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Thanks so much for the wonderful care that you gave Ruth. It could not have been better.During this very difficult time you ALL were a great comfort to me as well.

Sincerely,

Janice C.  


 

Thank you for all your loving care throughout the past 6 years.  We were never disappointed or dissatisfied.  All of the caregivers were wonderful, trustworthy, and dependable. Mom was well taken care of and happy whenever we left her in your care.

Thank you and God bless,

Ms. Carol H.  


 

 

I appreciate your help and concern since my husband's condition was/is advancing and requiring placement in an Alzheimer's Facility. Thank you for your help and concern. Wanda is a wonderful caring caregiver.

Ms. Maurice F.  

   

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Volume IV, Issue 2 April, 2015
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  • Hygiene Assistance
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  • Meal Preparation
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Errands & Shopping
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Simple Steps That Help People " With Diabetes Keep

Their Feet Heatlthy

 
(BPT) - A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. By proactively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it's possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

People ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes account for about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report.

"The CDC says the occurance of diabetes-related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996," says American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
President Dr. Frank Spinosa. "Working together, podiatrists and their patients with diabetes can reduce the number of amputations even more.

People with diabetes may be less aware of cuts or wounds on their feet due to the nerve damage related to their disease, Spinosa points out. "Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they develop into a health crisis."

The AMFA offers advice to help people with Diabetes protect their foot health:

  • Inspect your feet daily, checking the entire foot and 10 toes for cuts, bruises, sores or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. Treat wounds immediately and see your podiatrist if a problem persists or infection is apparent.
  • Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes appropriate for the type of exercise you are doing.
  • When you buy new shoes, have them properly measured and fitted. Foot size and shape can change over time and ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of foot pain and lesions. Certain types of shoes, socks and custom orthotics are available for people with diabetes, and they may be covered under Medicare. You can find a list of podiatrist-approved footware and products for people with diabetes on the APMA website.
  • Keep your feet covered, and never go barefoot even at home. The risk of cuts and infections is too great.
  • See a podiatrist to remove calluses, corns or warts-don't tackle them yourself and don't ask an unlicensed non-professional to do it. Over-the-counter products can burn your skin and injure your foot. Podiatrists are specially trained to address all aspects of foot health for people with diabetes.
  • Get checkups twice a year. An exam by your podiatrist is the best way to ensure your feet stay healthy.
"For people with diabetes, taking charge of your own foot health can help you avoid foot-related complications like amputation," Spinosa says. "Work with today's podiatrist to help you safeguard your foot health."

To learn more about foot care for people with diabetes or to find a podiatrist, visit www.apma.org.
5 Tips to Slash
Prescriptioin Drug Costs

 

(BPT) - Today's rising health care costs can feel out of control. Fortunately, prescription drugs are an exception. Consider these five simple ways to save money on your prescriptions so you can stay healthy and maintain your budget.

1. Ask about a generic or lower-cost equivalents. Your health plan has a list of covered prescription drugs, called a formulary. Within that list are preferred drugs, which have a lower copayment cost for the patient. These are clinical or theraputic equivalents to the higher-priced brand drugs.

 

Always ask your prescriber or pharmacist, "Is there a generic for that?" It's a fair question. Many physicians write for the familiar brands, the "tried and true," or the newest, most highly marketed drug in the therapy class. Until you ask, they may not be well aquainted with lower-cost equivalents on your particular plan's formulary.

 

2. Don't be duped by drug coupons. Hundreds of high-priced brand drugs offer coupons that apply to the consumer's share of the drug's cost. But beware: A temporary discount may end up costing you more in the long run. A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that 62 percent of coupons were for brand-name drugs for which lower-cost alternatives were available.

"Despite the short-term savings achievable with coupons, they do not offset highter, long-term costs because they're always time-limited, the study states. "Some coupons can be used once and others more than once. But we found that few offered savings for more than a year. Once a coupon program ends, the patients with chronic disease faces copayments for these brand-named medications that are higher than for those generic alternatives.

 

3. Use preferred retail pharmacies for acute medications. Many prescription plans offer a preferred network of retail pharmacies within a wider network. These plans allow you to save between $5 and $10 on copayments just by choosing a preferred pharmacy. Chances are good that a preferred pharmacy is conveniently located near you.

Before you fill a prescription for an acute medication, such as an antibiotic or painkiller, use your plan's pharmacy locater to find a preferred option. And inform your doctor, as he or she may now send electronic prescriptions directly to the pharmacy.

 

Medicare patients choosing a prescription plan should look for one that offers preferred networks. Savings at the pharmacy window can easily exceed any small difference in premium amount.

 

4. Use home delivery for chronic or maintnance medications. With home delivery, many patients can save up to 33 percent on their copayment costs and have the medication delivered right to their door.

Home delivery is a safe and convenient way to obtain medications that you use long term. Many pharmacies plans will provide you with a 90-day supply for a lower copayment.

Be sure to tell your doctor that you use home deliver so your prescription can be written for a 90 day supply.

 

There's an important bonus that can save you even more: Patient's using home delivery are more likely to take their medication as prescribed (see number 5)

 

5. Take your medications as prescribed. While it might be tempting to stretch your medication dollar by skiping daily doses, this can be harmful to your health and end up costing you significantly more money to treat the health complications that could have been avoided.

Adherence to your prescribed therapy is the best way to make sure you get the most from your pharmacy benefit. Take your medication at the proper time and frequency as indicated by your doctor, and refill and renew prescriptions as early as possible so you are never empty-handed. Express Scripts offers mobile apps, as well as auto-refill and renewal reminder programs to help you stay on track. For more information, visit lab.express-scripts.com.

 

Breakfast Comfort Bake

 

Ingredients

 

5 eggs

1/4 c milk

16 oz. flakey breakfast biscuits

4 green onions, chopped

1 c cheddar cheese, grated

l lb. breakfast sausage, browned

 

Directions


Mix your eggs and milk in a large bowl. Cut each biscuit into fours, and add it to the bowl. Do this prior to cooking the sausage and cutting up the onions, to give the biscuits time to soak in the eggs.

Cut up your green onions, shred your cheese, cook and break up your sausage. Add everything to the bowl.


Mix it all up and pour into a cooking spray coated, 9" x 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until your casserole is not runny.



 

 

 

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