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Don’t Let the Science of Technology Replace the Art of Conversation Remember the days when you’d stretch out on the bed with your Princess phone cradled on your shoulder and catch up on the day’s events with your friends? Sometimes you’d talk for hours on end, with no distracting “beeps” or “blings” in the background, only the rest of the household yelling at you to get off the phone. Today, in our world of quick texts, emails and Facebook posts, that kind of communication seems so tedious and inefficient. Kind of like scratching your message on a cave wall or something. But should efficiency really be the goal of your communication? In the good, old days, we communicated with people because we actually wanted to know how they were. As a result, not only did we get the “smiling snapshots” of their lives or the good stuff, but we got the bad and the ugly too. Along with the news that they had been happily married for 30 years, we also heard about the fight they had last night. Their pride in their son or daughter’s achievement was balanced by their frustration over that same kid’s perpetually messy room. For the most part, old-school conversation also wasn’t the superficial small talk we engage in on email, text and particularly social media today. Often deep, meaningful conversations would ensue, whether we intended for them to or not. Conversations about the state of a relationship, the national debt, and, when there was no dinner to make or kids to bathe, the talk might even turn philosophical. Imagine your poor thumb muscles trying to text the meaning of […]
Why misunderstanding Home Health Care could leave you lacking There are a lot of terms floating around in the senior care industry. ‘Home Health Care’ and ‘Home Care’ tend to get used almost interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Click here to find Home Health Care in your area Home Health Care is usually specific care that is ordered by a healthcare provider and covered by most medical insurance. It can be nurse visits a few times per week for up to an hour at a time, physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), or speech therapy (ST). You might also receive short visits from a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) for tasks like bathing and hygiene tasks. If sent as part of Home Health Care, a CNA will give you a bath, take care of necessary hygiene tasks, and then leave. Home Health Care providers will only be in the home for brief periods, not hours at a time. In addition to being brief visits, Home Health Care is generally short-term care that is not intended to continue for an extended time. It is intended to cover tasks that are primarily medical in nature and doesn’t really cover most day-to-day living activities. Home Care, on the other hand, can be short-term or 24-hours a day, seven days a week. A care plan will be established cooperatively between the client, family, and registered nurse overseeing the case. It should describe exactly what care and services a client is to receive. Caregivers can assist with activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, and driving to doctors appointments. There are a wide […]