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Elder Care Tips for Dealing with Immobility

Posted: 2/1/2016 1:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

A large percentage of the elderly adult population deals with some level of mobility challenges, whether it is a bit of a balance issue that makes it more difficult for them to walk around easily or total immobility that keeps seniors limited to the bed or a wheelchair most or even all of the time. If immobility is part of your elder care journey with your aging loved ones, it is important that you know how to safely and effectively handle care tasks so that you, your parents, and their home care provider remain healthy and safe throughout their aging years.

4 Common Illnesses Among Seniors, and How to Care for Them

Posted: 1/26/2016 1:35 PM by Interim HealthCare

The average life expectancy has taken a turn for the better since research shows that adults over the age of 65 can still live healthy lives for an average of 19.3 additional years. Yet, due to years of unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices, many older adults are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses that greatly impact their quality of life. Some seniors also require elderly care since their health makes it difficult to care for themselves. Although there are a variety of reasons that may cause a loved one to have an illness or chronic pain, physical activity, a healthy diet, limited alcohol and no nicotine use is the best way to avoid contracting one of these common health concerns among senior citizens.

4 Tips to Help Your Senior Loved One Avoid Psoriasis Flare-ups

Posted: 1/19/2016 8:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'll feel much better.

Managing Celiac Disease - Tips for Seniors

Posted: 1/13/2016 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.

4 Big Ways that Eating More Slowly Can Help Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 1/8/2016 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

If your elderly loved one finishes a meal within a few minutes after sitting down to eat, it's possible that she's eating much too quickly. Some of the signs that this is the case can also include indigestion and a difficulty maintaining her weight. If you can help her to slow down a little bit while she eats, she will reap quite a few benefits.

Physical Therapy for Elderly Adults - Tips for Caregivers

Posted: 1/4/2016 2:40 PM by Interim HealthCare

Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy is not a “quick fix”, however, and it may require time and effort for it to be effective. Here are a few tips for caregivers who are caring for an elderly adult going through physical therapy.

Seniors and Osteoporosis: Warning Signs

Posted: 12/15/2015 10:23 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we age we lose bone mass, which could lead to osteoporosis without any noticeable symptoms. In fact, many seniors do not realize they have osteoporosis until they fall and break a bone. There are several factors that could put your loved one at risk.

Is Your Elderly Loved One at Greater Risk for Falls?

Posted: 12/8/2015 10:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions.

How to Care for a Senior With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted: 11/27/2015 10:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take a toll on the person caring for a loved one with this condition. The primary goal of the caregiver is to help the senior live as independently as possible, while receiving in-home care for the tasks that are no longer a possibility for them. The Family Caregiver Alliance reported that about 2.5 million Americans suffer from a TBI and is the most common among adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24, as well as adults over the age of 75. While many people expect to help their aging parent with diabetes, a heart condition, or mobility problems in the near future, one health condition most people are not prepared for is TBI. If your loved one is receiving senior care due to this condition and you are assisting with their daily routine, there are several things you can do to help provide the care and support they need during this new phase of their life.

Home Care Tips: Burn First Aid

Posted: 11/23/2015 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Burns are one of those household hazards that can occur any time of year, but with all of the cooking that is likely happening around your aging loved ones' home during the holiday season, the risk for suffering one of these painful injuries increases. Knowing how to properly and effectively respond to a burn helps give you more confidence and peace of mind making enjoying time in the kitchen together a positive and enriching part of the experience with your loved ones.

Diabetic Retinopathy: Symptoms, Causes, and Diagnoses

Posted: 11/19/2015 11:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious risk factor for anyone suffering from diabetes. It is a retina-damaging condition that affects more than 5 million Americans over the age of 40 and has caused one-third of older adults to become legally blind. This eye condition genuinely does not occur until the older adult has had diabetes for over 10 years, but it is important your loved one stay current on their eye and physical exams. If your loved one is receiving elderly care and you are the primary family caregiver, you can help them live a healthier life through diet and exercise with the doctor's approval. However, if you fear your loved one is at risk for diabetic retinopathy, knowing the following information will help you determine if the elder is in need of medical attention.

Caregiver Awareness: The Link Between Hypertension and Memory

Posted: 11/10/2015 3:20 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver for your aging loved one, you might already be vigilant about memory loss worrying about the possibility of your senior developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. If you start to notice that your loved one is showing signs of memory loss, such as losing their keys, struggling to remember names, or telling you the same story a couple of times on the same day, you do not necessarily need to start worrying immediately about dementia. There are many different issues and conditions that can contribute to the loss of memory, one of which is hypertension.

Elder Care Observances: Mental Health Wellness Week

Posted: 11/6/2015 2:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

November 9 through 15 is Mental Health Wellness Week, the perfect opportunity for you to turn the focus of your elder care to effective and compassionate ways for you to support the mental and emotional health and wellness of your aging loved ones, and yourself. Mental health concerns are a common problem for elderly adults, with estimates setting the percentage of elderly adults who have coped with depression at more than 50 percent. As a caregiver, your elder care journey with your aging parents can put you at higher risk of experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Tips for Eating Healthier

Posted: 11/5/2015 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Nutrition is a central element of elder care, providing a basis on which all of your other efforts build. Without proper nutrition, your parents' bodies are unable to function properly and will be at greater risk of a variety of health consequences. If they are like many seniors in their generation, however, healthy eating is not something that they have concerned themselves with much over the years, and may not even be aware of many of the advancements in the area of nutrition. Encouraging them to eat a healthier diet and expand their dietary horizons is a fantastic way to support better physical health and wellbeing, and an overall improved quality of life.

Senior Care Awareness: Staph Infections

Posted: 11/3/2015 11:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the most pressing risks in your senior care journey with your aging loved ones is infection. Older adults tend to be more prone to infections than younger adults due to suppressed immune systems, and less capable of naturally fighting them off with their body's own resistance. This means that what would likely be a minor infection for a younger adult can turn into something very severe for an older adult due to that senior's inability to recover successfully. Understanding the different types of infections, the risks associated with them, and how they can be prevented or managed is an important element of being a compassionate and effective caregiver.

Elder Care Tips: Eating Safely

Posted: 10/29/2015 1:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Eating is a daily element of your elderly care routine with your aging loved ones, and many caregivers take this activity for granted as simply something that they do to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Many health conditions, however, can make eating a more challenging task for seniors, putting them at risk when they sit down for a meal or snack. Understanding the challenges that they face while eating can help you implement changes to your mealtime and snack time approach so that your parents can continue to enjoy the wide range of healthy and delicious foods that they love safely and comfortably.

What You Should Know About Your Parents' Medical Conditions

Posted: 10/19/2015 3:46 PM by Interim HealthCare

Though you put a tremendous amount of time, effort, and energy into creating an elder care plan for your aging loved ones that focuses on protecting them from health hazards and keeping them as strong and healthy as possible throughout their later years, illness is a reality of life. Whether it is a minor complaint such as a cold, a chronic issue such as congestive heart failure, or something more serious such as cancer, if illness arrives in your aging loved ones' life, it is essential that you are ready to handle every step of the process so that you can help them through the recovery or management of the illness in an effective, compassionate way that is right for your seniors.

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.

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