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3 Ways Senior Care Gets a Senior Up and Out of the House

Posted: 2/22/2017 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Isolation can take hold of the best of us. Whether it’s suffering from an illness, dealing with grief or the effects of old age, people can suddenly find themselves isolated and alone. But this doesn't have to happen. For aging parents who don't get out of the house like they use to because they can no longer drive, senior care is the remedy.

Important First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 2/1/2017 3:44 PM by Interim HealthCare

The moment that you hear that your elderly loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing and potentially frightening moment. You have found out that your parent is dealing with a debilitating disease that will eventually lead to their death and you know that everything that you have planned for the future of your care will now need to be evaluated and possibly changed. This will ensure that you continue to give your loved one all the support, care, and assistance necessary to give them the highest quality of possible. At this moment it is time for you to take valuable first steps that will get you started on your care journey and help to prepare you for the new chapter ahead.

How Can You Make Agitation Less of a Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 1/30/2017 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Agitation is a common problem for elderly loved ones who have dementia. It's a situation in which they may begin to pace, engage in repetitive actions or vocalizations, or otherwise display that they're not comfortable. Agitation can be disturbing for you to witness and it's definitely disruptive and disturbing for your elderly loved one.

Help Your Loved One Suffering with Sundowning

Posted: 1/28/2017 12:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

People with Alzheimer’s may develop changes in their behavior that lead to problems at dusk and into the night. This is known as Sundowning.

Factors That Could Put Your Loved One at a High Risk for Stroke

Posted: 1/26/2017 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

When the brain is not getting an adequate amount of blood, a stroke could occur. This causes some of the brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage. For most people, stroke is a condition that is highly preventable. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that 8 out of 10 strokes can be prevented.

How Does Your Elderly Loved One's Skin Change? as She Ages?

Posted: 12/30/2016 2:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

The largest organ in the human body is the skin and your elderly loved one is likely to notice a lot of changes to her skin as she ages. Some of these changes may not be a big deal, but others, such as dry patches of skin, can be uncomfortable.

Boosting an Aging Immune System

Posted: 12/28/2016 5:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

The body’s immune system is a remarkable mechanism consisting of intricate biological processes that protect people against foreign invaders. Cells, tissues and organs work in unison to defend against unwanted bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi.

Providing Care for an Elderly Parent

Posted: 12/16/2016 4:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

When your loved one needs to be cared for, most adult children or family members want to be the caregiver of their ill loved one. However, being a caregiver is more complicated than just agreeing to do it. You need to have a clear picture of what your loved one will need help with, how healthy they are, and what tasks they will be able to accomplish alone. Here are just a few tips to help your new journey as a family caregiver go as smoothly as possible.

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 12/13/2016 7:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of diabetes, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being a complication of the condition. However, that is actually something that some people with diabetes develop.

How to Consistently Get Help as a Family Caregiver

Posted: 12/2/2016 11:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

One reason that family caregivers try to take on too much themselves is that they're often used to not having enough help. They may have some help from family or friends, but it might not be consistent. If that's the case for you, try some of these ideas to get help more consistently.

How Can You Help a Senior With Increased Limitations During the Holidays?

Posted: 11/30/2016 10:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is dealing with new challenges and limitations is not easy at any time of the year, but can be particularly challenging during the holiday season.

How to Prevent Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Posted: 11/28/2016 3:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

Hip fractures are extremely common among adults over the age of 60. In fact, nine out of 10 people over the age of 60 experience this type of injury.

Why Your Elderly Loved One Might Benefit from a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

Posted: 11/17/2016 7:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whether your elderly loved one has low or high blood pressure, regular monitoring with a home blood pressure monitor can help her to manage her health much more efficiently.

Important First Aid Skills Every Caregiver Needs to Know

Posted: 11/14/2016 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Whenever you are caring for another human being, whether it is a child or older adult, knowing basic first aid skills could save a life in case of emergency. For example, if your elderly loved one has problems chewing or swallowing their food, this could lead to choking. Knowing how to dislodge the food in their throat could turn a near fatal situation into a minor one.

Helping an Elderly Loved One Improve Their Fine Motor Skills

Posted: 10/18/2016 11:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Has your elderly parent suffered from a stroke or other health condition that has made it too difficult to control their hand movements or other body parts? Fortunately, there are some activities that can help strengthen their fine motor skills, making it easier for them to control their movements. By participating in a number of rehabilitation exercises, the senior can rewire the brain as a way to keep each muscle group active and strong.

How to Adapt Daily Activities for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 10/10/2016 7:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

For some elderly loved ones with dementia, daily activities can become far more complicated than they've ever been. Something as simple as getting dressed can seem almost insurmountable if the chore isn't broken down a bit. Try these suggestions to see if they help.

Can You Help Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Falls??

Posted: 9/27/2016 2:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

Falling is a tremendous problem for the elderly. Aside from the big problem, which is usually the landing, falling can leave your elderly loved one feeling unsafe on her own. It might even lead to her feeling less independent, which can cause other problems. But there are things that you can do to help your loved one avoid falling.

5 Ways to Keep the Peace Among Multiple Generations Under One Roof

Posted: 9/20/2016 9:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Having multiple generations living in the same house can be challenging. Each one will most likely have different opinions and different ways of handling certain situations, such as raising children. This is especially true when adult children move their elderly parents in with them in order to become their caregivers.

7 Ways to Help an Elderly Parent with Sundowners Syndrome Sleep Better

Posted: 9/14/2016 1:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

Sundowners syndrome is just one of many sleep problems older adults go through in their life. Approximately 40 million Americans are impacted by long-term, chronic sleep disorders.

What Are the Best Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Manage Osteoarthritis?

Posted: 9/2/2016 6:34 PM by Interim HealthCare

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that can show up gradually for your loved one. Once it sets in, there is no cure but it can be effectively managed in many instances.

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