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Get Your Family Involved in Some Autumn Crafts

Posted: 10/29/2014 3:09 PM by Interim HealthCare

Elder Care: Learn About the Many Advantages That Autumn Crafts Can Have for Your Aging Loved One

Autumn crafts are a wonderful way to improve the quality of elder care that your loved one receives. There are so many wonderful ideas that are available during these colorful fall months, and they can be done with you, with their grandkids, and even with their elderly care providers.
Why are autumn crafts such a good idea for elder care?

Caring for The Family Caregiver

Posted: 10/22/2014 10:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Learn About The Signs of Caregiver Burnout, and What You Can Do to Help

As a family caregiver, you are most likely to be thinking about other people before yourself. To some extent this is a natural tendency, especially for caregivers. Yet it’s a verified concept that you can’t take care of someone else if you haven’t taken care of yourself first. When you immerse yourself in the care of others with the exclusion of your own care, you find yourself in burnout.

A Well-Balanced Diet Can Really Benefit Your Senior Loved One

Posted: 10/15/2014 3:04 PM by Interim HealthCare

Tips for Planning a Well-Balanced Diet

There’s no doubt about it – as the clock ticks and we get older, our bodies begin to change as we age.  Not only do our bodies change but our senior parents need a much different diet than they did when they were in their 20s or 40s. And if you are a Caregiver of a senior, there are some tips to help you plan well-balanced and nutritious meals that are age appropriate. A wholesome, well-balanced diet can be the first line of defense in staying healthy. While planning meals for your loved one can be stressful for a busy Caregiver, it doesn’t have to be if you are prepared. Mealtime should be enjoyable and many seniors like variety at each meal. Before you head to the grocery store, sit down with your senior and make a list of foods they enjoy and foods that are beneficial to their healthy diet.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Learn About Getting Seniors Involved!

Posted: 10/8/2014 11:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are Plenty of Activities Throughout the Month for Both Women and Men

Breast cancer awareness month is in October. In 2007, the Tokyo tower was lit up in pink on October 1st for raising awareness. During this month in 2008, the White House was even decorated in pink in honor of those whose lives are affected by this disease. Every year, men and women from all across America do what they can to raise awareness and help those suffering from this type of cancer. You can participate this year in many different ways. Campaigns for marathons and walking events are happening in almost every state that you and your senior parent can sign up for. Whether you are dealing with breast cancer, your elderly loved one has it, or you just wish to help spread the word, you can participate in raising awareness in October.

Did You Know? October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Posted: 10/1/2014 11:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Learn More About the Most Common Causes of Eye Accidents, and How to Prevent Them

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 50% of all eye injuries each year occur in the home. October is the month to pay closer attention to preventing eye injuries.

Some people may argue that they don’t do anything that could cause an eye injury. Or they assume that only people who work in shops where they are cutting wood or welding steel could possibly sustain an eye injury. This simply isn’t true. It’s usually the every-day activities a person does around the home that carry the biggest eye injury risks for most people.

Great Tips On How to Make and Use a Housework Routine

Posted: 9/17/2014 3:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

No one knows better than a family caregiver how difficult it can be to keep two peoples’ homes clean. If you are spending time helping your aging parent with everyday tasks as well as trying to keep your own house in good order, you are probably wondering if there’s a routine you can make and stick with.

Sometimes it’s purely a lack of time to keep your house clean. Or it could be your energy is exhausted before you even begin to clean your own home. Juggling your parent and their home with your family and your home can be quite the tricky act. One thing to think about is getting a home care provider to come in a few hours each day to your parent’s home to help them with meals and/or cleaning house. This would give you a double benefit – more time and more energy!

Eating Well Is Important - Especially for Seniors

Posted: 9/15/2014 3:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Our bodies really are made up of what we put into them. It doesn’t matter our age, eating well makes a huge difference in our health, how we look and feel and our overall well-being. For senior adults, eating well is especially vital. They generally don’t require as many calories. so when eating a smaller volume of food, they must be sure all the food they eat is nutrient dense.

Elder Care Tips by Interim Healthcare: Elder Care for the Female Patient

Posted: 9/3/2014 11:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to elder care for the female patient, there are going to be a number of aspects that will differ when caring for a male patient. For elderly women, various types of cancer are certainly a concern. One of those happens to be ovarian cancer and September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Learn About The Signs and Symptoms That Every Woman Should Know

Posted: 9/1/2014 2:49 PM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to elder care for the female patient, there are going to be a number of aspects that will differ when caring for a male patient. For elderly women, various types of cancer are certainly a concern. One of those happens to be ovarian cancer and September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

How Home Care Services Can Help Alleviate Loneliness and the Danger it Poses

Posted: 8/27/2014 2:55 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being a caregiver to an aging parent or loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also take a toll because of the demands it can place on an individual. Not only is it physically and mentally challenging, but caregivers often get consumed by the responsibilities that come with providing care. When caregivers find that they are becoming lonely due to the amount of time they are devoting to their loved one’s needs, they should consider hiring home care services.

Important Facts about Gout and Why Elder Care Makes a Difference

Posted: 8/22/2014 9:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Gout is a severe form of arthritis more commonly found among elderly men than women. It is the most painful type of arthritis accompanied by swelling, stiffness, heat, and tenderness in the joints.  Gout is caused as a result of crystalized uric acid getting deposited into the joints. This in turn causes inflammatory arthritis in the joints. Gout can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Gout in the elderly can become so severe that it results in deformities.

5 Common Health Issues Seniors Face

Posted: 8/20/2014 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are some common health issues faced by all adults of any age. For elderly people, these health issues can have a great deal of consequence for the loved one’s health. They are already getting to a stage in life where they want and need to slow things down a little. They may also start needing some help at home. Now is a good time to consider getting a home care provider for them to help with everyday tasks of living.

Things You Should Know when a Loved One has Shingles

Posted: 8/6/2014 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

Shingles is a painful skin disease common in both men and women over the age of 50 caused by the varicella zoster virus. Another name for shingles is herpes zoster yet it is unrelated to the herpes virus. When providing senior care for a loved one with shingles, there are a few things you should know to help aid in their care.

Bobby Scott Shoemake - Chief Operating Officer

Posted: 8/1/2014 12:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Whiteville, NC – July 30, 2014 – The Byrd HealthCare Group / Interim HealthCare of the Eastern Carolinas announced the appointment of Bobby Scott Shoemake as its Chief Operating Officer, according to Donna “Lou” Byrd, CEO and President of organization.  Shoemake holds a MA in Health Policy from Duke University and a BS in Business Management from Mount Olive College. 

3 Common Causes of Falling and How Elder Care Can Reduce the Risks

Posted: 7/30/2014 9:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Falls are the number one cause of accidental death at home among seniors over the age of 65. There are many risk factors in the average home, from unsteady steps to items left in the way. When the individual is relying on elder care for their basic, everyday needs, then it’s a good idea to understand the most common causes of falls among the elderly and then look for ways that you could reduce those risks.

Ease the Transition from Hospital to Home Care when You’re a Caregiver

Posted: 7/23/2014 10:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

No one really enjoys visiting the hospital. Whether you’re there because you were injured, had an emergency situation, or you’re visiting a loved one, it’s never a good time. For the elderly who have been hospitalized for some major illness, injury, surgery, or some other ailment, when they are released, it’s going to be vital that they have the best transition possible with a caregiver who is prepared to provide them with the most important things that they will need.

How Home Care Services Can Make a Difference for Any Family

Posted: 7/16/2014 11:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many families take it upon themselves to provide care for their aging loved ones. Whether it’s a grandparent, aunt or uncle, cousin, or one’s own parents, there are many things that can be challenging for these family members. There are also plenty of things that can cause discomfort for any or all of the family members. Home care services can help, and it can make a significant difference in the relationships of those involved.
There are many different types of home care that can be required, depending on a person’s age and his or her ability to tend to their own care needs.

Senior Care: Protecting Seniors from UV Rays

Posted: 7/14/2014 11:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

Even though the days are now growing shorter, that doesn’t mean the sun is any less dangerous to the eyes or skin than it was before June 21st. In fact, July and August are known as the hottest months of the year, even though the longest day (the day with the highest amount of sunlight) is in June. When you are the caregiver for a senior, make sure that you pay attention to the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Protecting Seniors From UV Rays

Posted: 7/10/2014 3:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

Even though the days are now growing shorter, that doesn’t mean the sun is any less dangerous to the eyes or skin than it was before June 21st. In fact, July and August are known as the hottest months of the year, even though the longest day (the day with the highest amount of sunlight) is in June. When you are caregiver of a senior, make sure that you pay attention to the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Encourage Kidney Health for Elder Care

Posted: 7/2/2014 10:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

When we consider the process of getting older, we sometimes forget what a vital role our kidneys play in our overall health. The bean-shaped organs, known as the kidneys, are responsible for removing toxins from our system. Many times people are unaware that their kidneys are not functioning properly because symptoms don’t show up right away. Therefore, it is important for elder care providers to encourage kidney health.
The kidneys are often referred to as sophisticated trash collectors. About 40 gallons of blood are filtered by the kidneys daily, sifting out approximately 2 quarts of waste and extra water that the body doesn’t need. The extra water and waste become urine and flow to the bladder where it is stored until you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a straw color or lighter. If it appears darker than that, it could be a sign of dehydration.

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