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Great Outdoor Activities You Can Do with Your Clients

Getting outside and breathing in some fresh air is a wonderful way for home health care workers to help improve their sick client’s mood. A change in scenery has been said to improve mental health and sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D. Research has shown that vitamin D likely plays an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In the current pandemic climate, it can feel intimidating for sick clients to venture outside their homes, but there are many activities that … [Read more...] about Great Outdoor Activities You Can Do with Your Clients

How to Safely Engage with Sick Loved Ones While Being Mindful of COVID-19

Covid-19 has greatly affected everyone’s social lives and activities, but no group has been as affected by this virus as those who are immuno-compromised. The anxiety and stress that comes from a worldwide pandemic, combined with the inability to engage normally with friends and family, has left many feeling lonely, depressed, and purposeless. Luckily, there are still many ways in which you can keep your loved ones safe and engaged. We compiled below a list of five ideas that will keep sick … [Read more...] about How to Safely Engage with Sick Loved Ones While Being Mindful of COVID-19

The Importance of Bringing Spring Indoors When Your Loved One is Sick

The longer days, chirping birds, budding blossoms, and warmer air can only mean one thing: spring has officially sprung! There’s nothing that lifts the spirits quite like the first hints of the new season, and in fact, studies have shown that a short walk in nature can boost well-being and help to prevent depression. When caring for a sick loved one, however, getting outdoors—no matter the time of year—can be easier said than done, which is why it’s so important to bring spring indoors. Here, … [Read more...] about The Importance of Bringing Spring Indoors When Your Loved One is Sick

5 Apps Every Caregiver Should Download Now

While technology can sometimes get a bad rap, it is having a major impact on the health care industry in a number of positive and exciting ways. From increased connectivity and improved communication between medical providers to 3D printing, significant strides are being made to transform the ways in which physicians and nurses practice medicine and clients receive treatment. Additionally, there have never been more resources available—literally at your fingertips—to make caring for a sick loved … [Read more...] about 5 Apps Every Caregiver Should Download Now

How to Reduce Mental and Emotional Fatigue When Your Loved One is Sick

It comes as no surprise that when a loved one is sick your own well-being can be significantly affected as well. And when you’re acting as a caregiver for that family member or close friend, the associated mental and emotional fatigue that may result should not be overlooked or diminished. In fact, by not paying attention to the signs of compassion fatigue—which include insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and poor self-care, among others—you run the risk of burn-out and seriously impacting the … [Read more...] about How to Reduce Mental and Emotional Fatigue When Your Loved One is Sick

Practical New Year’s Resolutions for the Busy Caregiver

With the New Year starting, now is the time that many people begin their resolutions. For 2019, the top five goals were to diet or eat healthier, to exercise more, to lose weight, to save more and spend less, and to learn a new hobby or skill. While a New Year’s resolution can be an admirable ambition, sticking to it for the next 12 months is often easier said than done, especially when you have the added responsibility of caring for a loved one. Rather than quitting before you start though, … [Read more...] about Practical New Year’s Resolutions for the Busy Caregiver

Practical New Year's Resolutions for the Busy Caregiver

With the New Year starting, now is the time that many people begin their resolutions. For 2019, the top five goals were to diet or eat healthier, to exercise more, to lose weight, to save more and spend less, and to learn a new hobby or skill. While a New Year’s resolution can be an admirable ambition, sticking to it for the next 12 months is often easier said than done, especially when you have the added responsibility of caring for a loved one. Rather than quitting before you start though, … [Read more...] about Practical New Year's Resolutions for the Busy Caregiver

How to Cheer Up You and Your Loved One During the Holidays

“‘Tis the season to be jolly,” but when you’re caring for a family member or receiving care yourself, this time of year can feel less than merry. While the link between health and happiness is still being studied, we know that positive emotions can help make life longer and healthier, and not to mention, a lot more fun. So even if you’re feeling a bit like Scrooge heading into the season, some good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer might be just what the doctor ordered to lift both your spirits and … [Read more...] about How to Cheer Up You and Your Loved One During the Holidays

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