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Power to the Patient: Finding Your Voice.

Power to the Patient: Finding your Voice. By Paula Erwin-Toth Patient empowerment in healthcare is a common topic in articles and discussions. You may hear a variety of terms used such as “self-care efficacy” and “patient centered care.” You might say it certainly sounds logical and seems as if it should be an easy thing […]

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Scleroderma and Managing Incontinence

Scleroderma and Managing Incontinence By Paula Erwin-Toth When you live with scleroderma, you are facing challenges big, small and in-between. There is one topic you might find difficult and embarrassing to discuss with your health care provider: incontinence. But as a long-time nurse I can assure you that you are not the only one. Incontinence […]

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Why Caregiving Should Be A Team Sport

Why caregiving should be a team sport By Paula Erwin-Toth People who live with any chronic disease often have loved ones by their sides day in and day out, on good days and bad. Awareness of the need to care for the caregiver is gaining ground in patient/family support and advocacy groups, the healthcare community, […]

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Health Care Literacy: Do We Really Understand Each Other?

Do we really understand each other? By Paula Erwin-Toth A hot topic in health care journals is “Health Care Literacy.” When we hear the word literacy, we often think of being able to do the three R’s: reading, writing and arithmetic. But in health care lliteracy means something else entirely: are people able to read, […]

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As Seen Through the Eyes of Love

As Seen Through the Eyes of Love By Paula Erwin-Toth When I look at my lovely daughter, who is now a grown woman with children of her own, I cannot help but see her as my little one racing around the house with her daddy’s curly hair and my goofy sense of humor. Your parents […]

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Skin Care Tips for Scleroderma Affected Skin

By Paula Erwin-Toth There are many diseases and conditions that people are unaware of until it affects them or someone they love, like scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. There are approximately 200,000 people diagnosed with scleroderma in the US, but many believe the number of people living with scleroderma is much higher. An autoimmune disease is […]

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Why Planning & Having Legal Guidelines Are Key to Family Harmony

Why Planning Ahead and Having Legal Guidelines Are Key to Family Peace and Harmony By Paula Erwin-Toth During the late 60’s and early 70’s, a popular (and undeniably awful pickup line) was, “Hi there beautiful, what’s your sign?” Signs of the Zodiac made a big resurgence during that period, famously labeled (wrongly according to some […]

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Time-out: Caregiver Respite

Time-out: Caregiver Respite By Paula Erwin-Toth Ancient Chinese poet and philosopher Lao Tzu once said “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” As a family caregiver you and your loved one share this deep, lasting bond. As strong as those bonds are, it is important to avoid […]

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7 Tips to Manage Caregiver Stress

Caregiving feel like Groundhog Day? 7 Tips to Manage Caregiver Stress (2016 #3) By Paula Erwin-Toth Do you remember the 1993 film ‘Groundhog Day’ starring Bill Murray? Murray played a cynical weatherman named Phil who became trapped in a never-ending day while covering the annual Groundhog Day celebration, held every February 2 in Punxsutawney, PA. […]

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3 Ways to Deliver Quality Home Care to Your Loved One

Taking care of your loved one at home is a big responsibility. If you are doing home care for your spouse, parent, or other older relative, you probably realize that keeping your loved one safe and healthy requires planning. Here are tips on these 3 ways to deliver quality home care: skin care, nutrition care, and […]

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