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Determine if a Supportive or Assisted Living Home is the Right Fit »

Finding the right supportive or assisted living program for you or your loved one can be an overwhelming experience. With so many housing options to choose from, it’s difficult to know which one will be the best place to call home. In addition to learning about the basic features of each building (such as location, cleanliness, atmosphere, living spaces, food and friendliness of staff), there are some less obvious questions that will be helpful in determining the quality of care and life tha...  

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Discharge Planning »

  For your older loved one, going home from the hospital after an injury or illness is likely to be a welcomed move. Recovering at home is typically much more comfortable than an extended hospital stay, but it can be challenging to facilitate a smooth transition. Often, when patients are discharged from the hospital, they’re not ready to resume full activities. Because of this, if their discharge care instructions are not followed carefully, they’re at risk for readmission, something we’r...  

What to Ask Doctors Before Leaving the Hospital »

  After being given the green light to bring your hospital stay to an end, you’ll likely be anxious to get out as quickly as possible (and we can’t blame you!). Unfortunately, leaving the hospital doesn’t mean you’re leaving the reason for your visit behind. Because most people don’t leave the hospital fully recovered, but instead good enough to continue the recovery process outside of the hospital, it’s important that you have a thorough understanding of your condition, how to care for y...  

Preparing your home for an older loved one after a hospital visit »

If your loved one is getting ready to return from a hospital stay, it’s important to prepare your home and yourself to ensure you can provide a safe and comfortable environment. Caring for an older adult in your home will certainly require some lifestyle changes, but it will likely require some modifications to your surroundings as well. Here are a few things you can do to get your home ready: General living areas Use a non-slip backing to securely hold throw rugs and runners in place ...  

The Discharge Planning Checklist for Family Members »

It’s such a relief when a loved one is able to end their hospital stay. With all of the stress that comes along with worrying about the wellbeing of your loved one, it’s easy to forget to properly plan for your family member’s discharge should they be transitioning into a rehabilitation program. With a bit of advanced planning, you can be confident that the transition from hospital to rehabilitation program is smooth and stress-free. Keep the following checklist handy so you don’t miss any s...  

Taking care of your skin »

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? And the main way of getting this disease is through ultraviolet rays from the sun. While a little Vitamin D from the sun is good for us, too much exposure can be extremely harmful to our bodies. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime, so taking care of your skin is not something to take lightly. Although outdoor activities are great for the body and mind, i...  

Rainy Day Activity: Track Your Family Tree »

If you’ve ever wanted to track your family history, you’ve likely been overwhelmed by the number of resources available to you. A quick Google search presents an overwhelming number of websites that offer the ability to trace your lineage. How do you even figure out where to start? Gathering Identifying Information Before you start digging around on the internet, start by digging through your own home. What documents do you have that provide identifying information about your relatives? T...  

How to Keep Older Loved Ones Safe in Hot Temperatures »

 As we age, our body’s ability to cool down becomes less efficient. So when temperatures start to climb, older adults run a higher risk of overheating. Decreased blood circulation, certain medications, under active sweat glands and changes in the skin can all play a role. So how can you help keep your older loved ones safe in hot temperatures? An important first step is learning about the signs and symptoms that their body temperature has reached the point of becoming a risk for their heal...  

10 Ways to Spend Time with Grandparents and Older Adults This Summer »

With Chicago’s long, cold winter finally at an end, you’re probably figuring out the best ways to enjoy our few short months of warm weather. Summer in Chicago is all about exploring the city, going to events and taking in the sunshine. Are you looking for ways to enjoy the summer with your grandparent, parent or other older adult in your life? Here are 10 things to do this summer that you’ll both love. Adler Planetarium The Adler Planetarium is a perfect destination for those summer day...  

5 Smart Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health as you Age »

Just as everyone fits into a spectrum of physical health, mental health has a spectrum as well. Identifying symptoms early can make it easier to treat and prevent more serious issues. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with a mental illness, your thoughts, emotions and attitude affect your energy, productivity and overall health. It’s imperative to take care of your mental health as you age in order to strengthen your ability to cope with everyday hassles as well as more serious crises and challe...  

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