8 New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

December 29, 2014

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers Do you make resolutions this time of year? As caregivers, it’s easy to overlook your own needs while focusing on the needs of others; however, it’s important for you to take care of yourself so that you’re at your best to care for your loved one. This New Year, consider adopting any of the following resolutions. Eat a well-balanced diet. When you’re stressed out, you may tend to overeat. When you’re exhausted, it’s easy to resort to whatever is handy; quick snack foods, tea and toast, cheese doodles and pop. You need high quality…Read More

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Mesquite Nurse Transforms Patient’s Room in Random Act of Kindness

December 26, 2014

Mesquite Nurse Transforms Patient’s Room in Random Act of Kindness During this time of year many people are often filled with the spirit of giving. For Epic nurse, Rick Merriman, with our Mesquite, Texas, office, that is certainly the case. Rick has been providing care for Alexis, a pediatric skilled nursing patient, for the past four months. Recently, Rick decided that he would like to help Alexis’ family transform their son’s room into his own mini “man cave”. To accomplish this, Rick purchased superhero posters, new curtains and a new Spiderman bedspread for Alexis’ room. He also helped the family…Read More

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Katy Office Hosts Christmas Party and Nurse Appreciation Event

December 23, 2014

It’s a jolly Christmas in Katy, Texas! On Dec. 12, our Katy office hosted their annual Christmas Party and Nurse Appreciation event. Epic nurses and their families enjoyed light refreshments, beverages, music and mingling with other Epic team members and families. “It was great to be able to get together at this time of year and show some appreciation to our wonderful nursing staff,” said Thuy-Ai Tran, nursing supervisor. “The event was a huge success and we look forward to another great year.” The office staff also handed out gifts of Epic tote bags to nurses. Thanks, Katy team, for…Read More

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7 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

December 19, 2014

It’s that time of year again! As you get ready to attend your holiday parties this weekend, remember that you can still apply a healthy approach to eating and maintain your weight. To help, we’re sharing the following healthy holiday eating tips from our friends at The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Do not skip meals. If you’re thinking about skipping meals in preparation for a big holiday party or feast, don’t. It may result in overeating. It is especially important to eat breakfast. Eat plenty of fiber. Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables…Read More

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Beaumont Patients Enjoy an Epic Christmas Party

December 18, 2014

Our Beaumont patients recently gathered for some holiday cheer! Last Friday, the Epic Beaumont team hosted a Christmas party for patients and their families as well as Epic nurses and therapists. The event featured dinner, beverages, music and an opportunity for children to take a photo with Santa. “The kids had a great time,” said Jeanna LaFlamme, lead client services supervisor. “Our executive director, Lorenzo Argote, dressed up as Santa and handed out Epic Christmas presents. It was amazing!” Dawn Broussard, administrative assistant, also joined in the Christmas spirit and created handmade ornaments for each family which she handed out…Read More

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How Therapy Supervisors Contribute to the Epic Difference

December 11, 2014

At Epic, delivering high quality patient care is at the core of everything we do. The primary goal throughout pediatric therapy sessions is to ensure that each child functions at a higher level than he or she could previously. To accomplish this, we aggressively recruit the best and brightest therapists from across Texas and employ an outstanding team of therapy supervisors. Supervisors play a critical role in the therapy process in many ways, including: Help therapists from a variety of backgrounds to focus his or her skills in a way that will best serve our patients. Ensure each therapist is…Read More

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6 Tips for Flu Prevention

December 10, 2014

6 Tips for Flu Prevention Did you know adopting a few healthy habits such as washing your hands regularly can help you prevent the flu this season? Our friends at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share the following simple tips that can help you stay happy, healthy and flu-free this season: Get vaccinated. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine. To locate a clinic near you, visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website and enter your zip code into their Flu Vaccine Finder. Avoid close…Read More

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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe during the Holiday Season

December 4, 2014

Along with the joy and festivities of the holiday season come many potential dangers that are often overlooked. What can you do to keep your loved ones safe? Our nursing team in Fort Worth, Texas, shares the following tips. Food Safety Wash hands, cookware, surfaces, raw fruits and vegetables often. Fully cook foods to appropriate temperatures. Do not leave food that requires refrigeration out longer than two hours. Keep raw meat, eggs, poultry and seafood away from previously cooked food. Do not leave hot items close to edges of tables or counter tops. Fire Safety Do not overload electrical circuits…Read More

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Resources to Help Families and Caregivers

November 26, 2014

Resources to Help Families and Caregivers For parents of a child with special needs, the term “normal” means something very different than that of the general population. The fragility of the child’s condition and the intensity of care often places limits on the family’s ability to be flexible with treatments or schedules and life is never predictable. A simple trip to the park may include packing feeding supplies, diapers and complicated equipment. Life at home also isn’t without its challenges. Families often live with a rotating door of in-home care – including nurses and therapists – to provide care for…Read More

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How to Help Seniors Beat the Holiday Blues

November 24, 2014

For most of us, the holidays are a wonderful time to share the joys of family life and friendship. But for many older adults the holidays can be highly stressful, confusing, or even depressing if their mental, physical and emotional needs are not taken into account. Older, frail family members can get lost in the shuffle and chaos of happy family gatherings. Additionally, there are particular influences that contribute to seniors being at risk for the “holiday blues.” Many seniors face loneliness. Even if family members live in the same city, adult children often become so busy with their own…Read More

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