We might all be guilty of putting off those dreaded cleaning days while we are staying nice and warm through the winter. As Spring approaches and we are getting ready to open those windows and let the breeze blow through, here are a few of our tips to keep you safe while cleaning away the winter doldrums and cobwebs!
- Lets clean out the clutter! Too much “stuff” can create dangerous places in the home for trips and falls. Make sure you have a clear path in every room of the house by removing unnecessary furniture or items. Think about donating or putting them in storage. Also double check edges of carpet or rungs to make sure nothing is frayed and causing trips.
- Remember don’t move heavy things on your own! When clearing out that furniture or pile of magazines, always ask for help! Even a simple task as changing a light bulb may require some assistance if you need to stand on a chair or ladder to reach it. Think about replacing that heavy vacuum cleaner with a newer lightweight cordless model. Even something as simple as getting a extended handle for cleaning tools could help: Extended Toilet Brush
- Check Expiration Dates! Spring is a great time to go through the medicine cabinet and check all expiration dates. Don’t forget to check the over the counter pills as well such as Tylenol or Advil. Also a great place to look for expiration dates is your refrigerator. Take a look at that ketchup or mayo bottle. Also remember to check your canned food in the cabinet or pantry.
- Update your emergency numbers! Double check your saved numbers in your speed dials to make sure that everyone listed has the most up to date information. Also as a tip, if you have a cell phone, be sure to add “ICE*” before your emergency contact. Emergency professionals know to look through a cell phone for ICE or In Case of Emergency contacts to reach out to them if you are unable to. Do you know who to call in an emergency? Have a list of numbers next to your phone just in case.
- Spring is the time to check those fire detector batteries! The easiest way is to just replace the batteries so they are fresh for the year. Also make sure to check your fire extinguisher and emergency kit for any expiration dates and that all supplies are full.
With our weather fluctuating from snow to rain to sun all the while staying chilly, we want to share with you some tips to make sure you stay safe through both seasons!
- Ice, Snow and Rain: Driveways, sidewalks and steps can get slick and pose a serious falling hazard! To maximize safety, be sure that all pathways are shoveled, cleared or cleaned off. Even the pine needles when wet can cause us to slip and slide across the path. Be sure that you have rubber – soled shoes and new treads on your walker or cane. See walker replacements on our site: Replacement Walker Tips
- Avoid Falls: Try and stay inside if you can when the weather gets really rough – make arrangements for a family member or friend to shovel/salt/clean your driveways and walkways. A professional caregiver might be able to assist in everyday chores like getting the mail or picking up groceries. Take a couple of minutes each day and be sure to stretch to loosen up your muscles. Wear non-skid shoes or boots when going outside. Make sure to clean up any water or outside dirt that could track inside. Check to be sure your rubber tips on your cane or walker are not worn smooth. See our website for replacement tips: Replacement Cane Tips
- Dehydration: You might be especially prone to dehydration because you simply eat and drink less, thus consuming less water every day! Also people tend to feel less thirsty during the winter. A good tip to remember to drink water is set a timer for every hour and get a water bottle you can write times on. That way when the timer goes off you can drink enough to get to your next mark
- Space Heaters: While these small portable heaters can provide much needed comfort, you need to make sure that they don’t become a safety hazard instead! Be sure to get one with a timer so that its not always running. Keep it away from all flammable material such as blankets or drapes. Double check to make sure your smoke detector is working properly as well just to be safe!
- Disaster Kits: You always want to be prepared so make sure you have a kit in your home that will help you get through an emergency such as power outages that may last several days. Your kit should include food and water for several days (at least 3 gallons of water per person per day), a few days worth of medications (make sure they haven’t expired), a flashlight, a weather radio, extra batteries and first-aid essentials.
Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care, a caregiver training conference will be offered on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, Washington. The event is hosted by Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Long Term Care along with the support of numerous community organizations. The conference is designed to provide current, practical skills and resources that community caregivers can use in their daily caregiving responsibilities. The conference is intended for:
• Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives)
• Home care workers and adult day services staff
• Adult family home or assisted living staff
• Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers
The Early Registration fee (by May 15) for individual caregivers is $30. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. The Early Registration fee for agency-based caregivers is $50. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits. Registration forms will be available in April and space is limited – so don’t delay! For more information or to receive a full brochure and registration materials, please call 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544.
~Professional Medical Corp.
If you have noticed more stripes and colors on athletes, chances are kinesio taping is to blame. The popularity of taping has grown in the last decade and the 2012 London Olympics have made it a household name. But how does this stuff work and is it affective?
Kinesio tape is a thin and pliable tape that is placed on areas of your body that can be prone to over extending, the tapes job is to pull on your skin to remind you NOT to over extend. Some trainers also use the tape as a tool to help improve balance in athletes and to prevent excessive extending. The taping has even been used on animals to help prevent injuries.
Research is still being done to determine the true effects of the tape, and whether it gives you a sense of stability and support or gives you a psychological edge. In the meantime kinesio taping gives us lots of pretty colors to look during sporting events and may have a bigger use in the future.
Read more about this topic HERE.
~Professional Medical Corp.
AARP.com announced some of many brand-name prescription medications that are going generic for 2012. Last year, brands such as Lipitor and Zyprexa went generic, giving people cheaper alternatives. Look below for this year’s list.
- Lexapro—use to treat depression (March)
- Provigil—used to treat sleep problems (April)
- Plavix—an antiplatelet drug used to prevent blood clots (May)
- Singulair—an Asthma drug (August)
This is great news for those who want more affordable drugs.
Click here for the original article—courtesy of AARP.com
There is a new device on the market that counts your every bite during your meal. The “Bite Counter” is designed as a wristlet so you can take it everywhere you go from the restaurants to the ball parks. All you have to do is press the button before you start eating and press it again when you finish your meal. It will count how many bites you have taken and estimate the number of calories you have eaten. It is supposedly over 90% accurate during their lab tests.
Another cool feature is that it allows you to press how many bites you want to limit yourself for every meal. The device will sound an alarm for every bite that goes over the limit. It may sound annoying, but it could stop you from over indulging your food.
Now, are you ready to hear the price? It is $799—do you think it is worth it?
Read original article here by Times Healthland
New research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that by keeping the head cool, more insomniacs can sleep easier. Previous studies indicated that people with insomnia can’t sleep due to the added brain activity that goes on at night. This results in the brain’s temperature being too hot to sleep.
The researchers gave 12 insomniacs a cap that contained circulating water at cool temperatures, and the results were surprising. They were all able to fall asleep as effortlessly as people without the condition. It only took them 13 minutes to fall asleep compared to the 16 minutes of the control group and they slept on average 89% of the time.
More studies need to be conducted before a definite conclusion can be reached. This solution would be great for people who are not comfortable taking medication for their condition or for those who existing treatments are not working.
Read more at: http://ti.me/iNm0Ch
Would you try something like this?