Caring for the Caregiver-Preventing Caregiver Burnout

We all want to provide the best care possible for our loved ones. Yet, sometimes we need to ask the question: Who is caring for the caregiver? Caregiver burnout is a legitimate concern for any family or person who provides ongoing service to physically or mentally dependent individuals. WebMD lists a few symptoms of Caregiver Burnout: […]

Five Common Concerns About Flu Vaccine

Every year I give flu vaccines. While working as a hospital Infection Control Nurse I literally gave hundreds of them. Each year I seem to hear the same basic fears expressed by various people in various ways by those who don’t want to be vaccinated. We all have fears and concerns that keep us from […]

Why the Way You Are Sitting Right Now is Causing Back Pain

If you’ve never experienced back pain consider yourself lucky. In fact, only headaches rate higher on the list of common complaints of pain. That’s right—headaches are number one and back pain is number two. There can be many causes of back pain, but common low back pain can be caused or exacerbated by poor posture. […]

Common Health Conditions Among Aging Adults

In 2010, Americans 65 or older represented nearly 13 percent of the population, numbering around 40 million. In the next 20 years, the Department of Health and Human Resources  expects that number to skyrocket to more than 72 million. Aging Americans face specific health conditions – including incontinence, joint problems and diabetes — which means […]

Why Walking is Better than the Latest Exercise Craze

Envy is an ugly thing. But I’ve got to admit that when I see one of my friends fit as a fiddle, ripped and lean after their last immersion in the latest exercise craze—I’m a bit envious. Why can’t I have the fortitude, gumption, stick-to-it-ness, sisu, or just plain guts to persevere through one those […]

Have You Had Your Flu Shot?

Autumn is around the corner. Have you had your flu shot yet? Well, folks, ‘tis the season! I received my vaccine last week. This means in the next few days my body will have developed immunity to this year’s prevalent influenza virus strains. I feel safer already! Did you know that every year the flu […]

August is National Immunization Month

As we enjoy the last days of summer, it’s also good to remember National Immunization Month! Did you even know we had such a thing? August is a great time to review and update personal immunization records. It’s back-to-school time, so, if you’re a parent of school-aged children, you’ve likely already done this for your kids. If […]

The WOW Factor: Wisdom and Wit In Homecare

Envision Home Health and Hospice serves patients of varying ages and with a variety of needs. However, the majority of our patients are older adults. As a result, we have numerous opportunities not only to care for these individuals, but also to learn from their wisdom and wit. Here on the Envision blog, we’d like to […]

Sunshine, Skin Cancer, and Vitamin D

I’ve heard alot lately about how Vitamin D helps protect us from heart disease and other health problems and that spending time in the sun helps our body produce Vitamin D. I also know that exposure to UV radiation from sunlight (or tanning beds) is the number one risk factor for developing skin cancer.[1] We all love […]

Preventing Dehydration in the Elderly

If you are a caregiver for an older adult, you probably know that preventing dehydration in the elderly can be a major challenge. Several factors contribute to why older adults may become dehydrated. For example: thirst sense becomes less acute, the body’s ability to conserve water diminishes, certain medications (such as diuretics) contribute to water loss, […]