October Newsletter: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 No Comments

Check out our October newsletter for tips on how to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer, fall prevention, how to deal with a snoring spouse, a line-up of great local events and more!

Click here to read our October newsletter.

Falls are a Big Deal for the Elderly

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 No Comments

While it may seem like no big deal for a young person to slip and fall, falls and their resulting injuries can prove fatal for an elderly person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an elderly person dies from a fall every 20 minutes in the United States.

There are a number of factors that make falls more dangerous for people over age 65. Bone density decreases with age, and weaker bones mean falls can result in fractures and broken bones. The elderly also have to deal with side effects from medications, poor vision and reduced mobility—all of which increase the risk for falls. People are also at risk for traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall. Hospital stays and recovery tend to take longer for the elderly, and according to a study published at the University of Rochester Medical Center, only 22% of fall victims age 70+ were able to regain independent living status after being discharged from a fall-related hospitalization.

Fortunately many steps can be taken to fall proof your loved one’s home. Adding no-slip mats and grab bars in the shower, keeping the floor clear of clutter, and using good lighting can help prevent falls around the house. Taking bone-building supplements and exercising can strengthen bones and improve mobility.

Falls for the elderly are a serious issue, and improving awareness of the risks and preventative steps can go a long way to preserving quality of life for many older Americans.

 

 

Why We Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Posted on: September 24th, 2017 No Comments

The Home Care Plus team recently participated in the Charleston Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This wonderful event helps raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, research and support. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a debilitating disease that destroys a person’s memory and cognitive abilities over time. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it currently affects over 5 million Americans and is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented or cured. Millions of caregivers provide billions of unpaid hours of care each year  to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website.

Our Caregiver of the Month of September is Terease C!

Posted on: September 18th, 2017

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Terease C. as our Caregiver of the Month of September. Terease has many years of experience working as a CNA. Her competency and compassion as a caregiver makes her a true asset to the Home Care Plus team. She is reliable and committed to the clients she cares for, and she consistently goes above and beyond to make sure our clients’ needs are always met. Terease we are so grateful you are on our team and appreciate all that you do!

Congratulations Terease!

We Are Walking to End Alzheimer’s!

Posted on: September 5th, 2017

Please support our team as we “walk to end Alzheimer’s” during the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Walk on Sept 16th. We are raising money to support those suffering from this disease as well as to fund life-saving research. Join our team for the walk on the 16th!

Visit our team page here!

National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on: August 28th, 2017

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and with flu season only a few months away, it is a great time to remind older adults that vaccines aren’t just for kids! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults over age 65 are at greatest risk for complications from the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and above get a flu vaccine by the end of October if possible.

Older adults are also at risk for contracting shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. According to the CDC, one in three adults age 60+ will get shingles, and one in six will suffer from long-term pain caused by their bout with shingles. A vaccine can reduce your risk of contracting shingles and, if you do get the virus, it can help lessen the chance that you will suffer from long-term pain.

Be sure to discuss which vaccines are recommended for you with your healthcare provider. Your doctor can tell you which vaccines are appropriate given your age, health history and other personal information.

For more information on the CDC’s vaccination schedule, visit their website

We are “Walking to End Alzheimer’s!” Donate to our team today!

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017

Did you know that 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? The Home Care Plus team is “Walking to End Alzheimer’s” on September 16th and funds raised support Alzheimer’s families, research and support. Thank you for considering a donation!

Click here to donate to Team Home Care Plus!

Our August Caregiver of the Month is Lois H!

Posted on: August 17th, 2017

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Lois H. as the Caregiver of the Month of August. 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

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

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