Interim Healthcare of Middle Tennessee Newsletter

“''Its the most wonderful time of the year”
News & Updates: December 2018
Dear Reader,
Ah the holidays! The smell of pine needles, presents under the tree, singing carols, decorating the house, children home from college filling the house with activity and joy … Maybe not—perhaps these are just memories. The reality for too many of our aging population is being alone, with spouses and friends long gone and children and grandchildren living far away. Holidays and anniversaries can be especially painful because these are the occasions for family gatherings. For people without families, their absence is felt even more strongly during such times. My ninety-four-year-old mother used to comment that all her friends had died and she missed sharing memories with them.
So if you are alone this holiday season, think of a friend—or two or three—equally alone and invite them to meet you at a restaurant or your house. You don’t even have to cook; you can have food delivered. Another option is to write cards to people who may not be expecting them; they may be surprised and would appreciate it.
Carol Penterman
CEO, Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee
How to make the Holidays better for caregivers
For the last few years, my wife and I have been in caregiver situations with each of our moms during the holiday season. This year will be our first as non-caregivers. It can be a stressful time.
Trying to maintain traditions in the midst of care giving is hard. We pushed through it, despite my grumblings of having to decorate the house – again! In reality, it's easier said than done, especially with the season being thrust on us earlier and earlier each year. It's easy to tip the fragile balance you're trying to maintain. And let's face it: The holidays can be a sad time for many. So how can caregivers push through and make the best of things?
How to capture your elder loved ones' story
A personal recording of your parents' life story could be a wonderful holiday gift and something you and your family could cherish the rest of your lives. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Your first step is to find out if your parents are willing to make a legacy video, which would entail you asking them a number of thoughtful questions about their life in an interview format in front of a video recording device. If they are, all you'll need is a smartphone or camcorder and a list of questions or prompts to get them talking.
These common scams target the elderly - how to avoid them
Older adults lose more than $36 billion every year to financial scams, according to a 2015study. Unfortunately, con artists see the elderly population as an easy and vulnerable target.
Mike Rothman, president of the American Securities Administrators Association, told CNBC that scammers take this approach because the current elderly population is one of the wealthiest we’ve seen with such hefty retirement savings. Where the money goes, the con artists follow.
With so many scams targeting older adults, it’s essential to make yourself and your loved ones aware of the different types of cons. Here is a list of common financial scams that specifically target the elderly and how you can prevent them:
Give the Gift of Care
This holiday season, show those on your gift list just how much you appreciate and value them by gifting our services to family, friends, business associates and clients.
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Murfreesboro office: 4183 Franklin Road, Suite B-12, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."
News & Updates: August 2018
Dear Reader,
I recently spent two weeks with three of my eight grandchildren over their summer vacation. I was planning and researching on things we could do in the weeks before their arrival. What are kids into these days?  What would be something we could do together? Would it be meaningful and a bonding experience for us and still be interesting to them?  In my research all I was finding were things that they had already experienced with their parents or things that were way out of my budget. So, I decided to go back to my childhood –things that I enjoyed when spending time with my grandparents.  I realized something -- they were all the simple things. After all, it is about bonding and spending quality time and making memories. 
We made pottery items:  bowls, cups and jewelry holders and sculptures. We painted pictures; we played board games; we read books; we picked black berries and made jam; we went to the drive-in movie theater; and we prepared meals together. My grandchildren were thrilled with all the activities and loved that we were able to do them all together.  It was a big hit and has deemed me the new nick name of “Fun Grandma.” It doesn’t always have to be about what you spend or what is trending -- it’s all about the memories you make doing it!
Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee is focused on mind, body, spirit and family
Teresa Matayka
Client Services Specialist, Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee
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 Back-to-School Reflections & Life Lessons
Recently, my six-year-old granddaughter and I spent an entire weekend of one-on-one time. One of our conversations centered on upcoming Labor Day, end of summer and back to school. She is transitioning from kindergarten to first grade, and is so excited. When I probed a bit about her anticipation of this new school year, she said she loved getting a new backpack and school supplies. She did not know who her teacher would be, but was sure she would like her. “It will all be fine, Grandma.”
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Seniors Benefit from Lifelong Learning
Going back to school can keep you challenged during your retirement years.
One way to boost our chances of a satisfying retirement is to consider continuing our education. Lifelong learning is a noble pursuit that will keep you engaged and challenged during your retirement years. Here’s why lifelong learning is beneficial for seniors:
1. We get to pick the topics we want to learn. In retirement, our educational choices are no longer dictated by the requirements to complete a degree. Now is the time to pursue those off-the-beaten-path areas that truly spark our interest.
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Voice Assistants Can Help Older Adults
How devices can help seniors feel more connected.
Lois Seed's vision impairment makes it difficult for her to read books and to look for information on the Internet. So when her retirement community in Carlsbad, Calif., offered to place an Amazon Echo with Alexa voice technology in her one-bedroom apartment, she decided to give the home speaker a try.
Now Seed is hooked—and she’s one of a growing number of older people who are turning to digital voice assistants to make life easier. The 90-year-old widow placed the device next to a comfortable chair, where she listens to audiobooks and to classical music streamed from a radio station in Los Angeles, where she used to live. “If I no longer want to listen, I say, ‘Alexa, stop,’ ” she says. “I can make it louder or softer.”
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A client success story ...
We began services with client in April 2017. When Interim began working with him he was roughly 30lbs. under-weight, unhappy with his current diet and taking several medications daily. He was eating the same meal every day, and had been for the past 5+ years. Interim matched him up with a care professional that had prior experience working with clients on the same diet limitations; the care professional was able to prepare him a cookbook full of recipes that were within his diet limitations.
The care professional took him to the grocery store to show him the different foods, explain their benefits and get him more involved in his meal planning. The client began eating more healthy meals, and enjoying finding new recipes to prepare. It’s now going on two years of receiving services from Interim; the client is at the healthy weight for his body, he is no longer taking any prescription medications (only a daily multi-vitamin), and he is doing very well health-wise.” 
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(615) 915-2753 |
Murfreesboro office: 4183 Franklin Road, Suite B-12, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
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News & Updates: July 2018
Dear Reader,
Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age and that doesn’t change just because you have a few more grey hairs. As we grow older, we experience an increasing number of major life changes, including career changes and retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, and physical changes. How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy. Most people know the adage: “You’re as young as you feel.” And as baby boomers swell the ranks of the over-50 crowd in ever-increasing numbers, you can bet this generation isn’t aging without a fight.

Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee is here to assist you in staying healthy as you age.
Carol Penterman
CEO, Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee
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How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain
It's well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much -- and what types -- of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age. Reviewing data from dozens of studies on older adults, scientists found that those who exercised an average of at least 52 hours over about six months -- and for about an hour during each session -- showed improvements in their thinking skills.
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6 Simple Ways to Grow Happier with Age
We believe life only gets sweeter with age. You no longer worry about what others think. Your kids are out of the house and you have the freedom to do the things you want again. You’re more confident and comfortable in your own skin. Here are some ways you can make yourself even happier as you age.
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6 Steps to Improve Retirement Strategy
It can be tough to imagine retirement when it's far in the future. But the decisions you make now about saving and investing will impact the retirement lifestyle you get to live. To simplify the process, try spending a small amount of time, such as an hour or two, working on your retirement plan. You’ll find small changes often make a big difference later, when you’re ready to step into the next phase of life. Follow these steps to improve your retirement strategy.
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 Interim HealthCare of Middle TN
Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee announces Christine Allen as the second quarter Care Professional GEM Award winner. Christine exemplifies the mission and values of Interim HealthCare, by improving people’s lives every day. She was chosen for the GEM Award because of the many compliments she receives from her clients. She has also completed all assigned Professional Development courses in Interim’s on-going Learning Center, which enhances her skills and improves her client care. Christine is a true GEM of an employee.   
The GEM Award was created in 2013 in recognition of Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee’s exceptional Care Professionals, who go above and beyond for both their client’s and the company. This Award is given each quarter to one Care Professional. The choice is often very difficult.  Criteria for the award include client recognition for professionalism, participation in Interim’s Professional Development, on-going learning program and proven consideration of both our clients and co-workers.   
I am a Seenager (Senior Teenager)
  • I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
  • I don’t have to go to school or work.
  • I get an allowance every month.
  • I don’t have a curfew.
  • I have a driver’s license and my own car.
  • I have ID that gets me into the bars and the whiskey store.
  • The people I hang out with are not scared of getting pregnant.
  • And I don’t have acne.
  • Life is great. I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.
Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee |
(615) 915-2753 |
Murfreesboro office: 4183 Franklin Road, Suite B-12, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Interim HealthCare Blogs

How do you know when to take the keys away from your aging parents?

Posted: 3/16/2021 9:28 PM by Interim HealthCare

Do you often worry about your elderly loved one when they leave home to drive somewhere? Are they not as responsive as they used to be and that brings up concerns as they drive a vehicle. What signs should you be looking for when identifying the best approach to discuss alternatives to them driving.


Posted: 11/12/2018 2:44 PM by Interim HealthCare

A patient is not just one individual. The patient is connected to many other entities. These can include doctors, specialists, case managers, therapists, caregivers, a spouse, children, grand-children, friends and a wide range of other individuals within the patient’s personal sphere of relationships.

A Personal Story from one of our Clients

Posted: 12/15/2014 5:10 PM by Interim HealthCare

In April 2014, Interim Healthcare accepted our unique challenge. Our husband, dad, son, musician, teacher and coach, was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 52, and we were contemplating hiring the first paid caregivers since our November 2012 trek to Mayo Clinic.

Caring for Seniors During the Holidays

Posted: 11/24/2014 5:53 PM by Interim HealthCare

With all the hustle and bustle the holiday seasons brings it can become overwhelming quickly and we can easily forget about those who may need extra attention during the holiday season.

Warning Signs A Senior May Need Help at Home

Posted: 7/25/2014 3:18 PM by Interim HealthCare

The following is a basic list of indicators that someone may be a candidate for personal care and support home care services.

Congratulations to Karen Cross,GEM Award winner

Posted: 7/25/2014 2:43 PM by Interim HealthCare

Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee announces Karen Cross as the second quarter Care Professional GEM Award winner.

Ownership Group of the Year – New Franchise

Posted: 6/22/2014 11:33 AM by Interim HealthCare

Interim HealthCare of Middle Tennessee Receives Award forOwnership Group of the Year – New Franchise  

Penterman receives Tennessee Association of Home Care Award

Posted: 5/20/2014 4:36 PM by Interim HealthCare

 TAHC Award Press Release

8 Reasons You Need a Housekeeper

Posted: 4/2/2014 5:49 PM by Interim HealthCare

If you've ever debated hiring a housekeeper, you might have come up with a list of reasons why you shouldn't: it's a luxury you can't afford or it's a sign of laziness. But have you ever thought about why you should?  

Testimonial From a Good Daughter

Posted: 4/2/2014 4:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

My mom (90) has lived with me (50) and my family for 6 months each year for 15 years then 1 1/2 years ago she moved in for good. She had to. She was living alone and had become so sick I didn't think she would live. So I, being the good daughter, moved her in.

Making a Difference to Seniors over the Holidays -Middle, TN Elder Care

Posted: 12/15/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many seniors have trouble enjoying the holidays because they can be stressful, depressing, and lonely.  Our elders sometimes struggle with physical and mental aliments that can make participating challenging.  Sometimes taking that extra moment to reach out and include our senior loved ones, or even those in our community that might not have anyone, can make a huge difference. Here ar...

Senior Care- getting the most out of your food…

Posted: 12/1/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Where to find foods with high concentrations of vitamins and minerals can be perplexing sometimes. Here are a few tips. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends a healthy diet including foods from five of the six food groups to promote good health and lower risks of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. The five food groups...

Middle, TN Senior Care - Eating Healthy Over the Holidays

Posted: 11/16/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare we understand that the holidays are a special time for everyone and it is human nature to sneak in an extra cookie every now and then. It’s hard to keep that inner child suppressed when there are so many delicious things to try. We should also remember that the Holidays are the most common time for people with dietary restrictions to have problems that cause them to ...

November is National Home Care Month

Posted: 11/1/2013 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...

Senior Care in Nasville & MiddleTennessee - Meditation Helps with Mental, Physical Well-Being

Posted: 10/17/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Meditation is helpful for more than just relaxation and stress reduction. Studies show that it is also good for the brain, especially for seniors. A recent study sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation found that seniors who do just 12 minutes of Yoga exercises every day can improve memory and thinking skills. The study’s leader also thinks this daily activit...

Senior Care - Holiday Travel Tips

Posted: 10/3/2013 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.

Nashville Elder Care - Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Posted: 8/25/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we age, the thirst mechanism in our bodies can break down. So even though we may not feel thirsty, we might not be getting enough fluids to replace what we lose naturally on a daily basis.  You may remember that that the human body is over 90% water. We need a large concentration of fluids in our bodies for it to function properly. If we consume water on a daily basis, not just when we ...

In-Home Care Tips for Recovering from Surgery

Posted: 8/8/2013 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. These can include plans for pain management, bathing instructions, how ...

Companion Care in Nashville Helps Seniors Fight Loneliness…

Posted: 7/16/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes as they age, but how do we keep them from being too lonely? A 2012 study by Cornell University published in Psychology and Aging, shows that prolonged periods of loneliness can speed up the aging process. While heart functions normally change as a part of getting older, loneliness has been shown to accelerate the process.

Alzheimer Care in Nashville - Activites That Help

Posted: 7/1/2013 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.

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