CHF, COPD, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and ECG are all acronyms that can leave you confused and anxious. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and what better time to learn about heart disease and conditions as well as proper cardiac care. Comfort Health provides skilled nursing care and education to those in the Rochester, MN, area.
Cholesterol is necessary for your body to help build healthy cells. However, high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Work with your health care provider on keeping your cholesterol levels in a healthy range by following a few simple suggestions:
- Get your blood checked. There are two different types of cholesterol. LDL cholesterol, otherwise known as “bad” cholesterol, can build up in your arteries, making them narrow and hard. HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, works effectively to take the cholesterol back to your liver. Another test to have performed is a triglyceride level. Too high of a level of triglycerides can put you at higher risk of developing heart disease.
- Improve your diet. If your diet consists of saturated fats, red meat, and sweets, you may be at increased risk of higher levels of cholesterol. Work on a diet and meal plan to reduce these foods as well as your high levels of cholesterol.
- Increase your level of exercise. It is well known that exercise is beneficial to your body in many ways such as losing weight, increasing bone mass, and giving you more energy. However, exercise also helps with reducing your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and decreasing your risk of heart disease.
- Prevent obesity. Obesity can wreak havoc on your body. If your body mass index (BMI) is higher than 30, you may be at increased risk of heart disease. Work on an exercise program and weight loss for better heart health.
- Stop smoking. There’s no getting around it. Smoking is detrimental to your health because it damages the walls of your blood vessels, making it easier to accumulate cholesterol deposits.
- Manage diabetes. Having high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes and increase your cholesterol levels. If you already have diabetes, work with your health care provider to keep your blood sugar levels at proper levels and to decrease your risk of heart issues.
If you have heart issues such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or congenital heart disease (CHD), keep an eye on your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar levels, and give your heart a break.
At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, our skilled nursing team stands ready to assist with cardiac care and will work with you for a healthy lifestyle program to keep your heart in great shape through proper diet, exercise, and medication management. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or messaging us through our contact form. Support your heart health with a new cardiac care plan today!
If you know of someone who has a diagnosis of cancer, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, you’re well aware of the term infusion therapy. But what exactly does infusion therapy treat and what does it entail? Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, has trained and experienced staff who can assist you or your loved one with infusion therapy services.
Often, patients with internal illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or cancer are unable to eat or cannot take oral medications properly, thereby requiring the use of administration of medications that go directly to the blood stream. This is called infusion therapy and the procedure allows patients to receive therapy in the comfort of their own home.
What is infusion therapy, what does it treat, and how is it administered?
- Infusion therapy is typically used to treat chronic or serious infections that do not respond to antibiotics. It’s also used on patients with cancer, cancer pain, gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, immune deficiency disorders, and dehydration caused by nausea and vomiting.
- Infusion therapy is an alternative to oral treatment, and those who cannot eat and digest food and medications properly. Typically, it’s administered through a catheter into the vein to allow the medication to go directly into the blood stream.
- Infusion therapy, in the past, was only administered in the hospital. However, with advances in medicine, it can now be administered in an outpatient infusion therapy center or in the comfort of your own home. It is required that nurses have special training, be licensed by the board of pharmacies, and meet and pass strict regulations and standards set by the medical board and government agencies.
- Infusion therapy examples include chemotherapy, enteral nutrition, anti-hemophilic factors, anti-emetics, anti-coagulation therapy, pain management, and total parenteral nutrition, to name a few.
Infusion therapy can be terrifying and intimidating. However, with specially trained nurses and other staff, the treatment is effective and virtually pain-free, leaving the patient feeling better in no time. Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, knows how important it is that patients receive nutrition and medications appropriately for a better quality of life. That’s why we have trained and experienced nursing staff who can help with infusion therapy services in the comfort of your own home.
If you or someone you love has received the diagnosis of cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or an immune deficiency disorder, contact Comfort Health at (507) 281-2332 to learn more about infusion therapy services. In no time, you or your loved one will be feeling better and experiencing a new quality of life.
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, and another 84.1 million have pre-diabetes. Additionally, according to a 2010 study by the CDC, one in four people don’t know they have diabetes. The team at Comfort Health in Rochester, MN can help with diabetes management.
These numbers are quite alarming and, unbeknownst to many, those who are pre-diabetic or don’t know they have diabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Efforts are important to reduce diabetes and the debilitating effects it can have on your body. The following can help reduce the risk of complications from diabetes.
- Regular checkups. Schedule a visit with your health care professional regularly to check for diabetes through blood tests such as glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
- Blood pressure control. Keeping your blood pressure under control can be difficult, especially if you have diabetes, as one of the complications of diabetes is damage to the blood vessels in your body. See your physician if your blood pressure is not well controlled.
- Healthy diet. Make every effort to keep a healthy diet and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Stay away from foods high in fat, sugar, and salt.
- Exercising regularly is recommended for everyone, particularly if you’re diabetic, pre-diabetic, or have a family history of diabetes. Just 30 minutes per day of exercise can help with weight loss, weight management, and preventing diabetes.
- Quit smoking. Smoking is one of the leading risk factors for complications.
If not controlled, diabetes can affect the heart, eyes, kidneys, nervous system, skin, teeth and gums, and the immune system. That’s why it’s important to make every effort to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and, if you have diabetes or are pre-diabetic, to manage the symptoms.
At Comfort Health, our diabetes management team works closely with your health care provider to keep the lines of communication open and devise a plan that’s best for your health and diabetes management. Our teams are available to help manage diabetes conditions and complications and avoid emergency room or hospital visits.
If you or your loved one suffers from diabetes and are in need of diabetes management services, contact the professional team at Comfort Health in Rochester, MN. We work together with the patient, family, and health care team so life is enjoyable. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or visiting Comfort Health for diabetes management services.
Frequently, it feels that managing medications for yourself or your loved one requires a Master’s degree in pharmacology or medicine. Knowing what to take, when to take it, whether to take it with food or without food, what contraindications there may be as well as and any side effects that may be experienced can truly be difficult and overwhelming. Let the experts at Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, assist you with a medication management program.
Medication management is a difficult process and requires reconciling, monitoring, and assessing which medications a patient may need while working closely with his or her health care provider.
Studies from the National Committee for Quality Assurance show that 60 percent of seniors suffer from conditions that are chronic and require prescription medication. And nearly 20 percent of these individuals are prescribed approximately 10 different medications to take each week. That number of drugs is quite astounding.
Why is medication management important and how can this process be organized to prevent medication errors, drug interactions, and side effects? Let’s look at some steps you can take.
- Know your medications. When patients receive disturbing diagnoses or news from their medical provider, it can often be overwhelming, leading to missed information about medications and the treatment plan. Have your physician or medical provider write down the medication plan or any drug changes so it can be easily accessible when you arrive home.
- Be aware of expired medications. Expired medications can be dangerous and less effective. For example, if you have been prescribed a medication for blood pressure control and it’s expired, it may not be as effective in keeping your blood pressure at the needed level. Check expiration dates of medication and discard out-dated drugs if you have any around.
- Keep a schedule. It can be confusing, particularly if you are taking several medications, to know which one to take when. So, keep a schedule, set alarms, and use pill boxes to help remind you of when to take your medications.
- Work with an agency for medication management. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the daunting task of trying to remember your medication program. Instead, contact an agency that specializes in medication management, and let an expert assist you or your loved one.
At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, we know how difficult it can be to ensure you or your loved one takes the proper medication at the proper time while following the proper instructions. That’s why we’re here to help make the process much easier. Our highly qualified registered nurses are trained to offer comprehensive medication management services by reviewing, reconciling, modifying, if necessary, and assuring compliance with the specific medication regimen recommended by a person’s medical provider. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or by visiting Comfort Health’s website here for your medication management needs. We’ll work with you to set up a management program that is best for you.
Webster’s Dictionary describes mother (mom) as “a female parent, a woman in authority, or an old or elderly woman.” While these definitions may all be true, mom can also be defined as “a rock, support system, and friend.” If your mom is now an elderly woman nearing the stage of her life when she needs and deserves extra assistance , treat her well this Mother’s Day by giving her these services through Comfort Health in Rochester, MN.
Maintaining a well-rounded lifestyle for mom is important. After all, she deserves a less hectic and stressful life at her age. Supportive services such as medication administration, personal care, restaurant style meals, beautician services, and activities in a secured building are things mom would certainly appreciate and enjoy. Comfort Health benefits include:
- Balanced and enriched lives. Assisted living facilities have grown in popularity over the last several years because they are places meant to enrich the lives of those who may need assistance with some day-to-day living activities.
- Healthcare plan. Healthcare needs within an assisted living facility can be collaborated between the facility and the healthcare team such as a medical provider, nurse, the resident, and the family. This allows families to determine which services are best for mom.
- Short-term illness care. Ailments such as the flu and pneumonia may seem small, but when an elderly individual is affected, it’s often more dangerous because of their inability to fight infections. Also, falling can lead to broken bones and leave elderly individuals bedridden. Healthcare assisted living services can help individuals recover safely and allow them to regain their independence and quality of life.
- Long-term illness care. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, anxiety, and depression are some of the long-term illnesses that require regular visits to a healthcare provider. If these illnesses are kept under control, healthcare assisted living services can easily and safely monitor and assess residents within the comfort of their living space at the assisted living facility. Remember, however, that as these conditions progress, different medical care and emotional support may be necessary.
Each individual’s personal, emotional, and medical needs are different, and finding the right balance and solution to these needs is challenging and important. That’s why Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, is here to help mom and her family during a somewhat difficult transition from her own home to an assisted living facility. Our assisted living healthcare services are top-notch and ensure the needs of the resident and the family always come first. Our staff is devoted to giving mom the independence, quality of life, and necessary care that she needs to balance and enrich her life. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or visit us here. This Mother’s Day treat mom to healthcare assisted living services for a life filled with enrichment and independence.
According to the dictionary, a heart is “the essential or most vital part of something.” In our bodies, the heart is the essential and most vital part of us, for without it there would be no life. Heart health is extremely important and should never be taken for granted. Comfort Health in Rochester, MN has care management teams to help with heart conditions, cardiac care, and maintaining heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. As we age, many begin to think of heart health and what to do to prevent heart problems such as congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. The following tips can serve as a guide to improving heart health.
- Weight and building muscle. As we become older and less active, our bodies tend to lose muscle mass which then decreases metabolism, leading to weight gain. Make an effort every day to do some resistance exercises to build muscle and be active by walking or performing other aerobic exercises. Additionally, check your BMI and try to eat a healthy diet to obtain weight loss.
- Choose heart healthy foods. Load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid fat and cut the junk food. Choose one day of the week to indulge on a piece of chocolate cake or pizza and chips.
- Cardio or aerobic exercise such as running, swimming, hiking, biking, and aerobics class is the best for heart health. Understandably, many cannot tolerate extreme aerobic exercise, so tone it down and go for a walk, ride a bike, or go hiking. Before starting an exercise program, contact your physician or health care provider.
- Emotions and sleep. Stress, frustration, and depression can take a toll on your heart. Try to be grateful for what you have in life, laugh, and connect with family and friends. Additionally, sleep is important in maintaining good heart health. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night.
- Managing pre-existing heart conditions. If you currently have a heart condition such as congestive heart failure or have suffered a heart attack, work with your health care provider or care management team to manage and improve these conditions.
Following these heart healthy tips can leave you feeling better so you can get out and exercise, enjoy time with family and friends, and be grateful for the wonderful life you have. The heart is the essential and vital part of our bodies, and that’s why heart health is important.
At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, our care management teams are available to help you or your loved one obtain heart health or manage and improve heart conditions such as congestive heart failure or recover from a recent heart attack. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332, (800) 204-2332, or visit us here.
March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better time to ensure you and your loved ones are eating healthy with a balanced, nutritious diet, particularly if someone has diabetes. Type 2 diabetes often develops in middle-aged or older adults, and eating a healthy diet along with exercise can work to prevent diabetes. At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, we understand how diabetes can slow an individual down. We have Registered Nurses available to assist with education, diabetic diets and a care plan to keep diabetes under control and leave you or your loved one feeling well.
There’s no doubt that eating fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting sweet treats, and exercising regularly all benefit your body when you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. However, elderly individuals are often not aware or familiar with what type of diet is best suited for them, particularly if they have other health issues. That’s why it’s important to work closely with medical staff and communicate with physicians and other health care providers.
- Meeting regularly with a nurse or case manager. When diabetes strikes, it can be difficult to handle and keep under control. By meeting regularly with a nurse trained to provide in home diabetic education, you will find a program that’s right for you or your loved one.
- Exercise. Exercise is important for all aspects of life, making you feel better, sleep better, and even think more clearly. What exercise can really help with is the control of diabetes. An RN case manager can help to set up an exercise program that’s not too rigorous but enough to help keep diabetes under control.
- Meal plan. You’ve probably read or heard it said to eat several small meals per day instead of three large meals. Eating healthy foods several times per day in moderate amounts has been proven to be more effective in treating diabetes complications and keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Consider a homemaker to assist with regular meal preparation.
- Know what foods to avoid. Heart disease and stroke are at increased risk if you suffer from diabetes. Staying away from or limiting foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Know recommended foods. Healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products are top on the list of recommended foods when following a diabetic diet. Foods rich in fiber as well as the “good” fats (foods with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) are recommended as well.
If you or your loved one suffers from diabetes, March is the perfect time to get the help needed with diabetes management through a diabetic diet and exercise program. At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, we know the importance of controlling and managing diabetes. That’s why our trained staff of homemakers, nurse case managers, social workers, home health aides, and field nurses stand ready to create a plan that will be most beneficial to the client.
March is National Nutrition Month, so take the time needed to invest in the expert help of the staff at Comfort Health in treating and controlling diabetes through diet, exercise, and a diabetic education. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or visiting us here. When you need education on diabetes management and control, take advantage of the diabetes management services at Comfort Health in Rochester, MN.
More and more people in Rochester, MN, are having to face the reality of their parents getting older and needing greater assistance. Whether they’re struggling with illness, physical limitations, or simply having trouble getting around, many aging parents need an extra hand. Unfortunately, this often means moving them out of their home and into a care facility where they have the support they need. However, with home health aides from Comfort Health, your parents can stay in their home and maintain their independence! Let’s discuss the top benefits of home health aides.
- Preference: Your parents most likely prefer to stay in their home rather than move into a care facility, and it’s easy to understand why. Their home offers security, comfort, and independence. It’s also familiar. With help from home health aides, your parents can stay in their home and maintain their independence longer while still getting the help they need.
- Safety: As elderly people, your parents are often vulnerable to falls, burglary, or health emergencies. With a home health professional, your parents have someone who can help prevent problems and assist in emergencies.
- Peace of Mind: Unfortunately, you can’t always be available to help your parents; however, a home health aide can. This gives you and your parents a peace of mind that they’ll be safe and well taken care of.
- Social Factor: As your parents age, it becomes more difficult for them to get out and socialize. A home health aide professional offers social opportunities to offset feelings of loneliness and isolation, which improves your parents’ mood and overall health.
- Cost Efficiency: Care facilities tend to be expensive. In comparison, assistance from home health aides is a more cost-efficient option that provides the necessary help and security your parents need.
Home health aides offer all of the benefits of a care facility while still helping your parents remain in their home, maintain their independence, and receive the help they need. Our home health aides offer a variety of home care services to clients in Rochester, MN, and the surrounding areas. They also follow a healthcare plan that’s customized to the individual client. Learn more about what our home health aides can do by contacting us at (507) 281-2332 or visiting us here!
Most think that keeping seniors safe in their own home is all about falling or being unable to make it up and down the stairs on their own. However, what if one of the important factors of keeping a senior safe in their own home was to ensure they stay warm? Keep your senior safe and warm this winter with the wellness program and companion and home safety services from Comfort Health in Rochester, MN.
Frigid winter temperatures in the upper Midwest are part of the norm and a threat to the elderly population. That’s why it’s important to be extra vigilant and check in on the elderly or those confined to their homes to be certain they’re safe and warm.
Being involved in a wellness program with companion services is a great opportunity to ensure your loved one is safe and comfortable. Some tips to consider are:
- Furnace or heating source is working properly. Seniors tend to be more vulnerable to colder temperatures. Be certain the furnace or heating source is working properly.
- Leaks and drafts. Often, the seal around windows and doors is not tight, allowing a leak and draft of cold air to enter the home. This then results in colder temperatures that don’t allow the furnace or heating source to catch up. If you notice leaks and drafts, contact a handyman or professional to caulk and seal around windows and doors.
- If a home is poorly insulated or there are air leaks in the ceilings to the attic, it may be time to install more insulation to keep the warm air from escaping and the cold air from entering the home.
- Have a back-up plan. In the event the furnace or heating source goes out, have a back-up plan for your senior to go be with a family member or neighbor.
If you live a distance from your loved one and feel that having someone check in on them would be beneficial to both you and your senior, contact Comfort Health in Rochester, MN to arrange for enrollment in our wellness, home safety, and companion services program. Comfort Health knows how wicked Midwest winters can be. That’s why we stand ready and available to check on your senior to ensure they’re comfortable and well taken care of while maintaining their independence for as long as possible.
Contact us today at (507) 281-2332, toll free at 800-204-2332, or visit us here. Keep your senior safe and warm this winter with the wellness program and companion and home safety services from Comfort Health in Rochester, MN.
Recovering from a fall, accident, or hospital stay can be a difficult challenge which requires patience, diligence, attentiveness, and time. What if you don’t have these four qualities to help a loved one after they’ve suffered a fall, accident, or hospital stay? Finding an alternative for care in Rochester, MN need not be difficult with complex skilled nursing services through Comfort Health.
Complex skilled nursing services provide care to clients who require medical services for conditions that can only be handled by a licensed nurse, not a caretaker. These services enable clients to receive the specialized medical care they need right in their home. Check out the benefits of complex skilled nursing services:
- One-on-one care and attention to detail. Having one-on-one contact and care by a skilled registered nurse in the comfort of the client’s own home is one of the key benefits of complex skilled nursing services. This service provides a consistent and enhanced level of care with excellent attention to detail.
- Increased quality of life. There’s nothing more important than quality of life, and enlisting the help of a skilled registered nurse for complex medical problems is of the utmost importance in increasing the quality of life for a loved one.
- Decreased risk of infection. Infection is one of the leading causes of medical problems or death in high-risk patients. With skilled nursing services, the risk of infection is decreased because of the attention to detail, management of medical services, close contact with the client’s physicians, and knowledge of a treatment plan to promptly treat the infection.
- Lower cost for in-home care vs. facility-based care. Most individuals rebound and heal quickly in the comfort of their own home and surroundings. That’s why in-home skilled nursing services is beneficial and more cost effective than facility-based care.
- Social and spiritual support. Everyone needs social and spiritual support for healing both physically and emotionally. Having an in-home support system through skilled nursing services can reduce the risk of depression and keep your loved one on the road to recovery.
If you’re in Rochester, MN and could benefit from complex skilled nursing services, contact Comfort Health. Our ultimate goal is to provide skilled nursing services to meet the physical and emotional needs of your loved one. We ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered so you have the peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe, happy, and on the road to recovery. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or visit us here. We’ve got you covered with complex skilled nursing services.