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Buy Local Month Starts Today!

Keep your dollars in our community by supporting local businesses this holiday season! Visit the Lowcountry Local First website to find a list of local merchants and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit our Farmer’s Markets to find locally grown produce and crafts and wares from local artisans.

 

Why We Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Home Care Plus team recently participated in the Charleston Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This wonderful event helps raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, research and support. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a debilitating disease that destroys a person’s memory and cognitive abilities over time. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it currently affects over 5 million Americans and is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented or cured. Millions of caregivers provide billions of unpaid hours of care each year  to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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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!

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

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

Recovering from Stroke: The Value of Rehabilitation

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke causes a death every 4 minutes, is more likely to happen to females than males, and is the leading cause of disability in adults. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke is critical, as better outcomes can often be achieved if emergency treatment is received quickly. It is also important to understand your risk factors. Many people incorrectly believe that strokes aren’t preventable, but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of strokes are avoidable.

Just as timely treatment is important during a stroke, having a plan for recovery after a stroke is vital. Your doctor can help you develop a rehabilitation plan with the goal of recovering as much independence as possible. Depending on the severity of the stroke, going home and working towards resuming your daily activities may be a very real possibility. You may need the help of a trained caregiver as you ease back into your routine for a short while, but if the stroke caused severe motor, speech or cognitive impairment, in-home care may be a longer-term requirement. Either way, finding a trusted, licensed in-home care provider can go a long way to making rehabilitation much smoother. The American Stroke Association has a number of information sheets which provide guidance on many stroke related topics, such as stroke risk, identifying a stroke, as well as this guide to Living At Home After a Stroke. Stroke prevention should be the goal, but when a stroke does happen, quick identification, timely care and a rehabilitation plan with input from your physician and an experienced caregiver can help with the adjustment to life at home post-stroke.

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!