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Elderly Care in the Cyber Age

Posted: 6/11/2015 1:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

How has elderly care changed in modern years? 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 r...

Today more than every before Hospitals are pushing for the faster release of patients

Posted: 5/11/2015 11:31 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.

Lowering Cholesterol With Lifestyle Choices

Posted: 3/25/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare, one of our goals is for you or your loved one to have the best quality of life possible. Aging brings about many changes, one of which can be a rise in cholesterol. 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 ...

Taking care of an elderly individual

Posted: 3/9/2015 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're caring...

Five Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted: 2/23/2015 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.

Social Seniors - The Importance of Friendship

Posted: 2/10/2015 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. Seniors have spent a majority of their lives in the company of others, from raising families to working. Once retirement sets in, and chil...

Can Treating Lower Back Pain Reduce the Effects of Depression?

Posted: 12/26/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states that depression and chronic lower back pain both occur in roughly 25 percent of seniors. In their study called "ADAPT", which stands for Addressing Depression and Pain Together, they were successful when they coupled pain management medications with antidepressants. Participants reported a higher quality of life, feeling better about themselves...

How do I know if Mom (or Dad) Needs help at Home?

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

Knowing when to ask for help can be difficult for your loved ones. Sometimes it can feel like a sign of weakness to admit that they can no longer do the tasks of everyday living. It is important that families know what to look for; the warning signs that may indicate that it is time to look for a senior care professional.

The Importance of Staying Active after Knee Surgery

Posted: 11/9/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A recent study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain because many patients are not taking advantage of their improved function and continue to live sedentary lifestyles.

Must Have Balance… Tai Chi Has Benefits for Seniors

Posted: 11/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Tai Chi encourages slow, fluid body motions that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-confidence, and elevate overall well-being. Tai Chi is a low-impact, self-paced exercise allowing for minimal strain on muscles and joints.

Improve Your Heart Health With A Mediterranean Diet.

Posted: 10/16/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables and even wine has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risks of heart disease.

Seniors & Flu Season

Posted: 10/6/2014 8:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Flu season will soon be upon us. It generally peaks from November to April. Now is the time for people, especially seniors, to consider getting a flu shot. The best time of year to get one is October or November. This will help prevent contracting the serious illness when flu season arrives. At Interim HealthCare, all of our caregivers keep an eye out for those that will likely benefit from a f...

Senior Care – Tips for Improving Dental Health

Posted: 9/23/2014 12:00 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. There are factors associated with age that make it increasingly difficult to do all the hygiene steps that are required for good dental health.

Elder Care: 5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 9/8/2014 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...

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 8/24/2014 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.

Considering Hospice Care

Posted: 8/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many family caregivers struggle with when to begin talking about hospice care for their loved one. But should it be introduced even sooner? A new study conducted at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, in Providence, R.I., has found that caregivers may be waiting too late. The research found that during the last month of a person's life almost one in three spent some time in the int...

Caring for Our Veterans

Posted: 7/28/2014 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: 7/15/2014 9:41 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.

Weighing Your Options - Why Choose Home Care

Posted: 4/22/2014 9:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the toughest decisions facing families today is how to care for our aging loved ones who need additional care. The traditional route of placing elders into a nursing home, while it has some merits, is very expensive. Additionally, almost every study on the subject shows that given the choice, seniors overwhelmingly say that they would prefer to remain in their own homes. Assisted living ...

Regular Exercise Could Improve Your Memory

Posted: 3/24/2014 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. "T...

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