Outfitting Your Home for Hospice Care: What You Need to Know

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

Many families who have loved ones with terminal illnesses choose to discontinue hospital treatments in favor of hospice care. Hospice provides the privacy and accommodations to allow for comfort in the final days of life.

Many patients prefer to have their hospice care in their own home, or in the home of a loved one, instead of using a hospice care facility. Outfitting your home for hospice care takes some preparation, but with the right equipment and home health care providers, you can ensure that your family member enjoys the familiarity of home.

Here’s what you need to know about preparing your home to be a temporary hospice facility. 

Switched to the Night Shift? Tips to Make the Transition Easier

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

If your employer changed your schedule from days to nights, you may struggle to stay up and complete your duties. Drinking coffee and eating large meals might not be enough to carry you through the night. You may also find it difficult to sleep during the day. A lack of sleep can take a huge toll on your health.

Here are some very important tips you can follow to help you adjust to working at night and getting the sleep you need during the daylight hours.

Breast Pump Do’s and Don’ts

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

In 2014, the CDC estimated that 83 percent of new mothers choose to breastfeed their newborns. Breastfeeding is very beneficial for both mom and baby, but it can become inconvenient once you head back to work or want to have a much-needed date night. Purchasing a quality breast pump is the best option to provide your baby with the nutrients they need when you aren’t able to breastfeed.

If you’ve never purchased or operated a breast pump, or stored breast milk, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.

The Health Dangers of Dirty CPAP Equipment

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

Woman using CPAP Machine

If you are one of the estimated 18 million adults in the United States who suffers from sleep apnea, then you may use a CPAP machine on a nightly basis to help control your sleep apnea symptoms. This machine can be a great asset to your health because it helps you get the deep sleep you need at night despite your medical condition.

However, it is important to understand the health risks of using a CPAP machine that is not sanitized on a regular basis, as well as the health risks of not following CPAP care instructions precisely. Read on to learn about the health hazards of using dirty CPAP equipment and how to keep all of your CPAP equipment sanitary to avoid these hazards.

Tips for Making Your Home Safer and More Accessible

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

If you’re caring for a senior in your home, their safety and accessibility are your top priorities. Unfortunately, your home might not be equipped to meet their needs, and even worse, your loved one could suffer a serious accident.

Preparing your home before your elderly guest arrives to rest and recuperate is critical to ensure they are both comfortable and safe. Here are a few things you can do in every room of your home to make it safer and more accessible.

Tips for Staying Independent as a Senior with Reduced Mobility

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

You may always intend to live on your own. Independent living typically refers to being able to eat, bathe, dress yourself and perform other necessary daily tasks. If you have reduced mobility but wish to remain independent in your home, discuss your wishes with your doctors and closest family members. You should also follow these tips for staying independent and enjoying your own home.

Sleep Apnea and CPAP Do’s and Don’ts

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Topical Medical Articles

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you’re not alone. An estimated 18 million people also suffer from this issue that can exacerbate other medical conditions, including high blood pressure and asthma. One of the best ways to combat sleep apnea is by using a device called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.

Being diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine to help you breathe easier in the night can seem like a life-altering experience. Help ensure you effectively treat your sleep apnea by keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind.

9 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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Pain, fever, shortness of breath — when are these a temporary bother or something much worse?

By  Beth Howard

You wake up one morning with a fever. Or maybe you have a really bad neck ache. How do you know if a symptom is serious or not? “The things that we doctors are most concerned about are new symptoms that develop quickly, rather than things that develop over a long period of time,” says Keith L. Black, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Heat and exercise: Keeping cool in hot weather

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Whether you’re running, playing a pickup game of basketball or going for a power walk, take care when the temperatures rise. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these common-sense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Number One Hospital In America, Mayo Clinic, Offers Top Ten CPAP Tips

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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January 14, 2015 14:01

Even ardent CPAP supporters admit that compliance requires education and commitment. The #1 hospital in America (Mayo Clinic), as ranked by U.S. News and World Report magazine, recently underscored the importance of proper CPAP preparation with a list of “10 common CPAP problems and what you can do about them.”

Water: How much should you drink every day?

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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From www.mayoclinic.org

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.

How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

10 Winter Skin Care Tips

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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The weather outside may be unsightly, but your skin doesn’t have to be. How to banish dry skin and give your winter skin care regimen a boost.

By Susan Davis

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

WebMD Feature

For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).

ESSENTIAL OUTDOOR SUN SAFETY TIPS FOR WINTER

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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From the Skin Cancer Foundation

Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.

Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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You’re not doomed to toss and turn every night. Consider simple tips for better sleep, from setting a sleep schedule to including physical activity in your daily routine.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

mayoclinic.org

Feeling crabby lately? Or simply worn out? Perhaps the solution is better sleep.

Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep — from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues or illnesses. It’s no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive.

Respiratory Care Week 2014

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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October 19–25
Join with the AARC and its members in the spirit of celebration and community services that has come to signify Respiratory Care Week, an annual event that recognizes the respiratory care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues and practices.
Corner Medical would like to recognize our Respiratory Care Practitioners: Russ, Chris, Julese, Susan, Dustin, Tracy, Suzanne, Marketa and Jerry!

Living with COPD

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a complex disease and comes with many limitations. It can be discouraging and isolating.

Having a good supply of resources will help with managing the disease, while staying engaged in and enjoying your life. Online resources can help you to feel connected with others who are facing the same issues.

One excellent resource we have found is COPD, Learning More Together, www.COPD.com. It is jam packed with information from understanding COPD, to testimonials from COPD patients, to traveling with oxygen, and a variety of other useful tips.

 

Electronic Cigarettes – Where Do You Stand?

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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The American Heart Association (AHA) and the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) both weighed in recently on e-cigarettes.

The cardiologists of the AHA spoke out Monday, August 25th and urged that e-cigarettes be subject to the same laws that currently apply to tobacco products. Their recommendations included a government ban on the sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to young people.

Eat Less Sodium: Quick tips

Written by Jesse Neumann. Posted in Respiratory Health Articles - Corner Medical Blog

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We hear it all the time- too much sodium in our diets is not healthy for us; but for people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), it is especially detrimental because salt can cause a buildup of fluid, making it harder to breathe.

We found this article www.Healthfinder.gov and wanted to share it, because it really simplifies ways to reduce the amount of sodium in our diets.