Find the Support You Need in Professional Health Companion Services

Transitioning into late adulthood is a complex process, even if you’re in exceptional health. Simple tasks may become more taxing, leaving home can feel increasingly stressful, and finding balance among your friends, family, and time to yourself can begin to take an emotional toll.

 

None of these necessarily indicate an inherent problem with your day-to-day living, but over time they can become unexpectedly exacerbated. The health companion services offered by Comfort Health’s home safety specialists in Rochester, MN, can help mitigate these concerns and ensure that you feel comfortable and secure at home and in your everyday life.

 

Our companion services are about more than simply having a friend to talk to throughout the day, though that’s a benefit as well. Each of our health companion service providers can offer assistance with household tasks such as pursuing personal hobbies, mobility, reading, and more. Even if you’re comfortable and capable of handling these activities, if you find yourself overly tired after performing them, you may benefit from an in-home companion service.

 

If you feel secure at home but are committed to improving some aspect of your health, our companion services can help you create and execute a variety of health-conscious action plans. Taking your personal needs and schedule into account, we offer assistance in maintaining restorative exercise routines, scheduling and acting as accompaniment to appointments, or simply joining you as you walk around your neighborhood. Our companion service professionals are invested in your ability to feel and be autonomous while still receiving the support you need.

 

We also believe that the power of companionship can’t be underestimated. Companion services through Comfort Health provide strong connections for adults who may benefit from additional emotional support. This may entail conversation, counseling, memory assistance, or more, depending upon each person’s individual needs. Our health companions are compassionate, friendly, and eager to lend a hand or an ear.

 

If you or your loved ones are interested in additional daily support or assistance, Comfort Health’s professional health companion services may be what you’re looking for. Rochester, MN, area residents can call us at (507) 281-2332 or contact us today.

Exploring Personalized Diabetes Management for New and Life-Long Diabetics

Diabetes management comes in many different forms thanks to the wide range of people living with diabetes. Some adults who have been coping with their diabetes all their lives likely have experienced any number of technological advancements and new management styles. But for those who are well versed as well as others in the early stages, including the pre-diabetic, there is always more to learn about personal diabetes management.

 

Regardless of which stage of your diabetic journey you’re currently in, Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, understands that management must be adaptable to all ages, stages of health, and lifestyles in order to best help our patients thrive. Our diabetes management experts are here to expertly guide you towards a healthier tomorrow.

 

A significant part of management is understanding the power of diabetic diets. “Eating right” can mean a lot of different things depending upon your personal health, age, and what other conditions you may be struggling with, and adding diabetes into the mix may seem overwhelming or excessively complex.

 

With the help of our diabetes management experts, your needs can be met with personalized dietary plans. Diabetic diets don’t have to require a complete upheaval of your lifestyle, but they will likely take some getting used to, and having a diabetes management expert at your side can ease the transition.

 

Once you’re acclimated to a diabetic diet you may find that it’s the only major diabetes management you need to practice. For the pre-diabetic community or adults looking to lessen additional symptoms, introducing a specialized exercise plan can help as well. Most experts recommend at least 2 hours of moderate activity a week to assist with blood sugar management as well as lending to one’s overall wellbeing. Selecting an exercise for diabetes management can seem daunting, especially if you’re experiencing side effects or symptoms that make activity feel difficult. Consulting a management specialist before starting any rigorous program can help alleviate those anxieties as well as build new, healthy habits.

 

For some individuals, diabetes is preventable when the proper steps are taken. A diet change is often in order, but regular exercise can help reduce symptoms as well. The right plan can divert patients from a path that may lead them to diabetes or health-related consequences in the future. Some other forms of management such as additional education regarding blood pressure, blood sugar, and insulin usage may also be in order. With a diabetes management professional, you can receive assistance with all of this and more.

 

If you’re a Rochester, MN, area resident struggling with diabetes, interested in developing a personalized diabetic diet, or are having difficulty moving forward with your current plan, please visit our website or contact our diabetes management experts at Comfort Health today at (507) 281-2332 to discover your next steps.

Finding a Satisfying Home-Life Balance with Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy, contrary to what many think its name implies, does not necessarily revolve around your professional life. With a focus on adaptive techniques and flexible therapeutic methods, occupational therapy is really about reclaiming control over your daily life. By working with our occupational therapists at Comfort Health, Rochester, MN, residents can find satisfaction and independence at home and while living and thriving in their daily lives.

 

Sometimes finding ways to feel and be productive can be a struggle. Whether you’re finding difficulty adapting to a recent physical condition or are an older adult hoping to optimize your daily tasks, occupational therapy can offer tools, education, and personalized training to help you accomplish everything you want in your daily or professional life. Comfort Health’s occupational therapists focus on instructing and guiding independent adults in a variety of productive and therapeutic tasks. This can include mastering home and office chores with physically adaptive strategies or learning to utilize modern technologies to help simplify the strenuous activities.

 

It’s also important to remember that the benefits of occupational therapy go beyond the physical. The mental benefits of mastering productive skills and retaking ownership of your life are immeasurable. Recognizing your ability to continue to grow and experience the world regardless of what cards you’re dealt is empowering in more than one way. Each of our occupational therapy sessions is carefully suited to your needs and personal goals, and with regular appointments our occupational therapists can help you reduce stress, fatigue, and frustration while gaining new and versatile skills.

 

If you or a loved one is struggling to complete tasks at home or are interested in expanding your skill sets, contact Comfort Health’s occupational therapy team at (507) 281-2332 or by visiting our website. Rochester, MN, residents can find assistance and guidance with our individualized occupational therapy options today.

Making Wound Management Simple and Safe with Consistent Home Treatment

Living with chronic wounds can be an ongoing frustration for active adults. Worrying about infections, necrosis, mobility issues, or even simple aesthetics can all lend to a condition that stifles normal day-to-day life and limits a person’s possibilities. And perhaps, even worse, chronic wounds can be mentally and physically overwhelming. At Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, our health practitioners understand that wound management is about more than clean bandages (though that does play a role), and we do our best to facilitate personalized and health-forward care plans to simplify wound management and make living with chronic wounds easier.

 

Anyone who has been living with chronic wounds for some time likely already knows that basic wound care includes keeping the injured area clean, changing wrappings, and receiving regular check-ins. But, perhaps unexpectedly, factors such as maintaining good nutrition also play a part in the wound management and recovery process. Even if you take every other step to keep your wounds clean and compressed, malnutrition may still be detrimental to the healing process. Because of complex factors such as receiving proper nutrients and the threat of infection, having a dedicated health practitioner assist with wound management can be extremely beneficial to the wound recovery process.

 

Since so many aspects of chronic wound management are more complex than they appear on the surface, you can easily feel overwhelmed by all of the struggles that wound care can pose. Regardless of whether you’re caring for your own wounds or the wounds of another, there is often a level of stress or fear associated with any aspect of open wound care. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by the process, but it’s also just as normal, and encouraged, to ask for help when you need it. Instead of letting chronic wounds dictate the course of your day or even your life, consider reaching out to home health professionals who can help guide you through the healing process.

 

One of the best things adults with chronic wounds can do for themselves is to become an expert on their own condition. This includes staying informed about modern wound management techniques and keeping an open line of communication with their nurse or home health assistant. Any significant changes in the condition or progress of your wounds should be checked carefully and evaluated by a medical professional. This prevents wounds from worsening and also can help restore a sense of normalcy and calm to your life.

 

Comfort Health’s trained health practitioners make chronic wound management comfortable and simple. If you or a loved one in the Rochester, MN, area are struggling with chronic wound management, contact Comfort Health’s expert team of health professionals today at (507) 281-2332 or visit our website for additional information.

 

How Our Home Health Aides Contribute to a Better Quality of Life for Those Living with Chronic Illnesses

Coping with a chronic illness, whether newly diagnosed or longstanding and familiar, adds a layer of complexity to just about everything you do. Even if your symptoms are moderate from day to day, sometimes just living your daily life can feel like a struggle.

 

At Comfort Health, we understand that for many adults living with chronic illnesses, living at home is a priority. Our home health aides are expertly trained in unobtrusive and comprehensive home care to ensure that you can live your life on your terms in Rochester, MN.

 

Sometimes living with a chronic illness means having to make compromises with yourself about what can get done in a day. However, Comfort Health’s home health aides firmly believe that you shouldn’t need to compromise your standard of self-care while living with a chronic illness. Fully licensed and trained, our home health aides offer a variety of vital home services such as grooming assistance, wound care, mobility assistance, and more. Even better, they offer them on your schedule.

 

Whether you require assistance daily, weekly, or on a different timeline entirely, we strive to support your independent needs. In fact, each patient care plan is crafted and curated by the client with the assistance of a registered nurse. Whether you’re residing in assisted living, living with family, or living in your own home, we meet our patients where they need us. Chronic illness can be unpredictable and frustrating, but our home health aides can add reliability back into your daily life.

 

Deciding to rely on the assistance of home health aides can feel like a weighty choice when you’ve been coping on your own for some time. It’s important to remember that our aides treat all of their patients with respect and dignity. We understand that you have a life to live, and it’s our goal to help you live it to the fullest.

 

If you’re interested in home health aide services, have a loved one in need of assistance at home, or are looking for support for your chronic illness in Rochester, MN, contact Comfort Health today at (507) 281-2332 or visit our website to learn more about home health aide services.

Considering Companion Care Services in Rochester, MN?

Growing old can be difficult, but it’s inevitable that all of us will need new kinds of care as we age. Companionship, home safety, wellness—these are essentials to maintain. Comfort Health in Rochester, MN, can help you and loved ones find the services you need.

 

Companion Care. Everyone would love to be available to care for their elderly parents or loved ones, but often this simply is not an option. Parents might be hesitant to ask their children for help, don’t want to burden others with their care or loneliness, and simply do not like to talk about (or admit) any health or emotional issues they may be experiencing. That’s why companion care can be very beneficial to the health and wellbeing of senior family members. Perhaps your loved one is still completely independent but could use a helping hand with light household chores or someone to visit with. Companion care services can help by spending time with them and keeping them socially engaged.

 

When seniors find that they have many medical appointments and need assistance with transportation, companion care services are there to help. They assist with reminders of appointments, provide emotional support, get them involved in activities if the client desires, and will support them with friendly conversations and light housework if needed.

 

Home safety. Having an elderly loved one who lives a distance away can be challenging, leaving you worrying about the safety of them in their own home. Falls worry anyone with an elderly parent. Companion care services can give you the peace of mind to know your loved one is in good helping hands.

 

Wellness program. Having your loved one enrolled in a wellness program can be a substantial benefit. Symptoms of osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis can all be minimized with a wellness program. For example, regular physical activity, social interactions, and a healthy diet are all factors in decreasing symptoms of hypertension and diabetes. Additionally, an exercise and wellness program can help alleviate the pain and swelling of osteoporosis and arthritis.

 

If your loved one could use a helping, caring hand in the Rochester, MN, area, contact Comfort Health. Companions are matched individually, and we take great care to ensure it’s a good match. Contact us today by calling (507) 281-2332 or using our easy contact form to determine which services will fit your family member’s needs.

Maintain Your Hearth Health with Cardiac Care from Comfort Health in Rochester, MN

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:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Improve Your Quality of Life with Infusion Therapy Services from Comfort Health in Rochester, MN

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.

Diabetes Management Services from Comfort Health in Rochester, MN

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.

 

  1. Regular checkups. Schedule a visit with your health care professional regularly to check for diabetes through blood tests such as glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Set Up a Medication Management Program That Is Best for You or Your Loved One with Expert Medication 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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.