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.

Castor Oil As A Home Remedy

The natural home remedy organic castor oil is used for centuries to treat digestive and skin problems like constipation and skin allergies. In this decade, castor oil is used for many other purposes and skin care is one of them.

It shows efficient and quick results when applied to the skin in case of sunburns, scraping, and acne. It keeps our skin hydrated, healthy-looking and moisturized as well.

Castor oil is a pale yellow oily substance. Although the oil is an oily substance, it is an excellent thing that can be used to treat acne as it prevents our skin from the effect of the skin oil that causes acne on the skin. This is because it slips deep into the skin and also provides a high antioxidant effect.

The oil is the ingredient of many commercial skin care products such as lip balms, lipsticks, creams and emulsions that are used to keep skin hydrated, moisturized and smooth.

It has also a strong anti-inflammatory effect due to the presence of ricinoleic acid. It helps to prevent rashes on the skin due to acne. The antioxidant properties of this natural vegetable oil protect your skin from sunburns caused due to the generation of free radicals on the skin. Its antioxidant property also provides protection against the formation of free radicals on the skin in response to tobacco smoke, traffic fumes, and many other pollutants.

It has also excellent humectant properties which keep our skin smooth and silky. Unlike many other oils, it can be used as a moisturizer because it absorbs moisture and does not leave your skin sticky after washing it because it can be easily washed off with soapy water.

It has humectant effect which supports its antioxidant effect to prevent the development of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation needed for the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the different parts of the body to maintain a healthy and glowing skin.

Many of its effects on the skin are amazing and surprising. It provides a wide range of effects that are required to maintain a healthy skin such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturizing effects. It has also some antibacterial and antifungal properties due to which it is amazing in treating ringworm and other infections.

It is available in different forms in the market. It is widely used in the preparation of moisturizers available in the market today. It is one of the best natural substances available in the market that provides your skin a natural care.

Castor oil is an excellent and amazing remedy against scalp infections. Scalp infections are due to nutritional deficiencies or improper diet. It has good antifungal and antibacterial properties so it’s the best among all the oils to treat your scalp. It is also very effective and amazing in preventing hair loss.

It keeps the skin hydrated, moist and free from infections, so it can be used to heal wounds. It is also effective in the treatment of ringworm disease.

This oil has an amazing property against skin allergies. Castor oil has both internal and external use.

Along with the healthy and nutritional diet, castor oil skin care preparations can help you to maintain your younger looks for many years and delays aging and wrinkles definitely.

Is Private Care The Answer For Your Parents?

As you’ve gotten older, you have probably spent a good bit of time noticing how things have radically changed from when you were a kid, and this most certainly includes your parents. Unfortunately, for some of us, the changes that come with the passage of time have made things harder for your parents, and now you have to start thinking about private care as a way to help them cope.

The toughest part of life is the ‘getting older’ part. You hear it all the time in movies, TV, and in music, but until you experience it, you never quite get what it’s all about. When it comes to your parents being slowed down by getting older, it’s hard to watch. Maybe you notice the grey hair coming in a bit more, Their dexterity isn’t what it used to be, and they may even be dealing with debilitating physical & mental illness. No matter how grown-up you are, seeing your parents have a hard time makes you feel like a your five years old all over again.

So, you’ve started thinking about private care for your folks, but is it the right call to make? Well, there’s quite a bit to consider:

Dealing with Strangers – You know your parents well. Are they good with new people coming into their space? Would they bristle at having a stranger get involved in their daily activities? Great private care services work with families to make sure any transitions are as seamless as possible.

Specific Needs – When you go over to help out, do you do basic things like get their medication lined up for a week or two? Do you bring over pre-made meals so that they don’t have to worry about meal prep? These seem like small things, but it can be taxing after a bit. What’s more, if your parents will need more help doing bigger things like bathing & dressing, will you be mentally ready for that?

Maintaining Independence – Is getting to doctor’s appointments or going grocery shopping becoming problematic? If so, you & others might fill the void, but it can make those asking for a ride feel like they’re imposing on their loved ones. Private care can help with this.

Insurance Coverage & Overall Cost – If the option of private care is a viable one, then it makes sense to find out how the numbers will work. It’s not a fun topic to bring up for either the family or the care provider, but the right information can help you make a decision.

Finally, as you consider private care for your parents, it’s important to have them be a part of the process, as well as the rest of the family. Perhaps the main reason that private care becomes a welcome option for many families is that try as they might, their own family can’t keep up with the care they need. It comes off as failure to all parties. On one hand, the elder family members feel like a burden, and kids & siblings feel as though they’ve let down Mom & Dad. Private care ends up being a way bring peace of mind to the whole family.