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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.

The Return of Doctor House Calls: How Home Care Services Matter

Posted: 6/25/2014 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

For the longest time, doctors mostly made house calls only. Then, during the latter part of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, medical clinics and hospitals became the centers where doctors operated and house calls ended up falling by the wayside. Today, with the increase in home care services and with more hospitals trying to save money by sending patients home to recover, the house call is on the rise once again.

3 Signs being a Caregiver is Not Right for You

Posted: 6/18/2014 10:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a caregiver is not ideal for everyone, and if you have agreed to take on the role of a home care provider for a loved one, you may be experiencing a significant level of stress in your life. Not everyone is going to find that being a caregiver is right for them, and if you find that you’re not suited for this type of work, the sooner that you address this situation, the sooner you’ll be able to step back and find someone who will be perfect for your elderly loved one.

Senior Care – 6 Health Challenges of Aging

Posted: 6/16/2014 9:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are plenty of changes that occur as a person ages, some of them are normal for every elderly person, and some of them are connected to other diseases and problems. How are you supposed to know which is which? Caring for a senior parent can be a challenge in itself, but you might not realize the challenges your parent is personally going through. It’s hard to empathize when you’re still young. In order to really help your parent and lend a shoulder to their concerns, you should understand more about what they’re dealing with as they age. The following list will talk about many of the things your elderly mother or father is experiencing, and what you – and your parent – can expect as they continue to get older.

Preventing Dehydration when Providing Elderly Care

Posted: 6/11/2014 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

Mark wasn’t much of a caregiver, had never been one, but when his mother fell and she needed someone to help her at home during her recovery, he took it upon himself to do that, mostly because he was the only real viable option. Or so he thought. He didn’t know the first thing about elderly care, but he knew what his mother would require from and of him and he was willing to provide it for her.

Coping with Tragedy, and then Finding Elderly Care

Posted: 5/28/2014 3:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

It’s not easy to deal with any type of tragedy. Whether it’s the sudden loss of a loved one or having lost your job, tragedy can strike at any time. When it occurs to your elderly loved one, you may be focused on the pain that you’re feeling, or the relief that they may still be alive and with you. However, when it happens, such as a stroke, heart attack, or other serious health issue that lands them in the hospital, you need to find a way to navigate through your heartache and start finding the proper elderly care for them when they are released.

Home Care Services – Better Sleep Using Diet Strategies

Posted: 5/20/2014 2:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

Getting a good sleep at night isn’t just a luxury; it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been kept up at night with stress or worry, you’ve probably been searching for an answer to relax and cope with your situation. Being a caregiver isn’t easy even for the best of us. You don’t have to only rely on counting sheep to get some shuteye – the foods you eat before bedtime are essential to the quality of sleep you’ll get. There aren’t any specific foods that can induce sleep, but knowing what’s healthy to eat during the day and when to eat will increase your chance of a sounder night’s snooze.

Taking Time Out from Elder Care: How to Not Feel Guilty

Posted: 5/14/2014 3:39 PM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you’re caring for a loved one, how can you do this without feeling guilty about it?

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 5/14/2014 3:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Coping with Tragedy, and then Finding Elderly Care

Posted: 4/30/2014 10:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

It’s not easy to deal with any type of tragedy. Whether it’s the sudden loss of a loved one or having lost your job, tragedy can strike at any time. When it occurs to your elderly loved one, you may be focused on the pain that you’re feeling, or the relief that they may still be alive and with you. However, when it happens, such as a stroke, heart attack, or other serious health issue that lands them in the hospital, you need to find a way to navigate through your heartache and start finding the proper elderly care for them when they are released.

Home Care – How to Help your Senior Gain Weight

Posted: 4/23/2014 11:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are many different reasons for seniors to be under weight. It could be anything from a sore mouth to drug interactions to inability to prepare food to medical problems. Whatever the reason, there’s usually some way to rectify it. The first step is identifying the cause for being underweight. This can probably be done best by your loved one’s doctor.

Taking Time Out from Elder Care: How to Not Feel Guilty

Posted: 4/16/2014 9:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you’re caring for a loved one, how can you do this without feeling guilty about it?

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 4/8/2014 3:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Elderly Care – How An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Affects the Family

Posted: 4/1/2014 12:19 PM by Interim HealthCare

It’s normal for some family members to have a hard time accepting the diagnosis their elderly parent has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. It may make family members feel anxious or depressed. They may also worry about financial or legal issues. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s affects the entire family, not just the person who is considered to be the primary caregiver.

How Being Sick Can Impact Elderly Care

Posted: 4/1/2014 12:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

As anyone could likely attest, it’s no fun being sick. Depending on the illness that you have, you might not have a lot of energy, you could be congested, and you might feel as though you’re making too many mistakes. When it comes to elderly care, being sick can have an impact on the level and quality of care that a person receives.

Trying to Provide Elderly Care while Working? Tips to Improve Care

Posted: 3/20/2014 10:02 PM by Interim HealthCare

Anna had a full-time job, actually a part-time job on top of that, but when her mother required elderly care, she didn’t even think twice about it. She agreed to be the elder care provider for her mother and began working on her schedule to ensure that she would have enough time to get to work in the morning, and enough time to spend with her husband at night.

When visiting your parents make the time worthwhile...

Posted: 3/17/2014 4:45 PM by Interim HealthCare

You check your calendar. Here it is, the day that you plan each month to visit Mom and Dad. Immediately a buzzer goes off in your stomach and you realize that you dread this monthly visit. But why? Simple. You have guilt because you do not visit enough, because you don’t stay long enough, and because you don’t want to face the fact that the visit is awkward and boring.

Home Care Services Can Help Aging Family Members Stay in Touch

Posted: 3/10/2014 11:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

One of the many aspects that elderly individuals need to deal with as they age and their family begins to move away and spread out (although that would likely happen long before they reach a moment when they might need home care services), is staying in touch with their loved ones. Today, there are many simple and convenient ways to stay in touch with people, but not all of them are easy for elderly individuals to understand.

Preparing for the Future with Elderly Care- A Caregiver's Story

Posted: 2/27/2014 4:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

When we were finally given word that the surgery went well and he would make a full recovery from his heart attack, the relief was almost palpable. I could hear my mother quietly weeping behind me as I spoke with the doctor who told me that things were going to be different for a while and that we should consider hiring an elderly care provider.

The Silent Plague- When a Family Caregiver is Suffering in Silence

Posted: 2/26/2014 4:32 PM by Interim HealthCare

There were few things that really got to Monica. She had raised three children as a single mom while building a career as a financial consultant. She was able to handle board meetings being the only woman in the room and she would then get to her son’s soccer game in time to see him score the winning goal. She was one of those people who was constantly on the move and she enjoyed most challenges.

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