Arthritis in Seniors

May 30, 2024

Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. It primarily affects seniors and tends to worsen with age. It can have a major negative effect on seniors’ quality of life by impairing their capability to carry out everyday tasks and engage in social interactions. Early diagnosis and effective treatment are crucial for minimizing the impact of arthritis on seniors’ well-being. Just Like Family Home Care plays a vital role in helping seniors manage arthritis. These are some of the ways we can be of great service.

  • Skilled Nursing Care: Just Like Family Home Care can provide professional nursing care. Seniors with arthritis can benefit from the assessment, care, and pain management techniques offered by registered nurses (RNs).
  • Dietary Guidance: Just Like Family Home Care team can educate seniors about arthritis-friendly diets. We recommend avoiding pro-inflammatory meals like processed foods, sweets, and saturated fats and consuming anti-inflammatory foods like berries, leafy greens, olive oil, and fatty fish.
  • Support with Daily Life Activities: Just Like Family Home Care team can help seniors with bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation. By minimizing joint stress during daily activities, seniors will experience less pain and discomfort.
  • Emotional Level Support: Arthritis can influence seniors’ mental health. Just Like Family Home Care team can provide emotional support and companionship. We minimize elders’ sense of loneliness by listening to their worries and offering support.

Considering that every senior has different needs and preferences, personalized arthritis care is crucial. Just Like Family Home Care is able to modify support according to each person’s unique circumstances and degree of arthritis severity.

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Heart Disease and How Just Like Family Home Care Can Help

April 26, 2024

Heart disease has a significant impact on seniors. The risk of having a heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart failure is significantly higher in people 65 years of age and above. Millions of seniors’ quality of life is diminished and their activities restricted by heart disease, which is also a major source of disability. Just Like Family Home Care can be a valuable resource for supporting heart health in seniors. Here are three key ways in which we can help:

  • Supporting Preventative Care with Nutrition and Well-being: The best line of defense to help identify cardiac problems early on is preventative care services, which include yearly physicals, lab testing, and screenings. In the case that the senior is unable to drive themselves and the family is unavailable, Just Like Family Home Care can help with transportation to and from appointments. A few healthy lifestyle choices that can help lower the risk of heart disease include increasing physical activity, eating a balanced diet, cutting back on alcohol, and giving up tobacco products.
  • Services to Support Recovery and Lower Readmissions to Hospitals: Returning home after a cardiac incident might be very stressful. Following the discharge instructions is important for lowering the possibility of being readmitted to the hospital. By handling duties like driving the senior home upon release, cleaning the house, collecting up prescriptions, sending out medication reminders, running errands, and more, the Just Like Family Home Care team can help with the transition back home and make recovery process less stressful.
  • Personal and Hygiene Care: Just Like Family Home Care can provide personal care services, such as light housekeeping, errand running, companionship, and more. Maintaining personal hygiene might become increasingly difficult both during and after recovery, particularly, when mobility changes. The staff at Just Like Family Home Care is happy to help while upholding dignity and offering support.

While every elderly person faces various needs, Just Like Family Home Care is available to assist seniors as they go through heart health journey. Our staff is here to help with all phases of heart health care, encompassing prevention, post-treatment rehabilitation, and continuing care.

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Benefits of Spring Cleaning for Seniors

March 30, 2024

Traditionally, spring cleaning gives us a chance to makeover our houses and get ahead of the busy spring and summer months. However, due to physical restrictions or health concerns, spring cleaning can be a difficult undertaking for elders. In this situation, Just Like Family Home Care’s support might be quite helpful. Here are some advantages of spring cleaning for seniors with the help of Just Like Family Home Care:

  • Safety First:  A clean and organized home is a safer home. Clutter can be a tripping hazard, and accumulated dust can exacerbate respiratory issues. Just Like Family Home Care can ensure safety during cleaning, such as preventing falls and using non-toxic cleaning products.
  • Promoting Hygiene: A thorough cleaning can eliminate germs, allergens, and bacteria, which promotes a healthy living environment. Regular cleaning can improve air quality, which is particularly important for seniors with respiratory issues.
  • Reducing Stress:  Getting spring cleaning chores done can make you feel proud and accomplished. A well-kept and arranged home can boost happiness, lessen stress, and encourage sounder sleep.
  • Fostering Independence: With a clean and organized home, seniors can navigate their space more easily, fostering a sense of independence.
  • Companionship:  Spring cleaning with Just Like Family Home Care can also provide valuable companionship for seniors. The presence of a caregiver can make spring cleaning a social experience, making it more enjoyable for seniors and providing an opportunity for seniors to engage in conversation and share stories.

In conclusion, spring cleaning is not just about keeping things tidy. It’s about creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable living environment. With the help of Just Like Family Home Care seniors can reap the benefits of spring cleaning without the stress and physical strain. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

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Aging in Place

February 27, 2024

Aging in place is the idea of growing older while remaining in one’s own home, rather than moving to a senior care facility. This choice is favored by many senior citizens since it preserves their comfort, familiarity, and independence. However, aging in place may also require some assistance.  Just Like Family Home Care can provide various services to help seniors live safely and comfortably at home. A few of the main advantages of using Just Like Family Home Care to age in place include:

•          Personalized care: Just Like Family Home Care is able to customize services, including the kind, frequency, and length of care, to meet the unique needs and preferences of elders. You can choose the caregivers you trust and feel comfortable with, and communicate with them directly about your expectations and feedback.

•          Cost-effectiveness: Just Like Family Home Care can often provide care at a lower cost than institutionalized care, especially for long-term or chronic conditions.

•          Improved health outcomes: Just Like Family Home Care can offer a range of health care services, such as medication management, wound care, care after surgery, monitoring of vital signs, injections, attending doctor appointments, and many more. By using these services, seniors can enhance their quality of life, avoid or treat health issues, and spend less time in hospitals or emergency rooms.

•          Emotional well-being: Just Like Family Home Care can also support seniors’ emotional well-being by providing companionship, social interaction, and mental stimulation. We can help elderly cope with loneliness, depression, or anxiety, and enhance their self-esteem and dignity.

At Just Like Family Home Care we empower seniors to maintain their independence, improve their quality of life, and grow old comfortably in their own homes.

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Incontinence in Seniors

January 29, 2024

Incontinence is a common problem among seniors. About 75% of women over age 65 suffer with urine leakage, and 60-70% of people with Alzheimer’s eventually become incontinent. Incontinence can be caused by aging, illness, or injury. Weak muscles of the sphincters and pelvis can lead to urinary incontinence because the muscles cannot remain tight enough to hold urine in the bladder, or the bladder does not have enough support from the pelvic muscles to stay in its proper position. Weak bladder muscles may also result in not being able to empty the bladder completely. Additionally, incontinence may be caused by medication interactions, vaginal or urinary tract infections, prostate problems and progressive diseases that lead to cognitive and physical decline.

Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors deal with incontinence by providing assistance with toileting, hygiene, incontinence products, and medication management. We can also provide transportation to doctor’s appointments and prescription pickups. Just Like Family Home Care can also offer emotional support and companionship to seniors who may feel embarrassed or ashamed about their incontinence. We can also help seniors stay connected with their friends and family by providing transportation assistance to social events and activities.

At Just Like Family Home Care we provide seniors, who are incontinent, with support they need to keep their dignity and self-confidence to continue being involved in life.

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Healthy Fall Charcuterie Board

October 25, 2023

A healthy fall charcuterie board is a great way to enjoy the seasonal flavors and produce, while also catering to the needs and preferences of seniors. Here are some tips and ideas on how to make a healthy fall charcuterie board that elderly can make:

  1. Choose whole-grain breads and crackers that are high in fiber, B vitamins and protein. These can help with digestion, energy and blood sugar levels. You can also make your own cauliflower chips for a low-carb alternative.
  2. Add nuts, such as almonds, pecans or walnuts, to your board. Nuts are a healthy snack that provide plant-based protein and healthy fats. You can also roast or spice them for extra flavor.
  3. Load up on fruits and veggies that are in season, such as apples, pears, grapes, kumquats, figs, brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Fruits and veggies add color, nutrients and antioxidants to your board. You can also roast some of the veggies for a warm and cozy touch.
  4. Choose the right meats and cheeses for your board. Avoid cold cuts that are high in sodium and saturated fat, which are not good for heart health. Instead, opt for thinner sliced meats and choose lower-fat cheese options.
  5. Add one or two dips to your board, such as hummus, spinach dip or a sweet dip made with yogurt and honey. Dips can add moisture and flavor to your board, as well as provide some calcium and protein.
  6. Don’t forget some fun treats to finish off your board. You can add some dark chocolate, dried fruit or mini pumpkin pies for a festive touch. Just be mindful of the portion size and sugar content of these treats.

    Just Like Family Home Care hopes these tips and ideas help seniors create a healthy fall charcuterie board that they can make and enjoy!

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September is Healthy Aging Month

September 25, 2023

Just Like Family Home Care can play a vital role in helping seniors with healthy aging. Some of the ways we can do so are:

  • Providing personalized home care services that meet the needs and preferences of each senior. Home care services can include assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, medication management, and transportation. Just Like Family Home Care can also provide companionship, socialization, and mental stimulation for seniors who may feel lonely or isolated. 
  • Offering nurse-directed care for seniors who have complex medical needs or chronic conditions. Nurse-directed care can involve skilled nursing services, such as wound care, glucose checks, injections, catheter care, and IV therapy. 
  • Supporting seniors who are receiving hospice or palliative care at home. Hospice care is a type of care that focuses on relieving pain and symptoms for people with terminal illnesses. Palliative care is a type of care that aims to improve the quality of life for people with serious illnesses, regardless of the prognosis. Just Like Family Home Care can provide hospice support services, such as personal care, emotional support, spiritual care for seniors and their families.
  • Educating seniors and their families about the resources and options available for aging in place. Aging in place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably.

Just Like Family Home Care can help seniors live well in their own homes and communities.

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National Wellness Month!

National Wellness month

July 19, 2022

National Wellness month

August is National Wellness Month! National Wellness Month focuses on self-care and promoting healthy habits, including sleep, exercise, proper nutrition, and taking care of our mental state, like actively managing stress, practicing self-compassion, and engaging in meditation.

The positive impact of wellness for seniors is something that cannot be overlooked. Physical wellness changes as you age. There are, however, habits to help maintain or improve everyday life, as well as reduce the risk of certain conditions and chronic diseases. Living a wellness-focused lifestyle is also important for caregivers, who must take care of themselves to take care of others.

We’ve put together numerous ways to start your wellness journey today:

Increase your water intake

To compensate for changes in body temperature regulation as we age, we need to drink more water. Dehydration can have a negative impact in the body, including muscle pain, fatigue, and heat exhaustion. Water is essential for hydrating the body for optimal functioning, improving the quality of our skin, energizing muscles, and controlling calories. As a rule, you should take one-third of your body weight and drink that number of ounces in fluids.

Add more fruits and veggies to your meals

Taking care of your body means feeding it well. There appears to be a connection between nutrition and immunity in the elderly.  With a well-balanced, nutritious diet, you’ll have more energy, feel better, and will reduce the risk of illness or disease. It is extremely important, now more than ever, to protect and boost our immune system by choosing a healthy lifestyle. For more details on how food can boost your immune system, read our nutrition-focused blog post.

Consider a new activity or exercise

Regular exercise is key to staying healthy and feeling happy. Exercising and being active for fifteen to thirty minutes a day is essential for healthy aging. Exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, and cancer. It also decreases the risk of falls and fall-related injuries. It’s important to ensure that any medical conditions or diseases you have are properly managed before starting a new physical wellness routine. Set realistic goals and develop an exercise plan. Consider endurance, muscle-strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Meditate, be creative, or practice gratitude

Meditation trains the brain and body to relax and focus on being in the present. For older adults, even five minutes of meditation a day has many physical and psychological benefits. Such as improved focus, improved calmness, and reduced stress. The easiest way for seniors to meditate is to focus on their breathing. You can slow down and relax with this technique: count five deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Being creative also has a positive impact in our brain health. Wellness month can inspire you to finish long-term projects you may have started but haven’t taken the time to complete. Home-care companions or sitters are the perfect company to work on a creative project!

Gratitude can reduce depression, chronic pain and boost emotional well-being. Focus on one good thing that happened every day. As a result of doing this daily, our brains learn to switch directions more quickly to recover faster from setbacks.

Rest, sleep and repeat

Getting enough sleep and rest is just as important to physical wellness for seniors as a healthy diet. In the same way your body needs to be active, it also needs to rest and recharge for the next day. Sleeping well can prevent falls and accidents. Seniors who exercise regularly and go outside for fresh air fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and report better quality of sleep.

Here are a few tips to help you improve your sleep routine: Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. Maintain a comfortable temperature in your bedroom, which should be quiet, dark and relaxing. If you have trouble sleeping, try out black out shades or a white noise machine. Weighted blankets may also be handy to relax the body. Try to avoid large meals before bedtime and stay away from foods that will give you heartburn.

Have a daily routine

Having a daily routine for seniors has many benefits. Routines create structure, give us a sense of accomplishment, and help us manage stress by keeping us focused. When someone feels out of control, such as losing their cognitive or physical capabilities, it is beneficial to focus on what they can control. Establishing a daily routine tailored to an older adult’s particular needs and interests is a good place to start. It’s tempting to sleep or stay in bed for a long time but having a consistent sleep schedule will improve your daily routine as well. Just like Family Home Care can help you find the right person to stablish a wellness-focused daily routine.

Consider at home care to establish these healthy habits

In addition to these suggestions, it’s also important to regularly visit a trusted medical professional to ensure your physical wellness is maintained as you age. These small steps can lead to many more healthy habits in your lifestyle. Make a small change and impact your health in positive ways. If you or someone you love need help creating a routine and improving their wellness. Contact us! We can refer you to a professional at-home caretaker that will help you live a wellness lifestyle. Happy wellness month!

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What is Late Stage and End-of-Life Care

June 24, 2022

The final stage of life is challenging, even for caregivers with lots of experience. If your loved one is in their final days of life, the only gift you can give them is the best care to improve their comfort and quality of life.  

End-of-life care involves acts of daily care and lots of physical, mental and emotional support to your loved one during their last days on earth. The primary goal is to make them more comfortable, at least for the remaining days, months or years. Here’s all you need to know about end-of-life care. 

When does someone need late-stage and end-of-life care?

No one knows exactly when they’ll need end-of-life care. It all depends on the individual and the progressions of the disease. However, anyone with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness is eligible for end-of-life care.  

Also, older adults in their golden days can benefit from late-stage care. Terminal care may last a few days, months, or even years, depending on the individual. 

End-of-life signs

Facing your loved one’s final moments in life can be scary – especially if it’s your first time. However, knowing what to expect can help you feel less anxious and better prepared. This allows you to make your loved one’s final days less painful and more comfortable.  

While everyone has a unique end-of-life experience, some changes and signs cut across.  

Here are some common end-of-life signs;

  • Loss of appetite 

Energy needs decline as the body shuts down. Hence, your loved one won’t be taking certain foods, especially those that are hard to chew and digest. Unfortunately, this can be upsetting for you as a caregiver because a considerable part of caregiving involves feeding your loved one.

  • Shortness of breath/labored breathing

Breathing difficulties or shortness of breath are common symptoms of end of life. Some people might experience air hunger – a petrified inclination to breathe better. Additionally, people may experience Cheyne-strokes breathing – loud breathing with a peculiar rattle. This usually stems from an unstable ventilatory control as the brain or heart fails.

  • Physical weakness

Since your loved one takes less food, they’ll lack the energy to do every day, physical activities like putting clothes on, walking long distances, or even lifting things. Sometimes, even speaking becomes a challenge. As a result, you may need to help your loved one find an every day routine that works for them.

  • Pain 

End-of-life pain is common in most people, although some become accustomed to it. However, the type and amount of pain will vary depending on the individual and their health condition. For instance, if they have cancer, they are more likely to experience pain during their final days. 

End-of-life care considerations

Working closely with your hospice agency and your loved one’s physician, caregivers can provide the care and support the family needs during this difficult transition. When a loved one is in their last days of life, it’s imperative to treat them with respect, follow their late-stage wishes, and ensure they are comfortable.  

The type and amount of care vary depending on the individual health and progression of the disease. Ideally, these people need care in four areas:

Physical comfort in end-of-life care

Comfort care is an essential part of medical care at the end of life. It is care that helps or soothes a person who is experiencing physical discomfort stemming from various sources.

Make sure they are seated or laying down in a comfortable space. If they experience breathing problems, open a window or use a fan or humidifier to circulate air in the room. Additionally, it would help if you raise the head of the bed to ease breathing. 

Furthermore, offer favorite foods in small amounts to prevent digestive or loss of appetite problems. 

Managing mental and emotional needs during end-of-life

Most people in their late stages of life experience mental and emotional distress. Some have specific concerns and fears that could lead to depression or anxiousness.  

Therefore, as a caregiver, you should provide support to help manage emotional and mental distress. 

Some tips for managing emotional and mental distress include;

  • Set a relaxing mood – find out the things that raise your loved one’s mood.  For instance, if they don’t want visitors, ensure no one enters their room.
  • Physical contact – sometimes you’ll feel scared holding your loved one during their late stages. However, you should establish a physical connection with them, perhaps holding hands or massaging.
  • Be present – the greatest gift to a dying person is your presence. So make sure you’re always available to talk or listen to what they say.
  • Play some music –  music at low tones can lessen pain while allowing the patient to relax. Therefore, suggest playing music and find out which music they prefer.
  • Involve them – In most cases, you’ll make most of the decisions and choices on behalf of your loved one. However, if they can still communicate, try to involve them in most matters. For instance, you might ask which food they want, which clothes to wear, how to make them more comfortable. 

Alternatively, you might consider a counselor familiar with end-of-life issues.  

Support for practical tasks

Someone nearing end-of-life can’t perform everyday tasks like bathing, walking, eating, and changing clothes. And since some of the activities are essential, you want to ensure they get enough support for practical tasks

Benefits of hiring an end-of-life caregiver

End-of-life care focuses on improving the quality of life of your loved one during their final stage in life. But sometimes, you might need some help to provide the best care for your loved one. This is where a caregiver comes in. There are various benefits of hiring an end-of-life caregiver.

First, end-of-life caregivers have lots of experience caring for people in their final days. They have been trained to provide adequate care regardless of individual conditions. They know what to do, when to do it and how to do it perfectly. 

Additionally, end-of-life caregivers provide support to family members and carers during late-stage and even after death. They will be there with you to provide physical and emotional support to you and your loved ones. 

End-of-life services

We understand the end-of-life stage is an emotional time for you, friends and other family members. That’s why you should work with your loved one’s physician and caregivers to get the best care and support during this challenging transition.  

Some of our end-of-life care services include;

  • Bed baths
  • Personal hygiene assistance
  • Compassionate support
  • Feeding assistance
  • Nurse-deligated meds administration
  • Assist with comfort measures

Final thoughts

It’s hard and painful to watch a loved one during their final days on earth. However, knowing what to expect and how to provide late-stage care can make a difference. End of life focuses on minimizing pain and improving comfort and quality of life during the final moments of your loved one.  

If you cannot take care of your loved one during end-of-life, we can refer a qualified home health caregiver. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a representative.

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Chronic Pain Assistance at Home: Helping Seniors Manage Pain

December 13, 2021

Did you know it’s estimated that 20.4% of adults in the United States live with chronic pain? Managing chronic pain on your own can be difficult enough, but it’s even trickier for people trying to assist in pain management for their elderly loved ones. 

Chronic pain in older adults is a serious issue, but it’s one that doesn’t get a lot of attention. Chronic pain assistance at home is possible for your beloved seniors, you just have to know the right ways to handle it. 

If you’re interested in the best pain control for seniors, we have some tips that can help ensure that your loved one is getting the help that they need.

Keep a Journal 

You and your loved one won’t have trouble remembering tomorrow just how bad today’s pain was. Unfortunately, your memory when you visit the doctor in 3 weeks may not be as sharp. 

For doctors to treat chronic pain, they need as much information about what’s happening as possible. Get in the habit of keeping a health journal that helps answer all of the doctor’s most pressing questions. 

When you’re writing a health journal there’s no such thing as being too detailed. You can include nearly anything you want in yours, but be sure that you cover a few important areas:

  • Time of day pain occurs
  • Diet and exercise routine 
  • Current and past prescribed medications
  • Time of day medication is taken
  • Severity of pain

Stay in the Know 

Get out of the habit of just organizing and giving out medication if you want to be an effective caretaker for your loved one. Take the time to educate yourself on what each medication is for and how it could affect them.

When you have a complete understanding of everything your loved one takes and how they’re meant to work, you’re able to make better-informed health care choices. 

People tend to mistakenly believe that doctors are in constant communication with each other about their patients. Most of the time, doctors won’t know if any major change has occurred unless they hear it from the patients themselves.

See Signs of Pain 

Pain doesn’t look or feel the same way for everyone. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your loved one is going to experience pain the same way each time. 

Sometimes pain can be quick and come on in an intense sharp feeling. Other times it can feel like a dull ache that comes and goes. It’s even possible that your loved one may not be experiencing “pain”, but may have other signs that show their pain is getting worse like tingling or numbness. 

Your loved one may try to hide how much pain they’re in. They may not want to concern you and be worried about putting on a brave face for their friends and family. 

Look for signs of discomfort in your loved one. Heavy or shallow breathing, frequent movement or readjusting in a sitting position, or small sounds like whimpers and grunts can be a sign that they’re in pain.

Don’t be afraid to ask your loved one how they’re feeling if you see signs of pain. Once they see that you notice how they’re acting they may feel comfortable being honest about how they’re feeling. 

Don’t Ignore Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can play an important role in healing from injuries and managing chronic pain. Despite its importance, it can often be one of the first things patients tend to ignore. 

Since patients are in pain they’re reluctant to do any physical work, even though it plays an important role in healing. Others may not want to travel to physical therapy centers or could worry about the cost of treatments. 

Talk to your loved one’s doctor about physical therapy exercises that can be done at home. Making sure your loved one is doing the right exercises at home can help keep them happy and healthy. 

Remember, it’s okay to try new forms of physical therapy if your loved one doesn’t like the routine they already have. Yoga, swimming, and even walking can be helpful physical therapy. 

Think About Pain Management Alternatives 

People tend to look at medication and alternative pain management as an either/or situation. The truth is that both methods should be used together. Using both together can lead to much better outcomes than using one or the other. 

Talk to your loved one and their doctor about alternative pain management techniques. Chiropractors, acupuncture, meditation, and other stress-reduction techniques can do wonders for pain management. 

Also, be sure to talk to a doctor about the best way to weave alternative pain management into their medication regiment. They may recommend that you change the time your loved one takes medication or could adjust the dosage. 

Chronic Pain Assistance at Home the Right Way

When you’re looking for ways to manage chronic pain assistance at home, staying organized and in the know is important. Tracking symptoms, staying active, and identifying signs of trouble all play a critical role in managing pain.

Managing chronic pain can be a lot for patients and their loved ones to handle. Don’t hesitate to bring in outside help if you think you could benefit from it. Home health aides can help your loved one with taking medication, doing physical therapy, and more. 

Do you want to find home health help for your loved one? Are you wondering if home help is right for you? Do you have other questions about pain management in seniors? Contact our reps so we can answer all of your important senior health questions. 

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