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32 Tips for caring for someone with epilepsy

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 17:13

As a caregiver caring for someone with epilepsy, you must seiz(ure) the day and ensure that you’re doing absolutely everything that you can to provide that person – who may be a child or an adult – with the means to lead a quality life, as protect them in case of a seizure. As one of the best medical supplies stores online we are committed to informing and helping you through this or any other difficult caregiving situation. 

Going to the hospital with someone who has dementia

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 10:25

hospital dementiaVisiting a hospital with a loved one who has dementia or memory loss is like the road trip in Rain Man; it can be a challenging but also a valuable experience for both the caregiver and the care receiver. And it’s not like you can or should avoid hospital visits and stays; as a caregiver you need to work together with healthcare professionals and facilities for the good of the person with dementia. The following tips may help you make a trip to the hospital nice and easy like Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and not uncomfortable and awkward like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Breathing time: Caring for someone with emphysema

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 17:10

emphysemaCaring for someone with emphysema may or may not be necessary depending on the stage of the condition. People in whom this disease – which is part of a group of illnesses collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – is detected early may be able to manage it in such a way that they do not need help. But if the emphysema has been allowed to become severe, then a caregiver just might have his or her work cut out for him or her. You see, unchecked emphysema progressively makes one shorter and shorter of breath. And as Paul Heyman says, “if he can’t breathe, he can’t fight.”

Is that too loud for you?

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 14:21

noise pollution We are constantly worrying about air, land and water pollution and how much they are not only killing the planet, but also affecting our health.  There’s a particular form of pollution however that we tend to oversee that just like the ones mentioned above it is as hazardous and potentially incapacitating: Noise Pollution. Seniors and small children are the population most at risk from noise pollution yet this menace is bad for all of us. The human body has a “fight or flight” reaction to loud, unwanted noises and this makes it very dangerous for vulnerable people. The nervous system is directly crippled by a series of physiological changes along with the vascular and even hormonal system. When someone is exposed to constant noise at high levels some of the following conditions may be triggered:

Washing your hands of caring for someone with C diff

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:58

washing handsThat does not mean that you should leave a person infected with Clostridium difficile (C. diff) to their own devices. What it means is that all employees must wash hands, starting with the caregiver. Speaking of hands, on the one hand elderly individuals, people with certain medical conditions, and people with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of getting C. diff – that is, people who are most likely already under the supervision of a caregiver. On the other hand, this germ is transmitted from one person to another when Person A does not wash his or her hands after touching a feces-contaminated surface (toilets, bed pans, commode chairs, bed rails, rectal thermometers) and then touches an object that comes in contact with Person B’s mouth.

Caring for someone with congestive heart failure (CHF)

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 13:24

heart failureThere is no ‘I’ in caring for someone with congestive heart failure. Actually there are many, but the point is that this condition affects directly one person, but when all is said and done there will be many broken hearts. One heart must be stronger than all, though, and it’s the caregiver’s. Hopefully the following will help you and your loved one with CHF endure the hardships that come with this disease.

Good COPD/Bad COPD: Caring for someone with COPD

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:28

copdCaring for someone with COPD has its good days and its bad days, depending on whether the person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is having a good day or bad day. There will be plenty of both, though the latter might seem to outnumber the former. On a day when COPD is really acting up, the patient is likely to take it out on you. A way to deal with this is to take some time to yourself – ideally an hour – to allow cooler heads to prevail and be able to talk things over later when both caregiver and care receiver have calmed down. During that time you may or may not listen to some music to soothe themselves – we recommend Fuel’s Bad Day, Bad Day by R.E.M, or Daniel Powter’s Bad Day. But not the Justin Bieber one; that’s just depressing.

What MedicAlert Awareness Month means to caregivers

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 17:30

medic alertAugust is MedicAlert Awareness Month, during which the MedicAlert foundation graciously reminds us of the importance of medical bracelets. And indeed they are very important, not least for caregivers. As the National Institute on Aging recommends, having a care receiver wear a medical bracelet is high on the list of caregiver priorities (in fact as important as any other medical supplies for home care), especially if the person suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia or mental illness. It is well known that people with cognitive decline tend to wander away and get lost. A medical bracelet allows bystanders to know the health status of the person – in case they behave erratically, as they are wont to do – as well as who to call to return the person to safety.

Caring for someone with breast cancer

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 12:23

Breast CancerWomen with breast cancer are in some ways like Amazons. For starters, there is a belief that Amazons cut out their right breasts (ostensibly to achieve better bow control), and there were no weighted leisure forms back then. But most of all, Amazons were brave fighters, courageous warriors, in one word, bad***. As fierce as they were, though, they still needed men – or at least that was the moral of Hercules and the Amazon Women. Similarly, women who have breast cancer also need to rely on someone special called a caregiver. Not that the caregiver must be of the male gender – that would be like saying that only females develop breast cancer. The point is that, as Bono said, you don’t have to go it alone. For the sake of argument, let’s say the patient is a woman and the caregiver is a man. Kind of like Love Story. You know, Love Story? ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry’? Well, moving on.

Putting a price on priceless: Family caregiving costs

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 14:04

caregiverHours of care provided: 37 billion. Estimated worth of care given: $470 billion. Caring for a sick and/or disabled loved one: Priceless? In an alternate universe – which we might call the ‘Caregiverse’ – family caregiving would be one of the leading industries in the world, whose economic value is just a little under that of Walmart yearly sales and surpasses the annual sales of Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft put together. Caregivers would be an elite group to the point that Ethan Hawke would borrow Jude Law’s DNA just so he could fulfill his dream of becoming one.


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