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Check Out Our May Newsletter!

Our May newsletter has great information on getting your summer garden started, local events in Charleston this month, info on Older Americans Month and much more! Click here to read our newsletter.

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!

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!

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!

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

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

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!

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.

 

 

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.