You may remember gardening with your loved ones as a child helping your mother or father in the backyard, or maybe it wasn’t a hobby until you grew up. No matter the age, there are many mental health benefits of gardening. Not only is gardening a fun, rewarding hobby, but it also can have many positive effects. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together a list of the benefits below.
Number one, practicing acceptance. Majority of the suffering one goes through is from things that we cannot control. By being outside in nature, it helps you understand that you are not in control of most things. Gardening is a way to help you practice acceptance. All you can do is plant, water and tend to your garden, but the rest is left to the environment. Accepting what may or may not come from your garden after you have done all that you can is a great way to practice acceptance.
Up next is moving beyond perfectionism. Trying to make things perfect does not always work out and doesn’t have to! The same goes for gardening- you can’t have the perfect garden without bugs or weeds – they are inevitable. Gardening helps you better understand that things cannot always be perfect, and it can be a good antidote for perfectionism.
The third mental health benefit from this alternative therapy is it will help you to develop a growth mindset. With a growth mindset, you assume that you are constantly learning, and gardening is a great way to view things as an opportunity rather than a “failure” when things go wrong.
Connecting with others is another benefit to gardening. When you or a loved one can share the hobby of gardening with others, it allows you to connect with others and talk about something that you both enjoy doing.
The last of the many ways your mental health can benefit from gardening is by connecting you to the world. Having a garden means that you have a relationship with the plot of ground you are tending to. It connects you with the cycle of seasons and you feel a connection.
This past month, our team at Freedom Home Care celebrated the start of summer with the Backyard Bash at our Highland Park Senior Center. Were you not able to attend? Find out below what you missed!
Sitting around with some warm weather, we shared Urban BBQ and listened to the award-winning multi-instrumentalist LJ Slavin. Slavin was very well versed in a wide range of styles like the flute, fiddle, mandolin, musical saw, and much more!
With our view overlooking the beautiful Lake Michigan, it was the perfect spot to enjoy good music, good food, and even better company! Don’t feel too left out because we are hosting another Backyard Bash event on August 9th.
Our next bash will provide you with entertainment from none other than La Casa de Isaac & Moishe. Come join us and watch a Latin-based concert while eating some of the best Mexican food around! Isaac and Moishe Nava will be bringing authentic home-style food from their hometown of Huitzuco.
Games will be set up for everyone to enjoy during the event as well. Come on out and play a game of bocce ball, baggo, horseshoes, and more! We can’t wait for you to join us at our next Backyard Bash. Check out our Facebook to see any upcoming events or more information.
Every June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month in the United States. This is a time for people of all ages to raise awareness and join in on the fight against this disease. To increase awareness, we at Freedom Home Care have provided some ways to get involved for all ages.
Let’s start with something for everyone. The first thing you can do to get involved is to maintain 67 seconds of silence. Every 67 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and showing some silence will help recognize just how frequent this disease is.
Wearing purple is another way people of all ages can help to find a cure. Going to the Alzheimer’s Association directly, you can purchase Alzheimer awareness shirts to really show your support!
For younger children, you can order the “color your mind” coloring book. Once ordered, you can encourage your kids to color with their grandparents or loved ones who have the disease. This is a great way to get your loved ones’ active as well.
Adults can get involved too! You can help host an event or dinner party and ask your close friends/family to help contribute to the cause. Hosting a sporting event fundraiser is also another way to help keep your brain active while helping a good cause.
No matter how you do it, make sure to join in on Alzheimer’s awareness month and show a loved one your support! We are a proud sponsor of this year’s Longest Day Italian Night & Dinner Fundraiser. We believe in supporting Alzheimer’s awareness in any way we can. Check out our Facebook to see a recap of the event.
Music has the ability to bring happiness to everyone no matter the age. The young and the elders can benefit from using music therapy to provide comfort. We here at Freedom Home Care have put together a list of how music therapy and alternative therapy can help your loved one.
Leading us off at number one is reduction of stress. By using music therapy and frequently listening to music, you can help deal with the stress and tension life brings. Choosing music that is more relaxed can reduce high heart rates and calm your loved one- helping to make them stress-free.
Another reason one can benefit from using music therapy is because it will help improve speech and cognitive skills. This type of therapy is often used to treat memory care patients and help to maintain their speech skills. It can inspire people who are nonverbal to communicate with you by humming or singing along.
Up next at number three is an increase in social activity. Music can be known and recognized for bringing people together. When you get a small group to interact together, it will help loved ones connect with other people. This type of therapy also can help get rid of feeling lonely.
Last but not least at number four, music inspires movement. When using music therapy effectively, it will motivate loved ones to get moving by dancing, clapping, or even tapping their feet. When you use tiny drums or tambourines, it also is a great way to get your loved one physically involved as well.
As Chicago caregivers, we know just how much you value your loved one’s well-being and happiness because we do too. Try using music therapy with your loved one at home or register now to join Jim Kendros June 26th from 10:30 am – 11:30 am at Dickinson Hall Senior Center as he discusses the beautiful violin and viola. It is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Please register 3 days before the class. Find more information here.
There is a major crisis going on in the nursing world, and unfortunately, if you are not behind the scenes, you may not be aware of what is going on. A lot of hospitals today are highly understaffed and nurses are the ones being affected the most.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a study showed that every 1 out of 5 nurses will hand in their resignation just one year after getting their license. A huge factor going into this statistic is that there are not enough nurses in hospitals all across the United States.
Why is understaffing such a huge crisis you might ask? A nurse’s number one job is to administer the highest quality of care to their patients. When nurses are in an environment where there are too many patients per nurse, they cannot successfully provide every patient with the highest quality of care.
When a nurse is the only one on their floor, or there are only a handful of nurses present, the time spent with each patient is decreased in order for them to get everyone on that floor the care and attention that they need. Not only do nurses have to care for patients, but they also have to do charting. Paperwork and documentation take an abundance of their attention and time as well.
The problem is that hospital administrators are not willing to spend the money that it takes to have enough staff on board. Board members might think by not hiring more staff they are saving money, but really short-staffed hospital floors is the most non-cost effective approach.
Unless every hospital gets behind the approach that you cannot run a successful hospital and provide the best care possible without being full-staffed, this issue is not going to change. While there are some hospitals taking a step in the right direction, not all are fully staffed just yet.
At Freedom Home Care, we know just how important providing the best care for you or your loved one is. That is why our staff is fully committed to giving you some of the best Chicago caregivers right to your home.
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Do you know what is held every last Wednesday in May? It’s National Senior Health and Fitness Day! At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we are here to provide six activities that you or a loved one can do to celebrate.
With over 100,000 people participating in retirement communities, park district, and hospitals, here is how you can get active as well. Leading us off at number one is going to the park. With the weather finally warming up, take a stroll in the park filled with trail walking, a picnic, etc.
Next up on our list is to attend a fitness class. What better way to get active than in a class ran by a certified instructor! With someone there to guide the right techniques and help to prevent injury, it is a perfect way to start safely.
Number three is to work in the garden. Not only does this spring up your home with beautiful flowers and vegetables, but it also gets some exercise incorporated into your or your loved ones’ lives.
Next up is number four and that is to dance! Yes, you heard that right. Whether you are enrolled in a Zumba class or simply dancing in the comfort of your own home to music, you are keeping your body active while having fun!
Leading us at number five on the list is to schedule a health screening. While it is national health and fitness day, it is important to ensure that you are healthy as well. Scheduling a screening will ensure that you or your loved ones are taking preventative measures for your health.
Last on the list is to volunteer. This is a chance to offer wellbeing to not just yourself, but others who you help as well. Find places like health fairs, community events, churches, etc. in doing so, you can help spread the word about good health.
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Dementia as common as it may occur often goes misinterpreted. At Freedom Home Care, your home care agency, we are here to provide you with some answers to questions you might have. Find out all about dementia here.
Dementia is a progressive brain syndrome that affects someone’s memory, thinking, emotion, and behavior. Because dementia affects major body functions, it is the leading cause of disability amongst older people.
Dementia may be experienced differently depending on the person affected because each case is dealt in its own way. With over 100 forms of dementia, it is normal for some to experience things that another person with dementia might not.
A well-known form of dementia that often goes hand-in-hand is Alzheimer’s disease. This disease can be accounted for 50-60% of all cases diagnosed. The other percent includes vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia.
What are some early signs and symptoms of dementia? Things such as memory loss, trouble finding the right words, not understanding what some are saying, personality moods and mood changes may be an early sign.
While dementia can affect people under the age of 65, the majority of people diagnosed are typically older. Understanding dementia and raising awareness is very important in challenging the misconceptions with the disease.
National Nurses Week has been around for as long as some can remember, but the process took almost more than half a century. With the week quickly approaching and over soon, we at Freedom Home Care would like to tell you a little about its’ history.
So, from your home care agency, here it is! In 1953 a woman by the name of Dorothy Sutherland who worked for the US Department of Health proposed an idea to have a Nurse Day for the next year. On the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s Crimean mission, Nurses Week took place.
Moving on to 1981. In 1981 the ANA, along with other nursing organizations, supported another idea from nurses in New Mexico. These nurses wanted to establish May 6th as National Recognition Day for Nurses.
During that same year, president at the time, Reagan, signed the proclamation that stated May 6, 1982 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. What better way to celebrate all that nurses do for us than to give them a special day!
It didn’t stop there. In 1993 the dates May 6th-12th were set as the permanent dates for National Nurses Week. In 1998, May 8th was selected as the National Student Nurses Day. This whole week is spent celebrating nurses hard work and talent, as long as giving them thanks for all that they do!
So, if you see a nurse tell them thank you for all their hard work and dedication to providing the best patient care! Their work does not go unnoticed and it is no wonder these men and women deserve a whole week to be celebrated!
No, not the food Gyro- we’re talking about the Gyrotonic exercise technique. At Freedom Home Care, we have a solution to provide your arthritis and hypermobile joints some relief. Find out what the gyro is all about at your home care agency.
Some people who have tried the Gyrotonic technique say they felt immediate relief and after about six months, patients found their overall biomechanics were much stronger. So what is this not-so-famous technique that is providing people with fast relief?
Gyrotonic is a form of allowing your body to always stay moving and changing directions. Similar to a form of Yoga and Pilates, this technique operates on a plane of motion. When enrolling in a Gyrotonic class, you will be sitting on mats or specially designed exercise machines at the assistance of an instructor.
While doing so a wave of motion will occur, or a flow of blood to your spine. The way the rhythm is in circular motions, it will help stretch your arms, back, and provide relief to the joints.
After doing several Gyrotonic classes, you will feel more balanced, reflexive and overall more healed from arthritis and hypermobile joint relief. This workout is rapidly growing and may be available at a gym or yoga studio near you!
This type of approach allows your body to always evolve and build on what you have learned. This is a great way to slowly weave working out into your life safely and feel healed from pain. This method works best for athletes and people who experience pain as they get older.
Do you know a friend or loved one suffering from dementia and/or remembering things? We all forget things from time to time, but with a memory loss disease or age, it may become part of an everyday routine. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together some tips to help with forgetfulness and better maintain independence.
Leading us off at number one is managing medication. Forgetting to take medication, or not remembering if you took it so you double up is the leading cause of why some patients end up going to the hospital.
Some ways to prevent this is using pill planners, getting medication pre-packed, and working with a loved one or caregiver to help stay organized. By doing so, it will help your memory in the long run and your overall health by taking the right amount of medication.
There are many pill reminder applications available to download on a smartphone, tablet, or even some televisions that might be a good idea to consider. Medication reminder apps are easy to set up and go a long way in giving an extra hand.
Remembering to turn off the gas/electric each time a meal is done is another tip for a friend or loved one to remember. If they still love to cook, have a friend or caregiver with them so they can help remember your loved one to turn off the stove when finished.
As a home care agency, we love a good ole checklist. Checklists are a great way to remind a friend or loved one remember what needs to be done. It also is a great way to make someone feel accomplished at the end of the day.
Last but not least, locate important documents and take copies so you do not forget them, and always have a backup. If your friend or loved one cannot remember where their important documents are, this is a great way to not risk them being lost or forgotten.
We hope these tips and tricks help you, a loved one, or a friend. Are you looking for a home care agency in Highland Park, IL? Visit us at Freedom Home Care today to learn more about the services we provide. You can see what our clients are saying at FHC Reviews, or browse our hours at FHC Hours. We look forward to serving you!