What I Learned About Home Healthcare And How It Can Help Your Family

About a year ago, I spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws as is the custom, but I, along with nearly everyone else at the get-together noticed that my mother-in-law was very quiet, ate almost nothing, and seemed out of it. Now, the entire family is having to cope with what ended up being an Alzheimer’s diagnosis & having to decide when home healthcare might be the best option with which to go. In short, it’s been a helluva change.

At first, the family was at a loss for what to do with the diagnosis. Some were shell-shocked and other were angry. When it came to my in-laws (Ma & Pops), they didn’t see the need for any alarm and didn’t think that there was anything wrong. Unfortunately, one phone call changed everything, and all of a sudden, everyone had to spring into action.

My brother-in-law went over for a check-up visit, and saw that my father-in-law fell, hurt himself pretty badly, and was laid-out unconscious. After seeing his dad in this state, he panicked at what might have happened to his mom. It turns out, she wasn’t aware that anything had happened or that her husband was in any danger. Things had certainly changed.

Now, our lives are filled with physical & electronic calendars at everyone’s homes noting doctor’s appointments, divvying out who takes the in-laws out for groceries and other errands (they aren’t allowed to drive anymore), and finding ways of trying to keep things as normal as possible for a situation that is anything but normal. The problem is that when you think things are moving in the right direction, you’re quickly given a dose of reality. Between major health scares for my brother-in-law & an increasing severity in Ma’s degradation, everyone is at or near a breaking point.

It’s here where home healthcare has become an incredibly important topic for all of us. We’ve come to realize that there are a number of agencies in the area that provide services, but they aren’t all the same. As such, if you’re thinking about home healthcare for your family, make a list of the specialities & needs that have to be addressed by a prospective home healthcare service provider. This way, you can narrow down your search. It’s also been important for my family to make sure that the agencies we look at put an emphasis on independence for those being cared for.

Ma & Pops are retired educators with decades of experience, multiple degrees (Dr. Pops to be specific), and have been married since the early 60s. They’ve made a successful life based on hard-work & grit. In fact, Pops still mows his own lawn & he’s 81. Being able to maintain independence for them is essential to the whole family, and it’s something you definitely need to keep top of mind.

Finally, the one thing I’ve learned about home healthcare is that it does more than just help those being cared for – it helps everyone. Therein lies the most important part of finding the right agency. We’re still making things work right now, but now that we’ve started the conversation about home healthcare, everyone seems a bit more relaxed & confident that we can make the right call when the time’s right. Every family is different, so if your family is thinking about home healthcare, have a plan, be patient, and take heart in knowing that things will be OK.

Discover “the Holistic Alternative” For Fast, Effective & Natural Relief

Naturopathic or Holistic Wellness is thoroughly grounded upon the complete wellbeing of the entire person, mind, body and spirit. Unlike Traditional Medicine, Holistic Wellness follows and integrates both ancient (time-tested) common health and healing wisdom with the recent discoveries in modern biology, genetics and quantum physics. This is accomplished by bring out bodies into a state of balance and wholeness using mind (positive psychology), body (food, drink and herbs) and spirit (beliefs, creativity and connection). This began with the “fathers” of modern medicine, which are Hippocrates and Paracelsus.

Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C.E. who practiced holistic wellness by discovering the source of any imbalances in a person and then gently influencing them back their natural state of homeostasis (wholeness or holistic state) using both positive psychology, as we call it today, and natural holistic herbal remedies.

Later Paracelsus in 15th century C.E., originator of modern chemistry, viewed the universe and everything in it as one coherent whole. He taught the necessity of human beings (microcosm) being in harmony with their environment (macrocosm) and that all of life is pervaded by a life giving spirit. He also recommended natural foods, herbs and mental states that were conducive to healing and bring back the harmony between the person and their environment.

Modern biology has demonstrated that although we are influenced by our genetic traits and familial tendencies, we can consciously choose to override our “genetic programming” to arrive at the state that we truly desire to be in. In fact, modern genetic research has clearly shown that our environment, and more importantly, what we believe about our environment controls what genes unlock or express themselves in our experience. This is called gene transcription, and it can be largely be controlled by clearing unquestioned inherited beliefs, or those that are no longer serving our best interests. The ancient physicians somehow knew about this at an intuitive level, as they did not have the technology as we know it to actually peer into our cellular biology.

Modern science also shows that our hearts, as well as our entire body has inherent intelligence “a non-local brain” that gives off energetic waves that can be measured with electronic equipment. This is called the “Wisdom of our Body.” Ancient cultures knew this and sought to provide our bodies with a balanced approach to wellness. Kirlian photography has been around for over 100 years now, and clearly shows that all living life forms have an energetic field surrounding that envelops the life form in its entirety. This energy field even shows the complete blueprint of the body or life form (plant, leaf, animal, etc.) even if a part of the physical body or plant leaf is cut completely off and thrown away! Acupuncture meridians have also been recently scientifically verified (thanks to NASA equipment) to exist exactly as the Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic physicians have stated MILLENIA ago!

Hippocrates is called the “Father of Medicine,” and all modern physicians take the oath to “Do no harm.” He taught the holistic model of medicine, and even used astrology to see beyond the physical to the actual source of the imbalance, and educate the client of potential challenging energies that may affect the patient’s future health. His foundation was based upon nature (sunlight, exercise, and wholesome foods) as well as fresh air and clean water. Paracelsus also used metaphysics and alchemy in his successful healing practice. These foundation of holistic wellness are still very relevant today (as can be seen by few people truly experiencing complete healing of anything), but no longer being followed by the majority of Allopathic (Modern) medicine’s physicians. They do take the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm; unfortunately much harm is done, although usually unintentionally, I sincerely hope. Paracelsus, the great physician, was also a metaphysician like Hippocrates and Galen before him. Naturopathic (pertaining to nature) and Holistic (pertaining to wholeness and balance) medicine should be the cornerstone of any intelligent physician’s practice as it is, and has always been, the beginning or origin of optimum health and wellness.

Naturopathic and Holistic medical physicians and practitioners seek to find the source of imbalance in the whole person and recommend changes that bring the person back to a state of optimum health, on all levels. That is they treat the person, not the illness. This is a very important distinction as we will show you as we go along in this website. This is accomplished first through a state of being (we are human Beings, not human Doings) finding the source of dis-ease (the absence of a state of ease, our natural state) and coming into alignment with our body’s wisdom.

As Albert Einstein stated, we must solve the dis-ease or disturbance (problem) at a higher level than its manifestation. Modern medicine keeps focused on treating the “effect” and rarely ever arrives at the “cause” of the effect. If you treat the illness but not the cause – your condition will surely return. That’s why most cancers return because we keep killing the effect but not even touching the cause. The spiritual, mental, emotional and environmental levels must be been brought back to wellness and balance first. That’s exactly why we are here. So, join us on a journey that will bring health and happiness back into your own control, you can do it, and we can help! Your journey starts now.

James is a lifelong student and advocate of holistic health, fitness, nutrition and spirituality and fully embraces the unity of all life. He specializes in teaching others how they can attain a state of optimum wellness and happiness in their life by living in harmony with their own inner wisdom. This naturally leads to more “lucky moments” as you actively find yourself in the flow of things, particularly those that you desire to achieve. The key I’ve personally discovered is this: The Better You Feel – The More You Attract the Types of Experiences you Desire in Your Life. This begins with Optimum Wellness, and James can help you plot the course you choose and learn to “smell” and “reap” the roses (whatever kind they may be) along your path. You can check out is new Homeopathic Medicine website here.

What To Expect From Home Care Services And How To Choose The Best Provider

Home care is generally non-medical assistance offers in home setting. Usually the services are hired for adults who are not in a position to perform daily activities because of one reason or another. Apart from providing family members peace of mind, the adults receiving assistance remain at the comfort of their homes compared to being in a nursing home or facility which is depressing for some. It is important to remember that home care is different from home health care. Home health care requires registered nurses and trained therapists with medical qualifications to offer assistance at home.

What home care can do for you

Certified home aide providers can do a number of things for their clients. They include:

1. Personal care where they help the clients with bathing, grooming, dressing and preparing meals

2. Companionship especially for adults who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s and need someone around during the day. This can include taking them for shopping, socializing and watching TV with them. Those needing companionship can usually do daily activities by themselves but may need reminding.

3. Household assistance that includes light cleaning and laundry and keeping the home in order. Usually, the chores are done together with the person receiving assistance rather than doing them for them.

Choosing the best

When looking for a home care provider, it is important to remember that you can get the services from an individual or an agency. Companies tend to be more reliable for some people, but they could be a little costly compared to individual service providers. When you have decided which path to choose, then you must remember to check the following so you have the best provider attending to your needs.

Caregiver qualification

Home caregivers may not need any medical background, but they at least should be professionally trained to offer quality services. They should have hand on skills of how to be polite and handle their clients in the best way possible. Training is very important and you should therefore ensure that you get trained caregivers to make sure your loved one is in good hands.

Caregiver schedule

Most adults are more comfortable with having one caregiver attending to their needs and a change might not work very well for them. When choosing a provider, consider whether there is an option of having a dedicated caregiver attend to your loved one or you will be forced to work with multiple rotating caregivers. Choose what works for the best interest of the person receiving care.

The services

Apart from the usual daily chores, you might be looking for other related services. Find out whether it is possible for your provider to offer such services so that you do not have to go looking elsewhere or make too many changes when you need the additional services. The more services your provider can handle, the better and convenient it can be for your current needs or needs that could arise.