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How Swimming Can Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health

There’s nothing better than floating in the pool or on a lake on a hot summer day. While it’s great for beating the heat, there are many physical and mental health benefits to swimming. This exercise is fun for people of all ages and healthy too! Find out why at Freedom Home Care.   The first health benefit is that swimming is a whole-body workout. It engages and uses almost every single major muscle group throughout your entire body. It also increases your heart rate without putting stress on the body.   Up next, swimming builds cardiovascular strength. Just as
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The Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

You may remember gardening with your loved ones as a child helping your mother or father in the backyard, or maybe it wasn’t a hobby until you grew up. No matter the age, there are many mental health benefits of gardening. Not only is gardening a fun, rewarding hobby, but it also can have many positive effects. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together a list of the benefits below.   Number one, practicing acceptance. Majority of the suffering one goes through is from things that we cannot control. By being outside in nature, it helps you understand that
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American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. This month gives us all the chance to focus on heart health and the steps we can take to make our heart function better. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in the United States. One in four deaths are caused by heart disease. However, this is a disease that can be prevented when people make healthy lifestyle decisions. February is American Heart Month, so we are helping to get out the word and help people make some lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease. How Can You Prevent Heart Disease? There are
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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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Giving Up the Keys: Maintaining Independence When It's Time to Stop Driving

At the age of 16, the ability to drive has traditionally become a rite of passage for many American teens. And getting from one place to the next requires a person to be mobile in order to do so. But even a lifetime of safe driving practices can eventually change over time. It might start out as missing a stop sign while heading to the grocery store. Backing out of the garage starts to result in a few small dents to the rear of the car. Running over barriers in the parking lot becomes a common occurrence when visiting the
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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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Keep Your Loved Ones Safe This Summer With These Tips

Summer is a time meant to be enjoyed by everyone, included older loved ones. But oftentimes, a lack of pre-planning can render seniors defenseless during heat waves and high temperatures. According to dripdrop.com, from 1999-2009, statistics showed that more than 40 percent of all-heat related deaths in America involved seniors over 65. And each year, 200 adults age 50 and older die because of high heat and humidity – many of which were preventable. So, how do your keep your older loved one safe while making sure they’re able to make the most out of the hot, summer months? Freedom
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How to Choose a Medical Alert System

One of the most important decisions your loved one will make, is the choice to age in place. But for many family members not receiving around-the-clock care from a home health care agency, the idea of a senior parent or grandparent living alone is a scary thought. But it doesn’t have to be. Today, medical alert systems are offering families real peace of mind, while allowing older loved ones the option of being able to remain safely at home. But investing in a medical device is an important choice. So how do you find the system that’s right for you
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Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are, what you eat.” So, it’s only natural that a healthy diet makes for a healthier you. This is especially true for older loved ones. A well-balanced regimen, rich in vitamins and nutrients, becomes more essential to our overall well-being as we age. Over time, the body begins to go through a lot of physical changes. Our metabolism start to slow down and we don’t burn as many calories as we should. The digestive system no longer absorbs nutrients the way it used to, and we tend to lose much of our appetite. That’s
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