By Linda Lauzon

 

Handwashing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It's quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

 

 

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health

 

Care and Hospice agencies are made up of millions of devoted nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers and other professionals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and families who choose to receive care at home and in facilities. The care is often provided following hospitalizations, surgeries, a new chronic care diagnosis or during a period of illness.

We will touch more on the importance of preplanning in cases of bad weather for loved ones who might still be living on their own in future posts, but for now we have a single tip. If your loved one is physically or cognitively impaired, make a plan of people who can stay with him or her during times of bad weather.

Teepa Snow points out the things to watch for if you suspect dementia in a loved one. 

Watch the video here.

 

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health 

Nearly three out of 10 people who have diabetes don't even know they have the disease. Find out if you should get tested.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations in adults. Having diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and gum disease.

 

About 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. One fourth of them don't know they have the disease. And 57 million more people have pre-diabetes. Studies show that many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years.