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How to Use an Interpreter Appropriately

Involving an interpreter should bring a positive experience to both the health care providers and the patients. This article will outline how to use the interpreters best. Read on.

When booking the appointment

  • doctors, in house interpretationThe need of an interpreter should be identified at the appointment. This will give enough time to find and book for the best interpreter.
  • Ask the patient if they prefer a male or female interpreter.
  • Allocate extra time to consult the interpreter before the real visit. You should introduce the interpreter to the patients, and such meetings might take longer than the medical visits.
  • If the family accepts the interpreter, it is best if you use him or her for all their visits.

Before the visit

  • It is important to let the patient know that they should keep time. The interpreter might have several other appointments hence their time should be respected. Try as much to avoid delays.
  • Discuss the aim of the visit with the interpreter. Make it known to them that the families should make the medical decisions all by themselves.

During the visit

  • interpretorSit in such a manner that everyone can see the other. You could use a triangular seating arrangement.
  • Introduce the interpreter to the family and let him explain his role in the meeting, if he is meeting them for the first time.
  • After introductions, ask the family if they are comfortable with the interpreter.
  • Let them tell you how much of their information they want interpreted. Some can understand either English or French so they will only need their answers interpreted. If they seem unsure, assure them that everything will be interpreted.
  • Explain to them your role as a doctor and the purpose of your meeting.
  • Do not use abbreviations, jargon, jokes, slang and acronyms. They might lead to confusion.
  • Repeat the important explanations and instructions to reinforce the health message. If you suspect miscommunication, use different words. To be sure that they understood ask them to repeat the information back to you.
  • Give them enough time to ask questions.

After the visit

  • Have a quick briefing with the interpreter. They should point out anything they observed of importance to the doctor.
  • Request the interpreter to write down the instructions for the patient.
  • Ask the interpreter to accompany them for lab visits or to the pharmacy.
  • If they are okay with it, use the same interpreter for all office visits.

How To Build Your Own Home Gym

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If you want to know how to build your own home gym there are some things that you need to know and consider. It is easy to get excited and go on a shopping spree for all the latest home equipment. But if you don’t want to hole a garage sale of gym equipment in the near future, then you need to keep in mind a few things before you take out your wallet.

What is your goal?

Why do you want to build a home gym in the first place? Do you want to primarily lose weight? Do you want to build muscles? Or do you want to learn a particular sport or activity such as boxing or yoga? Before building a home gym, it is important for you to determine your fitness goals and the reasons why you want to build a gym in the first place. Once you have determined your goals, it would be much easier for you to choose the equipment that you need. If you just want to lose weight for example then you really need to buy a lot of weights and equipment.

Home GymBudget

Building a home gym would require some financial investment but it doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. It is important that you set a budget first and then stick to it. One of the things that you need to keep in mind is that you do not need to buy all of the equipment at once. If you want to build muscles, for example, you can start by buying just a pair of dumbbells and then just add more equipment when you get more funds.

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Ok, let’s say you have the money needed to buy several sets of weights, an exercise bike and a treadmill. But do you have the space to house all of this equipment? Some people get excited and order equipment without first setting up a place for their home gym. If you have limited space in your house then you should look for those all-in-one exercise equipment that allows you to perform several exercises. You can also look for portable exercise equipment that can be easily folded and stored so that it doesn’t occupy too much space. Or better yet, choose versatile and timeless pieces. A pair of dumbbells, for example, can go a long way so does a jumping rope and a simple exercise mat.

A home gym does not need to be fancy. The simpler the home gym, the better.