Non-Medical Homecare Worker

This type of homecare can be referred to as custodial care. It a type of care that is non-medical in nature and involves assisting their clients with daily living tasks. Some of these tasks can include helping them use the bathroom, take a bath, or shower, getting in and out of bed, dressing, and more. When you are a non-medical homecare worker, you may also have to help with the preparations of their meals and may include feeding them. Although it is personal in nature, it does not require you to be a trained health care professional or nurse.

You do not need knowledge of health or medical care or extensive training but you will need to have organizational skills, patience, physical strength, stamina, and compassion. All of these traits go into being a successful non-medical homecare worker. The client you work for at one time was a strong individual who was able to take care of themselves but now has to depend on someone else to help them with their basic personal needs. This is why you need compassion to understand how they feel having to depend on someone else to help them with basic grooming, turning them in bed so they do not get bedsores, making sure that they are clean and fed, and more.

Many times your clients will have trouble moving about on their own so they may need help walking to the bathroom, getting up from their chair, or out of bed. You may also be required to help them perform exercises to help them maintain or improve their function and strength, improve their balance, or increase their range of motion after a stroke or a fall. If these exercises do not require the help of a physical or rehabilitation specialist you can help with them.

This type of homecare may also involve just sitting and listening to your client talk, read a book to them, taking them out to their doctor’s appointment, or for a short drive. Some clients enjoy their care worker to have a meal or watch a television program with them. This can all be part of the job. When helping them with their bathing you are there to help ensure that they do not fall, that they have their hair washed if they cannot do it themselves or even do the actual bathing. If they cannot do it you may have to comb their hair or brush their teeth.

Being a non-medical homecare worker can be a very rewarding job but it can also be hard at times.

What’s the Difference Between a Walk-In Clinic and Urgent Care?

Walk-in clinics have been pretty popular for years now, thanks to their convenience and affordability. Without having to make an appointment and wait days or longer until you actually see your doctor, walk-ins have become the go-to source for many non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

But in case you haven’t noticed, the term ‘walk-in clinic’ has become used interchangeably with ‘urgent care centers’. Why is this? Are they actually two different names for the same thing? Or is there actually a difference?


This type of quality primary care clinic was originally introduced to provide more convenient and cost-effective medical care for those with little or no medical insurance. They have historically provided primary care functions, such as providing immunizations, prescribing medications, and referring more complicated issues to specialists.

Urgent Care Centers

These centers have sprung up in an effort to take the pressures off of hospital emergency rooms. They offer things like X-rays, stitches, wound care, casting, blood work, and other medical care that hospitals provide. When the medical situation is not life-threatening, but is beyond the scope of care of a walk-in clinic, an urgent care center is an ideal choice.

It’s always a good idea for patients to understand what their insurance does and does not cover. They should also become aware of the options out there for medical care, including the ER, urgent care center, or walk-in clinic.

How to Discipline a Special Needs Child

Here’s one of the most fundamental truths of being a parent, no matter the needs of your child: if you fail to correct your child’s behavior, what you are saying goes far beyond “that behavior is acceptable” — you’re saying “I don’t believe you can learn.” That message hurts far more than any misunderstanding or failure that might happen while applying behavior management techniques.

Setting Boundaries: The first part of discipline is teaching your child what is strictly unacceptable. There are situations where it’s preferable to have a dialogue — hopefully, that’s the majority of situations — but there are also those where a ‘line in the sand’ is vital. “Never hug an alligator,” for example (heard in person in the New Orleans bayou!) This should mostly be used in situations where the ‘natural consequence’ of their behavior is intolerable (such as death or serious injury), but there are exceptions (see below.) Naturally, an ‘artificial consequence’ is a critical part of this process.

Communicating Expectations: In situations that aren’t quite so dire, the goal is for the child to understand how they are expected to act. And, perhaps even more importantly, how they are expected not to act. Ideally, this should be done before they get into a given situation, so they can engage those expectations immediately — but don’t hesitate to stop them promptly at any moment and communicate your expectations clearly (potentially for the fifth or eighth time.)

Testing: There are those clever children who will deliberately ‘test’ your expectations by seeing just how close they can get to a violation without getting in trouble — and also those who will ‘test’ them by deliberately (and repeatedly) violating them. In both cases, fall back on the first technique: set boundaries to their testing (allow them to test a little bit), and if they defy those boundaries, the ‘artificial consequence’ applies.

Let Nature Take Its Course: In most cases where the ‘natural consequence’ of an action is acceptable (i.e., falling off of a log they’re balancing along or having to ask a scary neighbor for permission to get something out of their yard) simply let it happen — or not. This kind of ‘danger’ is a vital part of growing up, and if it means you have to comfort them and put a band-aid or two on, well, that’s a lesson learned. You’d rather be the comforter than the dictator that kept them off the log in the first place.

Invoke Nature At Home: For most behaviors at home, there’s an intuitively-obvious ‘natural consequence’ as well — don’t hesitate to invoke these. If your child is throwing food, take their dinner away, and don’t give it back. That’s a natural consequence. If your child won’t get in their bed at bedtime, take their bed away (or don’t let them into their bedroom) and inform them that they’re not allowed to use a bed to sleep in that night.

Be consistent, create a routine and stick to it, and communicate clearly without lecturing. Use praise and occasional rewards to promote good behavior in addition to using discipline when necessary, and you’ll find that your special needs child can learn to act appropriately.

The Various Types of Dental Insurance

Before going to the dentist, you should be aware of what your insurance covers. Many dental procedures can be quite expensive, so you wouldn’t want to end up with a surprise when the bill dentist Louisville that will work with you and your insurance company. The dentist should inform you of what is covered and what isn’t beforehand, so that you aren’t left paying out of pocket for a procedure that you thought was covered.

Preventative Coverage

The majority of insurance plans cover preventative dentistry. When you go to the dentist for a cleaning and fluoride treatment, it falls under this category. Your examination, including x-rays, is also usually part of your preventative package.

Basic Dental

If you have basic dental coverage it includes procedures like fillings and non-surgical extractions. Depending on the insurance company, this could also cover root canals and other procedures that are absolutely necessary.

Major Procedures

Some people have insurance that covers major procedures like crowns, implants, dentures, and surgical extractions. You should be aware that it is becoming increasingly rare to have this type of coverage, so you will probably have to pay out of pocket for at least a percentage of these procedures.

Post Traumatic Growth “Disorder”

Recently Mary and I went to an Episcopal Church to listen to a friend, Rev. Ted perform as he just started there as their musical director. Although we were looking forward to seeing Rev. Ted, we had a little apprehension about sitting through a traditional “church” service. The past few years we have been attending Concordia Center in Warwick, RI where we love Rev. Ian’s weekly positive and uplifting messages. However, if we have learned anything from our Metaphysical journey it is that, “everything happened for a reason!”

Rev. James at the Episcopal Church delivered a message that I found pleasingly enlightening! He discussed a condition that I was unfamiliar with but made perfect sense, as it described what happened to Mary. He discussed Post-Traumatic Growth Disorder (PTG). Most are familiar with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition where an individual may have reoccurring anxiety and stress over a traumatic event experienced. The event may have been being in a war, in an accident, or even the victim of a violent crime. The individual often keeps re-living the traumatic event, has difficulty sleeping, concentrating and may have panic attacks, anxiety, headaches and even physical ailments like ulcers.

Rev. James described how many turn a traumatic event into a growth experience that transforms their lives. Of course he used some Bible stories to illustrate his point, describing how people facing years of pain and struggle never lost their faith, and the traumatic events made them stronger, bringing them to a higher spiritual existence then if they had never experienced the trauma in their lives.

Looking further into PTG, I found it was first coined by psychologists Richard G. Tedeschi and Lawrence G. Calhoun at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the mid-nineties. They describe PTG as a positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning. They state that Growth does not occur as a direct result of trauma, rather it is the individual’s struggle with the new reality in the aftermath of trauma that is crucial in determining the extent to which post-traumatic growth occurs. Encouragingly, reports of growth experiences in the aftermath of traumatic events far outnumber reports of psychiatric disorders, since continuing personal distress and growth often coexist. Post-traumatic growth is not about returning to the same life as it was previously experienced before a period of traumatic suffering; but rather it is about undergoing significant ‘life-changing’ psychological shifts in thinking and relating to the world, that contribute to a personal process of change, that is deeply meaningful, and even spiritual, like Rev. James was describing.

This is what Mary experienced through her battles with supernatural forces and entity possession. Rather than being a victim the rest of her life, not getting over her trauma and being dependent on mind-numbing pharmaceuticals, her experience transformed her life to a higher existence. This transformation did not occur over night. It took her years of healing, studying, and re-framing her thinking. To understand what she experienced she became a student of life, reading hundreds of books on religion, spirituality, New Age and Metaphysics. Working with shamans and light-worker mentors the victim learned that she was a healer herself.