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What Can You Do When You're Wrapped up in Your Worries as a Family Caregiver?

Posted: 9/29/2017 9:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Worrying is a natural part of your caregiving journey. But when it gets out of hand, you'll find that all you're accomplishing as a family caregiver is becoming an expert in worrying. It's time to break the loop.

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month: What is Thyroid Cancer?

Posted: 9/26/2017 12:04 PM by Interim HealthCare

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 56,870 people in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. And, 2,010 people will die as a result of thyroid cancer this year. The good news is that today’s technology allows doctors to find thyroid cancer sooner, making treatments even more effective. In fact, experts at the Mayo Clinic say that the majority of ca...

Why Is a Healthy Living Plan So Important for Your Elderly Loved One?

Posted: 8/31/2017 12:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

A healthy living plan sounds extremely formal, but it's really just a framework for how you and your loved one are going to manage her overall health on her caregiving journey. It's an important conversation to have with your loved one and her medical team.

Could Eating More Protein Keep Your Parent’s Muscles Strong?

Posted: 8/29/2017 9:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

As people age, they naturally experience sarcopenia – a fancy word for muscle loss. On average, people lose between 8 and 50 percent of their muscle mass as they age. Men tend to lose muscle faster. The problem with muscle loss is that it can lead to mobility problems, which can sometimes lead to older adults losing their independence. However, research shows that eating more protein may help r...

Alzheimer’s Care: When Driving Becomes Dangerous

Posted: 8/18/2017 12:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

With the many changes taking place in your parent’s life, it is just one more difficult phase of the disease when it comes time for them to give up their driver’s license. But the time will come. The good news is that there are often a myriad of other transportation options and, in many cases, your parent will have been feeling uncomfortable behind the wheel and hesitated letting you know so as...

What Should Your Loved One Do Following A Heart Attack?

Posted: 8/14/2017 8:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Having had one heart attack is a scary proposition and it can make your loved one worry about the possibility of having a second one. Following some of these tips can help your loved one to reduce the risk that she might have a second heart attack.

How Can You Deal with a Senior Who is Resistant to Home Care?

Posted: 7/27/2017 1:59 PM by Interim HealthCare

In your role as a family caregiver, your parent’s safety, health, comfort, and happiness are your highest priorities. You want to know that they are getting everything that they need to keep them this way as they age in place, and to help them to live the highest quality of life possible throughout their later years. In trying to make sure that you can achieve this for your parent, you might ha...

Can You Care for a Senior After a Tense Relationship?

Posted: 7/21/2017 12:20 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being a family caregiver for an elderly loved one can be one of the most important and fulfilling decisions that you can ever make in your life. After all, this is a chance for you to give back to them for the care that they have given you, to show them that you love them, and to make sure that they are getting all of the care, support, and assistance that they desire and deserve. When entering...

How Can You Communicate with a Loved One Who Has Trouble Hearing?

Posted: 7/17/2017 9:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

Having a difficult time hearing what's going on around her can be really difficult for your loved one to deal with. It can also mean that communication is not as easy as it could be. Taking your time communicating and avoiding making the situation worse are all good first steps.

Outdoor Safety Tips for Seniors with Mobility Limitations

Posted: 7/6/2017 8:32 AM by Interim HealthCare

Mobility limitations are extremely common among elderly adults. If you are a family caregiver for a senior who is dealing with this time of difficulty, it is an important priority for you to help them cope with these limitations and approach their activities of daily living in a way that will keep their quality of life high while keeping them safe and secure. While there are many things that yo...

Important Documents for Family Caregivers

Posted: 6/29/2017 3:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Often part of the job of being a family caregiver is coordinating medical care and taking care of your parent’s important paperwork. Unfortunately, organizing important documents is sometimes forgotten until an emergency occurs. When that happens, it can be difficult to navigate your parent’s medical care and handle some other important decisions. If you haven’t already done so, getting your pa...

Tips for Helping a Senior Deal with Incontinence

Posted: 6/22/2017 10:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately half of elderly adults are dealing with some level of incontinence or urinary urgency. This condition is particularly common among aging women, with up to 80 percent of those who experience these symptoms being women. Whether it is not being able to control their bladder, experiencing leakage, or dealing with urgency, this can be a ve...

Different Types of Caregivers for Different Types of Home Care

Posted: 6/19/2017 3:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

What is in-home care? How do I go about arranging it? Will they be safe? Well for starters, there are two basic types of in-home caregivers. The first are licensed healthcare professionals... The second are caregivers who serve as companions, homemakers and aides.

Does Aging Skin Require Special Care?

Posted: 6/14/2017 9:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

When people are younger, their skin care routine sometimes centers around trying to prevent skin from wrinkling. However, for older adults, the focus of skin care should change to keeping skin healthy since seniors are more prone to skin infections and other skin problems due to changes in the skin. When seniors are cared for by elder care providers or family caregivers, the responsibility for ...

Why Do People with Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

Posted: 6/12/2017 8:31 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are approximately 5.5 million people throughout the United States who are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Of these, 3 in 5, or around 60 percent, will develop wandering tendencies at some point in their progression. This can be a very dangerous situation for your elderly parent, putting them at risk of serious injury or even death. By understanding why your loved one might wander and wha...

Elderly Care – Do You Know the Symptoms of a Stroke?

Posted: 6/7/2017 6:15 AM by Interim HealthCare

As the person responsible for the elderly care of an aging parent or loved one, you are surely aware of all of the possible medical crises that can occur. It is important, though, to know the signs and symptoms of each individual problem, so that you can take the correct action as quickly as possible. One of the medical emergencies that requires the quickest action on your part is a stroke. A ...

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 ...

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