What You Should Know about POLST

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As a patient, it is essential that you work hand-in-hand with your medical providers to choose the right treatments to match your preferences. Personalized medical care is a growing concern for many people who are in the later years of their life, and individuals experiencing serious illness. If you fall within either of these categories, then it is essential that you talk to your doctor about your POLST.

What is a POLST?

POLST is an acronym for “Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” This advanced directive allows people who are seriously ill or in the later stages of life to put together written wishes directing their medical care. These orders are signed by the doctor, giving all medical professionals guidelines to follow when medical care is administered.

The POLST follows you as you transition from one level of care to another, such as from the hospital to a rehabiliation center or assisted living community. If something happens that requires medical intervention, then this order will help the medical community to know if they should administer potentially life-saving treatments, such as CPR, or allow natural death.

Typically, the POLST is completed on a bright pink piece of paper, and it is often placed in a visible location such as on the refrigerator. If emergency personnel come into the home, then they will see the doctor’s orders that should be followed.

Take Control Over Your Medical Care

A POLST gives you the opportunity to take control over your medical care, even if you aren’t in a position to make decisions in the moment of need. Patients who are seriously ill might choose to decline CPR or other medical treatments that may delay natural death. The POLST lists the patient’s preferences about CPR, the administration of IVs, using a ventilator, and artificial nutrition administered via a tube.

Filling out a POLST is a voluntary step for each patient. But, if the form has been completed, then medical providers are legally required to abide by the requests of the patient.

Do you need help managing your care and medical wishes? Our team at Windward Life Care is here to provide the support and advocacy that you need. Contact us right away to learn more about how we can support you in the efforts to manage your health.

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Declutter Your Home to Improve Your Mental Health

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Now that January is underway, many people are moving forward with the new resolutions they have set for the year. If you are looking for a way to improve your living space and boost your mental health at the same time, then you might consider the benefits of decluttering your home.

January has been labeled as the Get Organized Month by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). By decluttering your possessions, time, and surroundings, you will notice an immediate difference in your mental health.

How Clutter Impacts Your Mental Health

Stress affects multiple health problems, including adrenal fatigue and high blood pressure. It has been found that physical clutter contributes to increased stress because the items add more responsibility onto an individual. When you have a cluttered, messy space, then it takes brain power and physical effort to deal with the many items.

As a result, stress levels go up! Clutter saps mental energy, has a negative influence on your decision-making skills, and fosters the wrong environment for your home. If you want to reduce your stress levels, then you need to decrease the unnecessary items in your home and office.

Decluttering Tips

Here are three easy steps that can be implemented to make it easy to declutter your home:

  1. Manage Your Storage Spaces: If you have large, cavernous storage areas, then they end up being “black holes” that pull in random items. Cut down the storage to reduce the clutter. For example, limit yourself to 10 hangers in the coat closet. If you run out of hangers, then it means that it is time to get rid of a coat.
  2. Put Together a Cleaning Schedule: Do you feel overwhelmed at the idea of trying to declutter everything in your home at once? Put together a schedule so that you only need to handle one room, closet, or storage area at a time.
  3. Organize Digital Clutter: When we are talking about clutter, it is important that you don’t overlook the digital buildup of files. Take time to clean your computer desktop and file important documents so that you know where to find everything.

Are you looking for more information about managing mental health? Talk to our team at Windward Life Care. Our goal is to offer the assistance that you need to connect with the professionals that can help with your individual situation. Call us for more information about our services.

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