Dual Caregivers of the Month for July!

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

Home Care Plus has dual Caregivers for the month of July!

We would also like to recognize Constance S. as Caregiver of the Month of July. Constance has been with Home Care Plus for 5 years this coming October. Constance is a highly skilled and experienced caregiver who is dedicated to the clients she cares for. Constance consistently goes above and beyond expectations and is always willing to help out when able. This is the 2nd time Constance has been recognized as Caregiver of the Month this year!
Constance, you are highly valued and we are so grateful you are on our Team at Home Care Plus! Congratulations Constance!

Unintentional Injuries: How Can You Protect Yourself?

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

According to the National Safety Council, more than 145,000 deaths in 2015 were the result of unintentional injuries. Topping the list is poisoning, usually as a result of a prescription drug overdose. Motor vehicle crashes come in second for unintentional-injury-related deaths. Everyone can do their part to make the roads safer by not texting while driving or driving while tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In terms of unintentional injuries, the elderly are especially at risk for dying from falls or suffocation by choking. Fortunately there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk for falls. Keeping floors clear and uncluttered, making sure indoor and outdoor lighting is sufficient for visibility, installing grab bars and no-slip mats in showers and tubs, and keeping often-used items easily accessible are just a few ways you can reduce fall risk. In addition, staying active and practicing yoga or tai chi can improve balance and coordination, which can significantly reduce your risk of falling.

For more information on fall prevention and protecting yourself from unintentional injury or death, visit the National Safety Council’s website.

Does Your Lifestyle Include These 3 Things?

Posted on: July 24th, 2017

New research finds that incorporating these 3 things into your lifestyle may slow cognitive decline. Find out what you can do to protect your brain health!

Read the full Kaiser Health News article here.

Congratulations to Our July Caregiver of the Month!

Posted on: July 18th, 2017

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Ernestine J. as our Caregiver of the Month of July. She has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for 6+ years.  Ernestine consistently upholds
the values and principles that Home Care Plus is built upon. Ernestine is a natural caregiver and a truly caring person. We at Home Care Plus commend and thank you Ernestine!

We are so grateful you are on our team, congratulations Ernestine!

 

Happy 4th!

Posted on: July 17th, 2017

Our July newsletter has great information on hurricane preparedness, fun local events and more! Click here to read our July newsletter.

Check Out Our June Newsletter!

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

Our June newsletter has information on summer sun safety, fun local events in Charleston, how to identify the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and more. Click here to read our June newsletter!

Heat Stroke: Know the Signs

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

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As the mercury rises this summer, it is important to recognize the signs of heat stroke and know how to prevent it. Older people are more susceptible to heat stroke because their bodies are less adaptable to changes in temperature. In addition, certain medications can also affect how their bodies react to changing temperatures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are all signs of heat stroke:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

Heat stroke is a medical emergency and you should call 911 if you or a loved one experiences the above symptoms. While you can cool someone off by bringing them into an air-conditioned home or using cool towels on them, the CDC says you should not give them anything to drink.

If you are caring for an aging loved one, make sure they drink plenty of water, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Make sure they spend time in air conditioned buildings or in a cool, shady spot during the hottest part of the day. Have them dress in light colored, loose fitting clothing and avoid strenuous exercise or activity during the heat of the day.

For more information on heat stroke and heat-related illness, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?

Posted on: June 28th, 2017

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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

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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

A senior couple. The wife is caring for the husband.

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.