Home Care Newsletter
estimated 41 million Americans are living with arthritis. Forty percent
of those are aged 65 years or better. Arthritis hurts the joints where
two bones meet and causes pain, swelling, warm sensations and redness.
If you have discomfort for more than two weeks, it’s time to make an
appointment with your doctor. Since there are more than 100 different
types of the condition, your physician can diagnose and prescribe a
treatment for your specific needs.
there’s not yet a cure for arthritis, there are numerous medications
that can help those living with the ailment. A medical professional can
also show you range-of-motion exercises that can relieve arthritic pain.
the proper foods, stretching and resting are a few ways to help make
living with arthritis easier,” says Margarette Borg, president of
California Home Care. “Yogurt, cheese, ice cream, broccoli and salmon
are excellent sources of calcium that are also good for aching bones.”
warm bath before bed can relieve muscle tension and ease joints to help
you get a restful night’s sleep. Also, make sure to wear well-padded
shoes with plenty of room for your toes. Quality shoes can make a world
of difference in the way you feel. An ice pack can lessen the pain of
aching joints. A bag of frozen peas or corn can be used and molded to
the shape of your body. There are also numerous assistive devices
designed for those living with arthritis.
For more information about
living with arthritis, call the Arthritis Foundation toll-free at (800)
and crutches help reduce joint stress. Stools, carts and other objects
on wheels can be pushed, rather than carried or lifted.
Padded handles make objects such as keys, kitchen gadgets and
toothbrushes easier to hold.
Electric can openers reduce the need for twisting movements.
Spring and Summer
sneezing, coughing and wheezing? Because of our year-round warm
climate, San Diegans live with high levels of pollen and other
allergens that trigger seasonal allergies. If you experience
congestion, sneezing and a runny nose, then you know seasonal allergies
are nothing to sneeze at! These types of allergies cause irritation of
the nasal passages and upper airways. “Clients and caregivers often ask
us about taking over-the-counter allergy medicines,” says Margarette.
“Since many of our clients are on several medications, we always
recommend asking your doctor before taking any over-the-counter
remedies. Some of them may not be compatible with your prescribed
Reducing the Sniffles
indoors during the early morning hours, and on breezy days. Keep
windows closed at home and in the car on “high-pollen” days. If
possible, use your air conditioner. Wash your hair and change clothing
at night. This helps keep pollen off your pillows and sheets. Avoid
using outdoor clothing lines during allergy season. Consider an indoor
clothes rack, or using a dryer.
you know that CHC’s continuing education classes are free to employees
– and you also receive a $20 bonus for each class attended?
Additionally, CHC caregivers earn a Star toward the Star Program for
every five classes completed! You can also bring a friend, who pays
just $5 per unit. Caregivers who keep their skills updated qualify for
more assignments. CEU classes provide four units toward renewing CNA,
LVN and RN licenses. Make sure you’re “in-the-know” when it comes to
providing the most professional caregiving services possible. Call the
CHC office, (619) 521-5858, to register.
Saturday, June 4 -
Lung Disease / CEU
An increasing number of seniors are living with lung disease. Learn how
to provide quality homecare to those with special needs.
*Focus / Communication
Professional caregivers know how to communicate effectively with
clients, families and physicians. Join us to learn this important skill.
Saturday, July 9 -
Auto Immune Disease / CEU
This class was recently added to make sure our caregivers remain
updated on diseases of the immune system. Call early to register!
*Focus / Personal Care
When you look good, you feel better! We’ll discuss personal care tips
that help caregivers and clients feel their best.
Saturday, August 6 -
Skin Cancer / CEU
Join us to learn how to recognize skin problems that may need medical
attention. This is an important class that can help protect our clients
from skin cancer.
*Focus / Basic Home Safety
We’ll discuss safety tips that help make sure our clients remain secure
in the comfort of their homes.
3 - Diabetes / CEU
Living with Diabetes requires special attention and care. You’ll learn
how to make life easier for our clients with this serious condition.
*Focus / Body Mechanics
Protect yourself from injury. You’ll learn proper body mechanic
techniques for bending, lifting and transporting our clients.
Classes include Communication, Personal Care, Body Mechanics, Basic
Home Safety and Meal Preparation. Classes are held from 8 am to noon at
the CHC office, 3078 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. Caregivers are
encouraged to attend a minimum of five Focus Classes.
Mr. William Tirk
had a delightful visit with Mr. William Tirk and CHC caregiver Bill
Currin on a beautiful spring day. Mr. Tirk has been a CHC client for
about two years, and has lived in his home since it was built more than
60 years ago. He is a WW II veteran who specialized in vehicle
Tirk’s wonderful sense of humor probably stems from his interesting
childhood. “Our family traveled with the carnival,” says Mr. Tirk. “My
father had a wild animal act that included ponies and monkeys.” When
asked if he was in charge of taking care of the animals, he laughed and
said, “No, the animals took care of me!”
recalls fond memories of two particular monkeys. “I remember taking one
of them walking with me. We would buy five cent wafers. I’d give the
monkey the orange ones because they were hot,” says Mr. Tirk. “He was a
monkey, however, wasn’t so good. “One day my grandmother was getting
ready to move. She was wrapping the dishes in newspaper, and packing
them in a large barrel.” Apparently that monkey didn’t want to move.
Mr. Tirk says, “He took all the dishes out and unwrapped them. Then, he
chased my mother and grandmother onto the roof.” They were stranded on
the rooftop until someone came home to their rescue!
his interest in searching for, and studying gems and crystals, Mr. Tirk
has been a “rock hound” since 1956. He has served as treasurer of the
San Diego Mineral and Gem Society for the past 45 years. In addition to
conducting field trips, the organization holds educational classes such
as rock carving and silver work. Mr. Tirk still enjoys attending
monthly board meetings and remaining active in the society. “When I
first joined the group the annual dues were $3. Now it costs $25,” Mr.
Tirk says. “I guess it’s been a long time!”
We enjoyed our time with Mr.
Tirk, and are glad that he’s part of our CHC family.
of the Month
Thank you for a job well done!
Irma Peralta is hardworking and very patient. We appreciate her
She’s caring and always attentive to our clients’ needs. Thank you,
Tammy Montano, for a job well done.
Rose Bush is a great conversationalist, and always has a bright smile.
Thank you, Rose!
Sara Esquivel is one of our most motivated caregivers. We can always
count on her.
She’s nurturing, and loved by our clients. Sandra Riley is an asset to
the CHC family!