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nurseSince 1981, Personal Health Care has been committed to delivering reliable, affordable, and professional in-home care.
Personal Health Care is a locally owned and operated, Medicare Certified, State Licensed Home Health Care Agency that serves our clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.

We are proud to offer service to the entire Southeastern PA while remaining close where we started on the Main Line.  The towns below are a small sample of areas we service on the Main Line which include but not limited to Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, Devon, Gladwyne, Haverford, Malvern, Paoli, Radnor, Rosemont, Villanova, Wayne, and Wynnewood.

Our experienced team of professionals will work with you and your loved ones to develop a care plan that meets the unique needs of your health and safety from two to twenty-four hours a day, up to seven days a week.Personal Health Care provides service to infants with complex medical needs to older adults needing assistance with Activities of Daily Living and everything in-between.

Our Staff includes Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), and Home Health Aides (HHA) whose focus is the one-on-one support of our clients and their needs. Personal Health Care has the ability to provide nursing or aide support for any of our client’s needs.

Check back often to our blog to find the latest news and helpful tips from Personal Health Care .

Call Us Today! 610-933-6130

http://www.personalhealthcare.org

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A much needed Thank you…

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. In the United States alone, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016). Please take a moment to thank all the caregivers in your life; friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers. While many, if not all, of these selfless caregivers will tell you that they “wouldn’t have it any other way,” or that they “are happy to care for their loved ones,” the act of providing care for a sick family member or friend is a very stressful job. Many of these caregivers are working full time jobs outside of the home, and then continue to “work” all hours of the day and night, caring for their loved ones. If you or someone that you know is a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, please consider visiting the Alzheimer’s website for more information and helpful resources, such as the Caregiver Stress Test. You are not alone, there is help and support available. If you need immediate assistance for 1:1 home care, please call Personal Health Care today at 610-933-6130.

Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/

 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting our groundbreaking research.

During the month of September:

  • 25,000 families around the world will get the horrible news that their child or teen has cancer.
  • 6,667 families will experience the loss of a child.

Like other forms of cancer, childhood cancer has an international symbol, the gold ribbon. This is an easily-recognizable symbol to unite under, if people know what it means. Sadly, when asked, most people would not be able to identify the gold ribbon as the symbol for childhood cancer awareness. So for the last week of September, Let’s “GO GOLD” to show our support for children with cancer. For local events and fun ways to spread awareness visit the following website: https://phoenixvillechamber.org/news-events/events/carnival-for-a-cure/.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization (2016)

“Keep cool” seems to be the phrase of the week

Summer may be dwindling down, but the hot weather sure is going strong! Here are some helpful tips to beat the heat:

  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water. Keep cold water with you whenever you are outside.
  • Be sure to replace salt, lost through sweat, by either eating some salty snacks (pretzels, crackers) or drinking electrolyte replacement sports drinks.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Limit outside activities to morning before noon and evening after 6pm. STOP if you begin to develop signs of heat exhaustion (pale, sweaty skin, weakness or fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, fast weak pulse and fast shallow breathing) and move to an air conditioned or shaded area.
  • Monitor people that are at high risk for heat related injuries. Check in on elderly neighbors or those that live alone. Make sure they have adequate ventilation and access to air-conditioning or fans.

If you know someone who is at risk and would benefit from the assistance of a home health aide or nurse, call us at 610-933-6130 for a free in-home assessment!

Parks, Playgrounds, and Programs Across PA for Kids with Special Needs

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Finding accessible family-fun activities is not always easy. This list was compiled by our friends at Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition to help your family get outside and enjoy the summer.

Eastern Pennsylvania

Boyertown Community Park, Boyertown
This accessible playground includes ramps, slides, and several activity centers. The surface of the pavilion is specially designed to facilitate easy movement of wheelchairs, and also provide cushion from falls.

Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown
The largest playground within 100 miles with a number of features. This playground goes above and beyond ADA standards for accessibility and even features a NEOS electronic play system.

Daniel’s Den Playground, Lancaster
This playground has a fully accessible playground that promotes development, and also includes a pavilion. It is located on the grounds of Manor Church.

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Lehigh Valley
Featuring Dinosaurs Alive, thrill rides, family rides, Planet Snoopy, and waterslides, this park offers a Ride Boarding Pass Program to guests with mobility impairments and Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can access the pass by visiting Ride Services when you arrive at the park.

Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster
An action-packed, family-friendly park with more than 30 rides. Most of the attractions in the park are wheelchair accessible. Call Guest Services with any questions at 1-866-386-2839. If you are bringing a group of individuals with disabilities, it is recommended to call a week in advance so the park can prepare appropriately.

Firefly Field, Matamoras
This park features picnic areas which are wheelchair-accessible, a spacious, comfortable sand play area, and an adaptive glider. There are over 50 pieces of play equipment designed for a wide range of ages and abilities.

Hillsdale Park, South Abington Township
The highlight of this park is the wheelchair-adapted fishing piers, but there is also a fully accessible playground. It is located adjacent to the Scranton Country Club.

Lukens Park, Horsham
This park is home to “Everybody’s Playground,” an inclusive play space with extensive ramps, as well as an accessible glider.

McDade Park, Scranton
This park features an accessible playground, children’s fishing pond, and picnic areas. It is conveniently accessed from Interstate 81 and the Northeast Extension from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Nay Aug Park, Scranton
Scranton’s largest park includes an accessible treehouse looking over a beautiful gorge.

Sesame Place Theme Park, Langhorne
This theme park is home to Sesame Street-themed rides, water slides, and shows. Sesame Place features both an Our Ride Accessibility Program as well as Special Access to certain rides. Sign in at the welcome desk to access these programs.

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, Philadelphia
Designed for children ages 10 and younger, this unique location provides endless opportunities for kids to play both indoors and outdoors.

May is Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour. The American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to make sure their skin is “Looking Good in 2016” by protecting it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and checking it for signs of skin cancer.

How can I prevent skin cancer?

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. You can have fun at the ballpark and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here’s how:

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, after swimming or sweating. The 7th inning stretch is a perfect time to reapply sunscreen.
  • Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses where possible.
  • Check your skin for signs of skin cancer. Checking your skin and knowing your moles are key to detecting skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. If you spot anything changing, growing or bleeding, see your dermatologist.

For more prevention tips or to learn how you can spot skin cancer, visit the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ home page @ https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer.

And for more information about home health care, please call us at 610-933-6130!

Heart Awarness

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KNOW THE SIGNS…

WARNING SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK,
STROKE & CARDIAC ARREST

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS

CHEST DISCOMFORT

 

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

 

DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY

 

Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

 

SHORTNESS OF BREATH

 

with or without chest discomfort.

 

OTHER SIGNS

may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

STROKE WARNING SIGNS

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:

 

– Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

– Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

– Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

– Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS

SUDDEN LOSS OF RESPONSIVENESS

 

No response to tapping on shoulders.

NO NORMAL BREATHING

The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds

     

If these signs are present CALL 9-1-1

 

For more information on heart disease please visit the American Heart Association at http://www.heart.org

Feeding Tube Awareness Week

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Personal Health Care would like to take moment to acknowledge and celebrate Feeding Tube Awareness Week! We see first-hand the benefits that feeding tubes have provided to our patients. With all the equipment and supplies, it can seem like tube feeding your child is a very medical process. It is common for parents to be hesitant about it. But most often we find that once parents see the benefits of tube feeding, they wish they had started sooner. Tube feeding helps so many children grow, develop, and thrive. For more information for parents, caregivers or clinicians please visit: http://www.feedingtubeawareness.org.

And as always, call Personal Health Care at 610-933-6130 for all of your nursing and home care need!

Attention Procrastinators: Only One More Day to Keep Those 2015 Resolutions!!

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Every year we resolve to eat less, exercise more, smoke or drink less, work harder, travel more, and blah blah blah! And most of us are left feeling very “unresolved” come February. Let’s take a look back on 2015 and think of the things that are truly the most important parts of our lives…our families, our friends, our relationships…whatever that may be, let’s make a pact to focus on that. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the New Year, and make a long list of unrealistic goals that we wish to attain in the coming year. While diet and exercise are very important and should be a part of a healthy lifestyle, they should not be the end-all, be-all of our New Year’s resolutions. We tend to focus on a “more or less” theory of resolutions (eat less, exercise more); rather than a “can do” attitude of changing our lives for the better. So I challenge you to look at your year in review and retrospectively think about all the things that you liked, disliked, would change, would not change and why.  Use the list of things that you enjoyed, or maybe didn’t, to come up with realistic resolutions that will set you up for success in 2016. For example, if you would change the way you handled a situation because you over-reacted or did not respond appropriately; keep this in mind and make every effort to take time to listen and avoid the knee-jerk reaction in the New Year. Let’s try to be better, kinder souls in 2016, and perhaps we can look back on 2016 in a year and decide that we kicked butt on our resolutions!

If part of your resolution involves home health care give us a call at 610-933-6130 and we would be happy to help you achieve your goals!

Holiday Planning for Caregivers

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The holiday season is a hectic time of year for all of us. It is even more challenging when you’re caring for a relative with chronic health problems, a demanding role during even the best times.

Here are some helpful ways to keep the stress manageable so that you may enjoy the holidays.

Keep it Simple. Set realistic expectations, and be prepared to alter traditions. Let your relatives and friends know your needs and limitations. Decide what is most important and let the rest go!

Stay Organized. Make your list, and check it twice…if things start to get overwhelming, ask for help. Don’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities.

Include your Relative in Preparations. Allow your relative to help with decorations, baking, selecting gifts online or from catalogs. Even the smallest inclusion will make them feel valued and it will create a sense of partnership.

Take Things One Day at a Time.  The holidays are a magical time, but they don’t give us magical superhuman powers! You can only do so much. Take one event at time. If you accept an invitation, do so on the condition that you may back out at the last minute if you or your relative doesn’t feel up to the occasion.

Look After Your Health and Well-Being. It is hard to keep yourself on track when you put the needs of some many others ahead of your own, but remember, you cannot take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first!! Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and try to fit in some exercise.  Also, take a few moments each day to give yourself a mental break; listen to your favorite music, meditate, write in your journal or call a friend. Keep these good habits in the New Year to ensure you and your loved ones remain happy and healthy!

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS OF PATIENTS WITH ALZHEIMERS OR DEMENTIA

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With the holiday season vastly approaching this is a good time to discuss helpful tips to support caregivers of patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The most important step for anyone, not just caregivers is planning in advance for any holiday gathering. If you are a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s you already know that large crowds can be overwhelming for both your loved one and you.

Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage: No one can expect you to maintain every holiday tradition or event. If you’ve always invited 15-20 people to your home, consider inviting five for a simple meal. Also consider asking others to bring dishes for a “potluck” meal or to host the meal at their home.

You may wish to familiarize others with the situation by composing a letter or an email that makes these points:

“I’m writing this letter to let you know how things are going at our house. While we’re looking forward to your visit, we thought it might be helpful if you understood our current situation before you arrive. “You may notice that ____ has changed since you last saw him/her. Among the changes you may notice are ___. I’ve enclosed a picture so you know how ___ looks now. “Because ___ sometimes has problems remembering and thinking clearly, his/her behavior is a little unpredictable. Please understand that ___ may not remember who you are and may confuse you with someone else. Please don’t feel offended by this. He/she appreciates your being with us and so do I. Please treat ___ as you would any person. A warm smile and a gentle touch on ___’s shoulder or hand will be appreciated more than you can know. “I would ask that you call before you come to visit or when you’re nearby so we can prepare for your arrival. Care giving is a tough job, and I’m doing the very best I can. With your help and support, we can create a holiday memory that we’ll treasure.”

Try to be flexible: Consider celebrating a brunch or lunch to avoid late afternoon or evening dinner times if your loved one experiences sun-downers or increased confusion later in the day.

Prepare your loved one with Alzheimer’s for visitors: If possible, begin showing a picture of the guest(s) to the person a week before the arrival. Spend more time each day explaining who the visitor is while showing the picture. Keep the memory-impaired person’s routine as close to normal as possible during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. For example, if you are having a gathering at your home and your loved one typically takes a nap from 1-3pm every afternoon; arrange visitors around this time, or make sure you are able to excuse yourself to provide care for your loved one during this time.

If you need additional support with your loved one please give us a call at 610-933-6130 and we can arrange respite services to help you during this busy time of year!