Archives for Senior Care Tips

How to Be a Caregiver for Your Loved One From Afar

Caring for your loved one from a distance can be a very difficult task. We at Freedom Home Care, your Highland Park homecare agency, know this year has not been without its challenges. Let us help you and your family by providing simple long distance caregiving tips on how to care for your loved one from afar. Read more below. Tip # 1: Stay Organized An important part of long distance caregiving is keeping all paperwork for your loved one up to date and in order. This can be even more challenging from afar, but it is possibly the most
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Laughter Turns Out to Be the Best Form of Medicine

Trying to relief stress is no joke- especially when you are dealing with a lot. When it comes to trying to relieve stress, the more giggles and laughter the better. Doctors at Mayo Clinic have conducted studies on why laughter is good for stress relief. Find out more from us at Freedom Home Care! Stress Relief from Laughter While laughter alone can’t solve stress, there are a lot of positive things laughter can do for your stress both long and short term. A good laugh has excellent short-term effects on your mind and body. As you begin to laugh, not
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How to Monitor Your Caffeine Intake

A delicious hot cup of coffee can be a great way to start the day. It can also be great to grab a cup of coffee with friends and chat about anything and everything. However, while coffee can be delicious, and it can give you a jolt of energy, it is important to monitor your caffeine intake. Below, you can learn more about how to do so. Why should you monitor your caffeine intake? Caffeine can be good for your body in many ways, but too much coffee can pose problems for your health and well-being. Someone who has lots
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Fruits and Veggies May Lower Alzheimer’s

We always hear from doctors and loved ones that we should eat healthy. Eating healthy can help a person avoid sickness and major health problems, and recent evidence suggests that eating healthy can also lower risks of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this below. Eating your fruits and veggies is not just for improved physical health, but healthy eating can also help your cognitive health because it can lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, which means it involves memory loss and cognitive struggles. This type of health issue gets worse over time so that the
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Signs Someone You Love May Have Alzheimer’s

Today almost everyone is directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s. If you don’t know someone personally who has Alzheimer’s, the probability is high that you know someone who knows someone with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s makes up between 60 and 80 percent of the people living with some form of dementia. It is estimated that there are about 5.7 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s in the US. With that number expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, it has never been more important to be able to recognize the signs. 1. Changes in Memory – It’s normal for your loved
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Holiday Travel Tips for Seniors

  Traveling may be one of the best gifts for mom or dad. The trip may be to visit family for the holidays, an adventure to a destination, or even a return home.  Since planning trips can be hard and time-consuming, we have drafted a list of travel tips for seniors to make sure you get to your destination safe and sound!   Visit Your Doctor   Before you plan anything trip-related, it’s important to plan a trip to the doctor first. Your doctor will be sure to clear your loved one safe for travel and can give you recommendations
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Holiday Shopping Tips for Seniors

With the holiday season approaching fast, you may find yourself out shopping more than usual. This might be a little concerning if you have a loved one who is a senior. They are less mobile than they used to be and may not pay attention to their surroundings. Police nationwide report an increase in crime around the holidays, particularly in retail areas. Senior citizens are often targeted as the victims of crime, due to the perception that they will be easier to distract or slower to react to what is happening. Senior safety tips for holiday shopping can help make
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National Hospice Awareness Month 

  November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and Freedom Home Care is working to help raise understanding and awareness. If you have a loved one who is in need of hospice care, we are your home care agency. We provide assistance and the support you need and deserve. Understanding Hospice Care Hospice is a specific form of care for patients who are terminally ill. Once medical treatments are no longer curative, care is tailored and designed to give that patient comfort and the highest quality of life possible, rather than a cure. The ultimate goal of hospice care
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How to Reduce Caregiver Stress This Holiday Season

The holidays are always a nice time, but it is a lot of work to prepare for. For some family caregivers, there are even more things to do for the holidays and it can be really stressful. Follow these tips to reduce stress this holiday season from us at Freedom healthcare.   Focus on What is the Most Meaningful It is hard to create the perfect holiday experience, don’t stress about it. You have to remember the goal isn’t to have a perfect holiday but to experience pure joy and quality time with loved ones. Try to prioritize holiday traditions
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Fall Preventions and Precautions to Take

The start of colder weather makes it a more dangerous time for seniors to get around. In order to help you or a loved one be safe this winter, we have put together some tips and facts on fall prevention. Check them out here at Freedom healthcare.   While it is common for people of all ages to fall, seniors are the ones at the most risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 4 seniors fall at least once a year. If you are over the age of 75, you are 5 times more likely
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