Archives for Long Term Care

Our Top 5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Seniors

Valentine’s Day can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are young or old, single or in a relationship. The following are our favorite ways for seniors to have fun and celebrate love this Valentine’s Day. 1) Get Festive – Decorating your home or the room you spend the most time in is a simple and cost-effective way to make the day a little more joyful and exciting. Even just cutting out some hearts or making your own heart-shaped garland can make a huge impact for almost no money. Your loved ones or your Freedom Home Care companion can help! 2)
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6 Activities to Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Do you know what is held every last Wednesday in May? It’s National Senior Health and Fitness Day! At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we are here to provide six activities that you or a loved one can do to celebrate.   With over 100,000 people participating in retirement communities, park district, and hospitals, here is how you can get active as well. Leading us off at number one is going to the park. With the weather finally warming up, take a stroll in the park filled with trail walking, a picnic, etc.   Next up on our
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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Sure to Bring You Luck

Has your luck run short? No worries, you don’t have to be Irish to get luck on St. Patrick’s Day! Follow these 6 classic traditions and get good fortune on the 17th from your friends here at Freedom Home Care.  Some of these might come to you as a surprise, so read all below:   One: “Drowning the Shamrock” Legend has it if you drown a shamrock it is considered a token of good fortune to come. Dating back centuries in Ireland, they used to dunk a shamrock in a glass of whiskey. They would drink the whiskey and throw
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Taking Control of Elderly Parents’ Finances

There comes a point in our lives when we realize that our parents are just not as young as they used to be. Maybe mom starts to repeat things she’s already said before or that golf game that dad used to play on a weekly is something he can no longer physically do. We all age. It’s simply a part of life. But what do you do when your parents are not able to effectively handle their personal finances on their own? Freedom Home Care complied a few tips below designed to help guide you through the process of preparing
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Caregiver Tips for Traveling with a Loved One with Dementia

Has a loved one been diagnosed with dementia? Living with dementia may require some adjustments and will mean taking extra precautions in order to ensure your loved one stays safe and continues to enjoy the lifestyle they love. Freedom Home Care has put together the following tips for caregivers and family members who are planning travel for someone with dementia: Decide if Travel is Appropriate Be sure to consider if travel is appropriate. It is important for seniors with dementia to have the opportunity to visit family and other loved ones, but gauging if it is appropriate is important in
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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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Routine Check-ups Are Key: National Women's Check-up Day: May 14th

We don’t have to tell you that getting regular senior check-ups are essential to your loved one’s health. Not only does having a bi-annual exam help treat any underlying conditions, it can also detect any potential illnesses or diseases. But what you may not know is that the type of check-up and how often it’s performed usually depends on the age, health, history and lifestyle choices of your senior. If your loved one is not completely comfortable with the idea of having a routine check-up, here are a few reasons Freedom Home Care came up with to help remind them
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Caring for a Childless Relative

As our older loved ones age, the need may arise for assistance from family members, as health concerns leave them unable to be as independent as they once were. Determining the best way to go about meeting the needs of your relative can be difficult without a long-term care plan in place. There are a few things that you can do to help your older one decide what the proper course of action will be for them as an individual – what they expect, what their needs are, if they will need personalized care services, etc. According to the Department
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Nursing Homes vs. Home Care

For many families, the decision whether to place older loved ones in a nursing home or to allow them to “age in place,” can be a difficult one. Everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, eating and drinking can become more and more problematic for seniors with declining health and mobility. The goal of any nursing home or home care provider should be to ensure that its patients are receiving high quality, compassionate, personalized care. When deciding whether or not a nursing home or in-home care is the best option for your loved one, Freedom Home Care invites you to consider these
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Can Your Heartburn Medication Lead to Dementia?

Proton pump inhibitors. Most people aren’t familiar with these drugs by their medical name.  But they are very well known for relieving heartburn and indigestion, treating peptic ulcer disease, GERD, Barrett Syndrome, and a number of other conditions. In the past, experts have recommended that the lowest dosage be taken as needed because of the potential long-terms effects the drugs could have on the bones, gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system. And according to a report published on Feb. 15 in the journal JAMA Neurology, studies conducted in Germany suggest that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) might actually increase the risk of dementia in
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