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3 Skills A Service Puppy-In-Training Needs To Learn

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Dec 1, 2016

Service dogs are highly trained canines who assist people with a variety of health and medical issues. Training to become a service dog begins when a dog is just a puppy, and he must be able to master commands beyond the normal obedience commands that household pets are taught. Volunteering to train a puppy to become a service dog for someone else is a rewarding task, but it is also a lot of hard work. You will need to spend a lot of your personal time training and may also need to utilize specialized training courses taught by experienced dog trainers. Some important concepts you can expect to teach a puppy in training to be a service dog include the following: Proofing An incredibly important skill that all service dogs must master is the ability to tune out all distractions. Proofing is the process of teaching a puppy to ignore things going on around him, and it can be very time-consuming. You will need to work with the puppy to help him learn how to ignore things such as a squirrel running in front of him, hearing his name called by someone other than you, or being offered food during training sessions. As a volunteer training a puppy to be a service dog, you will need to work on one distraction at a time until the puppy is able to ignore everything around him while you use the sit, stay, down, and heel command. Heeling  A service dog needs to...

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A Few Cases When You Might Want To Use An Urgent Care Facility As Your Primary Care

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Nov 15, 2016

When you or a loved one is injured or ill, getting proper medical attention is the utmost thing on your mind. If the situation is life-threatening, you know it is best to call for an ambulance or get to the emergency room as soon as possible. What about those times when it is not life threatening? Should you contact your primary care physician and hope to be able to get an appointment the same or next day? Or would it be better to go to an urgent care facility? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the urgent care as your primary care? Here are a few times it is a good idea to have this. Attending Physicians It might surprise you to go to an urgent care and find that your own primary care doctor is there. It is possible that the group your physician works in is a part of the urgent care facility.  Ask your doctor about using the facility for all your non-emergency medical needs. Even though you may not always get the same doctor when you go in without an appointment, you can be sure any necessary information will be passed on and discussed when necessary. Of course, for non-urgent situations you can call the urgent care center and set an appointment with your regular primary care physician. This way, all your medical records will be kept in one place, avoiding the need to have them transferred to a different office. In addition,...

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Stow Those Creepy Crawlies: The Ins And Outs Of Screening For Head Lice

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Oct 27, 2016

If you operate your own day care center or work with children on a regular basis, it is important to have a plan in place for checking children for head lice. Head lice can easily spread from child to child, making early detection essential for keeping an outbreak contained. Follow these guidelines to effectively screen children for head lice. 1. Know the Appropriate Duration to Check for an Infestation It can take time for signs of head lice to show up. In fact, for some cases, the lice or their nits are not visible for up to six weeks after the child’s initial exposure to head lice. Make sure to check children for signs of head lice for the full six week period. 2. Understand What You Need to Look for When searching a child’s head for head lice, it is important to know what to look for. It is easy to mistake other types of head debris, such as dandruff or dirt, for head lice. As you search the child’s head for lice, you need to look for two things: small, white circles and brown bugs the size of sesame seeds. The small, white circles are referred to as nits; these are the eggs of the lice. Nits are sticky and difficult to remove from a strand of hair. If you are unsure as to whether an object is dandruff or a nit, focus on the ease of removal. Dandruff easily brushes away from the hair, while nits...

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A Few Hearing Aid Care Tips

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Sep 27, 2016

Your ability to hear is one of the most important senses that you possess. Unfortunately, there are many people that will suffer from a gradual loss of their hearing ability. To correct this problem, you can opt to receive a hearing aid. However, these medical devices can be rather expensive, which will make it critical for you to ensure that you are taking good care of them. By using a few simple tips, you can help your hearing aid avoid some routine causes for performance issues or malfunctions. Put In The Hearing Aid Over A Counter Or Table When you are putting in your hearing aid, it can be easy to inadvertently drop it. Unfortunately, if the hearing aid strikes the ground too hard, it can cause extensive damage to it. However, you can help to mitigate this threat by always leaning over a counter or table when you are putting in your hearing aid. This simple tip will help minimize the distance the hearing aid would fall, which may greatly reduce the odds that it develops serious damages. Regularly Clean The Hearing Aid’s Exterior Your ears can produce a rather large amount of wax over the course of a day. This wax can start to accumulate in the small speaker holes of the hearing aid. When this occurs, the hearing aid may experience a dramatic decrease in effectiveness. Fortunately, it is a fairly easy process to clean your hearing aid. You will simply need to use a microfiber...

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Hire A Home Health Aide For These Reasons Following Joint-Replacement Surgery

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Sep 27, 2016

When many people think of hiring a home health aide to provide care in the comfort of home, they think that this service is reserved for those who are elderly or otherwise immobile. While it’s true that many people opt for in-home healthcare as they age, the reality is that you don’t have to be in your later years to benefit from this type of care. If you’ve recently had a joint replacement surgery, you might find that hiring a home health aide for a few days or even longer can make your life much easier as you recuperate at home. Here as some specific things that this healthcare professional can do for you.  Administering Medication After a surgery of this magnitude, you’ll be prescribed a few types of medication to alleviate pain and prevent infection. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about when to take the pain pills, for example, having a home health aide visit you can take this burden off your shoulders. It’s also common to receive syringes to inject yourself to avoid infection. This isn’t a task that many people want to perform on themselves, and your family members may not want to do it, either. In this case, it’s best to rely on a home health aide for this type of care. Changing The Bandages Your surgeon will give you clear instructions on changing your incision bandages daily, as well as a supply of bandages for the job. If you feel queasy about removing the bandages,...

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A Crash Course In Getting Through Your Pregnancy

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Sep 8, 2016

When you are carrying a child and want to make sure that you get through your pregnancy as health and comfortable as possible, there are a few tips that you will need to exercise. Moving forward with these pregnancy tips will help to protect you, your baby and your peace of mind. Follow these points below so that you get through your pregnancy with no issues and touch base with a doctor who can help you through it.  Get A Prescription For Prenatal Vitamins One of the most important elements for a healthy pregnancy is to stock up on prenatal vitamins to get you through each trimester. Many pregnant women become deficient in a number of building blocks for a healthy mind and body, including calcium, folic acid and iron. During your first visit to the doctor when you realize that you are pregnant, you should ask about a prenatal vitamin prescription so that you can begin taking them immediately. This way, you will be able to get your hands on high quality vitamins that will make up for any potential deficiencies to ensure that you keep your nutrition high and that you deliver a healthy, happy baby.  Do As Much As You Can To De-Stress The last thing you want while pregnant is to get so stressed out and uncomfortable that the next 9 months are miserable for both you and your baby. With this in mind, you should engage in some activities that will make it easy...

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Chair Ramps

If the only access to a building is stairs, that building is completely closed off to those in wheelchairs. Ramps can also help those with bad knees.
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Lift Chairs

A more high-tech version, lift chairs are perfect for installation in a home or other building that needs to be wheelchair accessible but can't be completely remodeled to fit requirements.
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Other Technology

Recent advances in technology and the computer world have helped make great leaps in the land of wheelchair accessibility, such as special controls or motors.