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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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It’s Not Too Late To Do Great Things

  People always joke that they are “too old” for certain things. The truth is, you are never too old, and it is never too late to have fun and meaningful activities and life accomplishments. Read on to learn more about older people doing great things. Being a Model at 80 Years Old – Wang Deshun was in a high-profile fashion show at the age of 80. He walked the catwalk and showed you are never too old for a fashion show. Graduating in Your 90’s – Many older people are showing that it is never too late to go
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February is National Senior Independence Month

Age can bring on a myriad of emotions, fears and concerns. And even if you’re are able to fully function on your own or are receiving in-home care or outpatient services, every senior deserves to live their life as independently as possible. In efforts to help promote a more self-sufficient lifestyle among older Americans, February has been designated National Senior Independence Month. During the “golden” years, the journey towards greater independence can include everything from healthy eating habits, physical fitness and proper medical care to accident prevention and creating new experiences. Everything you do has an impact on you lifestyle
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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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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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Tips for Choosing the Right Walking Cane

Choosing the right cane requires a little more planning than most people can imagine. Before investing in a cane or walker, seniors should first identify the reason they need walking support, if they need it to support their full weight and the appropriate type, size, and fit of the device. Canes and walkers provide different levels of support for the person using them. They can be beneficial to seniors with pain, weakness and problems balancing on their own. They’re also helpful in avoiding falls and providing extra support when needed. And according to Lori Ramage, physical therapist and the Joint Club
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Three Reasons Your Senior Loved One Needs a Pet

The benefits of owning a pet are worth their weight in gold. From lowered anxiety to boosted immunity, people young and old often reap the rewards of having man’s best friend by their side. And for seniors, research shows that many people actually experience better changes in their overall health from being exposed to animals. In fact, doctors say that whether you’re receiving in home care services or post-surgery home care, there are a number of physiological and psychological benefits that come from spending time with a pet. Here are a few that Freedom Home Care came up with. Increased
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Falling Down: Prevention Tips

Trips and falls can lead to serious injuries, hip fractures, and head traumas in older adults – Freedom Home Care wants to help you take steps to prevent them. Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 and older slip and fall in the U.S. According to Physical Therapist Alice Bell, seniors who have fallen once are the most at risk of falling again. There are a number of factors that contribute to falls experienced by seniors, and any kind of fall can be especially dangerous for people with Osteoporosis. Known to many as the silent disease, Osteoporosis causes
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Three steps to “catch yourself” before falling

The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California is one of the top authorities on falls in the elderly population. The group spends their efforts helping those at risk to avoid falls of any kind. Therefore, they target those who are suffering from muscle weakness, arthritis, a history of falling, depression, difficulty balancing or walking, difficulty thinking or vision problems as well as those who take multiple medications. According to the group’s “Catch Yourself: Simple Steps to Prevent Falls” brochure, the following suggestions should help you or aging loved ones stay on their own two feet:
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Let Freedom Home Care help during your next out-patient procedure

No matter a person’s age, surgery can truly take a toll. But for older individuals, recovery can be even more difficult, which is why many out-patient procedures are a good choice for seniors. Because they do not require an overnight stay in a hospital and because they are often more affordable, many seniors are relieved when an out-patient procedure is an option. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the process is simple. Often times, there are pre-procedure plans that must be implemented properly – and independently – by a patient. Travel to and from the appointment can sometimes be a
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