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How to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

Happy holiday season from Freedom Home Care! It’s time for that run of food-related events that takes us from Thanksgiving on through to New Years Day. It’s time for candied yams, jingle bells, and gobble-gobble. If you are expecting grandchildren to visit, or maybe just a few adults, there are some things you can do to get your home in order.   Freedom Home Care Highland Park reminds you that November is also American Diabetes Month. This is a good reminder of the special food preparation we can do for some of our guests. The holidays are especially difficult for
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Earning a Successful Transition Home from the Hospital or Rehab Stay

It is not easy returning home from being in the hospital or rehab for a long stay. More than anything, your loved ones cannot wait to return home. But with returning home, it comes with the fear that they might have another accident or re-hospitalization again.   Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, has high-quality staff on hands 24/7 to ensure you and your family that your loved ones are in the best care after returning home from a rehab or hospital stay.   With that being said, Freedom Home Care has put together some strategies for helping your
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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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Ways to Care for Parent or Spouse with Technology

Statistics show that more than 75 percent of the wealth in the United States is controlled by people over 50. The irony in that fact is that according to the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of young people aged 18-29 own a smart phone, while 74 percent of people aged 50-64 own one as well as 42 percent of those aged 65 and older. But to be fair, 97 percent of Americans in the 50-65 or older age group and 80 percent of seniors aged 65 and older own a cell phone of some type. This means that although most
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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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Aging in Place Home Upgrades

With age, the health and safety of our seniors becomes a top priority – especially if they prefer to spend their retirement years in the comfort of their own homes. According to a report published by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures, nearly 90 percent of people over 65 would choose to live out the rest of their lives – not in a facility – but at home. Of all of the benefits that come with aging in place – being in familiar surroundings, continued independence, reduced exposure to illnesses, and increased socialization with
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Activities for Homebound Seniors

Just because your senior parent or relative is not able to get around as much as they used to, doesn’t mean they have to forgo doing some of things they love to do. As we age, physical and mental activity becomes paramount to a long, healthy life. Today, homebound seniors are not limited to playing bridge and doing crossword puzzles all day. There are numerous ideas and activities that your loved can take advantage of and Freedom Home Care has come up with some unique ideas to keep your senior in balance – mind, body and spirit. Health & Wellness
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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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Is It Alzheimer's?

There is still so much to know and understand about Alzheimer’s. One thing experts are sure about is that it is a steadily progressive disease that often rears its head before symptoms begin. While almost 40 percent of all dementia patients can point to genes as playing a significant part in their diagnosis most cases, scientists say, occur with no family history or genetic predisposition. FHC searched and found new research stating that in dementia patients, the deterioration of the brain is linked to an abnormal build-up of protein. This accumulation of proteins is said to cause “frontotemporal degeneration.” What
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Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 19th – which got us thinking here at Freedom Home Care, “What is the role of a father” anyway? A father’s role is more significant than most people actually realize. Sure, Dads are great at coaching little league softball games and scaring away ‘Monsters’ in the middle of the night. But they also play a deeper, more significant part in our lives. Fathers are not only the financial supporters and disciplinarians of their children, they are also central to a child’s emotional, cognitive and language development. It’s been proven that they are strong contributors to the
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