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Tips for Supporting Senior Joint Health

Posted: 5/3/2017 11:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your elderly loved ones' joints have been through a lot in their lives. They have spent decades supporting their muscles and going through the movements of life, taking on a tremendous amount of force and possibly sustaining injuries. It's important to keep their joints healthy and strong so they can experience less pain and stiffness, increase their mobility, and enjoy a more active, engaging ...

Home Care Awareness: Itchy Skin

Posted: 5/3/2017 11:18 AM by Interim HealthCare

Everyone deals with itchiness on their skin every now and then. Technically a pain response, itchiness is the skin's way of telling you that there is something wrong. While much of the time this "something wrong" is mild and easily addressed,

Tips for Eating Healthier

Posted: 4/19/2017 11:10 AM by Interim HealthCare

While eating healthier is something that you can choose to do any day, making major changes for a senior should take a little bit of time. You do not want to suddenly change everything that your parents already know about their diet or start introducing a wide variety of foods at the same time. This can be overwhelming and discouraging, and even have negative digestive consequences. Taking your...

Reducing the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

Posted: 4/5/2017 10:30 AM by Interim HealthCare

Elderly adults tend to experience urinary tract infections more commonly and with greater frequency than younger adults and children, and the consequences associated with these infections tend to be more serious and long lasting. With a few simple lifestyle changes, however, you can help to greatly reduce the chances that your parent will suffer such an infection, and can help to reduce the sev...

Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 3/15/2017 11:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Approximately 90% of Parkinson's patients live at home with their families or other caregivers. Despite the disease, patients can live at home in relative comfort when the family members understand the disease and can help make adjustments. It is easier for the patient to adapt to the fact that the symptoms they have been experiencing are because they have Parkinson's if they are given the diag...

Psoriasis Awareness

Posted: 3/1/2017 11:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees, or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and depression.

Unfounded Vaccine Fears Put Everyone at Risk

Posted: 2/16/2017 11:38 AM by Interim HealthCare

At the movement's core is the fear that toxins in childhood immunizations are the cause of autism and possibly other diseases. This group claims that the rise of autism is due to the number of vaccines children get at a young age. While it is true that autism is typically noted around the time many childhood immunizations are given, decades of scientific research have not found a link between v...

What is IBS?

Posted: 2/2/2017 10:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a common condition of the lower colon. Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that will require long-term management.

Occupational Therapy

Posted: 1/19/2017 10:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

When a person experiences serious illness or injury and spends a long time being a “patient”, he may lose the ability to perform self-care tasks on his own, and may become dependent on others.

Fruits and Vegetables - More Matters

Posted: 1/5/2017 10:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

The CDC says that currently, about one third of Americans are obese. The percentage of children, age 6-11 who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012. These startling statistics do not bode well for our health in the future. Eating well doesn’t have to be difficult! The following guide for healthy eating is called The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY!!!!!

Physical Therapy for Elderly Adults - Tips for Caregivers

Posted: 12/22/2016 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy i...

Safe Toys and Gift Month Part 2

Posted: 12/20/2016 11:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (give a helmet with the skateboard) Think protection from injury while having fun! Also, keep in mind that new sports often have a learning curve that may require adult supervision at first.

Safe Toys and Gifts Month Part 1

Posted: 12/15/2016 11:05 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we kick off the holiday season, we all want to show how much we care by giving the perfect gift to each of our loved ones. Parents want to give the hottest, most talked about toy at school or on TV. It is easy to be caught up in the spirit of the season, and purchase gifts without reading the fine print, considering the age of the recipient, or the appropriateness of the item.

How to Keep the Peace in a Multigenerational Household

Posted: 12/8/2016 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

The recent economic recession, which has caused job losses and home foreclosures, and the increasing senior population have fueled an upsurge of three or more generations living under the same roof. Today, an estimated 51.5 million Americans live in multi-generational households.

Coping with Holidays as a Home Caregiver

Posted: 12/5/2016 2:14 PM by Interim HealthCare

​​We all know that the Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing host while also trying to enjoy the experience ourselves. For the caregiver, this time can add a completely new set of stresses to an already stressful situation.

Managing Celiac Disease - Tips for Seniors

Posted: 11/24/2016 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

​Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.

4 Tips to Help Your Senior Loved One Avoid Psoriasis Flare-ups

Posted: 11/10/2016 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'l...

Is Your Elderly Loved One at Greater Risk for Falls?

Posted: 10/27/2016 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions. And the simple...

Being a Home Caregiver in the Hospital Setting

Posted: 10/13/2016 2:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

When you are a caregiver, you may have accompanied your patient on multiple trips to the ER or hospital admissions. While having experience with hospital routines may reduce anxiety, being hospitalized remains very stressful for patient and caregiver.

Seniors and Osteoporosis: Warning Signs

Posted: 9/15/2016 1:17 PM by Interim HealthCare

As we age we lose bone mass, which could lead to osteoporosis without any noticeable symptoms. In fact, many seniors do not realize they have osteoporosis until they fall and break a bone.

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