It’s interesting that the birth of life is filled with advanced planning and preparation while, unfortunately, the end of life is consumed with reminding people that you have lived. But while it is natural to be afraid, we do not have to be alone. Increasingly, nurses are training in Palliative Care so that proper preparation for our loved one’s survival can be well assisted. It’s Recommended by the AACN The American Association of Colleges of Nursing released the revised Recommendations, Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for End-of-Life Nursing Care of 2015, which identifies nurses as critical partners of quality End of Life care for patients with serious illnesses and their families from the time of diagnosis, across the illness trajectory. High-quality training equips nurses to aid in the mental and emotional stress for the patient and their family. This training is a combination of spiritual-psychosocial health and physical health to assist…> Read More
As people age, one of the most difficult processes to face is that of the decline in cognitive functions. The early loss of this function is classified as dementia, which can be a frightening factor of aging for the individual experiencing it, and for their families. The effects of dementia happen over time and can be overwhelming to a senior loved one. Both them and their family often become frustrated because of the gradual and progressive lack of communication. Your senior loved one will show signs of confusion, and the inability to understand what is going on around them, and often worst of all, who is around them. The time will eventually come when information on living in a care facility for dementia patients is needed. When it is time to consider dementia care The onset of dementia will usually allow time for the family to discuss a care and…> Read More
Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the nervous system that impacts movement. Its development is gradual and starts with a rarely visible tremor in one hand. This condition is more common in older people, however, younger people can also be diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s. Symptoms of the disease include tremors, decelerated movement, changes in speaking, writing changes, damaged posture and balance, and stiffness. The following are the 8 most common treatments for Parkinson’s disease: Medical prescription Currently, there is no standard treatment for the disease. The treatment of each patient is based on their symptoms. However, there are several medications and therapies that are available to improve the qualities of the patient’s life by reducing the symptoms. Here are some of the treatments used. Carbidopa-levodopa infusion Dopamine agonist Anticholinergic MAO type B inhibitors Pramipexole Tasmar Trihexyphenidyl Laropoda Benztropine mesylate Amantadine Surgical treatment options Depending on the patient’s needs, health,…> Read More
Dementia is an illness found on people who have lost their brain comprehension. For family and loved ones of dementia patients, learning to adjust to their behaviors can be difficult. Daily, simple tasks become hard to maneuver when put through a mental illness like dementia. The earlier stages of dementia include symptoms similar to alzheimer’s such as short-term memory loss that can affect one’s everyday functions. Symptoms also include obstructed communication with others. Dementia patients find it hard to make sense of their thoughts. They lose a sense of who they were before the illness. They act confused and struggle to know why they complete certain tasks or go somewhere. Aging is a big factor in dementia development. On top of the typical advisory care elders may already need in order to tackle their health problems, dementia patients need utmost, specialized care. Though dementia is not a curable mental disorder,…> Read More
There is nothing more devastating than when one’s family or loved one suffers from a stroke. A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of blood either due to the blockage of arteries or a rupture in a weak blood vessel of the brain that causes blood to leak into the brain. In either case, the brain becomes deprived of proper blood flow, leading brain cells to die. The quicker a stroke is diagnosed, the quicker doctors can treat the patient to supply proper blood flow to the brain in order to mitigate the effects of a stroke. In many cases, patients need to undergo rehabilitation to recover from one. Rehabilitation Stroke recovery can take time – but perhaps more disheartening is the emotional and physical toll of seeing how one switches from normally functioning to a debilitating state in an instant, suddenly becoming reliant on others’ care. Unfortunately, strokes…> Read More
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