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Have You Ever Asked “What Is Home Care?”

What is home care? With a rapidly growing senior population, the question, “What is home care?” is an important one. As a third-generation home care provider, I grew up in the senior home care industry. I remember when, as a child at Christmas, my family would visit seniors, sing Christmas carols, and pass out poinsettias. In... Read more

Relational Self-Care for the In-Home Family Caregiver

Today’s post wraps up a month long series on self-care for the in-home family caregiver. I’ve discussed the importance of physical, emotional and spiritual self-care in order to provide the best care possible for your senior loved one. The final component of a well-rounded emphasis on your personal health is relational self-care. In my opinion,... Read more

Seven Senior Shopping Tips

The Spring weather presents an opportunity for seniors to get out of the home. Many choose to kick the winter dust off of the car and head to the mall—a care package for a favorite child or grandchild is always a great gift idea. Here are seven easy tips to make your next shopping trip... Read more

Spiritual Self-Care for in-Home Family Caregivers

As a family caregiver, providing quality care for your senior loved one is a priority. In order to accomplish this, it is important to take care of yourself as well.  My hope is that as we’ve discussed the importance of implementing self-care into your life, that it too has become a priority. For the past... Read more

Seniors Remember the Exciting Roads Home

U.S Route 1 paints a meandering trail across the Eastern Seaboard from Key West, Florida to Maine. Yet much like the fabled Route 66, Route 1 hides treasures overlooked and unseen by younger travelers like myself, who are usually flying home on the nation’s Interstate system. Today was a different day. Today the race home... Read more

Report: Home Care Rates Steady; Nursing Homes Rates Rising

The annual cost-of-care survey from Genworth Financial is out. Its main message? Long-term care rates are skyrocketing … with the exception of one major set of services: in-home care. Over the last five years, in-home care rates have risen just 0.84 percent, according to the U.S. News & World Report blog The Best Life. This... Read more

Self-Care for In-Home Caregivers: How Do You Feel?

“How does it make you feel?” It’s the therapist’s question of choice—and a necessary one. Emotional and psychological self-care starts with engaging your thoughts and feelings. This is the third post in a series on self-care for the in-home family caregiver. Last week, I discussed planning for it and implementing physical self-care in your life.... Read more

Cycling a Growing Hobby for Seniors

Jordan Emerson hoisted the electric green Suncruiser onto his work stand and grasped for a wrench—just another bike build among dozens this week. A chef by day, Jordan was once again burning the midnight oil away from home and preparing to open his new rental shop, Main Street Bike Rentals, in a most unusual location,... Read more

News Break: Many Veterans Missing Out on Government Money They Could Use for Home Care

Many veterans 65 and older are missing out on money they could be getting from the government. And, despite popular belief, service-related disability isn’t required for this benefit. In fact, no kind of disability is. But you can use this money for home care. The benefit is called the Improved Pension. We explain it in... Read more

Self-Care for In-Home Caregivers: 16 Ideas to Improve Your Health

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As an in-home family caregiver, your physical health and well-being should be your top priority as you care for your loved one. Last week, I kicked off this series on self-care... Read more

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