Interim HealthCare Blog
Posted: 8/25/2015 2:52 PM by
There may be a senior in your life who is living at home alone and for whom you have concern about their safety. When it comes to senior home safety, not everyone takes this issue seriously, especially elderly individuals.
Posted: 8/18/2015 8:12 AM by
As a family caregiver for your aging parents, a main element of your senior care plan is going to be helping to oversee their medical needs. This means not only providing transportation to and from their appointments with various doctors, but also being an active and supportive part of making sure that they understand their medical needs, treatments, and lifestyle guidelines. In order to do this successfully, you must form a relationship with your aging parents' doctors.
Posted: 8/10/2015 10:48 AM by
It’s the heart of summer and many parts of the country are dealing with an incredibly intense heat wave. From the West Coast all along the south and right along the Blue Ridge Mountains, all the way to New England, the intense heat and high humidity has made things incredibly uncomfortable and even dangerous. Even thinking about the autumn months ahead may be something laughable at this time, but it’s a good idea to consider all of the weather changes that we should expect in the coming months.
Posted: 7/21/2015 1:37 PM by
When your aging mother was hospitalized following the stroke, you probably had a number of questions running through your mind. During those first several hours after you receive the phone call, it can be incredibly stressful worrying about what may have happened, how severe the stroke might have been, and what may become of your mother now. By the time the doctors came out to talk to you and the other family members there at the hospital, you were relieved to hear the words ‘minor’ with regard to this stroke.
Posted: 7/20/2015 1:30 PM by
There are many ways to improve care for an elderly individual. For family members, friends, or other loved ones who were concerned about a senior in their life, there are steps they can take to improve the quality of care and safety for them.
Posted: 7/13/2015 9:45 AM by
When you’re looking into senior care, whether it’s for yourself or somebody else, it’s important to take various things in consideration so you choose the right caregiver, agency, or other providers you actually need.
The best way to choose any type of senior care service is to go through a certain process. That process is outlined below.
Posted: 7/9/2015 2:09 PM by
Exercising is essential to maintaining a healthy body weight, keeping your body strong, supporting flexibility and range of motion, and warding off a variety of health concerns. It is also a powerful way of managing and easing stress in your caregiver journey. Physical activity releases endorphins and calming hormones, protects against depression and anxiety, and eases tension, helping preserve your mental and emotional health even when you face the many challenges of caring for your elderly loved ones.
Posted: 7/3/2015 10:10 AM by
As a culture we are more aware than ever of the importance of the foods we eat and the impact they make on physical and mental health, wellbeing, and longevity. One of the most important things that people have come to understand in recent years is the potential danger of eating too many animal products, particularly too much red meat. Switching over to a vegetarian or vegan diet is an increasingly popular move for those wanting to improve their health and live stronger, more active lives. Helping your aging parents embrace their decision to live this type of lifestyle and integrating it effectively into your elderly care plan may be a challenge, but with the proper education and a few strategies you can make sure your parents get all of the nutrition they need while honoring their wishes to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Posted: 7/1/2015 9:19 AM by
Hiring a home care provider is an exceptional way to ensure your elderly loved ones get the level of care and assistance they need on a regular basis when you are not available to be in the home with them. With the physical care, mobility assistance, transportation, mental stimulation, and compassionate companionship the in home health care services provider offers your parents, she is going to be in the home with them for a considerable amount of time, possibly multiple hours every day.
Posted: 6/17/2015 9:56 AM by
Blended families are more the norm compared to decades ago. Therefore, the strategies of a blended family must play into the roles of senior care scenarios as well. That way, there are no blurred lines with regards to stepparents or other nontraditional family roles getting lost in the shuffle when aging loved ones need help, begin experiencing financial confusion, or medical issues become a reality. Here are some tips to help alleviate the confusion in advance.
Posted: 6/4/2015 12:06 PM by
June is Effective Communications Month and any time somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, getting the right level of care as early as possible is going to be tremendously beneficial, especially as the disease progresses. One of the most important aspects of any type of Alzheimer’s care is communication.
Without proper communication (meaning, the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s are able to communicate effectively, listen to one another, and understand what each person is saying), major problems can develop.
Posted: 5/27/2015 8:07 AM by
Elerly Care Tips by Interim HealthCare
Managing the elderly care for any aging adult can be difficult, but when your senior loved one has Alzheimer's disease, you could face even more challenges. One of the greatest of these challenges comes when your senior must visit the hospital. Aging adults with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are more prone to infection, illness, and injury than other adults, and tend to experience more serious consequences due to compromised immune systems and difficulty managing treatments, which means that hospital visits and stays tend to increase as the diseases progresses. Visiting a hospital can be frightening for these elderly adults, making the experience stressful for everyone. Knowing how to approach a visit to the hospital with your senior can help you all get through the experience more calmly and with greater confidence.
Posted: 5/19/2015 9:38 AM by
Giving ongoing care and assistance to elderly adults is stressful. No matter how much you love your aging parents or how dedicated you are to your role as their family caregiver, the physical and emotional demands of everyday caregiving are challenging and lead to caregiver stress. Studies have indicated that adult children who give regular care and assistance to their senior parents are far more likely to experience high levels of stress than other adults, and suffer more severe consequences associated with this stress than other adults. This stress is not only emotionally and mentally exhausting, it can lead to serious physical consequences that put your health, wellbeing, and ability to provide compassionate and effective care for your parents at risk.
Posted: 5/13/2015 12:14 PM by
Senior Care Tips by Interim HealthCare
Each year, more than 600,000 people receive a pacemaker to help them safely regulate their heart rhythm. Of these, more than half of them are over the age of 75. If one of your parents may receive a pacemaker soon, or if a pacemaker has already become a part of their daily life, understanding this device and its purpose is essential so you can modify your senior care and ensure your loved one continues to live a healthy, active life after the implantation.
Posted: 5/5/2015 8:54 AM by
Home Care by Interim HealthCare Can Help!
Stimulating your elderly parents' mind is an important part of keeping them active, healthy, and happy. Whether they cope with a condition such as Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, or just have less daily mental activity due to factors such as no longer driving or having less social engagement, stimulating your aging loved ones' minds boosts their mood, helps them ward off depression and loss of motivation, and supports greater long-term independence.
Posted: 5/1/2015 10:34 AM by
Home Care Services by Interim: The Story of One Family's Adaptation to Home Care
Roy had always been fiercely independent and self-reliant, but a bad fall and mild memory loss had made it difficult for him to handle his activities of daily living on his own. His wife, Natty, did everything she could to help him, but her own physical limitations made it impossible for her to do everything. Soon their son realized that things were not being taken care of around the house, Roy seemed a bit disheveled, and Natty seemed overwhelmed. Jim knew that aging in place was incredibly important to both of his parents so he decided that home care was the right choice for helping them stay healthy, safe, and happy while also preserving as much of their independence as possible.
Posted: 4/22/2015 10:46 AM by
Elder Care Tips by Interim HealthCare
Awareness is one of the most important characteristics you can have as a family caregiver for your elderly parents. Empowering yourself with knowledge and understanding enables you to give your aging loved ones the highest quality of care possible. One of the conditions you should learn more about as you go through your care journey with your elderly parents is Parkinson's disease.
Posted: 4/8/2015 10:22 AM by
Elderly Care Tips by Interim HealthCare
Your once vibrant and bubbly mother has seemed withdrawn and quiet recently. She does not want to see anyone and is reluctant to participate in activities she once loved. She has stopped volunteering, stopped going to club meetings, and spends almost all of her time sitting in a dim living room alone, either watching TV or staring out of the window.
Posted: 3/25/2015 11:12 AM by
Memory and thought are something many people take for granted, using them daily and thinking little of them. Alzheimer's disease, however, robs people of these basic abilities and leaves their friends and family distinctly aware not only of this loss, but of their own abilities.
Posted: 3/18/2015 1:24 PM by
One of the biggest worries of adult children creating senior care plans for their elderly care parents is ensuring that their parents receive the level of care they need at all times even when those adult children are not able to directly provide the care