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Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 3/21/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Invented in 1974 with a team of Hospital researchers, Dr. Henry Heimlich claims the procedure and its abdominal thrusts -- into the stomach above the navel and up against the diaphragm to force air from the lungs and remove obstructions -- have saved the lives of 100,000 potential choking victims.

Caring for Our Veterans

Posted: 3/7/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.

Caregiver Stress is Real- Home Care Can Help

Posted: 2/14/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most people step into the role of a family caregiver without thinking about how hard it could be, or that they could end up creating more problems with their relationships, both with the person they are caring for and the other people around them.

5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 1/16/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Making sure that your elderly loved one stays active, even in their later years, is the best way for them to maintain their health. Rather than sitting around alone all day long, exercise ensures that your loved one is getting out of the house, meeting new people, and keeping their body and minds as sharp as possible. Here are 5 activities that your elderly loved one will enjoy that will also k...

Senior Care – Tips for Improving Dental Health

Posted: 1/2/2015 11:12 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a person reaches their senior years, taking care of their aging teeth may become a daily challenge. Many older adults experience the loss of their natural teeth simply for the reason that they had lost the ability to take care of them properly.

Five symptoms that men should never ignore

Posted: 12/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The cliché about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. A recent survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year.

Top tips for helping seniors gain weight

Posted: 12/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are many different reasons for seniors to be under weight. It could be anything from a sore mouth to drug interactions to inability to prepare food to medical problems. Whatever the reason, there’s usually some way to rectify it. The first step is identifying the cause for being underweight. This can probably be done best by your loved one’s doctor.

Three signs that being a caregiver is not right for you

Posted: 11/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Not everyone is going to find that being a caregiver is right for them, and if you find that you’re not suited for this type of work, the sooner that you address this situation, the sooner you’ll be able to step back and find someone who will be perfect for your elderly loved one.

Home Care Services Can Help Aging Family Members Stay in Touch

Posted: 11/7/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There’s email, video chatting, social media, snail mail, to name just a few. There’s also the trusty phone. However, how many seniors today have a tendency, or habit, to go on the computer and send or receive emails. For the most part, many don’t have a great deal of experience with computers, don’t understand how to go online, or retrieve email, and fewer still understa...

The Silent Plague - When a Family Caregiver is Suffering in Silence

Posted: 10/20/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’re a caregiver for a loved one and find that you’re under a great deal of stress, don’t suffer in silence. Ask for help or hire a professional in home care provider to help out. The important thing is the well-being of your elderly loved one and feeling overwhelmed will generally negatively impact that quickly.

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 10/7/2014 10:01 AM by Interim HealthCare

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Taking care of an elderly individual

Posted: 9/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you&rsq...

Lowering Cholesterol With Lifestyle Choices

Posted: 9/16/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Part of your own at home health care efforts can focus on lowering your cholesterol through simple lifestyle changes. Even if you are taking medication for high cholesterol, you can boost the effectiveness of that medication by making these five changes.

Hospitals are trying to move patients out of their care more rapidly today than ever before

Posted: 8/30/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Even before the Affordable Care Act (more commonly referred to as Obamacare) was passed in 2010, hospitals were pushing to have certain patients moved out of their beds and into either nursing homes or home care to fully recover. Now, with this new law, the federal government is imposing penalties to hospitals that don’t focus on this aspect of cost savings, and improved care.

Social Seniors - The Importance of Friendship

Posted: 8/14/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Studies have shown that there is an important link between social interaction and the health of senior individuals. Although socialization is important for everybody – regardless of their age -seniors are more susceptible to the dangers caused by isolation.

Five Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted: 7/29/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Getting a good sleep at night isn’t just a luxury; it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been kept up at night with stress or worry, you’ve probably been searching for an answer to relax and cope with your situation. Being a caregiver isn’t easy even for the best of us.

Elderly Care in the Cyber Age

Posted: 7/14/2014 1:33 PM by Interim HealthCare

Thanks to technology advances, there have been a lot of changes within the health care industry, and elderly care providers have a great number of tools that are available to them now to provide the best elderly care possible that weren’t available just a few short years ago. It’s also important, even though the medical advances are beneficial, to realize that the cyber age has also...

Elder Care Tips - Music Therapy & Health Benefits for Seniors

Posted: 6/23/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Our bodies have a physiological response to music, that is why qualified therapists can use it to help patients relax or to stimulate those in a coma. Music Therapy can increase breathing rates, increase heart rates, help with coordination and movement and much more.

Caregiver Burnout, Can it Be Avoided?

Posted: 6/9/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are few things that can be as stressful as taking care of an elderly loved one, especially when they need constant care. Many caregivers tell us how hard it is to see their parents or grandparents battle an illness and begin to decline. Family members often think that they have to take care of everything by themselves. This can lead to depression and burnout.

Regular Exercise and Your Memory

Posted: 5/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Several studies done over the last ten years have contributed evidence to a very simple premise; regular exercise is tied to improved memory. By measuring how active a person is and comparing it to the number of errors the made on a range of cognitive tests over time, researchers found that people who were in better cardio-vascular health were more likely to have better memories as they age.

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