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Bobby Scott Shoemake - Chief Operating Officer

Posted: 8/1/2014 12:00 PM by Interim HealthCare

Whiteville, NC – July 30, 2014 – The Byrd HealthCare Group / Interim HealthCare of the Eastern Carolinas announced the appointment of Bobby Scott Shoemake as its Chief Operating Officer, according to Donna “Lou” Byrd, CEO and President of organization.  Shoemake holds a MA in Health Policy from Duke University and a BS in Business Management from Mount Olive College...

Interim HealthCare of North Carolina (Byrd Group) Wins Joint Commision Accreditation

Posted: 5/20/2014 12:24 PM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to delivering home care services, Interim HealthCare takes pride in putting the patient first. Our entire organization is dedicated to improving people's lives, thats why we give our staff the best training possible and supplement that with ongoing education throughout their tenure with us. We are committed to giving people the best possible quality of life and to keep them li...

Weighing Your Options, Why Choose Home Care?

Posted: 4/30/2014 11:35 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 ...

10 Traits of an Effective Family Caregiver

Posted: 3/19/2014 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. ...

Can Regular Exercise Improve Your Memory?

Posted: 3/5/2014 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.&nb...

Four Healthy Breakfast Foods To Give You Energy

Posted: 2/16/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

We’ve all heard the expression “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. According to nutritionists worldwide, starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal boosts your metabolism, maintains your energy level throughout the day and reduces cravings for those “not so good for us” snacks. Research has shown that breakfast foods that are higher in sugar and...

February is American Heart Health Month

Posted: 2/2/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

February is American Heart Health Month, time to look at how we can prevent strokes. The CDC tells us that Strokes are responsible for an estimated 130,000 deaths in the United States each year, CDC. About 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year, and most of those are the first incident.

Can Increased Lighting at Home Improve Your Vision?

Posted: 1/19/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the study, patients whose vision was 20/20 in a medical setting, can test as poorly as 20/40 or worse in their home. Lighting levels were measured in both the clinical and home settings at the time of the examinations.  The major concern of doctors is that this will affect people’s ability to function in the home and their quality of life.

Interim Transitions Comes to North Carolina

Posted: 1/13/2014 11:34 AM by Interim HealthCare

Interim HealthCare has introduced an excellent program focused on helping people with chronic diseases avoid going back to the hospital.  Called Interim Transitions, the program offers hospitals and physicians a way to better help their patients adhere to a post-discharge care plan and provide the support the patient needs to recover at home.  Key services include assisting with trans...

Yoga Can Improve Cardio Vascular & Help With Blood Sugar Management

Posted: 1/4/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Practiced by people in India for centuries, Yoga has been shown to improve circulation, make muscles more sensitive to insulin and maintain blood sugar levels. Additionally, proponents of Yoga say that it helps them to clear their mind and reduce stress. Since Yoga and relaxation can be tied to lowering blood pressure and anxiety, two of the biggest risk factors in heart disease, medical expert...

Healthy Holiday Eating- Senior Care Tips

Posted: 12/18/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare we understand that the holidays are a special time for everyone and it is human nature to sneak in an extra cookie every now and then. It’s hard to keep that inner child suppressed when there are so many delicious things to try. We should also remember that the Holidays are the most common time for people with dietary restrictions to have problems that cause them to ...

Senior Care – Traveling Safely Over the Holidays

Posted: 12/5/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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. ...

Make Someone Feel Special for the Holidays - Cheering Up Depressed Seniors

Posted: 11/19/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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...

November is National Home Care Month

Posted: 11/5/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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...

Senior Care - Meditation Helps with Mental, Physical Well-Being

Posted: 10/18/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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...

Flu Season is Coming,..Are You Ready?

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:00 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 in Columbus County, NC -Are your loved ones getting the nutrition they need?

Posted: 9/23/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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. ...

North Carolina Elder Care - Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Posted: 9/12/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As we age, the thirst mechanism in our bodies can break down. So even though we may not feel thirsty, we might not be getting enough fluids to replace what we lose naturally on a daily basis.  You may remember that that the human body is over 90% water. We need a large concentration of fluids in our bodies for it to function properly. If we consume water on a daily basis, not just when we ...

Social Networking Surges Among Seniors

Posted: 8/29/2013 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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...

In-Home Care Tips for Recovering from Surgery

Posted: 8/15/2013 9:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Contrary to what you might think, recovery from surgery begins long before you even leave the hospital. It starts in your doctor’s office before your procedure and involves you asking a lot of questions. However trivial they may seem, you should ask your surgeon every question you can think of prior to your operation. These can include plans for pain management, bathing instructions, how ...

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