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WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?!

What Makes Your Happy?

What makes you happy?

To some, this is a simple question, but to others, it may be one of the most difficult questions to provide an answer to. Why is this? Why is it that we see others laughing and having a wonderful time, but Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is great for the mind, body, and soul. Yoga is an amazing form of osteopathy; osteopathy defined by dictionary.com: A therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health; current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.

What are some benefits from this exercise? Well, yoga can actually lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome when done effectively! Some other benefits of yoga, as well as hot yoga, are improved flexibility, weight loss/maintenance, greater cardiovascular endurance, improved respiratory function, higher energy levels, elevated mood, greater strength and muscle tone, creating a more balanced metabolism, and establishing a calmer sense of being.

Yoga can be done in the morning to help increase one’s energy, during the middle of the day to help re-center ones’ self, or at the end of the day to help someone achieve a greater night’s sleep. The option is really quite open, and it depends on the goal that one is wanting to achieve as to when this exercise is performed. However, hot yoga and yoga to burn fat should normally be done in the morning to afternoon time frame or else it would make it difficult to fall asleep if done at nighttime.

How To Pay For In-Home Care

Finances can be stressful when choosing Long Term Care

When individuals find they are in need of a little help in their home, they always ask  how do they pay. At New Horizons In-Home care there are four ways a person could pay for the service.

1. Private pay. This means that the individual pays out of their own pocket.

2. Long-term care insurance. There are many different policies and companies who pay for in-home care. The guidelines are set by each company and the individual should check with their insurance agent before they need care to see exactly what the company covers.

3. Veterans. Veterans Administration will pay for in-home care if a person has served in the military during time of war. Again, there are certain guidelines and veterans should check with their local VA office to see if they qualify.

4. Medicaid. Medicaid pays for in-home care and is based on certain financial and needs criteria. You will need to check with your local Area Agency on Aging for further information. Each state is different.

If you have more questions feel free to contact the New Horizons office in your area and ask for a Care Manager.

The Benefits of In-Home Care

As individuals age, they often need a bit more help with their day-to-day activities. The question then becomes whether or not that individual should continue to live at home (this can be either in a house or an independent living situation) or move into a more structured community like an Assisted Living. In-home care is a great option for many people in order to stay independent and has many benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows:

1.  Older individuals who live at home are able to maintain a level of freedom that would not be possible in a long-term care facility. For many, this freedom is synonymous with maintaining dignity, which is something many individuals fear loosing as they age. Similarly, those who receive in-home care can come and go as they please – for whatever reason. They can also choose their own meal times and do whatever they want whenever they want to – it’s all up to them.

2. In-home care allows the individual to stay physically close to the things they love. Their prized possessions do not have to be condensed and stored as they move into a single room. Being able to keep these items readily available is important because they often have sentimental value and are tied to countless memories. Individuals are able to keep any pets they may have if they live at home. Studies have shown that people with pets tend to be less stressed, which can lead to a longer lifespan.

3. Visiting hours are not restricted at home, so friends and family can visit on a time schedule that works for them. This lack of restriction often leads to more frequent visits, which helps individuals stay connected to their families. In a long-term care facility family members often  feel that their love one is getting help and enough socialization that they don’t need to visit as much.

4. In-home care can help the individual maintain better health. In places where many people live together, such as a long-term care facility, illness spreads very quickly and if one person gets sick, others get sick. At home, sick guests can be asked to postpone their visit until they are well.

5. With in-home care, the person does not have to deal with the emotional stress of adding multiple new elements into their lives. They will not have to adapt to a new routine in a new place, surrounded by new people.

6. Long-term care facilities can be very expensive and, in some cases, far away from other family members’ homes, especially in less populated areas. In many cases, the individual has already paid off their mortgage, which can substantially reduce the cost of caregiving at home. The stressors related to the actual moving process are also eliminated.

7. And last but not least, many older persons who live at home are simply happier. For most, the comforts of home truly are priceless.

It is now easier than ever for older persons to live at home. There are many services that are both simple to use and affordable. In-home care products and services, such as security systems make living at home a viable option, and in many cases enable you to honor your loved one’s wishes to remain in their home.

For more specific information about all our services and costs contact New Horizons In-Home Care – 1-877-687-8851 (Serving all of Lane, Linn-Benton, and Marion-Polk-Yamhill counties of Oregon.

Freedom at home means a lot

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Deciding to begin in-home care can be a difficult and emotional decision. And you have lots of questions: Can in-home care help? What does it entail? How much does it cost? How will I feel about bringing a stranger into my home, or my mother or father’s home? How do I know whom to hire?

First of all, in-home care serves a vitally important role in allowing seniors or disabled people to continue living at home when it’s simply not possible for them to do that on their own. Certainly, some clients, when first presented with the idea, will feel their independence is being threatened. It’s a hard thing for some people to come to terms with.

But it’s important to remember, also, that in-home care, perhaps just several hours a week, would be enough to actually help them retain the independence of living at home, perhaps in a place where they have spent decades of their life.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative (pal-ee-uh-tiv) care refers to a form of medical treatment that aims to reduce pain and the severity of disease symptoms. Palliative care treatment does not focus efforts on delaying or interrupting the progression of the disease. In other words, the goal of palliative care is to make a life of chronic pain and illness more manageable – not to cure the disease.

Palliative care is an excellent option  for those looking to improve their quality of life with specialized care. Individuals who benefit from palliative care are burdened by chronic illnesses such as ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and more.

This treatment approach was originally developed exclusively for individuals with a terminal illness, but as need within a greater niche became apparent, palliative care expanded to include anyone with chronic and severe disease symptoms – terminal or otherwise. It has grown to include treatment for a wide range of symptoms including but not limited to pain, bowel or bladder problems, nausea and vomiting, weakness, mobility problems, and delirium or mental confusion.

If you are struggling to manage your day-to-day symptoms, or you have a loved one who needs assistance with pain management, consider a palliative care treatment approach. Interested in learning more about whether or not palliative care is the right choice for you?

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