The Well

Monthly information and suggestions to promote a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of well-being.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10-01-2017

Know the Facts

Domestic abuse and violence refers to a pattern of violent and coercive behavior exercised by one adult in an intimate relationship over another. It is not a private family matter. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. It refers to the physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse and does include teen dating relationships. A statistic from the Bureau of Justice indicates that from 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female. Domestic violence affects the whole family, including any children. (obtained through Catholics For Family Peace)

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Don’t Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage For Your Loved One or Relative

09-01-2017

For decades Medicare, skilled nursing facilities, and visiting nurse associations applied the so-called “improvement” standard to determine whether residents were entitled to Medicare coverage of the care. The standard, which is not in Medicare law, only permitted coverage if the skilled treatment was deemed to contribute to improving the patient’s condition, which can be difficult to achieve for many ill seniors.

Three years ago in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed to a settlement in which it acknowledged that there’s no legal basis to the “improvement” standard and that both inpatient skilled nursing care and outpatient home care and therapy may be covered under Medicare as long as the treatment helps the patient maintain her current status or simply delays or slows her decline. In other words, as long as the patient benefits from the skilled care, which can include nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy, then the patient is entitled to Medicare coverage.

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4 Questions to Ask During Your Child’s Back-to-School Physical

07-01-2017

With the school year approaching, parents are getting ready to take their children for their back-to-school check-ups. These exams are important to not only avoid preventative issues, but also to regulate pre-existing conditions.

There are several key questions that parents should ask when they bring their child to a family physician for their back-to-school physicals.

Your time you spend with your family doctor is very important. The important things to discuss with your family physician are any health issues child is having along with their overall health. Parents should inquire about proper diet. They should also ask their doctor if the child's height and weight are on target and what type of nutritional foods they should be consuming. This is important as poor nutrition can lead to illness down the road.

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When Faith & Cancer Collide

06-01-2017

I have been a parish nurse at Holy Spirit for 13 years. I have observed parishioners face the greatest threats to their lives, asking, as did Jesus on the cross, echoing the words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” They may be so overwhelmed and frightened that they may lament, “Where is God? Has God abandoned me? Has God done a disappearing act just as the enemy, cancer, is at the door?”

We tend to forget that our God is the God of the difficult times in our lives as well as the good times. When the threat of cancer arises, our faith, the foundation of our hope, is challenged, as we see the possibility of death. The reality of the threat of no longer being here as a living, breathing person, stands in contradiction to our hope, even threatens our hope.

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Spring

05-01-2017

Spring is here so let's get outside! Time spent in nature reduces stress, improves our health and fosters our spirits. When we take the time to sit in nature, we connect with a high power-our God!

People do not spend time alone, on purpose, any longer. Perhaps we never did, because we’re social animals by nature, meant to be in community. And yet, as nearly every religious tradition knows and teaches, there is much to be gained from intentional solitude, with no other agenda than to spend time alone with God and oneself, searching with heart for both. Type A personalities often feel that spending twenty-four hours alone doing “nothing” is a waste of time, but if we think about it, we are really wasting time with God.  If Christ went off by himself to pray.

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