Caring for sick children at home advice

What to know when building a home based hospital for a sick or dying relative.

Make sure you have the required space

A lot of people underestimate how much space is required to care for a sick or dying relative at home. If you don’t have a home that’s large enough you could potentially insert a basement or Loft Conversion to add extra space in your home.

Know this: There will be several obstacles.

Let’s just understand this. Regardless of how much planning one does, there’s a very good chance that something unforeseen will happen.

the little bit of unknown that is included with every big structure project can help you stay relaxed and collected as it pertains to determining how to adapt your plan and keep on with your mind up.

Choose a company you can trust.

If you believe your construction task is complicated enough to employ a contractor, it’s likely that it is most likely is. Picking a contractor is similar to choosing a coach for a football team: they’ll play a fairly large role and will ultimately affect the outcome. So take time to decide on a company you genuinely believe in. I myself have previously used Just Loft Conversions based in London.

Use recommendations, read reviews and inquire about their experience to ascertain if a builder is correct for you. Another important point is to not underestimate the energy of intuition: You will be spending quite a lot of time with this person, so pay attention to your first instincts.

Know your finances well…..really well!

Cutting corners and going for the cheapest construction company when conducting a project of this complexity is not something you want to do. Think about how precisely much money you can afford to pay to complete this project. The very last thing you should not do is to bite off more than you can chew, and also know that it may become more expensive than it is originally quoted this constantly happens in construction projects. If you can get a confirmed price and contract which states the work will be done to a certain standard and won’t go further than that would be even better.

Do your homework.

Do yourself a favor by doing your homework so you have the best notion of what you’re really going to be getting in your newly built structure task and any associated legislation and laws associated with it. Do you need special planning permission, or do you need any sort of legal paperwork from your local council to conduct this project.

Determine how you’ll pay your construction company.

You will find two common ways of pricing for construction work: (1) set bids and (2) time and materials.

A set price means that your company will generate an estimate for the completed job, start-to-finish, and you will pay that amount. Period. This technique is straight-forward and keeps little to no room for budget surprises or further negotiations, although the price breakdown can be considered a little unclear and expect them to be a little higher than to cover any “surprise” price increases.

Also consider that decision and note that the quality may differ wildly depending on how much you will be paying them. Construction companies are just like any other and if they accept a job for a little less than they normally do be sure that money isn’t appearing out of think air, there will be cutbacks.

Written by Paulo Nogueira

Good Health Ideas for Children & Adolescents

Good health for children and adolescents is a sensitive matter that requires great consideration and proper measures should be taken for it to be enhanced.

When bringing up a child, parents should be equipped with great knowledge on how to promote and maintain good health for their young ones.

A child with good health will enjoy the benefit of being immune to diseases,having the energy to perform manual work and will have the ability to acquire useful skills in life both physical and intellectual.

Good health therefore should be promoted through the diet the child is subject to, proper parental care and ensuring the child gets proper medical attention.
To start with, balanced diet is a paramount key in promoting the health of a child and enhancing his or her well being.A balanced died should be rich in proteins,carbohydrates,vitamins and minerals.

The child requires a lot of energy when growing up and right from the very beginning when the mother breastfeeds the baby, the baby acquires nutrients sufficient for growth.As the child grows older, breast milk is not sufficient enough to provide the child with adequate energy required for growth. Therefore, it is from that point where the baby stops breastfeeding that the baby is fed with light diet with much nutrients to promote growth. After a while when the baby’s stomach is able to digest more complex nutrients apart from breast milk, the mother the supplements the breast milk with light meals like sieved fruits for the child to consume.

The child adapts with time and after stopping the breastfeeding, the child then is entitled to enjoying a balanced diet like a grown up human being.

Starch is important in providing the child with energy as the child is very active right from the very initial stages of development and requires enough amount of energy to sustain the normal metabolism in the body. Proteins on the other hand are essential in body building and a child is entitled to at least getting small portion of proteins in every meal.

The proteins should be given in the right fractions as prescribed by a medical practitioner during maternal care. for example feeding a baby with more than two eggs occasionally can have a negative effect on the child’s health since the eggs have large contents of energy.Minerals and vitamins are also very essential for bone development and promoting good digestion.
A child requires more attention when they are on the adolescent stage. In addition to good health, a child requires more parental care and guidance in this stage of development.it is during this phase that a child starts developing changes especially on the sexual organs as they develop to an extent they can function like those of an adult.

Children therefore requires good advice on how to cope and handle with this changes.Good health require the well being of a child physically,emotionally and spiritually. during the adolescence stages a child also requires to be treated in a manner that will enable the maintenance of good emotions.

An example a child requires to be loved and feel appreciated by both family and friends. good emotions act as great boosters in maintaining the health of a child.The children should also have a good spiritual live where they are taught about the Divine and are subject to a certain belief systems.

Group Health campaign reveals employees’ big hearts

In a testament to employee generosity, Group Health staff exceeded the fundraising goals for the 2002 Foundation campaign held in May. During the campaign, 1,224 employees gave or pledged $270,058, representing a 16 percent increase in donors and 26 percent growth in dollars raised.

The staff designated their gifts to support 1) the Foundation’s grantmaking programs, 2) specific Group Health departments, and 3) endowed funds that will ensure a continued stream of interest income for the Foundation.

“The message speaks loud and clear: Group Health’s employees remain committed to the care we provide to our members and the care we provide to our communities. Group Health has a terrific staff and I am grateful for their inspirational generosity,” said Laura Rehrmann, Foundation president and CEO.

Aubrey Davis of Group Health will receive the Health Care Achievement Award

Seattle–For long-time members of Group Health Cooperative, the nation’s largest consumer-governed health care organization, Aubrey Davis is a familiar face and name. Davis, past president of Group Health and a trustee for over three decades, will be honored with the Health Care Achievement Award on Sept. 28 in Seattle. The Group Health Community Foundation will honor Davis at its Gift of Health Gala benefiting children’s and teen health.

“Active leadership by consumer members is what makes Group Health Cooperative different. Aubrey Davis has been Group Health’s moral compass and business steward,” said Cheryl Scott, president and CEO of Group Health.

Davis’ involvement with Group Health mirrors the issues of a dramatic era in American health care. He joined the Cooperative in 1948 as its 238th member. Premiums at the time were just $3 a month. As a trustee during the 1980s, Davis monitored passionate debates about reproductive rights and medical coverage. When consumer members of Group Health voted whether to make abortion services available to members, Davis played a key role in rallying members to support a woman’s right to choose, which they did.

During the 1990s, Davis championed health care reform and advocated for access to health care for all people. Davis helped to launch the Washington Basic Health Plan, the nation’s first program of subsidized health insurance for low-income families. Last year 175,000 people received health coverage through the Basic Health Plan. Davis also served on the National Task Force on Medicaid Management.

Davis served 32 years on the Group Health Board of Trustees, including eight terms as chair. He remains a trustee today. In 1988, at age 70, he became Group Health’s president and chief executive officer. His four years at the helm were followed by four years as president emeritus.

Davis is also known for tackling other civic issues facing the Puget Sound region. For 11 years he was a Mercer Island City Councilman and for four, he was mayor. He also served with the federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Washington State Transportation Commission, and on the boards for METRO and the Puget Sound Council of Governments.

The Health Care Achievement Award honors visionary leaders in the health care industry who have exhibited courage and pioneering spirit to improve health care for the community or for large populations. One quality of these leaders is an endurance to persevere against all odds. Davis is the first recipient of the annual award.

The Gift of Health Gala runs from 6:00 to 10 p.m. and will be emceed by Jean Enersen of KING 5 Televison. Cheryl Scott of Group Health and Leo Greenawalt, president of the Washington State Hospital Association, will bestow the award. Mr. Davis is expected to address the audience at 8:50 p.m.

Nearly $200,000 awarded to community groups by Group Health

Nearly $200,000 awarded to community groups by Group Health

Grants to support programs for children’s health, access to care

Seattle– Group Health Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Group Health Cooperative, is announcing eight new grant awards today. Totaling $188,917, the grants provide seed money for health improvement projects benefiting youth in communities around the state of Washington.

“As the state budget for public health is threatened, philanthropy plays an essential role in filling some funding gaps. The community groups receiving these grants fulfill essential roles in helping to protect children throughout Washington,” said Laura Rehrmann, Foundation president and CEO.

Awards are:

  • $25,000 to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane to provide emergency safe shelter for children at risk for abuse or neglect, as well as subsidized childcare and educational programs for their parents.

  • $25,000 to Feminist Women’s Health Center in Yakima to deliver free reproductive health services to Spanish- and English-speaking female teenagers throughout the Yakima Valley.

  • $39,557 to Volunteers of America in Spokane to help homeless and at-risk teens apply for health insurance and get direct medical care.

  • $46,140 to Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle for a model program to increase booster-seat use among 4- to 8-year-old Latino children in King County.

  • $5,000 to Whatcom Crisis Services in Bellingham to provide school-based group sessions to teen girls to help them avoid violence and abuse in dating and relationships.

  • $8,220 to Franciscan Health System in Tacoma to immunize 500 Pierce County children and teach families about communicable diseases via schools and health fairs.

  • $20,000 to Pierce County AIDS Foundation to provide mental health referrals and vouchers to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Pierce County.

  • $20,000 to CeaseFire Foundation of Washington for a statewide, social-marketing campaign to raise awareness about safe firearm storage. The campaign will engage media, violence prevention, public health, law enforcement and medical professionals in an effort to reduce firearm death and injury among youth.