How To Save Money By Avoiding Trips To The Hospital
Most homeowners are their own accountants, and every single penny counts. In fact, only 17 percent of Americans said they use a financial advisor according to a new CNBC and Acorns Invest In You Savings Survey. Because of this, and the high cost of healthcare, it’s important to know how to avoid these costly setbacks. Here are some things to avoid to help you save a costly trip to the hospital.
1. Watch Out For Hazardous Plants
Poison Ivy can cause significant reactions in many people, and often it can be encountered without a person even realizing it until a reaction occurs. If poison ivy is touched, redness, itching, swelling, and blisters can occur at the contact site. The oil can also be transferred to other parts of the body. For instance, if you touch the plant with your hand and then touch your face, a reaction can occur there as well. Additionally, inhaling smoke from burning poison ivy can also cause difficulty breathing. This plant can be found in every state except Hawaii and Alaska. Although not everyone will have a bad reaction to it, at least 85% of people are allergic.
The best way to avoid this prevalent plant is to learn to recognize it and never trek through weeds without long pants and a long shirt to minimize the risk of skin contact. If the plant has come in contact with your clothing or an object, take care when handling it, as the oil can be transferred to your skin. To recognize poison ivy, look for plants with three leaves sprouting from one stem. If you see this plant growing around your home, take extreme care when removing it.
2. Care For Arthritis Before It Becomes Debilitating
One in 25 adults of working age (18-64) have limitations attributed to arthritis. Without the proper management, this cognition can cause significant pain and if not mitigated soon enough, it can require medical management, which can be costly. In order to combat this at home without costly medical treatment, you should do your best to keep your joints moving. Daily gentle stretches are great for this, and they can help prevent your joints from becoming too stiff, which can aggravate the pain.
Using good posture while sitting can also help mitigate arthritis pain, and it can be especially important if you have a job that involves a lot of time sitting at a desk. You should also take time to learn your limits, and make adjustments so that you don’t push yourself too hard. Along with this, managing your weight and quitting smoking, can also help as weight can add to the stress on joints and smoking can cause stress to connective tissues.
3. Avoid Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are one of the leading ways that people end up in the emergency room, and in many instances, they can be avoided. To lower the risk of slipping, you should always clean up spills as soon as they occur. You should also take care during inclement weather such as rain and snow. Loose rugs can also pose a slip risk as they can slide if walked over, leading to a fall. Take care to stay aware when you are walking and consider tacking down rugs and carpets to further decrease the risk of slipping.
If you have uneven walking spaces or poor lighting in your home, you should also look for ways to remedy these issues, as they can also cause you to fall. For instance, if your flooring is uneven, you can consider covering it in a non-slip mat to help improve the surface and increase traction. Adding push lights in hallways and nightlights can also help improve visibility and reduce the risk of tripping.
Hospital visits can be expensive, and these three issues are some of the most common ones that cause people to need to seek treatment. However, with the right forethought and planning, you can help save yourself time and money, while also keeping yourself healthier and safer.