Articles on "Homemaker and Companionship"

The Right Fit–Advanced Nursing & Home Support
August 21, 2014 1:55 pm

The Right Fit–Advanced Nursing & Home Support

Tom’s days are busy. And they certainly aren’t easy. But, thanks to the help of a team of expert caregivers, his days are filled with small rewards and major accomplishments. Tom Guenthner is a C3-4 quadriplegic. Nearly ten years ago, he suffered a traumatic fall that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Because of the severity of his injury, Tom needs round-the-clock care that is provided in his home by Advanced Nursing & Home Support. Advanced Nursing & Home […]

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 […]

Loving Life–Right at Home
October 14, 2013 8:01 pm

Loving Life–Right at Home

By Christy Brudin She was the love of his life. He was the husband of her dreams. Now, she honors his memory by loving life. “I married the perfect boy. He was wonderful to me,” Mary Elizabeth “Sweets” Summers said of her late husband, George Maynard Summers. “I really couldn’t have had a better husband.” At 97, Sweets is still active and involved in the local community. A fiercely independent woman, she is committed to remaining in the home she […]

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 […]

Visiting Angels-Real Life Story
May 28, 2013 9:19 pm

Visiting Angels-Real Life Story

After her mother passed away, Ann May knew that her father, Robert (“Bob”) Maroncelli, was no longer going to be able to live independently. As a nurse with more than 20 years of experience in the home care industry, Ann was well aware of the array of home care options available, and she knew that her father wanted to remain in his long-time home. Bob and his wife, “Mickey,” moved to their home in Buckingham Springs retirement community several decades […]

Specialty Care Services–Real Life Profile
May 28, 2013 3:42 pm

Specialty Care Services–Real Life Profile

Mercedes Palmer started taking care of others at an early age, and was a caregiver for her own father for the last decade of his life when he came to live with her family. “My mother is an amazing woman,” said her daughter, Anne Palmer. “She has a genuine caregiver mentality.” The oldest of four children, Mercedes began caring for the well being of her siblings and father as a result of the premature passing of her mother. At the […]

A Legacy Built with Care–Elizabeth Cooney Care Network
October 24, 2012 5:05 pm

A Legacy Built with Care–Elizabeth Cooney Care Network

Betty Jane Tate met her future husband in an unlikely place: a kindergarten class¬room. Young Betty Jane and Creston Tate became fast friends, but neither the young playmates nor their peers could have ever guessed what the future would hold. Today, sitting in the home the couple has shared for more than 50 years, Betty Jane laughed as she recalled their uncommon love story. “We’ve really been together since kindergarten,” she said. As they grew older, the pair’s friendship deepened. […]

May 18, 2009 1:24 pm

Make Homes Safer for Active Adult and Senior Living

There is no question that for many Americans, home is where the heart is. Contrary to popular stereotypes, most older adults close to retirement age do not choose to pack up and move to warmer climates in their retirement years. According to a recent AARP study, nearly ninety percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their current home and community. And who can blame them? It’s the place they’ve shared their lives together and often raised a […]

May 15, 2009 4:39 pm

Find an Aging in Place Specialist in Home Health Aide

Countless studies have shown that homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to age in a familiar place, but when daily life can become too much to manage, substantial home alternations may be necessary. Certified Aging-In-Place specialists (CAPS) can help reconcile the need for a familiar environment with the need to prioritize safety and accessibility. Such specialists have been trained in the specific needs of the older adult population and unique ways to modify homes. They are also experts in designing common remodeling projects […]

May 5, 2009 12:00 pm

How to Assess Your Home as Healthcare Ready

As a person ages, everyday activities often become challenging. This results in a lower quality of life on many levels, from the physical to the psychological. The results of a unique home intervention study showed that individualizing home evaluations and involving the patient in decision-making can have a dramatic positive effect on functional abilities. The following interview with Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D, a research sociologist and professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and director of the Center for Applied […]