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Are Your Older Loved Ones Really Ready for Winter? »

It’s December and winter is in full force! The temperatures are dropping, snow will soon fall and harsh winds will move in. When preparing your home for winter, think about the older adults in your life who may need help getting their homes ready as well. There are many preventative measures you can take to create a warm, comfortable and most importantly, safe home for your older loved ones. Keep the thermostat above 65. It may be tempting to turn the heat down at times to save on costs, b...  

Is Home Care Right For You or Your Loved Ones? 10 Questions to Ask. »

If you’ve been struggling to decide whether home care is the best way to help you or your loved one live a more comfortable life, you know that there are many factors to consider. Below are 10 important questions to ask yourself to help determine if home care is right for your situation. 1.     What kind of care is needed? What is it that a home caregiver will need to help with? Is help needed with personal care, housekeeping or do you or your loved one simply need someone to provide compan...  

Five Ways to Help Those with Memory Problems Cope During the Holidays »

The excitement of the holiday season can become stressful for anyone: from shopping for gifts and cooking lavish meals, to organizing get togethers and traveling, it’s easy to become overwhelmed during the holiday season. For those with memory problems, the holidays can be difficult to keep up with. If you’ll be spending time with a loved one with memory problems this holiday season, you have the power to make the activities easier and more enjoyable. The following tips can help both them an...  

What We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving »

This Thanksgiving, our residents shared with us the things that they are most thankful for. Our residents overwhelming agreed that they were most grateful for their family, friends, life, home and health. (We also loved that many folks said they were grateful for “everything!”) No matter what you are most thankful for, we wish you a joyful Thanksgiving holiday. From everyone at Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services, Happy Thanksgiving!  

A Day in the Life of a Caregiver »

   Have you ever wondered what a day as a caregiver looks like? Whether a live-in, paid caregiver or a family member, it’s hard to truly depict a caregiver’s day as each varies. Take a look at one of their busy days below. Morning: 7:30 am: Rise and shine! The caregiver wakes up, gets ready for the day and then wakes up the person they care for. The caregiver pays particular attention to any personal care that may be required first thing after waking. 9:00 am: The caregiver and care rec...  

Our Favorite Online Resources for Family Caregivers »

Many family caregivers feel overwhelmed, underprepared, alone, and stressed as they face the great responsibility of taking care of their loved one. As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month, we wanted to share our favorite resources to help the compassionate people who step into the family caregiver role every day. Elderwerks Elderwerks serves as a free senior housing and care resource network, helping seniors through the transition from one home to another. They specialize in per...  

6 Little Known Facts About the Real Life of Caregivers »

The vast majority of caregivers for seniors in the U.S. aren't nurses or trained professionals. They are the spouses, partners, family members, friends and neighbors of the older adults who need care. They are people like you. These caregivers humbly choose to care for their loved ones day in and day out, and they don't get paid to do so. Often, they don't get recognized as they should, either. Today, in honor of Caregiver Appreciation Month, we'd like to share a few lesser known facts about...  

An Open Thank You Letter to Family Caregivers »

Dear Caregivers, The month of November is National Family Caregiver Month – when we recognize the 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today. Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS) is proud to have gotten to know many of you who selflessly dedicate your time, energy, and attention to caring for your loved ones. You play such a significant role in the lives of those you care for – including those of you that receive assistance from outside sources such as home caregivers. You’re al...  

Sharing Caregiver Responsibilities »

As family members age, the responsibility of their care often falls on the younger generation, usually their children and grandchildren, and according to a study done by the National Alliance for Caregiving in 2009, that includes more than of 65 million Americans. Managing a loved one’s care is often a full-time job, as that person’s living situation, finances and physical and mental health often all need to be cared for. Sharing these responsibilities amongst other family members can help al...  

In the End, Who Really Rescues Who? »

Acadia, one of the many lovable cats available for adoption at Tree House Humane Society I’ve blogged before about the physical, emotional and mental benefits of owning a pet. From lowering your blood pressure to providing mental stimulation, pets not only reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, but they can also be trained to detect seizures and assist with various forms of rehabilitation. What I’ve neglected to discuss is where you can go to find the perfect litt...  

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