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Breaking Down Shingles

Shingles is something we often hear about in the home care industry as it often impacts senior adults. The truth is, shingles can creep up on you at any age. Shingles is the result of the varicella-zoster virus which stays in your system once you’ve had the chicken pox. 99% of the U.S. population over the age of 50 has had chickenpox as a child. The good news: Chicken pox is a one and done disease meaning, you can’t get it again. Bad news: varicella-zoster virus remains dormant in your nerves and can strike at any given time....

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Sadly, elder abuse, or older adults who experience abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, is far too common. Perpetrators of elder abuse are often those closest to the individual, as studies from the Adult Protective Services report that 90 percent of perpetrators of elder abuse are family members. Individuals with dementia are the majority of those abused, as one study reported that 47 percent of people with dementia suffer from some kind of abuse. ...

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Why Do I Need Powers of Attorney?

A common question I get asked is, “Why do I need a Health Care or Power of Attorney?” The short answer is because only YOU can make a health care decision on your behalf or sign your own name. ...

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7 Nutritious Tips For Staying Healthy As We Age

As we near the end of National Nutrition Month, we thought it was appropriate to address the topic of making smart food decisions for seniors. It’s important to make healthy food choices at any age, but especially important for the elderly as their health begins to be more fragile. Following these simple tips will help you make better decisions to help you feel your best!...

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Safely Braving Winter

The Chicago weather always keeps us on our toes, especially this winter! With snow, the polar-vortex, ice storms, and so much more, we want to be sure everyone including clients, their families, and caregivers are staying safe out there!...

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Fall Prevention Awareness

Unfortunately, a lot of families call us because their loved one fell and needs help recouping. Falls are the leading cause of injury in adults over the age of 65, and can result in hip fractures, lacerations, and even more serious injuries to the head, which can be fatal. One out of three older adults fall each year, with 24% of those who fall sustaining serious injuries and 6% sustaining fractures. The number of falls is expected to increase yearly, costing the US health care system more than $54.9 billion by 2020. The risk of falling increases with the following risk factors:...

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Staying Cool for the Summer

Staying cool during the summer months is crucial for senior citizens because seniors are more prone to dehydration, their body can struggle to adjust to heat in old age, and medical prescriptions can further affect the body’s ability to control temperature. However, that doesn’t mean seniors should go into air-conditioned isolation throughout the summer – just adjust their habits! Seniors can follow these simple tips to stay cool and safe during these hot months:...

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Spring Break Traveling in your Golden Years

With the upcoming Spring Break, some seniors may be nervous to embark to a new destination. However, aging doesn’t mean becoming stationary for the rest of your life. In fact, once you’ve retired, it’s your time to get out and see the world. Whether it’s a domestic trip visiting family or an adventure to check off that international bucket list destination, we wanted to provide some tips to have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable vacation in your senior years. ...

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When to Bring in Home Health vs. Home Care

Often times, we receive calls for families looking for medical assistance. As a non-medical agency, we often need to refer them to a home health agency. But, what is the difference between home health and home care agency? Home care and home health are distinct types of care, which are both provided in a home setting and can significantly benefit an individual’s quality of life. However, it is important to note the differences in these types of care in order to decide which best matches you or your loved one’s needs....

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