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Grow Your Greens!

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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!

April Newsletter: Finding Balance as a Family Caregiver

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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.

Congratulations to our April Caregiver of the Month!

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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

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!

Congratulations to our March Caregiver of the Month, Constance S!

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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 October Caregiver of the Month, Tomeaka N!

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Tomeaka N. as our October caregiver of the month. Tomeaka has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus for almost 2 years. Tomeaka has developed truly caring relationships with her clients and their families. Tomeaka is a valued team caregiver and a true advocate for her clients’ well-being, and her dedication is commendable.

Congratulations Tomeaka!

Stay Active as you Age for Better Health

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Too many seniors are sedentary, and it is translating into a lower quality of life as they age. The National Institute on Aging at NIH celebrates September as Go4Life® month in an effort to increase awareness of the benefits of exercise and physical activity. Exercise has many health benefits—it can improve mood and memory, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce your risk for cancer and diabetes, stave off weight gain, improve balance and flexibility—which can help older adults live more full and independent lives.

Go4Life® month encourages older Americans to get moving for better health. The focus should be on incorporating the four types of exercise—strength, endurance, flexibility and balance—into your routine for well-rounded physical fitness. For ideas on what type of activities to incorporate into your daily routine, visit the Go4Life® website.

Whether you are new to exercise, getting back into it after a long break or injury, or a lifelong fitness devotee, incorporating a variety of activities and exercises into your routine will help prevent boredom and make sure you are building a strong foundation for healthy aging.

The National Aging Institute’s Web site (www.nia.nih.gov) is an institute of the NIH, a U.S. Federal Government agency that provides accurate, up-to-date information about aspects of aging research, information about clinical trials, educational materials and resources about aging for the general public, and information for researchers and health professionals.

 

September Newsletter: Functional Fitness

Our September newsletter has great information on staying active as you age, preparing for natural disasters, local events for the month and more! Check out our newsletter here.

Making Nutrition a Priority for Your Aging Loved One

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People of all ages can struggle with healthy eating, but for the elderly, proper nutrition can make a huge difference in their physical health and well-being. A healthy diet can help prevent constipation, weight gain or loss, reduce the side effects of certain medications, and so much more. If your loved one suffers from a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, monitoring sugar or salt intake is a crucial part of managing their disease. Understanding some of the struggles your loved one is facing when it comes to healthy eating can help you help them make better choices.

Wondering why your aging loved one isn’t that interested in food? Anything that can affect your sense of smell can affect your appetite, and according to NIH Senior Health, many adults over age 60 experience some loss of smell as a normal part of aging. In addition, certain types of medications and some cancer treatments can disrupt a person’s sense of smell or taste. Try making food more flavorful by using spices rather than more salt or sugar.

Many elderly spend mealtimes alone, which can lead to loneliness and a lack of desire to cook. Dentures or other dental problems can make eating certain types of foods difficult, and having a very restrictive diet because of a chronic health condition are additional reasons your loved one may be losing interest in eating. Whenever possible, invite your loved one over for dinner or treat them to a brunch or lunch out at their favorite restaurant. You will be able to keep tabs on what their food choices are as well as provide loving companionship, which can help stave off depression.

If you are worried that your loved one isn’t eating as well as they should, schedule an appointment with their physician. Their physician can provide recommendations based on the various medications or treatments your loved one is receiving and help monitor their health.

Our August Caregiver of the Month is Angela A!

 

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Angela A. as our Caregiver of the Month for August. Angela has over 28 years of caregiving experience and has been a member of our caregiving team for over 4 ½ years! Her vast experience and confidence makes her a valuable asset to Home Care Plus and the clients that we serve. Angela is a compassionate, hard worker who always goes above and beyond to make sure all of her client’s needs are met. Thank you Angela, we appreciate all that you do!!

Congratulations Angela!