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Anne Hein

Anne Hein is the communications manager at ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care. She has a background in journalism and has worked in health care for several years, with a special focus on improving the quality of life for older adults. Anne’s experience as a family caregiver has taught her that you cannot effectively take care of someone else if you do not take care of yourself first.

Recent Posts

Preventing Falls During the Winter (and Throughout the Year)

Posted by Anne Hein on January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Falls are always a concern for older adults. Every year, more than one in three people 65+ fall. Fall rates also increase with age. This time of year often brings the concern to the forefront with snowy sidewalks and icy steps blanketing large parts of the country. While falls can happen anywhere, most happen at home.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Looking for In-Home Care? 8 Reasons to Choose ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on December 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Whether it’s due to injury, illness or aging, sometimes older adults need a little extra help, especially at home. However, family members and friends can’t always be there 24/7 to assist their aging loved one.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Activities and Lifestyle

Providing Care for Military Caregivers

Posted by Anne Hein on November 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In the U.S., millions of injured, ill and disabled veterans depend on friends and family for care. In fact, according to the RAND Corporation, there are 5.5 million unpaid military caregivers in the United States.

Of that group, nearly 20 percent are caring for someone who served after 9/11. This new era of caregivers is facing unique challenges.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be. However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Need Help Coordinating Health Care? Turn to a Case Manager

Posted by Anne Hein on October 10, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Case managers play a critical role in the health care system, but many do not know they exist. Case managers help individuals and their families understand a person’s illness or injury and then work with them and other health care professionals to develop a treatment plan.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by Anne Hein on September 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time? Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Even if someone isn’t hurt when they fall, they may become afraid of falling, which can have a big impact on their life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the fear of falling causes people to limit their activities and cut back on social engagement. When someone is less active, they become weaker, which increases their chances of falling. Research also shows falling just once doubles one’s chances of falling again.

It’s a common belief falls are just a part of aging – that it’s inevitable seniors will fall. That’s not necessarily true because most falls are preventable. Many ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care locations offer no obligation in-home fall safety evaluations and fall risk assessments. Our home safety check evaluates all aspects of someone’s living conditions. A trained professional will look at things such as:

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Safety

More Seniors Embracing Technology (Accept That Friend Request From Grandma!)

Posted by Anne Hein on August 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Every Saturday morning we have our routine. After feeding my two-year-old her second breakfast of the day, I patiently wait for the clock to strike 9 a.m. It’s now time to Facetime, aka video chat.

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Topics: Aging, Technology

7 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on July 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

paying-for-home-care.jpgAs you develop a long-term care plan for yourself or a loved one, several factors must be considered, such as one’s current and future medical needs, family support system and budget. Since 90 percent of people 65+ want to stay in their home as long as possible,[1] home care is a popular option.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

10 Reasons to Choose Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on June 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

  1. Home is where Mom and Dad want to be! According to AARP, 90 percent of people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1]
  2. Older adults need help. Surveys have found 40 percent of people 65+ need daily assistance, and 70 percent of adults 65+ will need assistance at some point. [2] In-home caregivers can assist with activities of daily living, such as errands, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, bathing, hygiene and dressing.
  3. Home care can help keep seniors out of the hospital. In a study of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, those receiving home care had lower hospital readmission rates – 58 percent compared to 66 percent without home care. Another study found seniors using home care had 25 percent fewer doctor visits.[3]
  4. Older adults are at a high risk of falling. In-home caregivers can identify trip hazards and assist with tasks that are sometimes dangerous, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs or getting in and out of the shower.
  5. Home care can help older adults maintain health. In-home caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, take clients to doctor appointments and provide medication reminders.
  6. Many seniors are lonely. In fact, 43 percent of older adults report feeling lonely on a regular basis.[4] In-home caregivers provide companionship and meaningful activities, such as listening to music, playing games and looking through old photo albums.
  7. Family members may not be available to provide assistance. In 2010, the ratio of family caregivers to seniors (80 years and older) was 7-to-1. In 2030, the ratio is expected to drop to 4-to-1.[5] Family members also are living farther apart. On average, adults 60 and over are 280 miles away from their nearest child.[6]
  8. Family caregivers need a break sometimes. According to AARP, nearly nine out of 10 family caregivers said caring for a loved one was harder than they anticipated, and more than half felt overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved one needs.[7]
  9. Home care is often a more affordable option. Compared to nursing homes, assisted living and other senior housing options, providing care in the home may work better with one’s budget.
  10. Home care is personal. Home care helps people live independently in their own home and continue to do the things they love. At ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care, we work with each client and their family members to create a customized care plan. We also have innovative programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Call us today for a free in-home consultation. Our goal is to help people live their best life possible.

To learn more about in-home care, download our "Ultimate Guide to Home Care." This free e-book will lead you through the in-home care process, including:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Respite Care – Giving Family Caregivers the Break They Deserve

Posted by Anne Hein on February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

It’s estimated 40 million Americans care for an adult friend or relative every year, providing 37 billion hours of unpaid care. While caring for a loved one can be a meaningful and rewarding experience, it also can be an emotionally and physically demanding job.

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Topics: Caregiving

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