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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.

Become a Certified Caregiver for a Family Member

October 20, 2021

Become a Certified Caregiver for a Family Member: You’ve watched your parents age. As they get older, they need more help around the house. They don’t go out as much as they used to. And when they do, it’s to a doctor’s appointment. Their health isn’t bad enough that they need to go to a nursing home. But you can’t help but think that they need some long-term services and supports to help them stay at home. You know that they couldn’t afford long-term care insurance; meaning you don’t think […]

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Choosing Safer Activities After Being Fully Vaccinated: For Seniors

October 18, 2021

Choosing Safer Activities After Being Fully Vaccinated: Even though the United States is more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there remains confusion about what activities that older adults who live independently can safely engage in after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Complicating things immensely is what is known as the Delta variant, a more highly contagious strain of the virus that has caused what are referred to as “breakthrough infections,” meaning infections of vaccinated individuals as well as unvaccinated. Because this is an evolving situation and we learn more […]

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How Home Care Works: IDoA’s Community Care Program

October 18, 2021

 IDoA’s Community Care Program: The Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) has a wide array of programs designed to help seniors lead active, productive lives in the manner best suited for them. The IDoA can help seniors find the right type of care with their care coordination services. They also oversee concerns about nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But because many seniors would prefer to remain living in their own home independently, IDoA has created programs to deliver community-based services and other home service, like the emergency home response […]

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It’s National Cholesterol Education Month for Seniors in Chicago!

September 29, 2021

National Cholesterol Education Month for Seniors: For seniors living in the city of Chicago, September means several things: school getting back into session later than you think it should; the Bears getting off to a disappointing start; the weather going from 85 degrees to 50 degrees (and back) in the course of 36 hours. Now add National Cholesterol Education Month to the list. Why National Cholesterol Education Month? Because more than 102 million Americans have high cholesterol. And more than a third of those people, mostly older adults, have total […]

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World Heart Day: Cardiovascular Disease and the Elderly

September 29, 2021

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, are the world’s leading cause of death. More than 18 million people worldwide each year. The World Heart Federation seeks to raise awareness of CVD deaths on September 29th by sponsoring World Heart Day, when seniors should take stock of their heart health and see what they can do to stay heart healthy. As with many conditions, the most effective prevention and control of CVD is through a healthy diet, exercise, and regular routine medical care. Seniors who live at home and […]

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National Suicide Prevention Month; Suicide in the Elderly

September 17, 2021

National Suicide Prevention Month: Suicide in the Elderly According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men age 85 and older have the highest suicide rates of any group in the US. A topic that’s too often ignored is Suicide in older adults. Because of the stigma associated with mental health services. But talking about suicide is vital, as it is one of the leading causes of death among the elderly. Research shows that while older adults are 12% of the overall population; they are 18% of the […]

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The Benefits of Companionship for Seniors in Home Care

September 16, 2021

The Benefits of Companionship for Seniors in Home Care The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than a quarter of older adults are socially isolated. It’s likely that number has only increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Isolation is not only a risk to a senior’s mental health. Isolation can have ill effects on their physical health as well. For example, those without sufficient social interaction are more likely to suffer heart disease, stroke, or dementia. Family members report that their aging loved ones who […]

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How to Recognize (and Stop) Elder Abuse Signs in Seniors

September 15, 2021

How to Recognize (and Stop) Elder Abuse Signs in Seniors Taking care of an older person is a difficult job. Especially when that older person has mobility issues, cognitive issues, or chronic conditions. That need medical care. Many elderly people who need care don’t want to go into a nursing home or assisted living. Family members may be unwilling or unable to care for their elderly relatives. Added to all this stress is the fear of elder abuse and neglect. The National Institute on Aging estimates that; hundreds of thousands […]

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Picking up Useful New Hobbies for Senior Citizens

September 15, 2021

Picking up Useful New Hobbies for Senior Citizens When many seniors who live at home; first retire from working, they experience something they never thought they would: boredom. They spent years juggling work, a family, and taking care of a household. From driving the kids to soccer practice to taking care of the household bills and everything in between. But now the kids have moved out and are on their own. You don’t have a 40 hour per week job anymore. Not to mention, the time you save commuting back […]

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The Importance of Protecting Your Skin for Seniors

September 15, 2021

The Importance of Protecting Your Skin for Seniors As we enter the last few weeks of summer, it’s a good time for seniors who live at home to think about how to protect their skin from the sun. UV Safety Awareness Month has come and gone, but the lessons are the same no matter what month it is. And for seniors in home care, it’s always a good idea to think about sun protection. After all, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and is more common in […]

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Activities for Seniors to Indulge in After Retirement

September 15, 2021

Activities for Seniors to Indulge in After Retirement According to the Social Security Administration, there are at least 46.3 million retired people in the US. Or about 14% of the population. The average retirement age is 65 for men and 63 for women, though there are many regional, racial and socioeconomic differences in those numbers. The point is, with Baby Boomers continuing to reach retirement age; there are a lot of people in the US who need something to do. Most seniors want to remain physically active; while spending more […]

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Can someone with Dementia Live in the Comfort of Their Home

August 19, 2021

The Can someone with Dementia Live in the Comfort of Their Home: As seniors living at home independently get older, it may seem natural to experience some memory loss. Sometimes we all forget the name of that book we read last year; or whether we paid the electric bill this month. But more serious memory loss may be a sign of dementia. Because it can have a variety of causes; it may be useful to think of dementia as the symptom of a condition or disease; rather than a disease […]

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Importance of Vision Exams for the Elderly in Home Care

August 19, 2021

Importance of Vision Exams for the Elderly in Home Care: In our senior years, vision problems have almost come to be expected. Seniors in at-home care know that it can get harder to see all the time even with glasses or contacts. But for those 65 and older, getting regular eye exams is about more than just a new prescription for glasses. There are a host of health problems that your eye doctor can look for in a yearly eye exam. But eye health is sometimes overlooked (see what we […]

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Summer Activities For Seniors Living in the Chicago Area

August 3, 2021

Summer Activities For Seniors Living in the Chicago Area After a long, cold winter; there’s nothing that a senior living in the city of Chicago looks forward to more than a summer days on the shores of Lake Michigan. With travel still difficult because of COVID-19 restrictions. Summer is the perfect time to be a tourist in your own city. Staying active this summer in Chicago will not only help your physical and mental health. But the memories of all the fun will help you stave off the winter blues; […]

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At-Home Care Question: What Are the Types of Caregivers?

August 2, 2021

What Are the Types of Caregivers? As seniors who live at home age, they may be in need of more care in the home. Whether it’s serious medical care or just help with personal care like bathing or dressing, our de-centralized healthcare system can provide many options for the type of elderly care needed. But which is right for your elderly family members? It’s a problem that a lot of people find overwhelming; that leads to seniors not getting the care services they need. Here’s a brief guide to the […]

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Weekend and Vacation Care for Elderly People at Home

July 29, 2021

Weekend and Vacation Care for Elderly People at Home: People who care for elderly family members living at home face an annual dilemma. It’s summer, the kids are out of school, and boy, do you need a break. Maybe it’s a beach vacation on an island, or maybe it’s exploring a new city with the kids, but it’s difficult to just pick up and go when you’re also taking on full-time caregiving duties for a senior living at home. The same thing applies to busy weekends. You can’t leave your […]

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15 Reasons Why You Should Become a Senior Caregiver Now

July 7, 2021

15 Reasons Why You Should Become a Senior Caregiver Now: Caring for seniors has never been more important as the population ages. The Census Bureau estimates that in less than 15 years, there will be more seniors over the age of 65 than children under 18, and there are currently more than 46 million seniors living in the US. With that trend comes a different phenomenon; more seniors are making informed decisions to live at home on their own. Rather than receive full-time medical care at an assisted living facility […]

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Summer Safety Tips for Elderly People in Home Care

June 25, 2021

Summer Safety Tips for Elderly People in Home Care: The summer months are once again upon us. And judging from the preceding spring, we’re in for some hot weather this year. But high temperatures and high humidity don’t mean older adults have to stay behind in their air-conditioned homes. Here are some summer safety tips for elderly people to help them stay cool and stay safe. Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe in the Summer Sun When most of today’s elderly folks were kids, we just didn’t know as much […]

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Father’s Day for Seniors in Home Care

June 17, 2021

Father’s Day for Seniors in Home Care: Father’s Day is once again here, and as elderly men who live at home know, it’s not a holiday we spend a lot of effort on. Part of it is the timing; by the third week of June, many families have packed the kids off to sleepaway camp, or to their grandparent’s house for a week or two. So by the time Dad is older, Father’s Day isn’t a big deal. Since Dad retired he doesn’t need neckties anymore, and now that he’s […]

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Men’s Health Week for Seniors in Home Care

June 17, 2021

Men’s Health Week for Seniors in Home Care: It’s a startling fact for seniors living at home that is treated as mundane: women in the US live an average of 5 years longer than men. While some of the reasons women live longer are biological. Others are preventable health conditions based on behaviors that can change. That’s why the Men’s Health Network established Men’s Health Week for the week of June 14th-20th. The week helps raise men’s health awareness. It also highlights the unique health challenges that men face, especially […]

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The Perks of Being an At-Home Caregiver for Seniors

June 9, 2021

The Perks of Being an At-Home Caregiver for Seniors: The decision to become an in-home caregiver is an important one. Maybe you’re starting out in your career, looking for a career change. On the other hand, maybe you’re looking to take care of an aging loved one. Regardless of your motivation, caring for seniors at home can be a great career choice. A recent survey found that 83% of caregivers reported that it was a positive experience. There are many reasons for this; from satisfaction that they are providing quality […]

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In-Home Caregivers’ Mental Health

June 3, 2021

Mental health and Caregivers: Taking care of a senior living at home, whether you’re a professional caregiver, the spouse of a senior, or caring for a loved one, can be hard on your mental health. Sometimes it’s an adult child who has to become a caregiver and provide caregiver services for someone who always took care of them; or a spouse who is accustomed to being equals having to take on the responsibilities of care. Certainly, this is especially true in elderly people with dementia or other cognitive impairment. Watching […]

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Applying for In-Home Services Through a Home Care Agency

June 3, 2021

Applying for In-Home Services Through a Home Care Agency: Seniors who are Illinois residents and need assistance with activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation and housekeeping can apply for a professional caregiver through a program administered by the Illinois Department of Aging (IDoA). The Community Care Program (CCP Services) provides seniors who wish to stay in their homes with assistance. The IDoA established the program in 1979; and has helped thousands of seniors receive assistance. Keep in mind, home care assistance is different from home health, […]

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Home Care Services Covered by Medicaid

June 3, 2021

Home Care Services Covered by Medicaid: Elderly people who want to continue to live at home know that; as we age, certain things get more difficult. And we’re not just talking about keeping up with current music (who are all these teenagers and why are they always so sad?) Keeping your home clean, shopping for groceries, even personal care activities like bathing and dressing can get more difficult when we get older. Maybe your family lives too far away to provide help. Or they’re too busy with their jobs and […]

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Mental Health Awareness Month for Seniors in Home Care

May 18, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month: Seniors who live at home have, like many others, had an unusually difficult year with regard to their mental health. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic downturn have left many feeling anxious, depressed or unusually stressed. The elderly are less likely to report mental health issues. Likely as a result of the negative stigma placed on mental health issues, especially over the past 40 years. Even so, nearly half of seniors reported that the pandemic had a negative effect on their mental […]

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Month

May 18, 2021

It’s May, meaning seniors who live at home are noticing trees and flowers blooming on their daily walks. That is, of course, unless they have allergies. In which case they can’t see much because their eyes are watering and they are too busy sneezing. That’s why May is the perfect time for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to sponsor Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. According to the AAFA, more than 65 million Americans are living with asthma or allergies; including seasonal allergies, food allergies and medication allergies. […]

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Mother’s Day for Seniors in Home Care

May 2, 2021

Mother’s Day for Seniors in Home Care: If it’s the second week in May, there’s one thing you can count on. Panicked children of elderly moms trying to figure out how to properly celebrate Mother’s Day. After all, you aren’t a kid anymore. And the handmade card and coupon for a free hug just isn’t going to cut it this year. And if your mom lives at home across town, breakfast in bed is probably out as well. So how best to celebrate Mother’s Day when your mom is a […]

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Homebound Seniors Can Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at Home

May 18, 2021

Seniors who live at home are still a highly at-risk group for COVID-19. And while the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has accelerated greatly in recent months, with vaccine centers opening in sports arenas, empty department stores, and even in the occasional local tavern; seniors who are homebound have been left behind. However, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has partnered with local organizations to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors who live at home. Which Seniors Qualify for the COVID-19 Vaccine at Home Program? Seniors in at-home care qualify […]

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The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Your Kids and Your Elderly Parents

May 14, 2021

It’s a phenomenon that sneaks up on most people. Your parents retiring and getting older. Meanwhile, your children are active in school and need you to drop them off at soccer practice and dance class and bassoon lessons. And then you realize you’re in the sandwich generation, caught between elderly parents who may need at-home care and children who need a lot of your attention. One study estimated that nearly half of those in their 40s and 50s are caring for an elderly parent and their children at the same […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Home Care

May 14, 2021

As the population ages, more and more elderly people are choosing to stay in their homes, rather than go to a nursing home or assisted living. However, those people may still need some assistance with everyday activities like bathing, dressing, or laundry. While many people have a spouse or family member help with these activities, that isn’t always possible. That means they need to get some in-home care. Having a professional in-home caregiver can be a big help for elderly people. And provide some peace of mind to their families. […]

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Home Care for Seniors with COPD

May 14, 2021

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, is a disease of the lungs that blocks the airways. The most common types of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema (many people with COPD have both). The effects of the disease, which mainly affects seniors and older people, have serious consequences. It is one of the 5 biggest causes of death in the US, responsible for about 120,000 deaths every year. There is no cure for COPD; Treatments are focused on slowing the progress of the disease. This makes it a difficult disease […]

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Arthritis Awareness Month – What Seniors in Home Care Need to Know

May 14, 2021

One of the most common difficulties reported by seniors; who want to live independently in their homes is arthritis. Nearly 50% of all seniors over the age of 65 have some form of diagnosed arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by 2040, arthritis will affect 78 million Americans. That’s why the Arthritis Foundation sponsors Arthritis Awareness Month in May. To focus on the ways in which arthritis affects seniors and to highlight their fight to find a cure. Types of Arthritis that Affect Seniors While […]

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Talking to Kids About Seniors in Home Care

April 30, 2021

Talking to Kids about Seniors in Home Care: Your parents are elderly, and they’ve chosen to live at home rather than assisted living or a nursing home. Your dad’s memory isn’t what it used to be. And eventually the diagnosis you’ve been dreading comes through: he has Alzheimer’s. You know there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and while some drugs may slow the progression of the disease, nothing will stop it completely. Your relationship with your parents is likely to change, as your mom will be spending a lot more […]

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How to Become A Caregiver for A Family Member

May 7, 2021

There are nearly 53 million seniors over the age of 65 in the United States. That number would be 1,925,649 in state of Illinois. The number of elderly in Illinois now ranks sixth among the states behind California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Only about 2.5 million of elderly people in united states live in nursing homes or assisted living, meaning the vast majority live at home. Becoming a paid caregiver for a family member is very common in united states. Many people assist seniors at home with activities of daily living; […]

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Questions About COVID-19 and Home Care

April 27, 2021

COVID-19 and Home Care: Most seniors in home care have heard of the most serious effects of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. However, as more is known about the disease, a new phenomenon has arisen that has experts concerned about the long-term effects of the disease. Though most people recover within a few weeks, some have symptoms that have lasted for months, with no end in sight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to classify these as “post-COVID conditions.” These conditions persist even after the virus is […]

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Six Ways New Caregivers Can Succeed

April 27, 2021

Six Ways New Caregivers Can Succeed: You’d been taking care of your elderly parents (or family members) for a while. They wanted to continue living at home, but they needed some help around the house. So you would bring them groceries, assist them with personal care, or pick up their prescriptions for them. As time progressed, they needed more help than you could provide after working all day, so you decided to become a paid caregiver for your elderly parents to maintain their quality of life. Here are some ways […]

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Four Ways Elderly Caregivers Can Protect Their Relationships

April 20, 2021

Four Ways Elderly Caregivers Can Protect Their Relationships Taking care of an elderly spouse or other relative can have many positive benefits. Some family caregivers who care for their elderly aging loved ones report that they feel closer to their spouse, and are more connected to them as they provide care. However, others seniors may feel resentment or anger, or feel as though the relationship has become one-sided. Similarly, the spouse receiving care may not want to be perceived as a burden and may not accept as much elderly care […]

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Tax Time for Seniors in Home Care

April 15, 2021

Tax Time for Seniors in Home Care: Tax time can be stressful, especially for seniors living at home. Many seniors who live alone are not accustomed to doing their own taxes; because their spouse or partner did them. While others used a tax preparation service or accountant when they were working. With lots of media coverage every year about how the tax code is getting more and more complicated, many seniors worry that they won’t be able to complete their own tax returns. The good news is, there are many […]

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Vaccine Skepticism and the Elderly: a Caregiver’s Guide

April 13, 2021

Vaccine Skepticism and the Elderly: a Caregiver’s Guide; We all know the toll that COVID-19 has taken on seniors, including seniors who live at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 8 in 10 deaths from COVID-19 are seniors. The elderly have been prioritized to receive the new COVID-19 vaccines first. But that leads to a question: what do you do if your elderly parent or relative doesn’t want the vaccine? Here we’ll try to answer the most common reasons for vaccine skepticism and help […]

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Caregiving for a Stubborn Elderly Loved One

April 12, 2021

Caregiving for a Stubborn Elderly Loved One: Having a parent or other elderly relative who is stubborn is not uncommon. It is important to remember as we age, we become more set in our ways; and are more resistant to change. But it’s more than that. As seniors get older; they recognize and pay attention that they cannot do everything they used to be able to do for themselves. Some seniors feel this loss more acutely than others. As they may be used to being providers for their family, or […]

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How to Help an Elderly Loved One with a Hoarding Problem

April 12, 2021

How to Help an Elderly Loved One with a Hoarding Problem: Hoarding is a growing problem, especially among elderly family members living at home. The American Psychiatry Association estimates that people over the age of 55 are three times more likely than younger adults to have a hoarding issue. As the population ages and more seniors choose to live in their own homes, more and more people may be living with a hoarding issue. How can having an in-home care aide help? What is Hoarding in the Elderly? It is […]

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Elderly Home Caregiving in the Spring

April 9, 2021

Elderly Home Caregiving in the Spring: After a long winter, most seniors who live at home are looking forward to getting outside and getting some fresh air this spring. Whether it’s fear of COVID or just winter weather, many elderly folks have been inside long enough, and are braving the early spring winds and heading outside. Here are some tips to help elderly people in home care this spring. Seniors Are Looking to Do Some Spring Cleaning at Home You’ve felt cooped up all winter, and now you’d like nothing […]

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National Nutrition Month – Home Care and Nutrition

April 6, 2021

National Nutrition Month – Home Care and Nutrition: Senior care can help elderly people living at-home with myriad issues, from personal care to laundry. But one of the most important ways a home care aide can help a senior live independently is with assistance with nutrition. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has declared March National Nutrition Month, emphasizing how making better food choices can impact your health. The monthlong campaign, titled “Personalize Your Plate,” provides ways people can eat healthier, such as: Learn how to read nutrition fact panels […]

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What Home Care Can Do for Seniors with Arthritis

April 6, 2021

What Home Care Can Do for Seniors with Arthritis: Arthritis can be a particularly difficult challenge for elderly people living at home. Nearly half of all seniors report a diagnosed case of arthritis. Arthritis is not a single condition, but a way of describing joint pain and inflammation that happens most frequently in the elderly. Seniors living at home have a difficult time with arthritis; because it can limit mobility, flexibility and fine motor control. Arthritis can occur in any joint, such as hips and knees. What Types of Arthritis […]

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Seniors in At-Home Care Can See Their Grandkids After COVID Vaccine

April 6, 2021

Seniors in At-Home Care Can See Their Grandkids After COVID Vaccine The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released brand new guidance for seniors who live at home and have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The bad news is, that trip to Barbados might still have to wait. But the good news is, you can hug your grandkids again without worrying about the infectious disease. The guidance, which was released at nearly the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID pandemic, says those who have been fully vaccinated […]

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Caring for a Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic Senior

March 26, 2021

Caring for a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic senior: Many seniors who live at home and receive in-home care live with Type 2 Diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Type 2 Diabetes accounts for 90-95% of Diabetes cases in the US. That means in 2018 (the last year for which statistics were available), more than 10 million seniors were diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Having an at-home caregiver can be extremely valuable in helping seniors manage their disease. Symptoms and Risk Factors for Type 2 […]

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What States Pay Family Caregivers?

March 22, 2021

What States Pay Family Caregivers? Your elderly father has been living alone at home for the past year, ever since your mom passed away. He’s in reasonably good health; but you’ve noticed that at age 73, he’s not getting around as easily as he once did. When you’re at his home, you’ve noticed some laundry piled up. And you suspect he’s having a difficult time remembering when to take his blood pressure medicine. Your father doesn’t talk as much as he used to. You get over to his house as […]

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Seniors and In-Home Care After Losing a Spouse

March 22, 2021

Seniors and In-Home Care After Losing a Spouse: It’s the thing every senior dreads. Whether it’s a long illness, a sudden catastrophic event, or something in between, losing a spouse can be one of the most devastating occurrences of a senior’s life. The grieving process can be long, and it can have its own detrimental effects on the health of the surviving spouse. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recognizes that the loss of a spouse; especially in elderly people living at home, can have effects that range beyond grief. […]

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Caregiver Guilt: How to Manage it

March 22, 2021

Caregiver Guilt: How to Manage It: When caring for an elderly loved one, it’s important to make sure to take care of yourself as well. After all, any issue affecting you will likely affect the care your loved one receives. For example, stress can lead to caregiver burnout; which can negatively impact your relationship with your elderly loved one as well as the quality of care you provide for them. Another issue many caregivers deal with, and that can have wide-ranging consequences, is caregiver guilt. What is Caregiver Guilt When […]

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Adjusting to Having In-Home Caregivers for Seniors

March 3, 2021

You’re a senior, living at home, who has decided to seek some help with everyday tasks. That’s great! Having help at home as a senior is a great way to make sure that you’re living life to the fullest. Caregivers for seniors can help with a whole range of things, from personal care to laundry to games and activities that keep you company and keep you mentally sharp. You’ve gone through the process of getting at-home help, and you’re ready to start. There’s only one problem –you’re a little unsure […]

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National Eating Disorders Awareness for the Elderly in Home Care

March 2, 2021

The National Eating Disorders Association has declared Feb 22-28 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This is commonly assumed to be something that primarily afflicts younger people, and especially younger women. While that may have been true at some point, increasing evidence suggests that elderly people are among the fastest growing segment of those suffering from eating disorders. Seniors who live at home by themselves may be especially vulnerable to eating disorder; and those seniors receiving at-home care and their caregivers should be on the lookout for signs of eating disorders. […]

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American Heart Month: How Can Seniors in Home Care Stay Healthy?

February 25, 2021

American Heart Month: How Can Seniors in Home Care Stay Healthy? The National Institute for Health (NIH) has declared February to be American Heart Month. Heart disease is still the #1 killer in the United States, causing over 650,000 deaths every year. Those caring for seniors at home should know that those over 65 are at an increased risk of heart disease.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 heart attacks occur each year, and 1 in 5 of those are “silent heart attacks” meaning […]

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How to Set Up Home Care Services for Your Elderly Parents

February 21, 2021

Having elderly parents who live in their home and need assistance can be challenging. Whether you live on the other side of the country or the other side of the street. You may want to help provide care, just like the estimated 41.8 million Americans cited in a recent report do. But that’s not always practical. You have a job and a family of your own. Or you live too far away to reasonably be able to provide care for an elderly parent. Home care services may provide the answer, […]

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COVID-19 Vaccines: What Seniors in Home Care Need to Know

February 21, 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccines: What Seniors in Home Care Need to Know After nearly a year of mostly bad news, especially for seniors; there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are multiple safe and effective vaccines against the virus that are starting to become available to high-risk general public. Including seniors who live at home. What Are These Covid-19 Vaccines, and Are They Safe for Seniors in At Home Care? There are two covid-19 vaccines approved for elderly people by […]

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5 Signs Your Elderly Parents Need a Caregiver

February 18, 2021

Do Your Elderly Parents Need a Caregiver?  Visiting your elderly parents living at home can be a mixed bag emotionally. For those who had a good relationship with their parents growing up; it can be difficult to see them deteriorate physically, mentally and cognitively. You don’t want to admit that the people who raised you and on whom you’ve depended your whole life won’t be there forever. It can be even more troubling for those with a more complicated relationship with their parents. Whether you visit your aging parents frequently […]

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Are Home Care Services Right For Me?

February 2, 2021

Home Care Services: The National Institute on Aging calls it “Aging in Place.” You’d prefer to stay in your own home as you get older, but it’s not that simple. It’s not easy to admit that as you age, you start to have more and more difficulty with everyday tasks. Even if you’re generally healthy, the aging process can rob you of the strength and energy to do things like; cleaning, organizing, and even personal care. You don’t want to be a burden to your family. And you’re certainly not […]

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Caring for Elderly with Hearing Loss

February 2, 2021

Caring for Elderly with Hearing Loss It is estimated that 25% of seniors aged 65-74 have significant hearing loss, and that number rises to 50% among seniors 75 and older. That means there are millions of elderly people with some form of significant hearing loss. Which presents special challenges to those seniors who wish to live at home and not in a nursing home or assisted living facility. For many, having home care assistance is a way for them to stay in their homes while receiving the care they need. […]

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COVID-19: Communicating with Seniors With Hearing Loss

February 2, 2021

Early in the global COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins University noticed that many seniors with hearing loss, including those who were receiving at-home care, were having increased difficulty communicating. Due to masking requirements and physical distancing; medical professionals, in-home care aides and family members were having difficulty communicating with elderly relatives with hearing loss. Wearing a mask makes it impossible to read lips. And maintaining six feet of distance makes reading sign language more difficult. In a Letter to the Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Nicholas […]

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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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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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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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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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