Medical Advocacy

Who Cares About the New High Blood Pressure Guidelines?

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High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer,” so we should all care about this.  Recently the American Heart Association changed the medical definition of “high blood pressure.”

That condition now starts at 130/80 rather than the previous guideline of 140/90.  The new normal is less than 120/80. Why would they do this and how does that impact you? Continue reading

How to Make Sense of Your Patient Rights

When you arrive at the doctor’s office or the hospital, you are given a handful of forms to complete about your medical history, demographics, authorization to contact your insurance company and the very last page is your Patient Bill of Rights.  In the hospital or maybe the doctor’s office, you are preoccupied with other things like your health, or maybe you are so anxious about the appointment that you just want to hand in the forms and see the doctor. Haste makes waste, because what are my rights as a patient? The Patient Rights Form should be the first form on the clip board. Since the majority of us are overwhelmed by hospital stays and office visits, here is a short version of your rights. Continue reading

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep at the right time, or find yourself falling asleep at the wrong time?  Have you felt exhausted after a night’s sleep, or wish you could take a nap or have caught yourself nodding off while driving?  If you have answered yes to these questions, then you may have poor sleep hygiene.

According to National Sleep Foundation most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night – but some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. But there are those who can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours. Sleep aids, a sleep-friendly environment, relaxation techniques and sleep schedules can help us achieve a good night’s sleep. Continue reading

Did You Know That Medical Advocacy Can Improve Job Performance?

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Personal Health Partners is more than an advocacy program for eldercare issues.  Although dealing with senior care/geriatric issues is one of the most common issues we address, there are many other difficulties that we navigate for our clients.

As with all of our well-being solutions, our main goal is to help employees manage the many distractions that can impact their job performance.  And in doing this, the whole organization benefits! Continue reading