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Transitioning from facility care to home

Posted: 4/2/2013 4:22 PM by Interim HealthCare

After a hospital or rehabilitation facility stay, all you may be thinking about is returning to the comfort of your own home. But even after leaving these facilities, your recovery is still ongoing.One of the keys to making this transition a successful one is communication. By effectively sharing information between doctors, nurses and other heath care providers with the patient and his/her family, dangerous and possibly life-threatening situations can be avoided.

Over 50? The Vaccines You Need.

Posted: 3/20/2013 10:07 AM by Interim HealthCare

Vaccines aren’t just for children. In fact, many of the vaccinations that children receive, adults also need as a part of their senior care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its list of adult-recommended vaccinations in 2012. Here are the vaccines or boosters that adults 50 and over need to talk to their health care provider about:

The Facts About Cataracts

Posted: 3/14/2013 10:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

For more than half of American Baby Boomers over the age of 65, cataracts are something they have had, or will have, to deal with. Cataracts are the result of a buildup of protein in the lens of the eye. Old lens cells become compacted into the center of the lens, as new lens cells form on the outside of the lens. The compacted old cells are the cataract. This makes vision cloudy and prevents light from passing through the lens. As a result, some vision is lost.

Coping with Grief

Posted: 3/9/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Grieving over the loss of a loved one is a highly personal process that can take months or years. How long you grieve depends on many things, including your relationship with the person, if the person’s death was expected or sudden, and many other factors. There is no one way to handle the loss of a loved one. Each journey through grief to healing is a personal one.

Increase Longevity with a Healthy Diet

Posted: 3/6/2013 4:31 PM by Interim HealthCare

Good nutrition is important at any age. But for adults 65 and over with chronic diseases, eating right  takes on even more importance. Whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, there are food choices you can make that will not only improve your condition, but also increase longevity. For instance, a diabetic will want to control the quantity

Benefits of Home Care

Posted: 2/22/2013 8:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Not only has technology enabled us to live longer, healthier lives, but when illness does strike technological advances have provided us with more care options. When an illness or medical condition does occur, In-home care is the preference of many individuals. Interim HealthCare’s home health care services offers convenient access to trained professionals who are knowledgeable in the areas of senior care, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Heart health tips for the family caregiver

Posted: 2/5/2013 3:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

It's no secret that caring for a loved one is a stressful endeavor. Shouldering any responsibility for another person can certainly cause anxiety, but it can also take its toll on a caregivers' health because they are often more concerned with their loved one's well-being than their own. It's important for caregivers to remember that their own health is just as important, and that is especially true when it comes to their heart, so it might behoove them to take a look at some of the best ways to improve their cardiovascular function in the coming weeks and months.

Women and Heart Disease Prevention

Posted: 2/4/2013 5:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Heart failure and heart disease are a critical health issue for any adult. More than 26 million adults in the U.S. suffer from heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Despite this, all too often heart disease is still thought of something that affects men more often than women. February is American Heart Month, a great time to not only raise awareness about heart disease, but also to educate women about the signs of a heart attack and ways to reduce their risk.

Protect Your Eyes From Glaucoma

Posted: 1/14/2013 10:59 AM by Interim HealthCare

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “Sneak Thief of Sight.” That’s because this eye disease, which damages the optic nerve, has no early symptoms. More than 2.2 million Americans, age 40 and over, have glaucoma. So how can you protect your vision from glaucoma?
First, know your risk factors:

Stay Active, Stay Healthier in the New Year

Posted: 1/8/2013 9:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

No matter what your age, some kind of physical activity will provide you with a variety of health benefits. With the New Year, many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives and create better habits. One way to stay healthier in the New Year is by increasing your level of activity. Seniors can reduce their risk of developing many chronic diseases or help manage conditions they may already have such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol by making exercise a part of their daily routine.

New Year's Resolutions for the Caregiver

Posted: 1/2/2013 9:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to start fresh, and most people take the opportunity to commit to a healthy diet, to exercise more or even to save money. They are all fine goals, but family caregivers often face different challenges than the rest of the population, so shouldn't your New Year's resolution reflect those obstacles? If you're caring for your loved one in 2013, there a few promises you should consider making to yourself.

Signs of Problems for Aging Parents

Posted: 12/28/2012 9:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Twenty-nine percent of adults in the U.S. are caring for an aging parent or relative. As family caregiving becomes more common, adult children need to know the warning signs of problems with their own senior-aged parents.

Caregivers: It's ok to ask for help.

Posted: 12/3/2012 6:19 PM by Interim HealthCare

Meeting the needs of a loved one who is sick or injured is a lot of responsibility to put on one person. In fact, caregivers who try to do it all by themselves are more likely to suffer from caregiver stress and depression.

Getting help from others to assist in caregiving duties not only reduces your workload, but also provides you with someone to lean on in difficult times. A companion can also reduce the feeling of isolation that can develop when you try to go it alone. Remember that reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of personal strength and care - for yourself and your loved one.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Diabetics

Posted: 11/20/2012 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Healthy eating is on everyone’s mind, but it is particularly important for seniors with diabetes. The holidays can be a challenging when it comes to maintaining a well-balanced, good-for-you diet. But with a little advance planning, anyone, including diabetics, can enjoy the season, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, without harming their health or waist line.

The Many Benefits of Hospice Care

Posted: 11/15/2012 11:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), more than 1.58 million people in the U.S. receive care from hospice palliative care providers every year. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to learn more about the many benefits of this kind of care.

Help for COPD

Posted: 11/8/2012 12:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, has two main forms: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both make it difficult to breath. Often people with COPD have a combination of the two forms. Smoking is the primary cause of COPD, although exposure to certain gases or fumes, as well as heavy amounts of secondhand smoke or pollution can also cause the disease. The World Health Organization estimates that 65 million people have moderate to severe COPD.

Keeping track of your prescriptions

Posted: 10/26/2012 9:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to a national survey conducted by Forbes, one in three American adults take at least one prescription. Almost half of Americans 55 and over take some form of prescribed medication. You may find yourself asking, “Why do I take so many medications?” October is "Talk About Prescriptions" month, created by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The NCPIE’s goal is to promote the safe and appropriate use of medicine and to increase and improve communication about prescriptions.

Bone Up on Joint Health

Posted: 10/18/2012 12:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

Whether it is because of arthritis, another disease, an injury or just normal wear-and-tear, many people will need to have a joint replaced at some point in their lifetime. Where two bones meet is a joint, these include the hips, shoulders or knees. When a joint begins to wear away, you can experience pain, swelling and stiffness. Damaged joints can also limit blood flow to the bone, eventually leading to additional problems with your bones as well.

Early Detection is Key for Breast Cancer Survival

Posted: 10/9/2012 1:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of death for women. The National Cancer Institute says one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and over 220,000 will be diagnosed with the disease this year alone. With aging comes an increased chance of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that two thirds of invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.

Women’s Top 5 Health Concerns

Posted: 9/25/2012 1:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare we are concerned with our clients total well-being, as well as doing all we can to help them boost their overall health. Many of the health concerns that baby boomers and seniors have are common for both men and women. What is often different is how these diseases affect women. Five medical conditions women need to pay special attention to as they get older are: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases.

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