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How To Choose A Care Home

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Home care is a type of health care that is provided in the home for the patients. The purpose of home care is to allow a patient to receive special care at home instead of being admitted to an institution such as a hospital. Therefore, when you’d like to choose a care home for yourself or your loved ones, you should think carefully to select a suitable care home and take care your loved ones better.

Moving yourself or a relative into a Care Home can have a great emotional effect, so make sure you plan ahead to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Care Homes can be very expensive. As well as 24 hour care, room, meals, activities and some personal care are provided. Most UK homes will charge a basic fee for accommodation, meals and personal care but extras such as specialist medical care will be charged additionally.

When choosing a Care Home, we recommend choosing four or five that fit your personal requirements, and then having a good look round each one as this will give you a good basis for comparison. It may be that none of the first five are suitable, but at least you will have formed a checklist in your head of things you like and things you don’t.

To find out more about each home during your visits speak to current residents as they will give you an honest opinion on what to expect day to day. Also try to speak to members of staff from different departments and don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how intrusive they may seem. Find out whether there is a choice of rooms and ask to see an example of each type. Look at the menu in each home to find out what types of meals you can expect, and if possible find out about recreational activities and on site facilities such as Sky TV, swimming pools (not very common), gardens etc. Even details such as the Care Home furniture and decor should be considered. Sit in the chairs and lie on the beds to test for comfort.

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a Care home is location, not just in terms of proximity to family members but also with regard to shops, parks, gardens and other areas of interest within the vicinity. A Care Home located within the countryside can be wonderful for the peace, tranquility and beautiful views it offers but may leave residents feeling isolated after a while. On the other hand a Home located within a city may not be peaceful enough, and may leave residents feeling unsafe. Most Care Homes are located within good sized gardens and in close proximity to shops, cafes and other entertainment venues which ensures that residents have plentiful options should they wish to venture out and maintain their sense of independence.

Choosing a well care home will help your family very much to take care your family member who can’t care for themselves with daily work such as dressing, shopping, cooking, or assistance with taking medication. And you can feel secure entirely.

Foot Care Tips

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Your feet keep a important role to support your body and help you go everywhere. However, feet can meet some problems such as corns, callousness, blister, heel pain, tinea, warts, odor or cracked heel. How to avoid these problems? Here are some tips help you protect and maintain foot health.

Weekly care for feet

1. Soak your feet in warm water about 10-15 minutes at least once a week. It is helpful for blood circulation of feet, feet relaxation and decrease tenderness after long walking or running.

2. Cut the nails to suitable length, should be not too short because you may have a problem of ingrow toe.

3. For protection callousness (dead cell under the foot), you have to fine your feet especially, heel gently once a week.

4. Scrub your feet with foot products about 10-15 minutes. And mask or massage around with foot moisturizer.

5. Spray your feet with deo foot spray for protection the bad odour.

Foot Odour

At your foot, there are about 250,000 of sweat glands. Foot odour occurs from bacteria and sweat glands reaction. Especially, if you wear moist shoes or stuffy shoes that can not open to the air and evaporate the sweat. To avoid this problem you have to change your shoes for everyday, clean and expose to the sun. They can protect bacterial growth. If you have to wear the socks, they should be made from the nice materials that easy to ventilate the air. Foot powder or absorbent may be helpful for dry yours feet and absorb moisture. Foot spray is need for everyday if you still have the problem.

Foot Tinea

Foot tinea is a kind of fungus infection. Primary causes are moisture feet and walking with no shoe at the public places such as swimming pool. The signs and symptoms are heavy itchy around the foot and may have skin lesion together. To protect from Foot Tinea, you have to dry the foot after shower, change the socks or stocking everyday and clean the foot. To cure foot tinea, you have to consult the pharmacist or doctor. Normally, antifungal tablets and antifungal cream are the first choice for treatment guideline. But it takes long time for a treatment course of foot tinea. Moreover, you can use powder or absorbent together with course for fast healing and protection the recurrent.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heel causes from heavy body weight or hard walking and running for long time. It makes the owner of feet painful, difficult to movement and unpleasant looking. To heel the cracked is not difficult; apply the cracked heel cream on the affect area 2-3 times a day until it gets better. Normally, not more than 7 days if you used the quality cream. Lactic acid, Salicylic acid and urea are the active ingredients of cracked heel cream. Triclosan should be added in the cream for inhibit the bacterial infection.

How to buy a new pair of shoes

The best time for buying a pair of shoes is in the afternoon. Our feet will be longer than in the morning about 5-10 millimeters. The shoes should be suit to the feet size and nice feeling after walking. You have to should the new pair of shoes with yourself because the same size in different brand may be not equivalent and the feeling after wearing is not same in each pair of shoes.

Caring for your feet isn’t difficult. But you should do that following the right way to ensure that your feet are always healthy and stable to assume responsibility carrying the body weight and moving your body to anywhere you want.