Articles on "Errands and Concierge"

February 28, 2006 12:00 am

Meals on Wheels for Retirement Community Residents

“Some days I don’t know how I ever had time to go to work,” says Katherine Gutberlet. Gutberlet enjoyed a long career with the Chesapeake & Potomac (C&P) Phone Company before retiring. During her 43 years of service, she moved up through the ranks-starting as a clerk and ending her career as a part of the management team who traveled throughout the mid-Atlantic preparing smaller companies for the break up of AT&T. Of the early days with the company, she […]

Home Care Providers Help Families Negotiate Challenges
December 21, 2005 12:00 am

Home Care Providers Help Families Negotiate Challenges

In January 2005, Molly Borders realized that her family needed help. Her mother, Frances, was suffering from dementia. Although she had been recently discharged from the hospital, she was unable to safely return to her home in Chevy Chase and was living temporarily in an assisted living community. Molly’s father, Bill, was still living in their family home, but he was clearly overwhelmed. The Borders’ home was filled with over 50 years of accumulations. Papers, boxes, bags and mail were […]

December 19, 2005 12:00 am

Realizing You are not Alone: Care At Home

“A complex situation often cannot be handled by a single individual.” This is the conclusion that Mrs. Suzanne Newhall reached when contemplating how she might manage her health problems, yet be able to remain in her beloved home on the Main Line. Mrs. Newhall, a former science librarian at Haverford College, was introduced to her Intervention Associates case manager, Kate Foster, during her hospitalization two years ago. Intervention Associates is a non-profit case management and home health care agency affiliated […]

Retirement With a Personal Assistant
August 31, 2005 12:00 am

Retirement With a Personal Assistant

An energetic and passionate music lover, Ruth Rakoff started taking piano lessons at the age of five. Her only regret about her recent move is not realizing sooner that her apartment could have accommodated a piano. “This is the first home I have ever lived in without a piano. Music has always been my life,” she says. Knowing that her piano has a good home right down the street in her grandson’s house is comforting. Ruth is hopeful that her […]

August 30, 2005 12:00 am

Easy Rider: Elder Transportation

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2005 – To address the transportation needs of older Americans, the public transportation industry is launching an initiative to explore new and innovative ways to help seniors stay mobile and independent. The initiative, called “Easy Rider: Advancing Mobility Needs for Aging Americans,” was announced in early May by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to coincide with Older Americans Month. Easy Rider is a collection of successful activities, sample materials, and case studies contributed by transit […]

March 1, 2005 12:00 am

An Easy Move for These Great-Grandparents

Neill and Brenda Miller met at an insurance company in Boston and were married shortly thereafter. The couple raised eight children and now enjoys spending time with their 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They had been living in their family home in Ellicott City for 15 years when their children began to encourage them to make the move to a retirement community. After a brief search, the Millers chose Charlestown, an Erickson Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD. The staff at […]

Remaining Independent with Home-Delivered Groceries: Home Care
July 24, 2003 12:00 am

Remaining Independent with Home-Delivered Groceries: Home Care

An avid reader, Ema Jean Gorman enjoys books about science and the arts. Her Kensington apartment is lined with bookcases overflowing with interesting books. Ms. Gorman grew up in D.C., and after traveling and living all over the country, she returned to the city following WW II. She moved from her home to an apartment in Kensington Village 13 years ago, and she has no plans to move. Ms. Gorman is able to stay in her apartment alone, even at […]