A Brooklyn, New York LPN Takes a Stand for Social Justice


The now-iconic photo has since been hailed as a symbol for peaceful demonstrations against police brutality. It has also been likened to photos captured in past civil rights protests as well as one of the takeover in Tienanmen Square in China that captured a man staring down the tank. For Evans, the comparisons give a powerful sense of a purpose.”It means that God has chosen to put me in a position to make a difference, make a change,” Evans said. “It is more than me, it is more than myself. So here I am, I have a responsibility to do something.



5 Foods that Can Help You Manage Your Incontinence A Guest Post from Hartmann Direct


If you suffer from incontinence, you will understand how difficult it can be the manage the symptoms on a daily basis. It seems like you spend your day planning every toilet visit and making sure you have plenty of incontinence products to manage any accidental leaks of urine.

The good news is that there are plenty of treatments and options for incontinence, from pelvic floor muscles exercises, bladder re-training, medication and the possibility of surgical intervention too. However, there are smaller changes that can have big impacts on incontinence, and that is the food and drink we consume.

This is especially true when you have an over-active bladder. This is when the lining of the bladder is irritated, causing an urge to urinate on a frequent basis. This urge can also be immediate and thus, you may leak urine before you reach the toilet.

There is no dietary cure for incontinence but it is known that some foods and drink can make an overactive bladder feel more irritated. Making dietary changes should be done with the help of your GP or a specialist incontinence nurse and can, in many cases, work well especially when practicing pelvic floor exercises or using other incontinence products and aids.

There are some foods that can help with incontinence and here are five of the best!

#1 Nuts, seeds and legumes

Edible legumes include soya beans, lentils and other kinds of pulses and by building more of nuts, seeds and legumes into your daily diet, you are building in an important food group. Nutrition experts suggest that by eating nuts, seeds and so on that are natural, unprocessed and as close to their natural state of possible, the more effective they will be.

A 115 gram or half a cup serving of each of these food groups will add six to eight grams of fibre to your diet.

#2 Fruit and veg…

… but the right fruit and vegetables!

Citrus fruits are acidic and this means that they have potential to irritate the bladder. They are also a diuretic which means that they ‘encourage’ the body to urinate more. This is why many low-fat or diet plans will contain high levels of citrus fruits such as lemon, as well as tomatoes and so on.

Therefore, eating the right fruit and vegetables is important. Cut out or lower your intake of citrus fruits and instead focus on those high in fibre such as peas, sweet potatoes with their skins on and broccoli.

#3 Breads, cereals and rice

A common factor relating to incontinence can be slow transit of food through the digestive system. Being constipated on a frequent basis or passing hard stills can contribute at accidental leaks of urine.

Increasing your intake of fibre and water simultaneously, will help to decrease constipation and hard stools. Thus, eating wholemeal bread and cereals and brown rice that are as unrefined as possible is key to maintaining a healthy digestive system.

#4 Water

When suffering from urinary incontinence, especially an overactive bladder where you feel you are always going to the toilet, it can seem counter-intuitive to drink more water.

A sensitive or over-active bladder has a lining that is irritated and sometimes, consuming more water helps because urine becomes less concentrated. This means the bladder can feel less irritated and not produce the urge to urinate all of the time.

When adding unrefined foods to your diet, you will also need to consume more water to help with the digestion and passage of this food too.

However, you need to drink water throughout the day – try adding an extra six to eight small glasses of water to your daily routine. It is best to sip water through the day, rather than taking it in in one large gulp. This means your system is working constantly to use the water and dilute urine.

Combine this increase in water with scheduled toilet visits too so that you start to regain control of your bladder.

#5 Meat and fish

Nutrition experts agree that lean cuts of meat along with fish are the best protein sources for the body.

However, when we add ingredients to them, we can sometimes be inviting trouble for an irritated bladder. Use non-acidic and healthy mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil when cooking meat and fish.

There are also some foods that can be soothing to the bladder, such as avocado. Some people also find that cutting out caffeinated drinks or drastically reducing them, also helps an irritated or sensitive bladder.


HARTMANN Direct supply a range of high quality incontinence products suitable for men and women. Their range include light absorbency pads, through to heavy absorbency as well as other products that can help managing an over-active bladder easier.


5 Warning Signs of Bad Nursing Home Care A Guest Post by Samantha Stein




We live in very busy times where we are ruled by our own schedules. When this happens, we often have little time to care for our aging loved ones. Luckily, nursing homes are an option for many of us. When we cannot provide the care that our elderly relatives need, these facilities will fill in the gaps and make sure that they receive the assistance that they need.

Nursing homes have always been a big part of our society. For years, we have placed our trust and our family’s well-being in their capable hands. These facilities have allowed our elderly to age with dignity and grace through the care that they provide. Through the experienced hands, the nurses and other staff of these places have provided a wonderful and comforting place for older generations.

However, this is not always the situation for many of the nursing homes in our country. While there are a great number of misconceptions about nursing homes that need to be clarified, reports of abuse and neglect are causing alarm in families in the recent years. NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org shares that more than two million cases of elder abuse are reported every year. What makes the situation even more terrifying for family members is that 1 out of 10 elderly individuals is likely to experience some form of abuse.

Because of the amount of reports that the people are being bombarded with, quality nursing homes end up getting overshadowed. Good nursing homes are painted in a bad light despite their compassion and dedication towards the elderly.

In order to make sure that our relatives receive the best nursing home care, how do we sort out the terrible nursing homes from the good ones?


  1. Frequent change in staff

Like any other company, organization, or institute customer-centric services, you can tell a lot about a facility from how satisfied and happy its employees are. Staff turnover is unavoidable, but if happens frequently, then you might want to consider changing nursing homes.

If a facility is unable to take care of their own employees, then how can they fully care for their residents? Staff-resident interaction is necessary for the well-being of your loved ones.

  1. What does your nose say?

Your five senses can help you determine if your loved ones are getting the quality care that they need. When you first step into the facility or during your visits, look around and see if the place is kept clean.

Pay attention to what your nose picks up, as well. While it is normal to encounter a few unpleasant odors in nursing homes, you must pay attention to how it is dealt with by the staff. Does it linger for more time than necessary?

  1. What does the Internet say?

Thanks to technology, we can now access so much information with just a few clicks. Take advantage of this and look for reviews and comments about the nursing home you are considering.

Are there reports of violations done by the facility? And how serious are they? There are also multiple articles and Websites that provide lists of nursing homes with red flags.

Consult organizations on how to go about looking for nursing homes. Choosing nursing homes are an integral part of long term care planning, so talk to the professionals. Let them lead you to the right direction because these are the ones who know the Ins and Outs of long term care basics.

  1. Pay attention to what your loved one says… and doesn’t say.

At times, when Mom says, “I don’t want him/her taking care of me”, we often assume that it is a statement brought about by cognitive problems she is dealing with. But in reality, this is actually a cry for help. Do not take these statements lightly.

They must always be comfortable, especially with the people in charge of their lives. Do not ignore them when they say these kinds of statements. Investigate, and find out what made her say that.

Additionally, pay close attention to how your loved ones are after being admitted in a nursing home. Did their demeanor change? Are they suddenly withdrawn and uncommunicative? Keep in mind that emotional abuse does not leave bruises and marks, but it severely affects anyone.

  1. Trust your gut

Sometimes, everything can seem orderly and perfect, and yet your instincts are telling you that something is not right. Because there is no evidence of anything strange going on, you think that you are just having an off day.

However, we advise that you listen to your gut. If something does not feel right, then investigate. Take the time to look around because that feeling is there for a reason, you just have to look for it. Your loved one’s well-being is too precious to risk.


 Samantha Stein is an Online Content Manager for ALTCP.org whose works focuses on long term care insurance, finance, elder care and retirement. Her choice to build a writing career on these fields is not merely out of the call of profession. Rather, she decided to pursue these subjects when she saw how being unprepared for long term care and retirement has greatly affected some of her loved ones. 


5 Products to Help An Elder Stay at Home Rather than Move to a Aged Care Facility A Guest Post by Andy Caton



For many elderly people, the thought of moving out of their beloved house and into an aged care facility or retirement home is repellent. Not only do elderly people want to remain in homes in which they may have lived for decades and which are full of memories, they also want to retain a sense of independence.

Yet it’s painful for family members to see elderly loved ones shrugging off the idea of an aged care facility and staunchly insisting they can manage fine, when it’s plainly obvious they are struggling to manage tasks within the home. One solution likely agreeable to both the elderly person and their concerned relatives is to invest in products designed to assist those with reduced mobility with daily living.

These range from small kitchen aids such as a jar opener or adapted knife, to state of the art mechanical mechanisms, such as a stairlift. With the help of these daily living aids, elderly people can manage much better whilst they continue to live in their own homes. Here are five top reduced mobility products you may wish to consider:

1. Stairlifts

These are custom made to fit your stairs. They feature a comfortable and easily accessible seat attached to a rail running up the stairway. When operated, the seat glides gently up or down the stairs as required. Most stairlifts are designed to leave room so that people can still walk around them.

2. Grab rails and safety bars

Grab rails are available in a wide range of materials and colours to suit an individual’s décor, tastes and needs. For instance, a bright red rail in the next to the loo can be a good option for those with limited vision, as it stands out easily. Grab rails and safety bars can easily be fixed in areas where the elderly person requires a little extra support. They can be used to help an elderly person in and out of bed, in and out of the shower or bath, or up and down from the toilet. They may also be useful on the outside of the house.

3. Kettle tipper and teapot

These allow for safer and easier pouring of boiling water for that essential cup of tea or coffee. Kettle tippers are designed to hold a kettle or teapot securely in place, taking some of the weight off so that for someone with a weakened grip, it is far easier to manage and pour. Many have pivoting cradles. Another option is a mini kettle which is much lighter to use than a regular-sized one.

4. Raised Toilet Seats

A vast array of different types of quality, raised toilet seats are available today. These are designed to make sitting down and rising from the loo easier and more comfortable for an elderly person. Some come with molded arm rests for added comfort while many are adjustable in height. They are manufactured in a range of colours and styles to suit every bathroom.

5. Reachers and grabbers

A simple idea, but so incredibly useful for an older person with reduced mobility. Reachers and grabbers allow a person to pick objects up off of the floor for instance, without have to strain or bend. These are available in varying lengths and styles and are an effective way of preventing falls, strains and other nasty injuries.

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Video Tribute: It’s A Nurse


Please remember that The Universe only asked a very special few to dedicate their lives in the service of caring for other…and you said Yes. 



Healthcare professionals across the country give of themselves every day. They are dedicated to serving you—our neighbors, friends and family. Their goal is to provide those in need with courteous and compassionate care.

Patients and their family members often send us letters expressing the impact we have made on their lives. A mother recently wrote a letter to Health First nurses that humbled us like no other. We were so inspired by this mother’s story that we created a video based word for word on the letter she wrote.

Health First nurses play an important role in our Integrated Delivery Network, and we honor them and all those who work in healthcare and serve our community.

Please visit http://HFnurses.org to view a mother’s heartfelt testament to our nurses.


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One nurse is using her talent to bring out smiles and make connections with her patients.

Whether it’s Elvis or Italian, 33-year-old Kathleen Sarnes is nursing her patients back to health one note at a time.

“She diverts your attention and before you know it, everything is done,” said Tom Delfino, a patient.

But it’s far more than hand holding, she is every bit the registered nurse at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital.

It’s just that nurse Kathleen is good for both body and soul.

“I was so depressed and down, and then you come in here singing and sunbathing,” a patient said.

Her patients are more joyful when they’re discharged, but ironically Kathleen wasn’t always the joyful type.

“I have a history of depression,” Sarnes said.

So this is healing for her as well.

And it works! Mostly because it’s about making a connection, a meaningful one, through music, even in a patient’s toughest moments. Kathleen remembered one woman in particular.

“I was holding her hand and she had a little smile just before she went,” Sarnes said.

She hopes to continue spreading the word about her techniques.

A video of her and a stroke patient is already going viral.

Happy National Nursing Week Kathleen, and by all means don’t stop the music!


Originally Seen on Channel 7 Eye Witness News Thursday, May 12, 2016

Stacey Sager: http://abc7ny.com/about/newsteam/stacey-sager/

Veterans Benefits: Paying for Senior Care Guest Post by Jeff Anderson Originally Post in Senior Living Blog



Are you a senior veteran or an immediate family member of a veteran? Do you know about the veterans benefits you or a loved one have earned? Learn about the top secrets to paying for senior care.

A Place for Mom has helped guide more than 410,000 veterans in their searches for senior housing and senior care. Part of this assistance involves making veterans and their families aware of VA benefits that they have earned but may not know about. Learn more about benefits like Aid and Attendance, which can provide substantial assistance to veterans who require care but are unable to pay for the full costs privately.

Veterans Benefits Help Families Paying for Senior Care

Depending on the veteran’s care needs and financial status, Aid and Attendance can provide $2,000 or more towards the cost of assisted living or other types of senior care. Even surviving spouses of wartime veterans may qualify for related benefits. Considering the relatively high cost of senior care, the benefit can be a godsend for families who would have had great difficulty affording senior care otherwise.

A quick glance at the cost of senior care compared to the typical senior’s income shows that most seniors are unable to pay for care through their income alone:

  • The average monthly cost for the base rent of assisted living was $3,995 per month in 2015 according to A Place For Mom’s Senior Care Pricing Index
  • The median household income for seniors was $3,075 per month in 2014 according to U.S. Census Bureau data

Of course, some seniors have savings and other assets that they can put towards care, or they have adult children who can contribute. But making up for this is challenging for many seniors.

Veterans who served during wartime may be entitled to Aid and Attendance to help make up for this shortfall. Aid and Attendance is a “need based benefit,” meaning that qualified veterans who can’t afford care on their own can receive funds to pay for care, while veterans who are financially comfortable and are able to pay for care independently do not immediately qualify.

Read our “Guide to Paying for Assisted Living with VA Benefits.”

Most Veterans Unaware of Benefits

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 9.3 million veterans over age 65.

Unfortunately, most of these vets and their loved ones don’t know about benefits that could make this phase of their lives easier.

A Place for Mom commissioned a survey conducted by Harris Interactive which found that 69% of senior veterans and their loved ones were not aware of VA benefits such as Aid and Attendance. A longstanding criticism of the VA is that it has not done enough to educate senior veterans about Aid and Attendance.

A Place for Mom’s Commitment to Veterans

A Place for Mom is committed to assuring veterans and their loved ones aren’t deprived of benefits they have earned through their brave and honorable service.

A Place for Mom Vice President of Senior Living Advising, Jennifer Mellet, says, “Veterans are often eligible for benefits, but the process to apply is not well-promoted, or may be so complicated that families are unsure where to begin. Our goal is to raise awareness and help our nation’s veterans access the support they need.”

Veterans and their loved ones searching for senior care can speak with an A Place for Mom Senior Living Advisor to learn more about Aid and Attendance and for help finding providers that are Aid and Attendance approved.

Learning About Veterans Benefits

For basic information on veterans benefits for seniors, visit our dedicated Guide to U.S. Veterans Benefits.

We also invite you to download our comprehensive and free Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care, which contains everything you need to know about Aid and Attendance and related benefits.

Do you or a loved one have veterans benefits? What would you like to let other families know about this process? Share your story with us in the comments below.  

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Veterans Benefits: Paying for Senior Care posted by Jeff Anderson

Originally Posted in Senior Living Blog Posted On 05 May 2016  http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/veterans-benefits-paying-for-senior-care/

Thinking About Retirement: Looking Forward to Life Beyond the OR?


A large number of perioperative nurses are nearing the end of their career and are looking forward to life after retirement, where they can focus on family and *gasp* themselves.

If you are a nurse who is 55 or older, and are beginning to think about retirement, you should ask yourself a few initial questions to see if you’re ready and how you should prepare for the transition, according to Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC, a practicing nurse and professional coach known to the nursing community as Dr. Phyllis.

  1. Are you financially ready?
    Think about how much money you are contributing to your retirement because after age 55 you can put in more money.
  2. How is your health?
    Consider if it is time for that knee or hip replacement and ask yourself if it’s time to take off those extra 20 pounds.
  3. What do you need to do to start aging gracefully in your job?
    Perhaps you can transition to less physically taxing work in the perioperative field, such as education. You may also want to consider work in another nursing field you can age into.

If you are thinking about retiring in the next 12–18 months, you should also consider the options for succession planning and begin preparing qualified colleagues to fill your shoes when you are ready. It’s never too soon to start mentoring the future you.

Life Beyond the OR

As much time as you spend thinking about the transition out of the daily grind of the OR, it’s equally important to have a plan for what you want your life to look life once you leave work. AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives, recommends several smart moves to achieve your retirement goals, including:

  • Wait until age 70 to start taking social security benefits to avoid losing out on all that is owed to you.
  • Consider part-time work in retirement for spending money and the chance to contribute to a Roth IRA.
  • Be realistic in planning for short-term and long-term health care costs.
  • Consolidate retirement accounts to simplify finances.
  • Be wary of scams and take proactive efforts to secure financial security.

Beyond planning for the administrative details of retirement, spend equal time planning for sound mental health once you leave full-time nursing. “Make regular deposits into your friendship bank just as you would into your retirement account—deep reserves aren’t just for 401(k)s,” advises Elizabeth O’Brien in a guest blog post to Dr. Quinlan’s blog at careforthecaregiver.me. O’Brien says the best way to make such deposits is to follow your interests and volunteer your time.

If you think volunteering to share your perioperative expertise might be of interest, there are a number of ways to make this happen with AORN. You can serve as a subject matter expert, commit time to work on an AORN committee, run for a position on AORN’s board of directors or work with AORN Journal to write articles or serve as a reviewer.

Often nurses end up taking time in retirement to care for elderly parents. Make sure to set realistic goals if you will take on caregiving after retirement and don’t take on too much by yourself, according to Amy Goyer’s Top Tips for Caregivers featured on AARP.com. She suggests several strategies to prevent caregiver burnout, including: building a caregiving team with family and community, connecting with other caregivers, and finding online tools to organize important information such as financials and medication.

Giving is an inherent quality nurses possess and this doesn’t end with retirement. “It is vital that those who give so much spend the time necessary to keep the deep well that they give from full,” Dr. Quinlan stresses. Find inspiration and advice to care for yourself by checking out Dr. Quinlan’s blog Caring is a Delicate Balance.

Get more tips on Planning for Retirement at AARP.com

Article Originally Published by AORN Career Center: https://www.aorn.org/career-center/job-seeker-resources/articles%20for%20job%20seekers/looking-forward-to-life-beyond-the-or