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Causes and Symptoms of Malnutrition in the Elderly

Posted: 10/7/2015 12:16 PM by Interim HealthCare

Healthy meals that contain the nutrients our bodies need to function well is important for our overall health. As we age, it is even more important that our bodies get the nutrients it needs, yet many older adults are not getting adequate nutrition. This lack of a healthy diet may cause malnutrition; however, it is not just the foods and drinks consumed that can cause this condition.

Tips for Supporting Senior Joint Health

Posted: 10/1/2015 10:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly loved ones' joints have been through a lot in their lives. They have spent decades supporting their muscles and going through the movements of life, taking on a tremendous amount of force and possibly sustaining injuries. It's important to keep their joints healthy and strong so they can experience less pain and stiffness, increase their mobility, and enjoy a more active, engaging quality of life.

Innovative Caregiver: The Benefits of Heading Out of Town with Your Seniors

Posted: 9/22/2015 1:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a caregiver for your aging loved ones, you are probably used to the idea of creating and following a basic routine in your care. Having a routine is a great way to ensure your care remains consistent, to give beneficial structure and predictability to your care, and to help your parents maintain as much of their independence as possibly by assimilating to your routine and cooperating with the various tasks so they are as involved in their own care as possible.

Senior Care Observances: Family Health and Fitness Day

Posted: 9/16/2015 1:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Physical health and wellness are an important goal within your senior care plan for your elderly loved ones, but this pursuit is not just about making sure that your aging parents stay strong, healthy, and active. You should also focus on keeping yourself, your partner, and your children in their best condition so that you can all live happy, active, and engaged lives no matter what point in life you are at, or what challenges you are facing.

Giving a Senior the Control and Independence they Are Seeking

Posted: 9/14/2015 9:46 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most adult children of elderly parents know what it is like to worry about the well-being of their aging mother and father. As a person ages, they will have a number of different hazards to worry about.

7 Signs the Senior in Your Life Might Have Poor Safety Concerns at Home

Posted: 8/25/2015 2:52 PM by Interim HealthCare

There may be a senior in your life who is living at home alone and for whom you have concern about their safety. When it comes to senior home safety, not everyone takes this issue seriously, especially elderly individuals.

Building a Relationship of Trust with Your Parents' Doctors

Posted: 8/18/2015 8:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver for your aging parents, a main element of your senior care plan is going to be helping to oversee their medical needs. This means not only providing transportation to and from their appointments with various doctors, but also being an active and supportive part of making sure that they understand their medical needs, treatments, and lifestyle guidelines. In order to do this successfully, you must form a relationship with your aging parents' doctors.

As the Weather Changes: Thinking ahead to Improve Senior Safety

Posted: 8/10/2015 10:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

Senior Care Tips by Interim HealthCare It’s the heart of summer and many parts of the country are dealing with an incredibly intense heat wave. From the West Coast all along the south and right along the Blue Ridge Mountains, all the way to New England, the intense heat and high humidity has made things incredibly uncomfortable and even dangerous. Even thinking about the autumn months ahead may be something laughable at this time, but it’s a good idea to consider all of the weather changes that we should expect in the coming months.

A Stroke May be Minor, but Senior Care is Still Essential

Posted: 7/21/2015 1:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

When your aging mother was hospitalized following the stroke, you probably had a number of questions running through your mind. During those first several hours after you receive the phone call, it can be incredibly stressful worrying about what may have happened, how severe the stroke might have been, and what may become of your mother now. By the time the doctors came out to talk to you and the other family members there at the hospital, you were relieved to hear the words ‘minor’ with regard to this stroke.

Improved Elder Care in 5 Easy Steps

Posted: 7/20/2015 1:30 PM by Interim HealthCare

​There are many ways to improve care for an elderly individual. For family members, friends, or other loved ones who were concerned about a senior in their life, there are steps they can take to improve the quality of care and safety for them.

How To Choose Senior Care Wisely

Posted: 7/13/2015 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

​When you’re looking into senior care, whether it’s for yourself or somebody else, it’s important to take various things in consideration so you choose the right caregiver, agency, or other providers you actually need. The best way to choose any type of senior care service is to go through a certain process. That process is outlined below.

Walking as a Means to Ease Caregiver Stress

Posted: 7/9/2015 2:09 PM by Interim HealthCare

Exercising is essential to maintaining a healthy body weight, keeping your body strong, supporting flexibility and range of motion, and warding off a variety of health concerns. It is also a powerful way of managing and easing stress in your caregiver journey. Physical activity releases endorphins and calming hormones, protects against depression and anxiety, and eases tension, helping preserve your mental and emotional health even when you face the many challenges of caring for your elderly loved ones.

Tips for Vegetarian Seniors

Posted: 7/3/2015 10:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a culture we are more aware than ever of the importance of the foods we eat and the impact they make on physical and mental health, wellbeing, and longevity. One of the most important things that people have come to understand in recent years is the potential danger of eating too many animal products, particularly too much red meat. Switching over to a vegetarian or vegan diet is an increasingly popular move for those wanting to improve their health and live stronger, more active lives. Helping your aging parents embrace their decision to live this type of lifestyle and integrating it effectively into your elderly care plan may be a challenge, but with the proper education and a few strategies you can make sure your parents get all of the nutrition they need while honoring their wishes to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Should the Home Care Provider Answer Your Parents' Phone?

Posted: 7/1/2015 9:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Hiring a home care provider is an exceptional way to ensure your elderly loved ones get the level of care and assistance they need on a regular basis when you are not available to be in the home with them. With the physical care, mobility assistance, transportation, mental stimulation, and compassionate companionship the in home health care services provider offers your parents, she is going to be in the home with them for a considerable amount of time, possibly multiple hours every day.

Senior Care for Blended Families

Posted: 6/17/2015 9:56 AM by Interim HealthCare

Blended families are more the norm compared to decades ago. Therefore, the strategies of a blended family must play into the roles of senior care scenarios as well. That way, there are no blurred lines with regards to stepparents or other nontraditional family roles getting lost in the shuffle when aging loved ones need help, begin experiencing financial confusion, or medical issues become a reality. Here are some tips to help alleviate the confusion in advance.

5 Ways Communications Skills Can be Challenged when Alzheimer’s Care is Necessary

Posted: 6/4/2015 12:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

June is Effective Communications Month and any time somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, getting the right level of care as early as possible is going to be tremendously beneficial, especially as the disease progresses. One of the most important aspects of any type of Alzheimer’s care is communication. Without proper communication (meaning, the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s are able to communicate effectively, listen to one another, and understand what each person is saying), major problems can develop.

​Compassionate Elderly Care: Helping Seniors with Alzheimer's Get through Hospital Stays

Posted: 5/27/2015 8:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Elerly Care Tips by Interim HealthCare Managing the elderly care for any aging adult can be difficult, but when your senior loved one has Alzheimer's disease, you could face even more challenges. One of the greatest of these challenges comes when your senior must visit the hospital. Aging adults with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are more prone to infection, illness, and injury than other adults, and tend to experience more serious consequences due to compromised immune systems and difficulty managing treatments, which means that hospital visits and stays tend to increase as the diseases progresses. Visiting a hospital can be frightening for these elderly adults, making the experience stressful for everyone. Knowing how to approach a visit to the hospital with your senior can help you all get through the experience more calmly and with greater confidence.

Physical Signs You May be Dealing with Caregiver Stress

Posted: 5/19/2015 9:38 AM by Interim HealthCare

Giving ongoing care and assistance to elderly adults is stressful. No matter how much you love your aging parents or how dedicated you are to your role as their family caregiver, the physical and emotional demands of everyday caregiving are challenging and lead to caregiver stress. Studies have indicated that adult children who give regular care and assistance to their senior parents are far more likely to experience high levels of stress than other adults, and suffer more severe consequences associated with this stress than other adults. This stress is not only emotionally and mentally exhausting, it can lead to serious physical consequences that put your health, wellbeing, and ability to provide compassionate and effective care for your parents at risk.

Care for Elderly Adults with Pacemakers

Posted: 5/13/2015 12:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Senior Care Tips by Interim HealthCare Each year, more than 600,000 people receive a pacemaker to help them safely regulate their heart rhythm. Of these, more than half of them are over the age of 75. If one of your parents may receive a pacemaker soon, or if a pacemaker has already become a part of their daily life, understanding this device and its purpose is essential so you can modify your senior care and ensure your loved one continues to live a healthy, active life after the implantation.

How Home Care Providers Can Use Technology to Stimulate Your Aging Parents' Minds

Posted: 5/5/2015 8:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Home Care by Interim HealthCare Can Help! Stimulating your elderly parents' mind is an important part of keeping them active, healthy, and happy. Whether they cope with a condition such as Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, or just have less daily mental activity due to factors such as no longer driving or having less social engagement, stimulating your aging loved ones' minds boosts their mood, helps them ward off depression and loss of motivation, and supports greater long-term independence.

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