Haley Kotwicki

Haley Kotwicki has many years of experience with family caregiving, especially with older adults. She has a background in journalism and is currently the content specialist ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care.

Recent Posts

Why Family Caregivers Should Be Their Own Valentine

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Valentine’s Day: People send cards, flowers and candies to special people in their lives, but some people tend to overlook themselves. This is especially true for family caregivers. 

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Topics: Caregiving

Who Are Millennial Caregivers?

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Millennials seem to get a lot of negative press. Some may call them selfish, entitled, lazy and even industry killers. But, these are just poor stereotypes. Let’s put a face to the 71 million people that make up Gen Y: Mine, for instance.

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Swindling Seniors: The Most Common Scams Targeting Older Adults

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The Nigerian prince hoax is one of the most well-known scams in the U.S. The con runs like this: A royal family member in a faraway country asks the mark, through a letter or email, to transfer millions of dollars out of their country by depositing it for safekeeping in the victim’s bank account. The royal may even ask for money to pay a fee or taxes for the transfer. Either way the victim has money stolen from them.

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Topics: Safety

Keep a Good Habit

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM

New Year’s Day is over, but New Year’s resolutions are just getting started. According to Statista, 93 percent of Millennials and 91 percent of Gen Xers they’ll keep the resolution they made for 2018. However, only 84 percent of Baby Boomers reported the same. While this number is low comparatively, don’t be discouraged. You just need to make it a good habit.

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Topics: Holidays, Healthy Living

What to Do After an Older Adult Falls

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Millions of older adults 65+ fall every year. In fact, more than one out of four older adults falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls can be dangerous and can lead to serious injuries – 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

To My Caregiver: What I Want to Tell You

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 31, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Every day at 5 a.m., I hear you wake up across the hall, unraveling yourself from the bed covers. You walk quietly to the kitchen as not to disturb me, so I can continue to sleep. You brew the coffee for us, count out my pills for the morning and set everything on my breakfast tray. As you enter my room, you call my name sweetly, “Mom?” I open my eyes to see a fatigued but smiling woman. You help me sit up in bed, guide my hand so I can drink and place my medications on my tongue. You help me bathe and dress. You lift me into my wheelchair and comb my hair, parted the way you know I like. Then, you hustle to get yourself ready for the day: work deadlines, PTA meetings, etc.
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Topics: Caregiving

12 Tips on What to Do Before, During and After Doctor Appointments

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There are momentous occasions in a person’s life: getting a driver’s license, having a child, graduating school, or, often overlooked, becoming the caregiver of a parent or another older loved one.

Caregiving can take many forms. Family caregivers often accompany their parent to their doctor appointments and possibly even sit in the exam room with them. While there’s no studying involved for this exam, it’s important to be prepared, especially when you are advocating care for someone else. Below are 12 suggestions on what to do before, during and after a visit with the doctor.

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Robot Pets Make Good Companions for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

Companionship is one of the most important necessities in life, like shelter and food. Having someone to talk to or attend outings with can make for better, happier days. Sometimes, though, the best companion is a furry, feathered or scaly friend to cuddle and care for. While owning a pet or interacting with an animal may not be possible for everyone, older adults can still gain the benefits of pets through robots.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

Bring the Outside In: Plants That Purify Air

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

For older adults, gardening can be beneficial to their overall health and well-being. While some seniors may not have access to a garden or be unable physically to plant and weed, they can still enjoy the beauty and health benefits of indoor plants, specifically those that purify the air inside homes.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medication Safety Week

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

While medications are created to help heal illnesses or manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, prescribed drugs can also be dangerous if not taken correctly. 
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Topics: Caregiving, Safety, Healthy Living

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