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What Immediate Steps Can You Take to Help Your Loved One Be Safer at Home?

Posted: 6/2/2017 7:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

As your loved one's primary family caregiver, you're in charge of making sure she's as safe as possible. if you don't know where to start, though, the job can feel overwhelming. Start with these safety considerations and then you can branch out to other potential safety problems.

Best Diet for Seniors with Celiac Disease

Posted: 5/31/2017 7:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Celiac disease is a disorder that, to put it simply, causes the body to attack itself when there is gluten present in its system. It is not known for sure why this happens, but it is important for seniors with celiac disease to stay away from gluten, to give their bodies a chance to heal and prevent further damage.

May is ALS Awareness Month – How Much do You Know About ALS?

Posted: 5/17/2017 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, better known as ALS, is a disease that affects the spinal cord and brain. Over time, the nerve cells in these areas degenerate more and more, leading to an inability to control one’s muscles. This is a very serious disease and is, unfortunately, a fatal one as well.

How to Help Your Senior Recover from the Emotional Impact of a Fall

Posted: 5/4/2017 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Each year millions of older adults suffer falls. Many of these result in serious physical injuries that can reduce their mobility and functioning, cause pain and discomfort, and even increase the likelihood of death in the near future. As a family caregiver, however, it is important that you recognize that it is not only the physical effects of the fall that you should consider if your elderly loved one suffers a fall. They may also experience serious emotional consequences that can diminish their quality of life as they age in place. Helping them to handle this type of impact can help them to move forward after their fall and preserve their lifestyle as they age in place.

Is Your Parent Not Getting Through Their Grief Effectively?

Posted: 4/30/2017 6:53 AM by Interim HealthCare

Grief is something that virtually everyone will have to face and get through at some point in their lives. This loss of an important person can be extremely painful and a difficult phase to push through, but as a family caregiver it is critical that you are prepared to help your parent deal with their loss in an effective and healthy way so that they can move forward and enjoy a lifestyle that is safe, comfortable, healthy, happy, and tailored toward greater fulfillment and enjoyment in life as they age in place.

What is Dementia?

Posted: 4/25/2017 6:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Do you worry about your parent having dementia? If so, you’re not alone. Many people who face acting as caregivers for their elderly parents fear this devastating and difficult condition, but sometimes people don’t fully understand what dementia is. Dementia is not actually a disease itself, but instead is a term that refers to a set of symptoms that affect a person’s memory so severely that they interfere with normal life. There are several conditions that cause memory loss. The most common of these is Alzheimer’s Disease, but that does not mean that having dementia means that your parent has Alzheimer’s Disease. If you’re wondering about dementia and what it could mean in terms of acting as a caregiver for your parent, we hope the information below will help shed some light on the subject.

Tips for Indulging the Sweet Tooth of a Senior with Diabetes

Posted: 4/21/2017 11:29 AM by Interim HealthCare

Diabetes is a very serious condition that requires extensive and management to ensure that it does not develop into more severe complications. One of the major ways to help your senior manage their condition is through changing their diet. What your loved one eats makes a tremendous difference in their health and well-being, as well as their ability to manage their condition. This might be a big change in their lifestyle, which can be difficult for them to adapt to, particularly if they enjoy sweets. Fortunately there are ways that you can trim out the foods that might threaten their well-being while still allowing your parent to indulge in the flavors that they love.

Senior Care Tips: 5 Ways to Get Natural Relief for Chronic Respiratory Diseases

Posted: 4/19/2017 10:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you have an aging parent or loved one, you know that breathing problems can be a serious issue. With age comes an upsurge of respiratory illnesses, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, and sarcoidosis.

How Can You Convince a Reluctant Elderly Loved One to Bathe More Often?

Posted: 3/28/2017 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you're a family caregiver to an elderly loved one, some situations can crop up that you didn't expect. A loved one who is suddenly reluctant to bathe is one such situation, especially if your loved one has always paid a lot of attention to her personal hygiene. Some of these tips can help.

Tips for Dealing with Frustration of an Uncooperative Senior

Posted: 3/27/2017 9:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

In your role as a family caregiver, you put a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort into giving your loved one the care that they need. Because of this it can be extremely frustrating and upsetting to encounter an uncooperative attitude in your aging parent. Dealing with this frustration carefully will help to ensure that your parent gets the care that they need while also protecting your own mental and emotional health.

Tips for Protecting Your Parent from Identity Theft

Posted: 3/21/2017 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

In today’s technology-based society your parent has more opportunities than ever to engage with others, stay connected to friends and family, find entertainment, and even handle basic personal tasks by utilizing devices such as their computer or phone. While these can be a wonderful way to encourage them to stay more active and independent, and to support mental and emotional health as they age in place, it can also put them at risk for identity theft. Completing tasks such as banking, paying bills, and even communicating through email and social media can create situations in which your parent is vulnerable to those looking to scam them.

How to Help Your Loved One Exercise without the Gym

Posted: 3/14/2017 8:55 AM by Interim HealthCare

Often people think about the gym when it comes to exercise, especially when their elderly loved one is starting an exercise program. You don't have to do something that dull, however. Exercising regularly without going to the gym is possible and it can be a lot of fun for your loved one and for you.

A Broken Leg Is Only One Risk for Seniors at Home After a Fall

Posted: 3/7/2017 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

What do you think about if you envision an elderly loved one falling at home? Many people would immediately think about a broken leg, ankle, hip, or other limb. Would you ever think they could fall, smack their head, and suffer a brain injury? Probably not.

How to Deal with Long Distance Caregiving for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 2/26/2017 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Being away from your elderly loved one is difficult as a long-distance family caregiver, but if she's diagnosed with dementia, that can make you a little more nervous. Finding ways to compensate for the distance involved can help you and your elderly loved one to feel more at ease.

4 Major Benefits to Bringing in Senior Care Providers for Your Elderly Loved One

Posted: 2/24/2017 11:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many elderly loved ones balk at the idea of hiring senior care providers. It could be the fact that there's a stranger in her home now or simply that she's always been so independent.

What Are the Best Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Pneumonia?

Posted: 2/24/2017 9:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

Pneumonia is a lung infection, either bacterial or viral in nature, which can make your elderly loved one extremely sick. Severe cases can even land your loved one in the hospital. Avoiding pneumonia is your loved one's best bet.

3 Ways Senior Care Gets a Senior Up and Out of the House

Posted: 2/22/2017 8:21 AM by Interim HealthCare

Isolation can take hold of the best of us. Whether it’s suffering from an illness, dealing with grief or the effects of old age, people can suddenly find themselves isolated and alone. But this doesn't have to happen. For aging parents who don't get out of the house like they use to because they can no longer drive, senior care is the remedy.

Important First Steps for Caring for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 2/1/2017 3:44 PM by Interim HealthCare

The moment that you hear that your elderly loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing and potentially frightening moment. You have found out that your parent is dealing with a debilitating disease that will eventually lead to their death and you know that everything that you have planned for the future of your care will now need to be evaluated and possibly changed. This will ensure that you continue to give your loved one all the support, care, and assistance necessary to give them the highest quality of possible. At this moment it is time for you to take valuable first steps that will get you started on your care journey and help to prepare you for the new chapter ahead.

How Can You Make Agitation Less of a Problem for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 1/30/2017 9:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Agitation is a common problem for elderly loved ones who have dementia. It's a situation in which they may begin to pace, engage in repetitive actions or vocalizations, or otherwise display that they're not comfortable. Agitation can be disturbing for you to witness and it's definitely disruptive and disturbing for your elderly loved one.

Help Your Loved One Suffering with Sundowning

Posted: 1/28/2017 12:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

People with Alzheimer’s may develop changes in their behavior that lead to problems at dusk and into the night. This is known as Sundowning.

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