Cascade Cares Blog

Self-Care for Stepparents

  If you’re a stepparent, you may think of “self care” as a foreign concept. One stepmom said, “I feel like a person whose appointment book is always facing out for other people to write in!” Not a lot different from being a parent, but many stepparents have the responsibilities of parents PLUS. That’s why […]

Diet Science

  The Summer, 2015 issue of Scientific American magazine has an engaging article called, “The Birth of the Modern Diet.”  In it, the author, Rachel Laudan, tells us how opinions about food have changed over the centuries based on what scientists believe about the human body. In 1547, Andrew Boorde said, “A good coke is […]

Integrity

  As I participate in a training exercise related to securing and maintaining the trust of others, I am reminded of the high value of integrity.  Webster defines Integrity as “the quality of being honest and fair.”  How does this apply to me? Many people view integrity as something that was developed long before we […]

Summertime Extreme Heat Warnings

  Elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of developing heat related illness.  Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat related illness and death. Did you know that homebound persons without air conditioning are at an even greater risk for developing symptoms of heat stroke? If you have […]

Changing….One Tiny Habit at a Time

  J. Fogg, PhD, a Stanford expert in behavioral change, developed the “Tiny Habit” method of changing behavior.  He has dedicated two decades of research to helping people make changes that “stick.”  He is well aware that big goals tend to fail, and many of us give up after feeling like failures.  His research has […]

Primary Care Clinic

  Over the past five years, our membership-based Primary Care Clinic has been dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare to all of the members.  When we first opened the clinic, it was our goal to make primary healthcare more accessible and affordable to everyone who lives in our community.  Growing the clinic was an incredible experience […]

Legalized Marijuana: What does it mean from an employment standpoint?

  There are two very distinct groups that contact Occupational Health about this topic, and surprisingly both ask the very same question.  Whether it is an employer or a prospective employee, a common question comes up:  “What does this mean for me?”  It seems that each group is preparing for considerable changes in the way […]

Change is a Constant

  Change is not easy and is a challenge to us all. However, we cannot forget that change is a constant and the better we are able to embrace change the better we can manage our feelings of change. I love this quote – “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. […]

Conflict!

  What is Conflict? Conflict generally occurs when people find themselves in the midst of opposition.  This may begin with disagreements or when differences are emphasized.  Misunderstandings and stubbornness also often come into play.  Unchecked, conflict can trigger stress, frustration, hostility, withdrawal, blaming, fear, mistrust, disappointment, defensiveness, resentment, and even retaliation.  When managed productively, conflict […]

Two Injuries – One Treatment

  Tips for Sprain and Strain Management What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? Some believe that it’s two terms describing the same thing, but that’s not exactly it. A sprain is a tear in the ligament, and is common in the ankle, knee, wrist, thumb, or shoulder. A strain occurs when […]

Lane County’s First Hospice House to Open in 2016

  With the recent purchase of property at 4010 County Farm Road in Eugene, CHS will move forward with plans to build the long-awaited hospice house. The property consists of a 4.79-acre parcel that includes walking paths, landscaping, and a pond. Construction on the 12-bedroom house, designed to look and feel like a family home, […]

LATER

  Procrastination means putting off issues of importance or urgency for less important or even trivial activities.  20% of adults (85% of college students) report this as a significant problem.  Procrastination can threaten health (delaying medical check-ups, dental-care maintenance, etc.), harm relationships, and even end employment.  40% of taxpayers have experienced financial penalties from delaying […]

SUPPORTIVE SELF TALK – PART 2

  To move from a victim (stuck) mindset to an effective (action) mindset, it’s often necessary to interrupt negative self talk.  But before we can substitute in a goal focus, we sometimes need to say STOP to paralyzing self criticism.  Here are some helpful steps. First, ‘listen to the tape.’  Many people have no idea […]

Safety in the Home – Cascade Home Health’s #1 Priority

  If you or your family’s greatest wish is to stay in your own home as long as possible as you age, then avoiding accidents is tantamount in keeping you safe and healthy.  Accidents caused by falls and medication errors rank high in causing people to leave their home and be placed in a facility. […]

Lane County’s First Hospice Facility

  The Festival of Trees is raising money to build Lane County’s first hospice facility. When the board decided to take this on as our project we had just lost one of the communities great men in my opinion. Over a lifetime that spanned six decades J. Peter “Pete” Moore made each moment matter, quietly […]

Mark Your Calendars

  Mark your calendars as Festival of Trees is almost here.  The Festival of Trees always runs Wednesday – Sunday, the week of Thanksgiving at the Valley River Inn.  This year it is November 26 – November 30th, so mark your calendars.  Admission cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. What […]

SUPPORTIVE SELF TALK – PART 1

  With all the challenges in our lives, one place we should be able to look for a supportive friend is within our own minds.  Despite this, many people are very hard on themselves – very critical and even demeaning. Sometimes people believe that being hard on themselves makes them toe-the-line or do higher quality […]

Festival of Trees

  Festival of Trees began in 1993 and is now in its 22nd year.  It was created as a first class holiday event to keep our Foundation donors and volunteers involved.  We promoted it the first year to create a holiday tradition in your family and kick off the holiday spirit.  As I reflect back […]

On-site health clinics pay dividends for employers

  We’re seeing more interest in on-site health clinics among employers. The benefits can include cost savings, more predictable costs, productivity gains, improved employee wellness, and more timely access to health care for employees and their families. How it works Generally, an employer provides a location and hires a provider to run a workplace clinic […]

Communication

  Authored by Tina Fredette “The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” Sydney Harris (American Journalist)  Communicating information is a two way system. At Cascade Health Solutions, we understand that teaching is a dialogue that involves listening and […]

Safety Stumper???

  Keeping employees engaged in your safety culture can be a challenge. We all know that we are required to do annual classes to stay OSHA compliant, and one person can only do so many things to keep it interesting. So what can a person do to mix it up? Invite a guest instructor from […]

Bring on the heat!

  Summer is always a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but when temperatures get in the 80’s or above, we need to take care to make sure we don’t have any heat related emergencies. Stay hydrated, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Keep drinking WATER, don’t overdo things, and if you are exerting yourself, […]

Are you Tough Enough to Wear Pink?

  The Eugene Pro Rodeo has selected Cascade Health Foundation as their charity of choice. The Cascade Health Foundation supports low cost screening and diagnostic breast imaging for both women and men through Cascade Health Solutions. July 5th, 2014 is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Night at the Eugene Pro Rodeo! Get your pink on! […]

Knuckle Popping – Is it Good or Bad?

  We’ve all heard it said, “Keep popping your knuckles and you’ll get arthritis”, but is it true?  Before we get into the research, let’s look at what causes the “pop”. Popping of a joint happens when the joint is stretched to a point that a vacuum or suction forms inside the joint.  Most of […]

Learned Optimism

  According to Dr. Martin Seligman, psychologist, professor, author, and former head of the American Psychological Association, people’s sense of wellbeing is derived from three sources: About half of our personality seems to be inherited. Much of how we feel about life comes from where we live. Democracies allow more optimism than living under the […]

Skills for the Job of Living: Focus on Bathing in the Home Health Setting

  A blog posted on October 11, 2013 focused on the many aspects of caring for the elderly in the home with the assistance of an Occupational Therapist (OT).  OT’s focus on common, every-day occurrences known as activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and feeding.  Bathing and toileting are the […]

Oh, My Aching Back! (Part One)

  If you are like most human beings, at some point in your life, these four words will pass through your lips as you wince in pain….“Oh, my aching back!” The good news is that there are practical steps that can be taken to ease this common discomfort, and better yet, avoid it altogether! This […]

Oh, My Aching Back! (Part Two)

  In Part One we covered the most common causes of back pain and the three most frequent injuries that are the source of this pain. Now we move on to tried and true, trust-worthy prevention tips and techniques to reduce the chances that you’ll ever need to utter these painful words… “Oh, my aching […]

Diabetes is Expensive… But the Fixes Can be Cheap, Even Savored

  The American Diabetes Association reports that the cost of diagnosed diabetes has increased 41% since 2007. In 2013 the cost rose to $245 billion per year, up from $174 billion in 2007. The individual person with diabetes will incur about $13,700 in medical expenditures a year, about twice the amount incurred by someone without […]

Substance Testing in the Workplace

  Drug testing in the workplace is becoming as common as filling out a job application for more companies every day. There are many situations in which an employer could request that a drug or alcohol screen be performed, including: Pre-Placement, Random, Post Accident, Reasonable Suspicion/Just Cause, or Return to Duty. Though there is not […]

Scams, Gambling, and Older Patients with Diabetes

  According to an article in the January-February, 2014 AARP Bulletin, there is research showing that compulsive gambling is linked to obesity and heart disease, as well as other chronic health problems. According to University of Iowa psychiatry professor Donald M. Black, M.D., “The worse the gambling disorder, the worse the chronic health conditions we […]

Ergonomic Devices Provide Finishing Workstation Touches

  Now that we’ve covered posture, chairs, and work surfaces, we’ll turn to how the monitor, or visual display terminal (VDT) can further support a quality ergonomic setup. The monitor and keyboard should be placed so they are in a straight, direct line with the body. The upper line on the monitor should be at […]

Best Kept Work Surface Secrets for Ergonomic Blissa

  The ability to maintain a neutral posture is contingent on proper work surface height, depth, and accessibility. Here are a couple concepts to keep in mind when you are considering yours. Work surface height should be easily adjustable to allow the worker to change positions as the task being performed changes. Desk or table […]

Helpful Tips for Walker Use at Home

  First things first, know what your doctor feels is safe for you at this time: It is important that you follow your doctor’s orders and put only the amount of weight advised on your affected side. They may recommend one of the following: full weight bearing, weight bearing as tolerated, partial weight bearing at […]

Adjustable Chair is a Key Tool for Workstation Well-being

  Did you know that the starting place for each office ergonomic evaluation begins with the chair? The reason for this is that the chair accounts for about 80% of a worker’s physical contact with the workstation. A chair with multiple adjustment capabilities is ideal because this not only allows an individual worker to adjust […]

Resolving Job Performance and Conduct Problem Behaviors

  Addressing and resolving job performance and conduct related problem behavior is often difficult and daunting. The risks and distress that comes from confronting an employee regarding problem behavior can be high. Yet, the risk and potential negative consequences that can result by allowing problem behavior to continue can be even higher. It is rarely […]

Here Come The Holidays!

  Here come the Holidays! And here comes the challenge…how do you get through the Thanksgiving meal without overeating, and then regretting it? Here are some tips that may help: Eat breakfast on Thanksgiving Day, and if the meal is towards evening, have lunch too. See if you can arrange to have 9-inch plates for […]

A Team Approach

  We’ve all read it: “He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family”. Certainly most of us have expressed it: “I want to go quietly, in my sleep, at home…”. It is a desire for all: to die at home, with family. This is a choice we can make; but not all of us […]

Medication Side Effect Benefits?

  Are there surprising good side effects of our medications? We know that blood pressure medications are great for blood pressure, but what if they also reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? Wouldn’t that be terrific? Research from the University of Hawaii suggests that men being treated with beta-blockers have up to 40% fewer Alzheimer’s […]

Posture Tips for Better Office Ergonomics

  We hear a lot about ergonomics these days, but did you know that in order to understand the best way to set up a computer workstation, you first need to understand neutral posture? Neutral posture is a comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned and your risk of developing a musculoskeletal […]

Shopping for groceries with Type 2 Diabetes

  Did you know that Wednesday is a good day to shop for groceries? Stores are less crowded and some stores mark their prices down mid-week too.* Go to the store when you are “full” and less likely to be tempted to over-shop. Make a list and don’t stray far from it. You’ll save both […]

Speech Therapy in Home Health

  Home Health speech therapy services cover a diverse set of challenges including those of swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognition. People may need these services for a variety of reasons ranging from having experienced a stroke or car accident, to families caring for an elder with dementia, struggling with some behavioral challenges.                 A […]

Give Employees an Avenue to Solve Personal Problems

  Workers today report significant levels of stress, citing low salaries, lack of opportunities for advancement, and heavy workloads as major contributing factors. According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of adults in the United States say that their work causes them stress, and one-third of respondents cite their work as […]

The Flu Review

  As the flu season approaches it is important that we keep in mind ways to help each other stay healthy. Here are some useful tips to think about when you and your loved ones start getting the aches and sniffles.   #1 The flu isn’t just another cold Influenza is a serious disease and […]

Enhance Organizational Success by Partnering with an Employee Assistance Program

  How do you support employees while asking them to increase productivity and efficiency? If an employee is underperforming, how can you motivate her? If you notice an employee’s work suffering because he seems preoccupied with a family problem, how can you help? These are challenging, sensitive, but very human problems that managers often face. […]

Later Tipping Points

  There are, of course, almost an infinite number of facets to consider regarding death and the dying process. Two tipping points are often the most difficult for caregivers to wrestle with. Hydration and Nutrition The first is the consideration of when feeding and hydrating the patient is no longer considered a comfort to the […]

Emotions of Facing Death

  I remember being a new nurse just out of school. I took a job at a state mental hospital in a maximum security unit and worked there for two and a half years. As I look back on that experience, I have one huge take-away. I found that the emotional and mental effort of […]

Early Tipping Points

  Today, I want to speak of the real work of hospice from the perspective of those doing the “real work.” This is the extremely hard work the families do and the tipping point choices they make. For those of you who are here seeking to understand hospice, it must be noted that the care […]

Are your First Aid Kits up to snuff?

  We often get caught up in the whirlwind of the daily operations of our business. So while a First Aid Kit, and what is in it, may be low on your priority list, they are required by Oregon OSHA. The size of your business and the locations of your employees will help determine how […]

Flying with diabetes!

  Yes you can! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to board airplanes with insulin, syringes, insulin pumps, liquids such as juice, and “all diabetes related medication, equipment, and supplies.” Here are some tips:   When you can, bring prescription labels for all medications. They aren’t required, but it may help things go more […]

Occupational Therapy – Skills for the job of living

  I love my role on the home health team, because every day I get to help patients become empowered to be independent at home. The mission of Cascade Health Solutions, “to improve the quality of life in our community…” goes hand in hand with my expertise as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Every day, I […]

Jamie Skiles, R.D., L.D.

  As a dietitian, I feel like I should have a little variety in my fruit/vegetable consumption and some “know how” with regards to preparation of foods. My husband and I found ourselves, rotating between the same 7 to 10ish dinner meals as the weeks were going by last year. I had heard of CSA […]

Creating Balance in Work and Life

  Spring is a great time to set goals to reduce stress and find balance in your life. With work, family, social obligations, and many other demands, there seems to be very little time for activities that bring relaxation and renewal. Yet research shows that our physical health, our emotional wellbeing, as well as our […]

Mayors Challenge Grant – Cascade Health Solutions and the City of Springfield are among the Top 20 Finalists in the Nation!

  The Bloomberg Grant, if awarded, will enable access to primary care services for the community. The City of Springfield has partnered with Cascade Health Solutions to present an innovative idea for delivering medical care to our community. It’s part of the Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that […]

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

  The holiday season is filled with wonderful food, seasonal goodies, and lots of cheer. We also look forward to spending meaningful time with family and friends at social gatherings. What we don’t look forward too is how bad we feel in January when we find ourselves a little heavier, a bit more sluggish and […]

The Festival of Trees raises money to build Lane County’s first hospice facility

  When the Board decided to take this on as our project we had just lost one of the communities great men, in my opinion. Over a lifetime that spanned six decades, J. Peter “Pete” Moore made each moment matter, quietly but steadily transforming his position as a prominent second generation businessman into community activism, […]

Hospice and Palliative Care Month

  November is always a special month for the professionals that I work with in hospice because it is the national month dedicated to Hospice and Palliative Care. The designation of a month for this purpose may not have much meaning to the general public, but I am certain that it means something extremely special […]

Cascade Health Solutions Recognized as a Best Non Profit to Work For in Oregon

  How often might an employee begin to feel some aches and pains on the job and think, “I’m sure this will go away on its own?” New employees are using muscles and joints they may not have used for awhile, especially if they have spent time unemployed and they might be afraid to mention […]

The new A, B, C’s of CPR

  Sudden cardiac arrest can occur with absolutely no warning. Often this sudden, unexpected event can startle and alarm bystanders. Did you know that you can play a very pivotal roll in saving someone’s life during a cardiac arrest? Here is how! Tragically more than 383,000 people in America suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside of a […]

Four Steps to Healthier Eating

  Step 1: Understand how you eat To eat healthier, you first need to know what constitutes a balanced diet. The food pyramid is a great guide to understanding nutritional requirements. You can even customize your plan at www.myplate.gov by entering your gender, age, height and weight. Once you understand which food groups and portions […]

Correct worker aches and pains before they result in a claim

  How often might an employee begin to feel some aches and pains on the job and think, “I’m sure this will go away on its own?” New employees are using muscles and joints they may not have used for awhile, especially if they have spent time unemployed and they might be afraid to mention […]

Employee Wellness Programs – Creating a Culture of Health: Part 1

  Employee wellness programs are a key component for both large and small businesses. They can provide a tool for employee engagement and attract quality staff in addition to reducing absenteeism, healthcare costs, and turnover rates. Workers who are feeling good both mentally and physically are more likely to perform at their highest level and […]

Hospice volunteers support both patients and caregivers

  Nationwide, volunteers serve as the heartbeat of hospice. In addition to being overseen by healthcare professionals, people on hospice are loved and partly cared for by trained volunteers who want to give the gift of presence. It’s not an occupation, but a calling. At Cascade Hospice, volunteers offer kind attention at the end of […]

If you think weight loss is the answer, start by asking yourself some questions

  Before you dive into a new diet or weight-loss program, run through the following exercise to help you determine your likelihood of success. Step 1: Ask yourself: “Is this a good time for me to take on the challenge of losing weight?” Think about other major changes or stresses you are facing – or […]

Reducing workplace injuries: Get the right worker in the right job

  How to reduce workplace injuries and improve your bottom line Let’s say an employer has incorporated all reasonable ergonomic interventions, minimized the physical demands of a job, and effectively made the job as safe as possible. What more can an employer do to reduce worker compensation costs? It’s an important question because widespread occurrences […]

Healthy summer eating habits

  Hooray! Hooray! Summer has arrived! For me, summer officially begins when I get to cruise through the store and farmer markets and marvel at the vibrant colors and smell the sweet aromas of all the fresh local fruits and vegetables. I enjoy fruits and vegetables year round, but during this time of year there […]

Affordable healthcare solutions for all employers

  One of the first questions an employer is asked when a candidate is considering a job offer is: “What are your benefits?” This can be a double-edge sword for many employers. It’s in your favor if you provide great benefits, but it can severely hurt your chances of hiring a great employee if you […]

Cascade Home Health wins national award

  Cascade Health Solutions’ Home Health agency was recently awarded 2011 Home Care Elite status for being in the top 20th percentile of all agencies in the nation that are achieving excellent quality outcomes. This designation was awarded to only eight agencies in Oregon; Cascade Home Health was the only agency awarded in Lane County. […]

Who is Cascade Health Solutions?

  Cascade Health Solutions is a local, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in our community by providing charitable, compassionate, high-quality healthcare. Our values, which include respect, professionalism, compassion, and relationships, are embraced by our staff and reflected in the services we provide. Our committed professionals partner with individuals, physicians, and […]

How to reduce workplace injuries and improve your bottom line

  How to reduce workplace injuries and improve your bottom line We’ve all heard it: “Uhhh, Boss? I think I hurt myself.” These words are guaranteed to cause your stomach to boil. Not only is one of your vital employees out of commission, but you now have to stop what you’re doing and coordinate First […]

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