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Caring For The Caregiver

Posted: 11/10/2015 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.

Caring For Caregivers: Reducing Personal Stress

Posted: 9/28/2015 8:55 AM 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.

Caring For Caregivers - Communicating Constructively

Posted: 9/14/2015 8:49 AM 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.

Most Common Senior Health Issues Part 2

Posted: 8/18/2015 2:08 PM by Interim HealthCare

Osteoporosis can contribute to becoming less mobile and potentially disabled should you fall and have a fracture.

Most Common Senior Health Issues: Part 1

Posted: 8/4/2015 2:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.2 years, on average. For many, then, senior living includes vigilance and careful management of chronic conditions to stay healthy.

Home Care Nurses are a Great Source for Diabetes Education

Posted: 7/21/2015 3:30 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.

The Danger of Exposure to Excessive Heat

Posted: 7/7/2015 2:59 PM by Interim HealthCare

It may come as a surprise to some that heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States. Heat-related fatalities were first officially tallied in 1986, and since then an average of 137 people each year have lost their lives as a result of excessive heat...

5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 6/10/2015 3:41 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: 5/26/2015 3:35 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 3:26 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: 3/20/2015 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: 3/7/2015 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: 2/20/2015 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: 2/6/2015 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: 1/20/2015 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: 1/6/2015 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.

Lowering Cholesterol With Lifestyle Choices

Posted: 12/20/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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 that medication by making these five changes.

Taking care of an elderly individual

Posted: 12/5/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you’re caring...

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

Posted: 11/23/2014 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.

Elderly Care in the Cyber Age

Posted: 11/3/2014 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. It's also important, even though the medical advances are beneficial, to realize that the cyber age has also created a n...

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