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.

Castor Oil and Its Benefits

There are many benefits of using castor oil. This oil is obtained from the seeds of a plant mostly grows throughout the tropical regions such as eastern Africa and India. These seeds are very poisonous if you take them orally. Castor oil is rich in triglycerides and many acids, large percentage of ricinoleic acid.

It is a pale yellow liquid having no odor or flavor. But according to some observations, it is said that it has a bad taste and very strong obnoxious odor. The main component of this oil is ricinoleic acid, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Essential fatty acids present in this oil are linioleic acid and oleic acid. Oleic contains unsaturated, omega 9, fatty acid and linoleic is an, omega 6, fatty acid.

It is effective in rheumatism, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. It is also effective in ringworms, sunburns, abrasions, acne, dry feet, stretch marks, spots and many more. In the present time it is also used for hair loss and dry itching scalp.

It has a natural emollient property. It quickly penetrates the skin or scalp. It is also effective in stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, and provides soft and moist skin.

By the use of organic castor oil skin becomes soft, smooth and well nourished. It is also beneficial in delaying wrinkle so it is used in many wrinkles preventing creams. This oil is found in many homemade and commercial skin care products.

Another use of castor oil is in shampoos. It is the ingredient of many homemade and commercial shampoo.

In moderation castor oil should not be used because in this condition it can have side effects. If you take this oil orally it can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal cramps. It should not be taken more than one-half to one spoon which is its recommended dose.

Man and women both are suffering from this common problem called obesity. A fat body is the invitation to the number of disease such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and heart disorders. Overweight can slow down the movement of the body. These diseases are directly or indirectly related to the overweight.

One of the major problems with the ladies is stiff joints. If you rub castor oil gently on the joint it really helps in loosening them up. The best quality of castor oil is that it absorbs very quickly and easily.

Many people are suffering from hair loss now a days due to insufficient diet, environment and lifestyle factor. Baldness is common in men. And mostly males above than the age of thirty are suffering from baldness and hair loss. Castor oil is helpful for them too. If the castor oil is regularly used it can provide you the desired results. It works by moistening the scalp and prevent dryness. It causes the gray hair becomes black and the problem of baldness and hair fall is solved in a very easy way. In this way you can naturally save your hair and skin naturally and can avoid expensive treatments.

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.