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December Newsletter: Happy Holidays from Home Care Plus!

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!

Tips for Managing Diabetes During the Holidays!

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.



November Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Our November newsletter has tips on managing diabetes during the holidays, local events, and Buy Local Month. Click here to read our newsletter!

Diabetes and The Holidays

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Living with Diabetes: Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth

Halloween is just the first of many “treat” laden holidays coming up in the next few months. Keeping desserts in check this time of year can be difficult for even the strongest willed among us—but for anyone living with diabetes it can be downright dangerous not too. The key to staying healthy and not feeling deprived as we head into the holidays? Set your intention now and keep a few diabetes-friendly dessert recipes in your back pocket!

One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself doesn’t even relate to food. Sticking with your normal workout routine (or even starting a new one) will keep your weight and stress level balanced when the holiday craziness sets in. Jump at the chance to bring a dessert to your family gatherings so you have control over the ingredients. Cooking Light has some great options for diabetics to satisfy that sweet tooth while keeping your blood sugar in check. Unsweetened cocoa stirred into unsweetened vanilla almond milk, roasted apples with cinnamon and nutmeg or berries with plain yogurt are just a few healthy dessert options that still feel decadent. Don’t let your weight “spook” you come the New Year; make better decisions today to keep it from haunting you tomorrow!

Enlighten Your Season: Advice for Caregivers of the Elderly

This article is courtesy of the National Care Planning Council. Visit the NCPC website at for more helpful information about caregiving.

December 16, 2016 | by Lynda Neuenschwander, NCPC

Taking care of elderly loved ones can be very exhausting, especially during the talks about things to help lighten the load during the busy season, like decreasing amounts of gifts, taking breaks, and exercising, while talk-early-talk-often.comencourages one to “unplan” the holiday to make room for some true relaxation and memory making. talks of reducing loneliness for the elderly in your life and gives tips to enhance their experience, while promotes being realistic about traditions, making modifications, and seeking help from family members. All good and sound advice, to be sure.

Lighten up your to-do list, lighten up on outside commitments, and lighten up on yourself. So, how do you lighten up? says, “Research has shown that the mere physical act of smiling, without actually feeling like it, triggers internal biological reactions that stimulate emotions and contribute to a better mood – in you and others. In other words, when you feel down, fake a big fat smile and you will lighten up automatically. But be careful, it also works the other way around, so remember to keep smiling.”[1] Here is a funny story to get you started.

Frasier Crane [Kelsey Grammer], a character in the famous sit-com, “Frasier,” had a new life, a new chapter, a new job, and a new apartment in his hometown of Seattle, Washington when it became necessary for his elderly father Marty to move in with him. What began as a very bumpy relationship eventually became a very enlightening and even quite rewarding one. With life’s lessons intermixed, Frasier and Marty forge their bond throughout the years learning to deal with major change and trying to still implement some traditions.

One particular episode called “Bla-Z-Boy” is where Frasier and his dad have been butting heads about Marty’s run-down recliner. The chair squeaks incessantly, and it’s enough to make Frasier insane. Frasier and Marty have harsh words before Frasier storms out of the apartment. Later, while Marty is oiling the squeak in the chair with an oilcan, Frasier’s brother Niles finds him crouched on the floor and fears the worst. Marty reassures him he’s just oiling the chair, and Niles notices a few drops of oil that had dropped onto the light-colored carpet. As Marty goes to get a towel from the kitchen, he accidentally steps on the oil can and it squirts a large amount of oil out onto the carpet just in time for Frasier to come back and see what had transpired.

Outraged, Frasier accuses Marty of subconscious hostility towards him and claims that Marty made the oil stain on purpose. Marty tries multiple times to tell Frasier that it truly was an accident, but Frasier, ironically, would not listen. It’s ironic because on his radio show, Frasier tells his patients, “I’m listening.” So, as Frasier insists that what Marty did was malicious and not accidental, Marty finally had it and said, “For the last time, this was not malicious, it was an accident!” Frasier retorts with, “I don’t think you know the difference!” Marty’s response, “Yes, I do! That was an accident! [Squirting oil all over the front of Frasier] THIS is malicious!”

In replacing the carpet, all furniture had to be moved out onto the balcony until new carpet was laid down. While Frasier and Niles are discussing difficulties relating to their father, the sun hits a telescope lens just right and starts the recliner on fire. After Frasier and Niles notice something burning, they try to put out the fire with a drop cloth, but in the process end up shoving the burning recliner off of the balcony, only to land on the sidewalk right next to Marty and Daphne, the home health-care worker. Can you imagine? You’re out for a leisurely stroll with your dog and a recliner aflame comes crashing down at your side! This, in turn, gets Marty to accuse Frasier of sabotaging his chair on purpose, and the cycle begins all over again with misunderstood motives. This unfortunate series of events is all-too-common in our own lives in different ways, is it not? This whole sit-com includes many elements that apply to all families as they grow into the phase of having an aging parent that needs to be taken care of, and gives us all a good laugh.

On a more inspirational note, there is a story about a small truce on Christmas Eve during WWII in 1944 that will set one to ponder. Elisabeth Vincken and her son, Fritz, were waiting at a hunting cabin in the woods for Fritz’s father to return before they ate their Christmas meal. Three American soldiers stumbled upon their cabin in desperate need of warmth and food, one of their comrades — wounded. Immediately, Elisabeth started making dinner, the one they were saving for her husband. Eventually, another party fell upon the cabin, but this time it was four German soldiers. Elisabeth told them there were Americans inside and that they were welcome also, but with this warning, while they were all there, there would be no shooting because it was a holy night. The boys all complied and left their weapons outside in the snow.

Tension softened as the smell of home-cooking took over and the soldiers actually talked with each other. The wounded American was looked after by a German former medical student, and when they all left, the Germans told the Americans the best way to get back, gave them a compass, and they all shook hands. Years passed while young Fritz grew up and searched for any of those soldiers that had been at his cabin as a boy. Finally, in 1995, the TV episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” aired the story and told of a man in Northampton Manor Nursing Home in Maryland, who had kept the story alive for years. Fritz found out about it and sought out the man. He met the man, Ralph Blank, in 1996, and Ralph told Fritz that his mom had saved his life. Fritz said, “Now, I can die in peace. My mother’s courage won’t be forgotten and it shows what good will do.” Fritz passed away six years later.

In the midst of your holiday season, don’t forget to laugh along the way and find the inspiration in the little things. “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” – Greg Kincaid.

Happy Holidays!


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Stress Less This Holiday with Our Gift Guide for Seniors!

Tis the Season for…Stressing Over the Perfect Gift!

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But not anymore! This gift guide, with a focus on unique, local gift ideas and experiences, is sure to wow even the most hard-to-please recipient!
  • Be a tourist in your own town by giving a Charleston Horse Drawn Carriage Tour in historic downtown Charleston.
  • Help your special someone channel their inner Picasso with a date night at Wine And Design. A local artist will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create an original piece of art.
  • The Charleston Tea Plantation offers entertaining, educational tours of their tea factory and a one-of-a-kind Trolley Ride through their fields.
  • Need the perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer or a little something for a co-worker? Locally made Rewined Candles feature fabulous scents inspired by your favorite vintage.
  • For the gourmand in your life, visit Lowcountry Olive Oil for a choice of over four dozen locally blended and infused olive oils and vinegars. Don’t forget about tickets to the Charleston Wine & Food Festival in March!

Don’t underestimate the significance of spending quality time with your elderly loved one. If they don’t get out much, taking them to lunch or a holiday performance could really brighten their day and give them something to look forward to. Consider whether they could use an extra hand with their holiday decorating, shopping or wrapping. Offer to come by to help get the decorations from the attic or take them to the mall for an afternoon of shopping. These small acts have so much meaning and can be a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together.

Senior Gift Giving Made Easy!

Choosing a gift for someone you know and love should be easy, right? Then why do we spend hours online or in stores during the holidays trying to find the perfect gift? If you have an elderly family member on your list, gift giving can be that much harder. Perhaps they live with you or in a nursing home and have limited space to put new things. Chronic diseases, mobility issues, poor eyesight or a declining mental state can make it tricky to find something meaningful and worthwhile to give that they can actually use and enjoy.  Save your time shopping and read the ideas below instead!

  •  Many of today’s older Americans wish to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Help them age in place by considering a group gift from you and your siblings/extended family that will make your aging loved one’s home safe and accessible to live in as they get older. You can bring in a company like Adaptive Home Design to assess their needs and provide an estimate of work needed and cost. Companies like Home Care Plus can provide an extra hand during the day or night when your loved one begins to need help around the house, with transportation, and when there are general safety concerns about them being home alone.
  • Gifts that give year round can be a great option. There are so many to choose from—everything from magazine subscriptions to monthly fruit or wine baskets to local weekly CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) which bring farm-fresh fruits and veggies to your loved one’s doorstep. There are a number to choose from in and around Charleston. Visit Lowcountry Local First for a list!
  • Tickets (one for you too!) to local performances, museums or attractions are a great gift. These can be a treat for someone on a limited budget and who may not be able to get out as much as they used too. Another perk of this gift is the quality time you can spend together. Consider their interests and things such as mobility (will they have to walk a lot) and visibility/hearing limitations when booking tickets. The Charleston Tea Plantation, Patriots Point, Footlight Players, Charleston Wine and Food Festival, and Spoleto Festival are all exciting local attractions and events to take them to.
  • Photobooks are a great way to share a year’s worth of experiences with your loved one. They will love looking through the book and reminiscing about holiday get togethers and how big the grandkids are getting.
  • Consider a senior-friendly cell phone to help them stay in touch. Some great options are the Jitterbug, Just 5, and Doro PhoneEasy 410. They will be able to talk to all of their friends and loved ones whenever they want, and you will be able to check-in on them to make sure they are safe. Peace of mind for everyone!

When it comes to gifts, it is always the thought that counts. Realize that even if you don’t pick the perfect present, your loved one will always appreciate the time you spent on them and with them during the holidays.


Wondering How to Keep Your Elderly Family Members Healthy and Happy this Holiday?


This article from SeniorLiving has some helpful hints for making the holidays more enjoyable and comfortable for your loved ones. Putting in the extra effort to include a lonely senior can make all the difference! Click below for the full article:

10 Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays