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November National Family Caregivers Month

Posted: 11/4/2016 5:56 PM by Interim HealthCare

The first rule of taking care of others: take care of yourself first. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the Nation’s 90 million family caregivers.

How we lose weight

Posted: 10/27/2016 8:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

Your body weight is controlled by the number of calories you eat and the number of calories you use each day. So, to lose weight you need to take in fewer calories than you use. You can do this by becoming more physically active or by eating less. Following a weight-loss program that helps you to become more physically active and decrease the amount of calories that you eat is most likely to le...

How to Care for a Senior with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted: 10/13/2016 8:36 AM by Interim HealthCare

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take a toll on the person caring for a loved one with this condition. The primary goal of the caregiver is to help the senior live as independently as possible, while receiving in-home care for the tasks that are no longer a possibility for them.

Senior Care Awareness: Staph Infections

Posted: 9/15/2016 4:31 PM by Interim HealthCare

One very common, but potentially very serious, infection that could impact your aging loved ones is a staph infection. Caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus, this type of infection can range from minor irritation that is easily treated to treatment-resistant flesh-eating varieties depending on the type of exposure and the manner in which the bacteria entered the body.

Tips for Eating Healthier

Posted: 9/1/2016 4:29 PM by Interim HealthCare

​Nutrition is a central element of elder care, providing a basis on which all of your other efforts build. Without proper nutrition, your parents' bodies are unable to function properly and will be at greater risk of a variety of health consequences.

Tips for Supporting Senior Joint Health

Posted: 8/18/2016 4:26 PM 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: 8/4/2016 4:23 PM by Interim HealthCare

Itchy skin on its own may not cause any true problems for your parents' health, but if your parents are prone to scratching, pulling, rubbing, or tugging on their skin when it itches, their actions could cause tears, cuts, or abrasions in the skin. They can then introduce bacteria and germs into the skin through their nails or whatever other object they are using to soothe the itch, potentially...

Reducing the Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

Posted: 7/21/2016 4:19 PM 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...

Giving a Senior the Control and Independence They Are Seeking

Posted: 7/7/2016 12:41 PM by Interim HealthCare

Most adult children of elderly parents know what it is like to worry about the well-being of their aging mother and father. As a person ages, they will have a number of different hazards to worry about. When an elderly person gets hurt, it may take longer to heal, which is why safeguarding the home is needed.

Caring For Caregivers: Seeking Solutions 2

Posted: 6/15/2016 8:39 AM by Interim HealthCare

Seeking solutions to difficult situations is, of course, one of the most important tools in caregiving. Once you've identified a problem, taking action to solve it can change the situation and also change your attitude to a more positive one, giving you more confidence in your abilities.

Caring For The Caregiver

Posted: 6/1/2016 8:06 AM by Interim HealthCare

Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

The Sandwich Generation

Posted: 5/15/2016 8:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

The term Sandwich Generation refers to a generation that is simultaneously caring for family members from two generations and thus being pressed from two sides. Usually the term is used for those who are caring for aging parents and caring for their own children, but it can also apply to those caring for parents and grandchildren, especially if the grandparents are raising grandchildren. The te...

Aging Well is Not for Sissies!

Posted: 5/3/2016 8:54 AM by Interim HealthCare

Getting older certainly has its rewards. We all like to think that our long history of various experiences has made us wise enough to make better decisions. Retirement has its moments, and grandchildren are a great source of joy and happiness.

History of Nursing Part 2

Posted: 4/19/2016 8:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

In the postwar period, nurse education has undergone a process of diversification towards advanced and specialized credentials, and many of the traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.

History of Nursing 1700s to the 1970s

Posted: 4/5/2016 8:09 AM by Interim HealthCare

In World War I Army Nurse Corps personnel received officer-equivalent ranks and wore Army rank insignia on their uniforms. However, they did not receive equivalent pay and were not considered part of the US Army.

Caring For Caregivers - Communicating Constructively

Posted: 3/15/2016 2:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

Being able to communicate constructively is one of a caregiver's most important tools. When you communicate in ways that are clear, assertive and constructive, you will be heard and get the help and support you need. Here are some basic guidelines for good communication.

Focus on the Kidneys During National Kidney Month in March

Posted: 3/14/2016 9:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation is urging all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup. If you or a loved one have not given a urine or blood sample at the hospital or doctor’s office to check kidney function this year, it is time to do so. Sedentary elders with low fluid intake and poor nutrition and those on multiple drug r...

Caring For Caregivers: Reducing Personal Stress

Posted: 3/1/2016 2:13 PM by Interim HealthCare

How we perceive and respond to an event is a significant factor in how we adjust and cope with it. The stress you feel is not only the result of your caregiving situation but also the result of your perception of it—whether you see the glass as half-full or half-empty. It is important to remember that you are not alone in your experiences.

When to Break up with Your Doctor

Posted: 2/16/2016 2:02 PM by Interim HealthCare

Everyone says that Healthcare is reforming. Being an aging senior with chronic conditions, you might spend fair amount of time in the doctor’s office or in contact with her staff.

Home Care Nurses are a Great Source for Diabetes Education

Posted: 2/2/2016 2:02 PM by Interim HealthCare

Home Care Nursing is a reliable source of Diabetes education that can be delivered in a series of visits over time. This is much preferred to trying to learn a large amount of new information in a single office visit where you may be feeling rushed or emotionally stressed.

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