Articles on "Home Care"

There’s No Place Like Home
July 23, 2014 5:32 pm

There’s No Place Like Home

According to the AARP, 80 percent of American seniors desire to stay in their homes for the remainder of their lives. This process is known as “aging in place.” Seniors choose to age in place for many reasons: proximity to family, familiarity, convenience, a desire to maintain independence, as well as safety and security. With advancing age there are physical changes related to declining health and chronic diseases which may compromise a person’s ability to remain living independently. There are [...]

Real Life Story–Right at Home and Mary Poole Hartsock
July 1, 2014 11:00 am

Real Life Story–Right at Home and Mary Poole Hartsock

“As long as I am well and able to do for other people, that is what I want to do,” said Mary Poole Hartsock, who, at 90 years old, is still working as an in-home caregiver for Right at Home of Frederick, Howard, Carroll, and Washington Counties. Mary has been with her current client for six years, and although they are nearly the same age, she loves helping him maintain his independence. “I take care of him—remind him to take [...]

Real-Life Story–Options for Senior America Corp.
April 30, 2014 3:30 pm

Real-Life Story–Options for Senior America Corp.

“Ben is wonderful. He is so good at reading my husband’s personality and gauging his needs,” said Elizabeth* of Katshina “Ben” Nosonga, her husband’s in-home caregiver provided by Options for Senior America Corp. “He knows when to encourage my husband and when to give him his space.” Formerly a business law attorney, Elizabeth’s husband, Robert*, was diagnosed with leukemia last spring. As a result of the disease, he lost his hearing. Following treatment, he spent five months in a rehabilitation [...]

April 29, 2014 9:20 pm

Real-Life Story–Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) Hospice

Beverly Kitzinger was a woman with incredible faith and undeniable strength. The mother of five children, she was also an accomplished elementary school teacher, who taught in the Montgomery County school system for 27 years while raising her family. While her husband, Joe, was a devout Catholic, who raised all of their children Catholic, Beverly always found strength and solace in her beliefs as a Christian Scientist. That strength was both tested and proved when she was diagnosed with breast [...]

Real-Life Story–Visiting Angels
April 28, 2014 5:04 pm

Real-Life Story–Visiting Angels

The year 2006 took a toll on Kim Moyer’s family. As her parents were approaching their 60th wedding anniversary that June, her father passed away. Just a few months later, her mother Dorothy suffered a massive stroke. As a result, Kim, the youngest of six, took the responsibility of seeing that her mom received the appropriate care. Dorothy spent two weeks in the hospital before entering a rehabilitation facility. In addition to the speech and cognitive effects from her stroke, [...]

P-B Health Home Care Agency–Real Life Story
March 14, 2014 7:07 pm

P-B Health Home Care Agency–Real Life Story

Throughout her life, Mrs. Georgia Dunlap stressed the importance of education and earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in this field. During her studies at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, she became a tireless advocate for young people to get a degree from that University. As a result of her efforts, her only child, Eleanor Golden, graduated from that same school. In the spring of 2012, the family celebrated the 3rd generation to graduate from Winston-Salem when [...]

January 27, 2014 7:59 pm

New Survey Examines Public’s Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments

At a time of national debate over health care costs and insurance, a new Pew Research Center survey on end-of-life decisions finds most Americans say there are some circumstances in which doctors and nurses should allow a patient to die. At the same time, however, a growing minority says that medical professionals should do everything possible to save a patient’s life in all circumstances. When asked about end-of-life decisions for other people, two-thirds of Americans (66%) say there are at [...]

December 18, 2013 3:14 pm

Avoiding Unnecessary Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations can be necessary and appropriate, but in some instances may be avoidable. Unnecessary hospitalizations are not only costly but can also slow down the recovery process. Evidence from multiple studies suggests that repeat hospital stays can be avoided through more effective transitioning of the patient from hospital to home, and with health coaching, education and support to enable the patient to self-manage their condition. Most hospital patients are anxious to return to the comfort of their home, but they [...]

October 24, 2013 6:49 pm

Home Care Association of America Announces National Caregiver of the Year Winner

The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), formerly the National Private Duty Association (NPDA) the national voice of private home care agencies, has announced its 2013 Caregiver of the Year. Keli Peebles of ResCare HomeCare in Baxley, Ga. was selected Caregiver of the Year out of a vast pool of candidates from more than 1,300 private duty agencies. Nominees were evaluated based on their demonstration of exemplary commitment, compassion, empathy and respect to their clients and client families and their [...]

Real-Life Story–Access Nursing Services
October 14, 2013 8:02 pm

Real-Life Story–Access Nursing Services

“I don’t really think of them as employees; I think of them as family,” said Linda Eisenbrandt of the team of caregivers from Access Nursing Services that cares for her son, Brian. Brian has Duchenne Muscular Distrophy, a rare disease that strikes boys around the age of 13. Brian’s muscles slowly started to disintegrate as a result of the disease. Now 30, he is paraplegic and needs a variety of respiratory and physical therapies to help him remain as active [...]