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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 copy editor at ComForCare. Haley blends the latest research, practical information and humor into inspirational posts.

Recent Posts

“It Was Like Magic.” Texas Couple Praises ComForCare Home Care for Changing Their Lives

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on August 1, 2017 at 12:27 PM

After six years of caring for his wife, Joyce, Carlos Lucido is rediscovering joy and peace thanks to ComForCare Home Care.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

Summer Is a Scamming Season

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on July 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The warmer weather means vacations for many people. However, while you are relaxing poolside, fraudsters are working hard to snatch your money. Here are a couple of scams to beware of during these vacationing months. 

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Tips for Safe Summer Road Trips

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on July 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM

If you are taking to the road this summer, follow these tips to help ensure you get to your vacation destination and back home safely.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Are You a Family Caregiver and Don’t Know It?

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

When I was caring for my father and grandmother, I didn’t think of myself as a family caregiver. I viewed it as auxiliary duties of a daughter and granddaughter. Guiding my dad’s feet into his orthopedic boots and cleaning out my grandma’s refrigerator was a part of our unspoken family agreement to always support and love each other. When I was providing care, I thought “caregiver” was the term for a professionally-trained health care worker. “Caregiver” didn’t apply to me: I didn’t attend school for caregiving, I wasn’t receiving a paycheck, and I wasn’t caring for strangers but my own family.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

13 Simple Life Hacks, Tips and Tricks for Caregivers

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 1, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Caregiving for a parent or grandparent can be complex. Family caregivers must learn how to balance lives full of responsibilities with their parent’s or grandparent’s’ lives.

Life hacks, tips and tricks, can help family caregivers find smarter, easier ways to accomplish everyday activities or solve common problems — all without breaking a sweat. Here are 13 ways to work smarter, not harder.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Spring Activities for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Spring has sprung! It’s time to shake off winter’s doldrums and get active. Whether you’re looking to invigorate the daily routine of yourself, your parent, your grandparent or all of the above, we have a list of ideas to ease into healthy movement.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Furry Features: How Animals Help Seniors at ComForCare

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 10, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Some of our offices use animal therapy as a part of their caregiving services. Check out our featured offices and meet their furry caregivers.  

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle

The Silent Thief of Sight: What You Need to Know About Glaucoma

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

It’s the second leading cause of blindness in the world – glaucoma. And it affects more and more people every year. In 2013, an estimated 64 million adults 40-80 years old had glaucoma. That number is expected to rise to 76 million by 2020. Here is what you need to know the so-called “silent thief of sight.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Top Walker Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Walkers can help seniors remain independent and safe by providing stability and assurance. If not used properly, though, walkers and other assistive walking devices can cause the accidents they were meant to prevent. It’s crucial to select a walker suited to your needs, learn how to use it correctly and maintain the walker's integrity.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

Indoor Winter Activities You Can Do With Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

While a magical time, winter can be difficult for some seniors. Older adults might feel frustrated because they are stuck at home due to inclement weather or lonely due to limited social interaction. Elderly loved ones may be experiencing the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder, due to lack of sunlight.

If you are caring for an older loved one or know a senior who could use cheering up, view our list of fun things to do.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

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