Our August Caregiver of the Month is Lois H!

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 No Comments

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Lois H. as the Caregiver of the Month of July. Lois has been a caregiver with us for over 5 years. She is a compassionate caregiver who cares deeply from the heart. She is highly skilled and experienced in providing care for our clients with dementia. Lois has the ability to bring comfort and calmness to even the most challenging situations.

Lois, we sincerely appreciate all that you do and are grateful you have been a part of our team at Home Care Plus for the last 5+ years! Congratulations!

Having That Tough Conversation

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 No Comments

It might seem that there is never a good time to discuss end of life plans with your aging parents or loved ones, but it is important not to put off this important conversation too long. While it is not an easy topic to discuss, making sure everyone is on the same page and that all wills and trusts are in order can really make a difference should an unexpected health problem or mental decline affect your loved one. Read AgingCare.com’s article “When is a Person to Incapacitated to Sign a Will, Trust, or POA?” for some great advice from an elder care lawyer on this important topic.

August Newsletter: Are You Ready for the Eclipse?

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 No Comments

Our August newsletter has information about the upcoming eclipse, events in Charleston, heat stroke prevention and more! Click here to read our August newsletter!

Dual Caregivers of the Month for July!

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 No Comments

Home Care Plus has dual Caregivers for the month of July!

We would also like to recognize Constance S. as Caregiver of the Month of July. Constance has been with Home Care Plus for 5 years this coming October. Constance is a highly skilled and experienced caregiver who is dedicated to the clients she cares for. Constance consistently goes above and beyond expectations and is always willing to help out when able. This is the 2nd time Constance has been recognized as Caregiver of the Month this year!
Constance, you are highly valued and we are so grateful you are on our Team at Home Care Plus! Congratulations Constance!

Unintentional Injuries: How Can You Protect Yourself?

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 No Comments

According to the National Safety Council, more than 145,000 deaths in 2015 were the result of unintentional injuries. Topping the list is poisoning, usually as a result of a prescription drug overdose. Motor vehicle crashes come in second for unintentional-injury-related deaths. Everyone can do their part to make the roads safer by not texting while driving or driving while tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In terms of unintentional injuries, the elderly are especially at risk for dying from falls or suffocation by choking. Fortunately there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk for falls. Keeping floors clear and uncluttered, making sure indoor and outdoor lighting is sufficient for visibility, installing grab bars and no-slip mats in showers and tubs, and keeping often-used items easily accessible are just a few ways you can reduce fall risk. In addition, staying active and practicing yoga or tai chi can improve balance and coordination, which can significantly reduce your risk of falling.

For more information on fall prevention and protecting yourself from unintentional injury or death, visit the National Safety Council’s website.

Does Your Lifestyle Include These 3 Things?

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 No Comments

New research finds that incorporating these 3 things into your lifestyle may slow cognitive decline. Find out what you can do to protect your brain health!

Read the full Kaiser Health News article here.

Congratulations to Our July Caregiver of the Month!

Posted on: July 18th, 2017

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Ernestine J. as our Caregiver of the Month of July. She has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for 6+ years.  Ernestine consistently upholds
the values and principles that Home Care Plus is built upon. Ernestine is a natural caregiver and a truly caring person. We at Home Care Plus commend and thank you Ernestine!

We are so grateful you are on our team, congratulations Ernestine!

 

Happy 4th!

Posted on: July 17th, 2017

Our July newsletter has great information on hurricane preparedness, fun local events and more! Click here to read our July newsletter.

Check Out Our June Newsletter!

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

Our June newsletter has information on summer sun safety, fun local events in Charleston, how to identify the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and more. Click here to read our June newsletter!

Heat Stroke: Know the Signs

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

Shot of an old lady sitting on the grass on a sunny day, feeling faint, and a young woman assisting her

As the mercury rises this summer, it is important to recognize the signs of heat stroke and know how to prevent it. Older people are more susceptible to heat stroke because their bodies are less adaptable to changes in temperature. In addition, certain medications can also affect how their bodies react to changing temperatures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are all signs of heat stroke:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

Heat stroke is a medical emergency and you should call 911 if you or a loved one experiences the above symptoms. While you can cool someone off by bringing them into an air-conditioned home or using cool towels on them, the CDC says you should not give them anything to drink.

If you are caring for an aging loved one, make sure they drink plenty of water, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Make sure they spend time in air conditioned buildings or in a cool, shady spot during the hottest part of the day. Have them dress in light colored, loose fitting clothing and avoid strenuous exercise or activity during the heat of the day.

For more information on heat stroke and heat-related illness, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.