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Handling the heat

Posted: 7/31/2013 5:40 PM by Interim HealthCare

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. If you know how to handle the heat, that is. Seniors are especially at risk as the temperatures begin to climb during the summer months. Here are some do’s and don’ts to be aware of when the weather turns hot:

Considering Hospice Care

Posted: 7/25/2013 11:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many family caregivers struggle with when to begin talking about hospice care for their loved one. But should it be introduced even sooner? A new study conducted at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, in Providence, R.I., has found that caregivers may be waiting too late. The research found that during the last month of a person’s life almost one in three spent some time in the intensive-care unit. A similar number only received hospice care within days of their death.

Boost your social wellness

Posted: 7/16/2013 11:17 AM by Interim HealthCare

Feeling good about yourself is good for your emotional and physical well-being. Social wellness builds stronger social ties to the ones that you love as well. Social wellness has been defined as having positive interactions with and enjoying being with others. Those lacking in social wellness are more susceptible to illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not socially isolated.
If you would like to boost your social wellness, consider these three steps:

Caring for Our Veterans

Posted: 7/9/2013 11:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.

Happy 4th of July!!

Posted: 7/4/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Here's some cool facts you might not know about July 4th! On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

The Sandwich Generation

Posted: 7/2/2013 12:07 PM by Interim HealthCare

According to a 2013 Pew Research study, the so-called “Sandwich Generation” is still very much in existence. Referring to adults who are caring for their aging parents, as well as their own children, the study found that 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50s fall into this category.
July has been set aside as a month to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of this group.

Skin Cancer and Seniors

Posted: 6/27/2013 10:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Today’s seniors are more likely than previous generations to develop skin cancer. They risk is greater because during their younger years the public did not have the same awareness of the damage the sun (and tanning beds) can do to skin. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it affects almost 2.2 million Americans.

Aging in Place

Posted: 6/18/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The goal of many seniors is to stay in their homes for as long as they can. Seniors want to be in surroundings that are familiar and comfortable. As a person ages, however, he or she may need to adapt their home to make it safer for independent living. One of the biggest dangers in the home for seniors is a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year. Among that age group, falls are the leading cause of injury death, and they are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

Honoring Nursing Assistants

Posted: 6/13/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

June 13 through 20 is Nursing Assistants Week, a time set aside to promote recognition, education, research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing assistants in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Nursing assistants go by many titles, and can also be known as nurse aides, direct care workers, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies, home health aides or hospital attendants.

Men’s Health Week—Symptoms Not to Ignore

Posted: 6/10/2013 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

The cliché about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. In 2010 a survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year. To help raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men June 10 - 16 has been set aside as Men’s Health Week.

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 6/1/2013 2:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

June 1st was Heimlich Maneuver day which is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. It can be used safely on both adults and children, but most experts do not recommend it for infants less than 1 year old. You can also perform the maneuver on yourself.

The Sun Is Out – Time to Take Extra Steps In Skin Cancer Prevention

Posted: 5/31/2013 2:09 PM by Interim HealthCare

It’s that time of year –the sun is shining, everyone is outdoors, and shorts and swimsuits replace jeans and sweaters.  It’s also time to take extra precautions to prevent skin cancer.  With summer upon us, it’s no coincidence that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  Every year, organizations like the Skin Cancer Foundation take the opportunity during the month of May to remind people of the risks of skin cancer and guidelines for prevention.

Today we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country

Posted: 5/27/2013 9:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868.

The Power of Age: Celebrating Older American Month

Posted: 5/20/2013 11:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

The month of May is Older American month, a time to honor seniors for all they contribute to our lives, something Interim HealthCare's staff does every day through their thorough understanding of all aspects of our aging population. Older Americans offer an enormous range of experiences, talents and interests that their friends and families can benefit from.

Sleep Tips for Seniors

Posted: 5/16/2013 11:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

No matter your age, sleep is essential for your continued good health. Not only does it aid with concentration and memory, but regular, quality sleep helps your body fight off illness by refreshing your immune system and repairing any damage to your cells.

Kathleen Gilmartin CEO/Prsident of Interim HealthCare Inc. Featured in CNN Money article

Posted: 5/15/2013 12:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

(Money Magazine)

The vast majority of Americans want to live at home for as long as possible: Nearly 90% of people over the age of 65 said so in a 2010 AARP survey.

Thank A Nurse: It's National Nurses Day!

Posted: 5/6/2013 10:27 AM by Interim HealthCare

We Love Nurses, Yes We Do, We Love Nurses Like & Share If You Do Too!!

May is Huntington Disease Awareness

Posted: 5/3/2013 1:39 PM by Interim HealthCare

Did you know? Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain causing them to progressively breakdown or degenerate. It has a extensive impact on the person’s functional abilities typically resulting cogitative (thinking), movement and sometimes psychiatric disorders. 

The Important Role of Occupational Therapists

Posted: 4/22/2013 9:24 AM by Interim HealthCare

Anyone, at any time may need help from an occupational therapist or OT. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), “Occupational therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life ... despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.

Avoiding Medication Mix-Ups

Posted: 4/12/2013 4:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

The Food and Drug Administration reports at least 75 incidents per month of mix-ups due to similarly named drugs and confusing labels. How can you avoid dangerous and costly medication mix-ups? Interim HealthCare’s Home Care program can help you manage your prescriptions, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. That is why it is important to take an active role in your treatment plan. Here are some ways you can take responsibility and put a stop to any confusion over your prescriptions.

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