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Help Your Elderly Parent Avoid Social Isolation

Posted: 1/19/2018 7:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the drawbacks of growing old is the increase in social isolation. Elderly parents that were once active in their jobs, the community and with their growing families and friends are eventually removed from all of that over the years. Illness, injury, loss of driving ability and more can further separate elderly adults from the activities and people they need. As humans, we instinctively want to connect with others and the extreme lack of interaction can lead to a condition called social isolation. Your elderly parent may be suffering from social isolation, so it’s time to learn more about it.

Can a Senior with Heart Failure Still Live a Full and Fulfilling Life?

Posted: 1/9/2018 8:02 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has recently received a diagnosis of heart failure, you may be worried that this means that they will not be able to live a full, fulfilling, and enjoyable life after diagnosis. Statistics show that the average length of life after diagnosis is five years, but advancements in treatments and improved lifestyles have shown that seniors with heart failure are still able to live a high quality of life. As their family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference in their health, well-being, and enjoyment in life.

Why Is Your Aging Adult So Angry?

Posted: 1/5/2018 7:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly family member might surprise you sometimes with an angry or aggressive outburst that seems to come out of nowhere. The reality is that these types of episodes don't truly come out of nowhere. There's a reason for them, even if it's difficult to sort it out at first.

Talking to Your Senior About Setting Goals

Posted: 12/28/2017 8:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Setting goals is a fantastic way for your parent to enhance their quality of life and pursue better health and well-being as they age in place. They give your parent the opportunity to discover new sources of excitement and fulfillment, keep them motivated and working toward the next step, and help them to break down larger goals into something more accessible. A great way to start your parent on setting goals is to talk to them about it.

Tips for Encouraging Medication Compliance in a Senior Who Has Suffered a Heart Attack

Posted: 12/22/2017 10:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver means fulfilling your parent's needs, supporting their health and well-being, and taking steps on a daily basis to help support the highest quality of life possible as your parent ages in place. A major part of this is helping them through medical issues and ensuring that they are doing what they need to do to properly care for themselves and effectively receive care from you and their medical team after they experience such medical issues. One way that you do this is through encouraging medication compliance. When a senior suffers a medical issue such as a heart attack and the doctor prescribes medications, treatments, and lifestyle guidelines for them, the only way for your parent to get the most benefit is through following those exactly how they were presented. This is referred to as medication compliance.

What Are Potential Complications of Crohn's Disease?

Posted: 12/14/2017 7:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

If your aging parent has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, it is important that you as their family caregiver understand that the effects of this disease can go beyond just the initial symptoms. While the symptoms themselves can be difficult and range from the mild to the severe, there are also potential complications of the disease that can lead to further diminished health and challenges for your parent. Understanding these is an important step in helping your parent to manage their condition and guard their health.

Use Holiday Visits to Assess Senior Well-Being

Posted: 12/13/2017 6:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Have you ever had the feeling, after getting off the phone with your Mom or Dad, that something just seemed off? Did you find yourself wishing you were closer and able to check on them more often, in person? You are not alone.

What Does Safer Driving Look Like for Your Aging Adult?

Posted: 12/7/2017 7:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your aging adult may have been driving for decades, but if she's not driving safely, that's not going to do anyone any good. Here are some things to look for when it comes to driving and your aging adult.

Why Doesn't Food Taste Good to Your Senior Anymore?

Posted: 11/30/2017 7:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly family member may have gradually started to mention that food just doesn't taste good to her anymore and that can present some problems. When food isn't flavorful or even remotely good anymore, your elderly family member may not be as willing to eat. Finding the cause can sometimes help you find a solution.

Is It Time to Consider Hospice Care for Your Elderly Adult with Alzheimer's Disease?

Posted: 11/22/2017 2:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

It is a sobering reality that Alzheimer's disease is a terminal disease. No one who is diagnosed with it will die without it. While advancements in treatment and management have made it so that some people with the disease are living twenty years or more after diagnosis, the average lifespan is between four and eight years after diagnosis. While this isn't something that you want to think about as a family caregiver or an adult child, it is important that you approach this final transition in your parent's journey openly, confidently, and with a willingness to make the decisions that are right for your loved one, and for yourself. One of these decisions might be starting hospice care.

Adaptive Tools for Seniors with Arthritis

Posted: 11/17/2017 4:20 PM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver, one of your goals for your aging family member may be to help them remain as independent as possible. However, for seniors with arthritis, some tasks can be pretty hard to do because of painful joints. Fortunately, there are many adaptive devices available that can make it possible to do all sorts of tasks. Below are some adaptive tools for people with arthritis that might make your family member’s life a little easier.

Insulin 101: How Does Insulin Work?

Posted: 11/10/2017 8:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’ve become a family caregiver to someone with diabetes, you’re probably hearing a lot about insulin. You know it plays an important role in the health of a diabetic, but what it is and what it does is a bit of a mystery. Learning everything you can about diabetes, and how insulin affects the body, is an important part of your new role as a caregiver.

What are Common Behavior Changes for Alzheimer’s Patients?

Posted: 11/3/2017 1:57 PM by Interim HealthCare

One of the most challenging aspects of caring for an older adult with Alzheimer’s or dementia are the behavioral changes they may experience. It’s hard to know what to expect because not every person with dementia has the same symptoms. In fact, people sometimes say the experience of being a caregiver to someone with dementia is different for everyone. One of the best ways to be prepared for difficult behavior changes is to learn about them ahead of time. Below are some of the behaviors a person with dementia may experience.

Tips for Effective Handwashing

Posted: 10/27/2017 4:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

Handwashing is one of the most important things that your aging parent, and you, can do to protect them from potentially serious health complications and challenges throughout their later years. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that simply washing the hands with soap and water can prevent one out of ten episodes of diarrheal diseases, and one out of six episodes of respiratory illnesses. For an elderly adult with a weakened immune system, this can make a tremendous difference.

How Can You Spot Small Issues with Your Aging Adult's Ability to Drive?

Posted: 10/20/2017 8:08 AM by Interim HealthCare

Even small problems can cause big trouble for your aging adult when she gets behind the wheel. If you're not sure what her driving ability is actually like at this point, you may need to take a closer look.

October is National Liver Awareness Month: What’s the Best Way for Seniors to Improve Liver Health?

Posted: 10/13/2017 5:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

In a normal day, people aren’t likely to think much about their liver, if they think about it at all. That may be unfortunate since the liver is extremely important to good health. The liver is important to metabolic functions because it transforms the nutrients in the foods we eat into substances the body can use, storing them until they are needed. The liver is also responsible for removing toxins from the body. It’s an important organ, yet most people don’t think about ways to keep it healthy. That’s why October is a month set aside to remind people about the importance of a healthy liver. Good liver health is essential regardless of age, so it’s as important for seniors to try to improve their liver health as it is for everyone else. Below are some tips for improving liver health.

Tips for Coping with Caregiver Burnout

Posted: 10/8/2017 11:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you made the decision to be a family caregiver for your aging parent it is likely that you knew that you were facing increased risk for stress. While you may have thought that you were preparing yourself properly for this stress and even taking steps to deal with it, you might have found yourself dealing with high levels of this serious health issue and could face caregiver burnout.

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Posted: 10/6/2017 7:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Diabetic neuropathy is damage to the nerves that is a result of diabetes. Approximately 50 percent of people with diabetes have nerve damage. Diabetic neuropathy is more likely to occur in people who have had diabetes for many years. If your parent has diabetes, keeping their blood sugar levels under control can help prevent neuropathy from occurring or keep existing neuropathy from getting worse.

Personal Safety Tips: Keeping Your Parent’s Home Safe While Traveling

Posted: 10/4/2017 11:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Bringing your elderly parent on a trip can be one of the most fun things that you do as a family caregiver. This is a great way to spend quality time with them and to make memories that you cherish well into the future. Whether you are going away for an extended vacation or just a quick getaway it is extremely important that you keep your parent’s safety in mind. Being out of the house can make their home vulnerable to intruders, putting their personal belongings as well as their personal safety at risk. Taking a few basic precautions before you leave, however, can reduce this risk and keep them safer so you can have more peace of mind while enjoying your time away.

What Challenges Can a Senior Face After Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury on the Right Side of Their Brain?

Posted: 10/1/2017 7:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

TBI, or traumatic brain injury, is a pressing risk for elderly adults. Most frequently caused by falls, but also potentially caused by motor vehicle crashes and other accidents, TBI results when the brain is jostled or bumped, resulting in a change of function that can be either mild or severe. This type of injury results in nearly 3 million visits to the emergency room and 5 thousand deaths throughout the United States each year. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has suffered such an injury, it is important to understand it as thoroughly as possible to help you to give them the care that they need as they manage the effects and work toward recovery.

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