Summer is almost here. While we prepare to enjoy the warm weather, it’s important to take precautions in case extreme heat strikes.
By evaluating your needs, you can plan for any heat related situation.
The following steps will prepare you to handle periods of extreme heat and the associated risks:
- Consider how potential power outages during periods of extreme heat might affect you. Plan to be temporarily self-sufficient if the electricity goes out. It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or a pharmacy.
- Identify the resources you use on a daily basis and what you can do if they are limited or not available. Make provisions for medications that require refrigeration, and plan arrangements to get to a cooling center, if needed.
- Think about what you need to maintain your health, safety, and independence. Build A Kit that includes any specialized items such as extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, and medication. Also include non-perishable food and water, items for service animals and pets, a cooler, and anything else you might need.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, especially those who spend much of their time alone, or are more likely to be affected by extreme heat.
- Be watchful for signs of heat stroke and dehydration. These include shallow breathing, a lack of perspiration, dizziness, dry mouth, and headaches.
The HHS emPOWER Map 2.0 features the monthly total of Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims at the U.S. state, territory, county, and zip code level to identify the areas and populations that may be impacted and at risk for prolonged power outages.
For more information about extreme heat preparedness and tools, go to ready.gov/heat and cdc.gov.
SOURCE: Administration for Community Living
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by Kate Swenson
“I called you today, Mom and Dad. You knew today was the day. The day of the appointment. The appointment that would either relieve all our fears or change the future. You knew the doctors and teachers were throwing around words like ‘autistic’ and ‘developmentally delayed.’ You knew I refused to believe it. You refused, too (and I appreciate that more than you will ever know).
“Our Family Was Changed Forever
“”We told each other for a long time that he was fine. We reassured each other daily. He was definitely a late talker, possibly even a late bloomer. We found comfort in the fact that boys often develop slower than girls. We shared stories of other toddlers who flapped their arms and lined up toys (which often are early signs of autism) and turned out fine. But yet, our hopes were wavering. The doubt was building.
“We got the answer today.”
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We hear from listeners about their experiences giving and receiving home health care. – Joe Raedle/Getty Images – SOURCE: MarketPlace
“Earlier this week, we asked you to tell us about your experiences in the home health care industry.
“The reason? There’s a severe lack of home health aides across the U.S., and the problem is likely to grow worse. According to a recent Washington Post article:
“‘The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that an additional 1.1 million workers of this kind will be needed by 2024 — a 26 percent increase over 2014.’”
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Harrisburg, PA — On May 2, the Wolf Administration announced the launch of a website that details the proposed unification of the departments of Health, Human Services, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into the new Department of Health and Human Services.
“Delivering public health, social, and human services to Pennsylvanians in the most efficient and effective way requires innovation, creative thinking, and practical solutions,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why I proposed integrating the departments of Aging, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into a new, unified Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).”
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Click here to go to the HHS Unification Website: https://www.governor.pa.gov/health-and-human-services/
Earlier today, the Governor’s Office launched its website for all stakeholders to learn more about Governor Wolf’s initiative to create a unified Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On this site, you can review the draft legislation, dive deep into the HHS draft organizational charts, and hear from the prime sponsors in the House and Senate. The website also includes a way for all stakeholders to provide feedback.
HHS Unification Website
“President Trump signed legislation Wednesday that will dramatically expand a program at the Department of Veterans Affairs that lets patients seek care from private doctors if they want to bypass the troubled VA system.” – The Washington Examiner
Click on the graphic above to download the two-page .pdf file about the Veterans Choice program. Info Sheet shared by Dale Derr, Berks County Veterans Affairs director.
A new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute reports that the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 survey found that 40% of family caregivers in the United States are men. The report Breaking Stereotypes: Spotlight on Male Family Caregivers describes who the male family caregivers are, the range of caregiving tasks they provide, and their experiences and challenges.