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Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

Posted: 1/7/2015 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.

Lowering Cholesterol With Lifestyle Choices

Posted: 12/23/2014 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: 12/7/2014 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: 11/21/2014 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: 11/5/2014 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...

Five Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted: 10/20/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Getting a good sleep at night isn’t just a luxury; it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been kept up at night with stress or worry, you’ve probably been searching for an answer to relax and cope with your situation. Being a caregiver isn’t easy even for the best of us.

Social Seniors - The Importance of Friendship

Posted: 10/6/2014 10:36 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.

Can Treating Lower Back Pain Reduce the Effects of Depression and Raise Self Esteem?

Posted: 9/28/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Studies at both the University of Pittsburgh and Concordia University have found that treating depression in seniors had favorable results on other health issues, including lower back pain.

Improve Your Heart Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Posted: 9/14/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables and even wine has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risks of heart disease.

Must Have Balance… Tai Chi Has Benefits for Seniors

Posted: 8/30/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Tai Chi encourages slow, fluid body motions that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-confidence, and elevate overall well-being. Tai Chi is a low-impact, self-paced exercise allowing for minimal strain on muscles and joints.

The Dangers of Heat Stroke and Dehydration

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

Summer is finally here, and many of us are excited to be spending more time outdoors. While enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, it is important to pay attention to risk factors for heat related illness such as Heat Stroke and Dehydration, especially for seniors. Oftentimes, older adults are affected by the heat more than the rest of us.

Staying Active After Knee Surgery

Posted: 7/29/2014 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: 7/14/2014 10:29 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.

Regular Exercise Tied to Improved Memory

Posted: 6/25/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

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.

Can Increased Lighting at Home Improve Your Vision?

Posted: 6/11/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

"poor lighting in the home was the most significant factor contributing to decreased vision; more than 85 percent of older adults had lighting in their homes below that of the recommended level.

Yoga Can Help With Blood Sugar Management

Posted: 5/27/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to Senior Health, a variety of “alternative” practices are getting noticed by health care professionals. Acupuncture, deep tissue massage and meditation have proven to be effective in reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and helping the body to process sugars. Risk of Heart Disease, according to experts at Harvard Medical School, can be lowered by participating in Yoga.

Can Home Care Reduce Your Risk After a Heart Attack?

Posted: 5/12/2014 10:42 AM by Interim HealthCare

70.3 percent of heart failure patients were re-hospitalized within the first year and 41.8 percent died. Patients who suffered heart attacks had a 50.5% re-hospitalization rate and a mortality rate of 29.8% within the first year.

Foods to Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong

Posted: 4/25/2014 10:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

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 ...

Weighing Your Options, Why Choose Home Care?

Posted: 4/25/2014 10:49 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 ...

Post Discharge Home Care Tips - Recovering from Surgery

Posted: 3/18/2014 12:00 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 long y...

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