Common Caregiver Injuries And How To Prevent Them

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By Monica Mendoza

grandparentchildCaregivers come from all walks of life. There are professional caregivers and family caregivers. They work hard to care for those who cannot care for themselves. And yet, too often, it is the caregivers themselves who forget their own well-being. Some caregivers even find themselves encumbered with their own health issues and injuries.

Studies show that in 2015, over 170,000 incidents of documented illness or injury happened in the private nursing and caregiver industry. This translates to roughly 6.8 incidents per 100 workers. Clearly, caregiver injuries have become common and affect a significant percentage of healthcare workers. The most common injuries recorded are sprains and strains, cuts and punctures, fractures, soreness or pain, bruises, and multiple trauma.

These injuries are classified as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). They affect the body’s joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons, particularly the bone structures that support limbs, which are the back and the neck. In order to address these injuries, The Hospital Patient and Healthcare Worker Injury Protection Act was created. It requires healthcare facilities to adopt practices that will reduce the injuries of healthcare workers, especially for those who have to move and lift patients.

Employers of healthcare workers need to make sure that they create measures to avoid injuries. These are some of the activities and situations caregivers should try to steer clear from:

1. Doing Heavy Lifting

Caregivers need to support heavy weights whenever transferring supplies or moving a resident. MSDs occur when caregivers pull or strain their muscles or injure their tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or joints. Employers should make sure that caregivers are equipped with proper gear, like a back brace or weight belt to assist them with the load. Often, healthcare workers are discouraged from wearing these items because putting them on and taking them off can take up a bit of time and effort. However, employers can reinforce this policy to make sure that caregivers follow this rule. Employers can also provide the facility with patient lifts and slings to help lessen the impact of transferring patients or changing their position.

Another precaution that can be employed is to give caregivers the proper training and techniques for lifting. If the caregiver needs to bend down to assist a senior when eating or bathing, advise them to place themselves in a more comfortable position, such as squatting or sitting. They can also be taught to stretch every day to relieve muscle tightness and to make them more flexible.

2. Contact with Illness

Those that need care are often sick or weak. Caregivers often risk constant exposure to bacteria and viruses that may make them more susceptible to contracting illnesses. Also, exposure to blood and other bodily fluids increases a caregiver’s risk of getting sick.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of diseases is to practice frequent hand washing. Microbes and bacteria may be minimized, if not eliminated, through proper hand hygiene practices such as washing with water and soap and using hand sanitizer. Also, to prevent viruses from entering their bodies, workers may be required to wear surgical masks. Make sure that all staff are vaccinated regularly. And see to it that they get shots for common illnesses such as flu to prevent the occurrence of these diseases.

3. Overworking

It is a reality that communities or homes that provide care may be understaffed due to limited budget. This means caregivers are often overworked — a state that could lead to health issues and illnesses caused by stress. These issues can take a toll on the employees’ physical and mental health, which could then result to lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and increased vulnerability to illnesses.

If it is not at all possible to increase the number of caregivers, one way to avoid overworking the employees is to provide them with regular breaks to rejuvenate themselves. They should be working regular shifts of 8 to 10 hours, and should not be required to be on call outside of the residence. If the caregiver works for over 10 hours, they may make more mistakes since they are too tired. When this happens, employees and residents become susceptible to injury or harm. Make sure that the caregivers are well-rested and ready for their shift.

Choosing a career in the healthcare industry may entail health risks. However, issues that come from heavy lifting, exposure to illnesses, and understaffing can be addressed to prevent further complications and burn outs. Policy enforcement, proper training and equipment, and care for caregivers can go a long way in preventing these common injuries.

3 Basic Ways To Be A Healthier Mom

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By Carolette Alcoran

active familyBecoming a parent would mean that you have to care not only for yourself but you have to give your whole life to your children as well. But before being able to do so you have to know if you are healthy enough to do it. It’s the same as saying “Help yourself first, before you can help others”. Becoming healthy won’t be in an instant, especially now that you are a parent. Staying healthy is a bigger challenge. The thought of trying to be healthy is a constant addiction.

The moment somebody tries to spill something of the word “healthy” a person would immediately react to the stimuli of asking oneself, if they are. It makes you think about your preferences on being healthy. Thousands of internet articles might say you might not be in the socially accepted level of being healthy, but you yourself should say otherwise. Being healthy should boil down to you saying that “you are”. Being a mother would require you to look through a lot of things, being in a stable happy life while being in healthy should be one of them. You should take your pick on how to be one.

Stay on the right diet

It is often a sight to see, people who become parents are usually going on top of the weighing scale and it is normal thing. Sure, it must’ve been fun going on the “I can get this and eat that attitude” when you were pregnant that sent your husband running from places to places just to please your appetite. But you are a mother now and considering a healthy diet should be a priority.

Cut off the sugar intake and lessen on foods with preservatives. There is no mistaking that you cannot totally avoid consuming all products that would make you go on an unhealthy diet, but making sure you lessen this is your choice. Go for more fruits and vegetables and remember to be eating on time. What you do serves as an example for your children, if you’re healthy then they should be too.

Downing the weighing scale

If you happen to be one of those parents who are consciously looking at themselves in the mirror after a few years of being a parent and seeing the weight gain they have, make sure you spend time on staying fit. Now, fit is a broad term and is almost the same thing as saying healthy. Being fit would make you as you are if you think that you are. Getting to exercise more often should make you feel less stressed about your life. Of course, it is a challenge looking after your children and it is enormously stressful. But if the price of being healthy would make you a better parent then you should consider it. Spend time on short breaks for exercise and don’t broaden the word, just do what you can as it will help you relieve yourself, mentally and create a better vibe for your family. You could also try doing yoga. Study says that it exercises you both physical, mentally and spiritually, you might consider going with a yoga teacher training. If it makes you healthier you should go with the question “why not”?

Get your happy hour

A mother typically carries the most stressful baggage in the family because she is the one who mostly likely considers everything from her children to her husband to everything in household. Could you remember a time that you stumbled? What was the first word you uttered? “Mom”!

Being a mother, you should make time for yourself and take some time off. Of course, being a parent is forever but considering the load you are carrying all the time you wouldn’t be doing any good if you are always stressed. Get a book, watch a movie, a date with your husband or a night out with your friends. You can always ask your husband to look for your baby or better hire a good tutor, which would benefit your child too. It should get you going with a positive vibe and be a better parent for your children and a loving wife for your husband.

Settle with everything on your own pace. Being a parent is not an easy task, you should consider creating your own set of rules that would supply your happiness. If you are already stable in your decisions, then you are all set in becoming a healthy individual for all the roles that you are acting as.

– Carolette Alcoran is a Content Writer from the Philippines. She has rendered services accurately and is flexible in writing various topics. She writes promotional advertisements, issues concerning both virtual and reality, lifestyle tips, marketing trends and also media’s effectiveness.

5 Benefits Of Energy Healing

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

mansmileAn energy healer is someone who brings positive energies to those individuals who need help to re-balance their own energies or release the negative energies within them. Often, people that seek the help of an energy healer are struggling with grief, addiction, stress, depression or other mental health problems. They can feel like they are being consumed with negative energy and that they cannot find positivity on their own. An energy healer will help them to re-balance their energies and go forward, tackling their issues head on with renewed strength and love.

Energy healing can help anyone. It isn’t just about targeting specific issues. Here are just five ways consulting an energy healer in NYC could help you.

Stress Management

Stress is a huge problem in modern society. We’re all busy, always rushing, constantly on our phones, in demand and feeling like we’re not quite good enough. An abundance of negative energy can make it easy to get trapped in a cycle of stress. Going backward and forward stressing about different problems, never quite reaching any resolutions or feeling at peace. An energy healer could help you find ways to manage your stress through positivity, instead of getting sucked into negative thought processes.

Healthier Relationships

Building and maintaining positive relationships can be tough. Our relationships are influenced by how we interpret each other’s words and actions. Which is often prejudiced by how we feel about ourselves and the events and relationships of our past. Letting go of these negative energies can make it much easier to enjoy and appreciate our current and future relationships.

Productivity

One reason people struggle with productivity is a lack of self-confidence and self-belief. If we think we can’t do something, or that we’re not good enough or fast enough, this negativity holds us back. We procrastinate out of a fear of failure, we don’t give it our all and we struggle with our creative flow. An energy healer can help you to put all these negative feelings behind you. Instead, you will be able to think positively about your own abilities, focusing on what you are good at and seeking ways to improve where you aren’t as good. Progressing without fear will help you to become more productive and creative in your work.

Happiness

thumbsupUltimately, we’re all striving for happiness in all walks of life. But, many of us are stopping ourselves from achieving it by looking for the negatives in all situations. Energy healing can help you to cut out this habit and instead look for happiness and love in whatever you do.

Spiritual Growth

Clearing your mind and soul of negativity can help you to embrace your own spirituality. No longer held back by negative forces you could become a much calmer, more spiritual person, in tune with nature, your body and whatever power you believe in.

Put simply, energy healing uses positive energies to break through any internal barriers in the way of your happiness. Doing this allows your body to heal itself and your mind to grow. If you’ve never tried energy healing, why not give it a go?

Health, Happiness And Well-being

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By Mandy Kester

joggersWhat Does it Mean to be Well or Healthy?

It would seem that well-being or wellness are the latest buzzwords when it comes to talking about our health and lifestyle. Such terms refer to a general reference for the positive condition of an individual or group.

However, well-being and wellness are not the same thing. Well-being refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience, whereas wellness refers just to physical health. This can also be applied to different areas of life, such as general health, psychological and emotional aspects. According to Naci and Ioannidis, wellness refers to diverse and interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being that extend beyond the traditional definition of health. It primarily includes lifestyle choices and activities aimed at achieving our physical pinnacle, mental alertness, social integration and a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction tied to personal fulfillment. A large part of achieving and reaching a positive sense of well-being is the pursuit of happiness and being happy. How do you obtain such a lofty goal? Easier said than done we know but, it is possible.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy and yet very few people are truly happy. Why is that? What does happiness entail? According to psychologist Martin Seligman, the proponent of Positive Psychology, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Rather, real, lasting and meaningful happiness results from focusing on your own strengths and not on your weaknesses. By doing so, you will improve all aspects of your own life. Again, easier said than done.

Achieving happiness can also be as easy as trying or learning a new thing. For example, a new hobby, learning a foreign language, trying an exotic food, traveling, etc. You get the picture.

Happiness is always tied to health. It is interchangeable. If you are unhealthy, you will likely be unhappy. So, it makes sense that working on your health is key to achieving real, lasting and meaningful happiness.

Health and Well-being

healthyheartWe all have a different understanding and notion of what health is. Health means a lot of things. It could mean being able to walk a mile, not to feel aches and pains, to feel energized. In short, the list is endless. The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease”. Our health is affected by many factors such as the environment, the existence or absence of a support network (like family or friends), where we live (city vs. countryside), our finances or lack of them, as well as, our lifestyle. Some of our lifestyle choices can lead to good or bad physical health.

Some of these may include but are not limited to:

* Level of activity/exercise we choose (ranging from light walking to hardcore aerobics or bodybuilding)

* Diet (whether it is balanced full of vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins and carbs or full of junk food)

* Sleep (not only the amount but the quality is important)

* Alcohol consumption (this pertains to the quantity and frequency and whether or not it is abused)

* Smoking (this should be avoided as much as possible)

* Knowledge (being informed is crucial in today’s health conscious world. Sites like Reviewy are full of comprehensive health articles and reviews)

Final Thoughts

So, how do you achieve well-being? Is it via achieving happiness? Through being healthy? Or all of the above? The combination and method is up to you. The important thing to remember is that you need to work from within to better yourself and your outlook on life. Everything else will fall into place.