Northern Florida Home Care Blog
Posted: 12/16/2013 12:00 AM by
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...
Posted: 12/3/2013 12:00 AM by
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.
Posted: 11/20/2013 12:00 AM by
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...
Posted: 11/6/2013 12:00 AM by
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...
Posted: 10/23/2013 12:00 AM by
The American Heart Association released a study showing that “Heart attack or heart failure patients may have a high risk of death or re-admission for a month or longer after leaving the hospital.” The study, released on May 16, 2013, states that 70.3 percent of heart failure patients were re-hospitalized within the first year and 41.8 percent died. Patients who suffered heart...
Posted: 10/12/2013 12:00 AM by
Calcium is the cornerstone to good bone health. Adults up to age 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day but beginning at age 51 women need 1,200 milligrams every day. The following are some foods you can eat that which contain high amounts of calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong.
Posted: 9/28/2013 12:00 AM by
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...
Posted: 9/9/2013 1:09 PM by
A nutritious diet is one key to good health. Including a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates is important for everybody, senior citizens in particular. Seniors and those that are cooking for them, such as family members and senior home care professionals, should pay special attention to foods that are low in cholesterol, fat and sugar, but high in vitamins and protein. A va...
Posted: 8/10/2013 12:00 AM by
According to AARP, the top online activities for people over 60 are Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube. But with more and more older Americans joining social networks, there are also some user hazards to be aware of. At Interim HealthCare, we’ve seen some of our senior home care clients fall prey to online scams and with that mind, we’ve outlined some key tips below to stay safe wh...
Posted: 7/25/2013 12:00 AM by
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
Posted: 7/9/2013 4:01 PM by
You don’t have to be Superman (or Wonder Woman). Make sure you have a support team in place so you can focus on rest and recovery. If your friends or family members are unavailable to help you, consider enlisting some Senior Homecare Professionals for help. Services such as Interim HealthCare’s Relax & Recover: Assistance before and after surgery will ensure you rest comfortably...
Posted: 7/9/2013 3:44 PM by
Why is it important to take your medications as prescribed? Your healthcare provider has prescribed these medicines to manage your medical condition. If you do not take them, not only will your condition not improve, it may worsen. Also, if you do not take the prescriptions at the proper time or in the proper way, you may have unpleasant or harmful side effects. The more aware you are of what y...
Posted: 5/29/2013 2:02 PM by
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.
Posted: 4/11/2013 2:47 PM by
Whether your loved one needs a companion to help them go grocery shopping or just wants to play cards, studies show that having someone to depend on as they age will help to keep seniors at home and improve the quality of life that they live. Any senior on Northeast Florida will tell you that they would rather stay in their own surroundings rather than being confined to a facility. Companionshi...
Posted: 2/28/2013 10:40 AM by
What happens when your senior loved one suddenly stops making sense?
What happens when you have an elder loved one who has been clear headed and carrying on without issue suddenly saying things that don’t make any sense?
What happens is you have a serious problem that can be easily missed-- especially when caregivers don’t speak up. At Interim HealthCare of ...
Posted: 2/13/2013 1:48 PM by
Interim HealthCare of Orange Park understands that Valentine’s Day can be a lonely holiday for most seniors. Some of whom may have lost a spouse. Valentine's activities that aim to involve elderly persons and take into account their medical and dietary needs may not only keep loneliness at bay, but might also add some fun to Valentine's Day for your elderly loved one.
Posted: 1/31/2013 2:20 PM by
We know at Interim HealthCare of Orange Park that as you age there are a myriad of things to worry about or take care you may not have had any issue with at all before. And some give you physical clues long before an actual diagnosis from your doctor is given. Physical Heart disease symptoms in women or in men are indications that you feel or experience, while a sign of heart disease is s...