Respite Care For Busy Caregivers

We recently responded to an article in The Straits Times titled “Help at hand for younger caregivers” dated November 21, 2017. These are very important and will become even more crucial with the prevalence of nuclear families.

While these are important, one other issue that needs to be addressed is respite care. Most, if not all caregivers, have to juggle work, family and other commitments. This will definitely take a toll on them. Caregivers need a break to recharge and also to take stock of their lives. This is where respite care comes in. This can take several forms. For those who do not have enough leave or off days to bring their loved ones to the doctors can hire freelancer medical escorts to accompany them to their doctors’ appointments, dialysis appointments and others. For those who are not comfortable in leaving their wards alone at home, there are care companions who can take care of them while the caregivers are at work. Sometimes caregivers need a helping hand or someone to talk to and these care companions can help.

We have had feedback that hiring medical escorts and care companions for one’s aged parents is a sign of lacking filial piety. That is absolutely not true. Getting help for one’s aged parents is a sign that you care for them and also for your own well-being. I personally did not know about the existence of medical escorts and care companions until after joining the company I am working at right now. If I had known, this would have eased the burdened off my siblings and me.

Assess Your Skills as a Freelance Medical Professional

This article is written by Quin Hoskins. Having studied law and several science-related subjects at degree level, this has provided him with the perfect foundation to cover an eclectic range of topics in his freelance writing career. From the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs to countless travel sites, he is proud to be associated with companies and organizations that are definitely at the top of their game. The flexibility of his freelance writing business allows him to devote a significant proportion of his time to study and is finishing his last course – out of 6 – towards his LLB (Hons) this year. He is also an avid traveler and has proudly visited 40 other countries to date, with much more planned for the future.

If you have been following this blog over recent weeks, you may have read the articles about the tort of negligence and how you can attempt to defend a claim if litigation is ever pursued against you. If this has left you feeling more than a little nervous, now will be the perfect time for you to examine your repertoire of skills and ensure you are up-to-date with modern practices; after all, as a freelance medical professional, the onus is upon you to make sure you undertake regular training sessions.

Assess Your Skills Truthfully
It should become good practice for you to get into the habit of assessing your skills at least six times per year (around every two months would be ideal). Whilst you’re working in your everyday life, you will know when you have felt that there are some skills that are slightly lacking over others. If this is ever to do with how you treat your patients, it is imperative you seek training to improve this skill as soon as you possibly can. It is the niggly little skill such as this that might get you in the end. You may end up performing a procedure incorrectly and this could lead you wide open to a lawsuit. Never, ever let things go this far. Be completely truthful with yourself when you assess your skills and aim for perfection in every single thing you do.

Seek Regular Training Sessions
The world of medicine is ever evolving: customs and practices can change on a regular basis and it is ultimately your responsibility to remain abreast with all these updates. With this in mind, ensure you schedule regular refresher training sessions. You might also like to track down a reliable website that will send you regular updates on any changes in your niche of the medical profession – this type of facility is worth its weight in gold. Keeping up with the industry updates will mean that you can implement the new practices immediately, rather than waiting for your next training refresher. I repeat, though, you must make sure the information being fed through to you are coming from a totally trusted and reliable source, as well as falls in-line with the laws, rules, and regulations that are pertinent to your particular country.

Types of Skills
The types of skills you will be assessing will depend on the level of care you administer to your patients – obviously. If you are a nurse, you will not be quite so concerned with the diagnoses of medical conditions and issuing of medicines – unless you are a nursing practitioner (which is very similar to a doctor but this position only exists in some countries). Doctors and surgeons are required to evaluate a much vaster range of skills and their everyday work can and does mean the difference between life and death for many of the people they treat. Therefore, their skills have to be top notch and there can never be any excuses.

Excellent Patient Care
No matter which level you work at in the medical profession: be you a top, world-class cardiothoracic surgeon or an auxiliary nurse, one thing remains the same for everyone – excellent patient care should be at the heart of everything you do. This means every single medical professional must always treat every patient with respect at all times. All too often, nowadays, many medical professionals forget that they have progressed too far up the career ladder to have to worry about trivial issues such as their bedside manners – this should never be the case! Every medical professional should always exercise exactly the same level of care and attention to all of their patients. Those that fail to do so, can expect a formal complaint filed against them, and in this day and age, by a public that is becoming increasingly litigious and knowledgeable of their legal rights.

If Your Skills Remain Lacking
If there are certain skills connected with the performance of specific practices where you lack confidence and just do not seem to be able to master, it is essential that you refrain from performing them in your freelance career. If this type of practice is connected with an issue that you encounter rarely, this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. Patients and clients would always much rather you be truthful about a skill that you’ve not quite perfected than bungling your way through a clumsy procedure and risk injuring your patient and facing consequential legal action.

You are a freelance medical professional who has the ultimate duty of care to all of your patients. With this in mind, you owe it to them and to yourself to ensure your repertoire of skills is at the highest level possible. Where regular skill assessments reveal any skills that may be even slightly lacking, you must take the necessary action to brush up on your skills and ensure your patients remain safe in your hands at all times.

Confinement Nanny or Helper for Your Confinement Month? Why Not Both?

Like many daughters, Jasmine was blessed to have her mother’s dedicated help during her first confinement month. The situation changed when she had her second baby, and Jasmine had to engage a confinement nanny (CN) – for the first time.

Despite the common notion that domestic helpers or family members can be a wallet-friendly alternative to confinement nannies, the 32-year-old said that the benefits of having a CN outweigh the short-term cost saving. Jasmine reiterated that hiring a CN during her baby’s first month was an excellent decision as the nanny not only helped “lessen the workload” even further, but she also shared valuable postnatal care tips with Jasmine and her helper.

There is a widespread expectation that confinement nannies are experienced, and have a caring, friendly and calm nature. But Jasmine would tell you that her first-time experience with a CN, whom her friend recommended, exceeded her expectations. “With a confinement nanny, I was able to rest more at home as she was the main caregiver during this period,” the HR admin explained.

“The confinement nanny helped me with taking care of my baby, especially with the night feeds, as well as took care of my older child. She even cooked all our meals.”

The mother of two elaborated: “I would strongly recommend mothers to hire a confinement nanny so that they can rest well during this period, learn the ropes from the confinement nanny and be prepared to take care of their baby from the second month onwards.”

5 Things I Love Most About Being a Freelance Nurse

My name is Siti, and I am both a full time nurse and a freelance nurse. I started my nursing journey in ITE studying and furthered my studies overseas at Coventry University in the UK. I have been practicing as a nurse for over six years. I worked in Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital in their mental health institute and am currently working in an Aesthetic clinic. I work as a freelance nurse during my off days and here are the five reasons why I love being a freelance nurse and why you should give it a try!

1. Never a Dull Day in the Office

Being a freelance nurse, you will be working in new places regularly. You will never know where you will be working next and who your next patient is, which will keep things from becoming stale and mundane. The patients are usually more relaxed in their own homes, and this makes them much easier to work with. Most of them even enjoy having you around, sharing their life stories and experiences and you go about your job. It makes things more interesting versus a hospital setting where the patients tend to be more reserved.

2. Flexible Schedule

The ability to pick your work schedule is a blessing. It gives those who either want to work full time and earn more money on the side like myself or work around their schedule while taking care of their family and personal interest. In any situation, it gives you the flexibility that you need to plan your schedule.

3. Free Food

Often, the families you are working for will provide you with lunch and/or dinner. This is amazing as not only do you get to eat home cooked food – you also feel the warmth of the family as most of them will treat you like part of the family.

4. Different People

Being a freelancer, you get to work with various people, and that means you don’t get the usual work politics. No power plays and greedy people to deal with. This also means your patients change too. Learning to deal with different people day in and day out will be a great skill to learn.

5. Not As Tiring

Being a freelance nurse is not as physically draining as working in a hospital setting. Working in a ward, you tend to do a lot of over time, and this can get frequent. As a freelance nurse, patients book you for the hours that they require and that usually means not much of time will be wasted. In this way, it is sporadic that you will need to do any overtime, if ever.

Want to Paint the Nursery Blue or Pink? Try These 5 Pregnancy Tricks

Choosing your baby’s gender isn’t exactly the most important thing that many parents plan exclusively for (you’ll still love your child regardless), but it still remains a passing thought amongst couples looking to have a little control on their future offsprings. Numerous couples would love to have both a son and a daughter. You might find yourself looking up the Web for pregnancy tricks to see if you can try for a son or a daughter.

While there are no scientifically proven means of manipulating the gender of your baby, there are still some possible avenues to try out if you’re still keen for a son or a daughter. Without further ado, here are a few safe pregnancy tricks to get a boy or a girl that you and your spouse can consider!

Shettles Method

The Shettles method is named after Dr. Landrum Shettles, who came up with a theory in the 1960s that male-producing sperms swim faster than their female counterparts, but do not live as long as they do.

For couples looking to raise a son, the Shettles method emphasizes on the importance of having sexual intercourse as close as possible to ovulation, giving the male-producing sperms a higher chance in fertilizing the egg before dying out. Alternatively, those looking for a daughter should wait two to four days before ovulation to give the female-producing sperms time to outlast their competitors.

While it might not be the most accurate method on the list with purported claims of a 75 percent success rate, it’s however economically viable as it only requires you, your partner and a comfy bed.

Different Positions

For another cost-free pregnancy trick to consider in choosing your baby’s gender, perhaps it’s time to do a little adjusting on who’s on top at night.

Similar to the Shettles method, the theory behind this revolves around the fragility of the male-producing sperms, where they are more vulnerable when first exposed to the acidic environment in the vagina. However, as they swim closer to the cervix, the environment eventually turns more alkaline and habitable for the male-producing sperms.

With deeper penetrating positions during sexual intercourse, such as the woman being on top or the man coming from behind, this is believed to increase the chances of having a boy as the male-producing sperms will have a shorter journey to travel. On the other hand, shallow penetration positions will ensure that the female-producing sperms will outlast their counterparts.

Setting Up A Dietary Plan

As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”. This can apply to your future newborn as well, depending on the type of food you consume. Many researches and studies have linked different nutrients and vitamins in choosing the gender of your child.

Couples looking to raise a little girl should increase their intake of fish, vegetables and dairy products, as they are believed to boost your chances in giving birth to one. Otherwise, treat yourself to the occasional chocolate and sweets, as they are similarly associated with the prospect of having a daughter.

For those seeking a son instead, look into consuming more red meat. The redder the meat, the higher your chances of producing a male newborn. If you’re not keen on adopting a vampire’s diet, then salty snacks such as chips, crackers or pretzels, are also great alternatives in influencing a boy for your next birth.

Listening To Old Wives’ Tales

For childbirth, there are plenty of popular rumors and old-age beliefs that have spanned through the test of time and are sworn to work by previous generations. Even today, you’ll still probably find a few being embarrassingly insisted upon by your dear old relatives.

In eighteenth-century France, many men who wanted a son believed that restricting the flow of their left testicle will inhibit the female-producing sperms from exiting during intercourse. This belief was so popular that it even got a few would-be fathers to surgically remove their left testicle to prevent raising a daughter.

For something less painful, the traditional Chinese Lunar Calendar is often used as a guide to predict and plan for male or female conceptions. Other popular beliefs include the help of the moon in it’s phases, with couples likely to conceive a girl in the full moon, or a boy during the quarter moon.

Timing Your Climax Periods

In this theory, whoever experiences an orgasm first doesn’t mean they’ve lost the race, it actually creates the environment that will determine the gender of your newborn. Similar to the Shettles method, it revolves around the alkaline level in the vagina, which can be manipulated by sexual excitement levels.

For a boy, it’s best to allow the female to reach orgasm first, as that would alter the pH levels in the birth canal due to the secretions. This will tone down the acidity levels around the vagina and provide a more habitable setting for the quicker male-producing sperms.

Alternatively, for those wanting a daughter, letting the male reach orgasm first will ensure that the more hardy female-producing sperms will outlast their counterparts in the acidic environment and go on to fertilize the egg.

While many happy parents have reported successful results with these means, it’s important to note that these pregnancy tricks are not absolutely fool-proof. While attempting these methods could increase your chances of choosing your baby’s gender, there’ll always be a risk of getting the wrong result in the end.

Despite the disappointment, rest assured that the gender of your baby will matter little when you’re holding him or her in your arms. The heartwarming joy of laying your eyes on your newborn child for the first time will be something that you’ll latch on for a long time.