How to Care for Your Parent Who Lives in Another State

Having aging parents can be difficult, and in some cases, adding in the fact that they live hundreds of miles away, it can make it that much more difficult. Today, we’re sharing how to care for your aging parent who lives in another state.

Create a medical life list
I talk about this all the time, but it’s so important. A medical life list is something that contains all of your loved ones important health information. This includes allergies, past history, surgeries and medications. It’s easy to forget things when you’re at the doctor. This way they have it all in one spot and they can just have the physician make a copy for their file.

Know their neighbors
If you live out of town and your parents are elderly their neighbors should be your watch dogs. Have them keep an eye out for any changes in your loved ones health or routine. Maybe the noticed they’re getting out less, or they have a little bit of shutter when they speak. Ask them to get in touch with you if they notice any changes in your parent

Hire a caregiver 
Whether you hire someone to come in all day, every day, or for just a few hours, hiring a care giver can help put your mind at ease. They can help with taking medications and showering. They can also help with cooking and making sure your loved one is eating well. But Make sure you meet them in person before hiring them, it’s easy to take advantage of elderly people.

Consider an assisted living
Making the decision to put your parent in an assisted living can be a tough one. Most of them don’t want to lose their independence and don’t want to leave their home. But it may be the best option for their health and well-being. If there isn’t anyone around to care for them they can fall, or can become malnourished. In an assisted living all of their basic necessities will be cared for and you won’t have to worry.

 

If you want more information on picking an assisted living for your loved one pick up my book Easy Healthcare: Choosing an Assisted Living.

Top 7 Tips to Make Breastfeeding a Breeze

Breastfeeding is natural, and is a great way for mom and baby to bond, but just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it comes easy. Everyone will have their opinions on what you should do if you plan on nursing your new baby. Today were sharing the top 7 expert tips on how to make breast feeding a breeze. 

Start right away
It’s always best to try and nurse your newborn within a couple hours after birth. Mainly because your newborn will be hungry, but also to get them in the swing of things. The quicker they start the quicker they’ll catch on

Take advantage of the classes they provide in the hospital 
Whenever you have a baby there are several classes you must take while in the hospital. One of the classes they provide helps to teach moms the ins and outs of breastfeeding. They typically covered by insurance so why not take advantage.

Relax
This can be taken two ways, one being, literally, relax (see our next tip for more information) but also don’t stress. Breastfeeding comes easier for someone women than others. Don’t let that stress you out. Just do what you can, baby will figure out what to do. 

Lay on your side
Some women find greater success when breastfeeding if they lay on their side. Not only can it help increase milk letdown, but it helps you relax. Having a relaxed neck and shoulders will make it easier and more comfortable. And lets be honest, anything that makes nursing more comfortable is good in my book!

Get a breast pump
A lot of women don’t know this but your insurance must cover the price of a breast pump. Sometimes they will only let you rent them, but try and get a new one that you can keep if possible. Having a pump will make it easier for when you go back to work and have to be away from your new baby. It will also be helpful for when you’re producing more than they’re using. Just freeze and save for a busy day!

Try some supplements that increase milk production
If your supply is lacking there are several foods and supplements that can help with that. The yeast in beer, whether it’s alcoholic or non-alcoholic can help increase production. Herbs such as fenugreek, an Indian herb that helps with inflammation, but it also increases supply. You can also find teas or other natural remedies to help with production at your local health food store. 

Accept the challenge
Lets face it, breastfeeding can be challenging, but so rewarding. Don’t give up too quickly. Theres a learning curve for both you and your  baby. It takes time but you’ll get the hang of it! 

 

To learn more about health and women’s health check out the Women’s Mind Body Wellness Summit. It contains 6 interviews by top female health professionals plus two workout videos and 3 bonus videos on mind-body wellness with MyHealthSpin Founder Lori-Ann Rickard.

4 Ways Health Centers Can Benefit You

A lot of healthcare is focused on community. Communities working together to be healthier and decrease disease. This week (August 13-19) is National Health Center Week. This week aims to celebrate how health centers work to create healthier communities. Did you know, according to healthcarecenterweek.org one in every fifteen-people living in the United States depends on health center services. Or that health Centers deliver high quality, cost effective, accessible care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies. Today, we’re going to discuss how health centers can benefit you and your community.

They provide health screenings
Simple things like your child’s yearly physical or blood pressure screening can be done at a health center. You can even get your teeth checked at a health center. It’s quick and easy, and often times they don’t require appointments.

They provide education
At health centers, they do more than provide health care. They teach you things about health. How to eat well, how to keep your heart healthy and ways so stay active.

They help translate
Often times those who benefit most from health centers are people who have immigrated to the United States, and English may not be their first language. The doctors aim to ensure their patients understand every aspect of their care.

They serve the people who need it most
Typically, health centers are placed in areas located in Medically Unserved Areas (MUAs). These are areas that don’t have easy access to hospitals, physicians or quality healthcare.

 

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