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It is often said that it’s the little things in life that are important. That is also one of our philosophies at both of our stores in the Wilmington area. We provides services for our customers that other large chains do not offer.

A recent article,  Pharmacist Recommendations Reduce Costly Heart Failure Readmissions by Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP published in Pharmacy Times,  stated that patients discharged from the hospital had a less than 7% readmission rate when they had Medication Therapy Management with their pharmacist. Compare that to a 20% readmission rate when not working with their pharmacist to manage their medications.

Amy Alphin, PharmD, at our Village Pharmacy location in Hampstead, spends a lot of time with our customers doing Medication Therapy Management, or MTM. Each week, she calls patients whose names have shown up on a report indicating that they may not be correctly taking one or more medications.  She schedules an appointment with each customer and usually spend 1-1/2 hours with them reviewing their medications and going over how and when they should be taken. We do not charge any fees for this service. We consider it our mission to help customers understand their medications.

Another complementary service that we offer is assistance with filling pill boxes for our senior customers. Often, seniors have several medications that they need to take everyday. To help them in making sure they take their medications in a timely manner, they bring us two pill boxes and all of their medication bottles. We fill both pill boxes for them; one for the current week and one for the next week. We give them one filled box to take home and we keep the second box and fill it for the next week. Each week, they bring us the empty box and we give them the box for the next week, and so on. This system works really well and keeps our customers on track with their medications.

These services are free of charge. We don’t charge a penny for our time and are glad to be able to provide these services for our customers. If you or a loved one can benefit from these services, please call us today or come by — we are here for you.

Simple tips for staying healthy this summer

Today is the first official day of summer and we thought it would be fitting to share these 8 simple tips to staying healthy this summer.

Boost your diet with berries
If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries — blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries — every day. They’ll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.

A big bonus: Berries are also tops in fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.

Get your hands dirty and reduce your stress
To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots — indoors or out.

Just putting your hands in soil is “grounding.” And when life feels like you’re moving so fast your feet are barely touching the stuff, being mentally grounded can help relieve physical and mental stress.

Don’t forget to floss
You know you need to, now it’s time to start flossing every single day. Do it when you brush your teeth, but if you forget, you can always floss while reading on your deck, or when watching TV — and the task will breeze by.

Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere. Floss daily and you’re doing better than at least 85% of people.

Go outside and exercise
Pick one outdoor activity — going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, cycling, roller blading, or swimming — to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts.

And remember, the family that plays together not only gets fit together — it’s also a great way to create bonding time.

Take care of your eyes
To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.

And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear. Ask your eye doctor about the best type; some are sport-specific.

Take some vacation time
Improve your heart health and take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind.

Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

Go lite on the alcohol
Summer’s a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholic beverage (unless you are pregnant or should not drink for health or other reasons).

A sangria, a cold beer, or a wine spritzer are all refreshing but light. In moderation — defined as one to two drinks daily — alcohol can protect against heart disease.

Get some sleep
Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours ofbedtime.

It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same time, for the same amount of time.

Well, there they are —  Eight super simple ways to boost your health this summer. Try one or try them all. They’re so easy you won’t even know they’re — shhhh — good for you.

 

Source: NHS

Preparing your child for camp

It’s that time of year when kids are heading off to camp. Whether it be a day camp or an overnight camp, there are things you can do to help your child prepare for camp both mentally and physically.

If at all possible, visit the camp and meet the camp director. This will help your child have a sense of familiarity with the camp before they arrive.

Talk to other families who have enjoyed the camp in years past and they can share their experiences.

Spend time online with your child looking at the camp website. The sites should have a daily schedule listed so you can know what to expect and there won’t be any surprises.

If unexpected events do happen, help your child be prepared ahead of time by going through different scenarios so they can work through the situation. What if you lose your baseball glove or fishing rod? What if you don’t get along with another child? What if you don’t feel well? Let your child brainstorm for solutions and make sure they know who they should talk to at camp to help with problems. if they occur.

If your child hasn’t spent much time outdoors, perhaps have a camp-out in the back yard to help them become familiar with the sound of crickets, frogs, owls, etc. Practice walking in the dark with a flashlight, too. Be sure to make it fun!

Be sure to tell your child how much fun they will have while at camp. They may get homesick, but remember, the camp staff is trained on how to help your child get through it.

Another way to help with homesickness is to send postcards and letters ahead of time. That way, the first morning they are at camp, they’ll have a letter from home. Send your child with stamped envelopes, too, so they can write home to you.

Packing for camp can be a fun part of the preparation process. Let your child help you pack, too. This is part of the experience to give them a sense of freedom and independence in making choices. Here are some general guidelines for packing:

 

  • Every camp sends a list of things to bring to camp and what not to bring. Be sure to follow the list.
  • Don’t buy expensive clothing for camp. Clothes at camp tend to get dirty; that is just the nature of being in the outdoors.
  • Take extra socks.
  • Take old shoes, gym shoes, hiking boots and sandals with a heel strap. Camp is not the place to “break-in” new shoes.
  • Take a laundry bag, rain poncho, water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, shower supplies and toiletries.
  • Put shower supplies and toiletries in a plastic bucket or “shower” container so it is easy to carry to the bathhouse.
  • Put the camper’s name on everything from clothes to toothpaste. Use a permanent non-washable ink pad or marking pen.
  • Make sure they have enough of their prescription medications to get them through their time at camp, and that the medications are in the original container and clearly marked. Know the procedure for getting the medication to the nurse.
  • Let your child take a stuffed animal if he/she wants. Many children put them on their beds.
  • Send along pictures of your family and pets. Your child can show them to his bunk mates.
  • Pack a disposable camera instead of an expensive one. Be sure to write your child’s name on the camera.
  • Clearly label your child’s suitcase, duffle bag or trunk.

 

“The greatest gifts that parents can give their child are independence and resiliency,” said Peg Smith, CEO of American Camp Association. “Parents should remember that by choosing camp they are giving both.”