Articles on "Errands and Concierge"

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging
August 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging

By Christy Brudin Whether you are forging a friendship or building a business, creating strong bonds is hard work. In a world filled with quick solutions and easy fixes, the act of building relationships still requires perseverance. Connecting takes time. Seabury Resources for Aging has been taking the time to connect with older adults in the greater Washington, D.C. area for nearly 90 years. The private, nonprofit organization focuses on providing personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older […]

Help with Daily Money Management–InfoDoc, Inc.
October 24, 2012 7:26 pm

Help with Daily Money Management–InfoDoc, Inc.

It all started with a phone call. Ivor and Jean Jones had been living in an assisted living community in Baltimore, Md., for several years when one of their sons, Dr. Bruce Jones, received an unexpected call from their neighbor. “The neighbor had seen their condo listed in the paper as not having paid taxes. It was scheduled for tax sale,” Bruce recalled. Bruce was shocked, but he soon realized that his father had not been managing any of the […]

August 27, 2009 4:49 pm

Feeling in Control of her Life: Blind Elder has Groceries Brought to Her

At age 78, and nearly blind, Mrs. Mary Lee Kraft is a resourceful, fiercely independent woman with a love for jazz. A widow since 1984, Mrs. Kraft has spent many hours making life better for County residents by volunteering with local service organizations since her retirement from Montgomery College. In fact, it was while volunteering with the County’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in 1994 that she first saw the literature of a not-for-profit home-delivered grocery service that was available right […]

June 24, 2009 10:32 am

Just Like the Help of a Family: Elder Care Company Assists with Errands

Marge is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia. Her career began as a journalist writing for Virginia Teacher’s monthly magazine over 70 years ago and continued into the early years of her marriage. After her husband became a diplomat, Marge led the fascinating life of a Foreign Service Officer’s wife in Austria, Finland and Germany. For over 16 years, her family lived abroad, and she enjoyed traveling and sharing in the cultures of various countries. Her memories of those years […]

April 28, 2009 2:53 pm

A Special Delivery: Errands for the Elderly

In the midst of busy schedules and unforeseen circumstances, it can become challenging to accomplish essential everyday tasks. Fortunately, there is a growing array of services that can meet various individual needs. Dolores McGutherie is one example proving just how beneficial taking advantage of these unique resources can be. Following retirement, her husband returned home one day and mentioned an organization he had heard about that could deliver groceries right into one’s kitchen and even unpacked and put the groceries […]

Grateful for Extra Help
December 29, 2008 3:24 pm

Grateful for Extra Help

When Bill Tayler’s combat engineer battalion joined the war in Western Europe in 1944, he learned just how well his hometown had prepared him for the winter weather conditions. “Thankfully I was raised in Buffalo, N.Y., since it was the coldest winter in 10 years!” he said. When the war ended, there were 3.5 million U.S. Soldiers in the European Theatre that were sent home under a point system based on length of service. Bill did not have enough points […]

Staying Surrounded by Their Family and Belongings
November 7, 2008 11:44 am

Staying Surrounded by Their Family and Belongings

For WWII Veterans Claire and Charlie Zampino, serving their country with honor was always the right thing to. Today, however, they are the ones being served in a different way with Right at Home, a home healthcare provider. Charlie is a highly decorated veteran as exemplified by his wall of medals that includes the bronze star and a purple heart. After the war, his passion for clothing design led him to train with family in the Italian tailoring business and […]

Declaring Her Independence
April 29, 2008 12:00 am

Declaring Her Independence

Dorothy Deutsch, like other parents, knows what the full-time task of raising children entails. “It is plenty of work,” she said. “You really need all kinds of skills taking care of a child and your household.” What Dorothy eventually learned, however, was that remaining independent can also require quite a bit of work. But with Manage On My Own, LLC, a company that provides various services to help people maintain their individual lifestyles, she and her husband can remain in […]

December 13, 2007 12:00 am

Community Retirement: The Neighborhood You Dream About

The Village Movement is prompting communities to think about creative solutions for aging in place. Imagine you are living in a community where you know your neighbors. Imagine that your patio needs weeding, and you prefer not to do it. In this neighborhood, a simple phone call can have someone over to take care of your weeding. Perhaps you need some home repairs, or you are returning home from the hospital after surgery and need some assistance. In this neighborhood, […]

Nursing at Home: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Nursing at Home: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

When Carmody Bornemann was informed that she had to have her left leg amputated at the knee during the 2003 holiday season, she knew she had two choices. “You can either cry or you can laugh,” she recalled thinking. “Obviously one is a much better option than the other.” Before Carmody, who is in her sixties, developed sepsis of the blood and ultimately lost part of her leg, she was very independent. She and her husband, David, traveled a lot, […]