Dr. Timothy Ihrig explains the benefits of palliative care that prioritize a patient’s personal values and navigates a severe illness from diagnosis to death with dignity and compassion.
Palliative Care is a new buzzword swirling around the health care industry recently.
The conversation often begins with a pre-hospice situation because you need a chronic condition to qualify. You may still be treating your condition but struggling, or you may have been hospitalized several times recently, or managing multiple health issues and medications.
In a nutshell, palliative care is symptom management. It is a somewhat fuzzy concept because the protocol for care varies among companies who offer it. The ultimate goal is always the same – providing you a higher level of personalized care.
Many of the hospice agencies have incorporated therapeutic programs into their menu of services because it affords you the opportunity to see the value rich hospice can bring to your family.
Waiting for the last two weeks or two days of someone’s life to bring in hospice services doesn’t serve you justly. Hospice can provide so many valuable options when brought in early enough that 24 percent of people graduate off hospice service.
Palliative care is typically at no cost to you and provides a nurse visit to your home once a month. The nurse will assess your current health and your overall well-being.
The goal is to confirm you are managing OK with the current treatment plan outlined by your doctor, including checking on your medications, your vitals, your mental health and general safety.
A social worker twill also assists with resource options. Many companies also provide 24/7/365 telephone access to a nurse.
The palliative team can work in collaboration with your doctors and help you navigate your course of care. They also offer easier access to quick assistance when there is a sudden change in health, and you are dealing with a difficult or emergent situation.
Help with getting medication adjustments (especially pain meds) in a quicker, easier and more efficient manner than calling the doctor for an appointment, is another significant benefit of these programs.
Ever wondered what sex therapists do (or don’t do), what issues they can help solve, and what happens in their offices?
We weren’t shy about asking the experts for the inside scoop on sex therapy. Here’s what we found out.
1. It Can Give You More Confidence in (and out of) the Bedroom
“What people don’t expect from sex therapy is how strong, confident and assertive they become in every area of their lives,” says Marne Wine, a licensed professional counselor, and AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certified sex therapist in Westminster, Colorado. “Sex therapy is just life playing itself out in the bedroom. Are you willing to be OK with yourself because you don’t know everything or have all the answers? Are you willing to put yourself out there and risk ridicule and failure? Once you learn to do that in the bedroom—naked—you can do it anywhere.”
2. You Won’t Be Asked to Take Your Clothes Off
Wine says most people tense up when they think of sex therapy, mostly because they worry that the therapy might involve intimate situations. Fear not—standard sex therapy with a qualified sex therapist doesn’t involve nudity. “Although there are different types of people who work in the field of sex therapy, generally it simply talks therapy,” she says.
3. You Don’t Have to Worry About Saying Anything Taboo
Whether it’s a repressed memory, a sexual hangup or an issue of abuse that frightens you to talk about, there is no subject too taboo for a sex therapist. In fact, laying it all on the table is the first step to overcoming a sexual problem. And don’t worry about what the therapist will think. “Sex therapists have heard it all,” says Wine.
4. Finding the Right Therapist Can Make (or Break) Your Experience
Whether you’re considering seeing a sex therapist alone or with your husband, be picky, says Wine. “Check out his or her background. Is the therapist licensed in some professional counseling field—licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical social worker? You want that fundamental, graduate-level counseling education as a basis for him or her doing sex therapy.
The sex therapy certification should be in addition to the graduate-level education.” And if, after the first appointment, you don’t feel comfortable with the therapist, find another one—or ask for a referral. “A good therapist will keep your best interests at heart—not her ego. I always tell my new clients if they aren’t comfortable with me, I will help them find another therapist. This work is too important not to have the right fit.”
5. It Can Help People Who Already Have Great Sex Lives
You and your husband have a great sex life—so what could sex therapy do for you? A lot, says Isadora Alman, a marriage and family therapist, and a board-certified sexologist in San Francisco. “Most people believe that something has to be broken, or that they do, to seek sex therapy. What I do is more about sexual and emotional enhancement, making things better. The most frequent therapeutic outcome of any sex therapy is the relief that comes with being able to talk about sexual feelings, thoughts, and fantasies, just putting them out there to be examined.”
6. It Might Save Your Marriage
Sexual issues take a major toll on a relationship, says Sybil Keane, a psychologist and mental health expert for JustAnswer.com. “When a couple is having troubles with their sex life, a regular marriage counselor might say, ‘Well, make time for you two to connect’ when it’s way more than just connecting for sex. It won’t help if the desire isn’t there or it just feels like a fake attempt to revive the same old, same old.” Want different advice? “Ask a sex therapist,” she says. “They can talk way beyond what a regular marriage counselor can. I believe that most people think that a sex therapist is a last-ditch solution to a sexual, marital problem. If more people went to sex therapy before a problem arose, they might not have to seek divorce advice down the road. Although we all like to believe that sex is something that comes naturally, it isn’t.”
7. It Can Help Solve a Range of Sexual Problems
What types of issues can sex therapy help with? According to Lynne Kolton Schneider, MA, Ph.D., a board-certified sex counselor in private practice, it can help with everything under the sun. “I see people who have difficulties with libido associated with cancer treatments; people who have sexual difficulties and dysfunctions related to surgical procedures; people who have difficulties with sexual positioning due to physical disabilities; and people who have problems being intimate because they have been sexually abused or raped.” And the list goes on: “I work with couples who haven’t had sex in months, or years, virgins who want their first experiences to be positive and women who have never had an orgasm.”
8. It Can Help You Be a Better Communicator
If your daily exchanges with your husband include “Take out the trash” and “It’s your turn to change the diaper,” a sex therapist could help you communicate in a more loving way. “Sex therapy is not always about sexual functioning,” says Dr. Schneider. “It’s probably equally as often about poor communication skills. Much of what I spend my time on concerns teaching patients how to communicate with each other—including how to fight fairly and when to choose to lose a ‘battle’ to win a ‘war.'”
“Sex Therapy Facts at WomansDay.com ” Sexual Health. n.p., 1 Jan. 1970.Web. 31 Jan. 2016.
Home Health services help adults, seniors, and pediatric clients who are recovering after a hospital or facility stay, or need additional support to remain safely at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. These Medicare-certified services may include short-term nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and assistive home health care. This care is provided by registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech language pathologists (SLPs), home health aides (HHAs) and medical social workers (MSWs) as a limited number of up to one hour visits, primarily through the Medicare Home Health benefit. Professional Caregivers are trained to work with your family to develop an individualized home care services program. As part of this process, we match your loved one’s needs to a select group of compassionate in home care providers. With Elite Home Healthcare Services as your in home care provider, you are planned to be part of the caregiver selection process. Home Care Services with Elite Home Healthcare Services.
As your home care services provider, you will enjoy personalized service built around your needs. We know you have a lot of questions about home care services for your elderly loved one. The team of dedicated professionals at your local Elite Home Healthcare Services office is on hand to answer all your questions and to address any concerns you have. You can call your local Elite Home Healthcare Services franchised office at any time to learn about our in home care services. When you choose Elite Home Healthcare Services as your home care provider, we begin by reviewing your loved one’s needs. We will meet with involved family members and, when necessary, consult with the physician(s) of the care recipient, social workers, hospitals, or nursing home staff.
Our goal is to get a complete picture of your loved one’s in-home care needs. Our franchised agencies are trained to work with your family to develop an individualized home care services program. As part of this process, we match your loved one’s needs to a select group of compassionate in home care providers. With Elite Home Healthcare Services as your in home care provider, you are planned to be part of the caregiver selection process. Some of the services provided include:
Meal Preparation/Diet monitoring
Errands and Shopping
Respite Care for Family Caregivers Care is Available Mornings, Mid-Day and Evenings Temporary or Long Term Care is Available Weekends and Holiday Care is Available 24 Hour Care Available More
We Respond To Your After Hours Call In 15 Minutes or Less! Nothing is more frustrating than to get voice mail when calling an in home care services agency in the evening or on the weekends.
If you receive voice mail when you call Elite Home Healthcare Services, our franchised home care agencies are trained to call back within fifteen minutes. We’re committed to providing you with superior home care services and to meeting your needs in the way that’s most convenient for you! Find an Elite Home Healthcare Services Office Near You! You can learn more about our home care services and our compassionate caregivers by calling (678)-705-4424. We look forward to meeting your family!
Kimberly Tyler, a registered nurse, explains how to start a home care company. Are you considering starting a home care company? If yes, consider hiring a consultant. It’s important to have guidance on these three main items:
1. How to hire excellent employees
2. How to deliver great customer service and create an experience that the client will take him not get anywhere else.
3. How to develop a strategic marketing plan the market is competitive, and there’s more more going into the business everyday.