Origami

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I am on my 3rd hobby and it’s benefits…

Origami!

What is Origami? Well, it is a creative paper folding craft that allows a person to make all sorts of shapes, figures, animals and more just out of paper.

  1. Promotes relaxation and this helps those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
  2. Origami is fun and creative.
  3. Origami has been known to benefit those who have had hand surgery or injury. The movements needed to fold the paper are the right type of exercises needed to strengthen the hand muscles.
  4. Origami boosts low self esteem and it is beneficial for those who suffer from ADHD and autism.

So why not give origami a try? You can make wonderful models from simple pieces of paper.

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Valentine’s day

Yesterday it was Valentine’s Day.

It is a day where loved ones will buy roses, chocolates or write letters to their loved ones. I got a Valentine’s wish from a friend. It felt so nice to see on my phone that I had received a message. I opened the message and lo and behold it was a wish from a lovely friend.

I hope everyone can show love to their loved one all year round and not only on 1 day a year. Don’t wait for the designated day, it might be too late. Say “I love you” everyday. Show your love everyday by caring and giving to the person you are caring for. Actions are great, but sometimes we also want to hear the words.

And don’t wait for that special occasion to say those important words. It might be too late and you will never ever get to say the words to that special person. Love everyday. Life is too short.

Love!

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Crochet Benefits

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Hello everyone.

I am wanting to start with a series of benefits that certain hobbies have on our wellbeing. Today I am going to start with Crochet.

Crochet began in Europe in the early 1800’s.

The benefits:

  1. Soothing effect: the repetitive movement of the craft has soothing and calming effects on the human body. The use of colour and textures increase the soothing benefits.
  2. Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
  3. Done everywhere: Crochet can be done in almost any type of setting. Whether you are traveling, watching TV or even visiting a friend, you can crochet and participate in the conversations or observe the views or watch your favourite TV show. It is also a great time filler.
  4. Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
  5. Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
  6. Crochet is creative: Crochet provides you with the ability to be creative. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are finished with your project. And it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s developing.
  7. Pain management: Crochet consists of repetitive movements which aid in preventing and managing stress, pain and depression by increasing serotonin and dopamine, and it also boosts the immune system. Crochet is effective in long term pain management.
  8. Relaxing: Crochet has a calming effect on the human body and this helps whose who are suffering from asthma by reducing the number of attacks that they might have during the day and it works in the same way for those who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it has calming effects on ADHD sufferers.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I enjoyed writing it up for you.

 

The Nurses’ Pledge

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solemnly pledge myself to the service of humanity and will endeavour to practise my profession with conscience and with dignity.

will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honour and noble tradition of my profession.

The total health of my patients will be my first consideration.

will hold in confidence all personal matters coming to my knowledge.

will not permit consideration of religion, nationality, race or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.

will maintain the utmost respect for human life.

make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.

 

I have seen some of the promises broken from the pledge.

First is abortion. People forget that a fetus is actually a human being and it is murder to abort them. Carry the baby till full term and then give it to a family who can’t have children. Bless them with a baby.

The second is the respect for nursing. I find it hard to work with people who are not nursing for the love and desire of the profession. It is hard work. It is long hours. It is a low income profession. But it reaps rewards.

I love the feeling of satisfaction I get when I close my eyes at night. I have made a difference in another person’s life. If there was no nurses, people will be alone during the birth of their child or alone at their time of death. When a person feels sick, they look for assurance that everything will be alright, and the nurse is the one standing there to give it to them. I specialize in elderly care, and the trust that the elderly put in the nurses who keep them clean, fed and safe is so special. Nurses are needed in the world.

Hip Replacement Tips

The elderly fall often and most falls cause bones to fracture or break. Bone becomes brittle with age and this is the reason why falls are dangerous and sometimes fatal for the elderly.  If an elderly person is to have a hip replacement done, there are a few things that need to be adjusted in the daily routine of that person after the surgery. Also there are a few activities that can improve the healing and there are some activities that can cause harm to that person.

I have worked with hip-replacement patients and here are a few tips that will benefit and improve the quality of life and I will also list a few activities that will only make matters worse if they are carried out.

Hip replacement surgery has a high success rate. But with the elderly all surgeries carry high risks. One has to be patient with hip replacement recovery time, as with most elderly healing takes a lot longer and there might be days of intense pain and frustration, Rather go slow and recover fully than rush everything and heal slower than the recommended time and or risk post-operative complications.

After the surgery, the patient will be expected to stay in hospital for a few days and providing there is no post-operative complications they will be allowed to attempt sitting up and even start with physio to promote walking.

The physio will do simple exercises that will strengthen the muscles in the hip. The physio will show you some useful techniques that will help with sitting, standing, and bending movements. These will be very helpful in preventing hip replacement damage.

Now here are the changes that a person with a hip replacement need to make:

  • A patient should wear the support stockings that the hospital gave. They need to be worn for 24 hours a day for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Don’t sit for more than 45 minutes a day at a time. Take a break with a few steps around the room.
  • When sitting, don’t cross the legs as this might cause the hip to pop out.
  • Sit on a chair where the knees are lower than the hips, and try avoid saggy, soft couches.
  • Don’t lean forward when you are sitting.
  • Try and keep your feet flat on the ground when sitting and take care to avoid the feet from turning inwards.
  • Get out of bed on the hip replacement side, and if it someone who needs to be lifted from the bed to a chair, make sure that you move both legs together and avoid pulling on the legs.
  • Don’t bend at the hip or waist.
  • Don’t allow the person with a hip replacement to put on their own shoes and socks.

If all of the above instructions and the instructions given by the doctor are adhered to, then a full successful recovery will happen.

If you have recently had an elderly family member who has had to have a hip replacement surgery or is needing to have one done, I wish them all the best and that they have a full recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I am happy to help if I can.

The Box

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The memory box is a good way to keep an Alzheimer’s patient connected with their past.

 When you go through the memory box together it will bring back fond memories of all the good times you had. The boxes are a wonderful way to start conversations together and it helps to encourage creativity in the senior. They might want to start another box, but for a different memory.

It is not hard to start a memory box and it is not expensive in anyway. All you need is a box that is covered in a nice paper or a bin that will hold all the memories. The memory box can be stored anywhere that is suitable to both of you, on a bedside table, in the lounge or on a chair next to the senior’s favourite TV spot in the lounge. There is no wrong place to put the box.

What keepsakes to collect for the memory box? Well, here are a few ideas I could think of and you can add to the list:

  • Try collect personal items as they have a history.
  • Collect items that are significant to the senior.
  • Textured items work well.
  • The items should reflect on the history of the senior’s life.
  • And I wouldn’t recommend collecting items that have negative memories.

Children’s toys, a keychain, a photo, a menu from a favourite restaurant, a letter, dried flowers, grandchildren’s artwork, or a lock from first child’s hair; just to mention a few. There is no limit as to what can be put into the memory box.

 

Thank you for caring for me

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Hello to everyone. How are you all doing? How are the elderly people in your life doing? I am sure that you are giving them the best care and love they need. They might never say ‘thank you’ or ‘I love you’ but I know they do love you and if they could they will thank you.

Sometimes we do everything possible for the elderly person and at the end of the day no appreciative words come. The elderly person might have hit you, spat on you, and shouted insults at you. They aren’t able to always express themselves in the way that they would like. It is frustrating for them at times. The brain is failing them. They are scared as they might be feeling alone. Try and see it from their point of view.

I am not saying that one should just take abuse, but sometimes it is the only way they know how to express a feeling.

Even though it might look like you aren’t appreciated, you are. The elderly person in your life will come to you first if any problem should arise. They will look at you and trust you will make it all go away. You are the rock in their failing world. You are the familiar face they need.

You are needed in a way that no one else can be. There is no substitute for you.

Thank you for caring for me like you do.

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into making my day pleasant.

Thank you for timeously answering my repetitive questions with a gentle answer.

Thank you for your comfort.

Thank you for not leaving me alone.

Thank you for putting your life on hold so that I can be given the best care.

Thank you for all the little things you do for me.

THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR ME!!!!