Supporting Vulnerable Adults with Home Health Care

The term vulnerable adult encompasses a surprisingly large portion of the population in Rochester, MN. In general terms, it may mean adults who are confined to their homes, adults with mobility issues, or simply adults who are immunocompromised and require careful care and attention. None of these factors should in any way impede individuals from leading full, healthy, and happy lives, and the home health care professionals here at Comfort Health are dedicated to ensuring that that remains possible for every individual.

 

Finding balance at home as an adult with vulnerable conditions can be a struggle due to the amount of energy required to accomplish everyday tasks. Even if you are able to handle the bulk of daily activities and home management, you can feel drained from the effort or unable to effectively participate in other activities the rest of the day. In order to mitigate excessive stress and minimize injury at home, our home health care professionals and registered nurses can help delegate or handle tasks that are important, but physically or mentally taxing.

 

The registered nurses and home health care professionals at Comfort Health are trained to monitor each individual’s condition and needs in order to provide care that will act as a complement to a fully functional life at home. This may include assistance with daily tasks around the house, medication check-ins, wound management and dressing, and just about any health care assistance that is difficult to manage without additional support. A registered nurse will be assigned to you or your loved one to facilitate care and guarantee that all home health care professionals have the tools and knowledge to support any household in need.

 

In the midst of the current widespread healthcare crisis, having health care professionals you can rely on is even more vital. All of our staff are trained in up-to-date procedures and expectations regarding quality of care for vulnerable or immunocompromised adults. With the cooperation of our registered nursing team, our home health care aides and experts can make life in your house feel like home again.

 

For home health care assistance for vulnerable adults in Rochester, MN, contact Comfort Health by calling (507) 281-2332 or by visiting our website today.

Being Heart-Health Aware for Cardiac Condition Management

As we age, our bodies tend to adjust to the natural progression of time in different ways. For some adults, very few lifestyle changes need to be made as these adjustments occur. For others, however, increasing bodily awareness is key to living a long and healthy life.

 

This is especially true for adults who have cardiac conditions or inconsistent heart health. At Comfort Health, our registered nurses can offer health assessments, skilled nursing services, and lifestyle management skills in the comfort of your Rochester, MN, home to help you and your heart thrive in every stage of your life.

 

Some signs of cardiac conditions may include shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid or sluggish heartbeats, lightheadedness, and swelling. Because the symptoms vary so widely and can differ based on genetics, sex, and medical history, having an individualized plan can be vital for your health. Identifying concerning symptoms and having a system assessment performed can be a great first step towards consistent heart health.

 

Maintaining heart health isn’t always as simple as eating a heart healthy breakfast cereal every day. Diet, exercise, individual medication plans, and regular checkups are all part of a heart healthy life, and depending upon your needs, these steps may vary. Finding a healthy balance in your life can be difficult, especially when it means changing your routine. With the assistance of our registered nurses and skilled nursing services, you can find a balance that works for you long-term.

 

Our skilled nursing team can assist you and your loved ones with performing regular heart health assessments and, depending upon your needs, visit your home for check ins and home health care. Putting your heart health first can reassure loved ones, restore consistency to your day-to-day experience, and help add years to your life.

 

If you or a loved one in Rochester, MN, has heart health concerns or is in need of skilled nursing services, contact Comfort Health today at (507) 281-2332, or visit our website today.

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.