Selene Montez never expected to have a career in caregiving. At age 16. she volunteered with elderly members of her church. Working with older members of her community was eye opening; she began to realize how often older people are overlooked, and it didn’t seem right to her.July 11, 2019Hilary Young #Caregiving
“There are lots of times when I get in my car and cry after leaving a client’s house,” says Harwell, caregiver with Right at Home. “But I get it out, then move on. I come into their lives because their health is failing in some capacity, but I get glimpses of what their lives have been like — filled with love, laughter, adventure, family and hobbies. It’s so nice to be able to see those things in all of them.”May 14, 2019Hilary Young #Caregiving
"I don’t work as a nurse specifically now, but I can certainly draw upon what I’ve learned in my nursing career,” Rodgers points out. Her hospital nurse experience prepared her for caring for older adults with challenging health conditions. “Because I’ve worked in acute health settings, I know how to look beyond the disease process and see the person,” Rodgers says.May 09, 2019Beth Lueders #Caregiving
“I like spending time with people, and I like being able to help them,” Traina says. “I have an awareness about how other people are feeling, and I know the right way to respond to their needs. I’ve been given this gift, and I want to be able to use it for as long as I can.”April 23, 2019Hilary Young #Caregiving
"It’s a gift to be able to care for others and be their person later in life,” says Karen Dinnen, who became a CNA to make a difference in people's life. “Many of them don’t have family nearby, or at all, and I love being able to care for them.”March 26, 2019Hilary Young #Caregiving
“I really love it so much,” says King. At 62, she is not thinking about retiring any time soon. “I even go to help people on my days off—it doesn’t feel like work! You can learn so much from older people. I love their stories and their friendship. I’m very lucky.”February 14, 2019Hilary Young #Caregiving
Many Americans have taken on second jobs to make ends meet. Nearly 37 percent of American workers have taken on a second job, or a “side hustle,” to pay their bills. Of those who are working two jobs, 38 percent of them report that they are using the extra money to cover ordinary living expenses.January 22, 2019Hilary Young #Caregiving
What is a geriatric social worker? Who pays for their services? When should someone consult with a one and how can that help reduce the cost of care?January 15, 2019Beth Lueders #Caregiving
On December 13, Right at Home is sponsoring a web seminar, Discovering and Communicating the Need for Care, hosted by the American Society on Aging. We cordially invite you to join us and learn more about how you can discover and communicate the need for care concerning a senior loved one.December 11, 2018Michele Fan #Health/Medical #Caregiving
Jim and I had been talking about going up to his wife’s gravesite, and one morning he just came out of his room dressed and ready to go! I helped him to the car and off we went. It was about a two-hour trip, and it brought back a lot of happy memories for him. It made my heart happy to see him so happy.November 06, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving #Veterans Aid & Attendance
Taking steps to counter the financial and emotional strain of caregiving helps both the caregiver and loved one enjoy better health and time together. Learn what support resources are available for family caregivers.November 01, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiving
According to the statistics of the Pew Research Center, Gulf War and Vietnam War veterans now account for 66 percent of all U.S. veterans. Although both wars ended decades ago, to many veterans who had been exposed to combat, the wars have never ended.October 16, 2018Hilary Young #Veterans Aid & Attendance #Caregiving
After working an overnight shift at the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Emergency Service Unit (ESU), Paul Johnson was sleeping when his sister pounded on his door the morning of September 11, 2001. The father of nine responded to the 9/11 attack immediately by heading out to the World Trade Center.September 10, 2018Michele Fan #Caregiving #Health/Medical
Charlotte started working as a caregiver in 2000 and joined Right at Home Galveston in 2011. One of Charlotte’s first clients with the home care agency was a man who had suffered a severe brain injury as the result of a car accident at the age of 19.July 05, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving
When Beverly began working with her client, Adina, she was surprised to learn that Adina was a Holocaust survivor. Although Beverly had learned about the Holocaust in history class long ago in school, she decided to do more research about it to better understand her client and the issues she faced. What Beverly discovered horrified her.June 26, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving #Caregiver Help
George Mattera spent years working as a CT scan technician. But when his wife was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, everything changed. He took time off of work to care for her at the end, providing her with the care she needed to be comfortable at home. After his wife passed away in 2008, George found it difficult to return to work—he wanted to find something more meaningful to do with his life.May 24, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
Kim Schirrman, an award-winning caregiver for Right at Home on Long Island, had never heard of Huntington’s disease before meeting her husband & his family in 1995. Today, Kim & her family are actively involved with the Huntington's Disease Society of America, raising awareness for this rarely known disease.May 24, 2018Hilary Young #Aging #Caregiving
From his own experience of caregiving for his mother, Steve Nowak emphasizes the importance of helping families to care for a loved one at home.May 10, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiving #Caregiver Help
When you’re considering at-home care for a loved one, you want professional caregivers who are thoroughly trained and experienced, but there are a number of valued characteristics that go beyond job descriptions.May 01, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiving
For 8 years, Margie Tolson sold insurance. Feeling unfulfilled, she took a career change to become a caregiver. She has never looked back or regretted since.April 17, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving
Navigating parental conflict, such as a divorce, or the death of a parent can actually reinforce the strength of sibling relationships. For one son who lost a parent to cancer, “If anything, the devastating diagnosis brought me and my siblings closer together.”April 05, 2018Hilary Young #Aging #Caregiver Help #Caregiving
Tips for Parkinson’s family caregivers to help restore equilibrium in their own lives and in daily caregiving routines.April 02, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiving
At 9 a.m. on August 29, 2017, Angel received a group text message from her supervisor at Right at Home, asking if anybody would be able to volunteer to help at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center. During the stress and chaos of Hurricane Harvey, Angel didn’t pause before texting back, “of course.”March 29, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving
In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Right at Home spoke with Dr. Jeff Snell, neuropsychologist and director of psychology and neuropsychology services at QLI to learn more about traumatic brain injury care.
“If you have a loved one who has a traumatic brain injury, your investment in getting that person back to a quality of life is going to involve helping them access something they are most passionate about,” says Dr. Snell.March 27, 2018Michele Fan #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Fall Prevention
Spring is when everything starts to come alive again. The sluggish energy from winter moves out, and there’s a vibrant spirit of rejuvenation in the air. This is the time for a fresh look around to see what moved in during our winter hibernation. And do you know what many of us will find?
Clutter!March 22, 2018Valerie Jurik-Henry #Aging #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Health Living #Fall Prevention
As a 20-year registered dietitian, Amy Mack fields a full menu of questions about food and the latest trending diets. As co-owner of the Right at Home office in Hudson Valley, New York, alongside her husband Scott Teresi, Amy understands the challenges of fueling the body as people age.March 13, 2018Beth Lueders #Health Living #Caregiving #Aging
“I recognize every day that my health could be a lot worse, and I choose to be positive and move forward through challenges, rather than worry about what I can’t control,” says Kami. “MS has helped me dedicate my life to helping others.”
In August 2017, the people of Kingwood, Texas, and the rest of the greater Houston area were bracing for a storm. While no one was able to predict the devastation that ultimately befell the community, people tried to prepare as best they could while going about their daily lives. But even a hurricane could not prevent Lori from caring for her client.February 22, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving #Aging #Support for Adult Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
Seeking help and support is vital to caregivers. Many of us find reading stories from other caregivers helpful to understand and prepare for caregiving duties. Based on popularity and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon books, we have shortlisted five books and graphic novels that depict the challenges of caring for seniors, and the coping strategies these authors employed.February 20, 2018Michele Fan #Aging #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Support for Adult Caregiving
When California wildfires were encroaching Santa Rosa, a senior home caregiver prioritized to assist the most vulnerable--an elderly couple with dementia. “I never thought about abandoning them. We were all in the situation together, and we stayed in it together,” said Diane.February 13, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
"CNAs are not 'just an aide.' They're the real hands-on people who regularly get to see and know the care clients. Their job is important,' said Sandy Pellegrine.February 08, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Support for Adult Caregiving
The suspect lump, mole or nagging cough may be a health nuisance, but for millions of people around the world, these changes in the body are warning signs of cancer. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide; the World Health Organization reports that cancer killed 8.8 million people globally in 2015.February 01, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiving #Caregiver Help #Health/Medical #Planning for Eldercare
Gloria and Vickie have been caring for the same senior for a year, but until August 25, 2017 — the day Hurricane Harvey hit — the two Right at Home caregivers had never met in person.January 30, 2018Hilary Young #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Caregiving
Aging Life Care Professionals are specialized caseworkers who focus on holistic geriatric care management. They can be an excellent resource for both family caregivers and isolated older adults, providing help and advocacy across a variety of disciplines. We spoke with Brenda Shorkend, an independent Aging Life Care Professional with over 25 years of experience, and got answers to five most frequently asked questions for Aging Life Care Professionals.January 23, 2018Hilary Young #Aging #Caregiving #Caregiver Help #Planning for Eldercare
Preparing a week’s worth of meals in advance may sound daunting, but if you are an adult child caregiving for aging parents, meal prepping gives you peace of mind that your loved ones will get enough nutrients.January 18, 2018Michele Fan #Aging #Caregiving #Health Living
If you live an hour away or across the country from an older loved one who needs care, you may be facing the complexities of long-distance caregiving. You want to help with the care of your senior relative or friend as much as you can, but the miles between the both of you pose a challenge to you staying accurately informed and the care recipient obtaining reliable help.January 16, 2018Beth Lueders #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Support for Adult Caregiving
“Get healthy” is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If this is your goal, how about achieving it by eating produce in season? Consuming seasonal foods not only means that your meals are going to be packed with flavors and nutrients, but it can also benefit your wallet.
“Managing your own care and a family member’s care is really challenging,” says Coatta, a Clinical Social Worker Specialist in Pasadena, California. “But you really cannot best care for a loved one if you don’t also care for yourself.”January 09, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiver Help #Caregiving
The holidays are over. Sigh. After New Year’s Day, the letdown of the holiday season hits a low note for many of us, leaving us feeling lonely, depressed and just not up for socializing. How can we beat this post-holiday blues?
Right at Home developed RightConversations Guide to offer tips on discussing home care with senior loved ones and family.January 02, 2018Beth Lueders #Aging #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Support for Adult Caregiving
When Vicky-Lee Layden heard that the Home Care Association of America selected her as the Caregiver of the Year 2017, she was shocked. "Why am I winning this? I am just doing what I love, and I am being rewarded for it?"December 12, 2017Michele Fan #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
Grote Johnson’s father brought the family together. He told his children that he wanted to go out of this world in comfort and dignity. He had decided on hospice at that point. Being a registered nurse and having experience working at a home health and hospice agency in the past, Grote Johnson felt thankful for her father’s openness to have such a difficult conversation with his children, and for his unconventional way of educating his family on the topic.
Although the number of people living with Alzheimer's and dementia has been on a rise, very few people realize the financial and medical resources available to the patients because of the linear nature of relationships between patients and physicians.November 24, 2017Hilary Young #Caregiving #Caregiver Help #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Community Involvement
He is staring right at me but somehow things feel a little “off.” There is tension in his eyes as though he is struggling to remember who I am. He is at a loss for words to explain what is going on.
He is my father, my go-to person for everything—guidance, love, support and comfort.
Debunking Misconceptions of Hospice CareNovember 16, 2017Beth Lueders #Caregiving #Caregiver Help
“There’s really no task too big or inconvenient that I wouldn’t do to help my clients,” says Adams. “It may be something small to me, but to them it can be very meaningful. Aging can be hard when you can no longer do things for yourself. I like helping others maintain their dignity, even when things get tough.”
After spending years as a middle school teacher, Burney learned not to take certain behaviors personally. In the same way he discovered that catching someone passing a note in class wasn’t a reflection of his teaching skills, through caregiving he has learned not to take client irritability to heart.October 12, 2017Hilary Young #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
Here are five healthy recipes that can be made with a pre-cooked, store-bought rotisserie chicken:September 21, 2017Hilary Young #Caregiver Help #Caregiving #Health Living
Standing 6 feet tall, Jean Henke is strong in both body and heart—a winning combination when caring for those with physical disabilities.September 19, 2017Hilary Young #Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
National Grandparents Day has been recognized as a holiday in America since 1978. Celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each September, Grandparents Day was created “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”September 07, 2017Hilary Young #Caregiving