Queen City Care: Giving Back

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Whether it’s in our local community of Cincinnati or with an international organization like A Child’s Hope In’l., we here at Queen City Care believe in giving back. This past Saturday, June 1st was World Hunger Day. Did you know that an eighth of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty? That equates to over 180 million people. The organization A Child’s Hope In’l has set a goal of doubling the nearly 10,000 meals they deliver every day to help alleviate this worldwide problem.

To help them reach their goal and support the fight against child starvation, Queen City Care workers, including Co-Founders Mark and Michele Vollmer along with the Director of Client Services Vicki McIntyre and Social Worker Jennifer Brock, helped package high protein meals to be shipped to starving children around the world. By the end of the day, all the volunteers packaged over 137,000 meals! It was a fulfilling and worthwhile experience.

What charities does your organization participate in? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Foods for Pain Management

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Did you know that there are certain foods that have natural pain relieving qualities? No food will completely relieve pain, but Queen City Palliative Care suggests adding these foods into your diet as a part of your chronic-pain management strategy.

Foods rich in essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) such as salmon, nuts and corn can help decrease inflammation and help regulate the immune system responses. Healingandchronicpain.org points out that studies have shown a diet high in essential fatty acids have positive effects on pain in patients with osteoarthritis or other inflammatory disorders.

If you experience chronic back pain, there are some specific foods that can help and some you should avoid. Food high in refined grains, processed, fatty foods and foods high in sugar should be avoided as they can increase inflammation.  Researchers suggest eating anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh fruit, dark leafy greens, rice bran, ginger, blueberries, lean red meat and soy proteins. Of course, drinking plenty of water always helps.

Metabolismadvice.com established five groups of foods that contain compounds that can play a part in pain management. Consider eating a food from each group every day. The groups include anti-oxidants, flavanoids, omega-3, beta-cryptoxanthin and resveratrol.  Visit their site for a full list of food pain management.

If you aren’t able to add certain foods to your diet, vitamin supplements and minerals can help. Minerals such as zinc and copper have helped in wound healing and reducing pain. Pain-fighting nutrients includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Selenium. Be sure to consume the recommended daily dose.

Would you try these foods as a part of your chronic pain management? Let us know in the comments below.

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11 Ways to Help Afford the Cost of Senior Care

The cost of assisted living care is on the rise. According to A Place for Mom, the average monthly assisted living rent increased $100 in just 2012 alone. Some are saying that the cost associated for senior care could be the next financial crisis. Since the burden usually falls on the elder’s children, they can be quite unprepared. Queen City Elder Care is here to provide you with some tips on how you may be able to afford senior care.

  1. Do your research ahead of time. Checking out all your options and comparing pros and cons will help to ensure you are making the right choice the first time. Moving from facility to facility is an additional cost that can be avoided. In an assisted living facility, you need to be aware that you have more than the cost of the monthly rental to consider. The rent covers the room (with no furniture), three meals and two snacks per day. There is a separate charge for the different levels of care that your parent requires; the more assistance they need, the higher the cost.
  2. Check with your life insurance company. Some policies can be sold to help pay for long-term care.
  3. Medicare and Medicaid can be very helpful resources to pay for senior care. However, they cover very specific needs. Visit http://www.medicare.gov or http://www.medicaid.gov for more information.
  4. Try a Home Equity Loan. If you are moving out of your home and into a senior living facility, getting a loan against your home equity could provide you with the funds you need.
  5. Utilize Long-Term Care Insurance. If you thought ahead to purchase long-term care insurance, now is the time to file a claim. This will help with the daily costs of senior housing.
  6. Take out an Elderlife Loan. Many seniors turn to an Elderlife loan which is a loan tailored to help families pay for monthly senior living costs.
  7. Get attention from lawmakers. In December 2012, a federal commission was created to find affordable solutions for long-term elderly care. Keep this issue in front of your local lawmakers to ensure the work is being done
  8. Ask for flexibility. Some senior care facilities might offer incentives or provide a temporary discount to help alleviate the financial burden.
  9. Compare types of care. Perhaps your loved one doesn’t need a full-time nursing home. Maybe an in-home elder care solution maybe be right (and cheaper) for your loved one.
  10. If an individual would like to remain in their home, getting a reverse mortgage may be the right option to help pay for in-home caregivers.
  11. Discuss your options with a Certified Senior Care Advisor, an Elder Care Attorney, or for free advice and direction, your Area Agency on Aging. In the Cincinnati area, you agency is Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) and their website is http://www.help4seniors.org/.

Have you researched the price of care for the elderly? Let us know your story in the comments below.

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Healthy Vision Month: Senior Tips

Do your prescription glasses need updating? Perhaps your vision has been blurred in recent months. You aren’t alone. In the U.S., over 177 million people suffer from some sort of vision loss.  May marks Healthy Vision Month and Queen City Elder Care would like to share some tips to keep your vision sharp all year round!

  1. Comprehensive Eye Exam – While vision is top of mind this month; why not use it to go get your eyes tested for any signs of damage or disease. Might as well get your prescription updated as eye sight tends to change over time.
  2. Exercise – We all know that physical activities are great for our heart and bodies, but did you know that it is actually beneficial for your eyes? According to Geteyessmart.org, many eye diseases are linked to other health problems, including blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
  3. Eat Right – A diet filled with leafy greens and omega-3 fatty acids will help to improve your eye health. These foods are overall healthy and will also reduce your chances of getting glaucoma.
  4. Protect – Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs protection from the sun. Always wear sunglasses to protect your vision from the sun’s powerful rays.
  5. Take a Break – …from looking at the computer, that is. Staring at a computer screen can be detrimental to your eyes. Make sure that for every 20 minutes you are on the computer, you look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

What steps do you take to care for your vision? Let us know in the comments below!

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Celebrate National Nurses Week

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Queen City Hospice and the rest of the nation are celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6th – 12th. National Nurses Week occurs on the same dates every year with May 12th marking the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The American Nurses Association calls attention to all registered nurses during this week to thank them for their contributions to the health care system.  We all know that having a great nurse makes a big difference when receiving quality care to generate positive outcomes. A nurse is someone that can be counted on as they always rank at the top of the most trusted professionals poll. Nursing is also the largest of the health care professions and it continues to grow. According to the ANA, nursing is going to experience more job growth than any other occupation between the years of 2008-2018! Here are a few things you can do to thank the special nurse in your life:

  1. Spread the Word – By letting others know about National Nurses Week, you can help promote the value of nursing professionals!
  2. Celebrate – Hold an event in honor of nurses’ hard work and commitment in your area.
  3. Advocate – Educate your community about the important role nurses have in our healthcare system.
  4. Promote – Wear a special “I Heart Nurses Pin” to show your support.
  5. Give a Gift – A simple “thank you” or small token of your appreciation goes a long way. You would be surprised how many people forget to say thanks.

Do you have a special nurse that you’d like to thank? Tell us your story in the comments below!

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National Stroke Awareness Month

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May marks the start of National Stroke Awareness Month. It is widely perceived that having a stroke is unpreventable, but that is not the case.  Queen City Elder Care would like to discuss how to look out for the signs of a stroke and ways to prevent them.

It’s a fact that anyone, regardless of race or age, can have a stroke. But there are several risk factors that will increase your odds of suffering from one. Stroke.org points out the differences between uncontrollable risk factors and controllable ones. “Uncontrollable risk factors include being over age 55, being male, being African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).” Stroke risks that you can control consist of alcohol use, smoking, lack of psychical activity, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure. With the help of your doctor, these ailments are all treatable and unhealthy behaviors like smoking can be changed.

Remember the acronym F.A.S.T. when thinking of the signs of stroke:

Face: Is one side of your face dropping?

Arms: After raising both arms, does one of them drift downward?

Speech: Does your speech sound strange or slurred?

Time: If any of the above apply to you, call 9-1-1 right away.

Do you know someone who has suffered from one or even multiple strokes? Queen City Elder Care has trained professionals who provide in-home support and companionship for such individuals. Now that you know a stroke can be prevented, help us spread awareness by simply sharing this post.

 

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National Volunteer Week: Benefits of Volunteering

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Sunday, April 21st marks the start of National Volunteer Week 2013. According to Pointsoflight.org, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The site mentions that “The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.”

Volunteering is a mutually beneficial relationship and Queen City Hospice and Palliative Care values and is thankful for all those who volunteer. We would like to encourage volunteerism and point out some of the many benefits of volunteering!

Establish a Connection with Your Community

Paying it forward and helping the people in your community will not only increase their well being, it will increase yours! We all need a sense of community to feel a part of something greater than ourselves and there’s no greater way to give back than to volunteer.

Learn a New Skill

Since you are volunteering for free, perhaps you might learn a new skill you wouldn’t feel comfortable doing otherwise. You may become an expert in the area you are volunteering in which could expand your career opportunities. Or follow a passion you’ve always wanted to explore by volunteering in that field.

Meet New People

Volunteering may lead you to new meaningful relationships in your life. Whether you are getting to know fellow volunteers with similar interests or those who you are volunteering for, you are guaranteed to create a new circle of friends.

Get Ahead in Your Career

Volunteering not only feels great, it looks great too…on a resume, that is. A survey done by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that 73% of employers would choose a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.

Whatever your reason for volunteering is, we are thankful for it. Please share your volunteering experiences in the comments below and be sure to thank the next volunteer you see! 

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