3 Funny Things You Might Not Know About Passover

Passover or Pesach is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. For practicing Jews, the holiday marks the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Ancient Egypt. This year the holiday is celebrated from March 27 – April 4.

Here are some interesting Pesach facts you might never hear of:

  1. Some large companies make special kosher foods and drinks for this holiday. It concerns large brands that use kosher ingredients to prepare various foods, from chocolate syrup to cake mixes. The most famous case, however, is the Coca-Cola company. Once the company switched to high fructose corn syrup. This resulted in an issue for Ashkenazi Jews. Today, the brand releases a special bottle with a yellow cap, which is certified kosher and is excellent for this holiday.
  2. Believe it or not, the best matzo flour is made in Arizona. You may not have known, but one of the most challenging technological processes in preparing matzo is keeping the flour dry. Any water risks converting flour into chametz. According to The New York Times article, the most suitable wheat for matzo is found in southwestern Arizona’s arid regions.
  3. Animals also receive special food during all the days of Passover. More importantly, apartments must be free of chametz, and there can be no benefit derived from it. Therefore, pet owners need to use appropriate pet food. Some Rabbinical authorities propose switching out a pet’s diet for a few days. For example, if you own a dog, you can use raw meat to feed your pet. For herbivores, you can choose a variety of approved vegetables.

There are countless interesting facts about this holiday, and if you or your client are familiar with this holiday, share some of these fun facts with them!

To those who celebrate, may this Passover bring you peace, happiness, love, and every blessing from above. Happy Passover!

Glaucoma: Guide to Follow - All Heart Homecare Agency

Glaucoma: “What, How, and When” Guide to Follow

Glaucoma is one of the most severe diseases of the head optic nerve. Worst of all, the optic nerve is required to transmit light-nerve impulses from the retina directly to the brain. Then the brain recognizes these signals, and a person receives a picture of what one is looking at.

According to medical facts, glaucoma is progressive damage to the optic nerve. At the first symptoms, peripheral vision gradually deteriorates. If this disease is not detected in time and appropriate treatment is not carried out, it may result in loss of central vision or complete blindness.

How Common Is Glaucoma?

Believe it or not, glaucoma is the second most common disease that causes blindness. It is estimated that over 3 million people suffer from glaucoma in the United States. Moreover, more than half of the people are unaware that they have progressive disease. The reason glaucoma does not manifest itself so obviously is the lack of symptoms. The consequent loss of peripheral vision is rarely recognized by an individual who suffers from glaucoma.

That is why experienced doctors recommend an annual diagnosis of the organs of vision. This is simple and, at the same time, a reasonable step that will allow you to avoid the severe consequences of glaucoma and start treatment on time.

Key questions to ask your consulting physician include:

  • Do I have visible signs of glaucoma?
  • What types of tests need to be passed to confirm the primary diagnosis?
  • Which treatment approach is right for my age and condition?
  • Are there alternative treatments?
  • Do I need to restrict any life activities?

When Comes the Highest Risk of Glaucoma?

According to official statistics, glaucoma is an age-related disease. In the meantime, healthcare professionals have collected the most critical causes and identified the main risk group:

  • People aged 45 and over.
  • Diabetes.
  • A history of increased intraocular pressure.
  • Various eye injuries.
  • Side effects of steroid use.
  • Neglected cases of hyperopia.

If you are at risk, be sure to visit a doctor at least once a year and undergo preventive diagnostics of vision organs. Keep in mind that glaucoma diagnosed on time is treatable.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies to Treat Glaucoma

These tips are not a medical approach to glaucoma treatment. However, these simple tips will help you control high eye pressure and improve eye health.

Lifestyle and home remedies include, but are not limited to:

  1. Keep to a healthy diet. Taking the right diet will help you stay healthy and prevent possible worsening of glaucoma. Make sure your daily diet is high in antioxidant vitamins C, E, and A. It also applies to beneficial micronutrients, including Zinc, Copper, Selenium, and so on.
  2. Do the minimum amount of exercise. Once glaucoma is diagnosed, talk with your healthcare professional about regular exercise that can lower intraocular pressure. This is especially important in cases of open-angle glaucoma. A well-chosen exercise program will help you maintain the necessary muscle tone.
  3. Stop using caffeine. Excessive consumption of drinks with high caffeine content can provoke intraocular pressure. Therefore, it is better to stop drinking coffee to avoid unnecessary complications.
  4. Keep an eye on fluid status. Remember that drinking fluids throughout the day can restore energy to the body. However, do not drink too much water at one time. It can cause increased eye pressure. Spread your water intake throughout the day in small portions.
  5. Remember to take prescribed medications. Adhering to a precise treatment plan will allow you to get the best results and fight disease. Follow the correct dosage when using eye drops and other prescribed medications prescribed by your doctor. Otherwise, you can unknowingly damage the optic nerve and make the situation worse.

Keep in mind that a thoughtful treatment plan and a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid progressive vision loss and improve your eye condition. By contacting All Heart Homecare Agency, you can get professional help from compassionate and experienced caregivers and essentially affect your loved one’s eye health.

5 Foods Your Diabetic Patient should AVOID

Diabetic Patient

Home health aides who care for their diabetic patients should take into account their needs while creating a meal plan suitable to their needs. A healthy diet is one that is rich in nutrients but low in fat and calories. The main compounds are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While many of us already know that a healthy diet is suitable for the patients, here is a list of 5 foods that are actually not so healthy for a diabetic patient and what they should stay away from.

  1. Corn
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Corn is strictly prohibited for patients with type 2 diabetes, even in the form of cereals, muesli and popcorn. 

Why isn’t corn a good option?

This food contains many starches and, because of this, it significantly loads the pancreas. An alternative may be a variety of cabbage salads which are allowed with the addition of boiled or canned corn grains, with herbs, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, cauliflower. Meat, poultry, or fish, mostly boiled, baked in foil, or stewed (with a little oil) may be added to salads.

  1. Rice
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Though white rice is valuable for its content of B vitamins, which are responsible for the health of the nervous system, it isn’t the best option for a diabetic patient. Rice takes an active part in the production of energy necessary for movement and general life but the glycemic index of white milled rice is 65-70. That is why it is better to switch to alternatives such as barley, oatmeal, wheat bread or cereals high in fiber. However, you do not have to get rid of rice completely, you may just try out brown rice. Brown rice is often used for weight loss, as well as for cleansing the body because such food is rich in fiber, folic acid and vitamin B1.

  1. Sausages
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Smoked, salted and fried foods should not be consumed. This is because, with the way they are processed, even dietary meat and fish become harmful for diabetics. In general, most types of meat and fish are included in the diet of diabetics due to their low carbohydrate content. It is worth excluding only from mutton, the high-fat content of which can cause the development of various pathologies in patients with diabetes mellitus.

  1. Sweet Yogurts
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When choosing dairy products for people with type 2 diabetes, home attendants need to focus on their fat content. Sweet yogurts, fatty sour cream and cheese are not the best choices. The rest of the dairy and fermented milk products are allowed and even highly recommended. People with diabetes can eat homemade yogurt, but low-fat yogurt is prohibited. Diabetes patients cannot have sugar, fruits and various additives.

  1. White bread
white bread-Diabetic Patient

The high content of fast carbohydrates makes wheat flour a dangerous product for diabetics. This is due to the composition of this food since it is baked from premium flour. Because of the carbohydrates shock dose, such bread does not contain anything useful for health. Conversely, even a small loaf of white bread can lead to high blood glucose readings. Diabetes patients should stay away from sweet buns. As an alternative try bread made from rye flour, wholemeal flour or bran.

A heart healthy meal plan is especially important for diabetic patients and requires certain knowledge and attention. First, exclude fatty foods, sweets and alcohol. As their home health aide,  pay attention to the patient’s well-being after consuming certain foods. For more information on how to meal prep, contact All Heart Homecare Agency. Our nurses would gladly inform you of the details for properly caring for elderly patients with different diseases. 

Why You Need the Flu vaccination Now More Than Ever

The time has come for your annual flu vaccinations as it is now influenza season. However, you may have some more concerns about getting vaccinated this year as more questions have risen for you. Questions such as, “How safe is the flu vaccination?” or “How does COVID-19 factor in during the flu season?” 

We will gladly answer these concerns for you as the CDC has posted new information on why the vaccination of the flu shot is important now more than ever before. 

All About the Influenza Shot

As the weather now turns colder, flu season also comes into the picture. Many wonder about the flu vaccinations and as healthcare workers, many are given the option and even requested to get that flu shot. Yet many ask what the purpose of this is especially in 2020 when most of the world is focusing on avoiding illnesses such a COVID-19. Why do people need it if we are already wearing a mask almost all day and are practicing social distancing?

Just like all the years prior to this one, it is always recommended that everyone, especially healthcare professionals get a vaccination shot for the influenza season. Why is that? Well, for one, you are constantly working with elderly patients. These patients are more vulnerable to a simple flu as their immune system weakens with age. Something that may be a simple cold for you at your younger age will likely not be the same effect for the elderly person. Thus, as the strain of the flu constantly changes annually, it’s important to get vaccinated for the new flu shot to keep those around you safe. 

Is the Flu Shot effective? Yes, in the most recent years, it is said that it is 50-70% effective to prevent the flu, plus, if you do get sick or have another illnesses as the flu vaccine with reduce the severity. 

Protecting Vulnerable Groups:

Thousands of people die from the flu every year and most of these people are over the age of 65 with an immunocompromised health. In addition to this, pregnant women and children are also at a high risk. Now as a home health aide, you are constantly in an environment with at-risk groups. By getting this flu shot, you not only protect yourself but others around you as well.  

Why do you need the flu shot now more than ever?

To protect Healthcare capacity: 

With the flu vaccination, you reduce the chances of getting sick and being hospitalized. Because we are still currently in a pandemic, we need to reduce the number of medical attention applied per person so that hospitals will not be over-crowded. 

To Prevent Co-infection of both COVID-19 and the Seasonal Influenza:

There have been reports that suggest if both COVID-19 and the flu coexist in the body, it may be a severe risk for vulnerable patients. As more time passes by and the CDC studies the two diseases, it will become available and more understanding to us.

Overall Benefits of the Flu Vaccination

Though it will not protect you from contracting the Coronavirus, it will reduce the chances of needing to go to the doctor this season as well as developing symptoms or even being quarantined. Because this year is very complex already, let’s do our part and protect others and ourselves by getting vaccinated.

For more information on the flu season and how it will affect your workplace, contact us, and we would gladly share more with you about how to keep safe during these trying times.

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Loneliness in Seniors and How to Cope amid COVID-19

It’s common to feel lonely at times, especially during COVID-19 which has placed isolating regulations as a priority. For many worldwide, this has strained their mental health as they are distancing themselves from others, feeding onto loneliness. Unfortunately, for seniors, this is more so common even without the pandemic in sight as many of them live on their own and are isolated. 

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Is it Dementia or Just Memory Loss?

It’s normal to be forgetful at times, especially as we age. However, if you are noticing that someone you know is getting more and more forgetful over a period of time, it could be more than just a simple error. It could actually be a precursor to something more serious like Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. 

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Reducing a Heat Stroke in the Summertime For Seniors

Did you know that if you are thirsty, your body is already actually 2% more dehydrated? This means when you are trying to regulate heat, your body becomes weaker than you are aware! This is especially difficult for seniors as their bodies are more fragile to temperature and dehydration. 

The following article will share some of the things you can do to help your loved ones reduce the chances of a heat stroke during times like summer where temperatures can significantly rise. 

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Senior Care Tips & Activities for the 4th of July

What are your favorite 4th of July memories? Perhaps it’s a family barbeque, watching fireworks in the park, or maybe just a time you went to Coney Island to watch the Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest? 

Though we often want to relive the nostalgia, sometimes seniors are no longer able to attend their favorite Independence Day festivities as they once were able to. This may be because the heat of the summer’s day is too strong and it may be difficult for seniors to be outside of long periods of time.

In order to bring back some fond memories, and maybe even create some new ones, here are some tips and activities that seniors can enjoy this holiday.