5 Reasons You Need a Personal Support Worker

There may come a time in your life when you, or someone you know is not able to adequately care for themselves. It may be a time when you are recovering from an injury, required surgery, or looking out for the needs of your loved ones.

These are the times when you will want to reach out to see what healthcare services are available to you.

Your Senior Years

You have always been strong and independent and strived to live well in your own home as long as you are able. But as you reach your senior years you are becoming more forgetful, your strength is declining, and you’re not able to care for yourself or your home as you’d like. Plus, you don’t want to be dependent on your family and friends.

Aging Parents

The demands of insuring the health and happiness of aging parents can become very stressful and overwhelming. You realize one day that your role has changed from son or daughter, to caretaker, nurse, handyman and perhaps financial officer. Not only is their daily physical care a concern, there are meals, medication and emotional needs to worry about.

Caring for your aging parents can become challenging, especially when you have a family and a job of your own to consider.

Personal Injury

An accident or medical condition may leave you or a loved one disabled and in need of care. It may be temporary or even permanent. The simplest daily routines can become difficult or impossible to perform.

Health Conditions

Health problems in the elderly can build and go from manageable to more challenging from one day to the next. The progression of dementia, heart conditions and strokes, diabetes, arthritis and cancer require specialized care and attention.

Children with Needs

Some children are born with severe developmental issues and require extensive and sometimes complex care. Parents can become quickly stressed and drained of energy and resources to care for them in their homes.

If you find yourself in any of these situations you will be looking for a personal support worker.

What is a Personal Support Worker? http://www.onip.ca/personal-support-worker/

A personal support worker (PSW) can help with all of these care situations by providing the essentials of daily life. From bathing, dressing, toileting, to administering medications, and more complex medical tasks. They play a valuable role in our healthcare system, providing care to the ones who need it most.

Personal support workers work in nursing homes, in the community, home-care agencies, privately for families and in acute-care hospitals. They are often in the frontline caring for those most at risk in our society.

A personal support worker can:

  • Assist with all aspects of daily living such as dressing, bathing, toileting, mobility
  • Run errands and transportation to outings and appointments
  • Assist with homemaking such as meal preparation, and housecleaning
  • Provide emotional support and companionship
  • Provide specialized care from accidents, palliative, etc.

Instagram Launches Walkie-Talkie Voice Messaging In Direct

Communicating something specific on Instagram will be as simple as pushing a button. The social media platform just propelled another voice chat feature on the application that gives users a chance to record a message and send it to a companion. Instagram clients can send voice chats forward and backward in their direct messages.

Presently, in the Instagram application, users can explore to a private chat with a companion and hold down the receiver button in the message box. Like Apple’s iMessage, the recorded message will show up as a sound wave shape that beneficiaries can tune in to. IG users can record messages that are dependent upon one-minute long.

They likewise have no lapse date, so recipients can play it as many times as they want to. After IG users quit holding down on the microphone button, the recording message will send promptly. Notwithstanding, users can either hit the trash can button to erase it, or utilize Instagram’s Unsend feature to remove a message after it’s been sent to another user.

Instagram’s voice messaging feature is accessible all around for Android and iOS clients beginning today. The component takes a page from WhatsApp, Voxer and even Instagram’s parent organization, Facebook, which started giving clients a chance to send voice visits on Messenger quite a while back. It touches base as an ever-increasing number of individuals are depending on Instagram as their fundamental internet-based life and informing application.

Numerous users who are fanatics of WeChat and WhatsApp use voice messages as their fundamental type of correspondence, so conveying the component to Instagram ought to be an appreciated expansion for those clients. In addition, it’ll be especially useful for users whose dialects aren’t entirely perfect with cell phone keyboards.

Study Identifies 3 Key Factors in Keeping Dental Handpieces Free of Contamination

Without proper care and maintenance, the line used to deliver output water to a dental handpiece is susceptible to bacteria contamination. Because water line contamination creates the risk of bacterial exposure to patients, dental practitioners must take measures to keep these output lines as clean as possible.

A review published in the International Dental Journal in 2018 identifies three key factors that influence the risk of bacterial contamination of handpiece water lines. Accounting for data collected for six years between 2012 and 2017, this study provides guidance as to the proper care and repairing for dental handpiece parts.

These factors are:

  1. Frequency of disinfection of dental handpiece water lines;
  2. Water supply source; and
  3. Proper functioning of the handpiece’s anti-retraction valve (also known as check valves).

To arrive at these conclusions, researchers collected data from 318 dental chair units from 64 hospitals located in Tianjin, China. The researchers collected bacteria samples from the handpiece output water lines and measured the concentration of bacteria in colony forming units per millilitre of water.

First, the study found that daily or weekly disinfection of the water lines significantly impacted the concentration of foreign bacteria in the lines. Most of these units (78.93%) did not have a process in place for regular water line disinfection.

Second, the researchers identified differences in bacteria concentration based on the origin of the water output to the handpiece. When the water supply source is hospital purified (either hospital self-purified water or purchased purified water), the bacteria concentration is lower. This finding suggests that bacteria that comes in with the water is a contributor to the contamination.

Third, contamination is reduced if the if the handpiece’s anti-retraction valve is properly functioning. The anti-retraction valve is designed to prevent contaminated fluids from being drawn into the handpiece. Previous studies have demonstrated that dental water units with automatic sterilization cycles are more effective in preventing contamination than mechanical flushing of water lines.

This final finding emphasizes the importance that dental practitioners pay mind to this component while repairing for dental handpiece parts. Check valves must be cleaned routinely and repaired or replaced periodically as they accumulate build-up of bacteria on the surface of the valve, which can lead to valve failure.

R-tech Dental recommends checking anti-retraction valves at least every six months to ensure they are properly functioning. If not, they must be repaired or replaced.

Are Stroller Bikes Easy to Use?

Stroller bikes, also called cycle strollers, are a relatively new product on the bicycle market. Designed for parents who frequently commute by bike, they’re designed to replace the traditional child bike trailer that attaches to the rear of a bicycle.

The main selling point of cycle strollers is the ability to convert from a Dutch-style two-wheeled bike to a three-wheeled stroller. This feature eliminates the task of locking the bike up outside when stopping at a store and makes it easier to travel by bike and by transit in the same trip.

Speaking as a cyclist commuter, this all sounds fantastic — especially the ability to convert my bike into stroller-mode and bring it inside with me. Bicycle theft is a huge problem in my area, and I would much rather bring my bike with me than chance locking it to a rusty old rack.

But it does raise one important question: are stroller bikes easy to use?

That’s sure to be top of mind of anyone thinking of investing in a stroller bike (and at $3,000, it is an investment). Running errands with little kids is a chore on a good day; any sort of gadget or device that makes the task even more complicated is worse than useless.

Are Stroller Bikes Easy to Use?

Below, I’ve given a breakdown of the usability of Wike’s Salamander stroller bike as both a bicycle and a stroller.

Using it as a Bicycle

While the Salamander looks a bit unwieldly, its design is well-optimized for urban cycling. Placing the child carriage at the front of the bike instead of the back provides good weight distribution, and since two-wheeled bicycles have better stability than three-wheelers, it handles well on curves and hills.

It is heavier than a commuter bike, which is a downside for cyclists who are accustomed to speed.

Converting from Bike-to-Stroller

This is the step in the process that had me skeptical. I have enough trouble folding up lawn chairs, let alone folding a bicycle into a stroller. But I was shocked to find how easily the rear of the bike glides over once you press the release pedal — it takes a few tries to get used to, but after that, the conversion happens in seconds.

What makes it even easier is the fact that you don’t have to take the kids out of the carriage to make the switch. So, if your kid is cranky or fast asleep, they can continue to rest undisturbed while you convert the bike into a stroller and head indoors.

Using it as a Stroller

As a stroller, the Salamander is inarguably larger and heavier than a typical stroller. Despite these drawbacks, it’s surprisingly easy to maneuver. And it does fit through doorways, which was another concern I had initially.

Conclusion

Using the Salamander takes practice, but the overall ease-of-use is impressive considering how new stroller bikes are in the market. It’s fair to call this an easy to use stroller bike.

Have You Ever Struggled With Depression?

One of the worst things about chronic depression is the knowledge that few people understand what you are going through. How many times have you had someone tell you to just “get up and keep going.” If you have been in the throes of depression, you know all too well just how difficult it is to simply function on a day-to-day basis. Keeping going is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest with no gear or preparation.

A strange paradox with depression is that you both hate human contact and long for it. The people you can connect with the best are others going through the same hell you are, but you would rather hang out with “normal” people because maybe their “normalness” will rub off on you. The trouble is, when you are feeling down, you can’t help but compare yourself to others. It’s a losing game in which you will always come up short. I have had many a day when I was feeling a bit better quickly go south because of someone unintentionally reminding me of all the areas in life where I am currently falling short.

Choosing a therapist can be daunting. I have found that it is best to go for three appointments. By that point, you will know how comfortable and open you are with the person; those are two key areas in a successful therapeutic relationship. Never, and I mean never, continue seeing a therapist when the two of you do not have a rapport or the therapist’s views are not in line with your own. There is nothing wrong with a therapist challenging you, but there has to be some common ground. For example, if you are bisexual, seeing a therapist who does not believe bisexuality exists will certainly not help you.

Fortunately, there are some very good, open-minded therapists out there who can help to get you back on track. Most recently, a friend had a very good therapeutic experience with this service, and regularly sees a therapist there. Good luck!

Plastic Bags May Be Convenient, but They are Also a Serious Menace

You may have read last month that Victoria announced a ban on plastic bags starting this July. While undoubtedly convenient, these single-use bags create a tremendous amount of waste. Think about how many you use in an average week and where they end up; now multiply that number by millions of other people. Not only are landfills running out of space, but much of this plastic debris is ending up in the ocean.

The North Atlantic Garbage Patch is an island of plastic trash of increasingly immense proportions. Plastic is, of course, non-biodegradable, which means it will be around for potentially hundreds of years. Not only does this garbage (2/3rds of which is actually below the surface) impede sea life, it can even cause significant misery and death for them, should they consume any of the plastic.

The human race needs to make a significant course correction in regard to our reliance on plastic in so many things. We produce about 100 billion tons of it per year and 10 billion of that ends up in the ocean. While massive trawlers could snare the garbage, much sea life would also get caught up and perish as a result. That also still leaves the question of where to then put all of this waste. It’s a difficult situation with no easy answers.

Plastic can be recycled, and many countries do this, but it is not enough alone to stem the tide. Some companies, fortunately, are doing their part. UK chain Iceland recently announced that is plans to eliminate all plastic packaging by the end of 2023. That country’s government has vowed to stop plastic waste entirely within the next 25 years.

These are positive steps, but the public needs to be better educated and more vocal on this topic in order for change to happen on the mass scale required.

How to Project an Air of Confidence

We all admire people who ooze self-confidence. The ability to walk into virtually any situation and handle it like an expert seems like a talent that only a select few possess. However, would you be surprised to know that many of these people are not really as skilled as you think? They simply possess the ability to project an air of confidence that makes it seem like they really are one of the masters.

You may not be able to ease in and out of every circumstance like a pro, but these suggestions can definitely help you feel more confident about the image your project. Most importantly, they can also make you feel better about your value as a person, and that naturally leads to self-confidence.

Be Yourself

We often tie ourselves into knots trying to be what we think others want or expect. However, in order to really be happy, you need to be true to yourself. That means doing what you wish (within the limits of the law, of course) without worrying about what others think. It might take some getting used to, but you will be surprised at the positive difference.

Treat Others Respectfully

It can be tempting to look down upon people who don’t really measure up in your eyes, but avoid this habit. Everyone has value, so be patient with those individuals whom you might consider tiresome. There are ways to deal with them that don’t come across as dismissive or condescending. Confident people don’t need to tread on others to feel better about themselves.

Become the Best You Can Be

Don’t settle for second best: push yourself to do the best job possible. This does not only apply to work, but also to your physical health, hobbies, and friendships. Succeeding at life cannot help but make you feel more positive about yourself and your future, so put in the time.

 

Stuck on What to Buy? Here is Your Christmas Suggestion List!

Another Black Friday is done and behind us. How did you make out? Is your Christmas shopping done? Chances are you probably didn’t manage to get everything you needed for the holiday season. One big problem with that is time: there are now less than four weeks until December 25th and time tends to fly this time of year.

If you find yourself with a ticking clock and many items still to go on your list, the following suggestions can make a big difference.

Interests

Most people have hobbies or other interests they are passionate about; what does your recipient like to do in their spare time? Unless you know that person well, this can be a little tricky because it’s difficult to tell exactly what they already have and what they might need. You can always ask their friends, partner, or relative, or buy a gift card. People feel that the latter choice shows a lack of care, but you are actually ensuring that they get exactly what they desire, so don’t cross this option off the list.

Get Creative

Has your subject ever expressed regret about not trying something? Maybe it was a question of cost or opportunity? If it is within your price range, book, rent, or buy this for them. They may not like it when all is said and done, but you are allowing them to try at no cost.

Think About Past Purchases

If you have bought for this person before, which gifts did they especially like? There is nothing wrong with the old saying, “if something works, stick with it.” You don’t have to give the exact same gift again, but think of something similar. Don’t worry—you are not being inconsiderate. Think of it as just another case of giving the people what they want!

Feeling Out of Sorts? This Might Be Why

Are you the type of person who usually has plenty of energy, but are now finding yourself lacking the typical quota of drive? If you find this is more and more the norm for you, something is likely wrong. The following list of possibilities might prove useful for you:

Exercise

Do you usually enjoy a regular amount of physical activity? If so, has that changed recently? Try to get back to your old schedule because exercise produces endorphins that make you feel better and give you energy.

Sleep

Humans require eight hours of sleep per night in order to recharge our mind and body. If you are getting less than that, you are facing the world with less physical and mental energy then you likely need. If you are having an especially hard day, you can run out of gas more quickly and thus feel tired.

Make changes in your schedule and lifestyle to ensure that you get the proper amount of rest each evening. This may be inconvenient, but you will certainly appreciate it the next day at work.

Weight

There is no subtle way to put it: being overweight is bad for you. Leaving aside all the health issues that extra weight can cause, the simple fact is you are caring more around with you. That means you need extra energy to do virtually everything. Losing weight means less to carry around and all of that exercise you will be doing gives you additional spark.

Breakfast

There is an old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is a lot of truth in that. You need the proper fuel injection first thing to provide you with the energy you need to perform at your best for the required period of time.

Depression

Have you ever felt depressed? Chances are, you did not feel like doing much of anything. That is normal with depression as it tends to leave people with low energy levels. If this continues, think about seeing a therapist.

 

Senior Citizens and Depression

Depression can be a great burden for anyone of any age, but it can be a particularly challenging time for senior citizens. As we age, even if we take good care of ourselves, our minds and bodies gradually begin to disintegrate. This can include the onset of debilitating conditions like arthritis, or diseases, as well as mental health factors like dementia. Without proper attention, depression can be a major issue for people in their golden years.

Here are some other reasons why this particular group is especially subject to mental health problems:

They are often isolated

Because of health or financial factors, a good percentage of senior citizens tend to feel isolated. It is difficult for them to get out and about, meet with friends, and participate in regular activities. This can lead to them no longer trying to be active, an increasing sense of isolation, and recurrent sadness.

Lack of exercise

As many older adults feel tired and unmotivated, they do not exercise much or sometimes at all. The lack of endorphin generation in the brain can lead to the onset and continuance of depression.

They are misdiagnosed

Many seniors are on a number of medications, some of which have side effects that can be mistaken for symptoms of depression. As a result, these individuals are not diagnosed as being depressed and do not receive the mental health therapy that they need.

Lack of sleep

Older individuals tend to need to use the washroom more than younger people, and that can be very disruptive to sleep. Also, the aches and pains of conditions like arthritis can also compromise our ability to get a long, fulfilling, and uninterrupted night of rest. Continually being tired means that you are not motivated to do very many things, and that can lead to depression.