Get rid of mold in your home!
After a flood, mold will grow in your house. It can make you sick. You will need to clean your house.
Take things that were wet for 2 or more days outside. Things that stayed wet for 2 days have mold growing in them even if you can’t see it.
Take out stuff made of cloth, unless you can wash them in hot water. Also take out stuff that can’t be cleaned easily (like leather, paper, wood, and carpet).
Use bleach to clean mold off hard things (like floors, stoves, sinks, certain toys, countertops, flatware, plates, and tools).
Follow these steps:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners.
- Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, goggles, and N-95 mask.
- Open windows and doors to get fresh air when you use bleach.
- Mix no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.
- Wash the item with the bleach and water mixture.
- If the surface of the item is rough, scrub the surface with a stiff brush.
- Rinse the item with clean water.
- Dry the item or leave it out to dry.
Activities in Alzheimer’s care
Don’t be afraid to try something new. As people age, their interests may change. In spite of AD or sometimes because of it, people often discover talents they may not have expressed before.
Here’s a tip for something new to try: Make simple pottery out of clay or homemade flour dough. Try cutting shapes from the dough with cookie cutters. Stamps made with a stamp pad produce instant art, and can be an enjoyable repetitive activity. Keep in mind the capabilities of the person in your care and offer gentle encouragement.
(Taken from Caregiver Assistance News)
Detect healthcare fraud
Learn to detect potential errors, fraud, and abuse. Even when you do everything right, there is a chance that you could be a target of healthcare fraud. There are a lot of ways that your personal information can be used without your permission.
Here are some steps you can take to detect potential errors, fraud and abuse:
- Always review your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) and Part D Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for mistakes. Access to your current Medicare account is available 24 hours a day, simply visit www.MyMedicare.gov.
- Compare your MSN and EOB to your personal health care journal and prescription drug receipts to make sure they are correct.
- Look for three things on your billing statement:
- Charges for something you didn’t get
- Billing for the same thing twice
- Services that were not ordered by your doctor
Always remember to “Guard Your Card”. Don’t give out personal information.
BUILD A HEALTHY MEAL
Make ½ your plate veggies and fruits. Vary the colors from red to green.
- Add in a protein such as lean beef and pork, chicken, turkey, or seafood.
- Make 1/4 your plate whole grains
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk or dairy products. They have the same amount of calcium and other important nutrients as whole milk but less calories and saturated fat.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Cut calories by avoiding soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, which are a major source of added sugar and calories.
- Avoid oversized portions. Use a smaller plate, bowl and glass. Portion out your food before you eat it!
- Balance calorie intake with physical activity. To find out how many calories you need, go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to find your calorie level.