The Hidden Risks from the Flu

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 No Comments

Did you know that having a bout of the flu can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke for months after? Older people are especially susceptible to experiencing serious complications from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone age 65 and older get an annual flu vaccine. Visit the CDC’s website for more information on flu prevention.

December Newsletter: Happy Holidays from Home Care Plus!

Posted on: December 8th, 2017 No Comments

Our December newsletter contains fun local events, a gift guide for those hard to buy for people on your list, information on heart attacks and the holidays, and so much more. Click here to read our December newsletter!

Something for Everyone on Your List: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 No Comments

Gift an experience your loved one will never forget:

  • Visit the historic Dock Street Theater for a festive performance of the Christmas Carol
  • Gift tickets to your nature-loving relatives for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo coming up in February
  • Be a tourist in your own town! Historical carriage rides, walking tours, Charleston Harbor Cruise or a visit to a local plantation is always appreciated.

Buy Local this Holiday Season by visiting these stores:

  • Your special someone will love a unique piece of jewelry from Croghan’s Jewel Box
  • You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant, or perhaps a new one they haven’t tried yet!
  • An out-of-town relative who loves the Holy City would enjoy a subscription to Charleston Magazine
  • Fill a sweetgrass basket with some locally curated goods—tea from Charleston Tea Plantation, spices from Charleston Spice Company, and some Lowcountry Olive Oil

For more holiday gift giving ideas from local small businesses, visit Lowcountry Local First.

Our November Caregiver of the Month is Irish G!

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 No Comments

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Irish G. as the Caregiver of the Month for November. Irish is an exceptional caregiver who has gone above and beyond with her client this month. Irish kept her client’s dog for a few days, picked her up and dropped her off at various appointments, and stayed long hours until she was out of the hospital and back on her feet. This shows a high level of confidence, compassion and reassurance to both the client and her family. Irish is a wonderful team player, and we appreciate her flexibility and willingness to help out whenever needed.

Congratulations Irish, and thank you for all that you do!

Buy Local Month Starts Today!

Posted on: November 15th, 2017

Keep your dollars in our community by supporting local businesses this holiday season! Visit the Lowcountry Local First website to find a list of local merchants and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit our Farmer’s Markets to find locally grown produce and crafts and wares from local artisans.

 

Holiday Help is Here!

Posted on: November 13th, 2017

As we enter November, it’s hard not to look ahead to the holidays that are just around the corner. If you are caring for an aging loved one with a chronic disease, you may be feeling more fear than cheer. The holidays can be stressful without the added emotional and time commitments that come with caring for a loved one. As difficult as it may be, setting aside quiet time with your loved one and carrying on family traditions can help everyone feel less stressed and more in touch with what is most important during this hectic time of year.

Don’t forget to ask for help! Our compassionate, dependable caregivers are here to help you and your loved one. We can give you the time and assistance you need and the peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands.

Give Home Care Plus a call today! 843-628-3642.

Exploring Advances in Breast Cancer Research: Blood Marker Tests

Posted on: October 25th, 2017

Advances in breast cancer detection and treatment have come a long way, and promising new technologies are on the horizon. One of these advances is in liquid biopsies, or blood tests.

According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, blood tests have many positive benefits compared to other methods of detecting and treating breast cancer. Blood tests are non-invasive and quick, which could lead to faster diagnosis and an earlier start to treatments. There are certain markers that doctors look for when determining if a cancer has spread, whether an individual is responding to treatment or if cancer has recurred. These tests are not perfect, however, so it is important to discuss your options with your doctor. According to Breastcancer.org, blood tests are expensive and not completely accurate. Receiving a negative blood marker test result does not always mean you are in the clear.

To learn more about blood tests and other advances in breast cancer research, visit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or Breastcancer.org.

Congratulations to our October Caregiver of the Month, Kendra G!

Posted on: October 19th, 2017

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Kendra G. as our Caregiver of the Month for October. Her compassion and giving heart have been evident since she started with us in 2013. Kendra cares for her clients with dignity, love and respect, and she treats them like family. She has consistently demonstrated that she is dedicated to improving the lives of the clients she cares for. Kendra, we are grateful you are on our team!

Thank you and congratulations Kendra!

October Newsletter: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 13th, 2017

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

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.