Monthly Archives: March 2014

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

According to the CDC, Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it¹. If you do the math that is roughly 1 in 3 (or 28%) of people diagnosed with colon cancer will die from colorectal cancer per year. It is also the third most common form of cancer² according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No one likes being poked in the back side, but when it comes to your health, one has to do what they have to do. To be foolish with your life and risk the possibilities of wearing a bag on your hip and a tube in your abdomen, instead of having regular bowel movements, would not be the most ideal way to live the rest of your life. A more common outcome of not being treated in time would be the possibility of dying from the cancer. Colorectal cancer, just like other cancers, can begin to spread to other parts of the body the more time it is left untreated, making death the most probable outcome. Sadly, it also seems to affect those that are 50 years and older and we all know that the older we become the tougher it is to deal with the treatment options. For instance, radiation therapy, which makes people weak, causes nausea and other side effects which will further hindering a happy, healthy lifestyle.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the best medicine is to provide them with as much assistance as possible to help them get through the tough times ahead. We recommend seeking some professional assistance from a certified home health aide. Gaining assistance from a certified home health aide from a licensed home care service agency, such as Exclusive Care, can be the key to a happy, independent lifestyle during or post cancer treatment. An aide can provide such services as: cooking, cleaning, dressing, and even taking the patient out an about town to get to doctor’s appointment or social events. If you know someone that is having difficulty due to colorectal cancer or any other forms of cancer, feel free to reach out to Exclusive Care to explore the options in how to obtain a home health aide. You can call us at 718-364-4032.



Home Care Can Prevent Potential Household Fires!


Have you ever left a chicken, eggs or something else cooking on the stove and then you realize you left it on when you smell or see something burning or hear your smoke alarm. Lots of times we get up quickly and run over to the fire and fight to put it out or call 911. The thing about a kitchen fire is that it can happen to any one of us on any day at any given time. And according to, Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually¹. It is estimated that more than half of the reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves. The thing about this is that the non-fatal fires were categorized as such because the individuals were most likely capable and fully functioning individuals that can fend for themselves. So what would happen to the mentally challenged, the sick or the elderly? The National Fire Data Center’s Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. And they found the following fire risk to older adults in 2010²:

  • Older adults continue to experience a disproportionate share of fire deaths. In 2010, older adults (age 65 or older) represented 13 percent of the United States population but suffered 35 percent of all fire deaths.
  • The relative risk of individuals age 65 or over dying in a fire was 2.7 times greater than that of the general population. The risk worsened as age increased. The relative risk for adults ages 65 to 74 was 1.9, but soared to 4.6 for those over the age of 84.
  • Older American Indians/Alaska Natives and African-Americans were at a much greater risk of dying in a fire than their Asian/Pacific Islander or white fellow citizens. Older Asian/Pacific Islanders had 20 percent less risk than the general population.
  • Older males were 62 percent more likely to die in fires than older females.
  • Older adults were more vulnerable in a fire than the general population due to a combination of factors including mental and physical frailties, greater use of medications, and elevated likelihood of living in a poverty situation.

Most facts are quite alarming considering that:

  • More than 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s (a form of Dementia)³
  • In the 2004 Census 57.7 million people suffer from diagnosed mental disorder⁴
  • Number of residents age 65 and over: 41.4 million (2011) ⁵
  • Fires are fast and get out of control within seconds
  • Fires turn black as they start to produce smoke
  • Heat from a fire is more threatening than flames. A fire’s heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at the floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level.⁶
  • Smoke and toxic gases kill more than flames do. Fire uses us the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.⁷

These are only a few of the categories of individuals that if they have access to a stove they can become a statistic. People with Dementia/Alzheimer’s might forget that they started cooking; whereas, people with a mental disorder might not even realize they turned on the stove or oven. People 65 and over could have some physical disability that would have decreased their mobility or could have sight and hearing problems making it difficult or impossible for them to put out the fire or escape during a fire emergency. If you or someone you know might be at risk in the kitchen, you should act as quickly as possible to prevent them from becoming a statistic. Loss of property is bad, but things can be replaced while loss of life is forever. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance in preparing meals, please contact Exclusive carecertified home health aide. We can provide your loved one with a om breakfast to dinner and everything in between. You can call us at (718) 364-4032 or visit our website at and help prevent kitchen fires.




U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics. Table 2: Annual Estimates of the Population by Selected Age Groups and Sex for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004 (NC-EST2004-02) Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Release Date: June 9, 2005.




The Affluence of Home Care

Imagine a life where you would be healthy throughout your entire life until the day you die. If you have the financial means, there are plenty of things in this world that could be easily resolved like paying the mortgage, college tuition, wedding and all your bills including your medical bills. There is one thing that can still happen regardless of our financial status and that is, we can become sick, get injured or develop a chronic condition. Once we become “sick” and not able to properly care for ourselves, we can do one of two things: one is to call upon our family/friends to care for us (which might not be the best idea) or option two is we can be proactive about our own care and get ourselves a specialist to care for us. But, who wants to be seen in public with a nurse by their side? No one wants to walk around with someone dressed in all white, giving you the appearance that you are infirmed. So let me clue you in on one of life’s best kept secrets. The best thing to do is to get a certified home health aide (HHA) to assist in your daily care. An HHA is the perfect solution to meet all of your needs. They are like a personal assistant for your activities of daily living. They can dress in regular clothing to be discrete and keep your health status 100% confidential. The next question is what exactly does an HHA do? Well, here’s a glimpse at some of the services they can provide:

  • Assist with care of the teeth and mouth
  • Assist with care of the hair including shampooing and shaving
  • Assist with ordinary care of the nails, including washing, drying, and filing with an emery board
  • Assist with bathing in bed, tub or shower
  • Assist with feeding
  • Assist with walking, use of walker, or wheelchair
  • Assist with dressing
  • Assist with transfers from bed to chair or commode and back
  • Prepare and serve meals according to dietary restrictions
  • Change bed linens regularly
  • Dust, vacuum, and straighten the room that the patient uses
  • Wash dishes, scour kitchen and bathroom sink
  • Maintain general cleanliness of the client’s environment
  • List needed supplies
  • Shop for client in the absence of family members
  • Launder client clothes and linens in the absence of family members

Even under certain circumstances the HHA can:

  • Assist with the administration of medicines
  • Measure body temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure
  • Test urine for glucose, ketones, and bacteria
  • Collect urine, stool and sputum specimens
  • Preparation of a complex and/or modified diet
  • Assist with a prescribed exercise program
  • Assist with prescribed medical equipment, supplies and devices
  • Assist with special skin care, ostomy care and dressing changes


Obtaining an HHA through Exclusive Care is even more specific to your needs, as we do a holistic approach to the care provided. We would provide a registered nurse who would go to your home (to be discrete) and evaluate you and your current needs and provide you with a unique plan of care to fit you and your lifestyle. Life is a lot easier when we have a little assistance especially when dealing with personal difficulties. At Exclusive Care we are proud to be the premier licensed home care agency serving the New York City area. If you or a loved one is having difficulties with activities of daily living, feel free to visit our website at or call us at (718) 364-4032. Life does not have to be difficult and challenging when the right help is only a phone call away.

The Limitations of Pain

Pain is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury as per Merriam-Webster dictionary. Pain, in many people, is due to some kind of inflammation. There are several things that can hinder us from living independently and happily, especially when we are having pain due to a condition. For a lot of sufferers, the pain starts and gets worse as we age. So let’s explore what are the limitations we experience when we have pain in;

Arm(s) {from hands to shoulder}

  • You might not be able to grasp things easily or it can be painful
  • Movement can be stiff and rigid
  • Putting on clothing can be difficult


  • You can’t do activities over-head (i.e. difficulty washing/combing hair)
  • Can’t reach behind your back (i.e. clasping your bra)
  • You can have difficulty sleeping on your injured shoulder

Leg(s) {to include ankles, knee and hip}

  • You will have difficulty walking
  • You will be more prone to a slip, trip or fall (Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.)¹


  • You will have pain while walking or standing, making it difficult to walk or stand for lengths of time, which can make traveling difficult


  • Can make it difficult to move or stand
  • Performing certain task may become impossible
  • This pain can be from mild to severe and can be greatly debilitating as most movement requires your neck and back area to be performed


  • If you have a headache, a migraine or any other cause for pain in your head there might not be much that you can do depending on the severity as the head is what controls the body

At Exclusive Care we want to keep everyone safe, secure and comfortable if they are experiencing pain. As a leading license home care agency, we provide the best possible home care services in New York City. With our highly trained personal care aides and skilled home health aides we provide the adequate care you and your loved one may need. Our aides provide such services as: grooming, bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding and assistance in getting around your home or outside the home to name a few items. For any aspect of care or information on pain management, our highly trained nurses can provide the knowledge to minimize or make you able to tolerate your pain better. For your convenience a nurse can be scheduled to visit you or your loved one at home to evaluate the level of care that is needed at no cost for you, if you or your loved one participates in our program. The nurse will also be able to evaluate the home to make you aware of any potential hazard that might cause harm to our clients. The RN will help clarify some questions you or your loved one may have. We can provide as much care as is needed from a couple of hours a week to 24 hour live-in care and everything in between. Exclusive Care is always here to help you and your! If you would like some assistance, please feel free to contact us at (718) 364-4032 or reach us on our website at

  1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. Accessed August 15, 2013.