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.

Congratulations to our Caregiver of the Month for January, Payton F!

Posted on: January 20th, 2017

Payton F

Home Care Plus would like to recognize Payton F. as the Caregiver of the Month for January. Payton is an exceptional caregiver who has been a with us for almost a year. Payton provides care to her clients with a high level of confidence and compassion. She offers reassurance to both the clients she cares for and their families. She is a wonderful team player, and we appreciate her flexibility and willingness to help out when needed.

Congratulations Payton, and Thank You for all you do!

 

Fresh Start

Posted on: December 31st, 2016

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Regardless of whether you are sad or relieved to see 2016 go, the New Year is nearly upon us. And after a month and a half of over indulging and skipping workouts due to a jam-packed social calendar, January offers a great time to slow down and regroup. Making resolutions is a tradition that many people embrace as a way to kickstart healthy habits or accomplish goals they’ve lost sight of. Resolutions can either be an effective tool for positive self-change or something you later beat yourself up about. Make your resolutions stick this year by following these helpful suggestions:

  • Set realistic goals and timelines. You didn’t develop your bad habits overnight and it is unrealistic to assume you can break yourself of them in the course of a few weeks. Persistence and patience are necessary to succeed.
  • Find an accountability partner. Whether it’s your spouse, best friend or just someone from the gym who’s also looking to drop a few pounds, having someone to share your struggles and successes with can help keep you on track.
  • Don’t let a slip up or setback completely derail your progress. You are human and will make mistakes. The best thing you can do is to learn from them and move on with more knowledge and willpower. Try to identify any triggers—a stressful day at work, a busy schedule with little time to cook healthy meals or exercise—and come up with a game plan to overcome these obstacles. Maybe you have to prep your meals or make and freeze them on the weekends, or you have to fit in two shorter workouts a day (15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening) instead of one longer workout. Be flexible and creative when it comes to reaching your goals and you will be successful!

Tips for Managing Diabetes During the Holidays!

Posted on: December 23rd, 2016

The holidays present us with temptations around every corner–and if you have diabetes it can be especially challenging to keep your blood sugar in check. Here are some great tips for having a happy and healthy holiday! Read Roper St. Francis’ health tips here.

 

 

Gift Giving, Simplified

Posted on: December 20th, 2016

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In case you find yourself running out of time and ideas for what to gift this holiday season, we’ve come up with this unique and useful gift guide to help you check off the last of your list!

  • Gift subscription to a magazine: While this may seem impersonal, if you choose a mag that focuses on your friend or loved one’s hobbies and interests, this can be a great gift. And they will think of you every month when they receive it!
  • Lessons related to their favorite hobby: Know a golfer? Aspiring artist? Fitness buff? Golf lessons, an art class or series of classes, and class passes to a boutique gym are easy to get and give.
  • Tickets to the Southeastern Wildlife Expo: As one of Charleston’s top events each year, this Expo has a wide range of activities to choose from. Perfect for the sportsmen, wildlife or nature lover, artists and conservationists in your life.
  • Tickets to a Wine & Food event: With a wide range of activities, including lunches, dinners, educational events, tasting tents and more, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival is an all-around crowd pleaser.
  • Tickets to local theatre: The Footlight Players and Charleston Stage gift certificates are a thoughtful, unique gift. Treat someone you love to a night out on the town. Pair it with a gift certificate to one of your favorite local restaurants and this gift will make for an evening to remember!

Before you go the gift card to a big box store route, consider some of these more personal gift ideas—your loved ones will thank you!

Our December Caregiver of the Month is Yasmin P!

Posted on: December 18th, 2016

Yasmin

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

Congratulations Yasmin!

November is American Diabetes Month

Posted on: November 29th, 2016

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Diabetes affects nearly 10% of the American population, and according to the American Diabetes Association, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed each year. The outlook is even more grim for seniors, with over 25% of those age 65+ suffering from the disease. Risk factors include being overweight, an unhealthy diet, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. The American Diabetes Association’s My Health Advisor tool is a great way to assess your risk for this disease.

A key issue for diabetics is the ability to get affordable insulin. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that insulin costs have almost tripled since 2002. These rising costs may lead to “insulin rationing,” a dangerous practice that can have life-threatening complications. If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes, consider signing this petition to help keep insulin affordable.

Small lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of getting diabetes. Eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising more, quitting smoking, and losing weight are all things that you can do to prevent diabetes and many other chronic health problems.

For more information on diabetes and prevention, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website.