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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.

It's Been Rough in Many Cities Across the U.S.- Making Senior Care Safe During a Tough Winter Season

Posted: 2/4/2014 10:37 PM by Interim HealthCare

This winter, for many portions of the United States, it has been tough, to say the least. With icy and snowy conditions reaching as far south as Florida, for the first time in decades, and brutally cold temperatures gripping much of the country, it’s important to remember to make sure that senior care is safe as well as helpful.

When You’re the Only One in the Family Who Steps Forward to be a Caregiver

Posted: 1/28/2014 10:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

Through the years, you noticed a pattern in your family. Whenever things are going well and no one has any issues, it seems that you can get a hold of just about everyone. Yet whenever there is something wrong with anyone, the phone calls go to voicemail and no one ever seems to have time to return your call. That’s what happens when people sense work or more responsibility being brought upon their door. That may also be what happens when someone in your family requires a caregiver.

Brain Teasers and Home Care Services: What’s Good for the Goose …

Posted: 1/18/2014 8:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

We’re going to clear the air here right now. If you look around for information on ways to help your loved one as they age, you’ll find that brain teasers are a good idea. They work the mind and that’s an important thing at any age. Crossword puzzles, riddles, math problems, and more are all ways that you can get exercise for the brain. So when your loved one is receiving any type of home care services, they might suggest (or you can make the suggestion) that brain teasers become part of the regimen.

Elder Care During the Winter Months - Easy and Creative Meals to Share with Aging Loved Ones

Posted: 1/7/2014 8:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Sometimes, trying to figure out what to cook or prepare for an elderly individual can be a challenge. Perhaps that are limited on the types of food that they can eat due to their health or medication that they’re taking. Perhaps they don’t like certain ingredients and that can make it tough to manage. When you’re providing elderly care for someone, and part of your responsibility is to make sure that he or she has good, healthy food, then you might need a few inspiring creative meals, especially during the winter.

Elder Care: 5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 1/3/2014 8:49 AM by Interim HealthCare

Making sure that your elderly loved one stays active, even in their later years, is the best way for them to maintain their health. Rather than sitting around alone all day long, exercise ensures that your loved one is getting out of the house, meeting new people, and keeping their body and minds as sharp as possible. Here are 5 activities that your elderly loved one will enjoy that will also keep them active for many years to come.

For the 12th Consecutive Year Nurses Top Poll for Most Honest and Ethical Profession

Posted: 12/26/2013 4:57 PM by Interim HealthCare

Way to go Nurses! You're once again ranked at the TOP in a Gallup annual poll asking Americans about the honest and ethics of various professions.

Three Tips to be Prepared for Home Care Services

Posted: 12/26/2013 10:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’ve made the decision to hire home care services, then you want to make sure that you’re going to be prepared when the in home care service provider shows up for the first time. There are a few things that you can (or should, depending on the needs of your elderly loved one) do in order to get everything in order and ready.

Caregiver Stress is Real- Home Care Can Help

Posted: 12/20/2013 10:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

Forget what you might have heard, caregiver stress is real. Even though you may feel obligated to care for your mother or father, that doesn’t mean that it’s a healthy thing, or something that you should continue doing if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Most people step into the role of a family caregiver without thinking about how hard it could be, or that they could end up creating more problems with their relationships, both with the person they are caring for and the other people around them.

Have Memory Loss Issues Become Overwhelming? Home Care Can Help.

Posted: 12/9/2013 4:26 PM by Interim HealthCare

It is a challenge to deal with the issues that can come up when aging loved ones are beginning to suffer from memory problems. It can be a strain on everyone in the relationship. You might feel frustrated because you will have to explain things over and over again - while they might feel sad and guilty because they are having difficulties with names and some of the most common tasks that they used to do so easily.

Home Care Companions Keep Seniors Happy – Friendship & Socialization are Important for Seniors

Posted: 11/29/2013 10:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Studies have shown that there is an important link between social interaction and the health of senior individuals. Although socialization is important for everybody – regardless of their age -seniors are more susceptible to the dangers caused by isolation. Seniors have spent a majority of their lives in the company of others, from raising families to working. 

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