Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
From My Recent Experience...
Ladies! This is really important, you'll thank me later. Have a sit down discussion as soon as you can with your own parents and your husband's about what their plans or wishes are about retirement, assisted living, nursing care, wills, living wills, etc.
As some of you know I spent my summer with my uncle who was recently hospitalized back in June. I have spent countless hours searching out sub acute care facilities, assisted living facilities, continuing care facilities, getting POA (power of attorney), documents notarized, chasing rehab therapists and giving lessons to social workers, dealing with ridiculous bankers. Leaving my job (again, countless hours without pay) to go after somebody to get them to do their job in caring for my uncle. I should've billed them!
DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR NOW and get with those loved ones who are just around the corner from retirement themselves or recently retired and talk about the future. It would be much easier to have a plan of action now instead of waiting until something happens and you are thrown in the midst of the chaotic whirlwind of getting your loved one the best care affordable and trying to figure out what to do and how to do it (while at the same time running your own life and caring for your own family and personal issues).
It's a lot, trust me, but if you start talking about it now, thinking about what options might be affordable to your loved ones, you'll be much more prepared later. You should also start planning for your own retirement/aging care so as to not lay a burden on your kids. At least consider the costs and maybe meet with your bank's financial planner and see what types of free advice you can get.
There is also something called Long Term Care Insurance http://www.longtermcareinsurance.org/
* The average Ancient Greek lived until age 18. The median life span of a Puritan was 33. The average American life expectancy is now about 75 years for men, 84 for women. Over half of Americans will spend part of these these extended years in long term care situations.
* In 1994, 7.3 million Americans needed long term care (LTC) services at an average cost of nearly $43,800 per year. By 2000, this number rose to 9 million Americans at nearly $55,750 per year. It's currently near $75,000 per year. By 2030 those needing LTC will skyrocket to 23+ million Americans, with projected, individual long term care costs reaching $300,000 annually per individual!Check it out, make a plan, COMMUNICATE with your loved ones!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Stocking Your Medicine/First-Aid Kit For Infants and Toddlers
With little ones in the house it is important to have a completely stocked medicine/first-aid kit. A metal safety box is a good place to store medicines and first-aid equipment and supplies. Items in a first-aid kit can be dangerous if left where a child can get to them, so keep the box out of the reach of children. Make sure the box is portable and locked at all times. The box should have a key lock or a combination lock. Choose a special place in the house where you can access the key (or a written note of the combination) quickly. Be sure to let your child-care provider know where the key or combination is located. On the inside lid of the medicine/first-aid kit, post the name and phone number of your family doctor or pediatrician, along with the number of your local hospital, poison control center, police, fire department, and two neighbors.
If your child has a medical problem such as specific allergies or some other life-threatening condition, always carry his medication with you and keep another prescription in your first-aid kit. If your child takes medicine regularly, or if he is sick and needs medication and a caregiver has to administer it, be sure the time, dosage, and method of administering the medication is written down and thoroughly explained. Have your caregiver keep a record of any medications given while you are at home or away. That way, you’ll know what medications your child received, and the time they were administered.
Before you give your child any medication, unless the medication has been recently prescribed, always check with your pediatrician. The dosage will vary depending on your child’s age and weight. These medications include over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol, decongestants, antihistamines, cough syrups, and suppositories. Be sure to check the expiration date on medications in your first-aid kit frequently. Replace them as needed.
The following products should be in your medicine/first-aid kit. You can find all the products on this list online, or at your local pharmacy or grocery store.
Medicines, Rehydration Fluids and Poison Antidotes
A fever reducer is used to relieve pain and reduce fever caused by teething, illness or immunization reactions. Ask your pediatrician before giving any fever reducer.
- Infant Tylenol
- Pediacare Infant’s Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever
Decongestants help dry up stuffy, runny noses
- To be prescribed by your pediatrician
An antihistamine can relieve itching and swelling from bug bites or allergic reactions.
- To be prescribed by your pediatrician
A cough suppressant can help calm a persistent, nagging cough.
- To be prescribed by your pediatrician
Saline Eye Drops
Saline eye drops are used to wash foreign bodies out of the eye.
- Hypo Tears Lubricant Eye Drops
Infant Saline Nose Drops
Infant saline nose drops are made up of a simple saline solution to help unclog stuffy noses.
- Little Noses Saline Spray/Drops, Non-Medicated
- Ayr Baby’s Saline Nose Spray, Drops
Gas Drops include simethicone for fast acting relief from gas in baby’s tummy. Gas drops work gently to break down gas bubbles in minutes. All gas drops listed below are dye, alcohol, saccharin, artificial colors and flavors free.
- Mylicon Gas Relief Drops for Infants, Dye
- Little Tummies Gas Relief Drops for Newborns, Infants and Children
- Gripe Water for Colic
Pedialyte Rehydration Fluids
Pedialyte rehydration fluids are used to treat dehydration caused by vomiting and infant diarrhea. Pedialyte Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution comes in liquid form for babies, and popsicle form for older children.
- Pedialyte Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution
- Gerber LiquiLytes Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution
Activated charcoal is used in cases of accidental poisoning when you do not want to induce vomiting. Activated charcoal helps to neutralize poisons. Always check with your pediatrician and poison control center before you administer this.
- To be prescribed by your pediatrician
Lotions, Ointments and Soaps
Babies have sensitive skin. Keep a mild soap in the first-aid kit to wash off the many cuts and scrapes your child will encounter as she grows up.
- Baby Soap Bar by Johnson’s Baby
- Ivory Soap
Treat cuts or scrapes with antibacterial ointment, which reduces the possibility of infection.
- Neosporin First-Aid Antibiotic Ointment
- Polysporin First-Aid Antibiotic Ointment
Topical Calamine Lotion or Hydrocortisone Cream (1 percent)
These creams are used for insect bites and itchy rashes.
- Aveeno Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Cream, 1% Hydrocortisone
- Calamine Lotion
Cleans cuts and scrapes with hydrogen peroxide to decrease the chance of infection.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Use rubbing alcohol for cleaning thermometers, tweezers, and other instruments.
- Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70%
- Rite Aid Isopropyl Alcohol 70% Wipes
Child-Safe Insect Repellent
Keep bugs and insects from biting your baby by applying an insect repellent.
- Baby Bug Block by Little Forest
Baby Bug Block uses an effective blend of ingredients that ward off insects without the use of chemical agents that may be harmful to baby’s skin. With Little Forest your baby will enjoy safe, natural, and effective protection against insect bites.
- Natural Bug Blend Bug Repellent Spray by California Baby
This nontoxic, DEET free, nonchemical, hypoallergenic formula repels bugs while it soothes existing bites and hydrates the skin.
Other Necessities for First-Aid Kit
The only way to tell if your child has a fever is by taking his temperature.
8-Second Thermometer by Safety 1st
American Red Cross Digital Thermometer by The First Years
Calibrated Medicine Dispenser
A medicine dispenser is used for measuring and administering the proper dose of medications
- Medicine Dropper by Safety 1st
- Soft Tip Medicine Dispenser by The First Years
Tweezers are needed to remove splinters and ticks.
- Clear View Tweezers and Nail Clipper by Safety First
- Regular Standard Tweezers of your choice
Assortment of Adhesive Bandage Strips
Have bandages in various sizes and shapes handy for all emergencies. Get the less sticky kind.
- Children’s Adhesive Bandages. Assorted Sizes by Band-Aid, or brand of your choice
To protect open wounds, use gauze rolls ½ to 2 inches wide.
- Extra Absorbent Rolled Gauze by Johnson & Johnson – www.amazon.com
Gauze pads are used for wounds that are too big for Band-Aids
- Sterile Gauze Pads, Extra Absorbent 2x2 Inch
- Sterile Gauze Pads 4x4 Inch
Adhesive tape is used to hold gauze pads in place.
- First-Aid Hurt-Free Tape by Johnson & Johnson
Sterile Cotton Balls
Use sterile cotton balls to clean wounds or apply lotions, creams, or ointments.
- Any brand of cotton balls will do
Use cotton swabs to apply some medications.
- Cotton Swabs by Johnson & Johnson
- Cotton Swabs by Q-Tip
First-Aid Cold Packs
Cold packs are used to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Prince Lionheart Hot and Cold Gel Pack
- Soft hug First-Aid Cool Pack by J. L. Childress
You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors for cutting gauze or adhesive tape.
Package of Tongue Depressors
Keep tongue depressors handy in case you need to make splints for certain injuries. Always consult your doctor before you apply a splint.
Small Flashlight and Extra Batteries
You can use the flashlight to check ears, nose, and throat for redness or inflammation. You can also use it to check pupils for signs of a concussion, or to see in general when the lights go out.
Heating Pad or Hot-Water Bottle
Some injuries require the use of heat to relieve pain and relax sore muscles. A heating pad or hot-water bottle is great for a colicky tummy. Always consul your pediatrician before you use these items.
Even if you have taken a CPR course, the procedure is easy to forget in an emergency situation. Have the chart handy as a good reminder of the steps to follow in case you need to administer CPR.
The Americana Red Cross’s First-Aid and Safety Handbook gives detailed advice for handling both minor and major emergencies.
About the Author: Elaine Farber is a Newborn Specialist/Consultant and author of Baby Lists: What to Do and What to Get to Prepare for Baby. Elaine has over thirty five years experience caring for single and multiple birth babies. Visit Elaine’s website at www.babylistsbook.com where you will find many helpful articles and lists of products for infants and toddlers.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
MOMS Club of Southeastern Lower Bucks County
Our Chapter boundaries include Bristol, Fairless Hills, Fallsington,
Levittown, Morrisville, and Tullytown.
To our Halloween Party
WHEN: Monday, October 18th from 10:30am – 1:00pm
WHERE: Emmaus Road Lutheran Church Community Room
520 Hood Blvd. (adjacent to Pennsbury H.S.) in Fairless Hills
Looking for other stay-at-home moms to hang out with?
Come to our free open to the public Halloween party!
Bring your children in costume – we’ll have kid’s games, a costume parade
and lot’s of food and treats!
*Please Bring One Thanksgiving Related Canned/Food Item
to Donate to a Local Charity*
For Security purposes, a Valid Photo ID will be required to participate
Come check us out – we’re a local non-profit organization
who offers support to stay-at-home moms and their children.
Each month we have a calendar full of activities for kids and moms too!
For more information email: email@example.com