Monday, November 18, 2013

Communication Aid for Stroke Survivors
   For Stroke survivors, the inability to speak can be very scary. Imagine not being able to ask where are you? Or where is your spouse? Or what day it is? But even more frightening is that medical and daily decisions can be made without your input. Point To Communicate booklets have made this crucial time for stroke survivors manageable even when the stroke survivor has only one finger that can be used.
   With Point To Communicate booklets the daily essential needs can be indicated by simply pointing to the image. More than just essential needs, the booklets address physical pain and needs, family, friends and professionals that impact daily life. The booklets work to bridge the communication gape and results in relieving stress for the stroke survivor who can now communicate. For more information and to purchase, please visit: www.pointtocommunicate.com

Friday, July 13, 2012

Point to Communicate Booklets Solves Communication Crisis for Many

Point to Communicate’ pictorial booklets provide a simple and affordable communication aid for those who may be hard of hearing or are unable to speak, write, due to stroke, Parkinson’s, cancer, surgery, illness, disease, accident or age. The dynamics of patient care have changed dramatically in the medical field. Today, patients have rights and for those who are unable to speak, they now have a tool to meet their communication needs. The ‘Point To Communicate’ booklets have made many bridge the gap and renew their dignity, asserting their needs, and helping them to make choices regarding their health care decisions. The ‘Point To Communicate’ booklets ensure that physical, emotional, and mental essential needs can be met by simply pointing to the appropriate icon, and also provides both the non-verbal or hard of hearing person the ability to converse with his or her care provider, family, friends, clergy, and medical professionals. Hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers are finding the ‘Point To Communicate’ booklets a very useful tool for the medical staff to use with their patients, even those who don’t know our language or may not be able to read. For more information, see website: http://www.PointToCommunicate.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Can’t hear him or her? Point To Communicate Booklets Convey Essential Needs.

When someone loses the ability to speak and write or may be hard of hearing due to illness, injury, or diseases like Stroke, Cancer, Parkinson’s, etc, things that were once taken for granted might suddenly become inaccessible. With Point to Communicate booklets all that is needed is to point to the picture to communicate essential needs and more. Used in hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes, and is now available for home health too. For more information visit website:
http://wwww.PointToCommunicate.com or look up Point To Communicate booklets at http://www.amazon.com
Or Call 1-802-249-8590
“My husband has progressive aphasia and has trouble speaking, getting his words out. This booklet has helped us to understand each other and I see that he is so grateful for your booklet and so am I. Thank you.” B. Coleman, RN, retired

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Aging Baby Boomers? Point To Communicate Booklets

Have you noticed how many people wear hearing aids? More and more aging baby boomers are realizing that all those great concerts 'back in the day' have caused hearing loss. Not that it's any different today with kids wearing ear pods and seemingly plugged into their music, phone, or computer all the time.
Here are some quick statistics you should be aware of compiled by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). To see the entire list go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick.htm

Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women.

Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.

The NIDCD estimates that approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.

Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.

Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus.

Approximately 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Hearing loss affects only 1 ear in 9 out of 10 people who experience sudden deafness. Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.

Approximately 615,000 individuals have been diagnosed with Ménière's disease in the United States. Another 45,500 are newly diagnosed each year.

Point To Communicate booklets can help. When wearing a hearing aid all day it can cause the ear to swell and become tender. I have friends who complain that they just don't want to hear anything when this happens and so they take out their hearing aids. For those of us who live with a hearing impaired individual, this can be frustrating. How many of you have pen and paper on every surface just so you can communicate?
The Point To Communicate booklets can help the hearing impaired as well as the family and friends who love them by providing an easy, clear, and concise method for communicating essential needs. Booklets are available for Medical Facilities, like hospitals, rehab centers and medical centers, nursing homes, and for home health. Visit the PointToCommunicate.com website for more information. Your comments are greatly valued so please let me know what you think of this post. Do you know a hearing impaired individual?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Can you point to communicate?

My friend Michael just had a stroke. He has lost his speech. His right side has been paralyzed. I went to visit him in the hospital. He looked so lost until I gave him a Point To Communicate booklet - hospital edition. I asked him, "Can you point to communicate?" He blinked, 'yes'. His eyes lit up as he looked through the booklet. He pointed to 'thank you' and smiled. Then he pointed to 'I want to go home.' The conversation went on from there. Our visit was nearly forty minutes long as he used the booklet to ask questions, make comments, and make requests.
Do you know a stroke patient who needs a Point To Communicate booklet? Visit: http://www.PointToCommunicate.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hearing Impaired Kids and Point To Communicate booklets


My neighbor's kids are hearing impaired. I visited them a while ago and brought the Point To Communicate booklets with me to show them. The kids looked the booklets over, took out their hearing aids and took off to the living room and used only the booklets to communicate with each other. There was so much laughter and delight from the boys. They now use the booklets at home and sometimes at school. The kids told me they don't like to wear their hearing aids all the time as it irritates their ears. Now they have another way to communicate. Do you know someone who could benefit from the Point To Communicate booklet?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I wish my Dad had a Point To Communicate booklet.

Eight years ago, I created a booklet for my Dad who could not communicate due to Parkinson's and Lyme disease. He was still living at home. He had a home health nurse during the day but he was so locked up inside himself and unable to communicate. He had lost his voice and could not speak. The Parkinson's disease left him unable to write.
When I gave him the first draft of the booklet, he was so happy to have a means to communicate. He used it with me, our family, friends and his medical team. He was able to point to where he was hurting, ask for specific needs to be met like turn off the lights or I want to sleep now. He pointed to "I love you" and "Thank you" when I used the booklet with him.
My Dad has since passed away but left a very important job for me to do and that is to tell people about the Point To Communicate booklets, and especially the families, friends and medical professionals who need this tool.
My friend saw my booklets one day as I was about to leave for a business meeting and said, "I wish my Dad had a Point To Communicate booklet after he had a stroke. He was so frustrated not being able to tell us how he was feeling. He passed away and we were never able to communicate." Please note that my friend's Dad died before I had created the booklets.
Do you have a story to share or a comment about the Point To Communicate booklets? I would love to hear from you.
Thank you. Arlene

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Point To Communicate goes to Australian Customer

Point To Communicate booklet/home health edition is going to Australia this week to a very happy customer for her Mom who has a neurological disorder and can't speak. More people are finding these booklets useful for many different situations that I had not considered when I first created them like people with injuries or tracheotomy patients or for people where English is a second language and are hospitalized. Point To Communicate booklets are used for patients in hospitals, medical centers, rehab centers and nursing homes too.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Speech Language Pathologists Love Point To Communicate

Point To Communicate booklets are so appreciated by the speech language pathologists and therapists as well as the audiologists in many hospitals,and medical centers. "It makes my job so much easier and my patients love the easy to use but comprehensive booklets." The booklets are for those who can't speak, or that English is not their native language, when faced with stroke, cancer, Parkinson's, injury, etc. For more information, visit our website: www.PointToCommunicate.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Emergency Room Nurses Use Point To Communicate

Emergency room nurses are using the Point To Communicate booklets for their patients who cannot speak due to stroke, accidents, and trauma. "This saves us so much time. We don't need to find an interpreter for those who don't speak English" per ER team at Gifford Medical Center, Randolph, VT Nurses at many hospitals are finding the Point To Communicate booklet very useful, easy, and comprehensive. For more information, visit website: http://www.PointToCommunicate.com