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Protect Your Health By Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

“Many people don’t realize that their home can be a breeding ground for allergens, such as pollen, dust mite debris, mold spores and other particles that may be airborne,” says Neil Schachter, MD, past president of the American Lung Association of the City of New York and author of Life and Breath. “Other things in the air, such as chemicals from everyday household items like furniture, carpeting, paints and cleaning products, can also contribute to poor indoor air quality. For people who are sensitive to these types of things, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue may result. A ‘home health check-up’ combined with some simple changes can help make your home a healthier place to live.”

1. Avoid cleaning products with ammonia and chlorine. Some household chemicals may be irritants to the respiratory tract in people who are sensitive to these chemicals. They can cause watery eyes and sore throats and even can trigger coughing and shortness of breath. Choose milder yet effective cleaning aids like those that use baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and citrus oils.

2. Lay area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpeting. Wall-to-wall carpeting can attract and hold indoor dirt, pollen, pet hair and mold spores and many contain chemicals. Vacuuming can remove some surface dirt, but often the vacuum can actually push pollutants deeper into carpet fibers. Area rugs are best since they can be picked up and cleaned thoroughly to remove potential irritants and allergens.

3. Use high performance air filters. Use a high performance filter, like the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter. Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season.

4. Turn up the air conditioning. Air conditioners not only cool the air in your home, they can also help reduce humidity levels. During the warm months of the year, turn up the air conditioner to help keep humidity levels lower, which can help keep mold from growing.

5. Turn off the humidifier. Room air humidifiers are moisture-generating sources that can spread bacteria, mold spores and chemical deposits into the air in your home. Keep relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent to help prevent mold growth.

6. Leave shoes outside. Avoid bringing outdoor pollutants indoors by removing your shoes before entering the home. Wearing shoes indoors can track particles that can become airborne, including animal dander, mold spores, pollen and bacteria, all of which can trigger allergy or asthma reactions

Six Benefits of Choosing In-Home Care

As our loved ones age, they need more attention and care. As you age, you gain more responsibilities that might make providing this care difficult. It’s understandable how difficult it can be to see our elderly friends and family suffer. However, nursing homes do not necessarily have to be the only option. You can also choose in-home care so that you and your loved ones can carry on with your lives.

1. The Comfort of Home

One of the benefits of choosing in-home care is that you get to keep the comforts of your home. It is a terrible feeling to be ill and hospitalized or stuck in a nursing home. With in-home care, experienced assistant will come to your house. That means you get to keep that beloved and well-worn armchair you love. You get to hang out in your own kitchen while reading the daily news.

2. Personalized Care

With the caregiver coming to your home, he or she is able to focus solely on you. Their attention is not divided between others. This means that they can respond to your wishes and needs. If your family member needs the help, you can rest assured that they will get the focused attention they deserve.

3. Reduced Risk of Infection

When many bodies are placed in an enclosed space, the risk of spreading germs is greater. If someone comes to visit you or your loved ones, there is a reduced chance of infection or catching an illness. When one ages, it can be particularly important to avoid colds and flus.

4. Keep Your Independence

As we age, one of the most stressful experiences is the feeling of loss of independence. The inability to take care of yourself can be saddening. However, if a personal assistant comes to your home and help you with the things you cannot handle while you carry on with your daily activities, the feeling would be different. Whether you need help with grocery shopping, cleaning the house, or chores, we can help while you still feel in control.

5. Family Support

In-home care makes it easy for your family participate in your life and care. Your grandchildren can still come visit you in the home they grew up knowing. Nothing drastic has to change. It is easier for your friends and family to come to your house, rather than a nursing home they have never been to before.

6. Peace of Mind

Whether you or your loved one needs help, in-home care is a great way to get peace of mind. You no longer need to worry over if your loved one is being taken care of when you are away.