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Bobby Scott Shoemake - Chief Operating Officer

Posted: 8/1/2014 12:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Whiteville, NC – July 30, 2014 – The Byrd HealthCare Group / Interim HealthCare of the Eastern Carolinas announced the appointment of Bobby Scott Shoemake as its Chief Operating Officer, according to Donna “Lou” Byrd, CEO and President of organization.  Shoemake holds a MA in Health Policy from Duke University and a BS in Business Management from Mount Olive College...

Interim HealthCare of North Carolina (Byrd Group) Wins Joint Commision Accreditation

Posted: 5/20/2014 11:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to delivering home care services, Interim HealthCare takes pride in putting the patient first. Our entire organization is dedicated to improving people's lives, thats why we give our staff the best training possible and supplement that with ongoing education throughout their tenure with us. We are committed to giving people the best possible quality of life and to keep them li...

Why Choose Home Care? Weighing Your Options

Posted: 4/30/2014 11:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the toughest decisions facing families today is how to care for our aging loved ones who need additional care. The traditional route of placing elders into a nursing home, while it has some merits, is very expensive.

Can Sleeping Well Reduce Your Risk For Alzheimer's Disease?

Posted: 3/25/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Although the lack of sleep won’t necessarily cause the development of Alzheimer’s, researchers have shown in multiple study that sleeping well helps to clean the brain of waste including Amyloid and helps your brain to function more efficiently.

NEVER Ignore These Symptoms...

Posted: 3/8/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to your health, your body is the best indicator and if you know what to look for can help you address symptoms that many people ignore and contribute to a much lesser problem. The following is a list of symptoms that could be major issues, if you experience them, please seek medical care immediately.

Elder Care Tips- Surgical Recovery At Home

Posted: 2/23/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Contrary to what you might think, recovery from surgery begins long before you even leave the hospital. It starts in your doctor’s office before your procedure and involves you asking a lot of questions. However trivial they may seem, you should ask your surgeon every question you can think of prior to your operation.

February is American Heart Health Month

Posted: 2/8/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), limiting the intake of saturated fats and cholesterol and following a healthy diet will help seniors stay at an ideal body weight, which is often one of the greatest risk factors for strokes.

Avoid Caregiver Burnout with Respite Care

Posted: 1/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

No one can assume full responsibility for a loved one’s care, maintain their own lives and that of others in their charge without having reasonable expectations and some help along the way.

Interim Transitions Comes to North Carolina

Posted: 1/13/2014 11:26 AM by Interim HealthCare

Interim HealthCare has introduced an excellent program focused on helping people with chronic diseases avoid going back to the hospital.  Called Interim Transitions, the program offers hospitals and physicians a way to better help their patients adhere to a post-discharge care plan and provide the support the patient needs to recover at home.  Key services include assisting with trans...

The Benefits of Music Therapy in Elder Care

Posted: 1/7/2014 1:46 PM by Interim HealthCare

We’ve all heard the expression “Music Heals” and medical researchers have found that this is indeed the truth, but why? What is it about music that can make such a difference to all of us? There are several reasons why music therapy works. One is that sound and rhythm are a core function in our brains. Our entire bodies recognize a rhythm, that’s why we can walk to ...

Making a Difference to Seniors over the Holidays

Posted: 12/19/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Spread some holiday cheer to seniors who live alone and don’t have family. Helping seniors to contribute is also a great way to boost their spirits, perhaps you can help them to donate to charities or a food bank.   An example would be delivering toys to Toys for Tots for them or delivering canned goods to a Food Pantry on their behalf.

Senior Care – Traveling Safely Over the Holidays

Posted: 12/5/2013 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.

Durham Senior Care - Eating Healthy Over the Holidays

Posted: 11/22/2013 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...

November is National Home Care Month

Posted: 11/8/2013 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...

Durham, NC Senior Care -Foods to Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong

Posted: 10/25/2013 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 ...

Durham Elder Care - Preparing for Flu Season

Posted: 10/10/2013 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...

Transitioning from facility to Home Care in Durham

Posted: 9/15/2013 12:00 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 h...

Alzheimer Care in Durham - Activites That Help

Posted: 9/2/2013 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.

New Technology Helps Veteran’s Play an Active Role in their own Healthcare…

Posted: 8/9/2013 11:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

It’s called My HealtheVet and it can be accessed by clicking here, https://www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html  this access portal to the VA helps cut down some of the hassle and frustration of dealing with your medical issues. Now you don’t have to waste hours on the phone or drive in to the VA just to get answers to your questions. Secure Messaging provides Veteran patients with a...

Senior Care in Durham, are your loved ones getting the nutrition they need?

Posted: 8/8/2013 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 protein.

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