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Home Care Powered by AUAF has served as a Chicagoland senior living home care agency for over 25 years. We are structured to provide specific levels of senior care services for you or your loved one. Our elderly in-home care service is an alternative to an assisted living facility or nursing home. This allows you or your loved one the independence and the comfort of home.

Everything you need to know about home care, caregivers and senior living in state of Illinois can be found right here. Check back with us periodically in order to learn about how older adults can make small changes that will have big impacts on their wellness. You can also learn about all the benefits of working with a home care agency to live independently in the comfort of your own home, as well as selected topics about senior living, home care, and more.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our local office and speak to a care specialist. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide whatever assistance we can in order to help you and your loved ones.

How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 24, 2022

Yesterday, you hopefully spent the day surrounded by family and wonderful food. Your loved ones left the home with satisfied stomachs and likely left you with a great deal of leftovers. For many seniors, this is ideal. Coming up with meals, cooking, and cleanup is an exhausting challenge as you age. However, eating the same meal every day for several days in a row quickly loses its charm—even if it’s delicious Thanksgiving food. If you’re wondering how to use Thanksgiving leftovers creatively, try one of these recipes. Turkey Pot Pie […]

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What States Pay Family Caregivers?

November 18, 2022

Family caregivers are some of the hardest-working individuals out there. On top of managing their career and personal lives, they’re responsible for the well-being of older adults. It is no easy feat, and they deserve some sort of compensation for their work. But what states pay family caregivers? The good news is that a large portion of the United States offers programs that allow family caregivers to receive some sort of compensation. However, certain states offer different funding options. It’s important you reach out to your state’s aging agency to […]

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At-Home Eye Tests for Seniors

November 22, 2022

As we age, some degree of vision problems is normal. Prescriptions change with age, and many who never used glasses before find they suddenly need them for driving or reading. The key word, however, is “some.” Some vision degeneration is normal. Sudden vision loss, pain, or clouding should not be ignored, as they point to more serious problems. At-home tests for seniors are great for maintaining an understanding of your vision. Regular testing will help you recognize if your vision is suddenly declining. This gives you the opportunity to book […]

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What is the Community Care Program?

November 17, 2022

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is an organization that was created to support and advocate for older Illinoisans. They offer over a dozen programs that help seniors live out their lives comfortably and confidently, whether that is resources for transportation, veterans, or ombudsman programs.  This support covers seniors in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and even in-home care. Home care is unique from the other forms of care many seniors receive, as it allows them to age in the comfort of their homes. For most seniors, home care is […]

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Spending a Fun Weekend with Seniors

November 21, 2022

It’s all too easy to fall into a rut of daily activities, but this is especially the case for seniors. While familiar settings and routines are great for keeping older adults preoccupied, when one does the same thing every day it can lead to feelings of demotivation and dissatisfaction. One day, or even a few hours, broken from the rigid structure of your loved one’s day will be great for their spirit. However, when planning a day trip with seniors, determining where to go can be half the battle. If […]

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Lung Cancer Awareness for Seniors

November 15, 2022

In addition to being American Diabetes Month, November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in both men and women—more than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. While case and death rates have decreased exponentially over the past handful of years, lung cancer awareness for seniors is especially important. Smoking rates peaked in 1964 when a bulk of the baby boomer generation were young adults. At that time, 42% of adults regularly smoked. While that number has decreased by about 70% […]

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Giving Thanks to Caregivers

November 23, 2022

Over the past few days, you’ve either been preparing dishes and welcoming family into your home, or traveling to spend Thanksgiving with said family. The week of Thanksgiving (and if we’re being realistic, the remainder of the year), is a hectic time for many seniors. Between family obligations and functions with friends, attending to one’s personal care needs can seem impossible without a caregiver. While giving thanks to caregivers is something that we should make a point to do all year long, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express just […]

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Easy Thanksgiving Décor for Seniors

November 16, 2022

When Halloween ends, many stores sweep up their spooky décor and put Christmas decorations in their place. It’s great to be excited about the impending holiday season, however, we’d be remiss to forget about the holiday that starts the season: Thanksgiving. For many seniors, Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday, as it’s one of the few days a year when the entire family gets together. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your home this year or helping a loved one plan their festivities, try these easy Thanksgiving décor for seniors. Putting together […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Food Pantry Donations

November 14, 2022

As we settle into the holiday season, there is a communal desire to bring some warmth into the world. At Home Care Powered by AUAF, this is something we strive to do. Serving our communities is one of the core pillars of this organization—and we are lucky to work in so many diverse communities across the greater Chicago area with food pantry donations From the South Side to Evanston, to Schaumburg, it’s our mission to give back to those in need, and food pantries allow us to do that. These […]

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Important Things Every Caregiver Should Remember

November 9, 2022

About 17% of adults provide care for their mom or dad at some juncture—and that number is only set to rise. Each member of the baby-boomer generation will reach age 65 or older by the year 2030. In response, the number of family caregivers will have to rise. You may not provide care to a loved one yet, but the chances are high that you will. Transitioning into the role of caregiver is challenging. If you are about to embark on that journey, take heed of these important things every […]

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Showing Kindness on World Kindness Day

November 11, 2022

Every day of the year, we’re bombarded with new stories about everything wrong in the world. In direct contrast to that, World Kindness Day was designed to highlight the good in our respective communities. Celebrated on November 13, the holiday encourages us all to spread kindness. Showing kindness on World Kindness Day is a great way for seniors to switch up their routines and feel good while doing so—in more than one way. Studies show that those who are consistently kind produce 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone), which can […]

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Style for Seniors

November 4, 2022

There’s a misconception about seniors that when you reach a certain age all your desire to maintain your sense of style disappears. However, for many seniors, this couldn’t be further from the case. Many senior citizens love to express themselves through their style but might feel like they can’t “pull off” certain trends due to their age. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Style for seniors doesn’t have to mean dated floral prints and pastels if you don’t want it to. You can follow fashion trends, feel like yourself, […]

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IDoA Director, Paula Basta, Visits Home Care Powered by AUAF

October 26, 2022

On Wednesday, October 19, it was our privilege to have the chance to meet IDoA director, Paula Basta. Despite her busy schedule, Basta took the time to stop by our offices to speak with us about our program and our joint mission to serve Illinois’s senior community. A majority of Paula Basta’s 40-year career has been centered on advocating for older adults. Before she took on the role of IDoA director in 2019, she worked with Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly, the City of Chicago’s Department on Aging, […]

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Easy Cold-Weather Meals for Seniors

November 8, 2022

Easy Cold-Weather Meals for Seniors During the warmer months of the year, it’s easier to eat healthy meals. Stores are full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Meats can be cooked on the grill instead of fried in the kitchen. When the cold weather starts to settle in, however, we may push aside healthy eating in favor of comfort foods. This is especially a problem for seniors, as chronic health conditions can be heavily impacted by the food one consumes. The most obvious example of this is diabetes. According to the […]

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Tips for Balancing Your Work and Caregiving Responsibilities

November 3, 2022

Tips for Balancing Your Work and Caregiving Responsibilities There comes a period in many individuals’ lives when they realize their elderly parent, or another loved one, can’t take care of themself like they used to. After years of being provided for by your parents, you are suddenly thrust into the role of a caregiver. The prospect can be daunting at first, but following an adjustment period, it settles into a rewarding experience. But the transition isn’t without its pitfalls. Most people do not have the luxury of quitting their job […]

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Celebrating Veterans Day with Seniors

November 10, 2022

114 years ago on November 11 in 1918, in a moment of great relief for the entire globe, World War I finally came to an end. While Veteran’s Day didn’t become a nationally observed holiday until 1954, the date was chosen to honor this crucial point in world history. Unlike Memorial Day, which was designed to honor those we have lost, Veteran’s Day was created to honor those who are still with us. Veteran’s Day is an important day for many seniors. A 2021 study found that 42% of males […]

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Tips for Alzheimer’s Prevention

November 2, 2022

The odds are high that you know someone who has faced or currently is facing, Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than 6.2 million seniors currently live with the disease. That number is projected to more than double by 2060. We must know what the disease entails, its risk factors, and potential avenues for prevention. While these are important details to familiarize yourself with all year long, there isn’t a better time to push that education further than November. This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Use […]

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Celebrating Día de Los Muertos with Seniors

November 1, 2022

Día de Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that inspires individuals to reflect on the lives of their passed loved ones. From October 31 to November 2, colorful celebrations of life take place to commemorate friends and family who have passed. While the holiday is celebrated by all ages, it is especially meaningful when celebrating Día de Los Muertos with seniors. They have lost a greater number of loved ones throughout their life. As time goes by, they may feel more and more disconnected from […]

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Cook County Public Health Announces Health Atlas Database

October 24, 2022

On October 12, the Cook County Department of Public Health announced its brand-new data portal: the Cook County Health Atlas. This resource is designed to allow all residents of Cook County to access and analyze neighborhood health data from the suburban municipalities. About the Health Atlas The data breaks down more than 100 indicators of health. These include obesity, depression, smoking rates, and so much more. Users can search for whatever health indicator they’d and see maps, charts, graphs, and tables for their area of choice regarding it. The idea […]

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Helping Your Loved One Avoid Flu Season

October 31, 2022

As the weather starts to cool, there’s a second season that starts to populate our heads. Not winter, but flu season. While you can get the flu any time of year, the actual “flu season” begins in October and can extend into May. Many people aren’t too concerned about the flu virus and its effects, but this can be a disastrous oversight for those who provide care to seniors. Due to their weakened immune systems, older adults (people 65 and up) are far more likely to develop serious complications upon […]

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What is Elder Abuse?

October 27, 2022

Abuse is something that millions of Americans contest with every day. Among them, unfortunately, are seniors. According to the National Council on Aging, about one in 10 Americans aged 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates put the number as high as five million senior citizens who are victims of abuse each year, but the number can’t be confirmed because it often goes unported. Seniors are more susceptible to abuse because of their reliance on others. Frailty, mobility issues, and cognitive decline are some of […]

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Have a Safe Halloween with Seniors

October 28, 2022

Halloween is just around the corner. By now, you’ve likely made plans with loved ones and are looking forward to a night of seasonal fun. Whether that means a party or spooky movies, it’ll still be a great time! However, if you have an elderly loved one, you might be concerned about enjoying the holiday with them. Halloween can be a little nerve-wracking for seniors—and it’s more than the spooky decorations and frightful movies. Follow these tips to make sure you have a safe Halloween with seniors, as well as […]

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Making Your Parent’s Home Senior-Friendly

October 26, 2022

Aging in place isn’t a privilege everyone gets, and it may not even be a mental limitation that makes it unsafe to be at home. It may be because your parent’s home isn’t senior-friendly. As time goes by, it will become more and more difficult to remain in this location. The truth of the matter is most homes are not senior-friendly. According to a Census report, only 10% of homes can accommodate seniors as-are. As a result, the family of older adults often have to take appropriate steps to ensure […]

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Book Club Ideas for Seniors

October 25, 2022

Reading has a way of transporting us to far-off worlds and different cultures all from the comfort of our homes. When we read a particularly engaging book, we want to share the story with our loved ones, but it isn’t the same when they haven’t read it. Share that love with them by starting a book club. Book clubs are a fantastic activity for seniors. They encourage you to read stories you perhaps may not have read otherwise. They also provide you with an avenue of community, which is so […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Companionship & Social Interaction?

October 21, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Companionship & Social Interaction? For many seniors, aging in place is the ideal outcome. The familiarity of home, your possessions, and your cherished memories are all comforting. You know where everything is and never have to worry about learning a new space. But with the positives come negatives. Living at home, especially if you live alone, is isolating. You might spend several days in a row without talking to another person. This can foster deep feelings of loneliness, fear, and even depression. […]

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What are the Different Types of Senior Care?

October 20, 2022

What are the Different Types of Senior Care? No two people benefit from the same form of elder care. Some seniors need regular supervision and care, while others just need a little help around the home from time to time. To accommodate the diverse needs of older adults, a wide array of care options were developed. If you’re already providing care to a loved one, you may be wondering: what are the different types of senior care? You may be struggling with the responsibilities that come with acting as a […]

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How to Find In-Home Care for the Elderly

October 18, 2022

After years of living in the same home, it’s natural to feel an attachment to it. You’ve built memories among those walls—holidays, celebrations, and quiet moments. You may have even raised your children in it. So, as you age, the thought of leaving your home is more and more distressing. For many older adults, aging in place is the ideal outcome, but it may get to a point where it is no longer safe for you to live at home alone anymore. Perhaps it’s difficult for you to get around […]

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Board Games for Senior Game Night

October 19, 2022

Meeting up with friends for lunch regularly is a great way to keep in touch, but it can grow old after a while. You might want to opt for something new, but making other plans can be just as frustrating. You could join a class together, but expenses come into question. A walk in the park could work, but mobility can be an issue for some. Game nights are a great option for seniors who want to switch up how they spend time with their friends and family. They are relatively […]

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How to Make a Positive Impact on Your Loved One’s Cognitive Health

October 17, 2022

How to Make a Positive Impact on Your Loved One’s Cognitive Health “Cognitive health” is probably not something you considered in your younger years. But as you and your loved ones age, “cognitive health” becomes a phrase that you hear quite regularly. It refers to the mental processes that involve learning, intuition, judgment, language, and remembering. It impacts our ability to perform both complex and basic activities of daily living. As people age, they may experience a decline in their cognitive health. This is most often experienced in those who […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness for Seniors

October 13, 2022

October marks the beginning of many things—autumn, the holiday season, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The name was developed in 1985 to bring awareness to the most common form of cancer that affects women, as well as the importance of early detection. After decades of campaigning, the pink ribbon has become synonymous with October in the United States. While the signs and symptoms are crucial for all ages to recognize, breast cancer awareness for seniors is especially important. Half of the newly diagnosed breast cancer cases, in particular, occur in […]

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How to Apply for the Medicaid Caregiver Program

October 12, 2022

How to Apply for the Medicaid Caregiver Program In the United States, more than 53 million adults provide unpaid care to a loved one. This is roughly one in five adults, and that number will only rise as the baby-boomer generation reaches retirement. If you do not already provide care to a loved one, the chances are that you will in the years to come. While the thought may initially be a frightening one, acting as a caregiver is one of the most rewarding experiences. It is fulfilling to see […]

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Easy Halloween Décor for Seniors

October 14, 2022

One of the best ways to usher in a new season, or a new holiday, is to decorate. While it might just seem like a silly task, decorating is so much more than that. The mentally stimulating activity requires a great deal of forward thinking and planning, which is especially valuable for older adults. However, if you have never been one for decorating, it can be challenging to know where to start. This list of easy Halloween decor for seniors encourages you to flex your creative muscle. Each easy DIY […]

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Halloween Fun in the Chicago Area for Seniors

October 11, 2022

Halloween is a beloved holiday for a reason: it’s great fun. With trick-or-treating, parties, movies, and other festivities, there is something for all age groups to enjoy. While not all Halloween events were made with the entire family in mind, there are still great options for Halloween fun in the Chicago area for seniors. No two seniors are alike. Some prefer the energy of a crowd, while others might want a quieter engagement. Whatever you or your loved one prefers, there is likely something to pique your interest on this […]

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Outdoor Exercises for Seniors in Fall

October 6, 2022

Autumn is a perfect time of year to take your exercise regimen outdoors. The blazing heat of summer has passed and the brutal cold of winter has yet to set in, making exercise comfortable. Given how sensitive many seniors are to temperature, there’s no better time to exercise outdoors. If you want to enjoy the weather while focusing on your physical fitness, consider these outdoor exercises for seniors in the fall. Hiking For many people, hiking is a form of exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. The colored leaves, sounds […]

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Preparing Your Aging Loved One for Cold Weather

October 5, 2022

With fall in full swing, it is time to begin preparing your aging loved one for cold weather. While you likely want to savor the sun and not think about the prospect of being snowed in quite yet, it is crucial that you take these steps before everyone is scrambling for their necessary supplies. Freezing temperatures have a substantial impact on individuals of all ages, of course, but seniors are far more susceptible to the cold than younger individuals. When one is cold, their heart pumps less effectively and their […]

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Fast Safely with Seniors During Yom Kippur

October 4, 2022

Fasting on Yom Kippur is an essential part of the High Holy Days for many Jewish individuals. It is the quintessential way to cleanse the body and reflect on one’s sins. For many seniors, however, fasting for a day isn’t as simple as it once was. Medical concerns can make fasting a questionable activity for seniors. But after decades of the following tradition on Yom Kippur, it’s difficult to skip out on a year. It may leave you wondering: are there ways to fast safely with seniors during Yom Kippur? […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Brain Games & Activities?

October 3, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Brain Games & Activities? It’s a fact of life that, as we age, our mental capacity may not be what it once was. As new memories populate the surface of our brains, old ones slip—or perhaps vice versa, on occasion. Is there any way to help seniors with brain games and activities? But just because this is natural, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything you can’t do about it. Just like when you go to the gym intent to target your arms […]

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Why do Seniors like Bingo?

September 29, 2022

It seems in any form of media that features older adults, you will catch them playing bingo at some point. Whether it was born from the media we consume or actively watching our older relatives play the game, bingo has grown to be associated with older generations. But why do seniors like bingo? What is it that attracts seniors to the game? Bingo is more than the quiet game it may appear to be. For many seniors, the game is an opportunity for fun, socialization, and mental stimulation. A chance […]

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What are the 4 Types of Caregivers?

September 28, 2022

When caregivers work in unique environments, they can’t perform the exact same activities for their senior clients. Some are better suited for activities of daily living, while others can perform medical care. As you, or a loved one, begins to require additional care in their lives, you may begin to wonder: what are the 4 types of caregivers? In the interest of full disclosure, there are more than 4 types of caregivers. However, four types of caregivers are more common and are likely to be the leading contenders for your consideration. […]

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Self-Care for Seniors

September 23, 2022

September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. Over the past handful of years, the phrase “self-care” has risen in popularity. In the past, the prospect of taking time out of the day to care for yourself may have been perceived as selfish or even weak. These days, the importance of self-care is better understood by a wider range of Americans. Self-care isn’t necessarily about indulging in shopping or treats. At its core, the term “self-care” is the practice of taking an active role in protecting your health, well-being, and happiness. After […]

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Five Things to Consider When Taking Care of an Elderly Loved One

September 27, 2022

Beginning the journey of caring for an elderly loved one brings a whirlwind of changes. You are no longer responsible for your life and your life alone. Suddenly, another human being depends on your care—and it is far different from supervising a child. Unlike a child, your elderly parent or loved one used to be able to handle their daily tasks themselves. They may be resistant to suddenly having someone else take the reins. This new arrangement may initially be difficult for you and your family member. After spending one’s […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Taste of Polonia

September 26, 2022

Home Care Powered by AUAF was thrilled to attend Taste of Polonia this year. The city of Chicago has the second largest Polish community in the country behind only the country of Poland itself. As a result, the event is not only the largest Polish festival in the Chicago area, but in the country. About Taste of Polonia In 1977, the Polish community set out on its mission to create a permanent cultural center for themselves within Chicago. It wasn’t until 1979 that the Copernicus Foundation (named after a renowned […]

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Do Caregivers Get Paid?

September 22, 2022

At first, taking care of an elderly loved one might not seem too much of an undertaking. It may begin with simple tasks like picking up prescriptions or ingredients for a meal. As your loved one ages, however, the responsibilities pile up. The occasional errand turns into meal preparation, housekeeping, and personal care. Suddenly, it seems you have two full-time jobs. As this occurs, you may begin to wonder: do caregivers get paid for their work? Certainly, some professionals work for an agency and build a career. But what about […]

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Fall Events in the Chicago Area for Seniors

September 21, 2022

Fall is the favorite season of Americans across the board—and with good reason. The intense heat of summer has abated, and the brutal cold of winter has yet to set in. The leaves change to brilliant displays of red and orange. There are plenty of seasonal activities and festivals. The city of Chicago is one of the best places to be during the fall months. The weather is right, the city is covered in a blanket of leaves, and there is a new activity to enjoy seemingly every week, no […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Errands?

September 20, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Errands? For some, hopping from store to store to fulfill one’s errands is a fun activity. However, as we age, running errands is not as enjoyable as it once was. Mobility issues make “hopping between stores” not quite so simple, and the constant action can be draining. Despite their importance, seniors may avoid going to the grocery store, the post office, or the pharmacy due to physical limitations. If this has grown to be the case for you, it may be time […]

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What Does the Illinois Department on Aging Do?

September 19, 2022

If you are over age 60 or perhaps have an older loved one, there is a high chance that you’ve heard of the Illinois Department on Aging. While the name is recognizable, you may wonder: what does the Illinois Department on Aging do? We are taught from a young age to respect our elders. However, elders often don’t receive the support they need to live out their golden years in comfort. They may need assistance getting to appointments or remembering to take medication, but don’t have the resources they need. […]

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Showing Your Caregivers Appreciation on Labor Day

September 2, 2022

The “caregiver” profession is unlike any other. Caregivers are directly responsible for creating a positive impact in the lives of their elderly clients. Whether responsible for keeping their clients on top of their medication or assisting with grooming activities, it is thanks to both professional caregivers and family caregivers that so many seniors are able to live independently in the comfort of their homes. While their actions are most certainly appreciated, too often that appreciation goes unsaid. Don’t let this weekend pass without showing your caregivers appreciation on Labor Day. […]

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Celebrating Labor Day with Seniors

September 2, 2022

Labor Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the unofficial end of summer. The change in the season is already detected with shorter days and cooler nights, but that doesn’t mean the best has already passed. Send out summer surrounded by friends and family this year. After spending an entire year working diligently, you may be inclined to simply see where the day takes you. However, if you’re celebrating Labor Day with seniors, you may want to include more structure in your day. Consider these family activities […]

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How to Quit Smoking

September 15, 2022

In the 20th century, smoking was widely accepted among Americans. It was leaned on for a variety of reasons, from overcoming boredom to maintaining anxiety, to simply wishing to appear sophisticated. By the 1960s, about 42% of Americans were regular smokers. That number has drastically declined over the years. As of 2020, it was down to 12.5% 2020. For older adults over 65, that number is down to 8.3%— an impressive statistic, given the numbers of their youth. While the decreased numbers are a great trend, there are still millions […]

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Assisted Living or Home Care?

September 14, 2022

This week is National Assisted Living Week. During this time of year, we are encouraged to take a moment to all of those who play vital role health and happiness of seniors in these facilities. If you are over the age of 65, this week may give you pause. As we age, it’s natural to need help with activities of daily living we once found simple. When you begin to recognize this in yourself, you may wonder: what kind of help do I need? Do I need assisted living or […]

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Deciding the Hours You Work as a Family Caregiver

September 13, 2022

Family caregivers are some of the hardest working individuals out there. Not only do they have to manage the care of an elderly loved one (which is a daunting task on its own), they have to juggle their own lives, their families, and even their careers. The limited hours in a day become painfully obvious when one starts providing care to a loved one. According to the Arbors, family caregivers provide an average of 24.4 hours a week. 23% spend more than 41 hours caring for a family member. Many […]

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How to Celebrate Grandparents Day

September 9, 2022

The origins of Grandparents Day were slow to start. In 1969, a little boy sent President Nixon a letter suggesting there should be a day to celebrate grandparents. It was declined for the time being, but that wasn’t the end of things. For nearly ten years, activist Marian McQuade fought for a day recognizing our older family members, and in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed it into fruition. He was determined the first Sunday following Labor Day would be known as “National Grandparents Day.” Though a nationally recognized holiday, it […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Back-to-School Events

September 1, 2022

In order to usher in the new school year, Home Care Powered by AUAF attended a series of back-to-school attends across Chicagoland! August is the time of year when families in all communities prepare their students for their impending studies. This often comes in the form of attending events designed to celebrate the new school year. Home Care Powered by AUAF prides itself on playing an active part in the communities we serve. So, our staff was thrilled to attend four separate back-to-school events. The back-to-school community events Chicago was […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Housekeeping?

September 12, 2022

How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Housekeeping? A majority of people do not enjoy cleaning up after themselves, but it is a necessary part of life. A home in disarray has been shown to have strong, negative impacts on one’s mental health. Too much clutter can increase stress and difficulties focusing. There are physical ramifications too. It goes without saying that people are more susceptible to a slip and fall in a messy home, but those who live in unsanitary conditions are also more likely to experience colds […]

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Get Paid to Care for a Loved One in Illinois

September 8, 2022

In eight short years, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65. With this high population of seniors set to grow over the years, this means that senior citizens will outnumber children for the first time in a matter of decades (according to the Census). A Pew Research study in 2015 claimed that about 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older adult. With the senior population rising by the day, that number is only going to increase. Whether a spouse, a child caring for their parent, […]

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The Importance of Friendship for Seniors

September 6, 2022

Friendships are different from any relationship a person can have. On top of the fun times had, there are certain conversations you can have with a friend that you might not want to have with anyone else. They’re crucial to helping through difficult life transitions, both positive and negative. Making and keeping friends isn’t as easy as it was when we were children, however. Work, appointments, and family are just a few of the many scheduling obstacles older adults experience. However, the importance of friendship for seniors cannot be understated. […]

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Resources for Seniors in Illinois

September 6, 2022

Aging into one’s golden years is an exciting point in one’s life. Post-retirement is the perfect time to travel, try new hobbies, and find a new perspective on life. However, as one ages, one may need more assistance than ever. Medical and financial problems bring new challenges to overcome. Finding resources for seniors might be overwhelming, especially when topics such as transportation, meals, and housing come into play. If you need resources for seniors in Illinois but aren’t sure where to start, continue reading. Illinois Department on Aging At its […]

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Healthy Meals for Seniors

September 1, 2022

A large portion of U.S. adults consumes poor-quality diets—specifically, diets with too little fish, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. While one’s diet can’t necessarily cause or cure certain conditions, it can have powerful impacts on health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, and stroke. These impacts can be both positive and negative. Seniors in particular struggle with getting enough nutrition. For some, it is because grocery shopping has grown too difficult. For others, it’s not as fun to cook for one person. Whatever reason it is, it is […]

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Date Night for Seniors

August 31, 2022

When one thinks of senior couples, they often imagine two elderly individuals sitting on the couch with one another, simply enjoying each other’s presence. While senior couples will certainly have days such as these, many still want to go out to enjoy their love, even if they’ve been married 50 years. On the other side, of the spectrum, some seniors are in the throes of new love! Date night for seniors can be just as fun as it was 30, 40 years ago. That being said, it is all too […]

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Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

August 30, 2022

The sights and smells of a fresh garden are enough to boost the mood of anyone most of the year. For seniors, however, the benefits of gardening are far more than a literal breath of fresh air. According to a study conducted by SAGE Open Med, there is a positive correlation between gardening and positive aging. When one thinks of gardening, it’s usually the spring months that come to mind. However, late summer and early fall are great times of year for seniors to start learning about gardening. It allows […]

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How Can Children Help Caring for a Senior?

August 25, 2022

The “sandwich generation” defines the group of people (usually in their thirties or forties) who are responsible for raising their children and caring for their aging parents simultaneously. Caring for children is tiring. Caring for older adults is daunting. Doing both at the same time is positively exhausting, especially as one’s parents continue to degenerate. As this happens, some parents feel they must keep their family caregiver responsibilities separate. However, this does not have to be the case. If your children are a little older (around late elementary school), they […]

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How Seniors Can Connect with Family via Social Media

August 24, 2022

As little as 40 years ago, the best way to keep in contact with a loved one who lived more than a town or so away was to send a letter. Long-distance phone calls existed but were too expensive for most people to have more than a few-minute-long conversation. As a result, letters were the primary form of communication. But things are different in 2022. Seniors can connect with family via social media. Seniors don’t have to wait for letters to hear from family across state lines, and they don’t […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Fiesta Del Sol

August 16, 2022

Home Care Powered by AUAF was excited to attend Fiesta del Sol during the weekend of July 29 to 31. In 1974, the event initially celebrated the successful campaign of the Pilsen Latinx community, which convinced the Chicago Board of Education to build a new high school. Now, Fiesta del Sol celebrates the coming together of communities through the beauty of Latinx heritage, history, and culture. Fiesta del Sol today After 50 years of celebration, what was once a two-block event has expanded to encompass eight blocks down Cermak Road. […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Medication Reminders & Management?

August 23, 2022

According to OnlineDoctor, more than four in 10 older adults take five or more prescription medications in a day. Of that number, nearly 20% take 10 or more. Keeping track of that many medications would be overwhelming to anyone. This is especially the case for seniors who already struggle with confusion or memory loss. For seniors, a medication mishap can cause a myriad of issues either way. Forgetting to take medications can cause symptoms of a condition to flourish. On the other side of the spectrum, however, if a senior […]

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Caring for a Family Member with Dementia

August 22, 2022

Caring for a family member with dementia is daunting, and at times stressful, endeavor. There is currently no cure for the degenerative condition, meaning that, at some point, many Americans will be forced to care for someone with dementia. There are currently more than 16 million people caring for a person with dementia in the United States. In the early stages, it’s likely your loved one may not need too much additional support. However, this is the proper time to start learning about caring for a family member with dementia. […]

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Why Seniors Should Try Video Gaming

August 18, 2022

While classic video games like Pong and Frogger have been widely available for 40 to 50 years, it’s within the past few decades that we’ve seen a major draw to gaming. It seems like each year, the video gaming industry breaks new records—whether it’s the overall amount of players, a new, immersive game, or a console smashing records. There’s a new group of people who are breaking records: senior citizens. According to an AARP survey in 2019, 44% of adults over 50 played video games—a six percent increase from 2016. […]

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The Elderly and Depression

August 17, 2022

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses Americans face, and it is just as prevalent in older adults. According to WebMD, about six million Americans aged 65 and older suffer from depression, but only 10% receive treatment. This number is shocking. Reasons that such a small portion of the population receives treatment vary. It could be due to the stigmas many carry about mental illness. It may also be that depression can manifest differently in older people. You must know facts about the elderly and depression so you […]

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What is Respite Care?

August 16, 2022

Acting as a primary caregiver for an older adult is a rewarding job. Each day, you are the reason that an elderly loved one can live in the comfort of their home, despite their illness or disability. That alone should be enough for you to go home feeling proud of yourself. While there is so much good that comes with being a family caregiver, it can be a stressful job. Caring for a parent while juggling a career and child care can quickly lead to burnout. For many caregivers, admitting […]

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Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility

August 15, 2022

One of the most frustrating aspects of aging for many seniors is limited mobility. What you used to enjoy is twice as hard to do, and that’s upsetting. When you’re a vibrant person who still wants to enjoy life, being limited by disease or injury is especially discouraging. What’s more, those with limited mobility are more likely to experience isolation and loneliness. Losing mobility doesn’t have to take away a person’s liveliness. Instead, consider these activities for seniors with limited mobility to add joy to your life. Indoor Activities for […]

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What are the Traits of a Quality Caregiver?

August 11, 2022

Providing care to an older adult is possibly one of the most rewarding careers one can have. Each day, you play a fundamental part in the life of a senior citizen. You help them with whatever tasks have grown to be too difficult and provide them companionship. At the end of the day, you go home knowing that you have made someone’s life easier. Despite all the positives of the caregiving career, it can be a taxing job, and it goes without saying that this role is not for everyone. […]

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What is Dementia Care?

August 12, 2022

What is Dementia Care? According to John Hopkins Medicine, 5.8 million people in the United States live with some form of dementia– a group of conditions characterized by an impairment of at least two brain functions (for example, Alzheimer’s disease). As of 2018, that number was 220,000 in the state of Illinois. The condition is marked by a series of stages that indicate the person’s cognitive decline. First Stage: No dementia noticed Second Stage: Perceived age-related forgetfulness and memory loss Third Stage: Mild cognitive impairment. The family may recognize changes in […]

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Benefits of Developing a New Hobby as a Senior

August 10, 2022

Having a hobby has been shown to improve one’s mood and even cognitive skills in adults of any age. For seniors, however, it is especially important. With so much additional free time on their hands, it’s easy to feel aimless as they float through life. Hobbies return a sense of purpose to one’s life, whether it’s as simple as reading for a book club or as complex as woodworking. The benefits of developing a new hobby as a senior extend far past that, however. Hobbies are great for stress relief […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Meal Preparation?

August 9, 2022

A balanced diet is crucial to all, no matter their age. According to the CDC, healthy eating has been shown to promote eyes, skin, and teeth health. It also supports muscles, strengthens bones, and lowers the risk of several diseases. It’s evident that a quality diet is crucial to one’s overall health, and why one should help seniors with meal preparation. However, maintaining a balanced diet isn’t always a simple feat for seniors. In a survey by National Health and Nutrition Examination, approximately 61 percent of adults over 65 have […]

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Is Being a Caregiver a Fulfilling Career?

August 4, 2022

You’re looking for a new career, but you aren’t sure where to start. You don’t want to fall into the same job that you previously worked in simply because it’s what you know. You want a career that will genuinely make a difference in the lives of others, one that will look different every day. If this sounds like you, have you ever wondered: is being a caregiver a fulfilling career? For many people, it is. Acting as an in-home caregiver for seniors puts you in a career where your […]

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Fun Things for Seniors in Chicago this Month

August 3, 2022

Summer in the city of Chicago is like no other. The city comes to life with street festivals, live music, and other free events in a way it doesn’t any other season. And while the official start of fall isn’t until the end of September, many see August as the last great month for summer fun in the city of Chicago. Take advantage of the warm weather with these fun things for seniors in Chicago this month. While these events aren’t necessarily designed for seniors, they should be accessible and […]

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Why Seniors Should Keep Up with Eye Exams

August 2, 2022

August is National Eye Exam Month! While most people are on top of their doctor’s or dentist appointments, eye doctor appointments often fall to the wayside. Why visit the optometrist when it doesn’t seem like your prescription has changed? Why seniors should keep up with eye exams is about more than changing the lens of your glasses or offering you contacts. Regular screenings are crucial to detecting potential health problems before they become too serious. Some conditions are easily curable, while others are only treatable. Catching symptoms early is the […]

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Becoming a Caregiver for the First Time

August 1, 2022

As your parent ages, there comes a time when you must care for them like they once cared for you. If you have never been a caregiver before, the task may seem daunting. While the experience will be trying for you and your elderly parents, it will be rewarding as well. This guide will help your transition to become a caregiver for the first time a more seamless one. Educate yourself The first step toward becoming an in-home caregiver is educating yourself on what that title entails. This includes learning […]

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New Things to Try During Retirement

July 28, 2022

After years of building a career and raising children, it’s finally time to retire. The last day at work is a little bittersweet as you shake hands with your co-workers and employers, but you’re excited for what’s to come. Once you’re finally free, you find yourself in a honeymoon phase not dissimilar to a recent marriage. For many, it’s the prospect of planned travels. For others, it’s the ability to finally just rest. But once that phase ends, many seniors begin to feel aimless or even lonely, and they begin […]

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The Importance of Keeping a Senior Organized

July 26, 2022

It’s all too easy to accumulate clutter. Even over the course of the week, we compile mail, little trinkets, and receipts that end up shoved in a drawer or a basket. Those weeks accumulate, and we end up with a pile of litter that serves no use other than to take up space. As one ages, keeping organized becomes equally more important and more difficult to do. Weeks of clutter can turn into years. Attempting to manage that when one’s physical and mental health is on the decline becomes an […]

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How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Personal Care?

July 27, 2022

As we get older, tasks that were once simple grow to be laborious. The same goes for personal care. It’s more difficult to reach up and wash one’s hair than it once was. Stepping out of the shower or tub can be a challenge not only due to stiff joints but due to a fear of a slip and fall. Dressing is a similar danger, as one misstep can result in a nasty tumble. As a result, many begin to wonder: how can in-home care workers help seniors with personal […]

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Unique Ways to Spend Time with Your Grandchildren

July 25, 2022

When one thinks back on their cherished memories with their grandparents, it isn’t the gifts they received that come to mind. It’s the experiences they shared and insightful conversations they had that are most impactful. Whether you live nearby your grandchildren or only see them a handful of times a year, do what you can to make your time with them count. Going to the mall or seeing a movie will be fun, certainly, but consider some of these unique ways to spend time with your grandchildren to create memories […]

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Illinois Department of Human Services Announces Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

July 15, 2022

The Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced the launching of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. This number will replace the existing lifeline on July 16, 2022, as a more convenient way to get help. The line serves as an invaluable resource to thousands of people a day. With this easy-to-remember number, it will hopefully benefit even more people. About the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline By calling 988, one can connect to compassionate, accessible support when experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance abuse issues, and any other […]

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Ways to Manage Arthritis at Home

July 22, 2022

Arthritis, the inflammation of joints, is one of the most prevalent conditions among seniors—and there are statistics to prove it. According to a CDC study (2013-2015), nearly 50% of adults aged 65 years and older reported physician-diagnosed arthritis. While arthritis is a chronic condition that can never be cured, it can be treated to lessen discomfort and pain. Doctors may recommend certain medications or therapies, but you can take your situation into your own hands. There are ways to manage arthritis at home that are shown to improve overall discomfort […]

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Forming a Bond with Your Elderly Client

July 21, 2022

As a caregiver, your primary goal is to provide your client the personalized care they need to live out their years in comfort. However, caregiving is far more than the personal care you attend to or the meals you prepare. You’re more than someone who comes into a senior’s home to perform a task. You are an active participant in their lives. As a result, your bond with your client may mean more to your client than you think. For many seniors, their caregiver is the person they see most […]

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Spending National Parent’s Day with Seniors

July 20, 2022

Compared to its counterparts in May and June, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, National Parent’s Day is a relatively young holiday. First established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed it into law, National Parent’s Day is observed on the Fourth Sunday of July to celebrate the important role parents play in our lives. This year, the holiday falls on July 24. On this day, take the time to honor your elderly parents for uplifting and supporting you throughout all the trials and successes you experienced throughout life. Below are […]

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Financial Scams Elders Face

July 19, 2022

According to an FBI report of 2020, senior citizens across America collectively lost almost $1 billion to financial scams. This statistic covers a total of 105,301 people over the age of 65, who lost an average of $9,175 per person. Almost 2,000 seniors lost more than $100,000. In comparison to other age groups, older adults are more likely to fall victim to financial scams. While no two individuals are exactly alike, the reasons seniors tend to fall prey to these schemes come down to two factors—social isolation and decreased cognitive […]

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How to Become a Caregiver with Home Care Powered by AUAF

July 14, 2022

As our loved ones age, it’s natural to start helping them with certain tasks. As time goes on, the number of those tasks often starts to build. What was once helping around the house becomes meal preparation, transportation, and personal care. Suddenly, caring for your elderly loved one is as involved as a part-time, or even a full-time, job. According to AARP, more than 34 million Americans provide unpaid elder care services. This means lost wages due to missed work while providing care, which leads to physical and financial stress. Many […]

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Yoga Poses for Seniors

July 14, 2022

For many seniors, high-intensity exercise isn’t in the cards anymore. Things like running, jump rope, and stair-climbing are hard on the joints and hard on stamina. Low-impact exercise is a safer alternative for seniors, as it carries less of a risk of injury and strain. For those who want to keep moving without worrying about hurting themselves, yoga poses for seniors are the solution. The benefits of yoga for older adults include improved balance, joint health, bone and muscle mass, and even mental wellness. Those who practice yoga regularly (sometimes […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Chicago Food Truck Festival

July 5, 2022

On June 25 and 26, our staff at Home Care Powered by AUAF was thrilled to attend the 9th annual Chicago Food Truck Festival. According to a survey by timeoutchicago, Chicago is the number one city for both eating and drinking, making this event a highly anticipated one. The Food Truck Festival celebrates the rich culture of food in Chicagoland. This is all thanks to the entrepreneurs who bring these unique flavors to life. Over the course of the weekend, over 70,000 people flocked to Chicago’s South Loop to partake […]

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Discussing Mental Health with Seniors

July 12, 2022

The topic of mental health has faced an intense uphill battle. For decades, mental health struggles were observed as weaknesses or moral failing. In the years before, it was approached in a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell fashion.” While mental health should be an open discussion, this is the landscape surrounding mental health that most of the country grew up with. Finally, we’re seeing change. The younger generation is vocal about mental health awareness and works to change the stigmas surrounding it. In spite of that, much of the […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Attends Fiestas Patronales Puertorriqueñas

June 24, 2022

On the weekend of June 11 and 12, our staff at Home Care Powered by AUAF attended the 44th annual Fiestas Patronales Puertorriqueñas. The festival celebrates the great leaders and culture brought forth by the Puerto Rican Community. Those who attended this event enjoyed a parade, live music, food, cultural performances, carnival rides, and fun with the many vendors present. Our staff was happy to be on-site to soak in the rich Puerto Rican culture and to educate the community about our mission and services. In addition to speaking with […]

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Building a Relationship with the Family: A Caregiver’s Guide

July 11, 2022

As a caregiver, your client should be your top priority. Everything you do, from personal care to listening to their troubles, ensures they live the happiest, most comfortable lives possible. But there’s another step you can take to guarantee you’re doing everything right for your client: building a relationship with the family. It’s important to cultivate a positive relationship with your client’s family. Not only will this foster a healthier environment for them, but establishing trust will go a long way to improve your overall experience as a caregiver. An […]

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Great Group Classes for Seniors

July 8, 2022

When one thinks of group classes, the first thing one often conjures is fit young adults participating in intense workouts. However, this is a massive oversimplification. There are group classes for all sorts of topics designed for all age groups. Of course, this includes group classes for seniors. Group classes are a great way to not only improve upon one’s physical health or develop a new hobby, but to make friends. In a generation where isolation is such a prevalent problem, the sense of community that comes from a group […]

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Helping Seniors with Digital Literacy

July 6, 2022

For the past twenty or so years, it’s been a common stereotype that older adults do not understand digital technologies. Younger generations lament and laugh over their parent’s struggles with supposedly “simple tasks” over technology. This is a key example of the digital divide, which expresses the vast differences in technological understanding between seniors and younger generations. During the pandemic, however, many realized just how much of a problem a lack of digital literacy skills can be. Without regular visits from family and friends, those who couldn’t operate their digital […]

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Knowing When to Hire a Caregiver

July 5, 2022

Making the decision to hire a caregiver for your elderly parent is a difficult one to come to. What’s more difficult is deciding when to hire a caregiver in the first place. When we regularly see an elderly loved one, it can be difficult to notice signs of degradation until they’ve progressed quite far. Some think that they shouldn’t hire an in-home caregiver until things have taken a sharp decline, but that’s not necessarily the case. Home care workers can provide whatever level of care your elderly parent requires—whether it’s […]

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Celebrating the 4th of July with Seniors

July 1, 2022

On the 4th of July, the entire country stops to enjoy everything summer has to offer—warm weather, great food, and fun with the family. No matter where you live, there is bound to be an event celebrating the independence of our country. For some seniors, however, the 4th of July can be a bit agitating. With all the noise, smoke, and heat, many seniors—especially those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s—end up overwhelmed by the festivities. If you’re celebrating the 4th of July with seniors, try these senior-friendly activity ideas that […]

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Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

June 22, 2022

Over this past week, temperatures in the Chicago area skyrocketed up to 100. Given the mild temperatures the week before, this gave many residents whiplash—especially those without central air. A great deal of Chicago homes are older, and as a result, not equipped with air conditioning. This is a problem for anyone living in these scenarios, but especially senior citizens. Older adults can’t adjust to the sudden, extreme shifts in temperature as well as younger people. This could be due to their medications or any chronic illnesses they deal with. […]

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Brain Activities for Seniors

June 24, 2022

In most cases, we broadly understand what it takes to keep ourselves healthy—regular exercise, a clean diet, and quality sleep. Each of these factors is key to a higher quality of physical and mental health. But as we age, many of us start to wonder: what are the best brain activities for seniors to keep our minds sharp? Your cognitive health has an impact on your thinking, speaking, critical thinking, reading and writing, and memory skills. While quality exercise, diet, and sleep will all have a positive impact on your […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF Receives SAGECare Certification

June 17, 2022

Home Care Powered by AUAF proudly announces our recent SAGECare certification. SAGECare is an organization created to advocate for and protect seniors within the LGBTQIA+ community. By providing training and consulting to service providers across the country, SAGECare plays a key part in creating safe, welcoming environments for these communities. About Our Certification At Home Care Powered by AUAF, we want nothing more than to provide seniors the best care possible. Our SAGECare certification helps us do just that. Thanks to the organization’s competency training and consulting, we can say […]

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One While on Vacation

June 27, 2022

When one plans a family vacation, what happens to one’s elderly parents comes into question. A family vacation should be just that—a full family vacation—but caring for an elderly loved one while on vacation can be a daunting task. However, leaving them at home might leave you wishing they were with you. It’s easy to feel guilty about both alternatives. With additional, careful planning, your family, your elderly parent, and you can have fun on vacation while fulfilling your caregiving duties. Together, you’ll create memories that you’ll cherish for years […]

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Men in Caregiving Roles: Facts and Figures

June 24, 2022

When one pictures the average person caring for an elderly parent, who is the person that comes to mind? More often than not, that person is a middle-aged woman. This is all due to statistics. It’s more likely for women to take on caregiving roles in their families than men. However, this doesn’t mean no men act as caregivers. In fact, the number of men who serve as caregivers may be higher than you expect– according to a 2015 AARP report, about 40% of caregivers are men. This number only […]

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Spending Father’s Day with Your Grandfather

June 15, 2022

For the past few years, you may have had to scale back—or entirely skip— spending Father’s Day with your grandfather. After lockdowns and social distancing, we are finally at a point where the whole family can come together and celebrate the day. If this is the first time in years that you’re spending Father’s Day with your grandfather, make it a special one. Here are a few ways you can do that. Gifts Your Grandfather will Enjoy A good rule of thumb for finding a gift for grandpa is to […]

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Ways for a Caregiver to Care for Themselves

June 20, 2022

Caring for a senior is a rewarding job, but it can also be a stressful one. As caregivers support older adults, many end up pushing aside their own needs. While it may seem like the right thing to do, it is often at the expense of their health. This leads to poor physical health, mental health, and burnout. While you can’t always avoid the stress that comes with providing care to an elderly loved one, lengthy periods of caregiver stress can be a serious problem. Signs include constant feelings of […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF is proud to have the opportunity to donate $25,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project!

Wounded Warrior Project Visits Home Care Powered by AUAF

June 6, 2022

Our staff at Home Care Powered by AUAF was visited by our friends with the Wounded Warrior Project on April 8. Project Odyssey Regional Director, Chris Kalantzis, joined us on April 8 to thank us for our donation. Part of our mission is to provide support to community-based programs in the area. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to donate $25,000 to this cause. About the Wounded Warrior Project After years serving the United States, many veterans find themselves ignored. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) formed as a result […]

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Poolside Safety for Elders

June 14, 2022

Swimming is a fantastic activity for seniors during the summer. Not only is it the perfect way to stay cool on these hot Chicago afternoons, but it is a great for maintaining an active lifestyle, especially for those with joint issues. The low-impact exercise has been shown to improve flexibility, range of motion, and stability. While getting in the pool is a great way to enjoy the summer, keep in mind these poolside safety tips for elders to ensure that everyone stays safe while having fun. Monitor the Water and […]

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Visits Home Care Powered by AUAF

June 3, 2022

On April 6, our friends at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital paid us a visit to thank us for our donation. Jennifer Herrera, the bilingual development representative, stopped by to meet with Home Care Powered by AUAF’s executives. We were thrilled to discuss our aligned goals and the importance of St. Jude’s cause. About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an organization that people across America support. Since 1962, St. Jude has served the nation as one of the most prominent research hospitals for children. […]

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Getting Seniors Outside This Summer

June 3, 2022

It’s important for all of us to get out and get fresh air. For seniors who might have been stuck inside most of the winter, it’s especially important. Getting outside during the summer is a great way to promote not only exercise but social interaction. Here are some activities any senior can do this summer. Go for walks Walks are some of the easiest, most versatile ways for seniors to enjoy the warm weather. Even a short walk around the neighborhood has great physical and mental benefits, including improved brain […]

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Spending Memorial Day with Elders

May 27, 2022

For many senior citizens, Memorial Day is a bittersweet time. According to Statistica, 43.92% of people aged 75 and over are veterans. As a result, the chances that your elderly loved one has been personally impacted by the loss of a friend or family member in the armed forces are quite high. Make this Memorial Day with elders a particularly special one by partaking in one, or some combination, of these Memorial Day activities. Attend a Flag Ceremony with Your Elderly Loved One One of the quintessential to pay respects […]

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Guide for Online Fitness for Seniors

April 22, 2022

The internet has made it possible for people to stay strong and healthy without ever leaving their homes. This guide will discuss some of the best ways seniors can get in shape using online fitness programs. We’ll also provide tips on choosing the right program for you and how to stick with it over time. So whether you’re just getting started or working out online for a while, this guide is for you! Living an active lifestyle is important at any age, but it becomes even more crucial as we […]

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The Issues Faced by Aging Population in the United States

April 19, 2022

The aging population in the United States is expected to increase from 52 million people in 2018 to 95 million people by 2060. The number of adults aged 65 or older will also increase, from 16 percent to 23 percent. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the issues and challenges faced by the aging population in America today. The aging population in the United States is a growing concern for many reasons. This growth impacts healthcare, Social Security, and other government programs. Access to Health Care One […]

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Fun And Exciting Vacations For Elderly Parents In The USA

April 18, 2022

Are you looking for a fun and exciting vacation destination for your elderly parents? If so, look no further than the United States! There are many great destinations to choose from, each with its own unique set of attractions. This blog post will explore some of the most fun and exciting vacations for elderly parents in the USA. Read On To Know More About Fun and Exciting Vacations for Elderly Parents in The USA Florida: Sun, Sand, Waves, and Mickey Mouse If you are looking for a vacation spot that […]

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Impact of Caregiving on Caregiver’s Health

April 14, 2022

The role of the caregiver is often taken for granted. Caregivers are unsung heroes who provide emotional and physical support to their loved ones. This blog post will discuss the Impact of Caregiving on Caregiver’s Health and overall well-being. We will also offer tips for managing stress and maintaining good mental health during caregiving. The role of the caregiver is a demanding one. Caregivers are often juggling work, family, and caregiving responsibilities. It is important to recognize that caregiving can be a stressful and challenging experience. Taking time for yourself […]

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Oral Care Tips For loved ones in Home Care

March 25, 2022

Seniors need to maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent tooth decay, dry mouth, and other gum diseases. Unfortunately, many older adults do not receive the necessary dental care due to various reasons. If you are a loved one of someone aged 65 or older, you must help them keep their teeth clean and healthy. This blog post will discuss some important Oral Care Tips For loved ones in Home Care #Tip 1: Brushing Properly Many seniors do not brush their teeth properly because they cannot reach all teeth with […]

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An Open Letter To a Caregiver

March 22, 2022

Dear Caregiver, I hope this letter finds you amid a good day. With this letter, I want to let you know that you are not alone and unnoticed. I always wanted to write ‘an open letter to a Caregiver’ like you who is selfless, kind, generous, and caring. As can be seen, you are doing such an important job, and I want you to know that you are appreciated. I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for all that you do for your loved one. It is […]

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Tips to Avoid Becoming a Helicopter Caregiver

March 16, 2022

Sometimes it’s hard to watch your parents struggle with aging. It’s important not to hover over them and do everything, but rather help them in their time of need without being excessive or burdensome with our love. However, it’s important not to become a “helicopter caregiver” – someone who hovers over their senior parent and tries to do everything for them. This blog post will discuss some tips to avoid becoming a helicopter caregiver as you care for your aging parents. Tip # One: Don’t Take on the Entire Caregiving […]

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Promoting Health for Older Adults

March 14, 2022

Older adults and their families need to be proactive in promoting healthy aging. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips for staying healthy as you get older and the importance of promoting health for older adults. The aging population in the United States is growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 46 million people over the age of 65 in 2016, and that number is projected to increase to 98 million by 2060. As this population ages, they face an increasing number of health […]

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5 Amazing Benefits of Music for Older Adults

March 14, 2022

Music has the power of evoking positive emotions such as happiness, excitement, joy, hope, and inspiration in aging adults! According to some researchers, music can play a great role in the overall health benefits and well-being of seniors with Alzheimer’s. This blog talks about the 5 amazing benefits of music for older adults. 1. Music can Improve Cognitive Function and Memory Music has been found to enhance cognitive function in older people. The study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that listening to classical music improved cognitive performance among […]

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What is Home Care? What Are the Different Types of Home Care?

March 8, 2022

Home care is a type of care provided in the home for people who need assistance with activities of daily living. It can be provided by family members, friends, or professionals. This blog post will answer the question “What is Home Care? What Are the Different Types of Home Care?” available in Illinois for senior citizens. What is Home Care? Home Care allows our elderly community to live more independently and continue to enjoy the lives they’ve built at home. Elderly care services allow older adults to continue living their […]

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Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?

March 7, 2022

Medicaid is a government-funded program that helps millions of people pay for healthcare costs. This blog post will discuss “Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care” in Illinois. We will also provide a step-by-step guide on enrolling and the program’s benefits. Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care? Yes, Medicaid now covers in-home care in all 50 states. The Federal Government establishes certain criteria, but it gives states substantial discretion in the services they provide. This is especially true for home care. Medicaid’s home care services are state-administered. Each state has different […]

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Home Care Agencies vs Independent Caregivers 

March 4, 2022

Deciding to seek home care for a loved older adult can be difficult. There are many options available, and it can be hard to know which is the best choice is for your family. This blog post will compare Home Care Agencies vs Independent Caregivers to help you make the right decision for your needs. Long-Term Care While Aging in Place When an individual needs assistance with daily personal care tasks, they enter the world of the long-term type of care. This is not always medical treatment. These are helpful […]

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