June is Men’s Health Month...

Recognizing Men’s Health Month provides a good opportunity to connect with your referral network. Start by providing the physicians in your service area with brochures on topics relevant to men’s health. Be sure to include information on heart disease which is the number one cause of death for men in the United States.  According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 men suffer some form of cardiovascular condition. Thankfully the risk for developing heart disease can be modified with a healthy diet and lifestyle. As young adults, men should know their cholesterol levels, keep physically fit, and have regular check-ups to maintain good cardiovascular health.

Unlike heart disease, cancer can strike the healthiest of men. The top three cancers that occur in men:

Prostate cancer is the number one cancer risk for men aside from skin cancer. Most cases of prostate cancer occur in men over the age of sixty-five. The American Cancer Society recommends that when men reach the age of fifty they should begin the discussion with their doctor about prostate cancer screening. Prostate cancer is very treatable with a 5-year relative survival rate of 99%. Risk factors that may require screening prior to age fifty: having a family history of prostate cancer, being African American, being obese, and being exposed to Agent Orange.

Lung cancer kills more men every year than any other type of cancer. The majority of lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke. Unfortunately, symptoms of lung cancer don’t typically occur until the disease is at an advanced stage. The prognosis depends on whether or not the cancer has spread beyond the lungs. The five-year relative survival rate on non-spreading cancers is 50%.

Colorectal cancer is another major cancer concern for men. Cancer screening for most men should begin at age 50 and repeated every 5 – 10 years. Men at higher risk like those with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or a family history of colon cancer should be tested sooner. There are several methods of screening, though colonoscopies are frequently prescribed as they enable the doctor to check the entire colon for polyps or cancer. Finding and removing pre-malignant polyps can often prevent colon cancer. The 5-year survival rate for localized stage I colon cancer is about 90%. 

How you can get involved in promoting men’s health:

  • Plan a Wear Blue Day to promote awareness for Men’s Health Month. Hand out T-shirts to your employees, and referral groups. 
  • Organize a flag football or a softball game between your company and referral groups. Invite local media to attend to spread awareness.
  • Sponsor a mini health fair. Provide health screenings and ask local restaurants to supply healthy snacks.
  • Have your nurses give a presentation on Men’s Health and provide handouts on heart health, hypertension, prostate cancer, etc. 
  • Set up an information table on Men’s Health at a local gym, sporting goods or home improvement store. The Saturday before Father’s Day would be a great time to plan this.

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Home Safety Month is coming up in June…

Take the opportunity now to furnish your referral network with home safety information.

Home Safety Month is good time to educate seniors on the importance of eliminating environmental hazards that could interrupt their long-term independence. While heart disease & cancer may be the leading causes of adult death in the United States, falls are the number one cause of injury related deaths for adults 65 and older.

Some accidents can be avoided with a little preparation and an in-home fall prevention assessment. This is a proactive approach to help older adults age in place by having their living environment evaluated for safety and ease of use. The Home Health community is an excellent resource for providing this service. Some common factors that can increase fall risk include:

  • Medical impairment                       
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Poor Vision                                        
  • Inadequate Lighting
  • Improper Footwear                       
  • Obstructed or Uneven Surfaces

Tips for safeguarding against falls:

  • Remove tripping hazards like pet toys, throw rugs and cords.
  • Declutter and create plenty of walking space.
  • Use non-skid mats, hand rails and grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Install railings on both sides of stairs and apply anti-slip treads to each step.
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and place night lights in halls and stairways.
  • Make often-used items accessible without the use of a step stool or ladder.
  • If necessary, use personal walking devices, such as a cane or walker, to aid in stability.

For more information on Fall Prevention visit the National Council on Aging website:  https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/

How you can participate:

  • Visit your local senior care providers and supply them with informational brochures for their patients and caregivers.
  • Distribute fall prevention information to local worship communities and offer to teach a class on safeguarding against avoidable in-home accidents.
  • Arrange for your Occupational Therapists to lead a discussion group at senior centers in your area. Have them emphasize the importance of maintaining muscle strength and how low impact exercise and basic daily activities can improve mobility. Be sure to have plenty of swag on hand to distribute to the attendees.

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It’s World Asthma Day!

World Asthma Day is observed on the first Tuesday in May each year to raise awareness and support for those affected by the disease. World asthma Day is supported by the Global Initiative for Asthma and the World Asthma Foundation. Asthma for some people is no more than a minor nuisance, but for others it can be a life-threatening condition that must be closely monitored and controlled. Asthma sufferers experience constant lung inflammation which makes them susceptible to sudden bronchial swelling and airway restriction when exposed to certain triggers: 

  • Airborne objects like:  Dust, Pollen, Pet Dander, Mold Spores
  • Cold Air / Damp Night Air
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoke / Air Pollutants
  • Stress / Emotional Distress

If triggers can be identified and avoided the possibility of a severe asthma attack can be greatly diminished.

Indications of severe asthma that require prompt medical attention include: experiencing rapid shortness of breath, breathing doesn’t improve with the use of a relief inhaler or breathing becomes difficult with minimal physical activity.

Untreated or severe asthma can develop into other serious conditions. Studies show a direct connection between severity of asthma as a child and the occurrence of COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, later in life. Children who suffer from persistent asthma are nearly 32 times more likely to develop COPD in adulthood. COPD is on the rise in the United States and is currently the third leading cause of death.

Recognize World Asthma Day and bring attention to Lung Health this month by providing your referral network with educational materials on chronic lung conditions and the services that  Home Health Care can provide as part of their treatment plan.

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Get a jump on National Stroke Awareness month. Make sure your referral network has plenty of resource material on hand for their patients and caregivers.

Spread the word …. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted. Blood clots are the most common cause, but strokes can also be the result of a leaking blood vessel or a rupture within the brain. During a stroke the lack of oxygenated blood causes cells to weaken and die. The possibility of long-term paralysis depends on the location of the brain affected and the amount of cell damage that has occurred.  

Some people experience a transient ischemic attack, (TIA) or mini-stroke which is often a warning sign of a more serious event. TIA symptoms are the same as a stroke but last minutes or hours and then disappear. A TIA episode should be taken very seriously as 40% of people who experience them will have a stroke within a few days.

There are several risk factors that can lead to a stroke, but hypertension is the leading culprit. Over time, elevated blood pressure damages artery walls causing them to burst or become easily clogged, which can lead to a stroke. Other factors that increase the risk of a stroke are: high cholesterol, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, or a family history of stokes.  If you suffer from any of these conditions or if you routinely have blood pressure readings with the systolic above 140 and/or the diastolic above 90 you need to talk to your medical provider about stroke prevention.  

You may be having a stroke or TIA if you experience any of these symptoms suddenly:

  • Difficulty speaking
  • Vision Problems
  • Unsteadiness on your feet or trouble walking
  • Weakness on one side of your body
  • Severe Headache

If you are having a stroke, time is critical. Call 9-1-1 Immediately - There is a brain-saving medication available which, if administered within 3 -4 hours of having a stroke, can minimize brain damage and disability. Receiving prompt treatment gives you the best chance for a full recovery.

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National Nurses Day is just around the corner, Recognize the Nurses on your team!

May 6th is National Nurses Day and the kick off to National Nurses Week. Show appreciation throughout this week and every week to the nurses and caregiving professionals in your company and your referral group community.  

National Nurses Week is a seven-day acknowledgment that concludes on Florence Nightingales’ birthday, May 12th. Nightingale, long considered the founder of modern nursing, received recognition for innovative treatments she developed while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War.

While at the base hospital in Constantinople, Nightingale spent every waking moment caring for the soldiers. She saved many lives by radically improving the sanitary conditions, dietary provisions and overall patient care.

Once the Crimean conflict was resolved, Nightingale compiled her notes into an extensive report, “Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army,” which inspired worldwide health care reform and lead to the creation of professional nursing.

Florence Nightingale's influence today extends beyond professional nursing to other fields like; infection control, hospital epidemiology, and hospice care.

Show appreciation to your nurses for their contribution to society and their devotion to patient care: 

  • Host a pot luck dinner for the nurses on your staff
  • Highlight the efforts of your nurses in your agency social media posts.
  • Promote teamwork and recognition within your group by selecting a nurse of the month that receives appreciation & acknowledgements.
  • Contact your referral sources to get the names of their nurses and recognize them individually with notes, flowers, or small tokens.
  • Plan an educational program at your local high school: A-Day-in-the-Life of a Nurse to highlight the importance of nursing and to inspire nursing as a career choice.

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