March 25, 2013 (PRBuzz.com) New Brunswick, NJ – Expert Home Care Inc., a NJ home health care agency has been awarded “Best of Home Care 2013”. The quality designation is presented each year to top performing agencies by Home Care Pulse, a review organization dedicated to bringing credentialed, professional home health and home care agencies to the attention of local consumers. Continue reading
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Licensed New Jersey Home Care Agency, Expert Home Care, Awarded Home Care Pulse’s “Best of Home Care” Distinction
Expert Home Care is one of the largest providers of New Jersey home care services. Since its beginning in 1985, the agency continues to lead the field by example. Continue reading
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Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in the U.S. (after lung cancer). More than 140,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer were diagnosed in 2010 and more than 50,000 deaths were attributed to these cancers.
And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 60 percent of these deaths could have been prevented with regular screenings.
The good news is that regular screenings can save lives. The bad news is that while many in recent years have become aware of the tests to prevent or catch the disease in its early stages, the disease’s high incidence and mortality rates would indicate that many are still avoiding them.
Colorectal cancer usually starts with polyps in the colon or rectum, abnormal but benign growths that if left untreated can turn into cancer. A painless test called a colonoscopy, performed under sedation, can help find and remove the polyps. In a colonoscopy, the doctor uses a thin, flexible, lighted tube to check for polyps or cancer inside the rectum and cancer.
The recommended guidelines call for screenings to begin at age 50 and continue every 10 years – as more than 90 percent of people with colorectal cancer are first diagnosed after age 50, with 72 the average age of diagnosis. More frequent tests may be recommended for those with a history of polyps or who have a higher risk for the disease. This would include those with a family history of colorectal cancer or a genetic disposition, a condition (such as Crohn’s) that causes inflammation of the colon, and cigarette smokers. Some studies suggest that diets high in fat (especially animal fat) and low in calcium, folate and fiber may also increase the risk. Yet, the most effective way to reduce the risk is by following the guidelines and having colonoscopy screenings.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer are often not apparent. Those that are include blood in or on your stool; persistent stomach aches or cramps; constipation or diarrhea; and loss of weight.
Posted by: David Goodman, President of Expert Home Care in New Jersey, which provides outstanding, reliable home health care and senior care for the elderly, helping them with their daily activities for 27 years! Call us at 800-848-2336 when you have home care related questions or need assistance for a loved one. Ask for your Free Home Care Consultation (a $375 value!).
Each year there are many seniors in New Jersey that find themselves in need of either home health care or home care. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, the truth of the matter is that the two names actually refer to different things. As such, it is important to understand the different terminology before trying to find the right kind of caregiver to provide your loved one with the assistance he or she needs.
Home care, generally speaking is an umbrella term for a group of senior care services that are provided to individuals unable or unwilling to leave their homes. These services include non medical home care (also called companion care) AND skilled home health care.
Home health care is a sub type or sub classification of home care. It is the province of skilled certified home health aides to deliver these services. These caregivers can perform certain services that non medical caregivers cannot – such as bathing and grooming a client.
Non medical home care is also a sub type of home care. Caregivers that deliver this type of care are more limited in their scope. The types of services provided are typically meal preparation, medication reminders, companionship, running errands like grocery shopping and light housekeeping.
Both home health care and non medical home care can be be delivered to clients on an hourly and live in basis. Live-in care professionals tend to be hired more commonly to help individuals who need the most supervision or care.
Finding the right home care professional in New Jersey can be difficult, but it can be done with a little research and knowledge. Make sure not to only consider the needs of your loved one or family member, but also his or her wants. Whether it is non medical home care or home health care, the New Jersey agency contracted should provide a skilled, dependable caregiver with whom your loved one feels comfortable.
The search for a home health care or live in care professional in New Jersey can be a trying experience. It is not because there are few individuals available, far from it, in fact. The process is difficult, though, because it is often up to family members to determine the type of care necessary for their loved one. If you find yourself in such a situation, it is important to consider whether your loved one is in need of a caregiver or companion that will be able to visit from time to time – or – one that will be available around the clock.
The solution that is correct for one individual may not be correct for another, so it is always important to consider your family member’s needs when choosing a home health care professional. You need to take the time to consider the level of care necessary. A licensed and certified professional that visits from time to time may be helpful for some needs, but other individuals may need a live in care professional to help them around the clock. Determining the level of care necessary for your loved one should be done early, since finding a home health aide or companion with whom the client feels comfortable may be a process unto itself.
If you have a family member in New Jersey that needs some help, it is important to make sure that they have the right kind of care. Home health care aides and companions that come to the home can be invaluable for those that are unable or unwilling to receive facility care and choosing a qualified, professional caregiver can greatly improve the comfort and health of your loved one. Also remember, the home care agency you choose should always be licensed or certified in New Jersey, which will give you confidence your family member will receive the highest level of care possible.