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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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Freedom Home Care’s Medical Staffing Services

You may have seen Freedom Home Care services advertised in the Chicago area. Freedom Home Care Highland Park provides many different in-home senior care services to give those that you love a little bit of extra help. However, you might not know that Freedom Home Care also has medical staffing services. Learn more about these medical staffing services below. Medical Staffing Services The medical staffing service at Freedom Home Care is separate from their other senior-care services. This medical staffing service is to help your hospital or doctor’s office get some extra medical staff if you happen to have a
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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 Prep for Seniors

Believe it or not, the leaves are already changing color and soon they will be falling off the trees. The beginning of fall brings a new season with everything pumpkin spice and cinnamon. While there are a ton of good things to look forward to, fall comes with some important health tips to keep in mind. At Freedom Homecare Highland Park, we’ve got you covered. As the temperature begins to drop in the next few weeks, you are at an increased risk of contracting a cold or flu virus. Make sure you are washing your hands more frequently so you
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Caring for Your Parent When You Are an Only Child

Being an only child doesn’t mean that you have to care for a parent alone. You might at times feel that because you have no siblings you are caring for a parent by yourself and are overwhelmed. Don’t let the burdens of caregiving take a toll on your happiness, we at Freedom Homecare Highland Park are here to help. Below is a list of tips you can use for homecare. Check them out!   Use Available Resources   It is important for only children to use all the resources available to them so that they can create the most effective
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Why You Should Attend the Next Backyard Bash

This past month, our team at Freedom Home Care celebrated the start of summer with the Backyard Bash at our Highland Park Senior Center. Were you not able to attend? Find out below what you missed! Sitting around with some warm weather, we shared Urban BBQ and listened to the award-winning multi-instrumentalist LJ Slavin. Slavin was very well versed in a wide range of styles like the flute, fiddle, mandolin, musical saw, and much more!   With our view overlooking the beautiful Lake Michigan, it was the perfect spot to enjoy good music, good food, and even better company! Don’t
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How To Thank A Caregiver

When you think about all the things a caregiver does, it can be overwhelming—an ordinary thank you card doesn’t seem to do them justice. The very definition of a caregiver is someone that is constantly “doing for others,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t need something special for themselves every now and then. This month, with National Caregivers Day on February 16, give your caregiver a little extra love. If you’re unsure of how exactly to say “Thank You,” here are a few ways to give back:   Deliver A Handwritten Note Expressing your gratitude does not have to be
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A Caregiver Needs Help, Too

Being a caregiver can be physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. If you’re like most people, becoming a caregiver is a role that you may have had to take on without prior notice or warning – placing the health and well-being of a senior parent or other loved one almost solely in your hands. If your family member is not receiving in-home care services, this realization can not only be overwhelming, but daunting, as well. And yet, it’s normal to experience everything from anger and resentment to guilt and helplessness during any part of the caregiving journey. With all of the
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Things to Consider Before Moving Your Elderly Loved One In

There are more people in the U.S. who have taken in an elderly loved one than you might actually imagine. In fact, caring.com says one out of four caregivers live with either an elderly or disabled relative. And if you are in the position where you’ve decided to move an older parent or other family member into your home, there’s a few things that Freedom Home Care lists here that you may want to consider before taking the first step. Financial Advantage or Drawback? You may have to sit down with your family members and think through the costs associated
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How to Handle Bill Paying as a Caregiver

Caring for an older loved one with dementia can sometimes be difficult. But what makes it even more challenging is deciding who will handle the responsibility of your senior’s financial obligations when they’re no longer able to do it themselves. FHC searched and found advice that suggests that starting the financial planning process early not only helps alleviate more stress and fear, but also allows older loved ones the chance to participate in the decision-making at an earlier stage in their diagnosis. Organizations like alz.org that are advocates in the fight against Alzheimer’s, recommend first creating a long-term budget. They
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