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  • LifeCare is proud to join and sponsor a 2nd Annual Patient Advocacy Symposium. The Symposium brings together Patient Advocates in the Greater Chicago area to discuss solutions to continue keeping the patient at the center of care despite our disintegrated and convoluted healthcare system. The event will take place on June 22nd at the brand new Shirley Ryan AbilityLab located at 355 E. Erie Street ...
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  • Stay on Top of Health Screenings

    || 15-Sep-2016

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, as we get older, seeing your physician may not be such a bad thing. In fact, keeping up to date with your health screenings cannot only help you feel better, it can help prevent future diseases and complications. Too often, individuals visit their doctors only when they feel unwell. According to the American Public Health Association, only one in ...
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  • Sleep & Aging: What You Need to Know

    || 2-Sep-2016

    We all know that sleep is supposed to be good for us. It helps improve memory and concentration, helps the body heal damaged cells, and refreshes your immune system. However, what happens when we age? Many people assume that the older we get, the less sleep we need. Unfortunately, this is a myth that refuses to be put to bed. The truth is that as we age, we require just as much sleep as we did ...
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  • The Importance of Taking Your Medicine

    || 15-Aug-2016

    In today’s medical age, medication can perform wonders. Whether it is controlling your cholesterol, relieving pain, regulating insulin, or numbing a headache, medicine can help individuals stay healthy and active. However, it is important to follow prescribed dosages and take any medication in a timely manner. Failing to do so can negatively impact your health. The government estimates that ...
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  • You may have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But did you know that an orange a day can also keep cataracts at bay? Research shows that vitamin C has many benefits for the body. From helping prevent immune deficiencies to cutting risks of cardiovascular disease, vitamin C is safe and powerful. Known as an ascorbic acid, the powerful antioxidant can also play a key role in reducing ...
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  • Problems with Taste

    || 19-Jul-2016

    As a continuation of our series on Healthy Aging in 2016, today’s post will discuss the ways that taste can be affected by age. When we get older, our taste changes. Although you were born with approximately 10,000 taste buds, over time those taste buds may decrease and diminish in size. In addition, age-related impairment of your sense of smell can change your ability to enjoy food and ...
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  • It is normal to experience a broad range of changes as our minds and bodies age. Some are good, but some present challenges. Some of these changes have to do with our physicality and strength while others affect our mind and memory. Others yet have to do with our senses. Changes in the senses of smell, touch, and taste are a common result of aging because nerve endings and taste buds diminish with ...
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  • Benefits of Exercising

    || 1-Jun-2016

    Everyone knows that exercising can be good for their health. But are you aware of how and why ? Do you know the risks of not getting the recommended amount of physical activity? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate an average of 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise they need. The government suggests adults should get at least 2.5 hours of ...
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  • Eating Well As You Get Older

    || 13-May-2016

    Eating well is important at any age—but especially when we get older. Your daily food intake can impact your health, your energy levels, and your physical abilities. What you eat can dictate how you look and feel. At LifeCare, we understand the importance of not just aging with grace, but aging with health. Eating right plays a major role in this process! Why Eat Well As You Age? When you ...
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  • Eating Safely

    || 26-Apr-2016

    By eating safely, you are ensuring the foods you eat have been properly handled, prepared, and stored. Eating safely can also include knowing when to avoid eating certain foods, whether that means reading expiration dates or throwing out things that shouldn’t be saved as leftovers. Some older adults who are used to cooking for themselves over the years may not realize that they now face new ...
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  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) presented a new set of star ratings for home health care agencies on January 28, 2016. These ratings are formulated on patient experience and evaluation of their service providers. LifeCare rated five out of five stars on this ranking and joined the top 2.6% of home health care agencies across the nation. As a reminder, these new ratings ...
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  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced an additional new set of star ratings, based on patient experience, for home health agencies on January 28, 2016. In 2015, our team at LifeCare Home Health & In-Home Services was among just 2.6% of agencies in the country to receive a 5 / 5 Medicare rating from CMS. This is a huge accomplishment as we strive to raise the ...
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  • Healthy Aging in 2016

    || 25-Jan-2016

    The start of a new year is always a great time to start a new plan—how about being healthy in 2016? LifeCare is passionate about helping adults enjoy healthier, happier lives. One way we believe you can enjoy life to the fullest is making efforts to live an active, healthy lifestyle this year. We are excited to be offering a series of educational discussions on this topic, so be sure to ...
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  • Regulatory changes handed down from the Illinois Department of Labor will impact home care workers by affecting their overtime. Now, homecare companies will have to cut caregiving hours and force caregivers to work for multiple employers in order to maintain their previous earnings. For clients, the issue is that they will suffer inconsistency in their care because they will have to see more ...
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  • Our team at LifeCare is excited to announce that we have been included in the Top 500 in this year’s list of the 2015 HomeCare Elite™! This exciting honor is granted only to agencies noted for excellence in care and service. We are proud to stand with our colleagues in this prestigious ranking of home care services throughout the United States. Not only does this honor affirm our ...
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  • Know your Patient’s Rights! Under the new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), called IMPACT ACT, healthcare providers that include hospitals, rehabilitation and long - term care facilities, and home health agencies must provide you (patient or a designated caregiver) with a completed discharge plan before you leave. The plan must include detailed ...
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  • LifeCare was recently honored to achieve a 5 / 5 Medicare rating for being a top performing and high quality agency. Just 2.6% of agencies nationwide achieved this score. For Immediate Release - July 24, 2015 - LifeCare Home Health & In-Home Services is proud to announce that they have achieved the highest possible rating from CMS. This 5-star Medicare rating denotes their achievement of ...
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  • Long Term Care

    || 7-Jul-2015

    Questions About Long Term Care? We’re Here to Help. Many people wonder if long term care benefits cover home care. The important thing to understand is that there is more than one type of long term care. Long term care generally covers such daily benefits as nursing home stays, assisted living stays, and private home care at home. What You Need to Know Here are some factors to be aware of ...
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  • Fall Prevention for the Elderly at Home

    || 29-Jun-2015

    Fall Prevention for the Elderly at Home As people age, it becomes necessary to make changes in order to prevent falls. For adults age 65 and older, falling can be a major event, resulting in long term hip injury and signaling that it is no longer safe to live alone. According to the CDC, 734,000 people were admitted to a hospital as a result of a fall in 2013. Of that number, 25,500 older adults ...
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  • Find out how better management of chronic diseases through medication may mitigate the need for hospitalization. Chronic diseases are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and statistically, seniors are most at risk. When chronic conditions are not properly managed or medicated, it can lead to other chronic conditions, further injury, and even death. Although the numbers ...
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  • LifeCare sponsored the annual charitable event, “Lucky 7” Seven, organized by the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Auxiliary Board. The organization raised much-needed funds for the research programs of the three selected researches at the University of Chicago Medicine who work towards the prevention, early detection, and treatment of the scores of diseases ...
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  • Governor's Conference on Aging focuses on key issues, regulatory policies and innovation in addressing the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities. Ideas discussed by elder care professionals go beyond conventional thinking and practices for serving the needs of older residents of Illinois.
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  • Northbrook, Illinois, October 27, 2014 — LifeCare Home Health Services today announced that it has been named to the Top 100 Nationwide of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies ...
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  • LifeCare earns the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® accreditation award

    || 11-Apr-2014

    For immediate release – Northbrook, April 10, 2014 – LifeCare Home Health Services has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The accreditation award recognizes LifeCare Home Health Services’ dedication to ...
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  • LifeCare earns a place in the TOP 100 Home Health Agencies Nationwide

    || 18-Nov-2013

    For Immediate Release – November 18, 2013 — LifeCare Home Health Services today announced that it has been recognized in the Top 100 of home health providers nationwide. OCS HomeCare, by National Research Corporation uses publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the list of agencies. Five domains of performance were cumulatively ...
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