Posted: 5/7/2018 7:47 PM 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 in May, 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 attacks ...
Posted: 12/23/2013 12:00 AM by
We’ve all done it - you know, justifying that extra serving of cornbread stuffing or another slice of pumpkin pie because it’s the holidays. We know it’s not good for us, but we figure our New Year’s resolution of weight loss and exercise will take care of the few extra calories in the long term. Those of us who are caring for seniors have to remember that this cyc...
Posted: 12/10/2013 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: 11/29/2013 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: 11/13/2013 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: 10/27/2013 12:00 AM 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: 10/10/2013 12:00 AM by
Our Interim HealthCare providers also believe in exercising the mind, especially with seniors and those who have Alzheimer’s. We have a number of services that help seniors to stay mentally active, maintain their independence and lead enriched lives. Our HomeLife EnrichmentSM Program, for example, focuses on enhancing the spirit, mind and body, as well as the family. This theme is seen in...
Posted: 9/26/2013 12:00 AM by
Our bones remain fairly healthy and strong through young adulthood. The problem is that as we hit middle age, they start to thin out. For women, this process can even accelerate after menopause. Seniors in particular are at special risk when it comes to bone health, but the good news is that you can put the brakes on bone degeneration and one of the best lines of defense in this battle is your ...
Posted: 9/12/2013 4:54 PM 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: 8/27/2013 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: 8/12/2013 12:00 AM by
Twenty-nine percent of adults in the U.S. are caring for an aging parent or relative. As family care giving becomes more common, adult children need to know the warning signs of problems with their own senior-aged parents.
Caring for Themselves
Are your older parents still able to care for themselves? If you notice that their attention to their personal care and/or home is not what it u...
Posted: 7/20/2013 12:00 AM by
A nutritious diet is one key to good health. Including a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates is important for everybody and senior citizens in particular. Seniors and those that are cooking for them, such as family members and in home health care specialists, should pay special attention to foods that are low in cholesterol, fat and sugar, but high in vitamins and protein.
Posted: 5/29/2013 2:17 PM by
Moving into a care facility may not be the answer, many seniors can experience depression when circumstances dictate that they must live in a nursing home or rehab facility. So, is there a way to ensure social contact for seniors who wish to stay at home but whose family and friends aren’t readily available? In many cases, the answer is enlisting the services of a senior care companion.
Posted: 4/12/2013 11:04 AM by
Think about it, a shortened hospital stay, as long as the proper care is available, can save money for insurance companies, government agencies and private individuals. Additionally, can you think of a single patient who would rather stay in a facility as opposed to recovering in the comfort of their own home? Studies have shown that patients recover faster in environments where they are more c...
Posted: 2/28/2013 1:59 PM 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 2:11 PM by
At Interim HealthCare of Sacramento we know that Valentine’s Day may be a very lonely holiday for most seniors. Many 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 3:55 PM by
We know at Interim HealthCare of Sacramento 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 so...
Posted: 1/2/2013 4:17 PM by
In today’s day and age we’re living much longer than ever before. Which is wonderful, but it also means taking care of ourselves in a way seniors haven’t had to in the past. There’s no such thing as it’s too late! It’s never too late to start living a healthier and more active lifestyle. The myth of ‘being too old’ to change just isn&rs...