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When Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care?

Posted: 11/21/2018 3:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Active Seniors Find a Way to Give Back — As a Home Aide

Posted: 11/19/2018 3:49 PM by Interim HealthCare

Some former retirees in Coshocton, Ohio, have found a solution to boredom in retirement: Become a home aide to seniors who need help.

6 Ways Seniors Can Avoid the Holiday Blues

Posted: 11/15/2018 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

6 Things Home Health Aides Learn From Their Clients

Posted: 11/12/2018 4:45 PM by Interim HealthCare

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.

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Hospice

Posted: 11/8/2018 1:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

There are many misconceptions about what hospice is, and most people don't realize everything it offers.

It's Not Personal: When a Loved One with Dementia Distrusts You

Posted: 11/1/2018 12:04 PM by Interim HealthCare

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.

What You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2019

Posted: 11/1/2018 9:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

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? Curious Jim

4 Simple Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

Posted: 10/31/2018 3:25 PM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Why People Wait Too Long to Choose Hospice

Posted: 10/29/2018 2:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

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.

‘Deprescribing’ in Seniors: Is Mom or Dad Taking Too Many Meds?

Posted: 10/9/2018 5:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

The process of subtracting medications or lowering the dosage is called “deprescribing,” and it’s an important but often overlooked part of senior healthcare.

Understanding the IADLs That Impact a Parent's Ability to Age at Home

Posted: 8/31/2018 10:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

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 ...

5 Easy At-Home Exercises for Seniors

Posted: 8/31/2018 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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 even mood.

5 Hacks for Making Meal Time Easier

Posted: 8/10/2018 5:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers perform a lot of tasks for their older family members. Among them is making sure they senior eats nutritious meals and snacks. However, it can be difficult for you to be there every time the senior wants something to eat. In addition, it’s likely your aging relative wants to be as independent as possible. The problem is that there are some problems of aging that can make it di...

Supporting Your Senior Parent During Cancer Testing

Posted: 8/8/2018 8:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Although you may feel helpless when Mom or Dad undergoes testing for cancer, you can help your parent feel less stressed, more supported, and can help Mom or Dad get through this stressful time. Here's how.

5 Reasons Why Caregivers Need Exercise

Posted: 7/26/2018 8:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

Family caregivers do a lot for their elderly relatives, making sure they are clean, fed and comfortable. However, many family caregivers are so focused on their loved one’s needs that they neglect themselves. The area where many family caregivers truly suffer is exercising.

Symptom Checker: Is It Shingles or Some Other Rash?

Posted: 7/23/2018 11:19 AM by Interim HealthCare

Every year, about one in 100 people age 60 or older develops shingles, the dreaded skin condition notorious for causing pain that can be agonizing. Recognizing the rash is important, since early treatment can help shorten an outbreak and prevent complications.

How to Get a Therapy Pet to Visit a Loved One at Home

Posted: 7/19/2018 1:46 PM by Interim HealthCare

Anyone who likes animals knows how calming and comforting it can be to stroke and cuddle a friendly dog or cat. It’s little wonder that therapy pets are often brought into nursing homes and hospice facilities. But did you know that you can arrange — often at no cost — to have a therapy pet visit a sick or aging relative in their home?

Showing Your Love for Your Parent When You Care from a Distance

Posted: 7/19/2018 1:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

As much as you would like to spend your caregiver experience close to your aging parent so you can be with them on a regular basis, this isn't always possible. You may already live far away from your parents when they need you to start being their family caregiver, or life circumstances can arise requiring you to move away from your parent. Whatever the reason is, if you are caring for your par...

The Different Stages of Dementia

Posted: 7/18/2018 11:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia can be devastating. But understanding what’s ahead can help you plan for the care your family member will need. Maura Rhodes, an experienced health journalist, elaborates on the symptoms of each dementia stage.

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Hospice

Posted: 7/17/2018 9:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Realizing that your parent or another loved one in your care has reached the point of needing hospice is painful. It means the time has come to make the person comfortable instead of trying to make them better. Broaching the subject of hospice can also be painful, and it can be hard to figure out how to do it. But the conversation itself doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.

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