bond and often lead a more active lifestyle, eat healthier meals, and may even reduce or stop smoking.

Social isolation constitutes a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality, especially in older adults.
Loneliness may have a physical as well as an emotional impact. For example, people who are lonely frequently have elevated systolic blood pressure.

Loneliness is a unique risk factor for symptoms of depression, and loneliness and depression have a synergistic adverse effect on well-being in middle-aged and older adults.

Posted in Blog, Health & Wellness by admin
January 23, 2018

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April 17, 2014

Social Interactions for Seniors

Among many obvious contributors to poor health in the elderly – such as lifestyle, past injuries, or limited access to medical care – there is one factor which may not be immediately obvious but has a significant impact on overall health: isolation. With old age comes an increased risk of isolation as the older adult becomes less mobile and his or her peers and older relatives pass away. It is clear how this likely has an emotional impact on the elder, but what might be less obvious is that this emotional effect influences the elder’s physical health. By addressing isolation and helping an older adult find more pathways to social interaction, the elder’s overall health can be improved and their cost of care may be reduced.

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