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Senior Care in the Lehigh Valley- Holiday Gift Card Safety

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

One of the most popular gifts to give and receive over the holiday season are gift cards, but there are some things to consider before giving (and after receiving) a gift card to consider.

Senior Care - Eating Healthy Over the Holidays

Posted: 12/8/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

We’ve all done it - you know, justifying that extra serving of cornbread stuffing or another slice of pumpkin pie because it’s the holidays. We know it’s not good for us, but we figure our New Year’s resolution of weight loss and exercise will take care of the few extra calories in the long term.  Those of us who are caring for seniors have to remember that this cyc...

Senior Care – Traveling Safely Over the Holidays

Posted: 11/20/2013 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.

November is National Home Care and National Hospice Month

Posted: 11/9/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Approximately 16 million Americans currently receive home-delivered health care for causes including acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disabilities or terminal illness. In 2014 alone, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services projected that annual expenditures for home health care were forecasted to be $104.2 billion. That’s why each November the National Associ...

Senior Care in the Lehigh Valley- getting the most out of your food…

Posted: 10/25/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A nutritious diet is one key to good health. Including a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates is important for everybody, senior citizens in particular. Seniors and those that are cooking for them, such as family members and senior home care professionals, should pay special attention to foods that are low in cholesterol, fat and sugar, but high in vitamins and protein. A va...

Senior Care - Meditation Helps with Mental, Physical Well-Being

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

Meditation is helpful for more than just relaxation and stress reduction. Studies show that it is also good for the brain, especially for seniors. A recent study sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation found that seniors who do just 12 minutes of Yoga exercises every day can improve memory and thinking skills. The study’s leader also thinks this daily activit...

Elder Care - Preparing for Flu Season

Posted: 9/26/2013 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 f...

Allentown Senior Care -Foods to Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong

Posted: 9/12/2013 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 ...

Allentown Elder Care - Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Posted: 8/27/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we age, the thirst mechanism in our bodies can break down. So even though we may not feel thirsty, we might not be getting enough fluids to replace what we lose naturally on a daily basis.  You may remember that that the human body is over 90% water. We need a large concentration of fluids in our bodies for it to function properly. If we consume water on a daily basis, not just when we ...

Alzheimer's Care in Allentown- Activites That Help

Posted: 8/12/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the key factors when caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease is to encourage activities that they enjoy. If for instance, your loved one with Alzheimer’s enjoyed painting earlier in life, but now can only move the brush around the canvas encourage it, as long as they seem to enjoy the activity.

Allentown Elder Care - Social Networking Surges Among Seniors

Posted: 7/28/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to AARP, the top online activities for people over 60 are Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube. But with more and more older Americans joining social networks, there are also some user hazards to be aware of. At Interim HealthCare, we’ve seen some of our senior home care clients fall prey to online scams and with that mind, we’ve outlined some key tips below to stay safe wh...

Elder Care- Are You drinking Enough Water?

Posted: 7/8/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we age, the thirst mechanism in our bodies can break down. So even though we may not feel thirsty, we might not be getting enough fluids to replace what we lose naturally on a daily basis.  You may remember that that the human body is over 90% water. We need a large concentration of fluids in our bodies for it to function properly. If we consume water on a daily basis, not just when we ...

Things Home Care can help with…Keeping track of your prescriptions

Posted: 6/30/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Why is it important to take your medications as prescribed? Your healthcare provider has prescribed these medicines to manage your medical condition. If you do not take them, not only will your condition not improve, it may worsen. Also, if you do not take the prescriptions at the proper time or in the proper way, you may have unpleasant or harmful side effects. The more aware you are of what y...

Things Home Care can help with…Is your loved one getting the nutrition they need?

Posted: 6/6/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

 A nutritious diet is one key to good health. Including a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates is important for everybody and senior citizens in particular. Seniors and those that are cooking for them, such as family members and in home health care specialists, should pay special attention to foods that are low in cholesterol, fat and sugar, but high in vitamins and pro...

The difference between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Home…

Posted: 5/25/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Among the different types of medical staffing arrangements we provide, you may have at home physical therapy, at home occupational therapy or both. While many people believe they are the same thing, these health care professionals have two different roles that sometimes overlap.

Study Shows “Post Discharge” Home Care May Reduce Risk of Hospital Re-Admission Following a Heart Attack

Posted: 5/23/2013 9:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to Kumar Dharmarajan, M.D., M.B.A., lead author of the study and a fellow in cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, “Post-discharge care may be improved when aligned to the periods of greatest risk for patients.” In other words, we must ensure that heart patients have proper home care in the period following a hospitalization for heart failure or hea...

Home Care Companions- Studies Show That Social Relationships Can Boost Your Longevity …

Posted: 5/11/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

People with strong relationships may even live an average of four years longer. The challenge according to the authors of the research was to put this information into good use, who noted that in an era of technology, the quality of relationships is decreasing. At Interim HealthCare we understand how important companionship is and how important it is to have someone there to share your thoughts...

Transitioning from facility to Home Care

Posted: 4/30/2013 9:02 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 f...

Is Your Loved One in Need of Companion Care?

Posted: 4/11/2013 2:15 PM by Interim HealthCare

Learn how to tell if your loved one needs help to stay in their home.

What To Do When A Senior Loved One Becomes Confused

Posted: 2/28/2013 9:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

What happens when your senior loved one suddenly stops making sense? What happens when you have an elder loved one who has been clear headed and carrying on without issue suddenly saying things that don’t make any sense? What happens is you have a serious problem that can be easily missed-- especially when caregivers don’t speak up. At Interim HealthCare of Allentown we know how s...

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