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PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE IN THE ELDERLY

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Elderly Leaving Independently

Promoting independence in self-care can provide older adults with the capability to maintain independence longer and can leave them with a sense of achievement when they complete a task unaided.

Elderly people that require assistance with activities of daily living are at a greater risk of losing their independence with self-care tasks as dependent personal behaviours are often met with reinforcement from caregivers. It is important for caregivers to ensure that measures are put into place to preserve and promote function rather than contribute to a decline in status in an older adult that has physical limitations.

Caregivers need to be conscious of actions and behaviours that cause older adults to become dependent on them and need to allow older patients to maintain as much independence as possible. Providing information to the older patient on why it is important to perform self-care may allow them to see the benefit in performing self-care independently. If the older adult is able to complete self-care activities on their own, or even if they need supervision, encourage them in their efforts as maintaining independence can provide them with a sense of accomplishment and the ability to maintain independence longer.

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Life hacks to make looking after a young child easier

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Life hacks to make looking after a young child easier

1. Bedtime

Place a rolled-up towel or a pool noodle under the fitted sheet on the edge of the bed to keep your little one from rolling out.

2. Screen time

Limit TV time by starting shows in the middle. Most toddlers aren’t really into the plotlines anyway!

3. Mealtime

Active toddlers need more mealtime coverage than a small bib provides. Slip a large T-shirt over your kid’s clothes as a washable smock. Peel it off when the meal’s over and wash it as usual, or if you’re on the go, seal it in a Ziploc bag to wash later.

4. On the go

When your tot begs to be carried short distances despite being capable of walking, try this game recommended by Parent Hacks reader Cyd: have her pretend to push you up the street. She’ll have so much fun she won’t mind walking.

5. Dining out

Keep your toddler entertained in the coffee shop by turning cardboard cup sleeves into “superhero arm cuffs” or “spy goggles.”

6. Chores

Give your toddler a damp microfiber cloth and let him dust and wipe down surfaces. “Chore practice” may not get things perfectly clean, but it makes him feel involved in household jobs and sets him up for more responsibilities as he grows.

7. Potty Training

Toilet paper rolls can be hard for toddlers to handle. Follow Parent Hacks reader Monique’s advice and keep a box of pop-up tissues near the potty so toddlers can grab one piece at a time.

8. Shopping

To minimize his kid’s repeated requests to buy a toy while shopping, Parent Hacks reader Darryl suggested they instead take a picture of it and “email it to Santa.” His daughter was happy; the items stayed on the shelves; and Darryl now has a phone full of future gift ideas.

9. Toy maintenance

If your toddler’s play has left her doll’s hair looking frizzy and messy, simply wet it, work in a small amount of regular hair conditioner, gently comb through it to detangle, rinse, and let it air dry.

Written by Dr Hamzah Ndifunah
Teheca LTd

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10 things to know about new born babies

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In this two part post, we tell you about 10 things everyone should  know about new born babies

1. Baby may be, well, a little funny-looking.

His head may be smooshed from his journey through the birth canal, and he might be sporting a “bodysuit” of fine hair called lanugo. He could also be puffy-faced and have eyes that are often shut (and a little gooey). After all, he just spent nine months in the womb. But pretty soon, he’ll resemble that beautiful baby you imagined.

2. Don’t expect rewards — smiles or coos — until about the 6-week mark.

Up until then, you’re working for a boss who only complains! To get through the exhaustion and emotional upheaval, keep this in mind: your efforts aren’t lost on baby in those early days. He feels comforted by his father or mother, he feels attachment, he likes to be held.

3. Give baby sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off.

If it’s kept dry, it falls off faster — usually within two weeks. Besides, newborns don’t get very dirty! If the cord does get wet, pat it dry. And if the stump bleeds a little when the cord falls off, that’s okay, too, as Alyson Bracken, of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, learned. “It scared me at first,” she says, but then she found out that, as with a scab, mild bleeding was normal.

4. The soft spot can handle some handling.

“I was terrified of the soft spot,” admits April Hardwick, of New York City, referring to the opening in the skull, also called the fontanel, which allows baby to maneuver out of the birth canal. “Gemma had a full head of hair at birth, and I was initially afraid to comb over the soft spot,” Hardwick says. But there was no need to worry: “It’s okay to touch the soft spot and baby’s hair near it. The spot may pulsate because it’s directly over blood vessels covering the brain.

5. She’ll let you know if she’s getting enough food.

Baby needs to eat every two to three hours — but if you’re nursing, it’s tough to know how much milk she’s getting. “The baby’s weight is the best indicator in the early days,” says Dr. Tolcher. Your pediatricians will check it within a few days of discharge. A newborn loses 5 to 8 percent of her birthweight within the first week but should gain it back by the second. Diaper-counting can also act as a gauge: her schedule those first five days is haphazard, but after that, you’ll see five to six wet diapers a day, and at least one or two stools.

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Teheca Hosted on NTV Uganda

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Hello and Good Morning once again, welcome to Morning @NtV #Everyday life with me Mabel Kebirungi

The host kick started the show, in that minute i knew and felt it, Teheca ltd a start up with just one year and a few month below it’s belt had become a nation wide start up. Our name and services were going to be known all over the country and places beyond borders, of course NTV Uganda is online, so where ever you are you can watch its shows, that means if you probably watched us.

Being hosted on NTV Uganda was a great honour and privilege for us, as a start up company, that gave us the much needed publicity to tell the nation about our new services that we have introduced into the Ugandan  health space, we shall for ever be grateful to the whole NTV team and not only for show but also the encouraging words and support, both before and after the show, and most importantly believing in Teheca  and giving us a shot to tell the nation about our services and also encourage our fellow youth about entrepreneurship.

To most people our services may not be new to them, for those that have travelled abroad, you probably have used or seen other people take advantage of these services. Patient care services and Palliative care has been around the world for several years, only that it has never cut through into our own country.
We know that, with our growing economy more and more people are getting into employment and with 8 to 5 work plan which is probably the only source of income, there is no time for any other tasks like caring for a sick loved in hospital, caring for an elderly parent or special needs individuals. Forget the old days of calling a relative, they are probably in the same 8 to 5 boat with you, and then comes the inadequate staffing of our medical facilities, oh don’t forget we don’t have any elderly care facilities, plus where are special needs individual centres in our country? thats when TEHECA LTD steps in with our caring and compassionate care takers, of course they are trained and professionals too in these fields but we prefer to talk about there compassion for others before there academics.

Our Patient Care Services go beyond palliative care, do you have a loved one in hospital, health facility or at home and you can’t be there to take care of them, we can provide you a specialised care taker for your loved one to ensure that they get the best care,just like you would have, we pride ourselves on patient centred care, that’s why we use a one care taker per client principle.
On the other hand our Personal care aides are dedicated and caring professional individuals who look after the elderly, disabled and special needs individuals while you are away, they ensure they are fed, bathed and also give them the companionship plus so many other tasks.

so Don’t leave your loved ones unattended too, come chat with us and we see how together, we can care for your loved one.

Find out more about Teheca ltd

call us +256703468558
email: info@teheca.com

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Teheca Ltd,to be hosted on NTV Uganda

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Teheca Ltd to be hosted on NTV Uganda on 19th July 2016

Our dear readers, we have come so far together, an tomorrow 19th July will be a major achievement to us as family and team, we have been invited for an interview on the top television brand in the country NTV, we shall be on the morning show at 7:30 am.

Please tune and share this moment with us, as we explain to the whole nation about our services, and our story. You can follow the conversation on our twitter handle, facebook page , Instgram or follow along Morning @NTV page

For more information about Teheca Ltd and our patient care services.

call: + 256-703468558

email: info@tenderheartscareug.com

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TEHECA Opens Office

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Today 11 July 2016, is the day TEHECA LTD a leading and only patient care assistants and personal care aides firm in Uganda has opened its office. TEHECA was started last year May 2015, it has been operating online and on call, we have heard our clients cry out for offices and physical location, yes we listened and we are now open.

Find us on Old Butabika Road next to Margaret grant, on the top floor, you can drop by to just say hi and find out more about our services like.

  1. Patient care assistants here
  2. Personal Care Aides  here
  3. Elderly and special needs care here
  4. Errands Management Service here

Remember don’t leave your loved ones unattended too, we are here to give the necessary support and care.

Our care taking services come with a free doctor review from our own in house doctor.

 

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Why you need a patient care assistant or personal care aide

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 Patient care assistant or personal care aide, why you need one

Coordinate your care

Palliative care teams are extremely good communicators. They put great importance on communication between you, your family and your doctors in order to ensure that your needs are fully met. These include establishing goals for your care, help with decision-making and coordination of care.

Provide support to caregivers and families

Today, over 43 million people are adult family caregivers for someone 50 years of age or older, valued at $450 billion dollars in caregiving services every year. This results in lost work hours or lost jobs, high stress and serious declines in physical and mental health. Palliative care is a solution.

According to a recent study, the earlier caregivers of people with advanced cancer were introduced to palliative care, the better they were able to cope with the caregiving experience. Researchers found that overall quality of life, depression, and feelings of being overwhelmed all improved in the group that immediately started palliative care compared with those who started later.

Patient Care assistant Improve your overall quality of life

Palliative care can help you find relief from pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. It can treat constipation, nausea and loss of appetite. It can help you sleep and overcome depression. It can also help you understand and cope with your medical treatments. Managing these symptoms can give you the strength you need to carry on with your daily life.

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Palliative care can help you stay safely at home

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 Palliative care can help you stay safely at home

Do you, or someone you love, have a serious illness such as cancer, heart failure, lung disease or kidney failure? If so, you may be sick of trips to the emergency room and unwanted hospital stays to treat pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms. Palliative care can help you stay safely at home.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It will treat your pain and other symptoms. It will help you understand your disease and your treatment options. It will help you, and your family, cope with the everyday challenges of living with a serious illness.

There are many palliative care services to help people outside of the hospital. You may be able to get help at home, at your local doctor’s office, or in your cancer center, for example. Some hospitals offer outpatient palliative care. You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment for your disease and at any stage of your disease.

Having this extra layer of support at home can make a big difference to your quality of life. Expert pain and symptom control will keep you, or your loved one, more comfortable. A 24-7 telephone hotline to nursing advice could help you avoid those unwanted trips to the emergency room. And you may be able to find nursing help or meal delivery services.

Your palliative care team will consist of a doctor, a nurse and a social worker. All will be specialists in palliative care. They will spend as much time as needed to understand your situation and how they can help you.

Ask your doctor or social worker about palliative care services in your area and how to get them. You can also find community resources on http://tenderheartscareug.com

Why spend time in the hospital if you don’t have to? Palliative care can help.

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Cancer of the cervix

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Cancer of the cervix

Cervical cancer is one that begins in the uterine cervix, the lower end of the uterus that contacts the upper vagina.
It’s the most common in women worldwide and it’s the cancer that causes most deaths in the world.. It’s believed to be spread by the human papilloma virus(HPV) although other factors also contribute to the development of this cancer.
Risk factors
*starting Sex early
*having many children in a short period of time
*many sexual patners
*Tobacco smoking
*HIV infection
*Immune system suppression
*Past or current Chlamydia infection
*Overweight
*Long-term use of oral contraceptives (although the risk returns to normal when the contraceptive pills are discontinued)
*Having a first full-term pregnancy before age of 17
*Family history of cervical cancer

Signs and symptoms
*Abnormal vaginal bleeding
*Vaginal bleeding after menopause
*Vaginal bleeding after sex
*Bleeding or spotting between periods
*Longer or heavier menstrual periods than usual
*Other abnormal vaginal discharge
*Pain during sexual Intercourse

Girls who have had their menses but are not sexually active can be immunized against the HPV virus and in Uganda that age was put at maximum 14 years and the vaccine is free in government hospitals. Another way of prevention is by avoiding the risk factors above.

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Patient Care Assitants

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  • Works with Patient Care Manager, Patient Care Supervisor, Assistant Patient Care Managers, and clinical and unit staff to maintain systems for exchange of information/communication
  • Organizes the work environment
  • Secures supplies and supports unit operations for the achievement of patient care needs
  • Performs patient care and unit tasks that support the unit standard of patient care and facilitates unit operations
  • Works closely with charge RN for prioritization of unit work flow
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