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General Discussion / Re: Pancreatic Cancer and Wedge Pillow
« on: April 21, 2011, 07:10:39 PM »
Making a sick patient comfortable is very important.  When my sister was in the hospital getting her gall bladder, we went to a lot of trouble to make her comfortable.  We got her a very expensive body pillow and some egyptian cotton sheets.  I don't know if it helps from a healing angle, but she seems much more comfortable with such comforts. Her facebook statuses have been much happier lately.

Nutritional Support / Re: Good Food, Good Health - Not always easy
« on: April 19, 2011, 09:45:47 PM »
As I say, I tried a lot of fixes with this problem.  I had some success with fresh fruit, pre-prepared meals, colloids, and vitamins.  Exercise can work as well, if you find the right kind of approach, or the right kind of client.  I loved exercising, but some of my clients saw it as just another sort of job, just like the facebook statuses...

Mobility Aides and Issues / Re: The Mobility Forum:
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:39:48 PM »
We actually had a huge problem with frustration at my center last year.  A client was really uncomfortable getting into the wheelchair accessible vehicles, so he would move around a lot during the process.  Instead of talking to him, the staff would just try to hurry the process along.  Of course this caused an accident. Lots of upset facebook statuses

Nutritional Support / Re: Good Food, Good Health - Not always easy
« on: April 08, 2011, 08:50:14 PM »
This was another HUGE problem when I worked in the field.  Most of my clients would just give up and eat complete junk food.  I tried a lot of different fixes--fresh fruit, pre-prepared meals, vitamins, and dietary supplements.  Exercise was usually my most successful tool.  I couldn't help them from with eating choices when I wasn't there, but I could encourage them to exercise with me when I was. 

Bathing Issues / Re: Our bathing challenge
« on: April 08, 2011, 08:48:02 PM »
Strikehawk, are you talking about a lift, or a shower chair?  I've seen some lifts that were very expensive, but I agree that a shower chair is a very inexpensive fix.  I've never dealt with a bathtub rail, but I'm assuming that would be as cheap or expensive as you wanted it to be.  I personally wouldn't be comfortable installing it myself, so I would have to get someone to do it for me, like my facebook statusesAngies List reviews local contractors and handy-men. 

Mobility Aides and Issues / Re: The Mobility Forum:
« on: April 08, 2011, 08:45:20 PM »
The hardest issue involved in mobility (in my opinion) is client frustration.  From the client who cannot speak, to the most calm, friendly person you'll ever deal with, that lack of control can really get to someone.  I know using the wheelchair lift was always a source of anxiety for some of my clients.  They didn't like the lack of control.  If we could put that activity more into their hands, I think it would help a lot. 

Caregivers Corner / Re: Caregiving and Independent Living
« on: April 08, 2011, 08:42:42 PM »
There are so few sites for this sort of thing, and it blows me away.  Caregiving is the number one most depressed job field in American (look it up), and yet caregivers don't seem to have any voice.  When my wife was witness to a client falling off of his wheelchair life, it deeply effected her.  Thank God I was there to listen, or she would've probably had to just hold it all in.  Caregivers really need somewhere to talk about facebook statuses... 

General Discussion / Re: Some Halfway Decent Spam
« on: April 08, 2011, 08:40:02 PM »
I've found that basic sentence structure helps a lot.  Relating to the content of the website.  For instance, this site would be good for handicapped vans, independent living, or life alert medical buttons.  I don't think WoW Gold or Chinese Movies are going to do a lot for the people who come here, or the clients they are looking for.  These guys ruins it for everyone with their facebook statuses

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