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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.

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.

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