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7 Steps to Reduce Heart Disease: Home Care in Lake County Illinois

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Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath
Chest pain and shortness of breath are commonly caused by high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Managing these diseases will help with prevention of symptoms and overall well-being.
How can older adults prevent shortness of breath and chest pain?
Older adults can take several steps to manage these diseases proactively.
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Eat a healthy diet, low in salt and fat.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
  • If overweight, try to lose a few pounds.
  • Take medications appropriately.
  • Check your blood pressure, pulse and weight routinely.
  • Stay socially active.
  • Get plenty of rest.
Do you or a loved one have COPD or CHF who struggles with every day activities or needs help managing their disease? We can help.
Our COPD and CHF Care Plans focus on the individual needs of the client who is suffering from chronic bronchitis or emphysema which can include: light housekeeping, assistance with ADL’s, household management, shopping, meal preparation, proper nutrition, exercise, safety in the home, infection/air quality control maintenance, smoking cessation, medication reminders, pain/stress management techniques.

Let us customize a care plan that fits you or your loved one’s needs. Call for a free assessment at
847-548-1330.

Lunch & Learn Webinar: Talking to Your Doctor: Taking an active role in your health.

How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. But, talking to your doctor isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort on your part as well as your doctor’s.

Join us Wednesday, September 15, 2016 from 12PM -12:30PM when Trisha Menoni from Partners in Senior Care discusses tips you can use today to regain control of your health.

Here's the link to join: https://www.gotomeet.me/PartnersinSeniorCare

Click here to download the presentation & additional handouts.


Home Care: A Person is More than a Disease

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In the course of the 13+ years, we have taken care of thousands of patients. Greater than 50% of the clients we care for have a primary diagnosis of dementia and that could be Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, frontal lobe dementia, or even Lewy Body dementia. We have also taken care of clients who had a stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD, cancer, Parkinson's (check out our special training for the needs of the Parkinson's Patient), ALS and diabetes. Read More...

Medication Safety Week

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The first week of April is Medication Safety Week. One of the easiest ways to prevent falls and hospitalizations is to take medication correctly.
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Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

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February is American Heart Month. Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men an women? Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. Heart disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries. When this happens, your arteries can narrow over time, reducing blood flow to the heart.

Your risk is increased when you smoke, eat an unhealthy diet, and lead a sedentary life. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes can also increase your risk. Speak with your doctor about ways to manage or prevent these medical conditions. Read More...

Memory and Aging Presentation at Mundelein Senior Center

Today, our founder and owner, Trisha Menoni, RN, BSN, CMC, gave a talk at the Mundelein Senior Center on Memory and Aging. Here are the highlights:

Our Parents whispered the word Cancer when we were growing up—there was rarely a cure. It was a painful horrid death! We haven’t cured Cancer, but we are less afraid of it—we all know cancer survivors.

Our generation doesn’t whisper Alzheimer’s, but we fear it! It is a slow death sentence, causing pain not to us, but the ones we love. It is the long good-bye.
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Do you have a loved one with diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious disease (click here for a factsheet about diabetes). People get diabetes when their blood glucose level, sometimes called blood sugar, is too high. Diabetes can lead to dangerous health problems, such as having a heart attack or stroke. Many complications can result from diabetes, including vision loss, slow healing of wounds, and neuropathy (damage to nerves that results in loss of movement or sensation) in the feet or hands.   Many complications can be prevented by following nutritional treatment plan and prescribed plan of care.  Read More...

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th of July from Partners in Senior Care!

Independence.  The word means different things at different times in our lives.  The first time you were allowed to cross the street on your own or bike to the park by yourself.  Your drivers license.  Your first paycheck. Your first car. The first evening alone in your first apartment.  Your first date night with your husband without kids.  The day you become an empty nester - you hope. These are all incredible milestones of freedom and independence. And we remember every one of them.
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May is Older Americans Month

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May is Older Americans Month.  As I reflect on all that Older Americans have given us, I was reminded of a PBS program I watched last year about Fred Rogers.  It was entitled “Mr. Rogers and Me” and contained interviews with those that had been touched by Fred Rogers and focused on what set him apart.  The recurring theme was that when you had a conversation with Mr. Rogers he was totally focused on you!  He accepted you for who you were:  “I like you just the way you are.”  What a wonderful lesson that should be for all of us and how we interact with everyone, but especially the elders in our lives.  We need to be with them in the moment and accept them just the way they are.  In doing this we provide them with the gift of acceptance and love, but more importantly we open ourselves to the gifts they can give us. 

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April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:
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    Skin Care and Aging

    Skin Care and Aging

    Taking care of your skin is just as important in the winter. Download our resource here.

    Home Care for Pulmonology Patients

    Have a loved one with COPD or CHF? You want them to enjoy the highest quality of life for as long as possible. So does Partners in Senior Care. That is why we choose to exceed the IDPH standards for private duty care as a Home Services and Home Nursing Agency:
    • RN supervisory visits every month
    • Individualized Plan of Care based on underlying disease process
    • Caregiver education by a Nurse Educator
    • 20 hours of Continuing Education of caregivers annually.
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    Caring Cardiac Care in Chicagoland

    You want your loved one to enjoy the highest quality of life for as long as possible. So does Partners in Senior Care. That is why we choose to exceed the IDPH standards for private duty care as a Home Services and Home Nursing Agency:
    • RN supervisory visits every month
    • Individualized Plan of Care based on underlying disease process
    • Caregiver education by a Nurse Educator
    • 20 hours of Continuing Education of caregivers annually.
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    Home Care in Lake County: Hydration Tips for Seniors

    Dehydration is ranked in the top ten most frequent reasons for Medicare hospitalizations. The average cost of this is nearly three thousand dollars. Half of all patients hospitalized with dehydration as the primary diagnosis, die within one year. Read More...

    Home Care in Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry Counties: 7 Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Prescribes a New Medication

    1. 7 Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Prescribes a New Medication
    2. 1. What is the name of the medication?
    3. 2. How often should I take it?
    4. 3. Why is it being prescribed?
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    Home Care in Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties: Heart Disease Prevention

    Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath
    Chest pain and shortness of breath are commonly caused by high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Managing these diseases will help with prevention of symptoms and overall well-being. Read More...

    10 Tips to Keep the Brain Sharp

    Click here to download our fact sheet.
    1. Stay Mentally Challenged. Seniors who engage in reading books or newspapers, doing crossword puzzles and word or card games, or who attend adult education classes may be more likely to ward off Alzheimer's as they age. Researchers at Columbia University in New York found that participation in intellectual and social activities among seniors was associated with fewer cases of Alzheimer's disease.
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    10 Ways to Improve Your Brain Health

    Click here to download our fact sheet.
    1. Do “neurobic” exercises to strengthen neural pathways. Certain cognitive exercises and brain games can create new associations between different brain parts, says neurobiologist Lawrence Katz of Duke University. Neurobics include getting dressed or showering in the dark, switching what you normally wear on one side to the other (e.g., put your watch or bracelet on your opposite wrist), using your opposite hand to brush your teeth, and cooking ethnic foods that you’ve never prepared before.
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    Home Care Chicagoland: Your Healthy Eating Questions Answered

    Click here to download our fact sheet.
    Having Problems with Food?
    Does your favorite chicken dish taste different? As you grow older, your sense of taste and sense of smell may change. Foods may seem to have lost flavor. Also, medicines can change how food tastes. They can also make you feel less hungry. Talk to your doctor about whether there is a different medicine you could use. Try extra spices or herbs on your foods to add flavor. Read More...

    Heat Stroke Prevention

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    Almost every summer there is a deadly heat wave in some part of the country. Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or if you have health problems. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly. If not, you might begin to feel confused or faint. Your heart could become stressed, and maybe stop beating.
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    Hydration for Seniors

    Dehydration is ranked in the top ten most frequent reasons for Medicare hospitalizations. The average cost of this is nearly three thousand dollars. Half of all patients hospitalized with dehydration as the primary diagnosis, die within one year. Read More...

    Home Care McHenry County: Falls & Fractures

    A simple thing can change your life—like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet spot on the kitchen floor.  If you fall, then you might be like the thousands of older men and women each year who break, or fracture, a bone. A broken bone might not sound awful. But, for older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems. Read More...

    Home Care Lake County: Fall Prevention

    Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can lead to moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can even increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. Read More...

    Bringing Healthcare Home

    A colleague forwarded me this article about bringing health care home. That is exactly what Partners in Senior Care’s professional Geriatric Care Managers do! We know our client’s baseline mental status, their aging wishes and how to access services for them in their homes (or with only minimal hospital stays). Home care is a “win-win” for everyone—it costs less and the patient is happier!

    Summer Fun with an Aging Loved One

    Now That Summer is Finally Here, It’s a Great Opportunity to Have Some Summer Fun!

    It is official: Summer has begun! For an aging loved one, summer is an ideal time to get outside, get some fresh air, and do some fun summer activities like talking walks, birdwatching, and going to an outdoor music concert.
    Because winters can be isolating with cold, snowy weather that prevents seniors from getting outside, it is important for caregivers and families to take advantage of the warmer weather and help the senior be active. It probably goes without saying how important exercise and time outside breathing in fresh air is to someone’s physical well-being, but it is equally important for their mental and emotional health. Being outside, enjoying the sunshine and the company of others can do a world of good to boost a senior’s mood. And a happier mood and positive outlook can lead to a longer and healthier life. Read More...

    Summer Travel Tips

    Learn how to vacation with an aging loved one or feel comfortable having them stay at home
    Summer is finally here and that means BBQs, fireworks, baseball games, and travel. Summer is a great time to get away with your family. And while summer travel can be a fun experience for an aging parent or loved one, especially if that trip is to see grandchildren, seniors may not be as mobile or energetic as they were in years past. Partners in Senior Care has several tips for a successful summer trip with an aging parent or loved one including:
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    Back to School

    Back to school. For many, these three words bring back so many memories. Freshly sharpened pencils in your grandad’s old cigar box, a dime a day for milk, the lazy walk home after school. But for those in the sandwich generation, back to school could mean increased anxiety. Making sure an elderly parent gets a flu shot. Shuffling grandchildren to and from activities for their working parents. Planning the upcoming fall trip to New England for a 40th wedding anniversary. Our sandwich generation is quickly becoming a Panini generation - grilled and fried! Read More...