Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Senior Home Care Services Advantages

By Tom Barber

When a senior's care becomes too difficult for the family to manage, it can mean some tough decisions lie ahead. If the senior wants to stay at home, the family may find it challenging to find a suitable caregiver. The advantage of senior home care services often times greatly outweighs the initial hassle of finding a caregiver.

If you take the time however, an arrangement can be made that will contribute to the happiness of everyone. The senior will also feel more comfortable because they are still in their own home and surrounded by familiar things.

After you determine that the home will accommodate the seniors medical needs and that they will be able to remain there comfortably, you can focus on the advantages of choosing senior home care services. The caregiver can help with the different hygienic aspects of daily life like bathing and grooming and also help your family member with their mobility and exercise needs.

Another fear that a caregiver can help ease is your family members diet. Senior home care services can help with the preparation of meals, cleanup from them, as well as checking to make sure there is no spoiled food in the house. They also help with medication reminders and ensure that prescriptions are up-to-date and in stock.

Another benefit is the help with the daily chores and errands. Usually a service of light housekeeping is provided as well as escorts to events and appointments. If errands cannot be run by the senior, then the caregiver will quickly run them at some point during the day.

The main advantage of senior home care services" though is that the senior gets to remain in his or her own home. The ability to be at home and still be close to family can do wonders for the continued health of the senior. The care also provides companionship for when family is unable to be with them. The support also allows the family to be able to lead a normal life without having to worry about their loved one suffering due to their inability to meet their needs.

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