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Amador County Parkinson's Support Group

Posted: 1/22/2015 7:38 PM by Interim HealthCare

We are pleased to announce a Parkinson's disease support group that is open to all! The group will meet at the Interim HealthCare Jackson office on the third Tuesday of every month starting on February 17, 2015.

Free Seminar Series at the Interim Jackson office

Posted: 10/10/2014 11:04 PM by Interim HealthCare

We will be hosting a FREE Diabetes and Weight Management Seminar Series at Interim HealthCare of Jackson from Oct. 30 - Nov. 20. The speaker for this series is Kyle Rootsaert, Pharm. D. & RPh.

Post Discharge Home Care Tips - Risk Reduction

Posted: 6/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The American Heart Association released a study showing that “Heart attack or heart failure patients may have a high risk of death or re-admission for a month or longer after leaving the hospital.”  The study, released on May 16, 2013, states that 70.3 percent of heart failure patients were re-hospitalized within the first year and 41.8 percent died. Patients who suffered heart attacks had a 50.5% re-hospitalization rate and a mortality rate of 29.8% within the first year.

The Transition Home After Surgery

Posted: 6/9/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

After a hospital or rehabilitation facility stay, all you may be thinking about is returning to the comfort of your own home. But even after leaving these facilities, your recovery is still ongoing.
 
One of the keys to making this transition a successful one is communication. By effectively sharing information between doctors, nurses and other heath care providers with the patient and his/her family, dangerous and possibly life-threatening situations can be avoided.

Senior Care -Foods to Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong

Posted: 5/22/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Our bones remain fairly healthy and strong through young adulthood. The problem is that as we hit middle age, they start to thin out. For women, this process can even accelerate after menopause. Seniors in particular are at special risk when it comes to bone health, but the good news is that you can put the brakes on bone degeneration and one of the best lines of defense in this battle is your diet.

Surgical Recovery Tips - How Home Care Can Help

Posted: 5/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

However trivial they may seem, you should ask your surgeon every question you can think of prior to your operation. These can include plans for pain management, bathing instructions, how long you’ll be out of work and the best rehab regimen, among others.

Weighing Your Options, Why Choose Home Care?

Posted: 4/30/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the toughest decisions facing families today is how to care for our aging loved ones who need additional care. The traditional route of placing elders into a nursing home, while it has some merits, is very expensive. Additionally, almost every study on the subject shows that given the choice, seniors overwhelmingly say that they would prefer to remain in their own homes. Assisted living is another option, but can also be cost prohibitive.

Health Care Tips- NEVER Ignore These Symptoms

Posted: 4/24/2014 1:41 PM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to your health, your body is the best indicator and if you know what to look for can help you address symptoms that many people ignore and contribute to a much lesser problem. The following is a list of symptoms that could be major issues, if you experience them, please seek medical care immediately.

Home Care Tips – Regular Exercise Could Improve Your Memory

Posted: 3/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Several studies done over the last ten years have contributed evidence to a very simple premise; regular exercise is tied to improved memory. By measuring how active a person is and comparing it to the number of errors the made on a range of cognitive tests over time, researchers found that people who were in better cardio-vascular health were more likely to have better memories as they age.  "This study shows that your cardiovascular fitness at one point in time can predict how well your memory may function in the future," said Carrington Wendell.

10 Traits of an Effective Family Caregiver

Posted: 3/6/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

While being a caregiver for a loved one comes with a multitude of responsibilities, worries and frustrations, the rewards of improving the quality of their life can bring happiness and satisfaction as well. Effective caregivers share many characteristics, they learn and grow as they become more comfortable with their care giving role and they realize that no one can be perfect all of the time. The following is a list of things that great caregivers have in common.

February is American Heart Health Month

Posted: 2/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are a number of ways for senior care providers to help the elderly reduce their risk of a stroke. Controlling blood pressure is by far the most effective preventative measure, according to Mayo Clinic. Managing medication properly and encouraging physical activity can also make a big difference.

Four Healthy Breakfast Dishes for Increased Energy

Posted: 2/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

We’ve all heard the expression “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. According to nutritionists worldwide, starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal boosts your metabolism, maintains your energy level throughout the day and reduces cravings for those “not so good for us” snacks. Research has shown that breakfast foods that are higher in sugar and carbs will cause you to be hungry for lunch earlier than you would if you eat protein rich foods.

Can Increased Lighting at Home Improve Your Vision?

Posted: 1/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A recent study looking at the vision of seniors found that nearly 40% of patients tested saw better when they were tested at an ophthalmologist’s office than they did when they were tested in their own homes.  According to Dr. Anjali Bhorade, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, "poor lighting in the home was the most significant factor contributing to decreased vision; more than 85 percent of older adults had lighting in their homes below that of the recommended level. Our results suggest that simply ... increasing lighting may improve the vision of older adults in their homes."

Yoga Can Improve Cardio Vascular Health

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

When it comes to Senior Health, a variety of “alternative” practices are getting noticed by health care professionals. Acupuncture, deep tissue massage and meditation have proven to be effective in reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and helping the body to process sugars. Risk of Heart Disease, according to experts at Harvard Medical School, can be lowered by participating in Yoga.

Make a Difference to a Special Senior in Your Life This Holiday Season

Posted: 12/16/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many seniors have trouble enjoying the holidays because they can be stressful, depressing, and lonely.  Our elders sometimes struggle with physical and mental aliments that can make participating challenging.  Sometimes taking that extra moment to reach out and include our senior loved ones, or even those in our community that might not have anyone, can make a huge difference. Here are a few ways that you can help…

Healthy Holiday Eating- Senior Care Tips

Posted: 12/2/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare of Jackson, CA, we understand that the holidays are a special time for everyone and it is human nature to sneak in an extra cookie every now and then. It’s hard to keep that inner child suppressed when there are so many delicious things to try. We should also remember that the Holidays are the most common time for people with dietary restrictions to have problems that cause them to feel worse than usual, or even end up with a more serious issue. However, there are many ways in which you can help to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy diet and joining in with the fun and festivities.

Holiday Travel Tips For Seniors - Jackson, CA Elder Care

Posted: 11/18/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

It’s that time of year again, and if you’re planning to travel for the holidays, there are some important things that you should remember. Whether you’re flying out to visit with the family or finally going on the holiday cruise you’ve always wanted to take, the following tips will help make sure that you stay healthy enough to enjoy your holiday travel to the fullest.

In-Home Care Tips for Recovering from Surgery

Posted: 11/4/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Contrary to what you might think, recovery from surgery begins long before you even leave the hospital. It starts in your doctor’s office before your procedure and involves you asking a lot of questions. However trivial they may seem, you should ask your surgeon every question you can think of prior to your operation. These can include plans for pain management, bathing instructions, how long you’ll be out of work and the best rehab regimen, among others. If you arm yourself with enough knowledge ahead of the surgery, you’ll be better mentally and physically prepared to deal with the recovery afterwards. Another important question to ask is whether to consider temporary in-home care

Home Care May Reduce Risk of Hospital Re-Admission Following a Heart Attack…

Posted: 10/21/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The American Heart Association released a study showing that “Heart attack or heart failure patients may have a high risk of death or re-admission for a month or longer after leaving the hospital.”  The study, released on May 16, 2013, states that 70.3 percent of heart failure patients were re-hospitalized within the first year and 41.8 percent died. Patients who suffered heart attacks had a 50.5% re-hospitalization rate and a mortality rate of 29.8% within the first year.

Flu Season is Coming,..Are You Ready?

Posted: 10/7/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Flu season will soon be upon us. It generally peaks from November to April. Now is the time for people, especially seniors, to consider getting a flu shot. The best time of year to get one is October or November. This will help prevent contracting the serious illness when flu season arrives. At Interim HealthCare, all of our caregivers keep an eye out for those that will likely benefit from a flu shot, and our senior home health care providers also pay special attention for flu symptoms. Approximately 114,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from the illness annually in the US.

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