It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 No Comments

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It’s that time of year again—the 2017 hurricane season officially kicked off on June 1st and there have already been several tropical disturbances to date. It’s always a good idea to review your emergency plan with your family and make sure you have a disaster supply kit with up-to-date non-perishables and other necessities on hand.

An emergency plan lets you and your loved ones know where to go and how to communicate during an emergency. Build in alternative forms of communication in case of cell service disruption and power outages. For more information on developing an emergency plan, visit Ready.gov.

What should your disaster supply kit include? Pack enough water and non-perishable food for 3 days per person, flashlights & batteries, and a first aid kit. For a complete list of other emergency kit essentials, visit Ready.gov.

It’s a good idea to review your evacuation routes. If you are local, you likely experienced Hurricane Matthew last October and the experience may be relatively fresh on your mind. Consider what worked (and what didn’t work) during and after the storm and adjust your plans and preparation accordingly.

For more information on hurricane and emergency preparedness, visit Ready.gov.

Congratulations to our June Caregiver of the Month, Theresa C!

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 No Comments

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Mary Theresa C. as our Caregiver of the Month of June. Theresa is an experienced and compassionate caregiver and a great addition to our Home Care Plus team. We appreciate her eagerness in helping out when needed and the wonderful care she has consistently provided to our clients.
Congratulations Theresa!

Is It Alzheimer’s?

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 No Comments

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Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is not a normal part of aging. The disease usually strikes individuals 65 years and over, but younger people are not without risk. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatments available that can help slow the progression of the disease and help manage symptoms. Early detection can make a huge difference in the quality of life of someone who is diagnosed with this disease.

So what are some of the symptoms and how do you know whether to worry? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 early warning signs that you or your loved one may have Alzheimer’s disease. If you are suddenly forgetting dates or information you just recently learned, having difficulty completing tasks or following a conversation, and misplacing things, it may be time to call your doctor. The Alzheimer’s Association’s 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease is a great guide for knowing when a symptom is something to worry about or whether it is just a normal part of aging. Knowing your risk factors for this disease and knowing the early warning signs can help you identify red flags—and seek appropriate medical help sooner rather than later.

Check Out Our May Newsletter!

Posted on: May 30th, 2017

Our May newsletter has great information on getting your summer garden started, local events in Charleston this month, info on Older Americans Month and much more! Click here to read our newsletter.

May is Older Americans Month

Posted on: May 30th, 2017

Older Americans Month is really a celebration of what aging means in today’s society. Being an “older” adult doesn’t mean the end of your career or that you suddenly have to give up doing the things you love. In fact, the opposite is often true–seniors today are taking on a new career, trying new hobbies, and volunteering with organizations that inspire them. Encore.org is utilizing those in midlife and beyond and their  “powerful source of talent with the accumulated skills, experience and wisdom to tackle some of society’s most urgent challenges.” Whether you are looking for volunteer work or a supplemental revenue stream, Encore helps seniors connect work, service and social impact. The National Center for Creative Aging is another great resource for seniors interested in the arts. Considering a second career in retirement? The AARP’s article “Ready for Your Second Career” can answer some of the questions you might have. Growing older has never been so fulfilling!

How Your Heart Health is Related to Brain Health

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

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

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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

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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.