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Illinois COVID Vaccine Rollout: What Seniors Need to Know

When will you be able to get the COVID vaccine if you live in Cook County, Illinois? Where can you go to get updates and more information about vaccine distribution as it becomes available?  At Companions for Seniors, we know how important it is to be able to get reliable, accurate information in this uncertain time.  Here, we’ve gathered local resources that can help you understand more about the vaccine rollout in Illinois, and where you can go for answers. “When Will I Be Able to Get the COVID Vaccine?” The vaccine is being distributed in phases, following guidelines from [...]

Online Chicago Food Delivery Choices for Seniors & Busy Caregivers

Where can you turn when you want to provide your elderly loved one with a warm, tasty meal — but don’t have the time or energy to cook? Online food delivery services can be a wonderful option for seniors and busy caregivers in Chicago.  Ordering in can help provide leftovers that last for days, helping older adults avoid hunger and malnutrition. Ordering in is also a great way to help homebound seniors stay connected to their community, helping them enjoy their favorite dishes from beloved local restaurants in the comfort and safety of home.  Meal delivery has become even more [...]

10 Inspiring Quotes About Chicago

Here at Companions for Seniors, we love where we live! We’re proud to be locally owned in Chicago, offering convenient and flexible in-home care services not just to the city but the surrounding suburbs as well.  Interested in learning more about our local service area? Click here.  Curious why senior care is so essential in Chicagoland? Read more here.  Looking out at another beautiful Chicagoland day, we couldn’t help but feel inspired to celebrate this city — and the amazing people, culture, and history that make it special.  […]

Can Illinois Seniors Use VA Benefits to Pay for Long-Term Care?

The brave men and women who served our country with honor and dedication deserve only the best, especially as they grow older. Fortunately, Illinois veterans are eligible to use their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to pay for the costs of long-term care.  What Is Long-Term Care? The National Institute on Aging (NIA) describes long-term care as: “… a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. Long-term care services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday [...]

10 Things to Love About Skokie, Illinois

Skokie, Illinois is one of Chicagoland’s most pleasant suburban communities. With lots of tasty restaurants, beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, and wonderful real estate, it’s as great a place to visit as it is to call home! Looking for a little local inspiration? Here are just 10 of the things that our caregivers and senior clients love most about Skokie: 1.) The Astonishing Outdoor Art One of the most unique attractions in Skokie is the Northshore Sculpture Park, a free open-air park featuring enormous and stunning sculptures by local artists. You can also see some astonishing sculptures and buildings in [...]

The Health and Lifestyle Benefits of Music for the Elderly

If you’re looking for a powerful way to connect with and inspire an aging adult in your life, music may be just the thing you’ve been searching for! The Healing Power of Music for Seniors The legendary composer Leonard Bernstein once said that “music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”  The soul singer Ray Charles agreed, saying: “Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.”  Certainly, countless studies — and our own firsthand experiences — have shown us just how positive and impactful music can be for the elderly.  […]

Relocation Stress Syndrome: The Dangerous Costs of Uprooting the Elderly

About 70% of people over the age of 65 “can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives,” according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. On average, women tend to need more than four years of care, while men generally need between two and three.  If you’re thinking about getting started with long-term care for your aging parent or another elderly loved one, it’s important to explore all of your options and find a path forward that really works. This includes thinking about the potential downsides of some common types of long-term [...]

10 Fun and Easy Projects to Start the New Year on the Right Foot

The start of a new year is a great time to turn the page — and helping the elderly adult in your life to refresh their home is a wonderful way to get started!  Whether you want to help make their home safer and more comfortable; encourage your senior loved one to start up a new activity; or get their space ready for home care in the months ahead, there are all sorts of simple home projects that can help seniors and caregivers make the most of the new year.  Here are ten easy and important projects for starting the [...]

Sweet Home Chicago: 7 Reasons We Love the Windy City

Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world — and we’re incredibly proud to call it home!  Every day, we provide reliable and experienced in-home senior care to the people of Chicagoland and Northeastern Illinois — and this gives us a unique perspective on all of the ins and outs of our area.  While 2020 was a year of staying safe at home, 2021 seems poised to be a time when we can get back out and safely explore and enjoy again. Here are seven of the things that inspire and excite us most about Chicago, and how [...]

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