Essential Oils for the Winter and Cold

During the winter months it is common to develop bronchial infections, sinus infections, throat infections and viral, lung and bacterial infections if your immunity is low. These can truly make you feel unwell and interrupt your life for prolonged periods if not remedied. It seems though that keeping these at bay is almost impossible when you are surrounded by others sneezing and coughing all over you. Luckily there are a few things you can do to help combat some of the symptoms and help you to recover faster if you happen to catch a flu or virus.

One of the most helpful oils to combat these infections is Eucalyptus oil which is great for boosting your immune system and can help relieve respiratory conditions. This oil is also great for sore throats, coughs, headaches and seasonal allergies. Eucalyptus oil woks due to its ability to stimulate immunity and provide antioxidant protection. Always put a few drops only in a burner only as too much of an oil can negate some of its positive properties.

Peppermint oil is another winter oil great for muscle aches and pains associated with these conditions above. It can also help with seasonal allergy symptoms, boost energy levels when you are feeling a little flat due to infection, and help with digestive complaints. Red pine needle oil will also help with your immune system and help fight off viruses and always remember that tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic.

When combining these oils in the following recipe it can help combat all of the above-mentioned problems, bronchial infection, sinus infection, throat infection and viral, lung and bacterial infections which will help you quickly get back to good health.

All you have to do is put 8 drops of each of these oils into a vaporiser with water and then inhale the steam that the vaporiser is producing. These oils as mentioned above are eucalyptus, peppermint, red pine needle oil, and tea tree oil. Simply do this a few times and then let the rest of the oils fill the room.

Next time you are feeling a little unwell and have one of these illnesses give this oil combination a go and it may have you feeling better in no time at all. This simple remedy can help with the symptoms and those awful feelings that come with the illness. It is important that if these are not helping however that you go see a health care professional for a proper diagnosis of your illness.

4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

Being a great leader will not happen overnight but by simply doing these 4 things you can start to learn a lot about yourself and what good leaders do to be successful. You’ll find what works well for you and what else you need to learn to continue your growth as a great leader. If you enjoyed reading about leadership, then let me encourage you to check out the different online leadership programs on this site.

In-Home Caregiver Shortages Causing Issues For Seniors And Their Families

As the baby-boomer generation continues to age, the shortage of in-home care professionals is stretching to the breaking point. There are not enough senior assisted living facilities with affordable price points, and most baby-boomers don’t want to leave their homes anyway. This leaves few options. Some families have at least one offspring that has the resources, patience, knowledge and time to care for their elderly parents, but that’s not always the case. What about smaller families? The chances are slim to none.

Many baby-boomers have amassed a nice nest egg for their later years, and will hire an in-home caregiver. Some don’t have the capacity to understand how to deal with these challenges, how to go about seeking assistance, and thus, their kids are left with the challenges; finding a reputable agency, and trying to get a fair and reasonable price for caregiver services.

Recently, there was an article in the WSJ titled: “US Running Out of Caregivers – Smaller, more far-flung families mean fewer unpaid helpers; Are you really my daughter?” by Clare Ansberry, published on July 21, 2018. The article noted many unfortunate converging trends such as the number of single people over 70 with no spouse to take care of them were anything to happen. Also, fewer choices for long-term care insurance as some companies have stopped providing such insurance coverage. Another problem is the percentage of our population challenged by obesity, deteriorating health. Dementia numbers are also on the rise.

Baby-Boomers and the next generation coming up have had fewer kids, therefore narrowing the possibility that one of the offspring can stop their lives to care for their elderly parents.

Within 10-years there could be a 13% increase in the number of caregivers – that’s the good news – but there will be an 84% increase in the number of people above age 65. Worse, the estimated number of people with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase 150% by 2030, provided no cure is found. The demographics do not lie here.

Okay so, what happens with there is a shortage of anything? Supply and Demand 101 dictates that prices will go up. If the cost of nurses and facilities to house seniors go up – there will be a larger demand for paid in-home caregivers. Who will fill this vacuum as shortages increase? Well, perhaps anyone who wants a job and that brings me to my final point.

How do you know you are getting a qualified caregiver or care professional? Best to hire an agency that does solid background checks, and knows what to look for, otherwise, this challenge of caring for a love one could get a lot bigger. Think on this.

Benefits Of Using Organic Castor Oil

Organic castor oil has a variety of benefits due to which it has been used for many years. It is also used in some medicines because it has the ability to improve the immunity of the body so it can be used in a number of diseases like skin disorders, arthritis, menstrual problems and many more.

This oil shows amazing properties in treating vaginal infections and many bladder problems. It is helpful in relieving menstrual and abdominal pain in women when applied gently on the abdomen or any other part of the body.

It is the major component of many skin care products, makeup and shampoos. It is excellent in removing wrinkles and fine lines from the face.

Castor oil is rich in vitamin e so it is also used in many dermatological products. This oil is ideal to treat skin related disease. It is used to treat inflammation, fine lines, stretch marks and wrinkles. Good amount of vitamin e is required to keep the skin healthy and well nourished. What you’ve to do is massage it over the skin and leave it for several hours. It will provide you the maximum desired results.

This oil is excellent in treating dysentery and many other bowel diseases. Constipation can also be treated by using organic castor oil in a mixture with fruit extract or fruit juice. Here we’ll use fruit juice for taste masking as castor oil is bitter. Take this mixture orally to get rid of pain.

Some of us wants our eyelashes look longer and feel softer those people should do consider this organic castor oil. Apply this oil on your eyelashes it would provide them sufficient nutrients to grow faster. This natural oil is way better than eye lashes serums. It quickly absorbs into the base cells of your eyelashes and provide it sufficient nutrients and a good environment to grow.

It is a strong immunity booster so it improves the immunity of the body. It is also helpful in relieving arthritis pain.

This oil hydrates the skin and provide sufficient amount of nutrients, therefore this can help you in improving your dry skin.

This oil also improves hair growth by promoting the circulation of blood in the scalp. It’s a good oil for those who have dry and brittle hair.

This oil is widely used for massage due to its pain relieving effect on joints and muscles. It has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. It has also an antibacterial and antifungal effect, so it is also used in the treatment of many skin inflammations.

Castor oil is widely used in many medicines and cosmetics due to all of these excellent and marvelous properties. It should be used with a proper diet so it can produce the desired results. All of these properties of castor oil make it perfect to treat a wide range of problems and makes it superior to other oils in these properties.

It is also helpful in the treatment of warts, which are the unwanted growth on the different parts of the body. Apply the castor oil on the place of wart it would degrade the wart and provide you the maximum results.