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Christmas 2018

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“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas." – Benjamin Franklin

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Season Greetings!

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Working on Great things

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time
       - Leo Tolstoy


I am working on new content, services, and so on.

Please, be patient and I will be back, strong, for 2019.


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A Season / A Day: Thankfulness

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Spend time with everyone you love.
Practice mindfulness.
Have gratitude.
Peace. Love. Hope.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank you for reading, the official Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by Danielle Harris, MSN, BSN, RN, CMC, CDP also known as A RN: Disclosed!

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Preventing Pneumonia

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Today’s blog is about preventing pneumonia, because it is "that" time of year again. 

Can Pneumonia Be Prevented?
Sort of, yes!
You can reduce your risk of getting pneumonia!

Pneumonia is an infection of/in the lungs. The infection can occur in both lungs or part of the lung. Pneumonia affects millions of people worldwide each year. We can work to lower our risk of pneumonia with vaccines and other healthy living practices.

So, what are those healthy living practices?

Get Vaccinated! 
Children younger than 5 and adults 65 and older should get vaccinated.

Wash Your Hands! 
Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, going to the bathroom, diapering, and before eating or preparing foods; when hand washing, use friction. If hand washing is not available, then sanitize your hands.

Don't Smoke! 
Tobacco damages your lung's ability to fight off infection, and smokers have been …

Falls, Let's talk

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Today’s blog is about actions and safety after a fall.

Unfortunately, falls happen. As a caregiver it can be petrifying; in addition, it is very common for caregivers to hurt themselves when trying to pick up a senior after a fall.

In this blog post we will discuss some guidelines to picking up a senior after a fall.

Picking Up a Senior After a Fall
1.Stay calm
2.Help the senior to remain calm
-Take slow, deep breaths
3.Check for injuries
-Bruises, bleeding, sprains, and broken bones
-If the senior has hit their head, call 911
4.Ask about pain
-Where it is? How severe it is?
5.If there’s a broken bone, don’t move them
-Call 911
-Keep the senior warm, comfortable, and still
6.If they aren’t hurt and they want to get up, proceed slowly
-Stop, if they become stuck, experience pain, or become too tired
7.Grab 2 good chairs
-Place 1 by the senior’s head
-Place the other down by their feet
-Your role is to help gu…

Health Awareness: October

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Today’s blog is about health awareness. Many of us are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Men and women are both susceptible to this type of cancer. So, please make sure that you get your mammograms this month and even take a friend or family member.

I wanted to take this time to make you aware of the other conditions that need awareness this month as well: (and maybe a little something you can do to help support)

•National Down Syndrome Awareness Month - Gerber has chosen a child with Down syndrome as this year's Gerber baby šŸ˜Š
•Eye Injury Prevention Month – follow up care with your favorite eye MD
•Home Eye Safety Month & Health Literacy Month – help someone learn to read their prescription bottles
•Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 21-27) & Healthy Lung Month – make sure your rescue inhalers are up to date
•National Physical Therapy Month – pull out that old care plan for mom and d…

New Season - Self-Care

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Today’s blog is about self-care. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated has defined as: care for oneself.

September 22 – the beginning of Fall! 

Since the beginning of a new season is approaching, I want to take the opportunity to discuss self-care; in the hopes that it will encourage you to begin a plan to care for yourself.

I want to say - Self-Care Is Not an Indulgence. It's A Discipline. It’s Important. It’s Essential. It’s Necessary.

Self-care is care provided for you – by you.

Have you ever tried to share an empty glass juice with a friend? There is nothing to share. The same concept applies when you attempt to care for your loved one with no “juice”/energy in you, there is nothing to give to them.

A well-known quote - "You can't pour from an empty cup"

Looking after yourself is key to physical, emotional and mental well-being. Self-care is about identifying your own unique needs and taking st…

Sundowning - Oh my!

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Today’s blog is a caregiving tips post, for managing sundowning.

Your loved one living with Dementia of any type may experience sundowning. Sundowning can exhibit itself as increased confusion, anxiety, agitation, pacing, and disorientation beginning at dusk and continuing throughout the night. Sundowning may not look like that for you loved one, but overall, sundowning will be a change in behavior or attitude. I do not like to call behaviors a problem. As a person living with Dementia, there behaviors and attitude are the way they express themselves when it is hard to do so verbally (with words). 
Some tips include:  •Decrease noise and activity
•Plan ahead for calm evenings
•Have a routine 
•Schedule challenging events like doctor appointments, trips, and bathing in the morning or early afternoon when the person is more alert
•Detect triggers (Create a journal about what happens before sundowning events o…

The Finances: Caregiving

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Yesterday was National Financial Awareness Day 2018 – August 14. National Financial Awareness Day has inspired me to share information regarding the financial side of being a caregiver.

Caregiving is not free.  Even if your family is providing all the care and doing all the work – it still has an economic cost. 

Some resources are available to caregivers, some include:

•VA Aid & Attendance Benefits – Veterans are often eligible for additional senior services and for a VA pension. Spouses of veterans should also inquire about VA benefits

•Long-Term Care Insurance – Most long-term care insurance policies can be used for home care services. Read your policy, or call about the policy, because some policies require that the policy holder have 3 or 4 needs/assistance in bathing, dressing, and other activities

•Medicare – Covers limited items – sometimes exceptions can be made if Medicare is called and your providers help get things covered

•Medicaid – Medicaid provides state-based assi…

Essential Oils

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I wanted to share about Essential Oils or Aromatherapy today.

I am a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, American Holistic Nurses Association, and Palmetto American Holistic Nurses Association.

Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to health, using pure essential oils extracted from:

•Leaves
•Stems
•Fruits
•Flowers
•Leaves
•Bark
•Seeds
•Berries
•Roots of plants
•Trees
•Herbs

Aromatherapy is also referred to as Essential Oil Therapy.
The goal is to support health and well-being. Aromatherapy is seen as a complementary practice to be used in conjunction with medical and/or nursing practices.

Essential oils are distilled or expressed aromatic extracts from a wide range of aromatic/medicinal plants. Each essential oil can consist of 200+ individual chemical components all working in synergy to provide a range of therapeutic properties and each essential oil has a unique aroma. Within the plant, essential oils serve to protect/defend, attract and heal.

Safety First…

Happy 4th!

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Life is Sharing

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This blog was inspired by the recent encounters I had with my caregivers. Many of them feel like they are alone. I want you to know you are NOT. For this blog post, I decided to do something I do not usually do – I want to share other stories, by links, in the media that chronicle the caregivers plight.

Please click the links below to discover the Huffing Post write ups on care-giving in the United States.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/biggest-life-event-millennials-dont-see-coming_us_5b045ed8e4b0784cd2af0f9a
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/when-caregivers-are-honest-it-makes-folks-very-uncomfortable_us_579f8daee4b0e2e15eb69deb
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-is-everything-thats-wrong-with-caregiving-in-america-today_us_57e2e78ce4b0e80b1b9fff6e
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-caregiving-is-not-rewarding-it-simply-sucks_us_57621b3ce4b0df4d586f45a2
Now that you have read, please share your thoughts, comments, and concerns.

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When a Senior is Suddenly Hospitalized

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Hello, Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

For this blog post, I want to discuss hospitalization. At times it is unavoidable. But mostly it is preventable. Some keys include: managing chronic conditions, medication management, remaining active, keeping up to date with recommended screenings and vaccines, and keeping up with appointments. During all times, always wash your hands, cover your cough, cover your sneeze, and stay away from sick people. Yes, those are some basic items but, those basic items have been proven by science - that those basic items keeps us all healthy.

In the event of hospitalization, it is best to have some documents ready because you never know what could happen: (you keep the original, everyone else gets a copy) 
• Health care proxy/durable health power-of-attorney – this determines who makes decisions for you when you no longer can   •Authorization to release health-care information (HIPPA regulat…

Empowered Patients

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Hello, Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

In honor of Nurse’s week which was Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12, I want to discuss the importance of empowered patients.

As a Registered Nurse, I pride myself on advocating for patients, but too empowering them is just as important as well. When I discuss empowered patients, I mean it in terms of an action word, to empower, which according to Merriam-Webster, is to give power to (someone).

The United States has a complex health care system and it is difficult to navigate – this is one of the tasks an Aging Life Care Professional® helps with. In order to navigate the complex health care system patients and families must be empowered. The key to patient empowerment is information and education. Francis Bacon said it best and it is true “Knowledge is power.”

Patient empowerment is emerging as a new paradigm in the health care system, but for Nurses, I’d have to say it has been a…

Older American's Month

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Hello, Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

Celebrate Older Americans Month!

For this blog post, I want to bring awareness to the month of May - it is recognized as Older Americans Month. So in this post I want to emphasize that you are NEVER too old (or young) to do activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being - that is #agingwell #holisticaging

Did you know that about 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition? Therefore staying active is ONE of the best ways to prevent decline, both physically and cognitively.

What are some of those activities? 
1. BE and GET active and exercise - with friends, neighbors, or families 
Older adults are becoming more active than ever.  Visit www.Go4Life.nia.nih.gov, the National Institute on Aging’s online resource for staying active, or find a local Matter of Balance program, one of the Administration for Community Living’s evidence-…

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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Hello! Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

Previously I have written 2 other blog posts that relate to this blog post. The blogs were titled “Will and Testament?” and “Palliative Care: Everyone Will Benefit”.

As National Healthcare Decisions Day, which was April 16 passes on, I wanted to take this time to write about the importance of advocating for you, your loved ones, and friends even when unable to do so. 
If you did not know, that National Healthcare Decisions Day was April 16, it is not too late. You can do this at any time. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort of organizations committed to ensuring those people with decision making capacity have the information and resources to communicate and document their future health care decisions. Many organizations who support this day will trail on until April 22nd supporting this mission and raising awareness. 
My previous blog post “Will and Testamen…

Palliative Care: Everyone Will Benefit

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Hello, Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

Today’s blog post is in regards to palliative care. I felt the need to write about palliative care, because it is highly misunderstood and not used as much as it should be.

Some professionals refer to palliative care as supportive care. As a RN I believe that palliative care is a special type of medical care, that is supportive, but it is so much more.

Palliative care is NOT the same as hospice care.

Palliative care can bring hope, control, and a better quality of life to patients at any age, at any stage, and with any condition. Palliative care is for those patients seeking curative treatment and are seeking comfort and quality of life.

Hospice care means the patient has decided to no longer seek curative treatments.

Palliative considers a patients’ values, goals, and wishes while working to manage the conditions and diseases, ultimately providing relief from burden (suffering) f…

Senior Scams

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Hello, Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

Welcome to Spring 2018!
Today’s blog post is in regards to scams. I felt the need to write this blog about scams, because with the warmer weather, sometimes the people doing these scams present themselves because they want money to do activities in the warmer weather. I am an advocate for protecting seniors from scams.
To protect seniors from scams, the most important key is being aware. Aware that they exist. Aware enough to be suspicious. Another key is to stay involved, many times scammers target neighborhoods, so if your neighbor tells you about some interesting opportunity that magically appeared then you will have the heads up before the scammer gets to you. Furthermore, always say to the possible scammer: “I never buy from (or give to) anyone who calls or visits me unannounced. Send me something in writing.” In addition, invest in a shredder, shred all items with your person…

National Kidney Month - Seniors require special attention

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Hello, Welcome to the Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by A RN: Disclosed also known as Danielle Harris.

Today’s blog post is in regards to National Kidney Month. This month is dedicated to making sure that we give our kidneys a "checkup" or making sure we aware of the impact and importance of our kidneys.

I want to start by providing some interesting facts about the kidneys.

Kidneys are located in our lower back.  The kidneys work hard and filter 200 liters of blood a day. The kidneys remove waste, drugs and regulate sodium, potassium and acid content.  The kidneys also control the production of red blood cells, produce Vitamin D and help regulate blood pressure.  Keeping our kidneys healthy is vital to a long and productive life.

Did you know? 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease? This statistic is offered by the National Kidney Foundation.
Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and being 60 years of age or …