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Posted: 1/8/2018 8:22 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the toughest decisions families face as their loved ones grow older is how to ensure they remain safe and well cared for, while adhering as closely as possible to the seniors’ wishes. We know that the vast majority of older adults would prefer to avoid moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility, choosing to remain at home for a lifetime instead

Watch for These Warning Signs that Care Is Needed

Posted: 12/23/2017 8:16 AM by Interim HealthCare

The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity for families to get together, spend quality time catching up, and enjoy a break from their everyday routines. It’s also the perfect time to get a good feel for how senior loved ones are managing, as you have the chance to devote more time and attention to them and are able to pick up on subtle nuances that may not be noticed during briefer vis...

How to Deal with Long Distance Caregiving for a Loved One with Dementia

Posted: 12/22/2017 2:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being away from your elderly loved one is difficult as a long-distance family caregiver, but if she's diagnosed with dementia, that can make you a little more nervous. Finding ways to compensate for the distance involved can help you and your elderly loved one to feel more at ease.

The Benefits of Respite Care

Posted: 12/18/2017 8:03 AM by Interim HealthCare

What changes would YOU like to make in the coming year? Are you hoping to follow a healthier eating plan, exercise more, quit a bad habit, or lose those stubborn extra ten pounds? While these are all great resolutions to work towards, for family caregivers, perhaps the best possible goal is to simply take time to slow down and care for yourself.

How Care Management Provides Peace of Mind for Long-Distance Family

Posted: 12/12/2017 7:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

The following tips offer great ways for family caregivers to move towards a more balanced, healthy lifestyle that allows for the best possible care for their loved one as well as for themselves – and to move away from the stress of trying to meet long-distance care needs, which can quickly become overwhelming and lead to caregiver burnout, depression, and a plethora of other serious health risks.

How Can You Convince a Reluctant Elderly Loved One to Bathe More Often?

Posted: 12/8/2017 2:10 PM by Interim HealthCare

When you're a family caregiver to an elderly loved one, some situations can crop up that you didn't expect. A loved one who is suddenly reluctant to bathe is one such situation, especially if your loved one has always paid a lot of attention to her personal hygiene. Some of these tips can help.

Spread Joy-How to Best Include Seniors in Holiday Activities

Posted: 12/5/2017 7:46 AM by Interim HealthCare

With the chaotic pace of the holiday season, seniors can feel not only exhausted and overwhelmed, but sometimes left out of the fun, as younger family members are caught up in going to parties, shopping, running errands, and a deluge of activities. It’s important for families to take a step back and think through how to best include their older loved ones in the festivities in ways that will be...

Recognize the Top Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Posted: 11/30/2017 8:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Providing care for a senior loved one, while rewarding and fulfilling, is often also extremely stressful. Meeting the needs of another person naturally leads to a reduced amount of time to take care of our own needs.

Home Is Where the Health Is: Understanding the Benefits of In-Home Care

Posted: 11/27/2017 8:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

There’s no place like home for enjoying comfort, security, and the warmth of memories made with those we love. And for the vast majority of older adults, the thought of having to leave home to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility is an unpleasant one.

What is Macular Degeneration and Can You Prevent It?

Posted: 11/24/2017 1:50 PM by Interim HealthCare

While there are many potential causes for low vision among elderly adults, one of the most common is a condition called macular degeneration. This disease is a leading cause of the loss of vision among those older adults over the age of 50 and can develop so gradually that the senior is not even aware of the changes in their vision until they have become severe. This condition does not lead to ...

Helping Seniors Navigate the Thanksgiving Feast with Diabetes

Posted: 11/20/2017 1:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

There’s nothing like gathering with beloved family members at Thanksgiving – taking time to slow down and reminisce over holidays past, catch up on the latest family news, and enjoy a delicious feast with all the trimmings. But for those with diabetes, the sugary, carbohydrate-rich meals of the holiday can be health hazards.

Top Tips for Preventing Senior Falls in the Home

Posted: 11/13/2017 1:11 PM by Interim HealthCare

Comedy routines often involve someone dramatically falling, resulting in a resounding crash to the floor and a roar of laughter from the crowd; but in real life, falls are no laughing matter

Should Your Parent Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted: 11/10/2017 12:06 PM by Interim HealthCare

The thought of your parent undergoing surgery can be daunting. Hip replacement surgery, however, can make a tremendous difference in their health and quality of life, enabling them to stay more active, healthier, and more engaged in the world around them. Helping your parent to determine if they should consider this type of surgery empowers them to make the decision that is right for them and f...

Benefits of Working with a Home Care Agency vs. a Private Caregiver

Posted: 11/7/2017 11:14 AM by Interim HealthCare

Once you’ve come to the decision that an in-home caregiver will be beneficial for a senior loved one, there are a number of factors that still need to be considered. Perhaps the biggest choice you’ll need to make is whether to hire someone through a private source, like answering a classified ad in the newspaper or hiring a friend-of-a-friend, or to work with a professional home care agency.

Is Your Parent Not Getting Through Their Grief Effectively?

Posted: 10/27/2017 11:58 AM by Interim HealthCare

Grief is something that virtually everyone will have to face and get through at some point in their lives. This loss of an important person can be extremely painful and a difficult phase to push through, but as a family caregiver it is critical that you are prepared to help your parent deal with their loss in an effective and healthy way so that they can move forward and enjoy a lifestyle that ...

Starting the Home Care Conversation with a Senior Loved One

Posted: 10/24/2017 10:35 AM by Interim HealthCare

It could occur gradually over a period of time, or it could come on very suddenly, but at some point, concerns arise for older family members who live alone. Changes in hygiene, appearance, the upkeep of the home, and cognitive or physical abilities can all serve as red flags that a senior may no longer be safe on his or her own.

4 Summer Fun Ideas for Loved Ones with Memory Issues

Posted: 10/13/2017 10:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Memory issues can make many things more difficult with your elderly loved one, especially family fun in the summer. This doesn't have to be the case, though, especially if you try some of these tips.

The Link between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Posted: 9/15/2017 8:45 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of diabetes, you probably do not think of hearing loss as being a complication of the condition. However, that is actually something that some people with diabetes develop.

How to Prevent Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Posted: 9/1/2017 8:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

Hip fractures are extremely common among adults over the age of 60. In fact, nine out of 10 people over the age of 60 experience this type of injury.

How Elder Care Can Make Sensitive Bathing Tasks Less Stressful

Posted: 8/18/2017 8:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a family caregiver you already know that this role is about helping your elderly parent manage their specific needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that is respectful, supportive, and nurturing. Some of these task, however, are much more challenging than others. These are not only difficult for your elderly loved one, but they might be for you as well. When this happens, it can put a s...

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