How a Memphis Hospital is Teaming Up With Churches to Help Disadvantaged Community Members

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Memphis, TN has the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest metropolitan area in the country, according to data from the United States Census. Additionally, lack of income is compounded by unwise lifestyle choices and difficulty in accessing healthcare. The state’s governor has launched an initiative appropriately called “Healthier Tennessee,” but assistance is also coming from another source: Churches.

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Medical Outreach to Congregation Members

The Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System is the largest health provider in Memphis, and it has found success by creating the Congregational Health Network, or CHN. According to the hospital’s website, the CHN is fueled by more than five hundred area churches that have become committed to partnering with the hospital to make sure congregation members understand how to receive necessary care. The goal is to blend science with faith, so that each facet relies on the other to educate churchgoers.

Two Tiers of Team Members

A group of people called “navigators” are partially responsible for making the program run smoothly. They are paid hospital employees tasked with ensuring there’s a consistent quality of care given at each participating congregation. Another group of individuals called “liaisons” supplement that role by voluntarily finding people in their respective churches and filling them in about what sorts of services are available to people in need of health treatments or guidance. According to an article published by Fierce Healthcare, the second group of people have a twofold role that involves promoting overall health at respective churches, and also specifically reaching out to people who are ailing.

An Emotional Safety Net During Frightening Times

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The CHN works on the concept that when a person requires hospital care, he or she may be feeling uncertain and unaware of where to turn for help. In some cases, that kind of isolation may mean a person avoids seeking healthcare at all. However, once someone gets linked up with a person involved in CHN, he or she will receive a membership card designed to be presented at the hospital, much like proof of insurance. That action kicks off events designed to support the ill person during all stages of recovery. One includes letting a church’s liaison and congregation members know about the illness so they can pray for a full and efficient recovery, visit the person in the hospital and support him or her through the challenging emotions that often spring up when a someone is sick.

Practical Information

After a person is discharged, someone from the CHN will meet up with her to discuss the next steps. Sometimes that might mean outlining the correct home care strategies so each step of the process is easy to understand. In other cases, the CHN may have existing resources that align with a person’s particular need and a navigator or liaison team member can explain how to benefit from them.

A Noticeable Impact

An article published by Salon says that so far, more than 16,000 people have signed up for the CHN. In addition, the CHN program costs about one million dollars to run per year yet saves the hospital about four times that amount. Perhaps most significant is the change in patient statistics related to the number of days spent out of the hospital after a discharge. On average, CHN members spend 426 days out of the hospital, whereas that number decreases to 306 for non-members.

Since many of the CHN volunteers are around the same ages as the congregation members they help, and may even be facing similar health issues, it makes sense why the CHN program could have a powerful influence upon the wellbeing of Memphis residents, especially as time passes and more people become aware of the program.

Brett Harris writes blogs for several healthcare institutes to promote awareness of available services. A Top 10 online masters in healthcare administration degree can get you into a career in great demand.

Tyent Water Ionizers – Frequently Asked Questions

Tyent Water Ionizers – Frequently Asked Questions

We produced this quick video to answer the questions we receive most about Tyent water ionizers. In the video we cover the advantages of Tyent, why we do not sell other brands, using a water ionizer with a water softener, installation, hard water issues and more.

For more information about Tyent water ionizers, please visit Better Health Innovations!

New Tyent MMP-11 and UCE-11 Water Ionizer Review

New Tyent MMP-11 and UCE-11 Water Ionizer Review

Last month Tyent introduced two new water ionizers, the MMP-11 (counter top) and the UCE-11 (under counter).  The video below walks through the features and advantages of the new units.

Tyent has once again set the bar with these, which are the first residential water ionizers to have 11 plates.  Along with the additional ionization plates, Tyent has up’ed the maximum power to a full 750 watts, another industry first.

Advantages of the new design include:

  • 40 Percent less waste water
  • Highest flow rate in the industry
  • 20 Percent lower acidic levels
  • 20 % better ORP

This is also the most enviromentally friendly unit on the market with the low waste water and logic to produce optimal water with optimal power.

Watch the video for the full overview of these units.

To learn more about these ground-breaking Tyent water ionizers, click go to Better Health Innovations.

 

Should Your Elderly Parent Live Alone? Security Precautions for Seniors

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You’ve probably heard by now that the population is aging. In the next decade, one out of every five people will be over the age of 65, so it’s not surprising there’s been a surge in the number of seniors who choose to live alone. According to the U.S. Census, over 30 percent of seniors still live in their own home. The highest percentage – around half – belongs to women over the age of 80. It’s not only the increase in older Americans that’s to blame; it’s also the vast improvement in technology. With advances in security, safety, and remote health care, it’s actually never been safer for your aging parent to live independently. Still, whether you can relax about your mom or dad living alone or whether you need to think about alternatives can all depend on them. Some people are sharp-thinking and self-sufficient well into their nineties while others struggle with mental and physical issues in their fifties. Either way, valuable home safety tips for seniors can help you stay cautious.

The Danger of Falls

The National Safety Council says that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for people over 65. If your parent is active and follows an exercise regimen, they’re already ahead of the game when it comes to keeping their balance. But emergencies can happen, and it’s important you stress to them that they should be carrying a mobile phone at all times and potentially wearing a medical alert bracelet. A fall could leave them with mobility issues that prevent them from calling for help, which can be scary. You can also fall-proof their home by getting rid of furniture clutter, throw rugs they can trip on, wires and cords, and objects on the floor. More ways to prevent falls include bathroom mats on slippery floors and proper indoor and outdoor lighting. LED porch lamps and motion detector lights associated with security systems do more than just keep out intruders. They also help seniors see their way at night.

Medical Monitoring

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An increase in the number of home care nurses means it’s not uncommon for seniors to receive regular visits by medical professionals where they live. It goes without saying that any nurse you employ for your parent should be certified and reliable, but they’re not the only option for monitoring your mom or dad’s health remotely. Chronic illnesses like diabetes can now be maintained from home and communicated through telehealth devices to a doctor. If there’s a medical emergency, seniors can get consultation and access to care without having to drive themselves to a hospital. But it’s important that they only self-medicate as far as they are able. If your parent takes a host of medications daily, it’s very easy to mix them up, overdose, or combine pills that shouldn’t be combined. Use electronic pill dispensers, but still ensure their medication cabinets are labeled and organized correctly and their schedule is hung on the refrigerator.

Security Systems for Seniors

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Finding the right security system for your parent’s home can be tricky because there are different considerations for people over 65. Senior citizens are twice as likely to die in a house fire as their younger counterparts, so having smoke alarms and a monitoring system that can instantly alert the fire department is important. Most security systems include door and window alarms that will alert the authorities in the event of an entrance or when the glass is broken. But seniors also need to be able to open and close every door and window in their home in case of emergency. There are other amenities you can find for seniors in home protection systems such as video intercoms, which make it less likely they will open the door to a stranger. Seniors are often the target of door-to-door scams from people looking to rob them directly or steal their personal information. Not every threat is as simple as a burglar. Take the time to talk to your parent about their security concerns and get them an easy-to-use alarm – don’t rely on them to remember a password if it goes off accidentally.

It’s natural to be worried about leaving your parents alone, especially as they age. But seniors value their independence, and as long as the proper precautions can be taken, they have every right to it. The benefits of new technology can put your mind at ease. Make sure you talk to your parent about driving or alternative means of transport. Can they get groceries delivered? What will they do for fun? It’s great that you can take care of them, but it’s also great to let them make their own decisions.

Chelsea McCary is a full-time caregiver and part-time blogger for the elderly. Follow her on twitter @ChelseaMcCary.

Facts And Natural Treatments For Depression

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Are you tired? Do you feel sad all the time? Do you feel down and you just can’t put your finger on the reason why? Have you ever been diagnosed with depression? Perhaps a friend or loved one suffers from depression? Depression is a serious disease that has no cure. Depression has a wide variety of symptoms and therefore finding the right course of treatment can be difficult and frustrating. Each person experiences different symptoms of depression and there is not one “textbook” form. When treating depression it is important to stay in constant contact with your doctor. Some symptoms of depression can be more severe and even life threatening than others. Depression doesn’t effect just your mind as most people think. Depression effects every aspect of your life.

There is a great difference between feeling sad or lonely. If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, a job loss or perhaps suffered an injury, these events can cause you to feel melancholy. That doesn’t mean you will be diagnosed with depression though. Depression is a number of chronic symptoms. Recognizing the symptoms of depression and being properly diagnosed is often the biggest hurdle of the process. Unfortunately, suicide is a product of depression. More than one out of ten people who suffer from depression will commit suicide when left untreated.

1. Symptoms Of Depression According To The National Institute Of Mental Health

Ÿ  Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

Ÿ  Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings

Ÿ  Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

Ÿ  Overeating or appetite loss

Ÿ  Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

Ÿ  Fatigue and decreased energy

Ÿ  Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

Ÿ  Irritability, restlessness

Ÿ  Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Ÿ  Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

Ÿ  Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

2. Treatment For Depression

There is talk or psycho therapy. You go to your psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor and talk to them. Most of the time you are in complete control of the conversation while they give you little bits of insight or suggestions on how to deal with or handle certain situations that effect your depression.

There are also medications that help treat depression. Often times finding the right course of medication can take some time.

Ÿ  Prozac

Ÿ  Zoloft

Ÿ  Elavil

Ÿ  Wellbutrin

Ÿ  Celexa

Ÿ  Effexor

Ÿ  Abilify

Ÿ  Lexapro

Ÿ  Cymbalta

Ÿ  Moringa capsules

Some people who suffer from depression choose to try more natural and non-addicting remedies. Making sure that you’re not deficient in vitamins really helps with depression. Depression relates to the chemicals in your brain getting to where they’re suppose to go and being produced in the appropriate amounts. A lot of people chose to take Moringa because they’re natural, non-toxic and non-addicting. They help boost energy without caffeine or sugar. They help mental clarity and enhance memory. They also help to suppress the appetite which is excellent for people who are emotional eaters due to depression or anxiety. They have been found to cure acne as well. They help performance in athletes, as well as treating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The benefits of Moringa are endless.

I’m Andrea Jensen, nationalist and herbalist. I help people find the supplements that will best suit their needs to help improve their health and quality of life. Also she recommends Moringa capsules to limit your diet.