How Your Heart Health is Related to Brain Health

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 No Comments

Did you know that the same risk factors that cause heart disease can also affect your brain health? Being overweight, having high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking–all of these unhealthy choices can increase your risk for both heart disease and dementia. The good news is that making healthier dietary choices, giving up smoking, and exercising can all protect your heart and your brain! Take the DHEC Healthy Body, Healthy Brain Pledge today and take the first step towards lowering your risk of chronic health problems!
For more information visit scdhec.gov.

Our May Caregiver of the Month is Tay C!

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 No Comments

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Tay (Shataysha) C. as our May Caregiver of the Month. Tay has developed truly caring relationships with her clients and their families. Her confidence and level of skill as a caregiver is commendable.  Tay, we are grateful you are on our team and for the devoted care you consistently provide to our clients at Home Care Plus.

Congratulations Tay!

Grow Your Greens!

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 No Comments

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The warm, sunny days of spring and summer offer the perfect opportunity to get outside and exercise your green thumb. Gardening offers many physical and emotional benefits. Almost everyone’s health could benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables (which are high in fiber and antioxidants), so plant a few of your favorites or expand your horizons and try something new. Being outside helps reduce stress and anxiety, and weeding, planting and tending to your garden keeps you active. A flower garden can brighten your yard and your mood with every colorful bloom that grows.

Gardening doesn’t have to be intimidating, even for novices. Most plants don’t require a lot—just plenty of sunshine, decent soil and regular watering. Tomatoes, basil, squash and greens are great plants for gardening newbies to start with. If you don’t have space in your yard for a traditional garden, tomato plants and herbs like basil, cilantro and rosemary can be grown in containers in a sunny corner of your porch. Just make sure they are convenient to a hose or another water source to make watering easy.

Studies have shown that physical activity decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and protects cognitive function. Gardening keeps you active—tilling the soil, spreading mulch, weeding, planting, watering—every little bit of movement helps. Make a plan to visit your local garden store today!

Your Brain Health and Aging

Posted on: April 26th, 2017

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The human brain is a wonderful, complex organ, which, among other things, is responsible for our cognition and memory. Unfortunately for many, aging brings a host of unwanted changes, both physical and mental. Many people mistakenly believe that you either get dementia (or other forms of cognitive decline) as you age or you don’t—but research has found many factors can contribute to or make cognitive decline worse. The good news is that a number of these risk factors are within our control and, like so many other chronic diseases and health conditions, can be managed by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Did you know that poor oral health has been linked to chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Basics)? Researchers are currently studying whether a common bacteria associated with chronic periodontal disease could play a role in dementia. A small study at the University of Central Lancashire found products from the bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, in the brains of several deceased individuals who suffered from dementia. Visiting the dentist on a routine basis, along with consistent daily brushing and flossing can help bolster oral health.

The ACL, NIH and CDC have collaborated on several wonderful resources to help you better understand certain risk factors for dementia and steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones healthy. Check out their Brain Health as You Age fact sheet and their Medicine, Brain and Your Age informational resource to learn more. Exercising, eating a diet high in fiber with lots of fruits and veggies, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce your risk of cognitive decline as well as many other chronic diseases.

April Newsletter: Finding Balance as a Family Caregiver

Posted on: April 21st, 2017

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Our April newsletter is full of great information on how to be a tourist in your own town, finding balance as a family caregiver, great local events and more! Click here to read our April newsletter.

Congratulations to our April Caregiver of the Month!

Posted on: April 21st, 2017

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Angela A. as our Caregiver of the Month of April. Angela is an outstanding caregiver who goes above and beyond to make sure our clients needs are always met. Angela has over 28 years of experience and has been a part of our Home Care Plus team for 5 years. This is the second time within a year Angela has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to our clients! Angela, we are grateful you are on our team and appreciate all you have done and continue to do for our clients.

Congratulations Angela!

Family Caregiving: Finding Balance

Posted on: April 5th, 2017

One thing is for certain if you’re a family caregiver–you are not alone. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving’s 2015 report Caregiving in the U.S., over 34 million U.S. adults have provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50+ in the last year. Many of these caregivers are helping loved ones with chronic physical conditions or memory loss, and few have any professional training or experience providing this kind of care. The report also highlights the tremendous time these caregivers devote to their loved ones–on average caregivers are spending 23 hours per week on caregiving tasks–but many spend nearly twice that. Many of these caregivers are also still employed full or part time, and their caregiving responsibilities require them to take time off of work.

The physical and emotional stress of caregiving often takes its toll on the health of the caregiver. Caregivers often neglect their own doctors appointments and preventive care when they are responsible for caring for a loved one. In addition, healthy eating and exercise can also take a backseat to their loved one’s care. The good news is that we can help! Our trusted team of professional, compassionate caregivers can help share the caregiving load. If you work full or part time or just need some time to care for yourself, our dependable caregivers can give you peace of mind that your loved one is being well taken care of. We would love to help you and your family–give us a call today at 843-628-3642!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: March 21st, 2017

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S among cancers that affect both sexes. Early detection and better treatments have lead to better outcomes for many colorectal cancer patients. A healthy lifestyle—eating lots of fruits & vegetables and limiting red and processed meats, exercising and maintaining a healthy BMI, not smoking—can reduce your risk for the disease. Certain risk factors exist that are out of your control, such as family history of the disease and having Crohn’s or another inflammatory bowel disease, can also increase your risk. It is recommended that most adults get screened for this type of cancer starting at age 50, but it’s important to discuss your risk factors with your doctor to determine the right age and screening regimen for you. For more information on colorectal cancer, read the CDC’s Screen for Life informational sheet.

Some people avoid getting screened because they don’t like the idea of getting a colonoscopy, but there are other testing options available that you can discuss with your doctor. Early detection can save lives, so if you’re over age 50 don’t put off your screening any longer!

Congratulations to our March Caregiver of the Month, Constance S!

Posted on: March 15th, 2017

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Home care plus would like to recognize Constance S. as our Caregiver of the Month of March. Constance has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for 5 years. She is a highly skilled caregiver and consistently demonstrates confidence and dependability. Constance is compassionate to the needs of the clients we care for and always willing to help out when needed.

Constance, we are so grateful you are on our team. Thank you and congratulations!

Congratulations to Our February Caregiver of the Month, Shirley P!

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Shirley P. as our Caregiver of the Month of February. Shirley is a highly skilled caregiver who has been with Home Care Plus since June 2016. She is a compassionate, experienced caregiver and a great communicator. Her ability to recognize and anticipate her clients’ needs is commendable.

Shirley, we are grateful you are on our team and for the devoted care you consistently provide to our clients at Home Care Plus!

Congratulations Shirley!