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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.

Taking Charge of In-Home Care for an Elderly Relative

January 20, 2021

Taking Charge of In-Home Care for an Elderly Relative: You’ve made the difficult decision to act as a caregiver to an elderly parent. One of the things you might find difficult is the role reversal. For much of your life, they’ve been in charge. They were the ones telling you to clean your room, brush your teeth, and what you were having for dinner. Now you’re in charge of their care, and the authority dynamic has shifted. Or has it? “Mom makes it clear that she still runs the show, […]

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Tips for Convincing Elderly Parents They Need Home Care Help

January 20, 2021

Tips for Convincing Elderly Parents They Need Home Care Help: It’s common for people with elderly relatives who need home help to experience frustration. Seniors living in their own homes can be resistant to receiving home help, or even to admitting they need help. They may deny they need help even as the dirty clothes pile up, the bills don’t get paid on time; and they miss scheduled doctor’s appointments. A recent study estimated that 45% of older adults who need in-home care services do not receive them. Older adults, […]

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Scam Alert for Seniors: The COVID-19 Vaccine

January 13, 2021

Senior citizens living at home are one of the highest risk groups for COVID-19. And among those who are at the highest risk of death or serious illness from the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the elderly, both those in community living situations and those receiving in-home care, be among the first to receive one of the new vaccines for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. However, some states are choosing slightly different criteria for who receives the vaccine first. As of this […]

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5 Tips for New Elderly Caregivers

December 30, 2020

Becoming a caregiver for an elderly loved one can be a rewarding and challenging experience. It can also be stressful, leading to negative consequences like burnout. AARP estimates that nearly 53 million people provide some form of care to a loved one. Many seniors are cared for by a paid in-home caregiver through a home care agency. The needs of elderly people living at home can vary, from a little light housekeeping to more involved daily personal care routines such as bathing and dressing. Here are 5 tips for new […]

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Caring for a Visually Impaired Senior

December 30, 2020

Caring for a Visually Impaired Senior: Many seniors who receive home care assistance suffer from some degree of visual impairment. A 2013 study estimated that nearly one in 12 seniors suffer from some form of visual impairment that cannot be corrected by refractive correction (i.e., glasses, contacts or laser procedures). However, it should be noted that there are many elderly people who suffer vision loss could be aided by refractive correction; but who have not been properly diagnosed. Some of the most common causes of visual impairment include:  Diabetic retinopathy […]

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Seniors and the Flu Vaccine: What you Need to Know

December 29, 2020

Many people in elderly care services wonder whether or not they should get the annual flu vaccine. Some people fear side effects from the vaccine, while others are concerned about the efficacy of the vaccine itself. These concerns are understandable, but the CDC recommends that everyone who is able to get the flu vaccine should do so as soon as possible. Usually by the end of October. This is especially true for seniors, as they represent the group most responsible for hospitalizations and deaths from the flu. The flu vaccine […]

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Seniors and the Flu: What You Need to Know

December 29, 2020

Seasonal influenza is an extremely common condition, especially in senior care. Estimates range from 10 to 35 million people will develop symptomatic influenza every year. The CDC estimates that most years between 12,000 and 60,000 deaths occur because of the flu. And complications from the flu. While this year’s flu season is expected to be more mild than usual; it is more important than ever to prevent the spread of flu as much as possible given the strain COVID-19 is having on our health care system. Having a senior care […]

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9 Gift Ideas for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

December 22, 2020

Does your elderly loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease? Whether they are living at home alone, or receiving in-home care, it can be difficult to know what gifts are appropriate for someone with Alzheimer’s. While everyone who suffers from the disease is different; there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a gift. Some Alzheimer’s patients suffer from severe memory loss, while others may exhibit less cognitive decline. Choosing a gift that meets their specific needs is important. That’s why we gathered 9 gift ideas for Seniors […]

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Best Holiday Gifts for Elderly Loved Ones

December 21, 2020

Looking for last minute gift suggestions for your elderly loved ones? Elderly relatives can be difficult to buy for. Many don’t want or need the latest iPhone, and they can be difficult to shop for. We’ve compiled a list of the best holiday gifts for your elderly loved ones. These gifts will help them continue to live independently. (Unless, of course, they want the latest iPhone. Then get them an iPhone!) Elderly Care Mobility Gifts If your elderly loved one wants to continue living at home, but has mobility issues; […]

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How to Become a Paid Caregiver in Illinois

December 14, 2020

Are you taking care of an elderly loved one in their home? Do you do occasional chores like laundry, light housekeeping and meal preparation for them? If so, you are one of more than 34 million people who provide unpaid elderly care services, according to AARP. With an aging population, that number is only going to rise in coming years. Placing more stress on family members helping seniors living at home. Given the nature of care provided, many in-home caregivers report stress, changes in their physical health, and lost wages […]

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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout in Elderly Care

December 14, 2020

When you provide in-home care for an elderly loved one, it is common to discount the needs of the caregiver, especially when you’re the spouse or adult child of the person who needs care. Many people see it as their duty, in that situation, to provide care. But caring for an elderly relative can be time-consuming, difficult and stressful work for a caregiver. And too much of that burden can lead to burnout. What is Elderly Care Caregiver Burnout? Caring for elderly relatives can have physical and emotional consequences. Even […]

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Tips on Reducing Caregiver Stress at the Holidays

December 2, 2020

Family caregivers who care for an elderly relative at home often face caregiver stress. The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. So it stands to reason that holiday stress is especially a cause for concern among elderly caregivers. However, caregivers can take steps to manage or alleviate their stress to make the holidays a more joyous occasion. Caregiver Support: Recognize the Signs of Stress The first, and most important tip for reducing caregiver stress at the holidays is to recognize that you are experiencing stress. Nearly 60% of […]

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Loneliness at the Holidays: 3 Tools for Seniors Living at Home

December 1, 2020

For many people, the holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends. Spending time with the families we’re born with and the families we chose is what helps us thrive during the cold and dark winter months. For the elderly, however, holidays can remind them of family members and friends lost over the years. And that their traditional holiday gatherings and holiday parties just aren’t the same as they were when they were younger. Their own parents and grandparents gone, and now their children grown and moved away. […]

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Family Caregiver Month – In-Home Caregivers

November 26, 2020

The Alzheimer’s Association has designated November as “National Family Caregivers Month” to raise awareness for the work done by in-home caregivers for their elderly relatives. More than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16 million are providing care for a family member or loved one as an unpaid caregiver. About 83% of Alzheimer’s patients receive care from an unpaid “family caregiver,” and it is estimated that those caregivers provide more than $244 billion dollars’ worth of unpaid care each year. With […]

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Elderly Care: Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely During COVID

November 25, 2020

As with most things in 2020, Thanksgiving this year is going to be unlike any other, including for seniors in home care. The recent surge in cases of COVID-19 all over the country have left many families wondering what to do about a holiday that is characterized by large family gatherings and travel. The problem is especially difficult for families with seniors at home, as the elderly are among the highest risk for serious complications from COVID. The dilemma is clear: families with elderly relatives worry that they may not […]

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8 In-Home Services Home Care Powered by AUAF Provides for your Loved One

November 18, 2020

As elderly people age and require more assistance to live their regular lives, they and their families often face a difficult decision. Moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility can be costly, and family members may not have the space in their home or the time in their schedule to provide care in their home. Many seniors prefer to stay in their own home and don’t want to be a burden to their family. Home Care Powered by AUAF provides a trusted, high-quality solution to those looking for […]

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Five Ways To Help The Elderly Care For Their Lungs

October 18, 2020

October is Healthy Lung Month, and as those caring for seniors know, lung health is an important part of living a healthy and active lifestyle. But most people take lung health for granted until there is a problem, and treatments for lung disease can be costly, invasive, and have mixed results. That’s why the American Lung Association recommends that everyone, but especially seniors and caregivers for seniors, keep their lungs healthy.  An in-home caregiver can help in many ways with this, whether it’s light housekeeping to help maintain a cleaner […]

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National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and Home Care Services

November 18, 2020

While many people with an elderly relative receiving in-home care may think of Alzheimer’s Disease as a recently discovered disease, it was actually first discussed in 1906. Perhaps one reason for this misconception is that, despite several treatments that have been shown to slow the progression of the disease, there is no cure. There has also historically been a stigma around cognitive illnesses that kept Alzheimer’s patients and their love ones from discussing the disease. That’s why National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month was established, to get Alzheimer’s information to those […]

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Caring for Seniors- 7 Cold Weather Safety Tips

November 18, 2020

Winter is coming, and for seniors living at home, the dangers are real. Hypothermia, cold and flu season, and falls are the major consequences, but the risk factors for seniors in elderly care at home go far beyond what you’d expect.  For example, those with circulatory issues like high blood pressure, or conditions with circulatory effects like diabetes may have less ability to sense the cold, and are at greater risk for hypothermia. Hypothermia is more than just “feeling cold.” It is a dangerous lowering of the body’s core temperature […]

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Holiday Travel and Senior Care During COVID: Is It Safe?

November 17, 2020

With the holidays approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic still uncontrolled in many areas across the country, many people, especially those with elderly relatives living at home are asking the question: should I travel for the holidays? While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly says that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, the answer to this question, as with most things related to both elderly care and the pandemic, is complicated. The Benefits of Family Visits for Seniors in Home Care Not only are […]

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5 Ways Elderly Care Can Help Prevent Falls

November 16, 2020

One thing that elderly care advocates know better than most is that falls are a major problem for seniors. Younger people may not realize the frequency and severity of the problem, but every year 3 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to a fall, and over 800,000 of those seniors are hospitalized. The most common injuries for hospitalized seniors are head injuries and fractured hips, both of which can have major long-term implications. Falls are responsible for $30 billion in healthcare costs annually. In order to […]

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Nine Ways to Help Seniors Take Care of Their Brains

November 16, 2020

Anyone caring for seniors knows the difficulty of seeing a loved one or family member in cognitive decline. That’s why elderly care should have a component of mental or cognitive stimulation. Studies suggest that mental activities can have an impact on holding off cognitive impairment. Our home care providers incorporate brain games and activities into our in-home care services, and also provide important social interaction and companionship. Many of the suggestions below overlap, but all of them have the same goal; keeping elderly loved ones mentally sharp and healthy. 1. […]

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4 Benefits of a Home Care Agency

November 16, 2020

A busy lifestyle can keep you from having the time you’d like to spend with and assist your elderly loved ones, with the compassion they need at their age. In most cases, seniors are reluctant to leave their homes, family, and friends, and go live in a retirement home. Nonetheless, finding someone reliable to care for seniors at home can be a challenge. In-home care services provided by home care agencies are designed to meet the needs of your loved ones by offering personalized services in the convenience of their […]

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Home Care In Schaumburg Powered by AUAF

October 17, 2020

About Our New Schaumburg Office: Home Care Powered by AUAF is delighted to announce our new office in NW Chicago Suburbs located at 1100 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193. We hope you’ll stop by to visit us at our new location to find out more about all of the homecare services we can provide the seniors in your life who may need a little extra help with in-home care tasks. We have information available to you in many languages including English, Arabic, and Polish provided by staff who are […]

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Health Concerns of Older Women: What to Watch For When Caring for Seniors

October 11, 2020

As women get older, they begin to face unique health challenges. Because women tend to live longer than men. As a result, elderly women are more likely to need in home care services like medication reminders, support and other elderly care services.  As we learn more about the differences between health care in men and women, we are finding much more about how these conditions affect men and women differently and the differences in elderly care that may be needed. Conditions that disproportionately affect older women include: Heart Disease. Heart […]

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Seniors! August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 10, 2020

For many senior citizens, the fall is a time of grand kids going back to school, summer vacations ending, and snowbirds preparing to return to warmer locations. Caring for seniors means making sure they’re up-to-date on recommended vaccines. This year, because of COVID-19, the importance of vaccines for the elderly cannot be overstated. While there is no vaccine for the novel coronavirus yet, public health experts say that immunizations will be critical for everyone, but especially the elderly and infants/children. That’s because a wave of influenza or other infectious disease […]

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COVID-19 and the Elderly: What You Need To Know Now

August 14, 2020

While there is still much to be learned about the novel corona-virus and the elderly, there are some things we have learned for certain. By the latest confirmed count by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while less than 20% of cases involve those over 65, more than 80% of deaths from COVID-19 are among elderly patients. Additionally, hospitalization rates are much higher for those over 50. Which is to say that senior citizens are at higher risk of serious illness. The highest risk is for elderly who are […]

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COVID-19 and Home Care Services: Caregiver Risks and Realities

August 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, what has emerged is that the coronavirus and the elderly are a dangerous combination, leading to a high rate of hospitalizations, serious illness, and deaths. Because senior citizens are at a higher risk of serious complications from the coronavirus, many elderly people and their families are making the decision to forego assisted living and nursing homes in favor of home care in their own home. Home care can bring its own set of unique challenges, and in-home caregivers, who are frequently at increased risk themselves […]

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How to Become a Paid Caregiver for a Family Member in 4 Steps

August 7, 2020

Deciding if care giving is the right path for you will depend on a number of factors. For many families, becoming a formally paid caregiver creates the ideal long-term care scenario for an aging loved one. According to the National Alliance on Caregiving, the number of Americans as caregivers has increased from 18% to 21% in the span of five years. And, nearly one in five (19%) Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs. Considering 61% of these unpaid caregivers have another job, paid formal […]

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Precautions During COVID-19 as States Re-Open

July 14, 2020

As states enter different phases of re-opening during COVID-19, it’s crucial to take safety precautions. This is especially true for the elderly and immunocompromised who are at a higher risk of severe illness if infected. Elderly and Others at Higher Risk It’s generally understood that the elderly are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Though it’s necessary to note that those with certain conditions are also at risk. This includes individuals with chronic kidney disease, COPD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease, and those with serious heart […]

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Take Precaution Against COVID-19 Scams Targeted at the Elderly

July 8, 2020

Scams are running rampant as COVID-19 continues to impact people around the United States. It’s necessary to be aware of the multiple types of fraud and scams that are targeting seniors in particular. Seniors are the ones most targeted with scams. That’s why it is important to be hyper vigilant as an elderly individual or family member. Recognizing Scams Targeting the Elderly Many scams are related to lottery, sweepstakes, inheritance, medical, romance, or e-mail and phone. Others have taken advantage of the current situation and created coronavirus related scams. There […]

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Connecting Homebound Seniors Through Technology

June 16, 2020

There are around “1.9 million U.S adults over age 65 or older that are completely or mostly homebound” (Ritchie, C., & Leff, B, 2016). As a result, these seniors typically rely on home and family caregivers. Seniors are already at risk of social isolation through many other factors. Therefore, being homebound only adds further to the risk. However, we live in a day and age where technology can connect us to other people, to learning, and even to doctors and health care providers. Who is Defined as a Homebound Senior? […]

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Grocery Shopping Online with SNAP

May 26, 2020

The IDHS (Illinois Department on Human Aging) has announced that on June 2nd there will be online grocery shopping for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers. The program will be available with any participating retailers including Walmart and Amazon. The list of retailers providing service may grow in the coming weeks as more retailers participate in the program. How It Works An implementation plan called the IDHS’ SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) will allow you to enter your PIN into the participating grocers’ online systems. You will not need to […]

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Important Considerations When Aging Alone

May 19, 2020

Aging independently is becoming a more popular option among seniors that want to maintain their lifestyle as they age. As aging alone becomes more popular, you need to consider the different scenarios that may arise with life at home. As you consider these scenarios, it’s necessary to be proactive and prepare for different needs that may arise. Planning for Care – Seniors Aging at Home Thinking about your options for care is important for many different reasons. If you are aging alone because you value independence, you still need to […]

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Creating a Long-Term Care Plan for Elderly

May 12, 2020

What this current pandemic may have brought to light for many people is the way that care is being handled. Oftentimes as people age they may not think about the importance of identifying the form of care that they would like as they grow older. Different Types of Care for Seniors The reality is that in this day and age there are many different options when it comes to care. Individuals have access to nursing home care, adult day care centers, home health aides, in-home care aides, as well as […]

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Managing Dementia Care During COVID-19

May 5, 2020

The current coronavirus will undoubtedly create challenges in everyone’s daily lives, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Preventing illness will be an essential part of care during the pandemic. This will require following introduced guidelines and restrictions. Whether it is washing hands for 20 seconds at a time or social distancing, taking precautions is imperative. Making sure guidelines are followed becomes more challenging when you as a home care aide can’t always monitor recipients of care 24/7. The Increased Risk with Dementia Because of difficulty with memory, there may […]

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Elderly Caregiver Communication

April 28, 2020

As a caregiver, there are a wide variety of skills that you need when caring for others. One of the most important skills that you will utilize is clear communication. Communication lays the groundwork for all of the tasks that you will complete as an in-home care service provider. Communication – Providing Care to Elderly Family Members When you are caring for family members, you may find that your communication is different when you communicate with others. It’s important to think about the way that you communicate with family members […]

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Transitional In-Home Care During COVID-19

April 21, 2020

Transitional care is known as switching from one type of care to another. In preparation for shelter-in-place orders, some families decided on having parents move in to oversee their care. This is one example of transitional senior care. Instead of caring for parents from time to time or having others care for parents, this meant many adult children took over full time caregiving tasks. This has created a transitional time where adult children are learning the ins and outs of caring for someone at home. It has meant a new […]

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The Importance of In-Home Caregiving During COVID-19

April 8, 2020

In-home caregiving has become an essential part of our society. During this outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of experienced caregiving is being highlighted throughout the country and the world. Caregivers provide essential long-term services to their recipients of care. These services can range from emotional to physical support. The tasks that caregivers provide support overall personal care of their care recipients. Why In-Home Care Matters Now With the need for people to stay home and practice social distancing, caregivers have become lifelines for some of their recipients of care. Seniors […]

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Seniors Staying Busy at Home During the Coronavirus

March 31, 2020

Social distancing will inevitably have most of us staying inside. Non-essential businesses and parks are closed leaving us all with fewer options on what to do during our free time. While this is vital to everyone’s health and safety, it may leave elderly family members feeling isolated and lonely. There are several different activities available to help to pass the time while also staying safe. Puzzles and Board Games Fortunately, there are a wide variety of board games and puzzles that are available in both physical and virtual form. If […]

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Elderly Precautions During the Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

If you are an elderly individual or care for one, you may be worried about the outbreak of COVID-19. It’s necessary to take action to prevent the spread of the disease following guidelines set in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the CDC, the virus is spread from person-to-person. This is why it’s vital to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face, nose or eyes especially after being in high contact locations. The CDC website lists […]

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Caregivers Navigating the Anxiety Around Infectious Disease

March 17, 2020

Responding to the current outbreak of COVID-19 will undoubtedly cause anxiety and stress for millions of people. Finding ways to reduce the anxiety and stress surrounding the uncertainty is helpful for making better decisions and for your mental health. Knowing that Your Anxiety and Stress Affects Others As human beings, it’s natural to worry about the things we cannot control. But as caregivers, managing the levels of stress that we feel can have a direct impact on everyone around us. This includes both our recipients of care as well as […]

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How Caregiving Impacts Your Life

March 10, 2020

Not everyone begins caregiving by knowing the impact it will have on their lives. But time and time again, experienced caregivers rave about the ways that caregiving has positively impacted his or her life. Caregiving impacts your life in ways that you won’t be able to understand until you have experienced it. Whether you are planning on caring for a loved one or someone else, the experience will provide you with insights and knowledge that you didn’t anticipate. Caregiving isn’t just about all the formal tasks of helping people; it’s […]

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The Right Kind of Help for Seniors Living Alone

March 3, 2020

Deciding on the right type of care for your loved one will depend on several different factors including: the level of care they need, their receptiveness to the care that you recommend, and what works best for everyone in your family. Some people opt for assisted living facilities, while others opt for in-home care. The difference will mainly depend on the level of care your parent requires. For the majority of seniors seeking help living alone, in-home care serves as the best option for long-term care. Keeping Seniors in Their […]

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Caring for a Parent with Dementia at Home

February 25, 2020

Dementia care is a reality for many people that care for their aging parents. As people are living longer, dementia is becoming more and more common among the aging population, with 7.7 million new cases being diagnosed each year. When it comes to proper care for dementia, it’s necessary to understand what exactly dementia is. After you understand what it is, you can learn the best method for caring for a parent with dementia at home. What is Dementia? Dementia is an overarching term for the symptoms associated with the […]

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The Importance of Companionship for Elderly

February 18, 2020

Home Care Powered by AUAF specializes in senior care for your loved ones. That care recognizes the importance of companionship for the elderly. The main goals of companion care include social and emotional support. But, that doesn’t mean that’s all elderly companion caregivers provide. For example, there can be a range of tasks that elderly care companions provide. This includes light housekeeping, medication reminders, aiding in grooming and bathing, and more. Some of the most important effects that companion care can have on the elderly is clear in new research […]

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Caregiving While Working: Home Care Powered by AUAF Can Help

February 11, 2020

Millions of Americans assume the role of a caregiver for a family member or parent (Stepler, 2015) every year. More than half of these people try to juggle having a career along with being a caregiver (Public Policy Institute, 2015). The difficulty in caregiving while working is managing to meet the goals you may have with both work and caregiving. After a certain amount of time trying to manage both, you might find that you are unable to keep up with the demands of work and caregiving adequately. Managing your […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF: Our Staff and Caregivers

February 5, 2020

There’s a lot that goes on within a home care agency. That’s not an exception at Home Care Powered by AUAF. On a day-to-day basis, we have hundreds of staff working to make sure you are experiencing the best when it comes to in-home caregivers for seniors. Different Roles and Responsibilities for In-Home Caregivers Our field supervisors are the individuals who call and visit our clients. They visit the clients quarterly to check on their general well being. This includes checking on the condition of the home and how well […]

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How Home Care Powered by AUAF is Different

January 28, 2020

There are many reasons why our services at Home Care Powered by AUAF are different. That begins with how we train and compensate our workers. We compensate our caregivers at a rate above the national average. Thus we make sure that we attract quality in-home caregivers and that we reward quality as well. We Pay for Caregiver Training From the beginning, we invest in our in-home caregivers. This means we pay for your training when you are to become one of our caregivers. That takes the pressure off of having […]

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Home Care Powered by AUAF: Our Beginnings and Services In-Home Care

January 21, 2020

For over 25 years, Home Care Powered by AUAF has served our communities through in-home care services for seniors. As in-home care services for seniors becomes even more important, we have continued providing steady and quality home care services. What are In-Home Care Services for Seniors? Home care, also known as in-home care, is supportive assistance that is provided in the comfort of your own home. If you’re a senior at risk of going to an assisted living facility or nursing home, you might find that a home care agency […]

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Isolation and Dementia: Knowing The Harm

January 7, 2020

Many caregivers take care of individuals with dementia. Thus, whether you are a family caregiver or otherwise, it’s necessary to be aware that isolation can be affecting those that you care for. Isolation harms individuals in many different ways. But for those with dementia, the harmful effects can be even more impactful. According to some studies, there will be an estimated 150 million people affected by dementia. Hence, with this rise in the number of individuals expected to face dementia, it’s imperative to make sure that risk factors that lead to […]

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Caregiver Resolutions for the New Year

December 31, 2019

The holiday season is beginning to wrap up and the New Year is on the horizon. As a family caregiver, your days have probably been filled with many different tasks and responsibilities. With this new year ahead, it’s a great time to reflect on the year you have had and think about any new resolutions you have. While these resolutions can tie into your role as a caregiver, they don’t necessarily need to directly. The positive resolutions you make for yourself will ultimately help you in other parts of your […]

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Dementia Care, Holiday Activities, and Change

December 25, 2019

Caring for a loved one with dementia at the holidays can be a strenuous task. If you are celebrating Christmas this year you may find that you are unable to do all of the things you used to with your family member with dementia. This can be things as small as baking Christmas cookies or decorating the house and tree. Though dementia often means that your routine will change around the holidays it doesn’t mean that the new routine can’t be made fun for both you and your loved one. […]

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The Caregiver Challenges During Holidays: Avoiding Caregiver Missteps

December 19, 2019

The winter holidays are fast approaching. Whoever you are caring for this holiday season, we want to make sure you have a stress free process. It’s no easy task to be a caregiver, and the tasks can multiply and rapidly change during the holidays. That’s why it’s best to be prepared and follow some simple guidelines and tips to help you out. The Many Challenges of Being a Caregiver During the Holidays There are many different challenges that you may face during the holidays as a caregiver. Don’t expect that […]

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Dementia Care: Behavior and Proper Caregiver Responses

December 10, 2019

Whether you are a caregiver or have a family member with dementia, you are likely to face experiences with those that have dementia. It is very common and can have many different stages, though it is more common in seniors. Whatever your level of experience and exposure to dementia as a caregiver, it is always helpful to prepare and learn about different scenarios that can help in your response and care to certain behaviors. Dementia patients may face many different emotions that can range from anger to confusion. When you […]

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The Benefits of Pets For Seniors

December 3, 2019

There are numerous studies about the benefits that pets can have in our lives. And for seniors with pets at home, a furry friend can help make all the difference in the hardships that come with growing older. Some of the benefits:  Lowered Blood Pressure Reduced Stress Increased exercise with certain pets Companionship What is the Best Pet for Seniors Living at Home? When it comes to the best pet for older adults, there isn’t going to be one specific pet that suits every situation. You have to take into […]

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Home Modifications to Allow Aging Comfortably

November 19, 2019

Aging Comfortably Living at Home House alterations are physical modifications made to your home to adjust to the changing demands of the disabled or elderly living at home. They modify and adjust an environment to allow aging in your home. As we get older, our liberty and physical capabilities decrease. Lots of parts of a house that were functional become hard to use. Home accommodations could be as straightforward as altering door handles. But, they can also be as detailed as building an apartment that is full of accommodations like […]

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The End of Daylight Savings and Your Health

November 12, 2019

November 3rd marked the end of what we know as daylight savings. It means you got an extra hour of sleep. And as odd as it may be the end of daylight savings could mean great things for your health. According to research in the U.S, risk for heart attack dropped 21 percent on the Tuesday after the fall time change on one study. Other similar studies have shown similar findings. So while many of us are disappointed with the days getting darker sooner, it’s great to know that turning […]

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Is There Help for the Elderly Living at Home in Illinois?

November 5, 2019

There are a variety of different resources for your elderly loved ones. And yes, there is definitely help available for the elderly if they want to be living at home. If you are looking for more long-term care and daily services, you have in-home care. And more specifically, if you are looking in Illinois, but more specifically in the Chicagoland area and suburbs, there are in-home care services available for your loved one. Homecare Powered by AUAF provides our services to the Chicagoland area and some many surrounding suburbs. We […]

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How to Find a Caregiver for your Parents

October 29, 2019

You may find yourself at a stage where you know you want to find a caregiver for your parents or loved ones. But, many people find themselves wondering on where to start looking. People can find individual private caregivers. On the other hand, you can also find caregivers through agencies that train and prepare caregivers. There can be a difference in who exactly you choose to be a caregiver and where you find them. Be sure to take your time and keep some key things in mind when deciding on […]

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Healthy Aging Lungs During Healthy Lung Month

October 22, 2019

Your lung health is crucial to your overall well being. And certain lung damage is permanent. So don’t think that you can be lenient with the way you take care of your lungs now hoping that you can build it back later. Irreversible damage done due to some habits including smoking and knowingly exposing yourself to other triggers that you know will affect your lung health is not in your best interest.

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Understanding Seniors and Sleep

October 15, 2019

Seniors and sleep are important points of discussion in a world of healthful senior discussion. Getting a good night’s rest is an important step to a good overall wellbeing. Because sleep is so important, it’s important to discuss your sleep, or lack thereof with your doctor. Don’t take problems with your sleep to be a simple and common occurrence. Often times is can help us figure out underlying health conditions. And prolonged and chronic lack of sleep will eventually affect your day to day life.

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The 7 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in the Elderly

October 8, 2019

Being aware of some key early warning signs can make you and your loved one prepared for the road ahead. There are ways to help manage Alzheimers and ways to prepare to cope. No one has to be alone in their journey.

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Home Care: Bringing Your Own Clients to a Company

October 1, 2019

Elder care is becoming an important part of our society. We are all looking to try and provide the best, high quality service we can. If you are already contemplating whether or not you should bring your clients to a reputable home care agency with you, you seem to know the answer. An agency with an already established name in the industry can do wonders for you and your clients.

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4 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

September 24, 2019

There are many different signs that could indicate you are suffering from caregiving stress that has lead to burnout. There isn’t going to be one simple thing that indicates you have reached a burnout point. You need to take into account the 4 different signs above, but also think about anything else that would indicate you are exhausted mentally, physically, or emotionally.

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Talking to Your Elderly Parents About Credit Card Debt

September 20, 2019

When it comes to your parents, you obviously want the best for them. And when it comes to your elderly parents’ credit card debt or other finances, you want to help them through their potential struggle. Know that you are not alone in this very common situation and that many have navigated this process before you. You have options in how you want to help.

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Home Care Provider vs. A Care Home

September 10, 2019

What is difference between Home Care and a Care home? Many people wonder about the different types of care there are available for the elderly. The main difference between two main types, in-home care and a care home, have to do with the type and level of care. What is In-Home Care? In-home care for the elderly, or just home care, is a type of care provided to seniors to live independently in their homes with some help. These types of caregivers provide seniors with help on everyday tasks including […]

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Home Care Assistance Pay Rate and Caregivers

What Do Caregivers Do for the Elderly?

September 4, 2019

There are a variety of reasons people opt to have home care. But, the vast amount of benefits that caregivers provide for the elderly can’t just be summed up in a list. They provide different, tailored care for every person they are matched with. And at Homecare Powered by AUAF, our caregivers are trained and ready and willing to add positive and helpful interactions to the senior that needs them.

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Looking for a Caregiver Agency in Chicago?  

August 29, 2019

Find out more about being a caregiver for AUAF. Whether you want to be a caregiver for your parent, or want to pursue caregiving as a career, be sure to consider the quality reputation of Homecare Powered by AUAF.

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Illinois Medicaid and Home Care

What To Check For When Looking for Senior Home Care

August 20, 2019

Great service follows from workers who are treated well. If an agency continues to strive to boost morale and treatment of its workers, the chances are those workers will provide better service. At Homecare powered by AUAF we strive to build trust and an encouraging environment for our workers. That’s also why we pay our caregivers a competitive rate. We want to attract qualified and professional caregivers. It’s by establishing this good relationship with workers that will inevitably filter out into great treatment for those that require senior services.

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The Costs of Caring for the Elderly 

August 13, 2019

At Homecare Powered by AUAF we understand the worries that you may have when it comes to the financial aspect of you or your parents growing older. But know that we work with you to determine if your parent is eligible for in-home care. And we can help you become caregivers if you already care for or want to care for your parents. 

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Preserving Life Stories of the Elderly

July 16, 2019

Storytelling and the process of preserving those stories of the elderly is just one of many activities that can benefit the person you care for. It can be a great bonding experience for you are a caregiver. And, it will ultimately reveal some details about the person’s life that can help you understand and connect with them.

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Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly

Depression in Older Adults

July 9, 2019

As a caregiver, some of your duties will go beyond those described in your normal day to day activities. This can include recognizing signs of depression in the elderly adults you provide care for. It’s not always easy to recognize symptoms of depression in older adults. Some things may seem to be a normal part of aging.

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Travel with Elderly Parents

Traveling Concerns as a Senior Caregiver

July 2, 2019

There will be cases where you will have to decide that it won’t be best for your parent to travel. But, other times the difference in them being able to travel will be your ability to plan and make arrangements. In these cases you will be doing a great service to your parent. Remember not to rule out their ability to travel just because there may need to be some accommodations made.

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Conflict in Caring for Elderly Parents

June 19, 2019

When it comes to any decision for your elderly parent, you will most likely run into some sort of conflict. Whether the conflict comes from disagreements with siblings and family members, or from something else, just remember your goal. You want to do what is best for your parent. You will want to approach any and all discussions with an open mind. That way, there will be no component of care that you may have over looked. 

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A Guide for New Caregivers

June 13, 2019

The decision to become a caregiver is no easy feat. But, whether you are caring for your parents or caring for others, you are a vital component to our society. Care giving is no east task but can be very fulfilling. New caregivers have a lot to keep in mind, but with the right approach, it can be very fulfilling. Take Into Account the Advice of Other Caregivers Whenever one is new to anything, the best form guidance you can receive is from those who have done it before you.

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The Benefits of Exercising as You Age

May 15, 2019

Exercise is a vital factor in your routine as you age. Hence, it can make a huge difference in the way that you or your loved one experience your senior years. As a result, making exercise a part of your daily tasks in a fun and healthy way will become an important component of your life. And as with anything, it’s important not to overdo it. Light to moderate exercise will definitely help you reap its positive benefits.

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Stress Relief for Senior Caregivers

How to Overcome Stress as a Senior Caregiver

May 1, 2019

Being a senior caregiver is no easy job. It’s important to take care of your health, so that you can take care of your senior’s health. Whether you are a caregiver for your parent or a general caregiver, it will be vital to manage your stress. It’s vital for both you and those you care for.

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Spring-Holiday Home Care for Seniors

Senior Spring Holiday Adjustments

April 23, 2019

With Easter just coming to an end and Passover continuing throughout the week, there have undoubtedly been many family visits with your senior loved ones. This can be a great time for family to reconnect and spend some well sought out time together. It may be some of the only time that your elderly family members get to engage with all members of the family or break up their normal daily routine. Make the Most of Your Holiday Together It’s alright to just get together with family and take things […]

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How Global Changes in Elderly Home Care Affect You

April 16, 2019

Ideas about responsibility and who bears the responsibility of elderly home care will continue to grow as the elderly population rises. Similarly, so will the network and number of caregivers. Thus, with this rising population of caregivers, will also come necessary shifts in the way that caregivers serve different communities. Subsequently, a rise in care will mean a rise in the different types of people receiving care. As a result, programs and common standards will continue to change.

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Senior Care for the Elderly

Senior Care Services Progressing in Numbers and Accessibility

March 27, 2019

According to the CDC, the number of Americans over 65 is expected to expected to double from 2010 to 2050. This means an increase from 40.2 million seniors to around 88.5 by 2050. This could mean a dramatic shift in the way we see in home care services continue to grow. Because of this, there is an expected increase in those who will receive long term care.

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Illinois Medicaid and Home Care

Illinois Medicaid Paid Caregiver Program

March 20, 2019

It’s important to understand that in the state of Illinois and in the case of home care agencies in Illinois, home care agencies serve as a middle ground. Home care aides are trained and assigned from Homecare Powered by AUAF. But, assessment and coverage of a home care recipient (whether through Medicaid or other means) is determined by a CCU.

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Who Can Become a Caregiver for Their Parent

The Process Behind Becoming a Caregiver For Your Parent

March 12, 2019

While each organization is different, you can learn about the process of becoming a caregiver for your parent at Homecare Powered by AUAF. To initially start the process of becoming a caregiver for your parent, you will come in for an initial interview at AUAF followed by an application process.

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The Thoughts Behind Becoming a Caregiver for a Parent

March 5, 2019

There is a lot of information to process when deciding on becoming a paid caregiver for one of your family members. It’s no easy decision to make. There are three main criteria that you need to consider before deciding.

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Fraud prevention for seniors

Fraud Prevention for Seniors

February 26, 2019

Seniors have long been targets for financial scams. Scammers have honed tactics in reaching out to this vulnerable population. But, preventing senior fraud can be as a simple as understanding the vulnerabilities scammers are looking for. There are programs, that help seniors understand how to avoid different types of fraud. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has one such program called Silver Beat. It helps seniors obtain knowledge and the ability to take control of what can happen.

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Tips for giving a bath to seniors

Tips for Giving a Bath to Seniors

February 20, 2019

Showers and baths are important components of hygiene. Being hygienic prevents many other issues with seniors down the line. As we age and slow down, not being able to take baths on our may cause anyone to want to avoid them. It can be embarrassing or make someone feel like they are losing independence. This is especially true with seniors who may be facing many other changes and moments in their life where they realize they may now need help.

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Elderly Fall

The Top Causes of Elderly Falls

February 12, 2019

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four adults aged 65+ falls each year. And, one in five of these falls causes a serious injury. With the added risk of frailer bones, these falls can cause horrific injuries in the elderly. This is why it’s important to understand certain risk factors that make falling more likely. Once you know these risk factors, you can understand the safety tips to avoid any injury.

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Family Caregiver Training

February 5, 2019

You will be walked through the process of training from beginning to end by our licensed and insured agency. Hence, opting to become a caregiver through an established agency, like Homecare Powered by AUAF, provides you with the backbone of what you need to begin reputable service.

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Flu Danger and the Elderly, Flue Shots

Flu Danger and the Elderly

January 23, 2019

We have all caught the flu at some point in our lives. But, as we get older it can be vital to take precaution against it. Consequently, as we enter our senior years, our immune systems can’t fight infection as efficiently. Therefore, this is why it is important to keep up with our health and nutrition as we age.

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Understanding Technology Use and the Elderly

Understanding Technology Use and the Elderly

January 14, 2019

With the growing digital age, the number of elderly people using new technology has significantly increased. According to Pew Research, 6 in 10 seniors, or about 59% now go online. Consequently, there are many ways in which seniors lives are being enriched through increased technology use.

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Dementia and In Home Caregivers

Dementia and In Home Caregivers

January 9, 2019

What we at Homecare Powered by AUAF can do is provide non-medical in-home care. And what this can do, is provide support to a loved one that may be in the early stages of dementia. Dementia is marked by mental decline. Because of this, the wide variety in support that in home caregivers can provide, can take a lot of the stress and anxiety out of those beginning to suffer with dementia.

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Home Care Assistance Pay Rate and Caregivers

Home Care Assistance Pay Rate and Caregivers

December 27, 2018

The question of how much home care providers make can be an important consideration in becoming a home care aide. It can be an important question in the case of deciding on whether to become a home care aide for a loved one. Deciding to become a home care aide, or becoming a home care aide specifically for your loved one can be daunting. For a loved one, it can mean deciding to give up your time and potentially making a drastic change from what you currently do.

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Why Elderly Care Can Be So Important

December 18, 2018

Taking the steps necessary to provide your loved one with what they need to age sets them up for ease in their older years. This can be in a variety of ways. This can include taking time to make sure they are doing the things they enjoy in life, that they are still focusing on their mental health, or even talking to them about adding an in-home care aide to their daily or weekly routine.

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Holiday Crafts With Chicago Home Care Services

Holiday Crafts With Chicago Home Care Services

December 12, 2018

A perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your senior loved one is with crafting. With the streets of the Chicagoland area being decorated for the holidays, it’s a great time for your senior loved one to partake in the decorations.

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Positives of Growing Older with a Chicago Homecare Agency

Positives of Growing Older with a Chicago Homecare Agency

December 4, 2018

Growing and transitioning into your older years can become some of the best days of your life. As you or your loved one transitions into a new stage of life, there are many positive changes to look forward to.

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Home Care Assistance and Nutrition

Home Care Assistance and Nutrition

November 27, 2018

There are many specifications when it comes to healthy aging. Taking care of both the physical and mental aspects of our bodies are requirements. One very important aspect in our physical care, is our nutrition.
A key to nutrition is making sure you are getting enough fruits and vegetables. Certain studies show that fruits and vegetables that are “in season” are packed full of more nutrients.

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How Home Care Can Assist With Alzheimer’s Disease

How Home Care Can Assist With Alzheimer’s Disease

November 23, 2018

Chicago homecare agencies such as Home Care by AUAF are there to assist with the unexpected. Behavioral shifts may need the attention of one of our caregivers here. Also, it’s important to note that these shifts could be signs that a senior is experiencing symptoms that may escalate. Alzheimer’s affects approximately 1 in every 2 families in the U.S.

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How a Chicago Home Care Agency Can Prepare Your Senior Loved One for the Winter

What a Chicago Home Care Aide Can Change for Your Loved One in the Winter

November 19, 2018

As a Chicago home care agency, we strive to go above and beyond. We recognize the added stress of home care in Chicago. This recognition pushes us to present suitable activities to your loved one. Furthermore, it pushes us to find the caregivers that are ready to participate in these activities while maintaining the rest of your loved ones basic in-home care needs.

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Benefits Of Mental Activity For Your Loved One

Mental Activity For Seniors: The Benefits

November 14, 2018

While receiving assistance from a homecare agency in Chicago, there are a variety of needs that can be met. One of the positive factors surrounding home care from our agency includes the regularity of mental activities provided by our caregivers. As we age, our resilient, dynamic brains are still constantly growing with new neurons forming. Those neurons form as a result from a variety of mental activities, both new and familiar.

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Homecare Powered by AUAF Rooted in Meeting the Needs of the Elderly Community

Homecare Powered by AUAF Rooted in Meeting the Needs of the Elderly Community

November 13, 2018

Homecare Powered by AUAF started as a result of the Coalition of Limited Speaking Elderly. This means that our very beginnings in elder care were sparked by an intent to meet the needs of underrepresented communities. Our beginnings rest in the idea that we can serve communities through elder care at home. Our in-home care aides receive training with the base goals of the CLESE in mind. The wide array of languages that we can provide homecare aides meet these goals. This includes English, Assyrian, Arabic, Russian, Persian, and Armenian.

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How to Become a Paid Caregiver for a Family Member in Illinois?

November 9, 2018

When a parent or loved one begins to get older, common questions arise, “can a family member be a paid caregiver for that loved one?”. The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Many things need to be taken into account. Becoming a homecare aide for a loved one requires time, dedication, and patience.

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What Homecare Assistance in Chicago Can Mean for You

November 2, 2018

Deciding to opt into receiving care from a caregiver agency in Chicago can mean many new things for your senior life. There are a variety of activities for seniors to do as they grow older. Hence the addition of homecare assistance frees up time and energy for you or your loved on to do the things they want to do as they grow older. The Chicagoland area has drastically changing the weather and can take potential tolls on the elderly.

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The Cost of In-Home Senior Care Services

October 25, 2018

In general, in-home care can be paid for in a variety of ways. At HomeCare Powered by AUAF, our home care aides are provided to you at no cost. This is because the senior services received are covered by Medicaid or your insurance provider. Please ask your insurance provider more about details regarding home care services.

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The Differences Between In-Home Care and Home Health Care

October 17, 2018

There are a wide array of homecare services available for your loved one. We at Homecare Powered by AUAF provide in-home care services. This means that we provide help with a wide variety of tasks including things like laundry, meal preparation assistance, medication reminders, transportation assistance, and even social and companionship interaction.

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Benefits of Having a Caregiver

April 27, 2018

The benefits of having a caregiver for elderly parents and loved ones are undeniable. Senior care doesn’t need to be a burden on anyone. A home care agency can offer the solutions you need, at the time you need them most.

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What is Home Care?

April 20, 2018

A home care agency can provide the senior care assistance you need to live independently. Find out if home care is the right choice for your elder care needs.

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