Watching someone suffer the after-effects of a stroke is devastating. The changes that the brain undergoes can leave them with personality changes – you may no longer recognize your parent, and this can be troubling on its own. Further, many patients are unable to carry on with their daily lives due to the physical limitations placed on them. Stroke sufferers can benefit greatly from home care services, and here is why. Important Parts of Their Recovery Do Not Slip Through the Cracks. People who have suffered a stroke are often left with many serious physical and mental effects, from vision problems to speech problems to paralysis on one side of the body, to name only a few. The majority of people are unequipped to handle stroke rehabilitation on their own. Many things slip through the cracks when people attempt to take on their loved one’s recovery on their own, and…> Read More
Just as it is important for seniors to engage in regular physical activity in order to keep their bones and muscles (and their brains!) strong, so too should they engage in stimulating activities such as brain exercises to maintain their brain health. This is important to mitigate the natural memory loss that comes with aging. Even if the individual is experiencing more severe memory loss, such as dementia, all of the following brain exercises, especially those that focus on things in the real world, can be effective. With that, here are a few stimulating activities that can help improve memory. Word Games. The newspaper is a great place to find word games such as sudoku and crossword puzzles. The key is to find a challenging game; otherwise it will simply not offer as many benefits. Test Yourself. Practise your recall when at home. For example, make a list of items,…> Read More
The caregiver-patient relationship is a relationship that forms under tense and difficult conditions. The patient on the receiving end of care may be initially resistant to accepting help, or he or she may flat out refuse the help altogether. There are many barriers in the caregiver-patient relationship. However, this unique relationship can flourish once an emotional connection grows between both parties. In fact, it is this very connection that not only allows patients to receive the best quality of care but also goes on to have a direct influence on the patient’s health and well-being, thereby improving their quality of life. It Facilitates Open Dialogue The emotional connection that is formed as the caregiver works alongside the patient creates mutual understanding between the two of them. One of the first benefits that begins to emerge from this emotional connection is that it facilitates open dialogue and communication between the caregiver…> Read More
When people think of palliative care, they also tend to think of terminal illness. As you will see, this is actually one of the many myths that currently surrounds palliative care. Unfortunately, these devastating myths go on to prevent many people from benefiting from them. Palliative Care Is Only for Those at the End of Their LivesIn fact, palliative care actually not only seeks to improve the quality of a person’s life at a variety of different stages of their life and/or illness, but also takes a holistic approach in doing so. This means that palliative care seeks to offer not only physical care such as pain management, but also psychological, social and spiritual care. Even those who are not necessarily at the end of their lives, such as those with illnesses that may shorten life, can benefit from this holistic approach. Palliative Care Doesn’t Give Patients Hope for the…> Read More
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