Archives for home care

Forget Me Not: Tips AND Tricks to Living with Forgetfulness

Do you know a friend or loved one suffering from dementia and/or remembering things? We all forget things from time to time, but with a memory loss disease or age, it may become part of an everyday routine. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together some tips to help with forgetfulness and better maintain independence.   Leading us off at number one is managing medication. Forgetting to take medication, or not remembering if you took it so you double up is the leading cause of why some patients end up going to the hospital.   Some ways to prevent
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Celebrating the Family Caregiver

Caregivers are a vital member of our community and perhaps more personal- your family. At Freedom Home Care we know just how much time they spend with your loved one and how much effort they put into developing a relationship with a family.   Caregivers come from all over and serve a purpose in a variety of roles. Some of these roles may be an advocate, nurse, consoler, helper, chef, companion, safety guard, merrymaker, and steward. Each role unique and important, they all require different strengths and skills that should be celebrated and appreciated.   Our caregivers are constantly reading
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Fall Risk Assessment Tools: What’s Your Risk

Older adults are at an increased risk of falling. With thousands of documented cases of geriatric falls every year, it is imperative that older adults and their loved ones utilize fall risk assessment tools to stay healthy and safe. Falling results in minor or fatal injuries, so it is crucial to have a solid understanding of the different fall risk assessment tools. These tools are readily available for the public to use to evaluate how much of a risk a loved one is at for a fall. Below details three of these necessary tools.   Morse Fall Risk Assessment Tool
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4 Important Considerations When Planning for Home Care

Planning home care for a loved one is never easy. There a lot of aspects of care that work together to meet the needs of your senior. What type of services will they require? Will they need it full time or part time? What about equipment or supplies? How much can your loved one still do on their own without any help? Planning ahead for your senior’s long term care is critical, so it’s important that those initial steps are in place. But with everything that needs to be done, it’s hard to know exactly where to start. Professional agencies
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Earning a Successful Transition Home from the Hospital or Rehab Stay

It is not easy returning home from being in the hospital or rehab for a long stay. More than anything, your loved ones cannot wait to return home. But with returning home, it comes with the fear that they might have another accident or re-hospitalization again.   Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, has high-quality staff on hands 24/7 to ensure you and your family that your loved ones are in the best care after returning home from a rehab or hospital stay.   With that being said, Freedom Home Care has put together some strategies for helping your
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Senior Home Care Hacks: Ingenious Ways To Convert Everyday Items Into Helpful Tools

As we age, a lack of mobility, physical ailments and chronic health conditions can make it more difficult to do things we used to as easily as we used to do them. But that doesn’t mean seniors have to give up on doing everyday tasks either. They just need to find a better way. Freedom Home Care came up with five life hacks that will not only allow older loved ones to exercise their creativity and know-how, but will also take the hassle out of the daily routine. Color-Coded Keys If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably accumulated more
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Why Do My Allergies Change As I do?

Why we outgrow allergies is a phenomenon that continues to baffle researchers today. The fact is, we know more about what causes allergies in people, than we do about why they come and go over time. But by examining different types of allergies and their causes, researchers could gain more insight into other ways to treat or even combat them. Because as many as 50 million people in the U.S. experience allergies or allergy symptoms, Freedom Home Care thought it was important to understand as much as possible about what doctors call the “6th leading cause of chronic illness” in
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"Senior-Proofing" Keeps the Elderly Safe at Home

With more and more Baby Boomers approaching their Golden Years, the number of seniors choosing to age-in-place is growing year after year. So, it becomes increasingly more important for elderly loved ones and their family members to raise the level of safety when it comes to living alone. Cost effectiveness and practicality are just a few things to keep in mind when considering what upgrades need to be made to senior-proof your home. Freedom Home Care offers some additional tips below on how to make your loved one’s home safer and more comfortable for the long haul.   Identify Potential
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Choosing Between Assisted Living and Home Care

One in seven people in the U.S. is 65 or older. By the year 2035, experts say that number will jump to one in seven. And an estimated one in three people will be considered head of household. At some point, many seniors will need some form of in-home or assisted living care. This presents a challenge for not only family members residing with older loved ones, but also for the seniors themselves. With more than 31 million people predicted to be living with a disability over the next 20 years, families will need to begin making choices now in
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