The Parrish Nurse
Continue to Follow Covid-19 Guidelines for Yourself and Others
Many have received their covid-19 vaccines. Kudos to those who believe in the science behind vaccines. But there is so much about this virus that is unknown with new variants being discovered. It will take everyone’s effort to help control this virus. Whether or not you have been vaccinated, the CDC recommends to continue to do the three W’s:
Wash your hands frequently, maybe even more than you used to.
Wear your face mask when around others.
Watch your distancing. Six feet apart, no kissing, no handshakes.
With all the above being done, a good side effect of Covid is that the incidence of the regular seasonal flu has gone down. What a blessing that is because people die from the flu also. Like the flu - we do not know if we will be free of Covid and may be asked to take yearly Covid vaccines just like the yearly flu vaccines.
Be careful and be safe.
Health & Wellness
HOW HOSPICE HELPS PATIENTS and FAMILIES
Hospice is a specialized care option for patients facing a life-limiting illness from conditions like COPD, heart disease, and dementia. When they receive hospice care early on, they experience less depression, and can improve mentally, emotionally, and physically. In fact, patients under earlier hospice care may live 25% longer due to better management of symptoms by a team of doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers, social workers, grief counselors, and chaplains united around one special person... their patient.
Choosing hospice benefits the patient and family more by the patient participating in all planning and decisions in pain and symptom management; reduced hospitalizations. Advance directives can be prepared to avoid difficult decisions later.
In addition to gaining comfort, independence and quality of life, patients and families with hospice care also receive: physical, emotional and spiritual support...
A nurse who coordinates the patients care; training needed to properly care for a loved one; medications; medical equipment such as electric beds, walkers, and wheelchairs; a nursing assistant to provide personal care such as bathing; disposable supplies such as gloves, adult briefs and wound-care kits; bereavement care and grief support.
Hospice services are provided in the comfort of your home, assisted living facility, hospital or nursing facility, and are covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Ask your doctor if or when hospice may be able to help you.