The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center encourages county residents to take precautions against ticks, which can carry diseases such as Lyme disease. Once considered a rare illness in Lake County, Lyme disease is becoming more common in the area.Read More
National observances for July. Who knew there could be so many?
Celebrating summertime pleasures and reminders to take time to enjoy family and your surroundings.Read More
July Employee Birthdays and Anniversaries to Celebrate!
Congratulations to our June Employee of the Month, Courtney S.!Read More
June is National Safety Month and the ideal time to spotlight how to make a home much more friendly to seniors using wheelchairs or walkers.Read More
What does an "expiration" date on medicine really mean? Is it dangerous if you take it anyway? Less effective?
It turns out that date stamped on the label actually means a lot. It's based on scientific evidence gathered by the manufacturer showing how long the drug's potency lasts.Read More
June Employee Birthdays and Anniversaries to Celebrate!
Congratulations to our June Employee of the Month, Ellen G.!Read More
Anyone can have a stroke. Everyone should be ready. Learn the F.A.S.T. warning signs!Read More
School nurses are heroes to the more than 50 million children in our nation’s schools, and it is highly likely that more people interact with a school nurse than any other nursing specialist.Read More
Who Does Frailty Affect?
About 5 percent to 10 percent of people over age 65 are frail, according to a 2013 article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA).2 Most are over 80 years old and most are women, partly because women live longer than men. Smoking, depression, long-term medical problems and being underweight seem to increase the likelihood of becoming frail.Read More
May Employee Birthdays and Anniversaries to Celebrate!
Congratulations to our May Employee of the Month, Linda C., RN.Read More
Celebrate National Humor Month with a smile!
By Chris Hammerlund
April being National Humor Month, it's a pretty good month to remember one of your Illinois neighbors, Hunter Doherty Adams. Never heard of Hunter Doherty Adams who lives in Urbana these days? Of course you have.
He's the real funny-faced doctor“Patch Adams” made famous by Robin Williams in the movie of the same name. Actually, Adams was made famous by himself long before Robin Williams came along.
He's devoted his life to caring for people who spend most of their lives in the rips of the health safety net. In the first 10 years of his official medical career, he treated 15,000 patients for free.
He was his own national health insurance plan. He's a doctor with different point of view.
This is sort of his month because Adams has always believed that humor was a tool to keep people healthy. But not a silly, feel-good sort of trick. An actual medically valid tool.
He's sort of a holistic medical holy warrior and though the movie that bears his name portrayed him as a mostly well-meaning eccentric, the real Patch Adams has spent his life as a tough - minded civic activist.
But his teams of volunteers still gather every year, load up their clown makeup, bright colored fright wigs and head off to a remote foreign locale to deliver medical expertise - and laughs.
The thing to remember about Adams is that humor is a not a casual affectation to him. It's a way to face health troubles and triumph over them. He believes the power of a large unrestrained laugh, a wide smile and an open heart can cure what some medicines can't. He's teaching us to take care of ourselves with laughter. Love is not a grim duty. It's joyous. And Adams has always taught that the healthy person is firmly planted in a community of shared joy, a family of care and a sense of happiness.
It's one of those ideas that seem “new age” now, but in 100 years the concept will seem so obvious that no one needs to defend it. Remember the days when we thought acupuncture was some goofy hocus-pocus?
Adams used his own funny faces to help conquer his own depression. And then he went global.
So this is his month in a real, meaningful way. But he won't keep it to himself because being funny is only real if your share it. Science already knows thatlaughter has positive physical effects.
One day science might prove that happiness is its own cure.
So, make yourself laugh and mean it.
Make someone you care about giggle.
It might be the best thing you can do for good health.
Congratulations to our April Employee of the Month, Sherrie W., CNA!
Sherrie W. will celebrate her 3rd Anniversary with Assured Healthcare on April 18th. She is a highly skilled CNA with a great deal of experience and compassion for what she doesRead More
A big thank you to all that joined us at our 10th Anniversary Open House Celebration!
Do you have a special memory or story you would like to share? We would love to hear about it!
All you need to get your shamrock spinning is a simple puff of air! Cut out a shamrock shape from double-sided scrapbooking paper. Press a tack through the center of the pinwheel and into the side of a pencil's eraser, leaving a bit of space so the paper can turn freely. Blow on the side of the shamrock for the best spin.
8 Healthy Reasons to Love this Time of Year
Boost to mental health
If the colder months caused you to hibernate and develop a case of the winter blues, then you are in for a treat. The longer days, fresh outdoors, and warmer temperature can help you experience more enjoyment while feeling less stressed. Take time to enjoy the greenery and burst of spring colors surrounding you while spending time with friends and family outside.
A spring-cleaned diet
Holiday sweets and heavy winter comfort foods make it convenient to gain the unwanted pounds during the colder months. Now is the time to sweep out your cold-weather diet and make room for fresh, local produce. Kale, asparagus, and peas are just a few vitamin-rich vegetables that emerge to their prime during the spring.
More fresh produce in season
Many local farmers markets are in full swing and the bounty of fresh produce available makes eating healthy even more delicious. There may be some of your healthy favorites available to you year-round, but now is time to revel in local, seasonal goodies.
More vitamin D
In the winter, vitamin-producing sunlight can be rare to come by. A lack of vitamin D can put our bones at risk, hurt immunity and impair healthy muscle and nerve functioning. The return of spring allows us to more easily soak up with our body needs.
A healthier home
Bring the sunshine and fresh air indoors by opening up windows during spring cleaning. Did you know more organization and less clutter in the home can make you more fit? Researchers have found that those who live in orderly homes are more likely to be physically fit than those who live with surrounding clutter.
Say goodbye to winter skin and hair
If you live in an area encompassed of high winds or freezing temperatures during the winter, then you know who much damage is done to your skin and hair. Enjoy these few months before summer’s heat arrives and the frizz factor sets it.
No more excuses to avoid exercise
If winter is too cold and summer is too hot, then spring is your time to enjoy outdoor exercise. With daylight savings, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy evening walks or bike rides with the family. The longer days and moderate temperatures are perfect reasons to take your workout outside.
You’re socializing more
Spending time with friends while emerging from your annual winter hibernation helps create a healthy mindset. Say goodbye to cabin fever and enjoy engaging in outdoor activities with friends including lunch in the park, after dinner strolls, working in the garden, etc.
Congratulations to our Employee of the Month, Phoebe L.
Phoebe has been with Assured Healthcare Staffing since 2012 and is a Clinical Data Coordinator at a well-known global pharmaceutical company in Lake County.Read More
It’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for ten years. They say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” - Christine Hammerlund, RN and President of Assured Healthcare StaffingRead More