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Congratulations to our June Caregiver of the Month, Theresa C!

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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!

Our May Caregiver of the Month is Tay C!

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Tay (Shataysha) C. as our May Caregiver of the Month. Tay has developed truly caring relationships with her clients and their families. Her confidence and level of skill as a caregiver is commendable.  Tay, we are grateful you are on our team and for the devoted care you consistently provide to our clients at Home Care Plus.

Congratulations Tay!

Check out our February Newsletter!

 

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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.

Fresh Start

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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!

Gift Giving, Simplified

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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!

November is American Diabetes Month

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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.

Congratulations to our November Caregiver of the Month!

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Home Care Plus would like to recognize Rose J. as our Caregiver of the month for November. Rose has been a valued employee with Home Care Plus since 2011. Her kindness, patience and dependability has fostered strong bonds with her clients. Rose enjoys taking her clients on outings and preparing and cooking their favorite meals. She is dedicated and encourages her clients’ independence in daily activities as much as they are able to do.

Rose, we are grateful you are on our team and for the devoted care you have provided to our clients at Home Care Plus.

Congratulations Rose!

Support Buy Local Month!

Tomorrow marks the start of Buy Local Month, an initiative of Lowcountry Local First that aims to support small business owners and the local community. Shop local and your dollars stay local and what better time of year to keep this in mind than the holidays. Local businesses reinvest 3 times more money in the local economy! You can find a list of Lowcountry Local First business partners here.

November Newsletter: Giving Thanks

Our November newsletter has great information on diabetes and breast cancer prevention, as well as upcoming local events! Click here to read our November newsletter!

Missing the Mark: Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Fruits & Vegetables

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Most of us are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only slightly more than 25% of American adults eat the recommended servings of fruit and less than 15% get the recommended daily servings of veggies. Why is produce so important? The added fiber in fruits and vegetables can help you feel fuller longer on fewer calories. A diet rich in fruits and veggies can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and many fruits are naturally sweet and a healthy dessert option. Swapping vegetables for refined white foods in your diet offers a host of health benefits and is an easy way to slim down or keep your weight in check.

How much do you need to eat to meet the daily recommendations? Choosemyplate.gov is a great resource for what and how much to pick. The average person age 50+ should aim for 1.5-2 cups of fruit a day and 2-2.5 cups of vegetables. Don’t be intimidated—this is easier to do than you think! Add some frozen spinach or kale to your spaghetti sauce, or for an even more amped up option roast carrots or butternut squash and food process it in with your pasta sauce—you’ll never know it’s in there! Chop up apples and stir them into your oatmeal in the morning, or add blueberries or strawberries to some yogurt. Mix up a smoothie of kale or spinach, apples, pineapple, carrots and beets and keep it in your fridge for busy mornings. Grab an apple and peanut butter or hummus and peppers for your afternoon pick-me-up. Steamed or raw veggies can get boring, but tossing them in olive oil and seasoning and roasting them in the oven will really bring out their flavor.

For more healthy recipes and tips on how to get your daily fruits and veggies, visit Choosemyplate.gov.