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May 2015

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.

When Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care?

Posted: 11/15/2018 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.

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.

5 Easy At-Home Exercises for Seniors

Posted: 11/7/2018 3:36 PM 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 mood. And it's easy to do at home with these tips.

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.

Choosing a Continuing-Care Retirement Community

Posted: 10/4/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on picking an all-inclusive residential retirement community that offers independent housing along with assisted living and nursing care? My husband and I are looking to downsize and simplify, but we want our next move to be our last. Approaching 80

Which Flu Shot Is Right for You?

Posted: 9/27/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been reading that there are a bunch of different flu vaccines for seniors this flu season. Which flu shot is right for me? Flu-Conscious Carol

Health Insurance Tips for Traveling Abroad

Posted: 9/20/2018 6:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, How does health insurance and Medicare cover health care outside the U.S.? My husband and I have a trip abroad planned this fall and would like to find out if we should buy extra insurance. What can you tell us? Almost Retired

Talking to Your Senior About the Possibility of Hospice Care

Posted: 9/18/2018 4:16 PM by Interim HealthCare

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. This is particularly important if they are living with a serious disease such as Par...

Financial Aid for Family Caregivers

Posted: 9/13/2018 6:04 AM by Interim HealthCare

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that help family caregivers monetarily? I have to miss a lot of work to take care of my elderly mother and it’s financially stressing me. Stretched Thin

Preparing an Elderly Loved One for a Hurricane

Posted: 9/12/2018 10:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Why Is Your Aging Adult Getting Dehydrated?

Posted: 9/7/2018 8:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

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 ...

What Are the Duties of a Home Health Aide?

Posted: 8/30/2018 2:12 PM by Interim HealthCare

Most seniors prefer to age in place, in the home they know and love. For many older adults, home health aides make this possible. These aides assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation. But perhaps the most meaningful benefits they provide are companionship for the patient and much-needed “time off” for exhausted family caregivers.

Can You Really Exercise as a Caregiver?

Posted: 8/23/2018 8:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Even if exercise isn't your biggest priority, you might realize that you need at least a little bit in your daily routine. Here are some ideas for getting more exercise as a family caregiver.

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