Interim HealthCare Blog
Posted: 1/2/2019 11:58 AM by
Research shows that when older adults face chronic loneliness, their health can suffer. More than ever, families are realizing the importance of companionship for aging relatives. Many discover that it's one of the most important benefits a home aide provides.
Posted: 12/17/2018 3:51 PM by
Holiday gatherings are a wonderful experience and a great time to get all generations together, but they can be difficult for family members who have dementia.
Posted: 12/12/2018 2:36 PM by
Exercise is good for everyone, including seniors. In fact, research shows it can help stave off the mobility problems that can interfere with independence, not to mention benefit a person’s heart, bones and mood. And it's easy to do at home with these tips.
Posted: 12/5/2018 12:32 PM by
Cancer is a very serious situation that is a part of the life of virtually every person in the United States, either because they experience it themselves, or they have a friend or family member who does. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has been diagnosed with cancer, you will play a critical role in their fight.
Posted: 12/4/2018 3:58 PM by
For family caregivers, the holidays can be extra stressful. Bring more peace and joy to the season with these tips.
Posted: 11/28/2018 7:49 AM by
Agitation and Alzheimer's go hand in hand. When your mom reaches this stage, it becomes overwhelming. She may lash out at you verbally or physically. You may find her refusing to do things or locking herself in a room.
There are ways to ease agitation. You may need to try different methods before finding one that works but be patient. Here are some methods that have worked for family member...
Posted: 11/21/2018 4:16 PM by
The end of your senior's life isn't something you want to think about, but as a family caregiver it is not something you can avoid. It is important for you to be honest with yourself and with your parent about this aspect of their life and of your care so together you can make decisions that are right for them.
Posted: 11/21/2018 3:19 AM by
If you or your loved one needs home health care or senior care, you’re no doubt wondering one thing: Is it covered by Medicare? Find out when Medicare does, and doesn't, cover home aides and skilled nurses.
Posted: 11/19/2018 3:49 PM by
Some former retirees in Coshocton, Ohio, have found a solution to boredom in retirement: Become a home aide to seniors who need help.
Posted: 11/15/2018 8:00 AM by
For older adults who are less mobile or more alone than they used to be, the holiday season isn't all joy and jingle bells. But seniors can beat the holiday blues with these tips.
Posted: 11/12/2018 4:45 PM by
Home health aides often derive deep satisfaction from their jobs because they make a difference in people’s lives. For many aides, though, a pleasant surprise is how much their clients end up returning the favor.
Posted: 11/8/2018 1:14 PM by
There are many misconceptions about what hospice is, and most people don't realize everything it offers.
Posted: 11/1/2018 12:04 PM by
A person with dementia can sometimes become suspicious, paranoid or even jealous of you and other people. Interim HealthCare's Positive Approach to Care trainer explains why this happens and how to handle this difficult behavior without letting it get to you.
Posted: 11/1/2018 9:35 AM by
Dear Savvy Senior,
I know there will be a small 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will our Medicare Part B monthly premiums and other Medicare costs be in 2019?
Posted: 10/31/2018 3:25 PM by
Aches and pains that keep you from exercising and getting good sleep can affect your overall health and lower your quality of life. So don’t try to tough it out. These are some of the approaches that can offer relief.
Posted: 10/29/2018 2:13 PM by
Hospice can make the end-of-life journey a better one for everyone involved, but many people enter hospice at the last minute, when it's too late the reap all the benefits.
Posted: 10/9/2018 5:08 PM by
The process of subtracting medications or lowering the dosage is called “deprescribing,” and it’s an important but often overlooked part of senior healthcare.
Posted: 9/12/2018 10:37 AM by
Planning in advance offers peace of mind and pays off when a storm hits.
An impending hurricane is worrisome enough for most people. But if you having an aging parent you help care for, you need to worry about their preparedness as much as your own. And advance preparation is indeed the name of the game.
Experts recommend these steps.
Posted: 9/7/2018 8:35 AM by
If you and your senior's doctor have noticed that she's becoming dehydrated more often, there could be some reasons for that. Understanding those reasons can help you to find solutions that help your senior to stay hydrated.
Posted: 8/31/2018 10:28 AM by
Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are tasks a senior should be able to do on their own. These activities are not primary activities like being able to eat or drink, but they're important for a senior who wants to age at home independently.
As your mom or dad age, it's important to monitor their ability to perform IADLs. If they struggle with them, you should start helping out ...