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How to Disinfect Your Home

During these uncertain times, we are continuously reminded of the importance of keeping both ourselves and our surroundings clean and disinfected. Did you know cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing? When you clean, you are removing the dirt and germs from a surface, usually using just soap. When you disinfect a surface, you are killing the pathogens, often done using specific chemicals. Disinfecting is more important than ever, because many of the viruses that make us sick, including COVID-19, are transmitted person-to-person from shared contact with objects and surfaces. How to Disinfect: Clean -The first step to disinfecting
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Tips to Give Yourself a Calming Environment

  The space around us can have a huge impact on mood, concentration, comfort, and safety. For the elderly, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a calming environment can make a huge difference. An environment that creates a state of calm and relaxation can reduce agitation and confusion. The following are three key things to consider when creating a calming environment for yourself or an elderly person you love. 1. Lighting – Since the elderly often struggle with sight, a well-lit room is essential to creating a calming environment. Provide as much natural light as possible, but when that
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Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy

This month is American Heart Month! What better way to take care of your heart than by following the tips below! 1. Exercise – Being active is a major contributor to keeping your ticker ticking. Getting enough exercise can significantly improve your cardiovascular health. At least 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended. 2. No Smoking – There are numerous reasons to quit smoking, including improved heart health. So, if you are trying to keep your heart healthy, it is time to quit. 3. Healthy Diet – Diet plays a huge role in our health, including the health of
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Health Benefits of Houseplants

  Are you looking to improve your health and happiness for 2020? Well, you can in so many ways, one simple and fun way to do so is with houseplants. You can add more indoor plants to your home and it can benefit your health. Learn more about this below. • Boost Mood – Humans have a connection to nature and nature calms us, so bringing plants indoors can help boost a person’s mood. Plants indoors also help increase oxygen levels, regulate humidity, and make people feel calmer. All of this can lead to a heightened mood. • Reduce Stress
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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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Best New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Many people choose to make a New Year’s resolution every year, but they often struggle to see those resolutions through. That is why we have come up with some realistic New Year’s resolutions for seniors so that they can set resolutions that are attainable. • Update Your Legal Documents – Updating wills, power of attorney documents and prenups is something that people often put off. You don’t need them until you need them, and you may not know when that is going to be, so it is easy to put off. It would be a great New Year’s resolution to
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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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The 6 Benefits of Pumpkin

September 23rd marked the first day of Fall and we are so excited for what this season brings. One thing to look forward to is all the pumpkin flavored options there are! Whether it is in a pie or a latte, pumpkin seems to be everywhere. But did you know there are many physical health benefits to pumpkin? Believe it or not pumpkin can be very beneficial to your diet! Below we have put together a list of all the surprising health benefits pumpkins have. Check it out here from us at Freedom Healthcare.   Leading the way, pumpkin makes
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Personality Traits That Increase Life Longevity in Seniors

  You might be wondering- what does it take to live a very long and happy life? For as long as we can remember, history has shown that some have lived to an older age and they all share a few things in common. Luckily for you, we at Freedom Home Care have put together a list of personality traits that seniors have in common.   Number one: having a productive and active lifestyle. Not only does an active lifestyle have health benefits, but it is widespread amongst seniors. Staying active for as long as you can is the key
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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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