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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

Home Care Vs. Home Health Care – What’s the Difference (and How Do Medicare and Medicaid Fit In)?

Posted by Anne Hein on May 24, 2017 at 11:41 AM

You’ve probably heard the saying: “Home is where the heart is.” Between the familiarity, the memories and the sense of independence – it’s not a surprise 9 out of 10 older adults want to live in their homes for as long as possible. However, to age in place, seniors often need assistance.

Help may come in many forms – from family and friends to professional services. Here are some of the types of in-home care older adults may need to remain in their homes.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning

4 Ways You Didn’t Know Home Care Could Help

Posted by Anne Hein on April 19, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Nine out of 10 people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, many will need assistance to do so. That’s where in-home care comes in.

Home care helps seniors continue to live in their own home and continue to do all the things they love.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Help Your Aging Loved Ones

Posted by Anne Hein on February 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM

From job opportunities that take adult children out of town to Mom and Dad retiring in a warmer climate, more and more families are living farther and farther apart. In fact, most adults 60+ live more than 280 miles from their nearest child.

Right now, there are approximately 5-7 million long-distance caregivers in the U.S., which is about 15 percent of all family caregivers. This number is expected to double by 2020. If you are one of the many million long-distance caregivers, here are some things you can do to help your parents live safely in their own homes.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle

Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Lately, it seems like your elderly parents are having some trouble keeping up with everyday tasks – there’s spoiled food in the fridge, Mom missed her doctor appointment and Dad has had some minor, but concerning, falls. While these incidents may not seem like a huge deal, they could be signs your aging loved ones need some assistance. Here are some things to watch for when visiting seniors.  

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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

How Family Caregivers Can Manage Stress

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Have you ever seen a job posting like this?

WANTED: Caring person willing to work as necessary, from a few minutes a day to 40+ hours per week. Duties may include: meal preparation, medication management, housekeeping, transportation, financial tasks, and/or assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, 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

Hospice Care Is Health Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When someone mentions the word “hospice,” people often cringe or change the subject, fearing that hospice care somehow means giving up on life. Others view hospice with a lack of respect, as if it isn’t real medical care. I know this firsthand. I used to be employed in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. One day, I was talking about hospice and health care with my husband. I won’t ever forget my surprise (and dismay) when he casually said, “You don’t work in health care. Hospice isn’t health care because people in hospice die.” Needless to say, that was the start of an animated discussion where I explained to him the benefits of hospice as a part of the health care continuum.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Hospice and Palliative Care

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