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!

Don’t Underestimate Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted on: February 17th, 2017

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Too often women assume heart disease isn’t something they need to worry about. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death women in the U.S., claiming nearly 290,000 lives each year. So what can you do to protect yourself? Manage your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, quit smoking and eat a healthy diet low in saturate fats. For more tips for protecting your heart health, read Roper St. Francis’ article “A Woman’s Guide to Beating Heart Disease.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Home Care Plus team!

Posted on: February 14th, 2017

Wishing you lots of love and time with loved ones today!

Check out our February Newsletter!

Posted on: February 7th, 2017

 

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Our February newsletter has great information on heart disease, local events in Charleston this month, a Valentine gift guide and more! Read our newsletter here.

It’s That Time of Year…the Flu is Here

Posted on: February 1st, 2017

Just because you haven’t gotten the flu this year doesn’t mean you are out of the woods yet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is prevalent in 35 states. So how can you protect yourself? The CDC recommends everyone take some common sense steps to prevent contracting or spreading the flu. It is recommended that most people over 6 months old get a flu vaccination. You can visit the CDC’s website for specific recommendations. Washing your hands frequently can help keep you from getting sick and spreading germs to others. Certain individuals are at higher risk for complications from the flu. Those with existing health conditions and the very young and the elderly fall into this high-risk category and should take caution when it comes to this virus. If you think you may have the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible to get tested. There are anti-viral medications that can be prescribed to help shorten the duration or prevent the flu if you’ve been exposed. For more information on the flu and flu prevention, visit the CDC’s website.

January is Cervical Health Month

Posted on: January 24th, 2017

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According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women. Fortunately, it is also slow growing and therefore easily preventable. Cervical cancer tends to strike women in middle age, but routine screenings called Pap tests can aid in early detection and treatment. Depending on your age and family history, your doctor can suggest a screening schedule that is right for you. Cervical cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms early on, so it’s important to get your recommended screenings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists HPV (human papillomavirus) as the primary cause of all cervical cancers. An HPV vaccine is available to preteens/teens/young adults and is recommended for protection from the viruses that are responsible for most cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

For more information on cervical cancer, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s or Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites.