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5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 6/12/2015 3:42 PM 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...

Caregiver Stress is Real - Home Care Can Help

Posted: 5/27/2015 3:38 PM 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.

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 5/11/2015 3:30 PM by Interim HealthCare

The Heimlich Maneuver day is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. It can be used safely on both adults and children, but most experts do not recommend it for infants less than 1 year old.

The Silent Plague - When a Family Caregiver is Suffering in Silence

Posted: 3/17/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

If you’re a caregiver for a loved one and find that you’re under a great deal of stress, don’t suffer in silence. Ask for help or hire a professional in home care provider to help out. The important thing is the well-being of your elderly loved one and feeling overwhelmed will generally negatively impact that quickly.

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

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

Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Three signs that being a caregiver is not right for you

Posted: 2/17/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Not everyone is going to find that being a caregiver is right for them, and if you find that you're not suited for this type of work, the sooner that you address this situation, the sooner you'll be able to step back and find someone who will be perfect for your elderly loved one.

Home Care Services Can Help Aging Family Members Stay in Touch

Posted: 2/3/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There’s email, video chatting, social media, snail mail, to name just a few. There’s also the trusty phone. However, how many seniors today have a tendency, or habit, to go on the computer and send or receive emails. For the most part, many don’t have a great deal of experience with computers, don’t understand how to go online, or retrieve email, and fewer still understand social media.

Top tips for helping seniors gain weight

Posted: 1/17/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are many different reasons for seniors to be under weight. It could be anything from a sore mouth to drug interactions to inability to prepare food to medical problems. Whatever the reason, there’s usually some way to rectify it. The first step is identifying the cause for being underweight. This can probably be done best by your loved one’s doctor.

Five symptoms that men should never ignore

Posted: 1/3/2015 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

The cliche about men not going to the doctor apparently exists for a reason. In 2010 a survey by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 57% of men had visited the doctor in the past year.

Making a Difference to Seniors over the Holidays

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

Spread some holiday cheer to seniors who live alone and don’t have family. Helping seniors to contribute is also a great way to boost their spirits, perhaps you can help them to donate to charities or a food bank. An example would be delivering toys to Toys for Tots for them or delivering canned goods to a Food Pantry on their behalf.

Five Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep

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

You don’t have to only rely on counting sheep to get some shuteye – the foods you eat before bedtime are essential to the quality of sleep you’ll get. There aren’t any specific foods that can induce sleep, but knowing what’s healthy to eat during the day and when to eat will increase your chance of a sounder night’s snooze.

Elderly Care in the Cyber Age

Posted: 11/27/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Hospitals are trying to move patients out of their care more rapidly today than ever before

Posted: 11/15/2014 12:00 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. Now, with this new law, the federal government is imposing penalties to hospitals that don’t focus on this aspect of cost savings, and improved care.

Social Seniors - The Importance of Friendship

Posted: 10/20/2014 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.

Lowering Cholesterol With Lifestyle Choices

Posted: 10/6/2014 1:05 PM 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 ...

Weighing Your Options, Why Choose Home Care?

Posted: 9/23/2014 12:00 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.

Staying Active After Knee Surgery

Posted: 9/8/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Knee surgery can make a huge difference in the treatment osteoarthritis and other issues that affect seniors. With the proper care and a bit physical therapy, seniors can find a whole new lease on life, but many aren’t. 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 thei...

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

Posted: 8/22/2014 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.

10 Traits of an Effective Caregiver

Posted: 8/9/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

While being a caregiver for a loved one comes with a multitude of responsibilities, worries and frustrations, the rewards of improving the quality of their life can bring happiness and satisfaction as well. Effective caregivers share many characteristics, they learn and grow as they become more comfortable with their care giving role and they realize that no one can be perfect all of the time. ...

Improve Your Heart Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Posted: 7/22/2014 8:28 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you eat healthy foods, you will find that you have increased energy and fewer health problems. Eating right, along with consuming plenty of water can help with weight loss as well.

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