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Seniors, Caregivers and the End of Daylight Savings Time

the end of daylight savings time

As the end of Daylight Savings Time approaches, some look forward to “getting back” that hour of sleep we lost in the spring. But many of us who care for those experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s have seen how it can worsen the effects of sundowning. Preparing in advance can help your loved one ease into the change and minimize sundowning issues.

In-Home Support for the Vision Impaired

In-home caregivers often encounter families with one or more members experiencing a profound loss of vision.

Caregivers often encounter families with one or more members experiencing a profound loss of vision. October 15 is White Cane Safety Day in the United States, an occasion to celebrate the equality of blind Americans and to affirm our commitment to their right to independence.

Caring Options for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Caring Options for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

While we are confident we can find a cure together, we know that for families living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their current situation is a much more pressing consideration. That’s why Caring Hearts is so grateful for the caregivers who share their lives with those afflicted with this terrible condition.

What Grandparents Really Want

Caring Hearts caregiver and client taking a selfie

As professional in-home caregivers and families of those who count on our support, we know how much grandparents treasure their connections to family. But as Grandparents Day approaches, we're thinking about how this translates to the 21st Century.

Senior Citizens Day - August 21

Senior couple standing forehead to forehead

Since the 1930s, American have marked one day in August to celebrate our seniors, the lives they’ve lived and the contributions they continue to make to our communities. Since the 80s, we’ve celebrated on August 21.

Eye Health Beyond Age 60

Caring Hearts client taking a vision exam

It’s important that we include regular – at least annual – vision exams in our caring plans. Senior citizens, in particular, should be screened for some specific conditions that affect them disproportionately.

“The In-home Care I’d Want for My Parents”

Caring Hearts caregiver and client holding hands

Loyalty, patience, strength, discretion, stamina, wisdom … the qualities that describe an Exceptional Caregiver are many. And finding those qualities combined in a single individual is what makes professional in-home care work for families and their caring support teams.

In Home Care, Every Day Is about Independence

Caring Hearts client enjoying sunny day on their porch

In-home caregivers celebrate independence every day. In fact, perhaps members of no other profession appreciate the importance of personal independence more than those who support the dignity of seniors hoping to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Father’s Day Technology and Home Care

Caring Hearts client and caregiver smiling in front of white fence

Gift-giving for seniors aging in place is always going to be complicated, and there’s no single perfect gift for every situation. However we’ve found some of the current technologies remarkably user friendly.

You're Closer to Hunger Than You Think

Caring Hearts client enjoying the park

Feeding America, the national network of food banks and food pantries, notes that almost one in 10 seniors who live alone are food insecure, which is defined as lacking reliable access to nutritious food. Many others may have the financial means to purchase a sufficient amount of healthy foods but lack the resources to go to the grocery or the ability to prepare it properly.

Senior Fitness Should Be Fun

Caring Hearts client exercising with caregiver

With Senior Health and Fitness Day approaching, there are plenty of ideas for how to encourage your older loved ones to take their strength and conditioning seriously.

Is it a Stroke? Better Act F.A.S.T.

Caring Hearts client wearing a floral dress and hat

Strokes can happen at any age and to people in any physical condition, but the risk does increase the older we get. That’s why, in addition to preventative steps like maintaining healthy diet and exercise and monitoring blood pressure, it’s important to know the signs of a stroke and what to do when we recognize them.

A Reason to Smile

Caring Hearts caregiver Henny Schneiderbauer

“I look forward to spending time with my clients at least as much as they do,” says Henny Schneiderbauer, a professional caregiver at Caring Hearts in Dallas.

Caregiving Tips to Celebrate Spring

Grandfather with Grandson on his shoulders

Whether you’re hosting a graduation party, holiday celebration or just a casual weeknight dinner, there are a few extra considerations when senior members of the family are joining in on the fun.

Because You Have a Choice

Caring Hearts client with caregiver using a stethoscope in the park

Our locally owned and operated Caring Hearts offices are evaluated by a number of outside agencies depending on the states in which they operate and the level of care their clients require.

Top 12 Fall Prevention Tips from Professional Caregivers

Caring Hearts caregiver and client with cane

Slips, trips, and stumbles can be more serious as we grow older or when our recuperative powers are compromised by some medical condition. That’s why many of our friends and colleagues in the caring professions are joining together to promote National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, 2016.

How to Encourage Heart Health

Caring Hearts client walking their dog in the city

Getting Mom or Dad to engage in the amount of activity they need to stay healthy and strong can be a challenge. Here are tips collected from the experts at Caring Hearts senior home care agencies.

How to Plan a Positive 2016, the Easy Way

Blank notebook page

“It’s time for your annual review.” It’s a phrase that can send many an employee into a spiral of anxiety. Annual reviews have acquired their bad reputation mostly because of bad—meaning “poorly executed”—reviews. Bosses (actually, all of us) tend to focus disproportionately on the negative: “Here’s what went wrong and what you need to do to fix […]

Looking Ahead: Expert Senior Care Advice in 2016

A dazzling fireworks display

The last couple of weeks of the year are a whirlwind for most of us. They can be an especially exhausting marathon for those juggling competing family schedules, travel and all the expectations of the holiday season. Holidays are often the only occasions when the entire family, or most of it, gathers in one place […]

Cherishing the Moment

Digital frame of seniors exchanging gifts

One of the silent challenges of older Americans is isolation. When children and grandchildren move to all corners of the country or even the world, it can be difficult to feel connected. I was thinking about this recently when I learned about the Nixplay photo frames. These wonderful devices allow family members to send photos directly into a loved one’s

Thoughtful Gifts for the Elderly

Thoughtful holiday gifts for the Elderly

The seniors we love are always at the top of our holiday gift lists. So why are they so often the last people we buy for? It could be because older adults are among the most difficult gift puzzles to solve. Do we get them something practical or personal? Functional or decorative? Let’s face it: […]

Honoring the Best: The Exceptional Caregiver Awards

When family caregivers realize they need help taking care of Mom or Dad, many fear that a nursing home or assisted living facility is the only option. They worry that their aging parents will have to leave the home they love. They feel like they’re condemning their loved ones to a life of isolation, and that they […]

5 Scary Facts About Caregiving

5 Scary Facts about Caregiving

It was an honor to be featured in a recent news story about what Caring Hearts calls the Caregiving Dilemma. Local 12 News here in Cincinnati recently featured my colleague Cheryl Hammons, senior vice president of franchise services for Caring Hearts Home Care, along with her sister-in-law, Gina Clawson, who experienced the Caregiving Dilemma firsthand […]

Cooking with Care: Delicious Fall Recipes for Caregivers

Delicious Recipes for Caregivers

Making time to cook a meal in the kitchen can be therapeutic in many ways. Apart from the satisfaction of creating your own dinner and enjoying the tastes and smells of your labor, following an old recipe can help you feel connected with your family members, and following a new recipe with a loved one is a chance to make new memories together.

The Top 5 Aging Statistics You Need to Know Today

5 Aging Statistics You Need to Know

I’d like to share some notable insights about the current landscape of aging. The more we know, the better we can prepare for the changes ahead for our elderly loved ones. These aging statistics offer valuable knowledge about getting older that allow us to understand the needs of our older loved ones and make life easier […]

20 Inspirational Caregiver Quotes

Inspirational Quotes for Caregivers

It is an honor to care for aging parents. In the summers and on holidays my family would drive to Kentucky from our home in Florida to help care for my Nan. Then, when I was a senior in college, my mother suffered her third stroke, and six months later my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Family […]

15 Caregiver Books to Read Right Now

15 Caregiver Books to read right now

When we find ourselves in a new and challenging situation, many of us turn to the experiences of others for guidance. Or at least we should—shouldering a responsibility like caregiving solo can be a lonely and sometimes impossible journey. A good book can help me find the answers I’m looking for. Whether it’s a book about new […]

Celebrating an Extraordinary In-Home Caregiver: Barbara Perry

Congratulations Barbara Perry, Caregiver of the Second Quarter

Barb has a knack for picking up on little things that are happening with the family, and she makes it a point to target projects and goals on what the clients enjoy doing but can’t do anymore. With Barbara around, her clients tell me, they can cook again, get their hair done, dress up nice like they used to, and even do all the extra activities they did years ago

Agnes Freeman Honored as Caregiver of the Year 2014

Agnes Freeman Caregiver of the Year 2014

A hardworking, 62-year-old immigrant from Ghana and a mother and grandmother, Agnes Freeman has worked with Caring Hearts for years as a trusted caregiver. At our 2015 National Conference in Orlando, I was honored to present another award to Agnes: Caregiver of the Year for 2014.

The Battle Continues at Home: In Home Veterans Care

Soldiers Marching

Today, as we reflect on the service and honor the bravery of the veterans whom have served in our military, we must not forget that once these soldiers return home, many are faced with different types of battles such as life-long challenges and injuries. No one comes home from military duty unaffected. Once these soldiers […]

A Natural Caregiver, Sharon Tworek Goes Above and Beyond

Sharon Tworek Caring Hearts Caregiver of the 3rd Quarter 2014

Congratulations to Sharon Tworek of Caring Hearts of Wheaton, IL for winning the title of Caregiver of the 3rd Quarter 2014! When Chris and Carol Gerardi opened their doors, they “borrowed” Sharon Tworek from a neighboring franchise owner. Sharon serves as a caregiver for three offices, and for five years now, she has been providing […]

Caring Hearts Memory Keepers Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Cincinnati Caring Hearts Crew

On October 4th, the Caring Hearts Memory Keepers participated for the fifth consecutive year in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Staff from the Caring Hearts National Support Center, family members and pets gathered on a chilly Saturday morning to walk three miles through downtown Cincinnati. 42 total people participated in the walk, wearing […]

Remembering Family with my Aunt Lucy

Remembering Family with my Aunt Lucy

Over the course of my career, my travels have taken me to a lot of places to experience different cultures, foods, entertainment and communities. While all of those places and experiences have been wonderful, there is no better place to go than back home. Recently, I had the opportunity to go “home” to visit my […]

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Caring Hearts is on Pinterest

We know that the world of caregiving can sometimes be a lonely one. It is common for caregivers to feel stressed and overwhelmed, like you are the only one that understands how challenging your work can be. You are not alone! Have you joined Pinterest yet? Caring Hearts is now on Pinterest, with the goal […]

Let’s Give the Victim a Voice

Only 1 in 6 cases of elder abuse is reported

The recent stories in the news have called the nation’s attention to the issue of domestic violence. Statistics show that 1 in every 4 women have faced some form of abuse in their lifetime.¹ This is a truly alarming statistic, and it is unacceptable. But, what is more shocking is that only one quarter of […]

Does My Loved One Need Help to Stay at Home?

Caring Hearts Client and caregiver looking at photo albums

Coming to the realization that a loved one might need home care can be an overwhelming process. There are many questions that come up when your aging loved one is having trouble with activities of daily living (ADL’s). There are typical warning signs to watch for, but sometimes the signs may be more subtle. If […]

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

Cataracts: Symptoms, Awareness, Prevention

The busy summer months are full of plans, family get-togethers and vacations. But, as summer turns the bend toward autumn, August is a good time to focus on getting things in order for the upcoming season. August is Cataract Awareness Month at Caring Hearts and it is the perfect time for seniors to schedule eye […]

The Importance of Taking a Breath: How to Combat Caregiver Stress

When you neglect your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, you cannot possibly give effective care to a loved one. Quote from Leeza Gibbons

Caregiver Stress? Take a Breath. In almost every work place in the country, employees are given the periodic opportunity to step away from their work related tasks. The traditional work day begins at 8 am and ends at 5 pm, lunch breaks are granted and no one would think twice about a co-worker stepping away for […]

Top 8 Tips to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse

Average Loss incurred by victims of Elder Financial Abuse $90,000

Top 8 Tips to Protect Seniors from Financial Abuse Elder financial abuse is something every family should be aware of and discussing with their loved ones. At Caring Hearts, we are committed to bringing awareness to the issue of elder financial abuse. According to the Investor Protection Trust, one of five people age 65 or […]

Caring on Memorial Day by Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

Honoring Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Memorial Day Festivities This Memorial Day, families and friends will gather for good food and good times at cookouts, parades and festivals held annually across the nation. Amidst burgers and baked beans, music and fireworks, stories will be shared and memories will be made. This festive three-day weekend holds a special place in the hearts […]

In The News: Former English Police Officer Opens Florida Caring Hearts

In The News: Former English Police Officer Opens Florida Caring Hearts Debbie Ward, former police officer and current owner of Caring Hearts & Direct Link of Spring Hill, was featured last week in the Hernando Today, an edition of The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times. As a police officer in England, Debbie Ward made a difference in […]

Dedicated Caregiver Helps Virginia Family Through Tough Times

Today, Caring Hearts would like to spotlight a caregiver whose dedication to her work has made a true difference for a family in Virginia. Agnes Freeman, a caregiver with David Silverman’s Caring Hearts of Northern Virginia, has earned the Caring Hearts Caregiver of the 1st Quarter 2014 award for her extraordinary work with a […]

Show Your Mom Some Love on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, all of us at Caring Hearts want to say Thank You to the women in our lives whose generosity and selflessness have made us who we are today. The joy of parenting a new child often comes with sleepless nights and other surprises for new moms. The physical and emotional demands of […]

3 Tips for Living with Arthritis

Arthritis is the number 1 cause of disability for all ages. Imagine experiencing pain every time you stand, sit, turn your head, or use your hands. For the 50 million people living with arthritis in the United States (that’s 1 in every 5 adults), this becomes reality. Everyday activities, such as getting dressed and going […]

The 5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Celebrities—such as Muhammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, and Janet Reno—may have helped you become more aware of Parkinson’s Disease. Even still, there remains a general lack of understanding about the disorder in terms of functional aspects and care-giving considerations. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects over 1.5 million Americans. The […]

Discussing health and aging issues with your family

Discussing health and aging issues with your family can be a challenge. Issues that often emerge as people age can be identified with the H.I.D.E. acrostic: Health and care concerns – Physical challenges; limited mobility; cognitive deficit Independent living concerns – The (in)ability of people to handle grocery shopping, meal preparation, house cleaning, […]

Parkinson’s Disease: It’s More Than Tremors

When you hear Parkinson’s Disease, what to do you think? More than likely, you imagine the symptom most commonly associated with the illness: trembling in the hands, arms, legs and face. Although tremors are a common sign and symptom of Parkinson’s Disease, there are in fact many others: Stiffness or rigidity of muscles in the […]

Extreme Cold Poses Serious Health Risks to Elderly

Frigid Arctic Blasts and record-setting lows have been seizing many parts of the nation this winter, leaving millions of people vulnerable to winter’s harsh elements. People of all ages are advised to exercise extreme caution in such dangerous conditions, but the elderly are especially susceptible to serious, and in some cases life-threatening, health risks […]

Infographic: Caregivers Provide the Ongoing Support Seniors Need

The Whole Picture: Caregivers Provide an Extra Level of Care

As your loved one ages, they will likely make more visits to the doctor. According to the Administration on Aging, 23% of people aged 75+ had 10 or more visits to a doctor or other health care professional in the past year. But are these doctor visits enough to keep them happy, healthy and well? Many […]

6 Ways to Love Your Heart this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Instead of chocolates and candies, show your heart some love by committing to making healthier choices starting today! Why is heart health so important? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Each minute, […]

6 Ways to Maintain an Active Lifestyle this Winter

As Old Man Winter settles in with his long nights and cold days, it’s common for people to experience the “winter blahs.” Boredom is often a complaint, especially from older people and those facing health challenges, but there are many ways to maintain an active lifestyle through the cold winter months! These 6 tips will […]

Is In-Home Care Needed? How to Recognize the Signs

Signs of aging checklist

Many of us traveled home for the holidays to visit Mom and Dad. This time spent together comes once a year and is a special time, filled with holiday excitement and cheer. But, did you notice signs that something was “off” about your aging loved one?

4 Simple Questions for a Happier Life

Studies show over 90% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions and revert to their old ways within the first two months of the year! This year, rather than setting overly ambitious goals that fizzle fast, take some time to determine what’s really important to you. Then, make a plan and write it down […]

Music Sparks Memories in Alzheimer’s, Dementia Patients

This blog courtesy of Debra Kostiw, Alzheimer’s expert and owner of Caring Hearts & Direct Link of Rochester, NY How does music make you feel? Think about some of your favorite songs. What are some special times that you associate with certain songs? Music can shape our emotions and provoke our memories because it

Summer Gig Inspires College Student to Switch Majors

It’s inevitable that our experiences and relationships help to shape who we are. But it’s rare that an encounter has such a profound effect on our lives that we change course – or college majors. But that’s exactly what happened when Sara Herrmann took a part-time summer gig as a Caring Hearts caregiver with Mike

Helping Veterans Get Health Care They Need, Deserve

Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for the Elderly

Today, we honor the millions of veterans, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and protecting others. But too often, these men and women go without the health care they need because of a lack of information or assistance.

Caregiver Inspires Clients to Live Healthier, Happier Lives

Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, once said, “One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” All too often, we get so caught up in our endless “to do” lists, that we lose sight of what matters the most – the love and appreciation of our friends and

Remembering Loved Ones Lost on 9/11 … Today and Always

Twelve years ago today, thousands of innocent lives were lost and our entire nation was struck to the core in a matter of seconds during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In an instant and without warning, families and friends were torn apart. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends, colleagues … lost in a horrific series of

Dealing with Caregiver Burnout

Caring for a loved one is an age-old act of love and loyalty; however, it can prove to be an overwhelming journey. In addition to balancing life’s everyday demands, a caregiver must also ensure that the needs of their loved ones are being met. Unfortunately, caregiving can take a heavy toll if signs of stress

The Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans

This blog courtesy of Kyle Laramie, President and Co-Founder of Veterans Care Coordination, a national organization that assists veterans and spouses in obtaining the Aid and Attendance benefit. Each year on July 4, we honor our founding fathers and their great vision for a country whose citizens could enjoy the freedoms and independence they had

Is it Time to Consider an Emergency Medical Alert System?

Is it Time to Consider an Emergency Medical Alert System? This blog courtesy of VRI, a leading provider of medical-only monitoring services in the healthcare industry. Did you know that one in three seniors will experience a fall this year? ¹,² This is a frightening statistic considering falls can result in debilitating injuries such as broken hips

Caring Hearts is Raising Awareness for Elderly Abuse & Neglect

In support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Caring Hearts is raising awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults remains a hidden problem that is largely under-recognized and under-reported. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, there are few accurate

Alzheimer’s Care Tip #10: Never Force, Instead Reinforce

This is part of an ongoing series of guest blogs written by Jo Huey, the Alzheimer’s Advocate®, founder of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute. In our last post, we talked about the 9th Absolute of communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s: Never condescend, instead encourage/praise. Today, we’ll explore the 10th and final Absolute: Never force,

Alzheimer’s Care Tip #9: Never Condescend, Instead Encourage/Praise

This is part of an ongoing series of guest blogs written by Jo Huey, the Alzheimer’s Advocate®, founder of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute. In our last post, we talked about the 8th Absolute of communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s: Never command/demand, instead ask/model. Today, we’ll explore the 9th Absolute: Never Condescend, Instead Encourage/Praise. When

Alzheimer’s Care Tip #8: Never Command/Demand, Instead Ask/Model

This is part of an ongoing series of guest blogs written by Jo Huey, the Alzheimer’s Advocate®, founder of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute. In our last post, we talked about the 7th Absolute of communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s: Never say, “You can’t,” instead do what they can. Today, we’ll explore the 8th

Alzheimer’s Care Tip #3: Never Shame, Instead Distract

This is part of an ongoing series of guest blogs written by Jo Huey, the Alzheimer’s Advocate®, founder of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute. In our last post, we explored the 2nd Absolute of communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s: Never reason, instead divert. Today, we’ll explore the 3rd Absolute: Never shame, instead distract. If

When Should Family Caregivers Seek Medical Advice?

This is the second in a series of guest blogs written by Jo Huey, the Alzheimer’s Advocate®, founder of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute. Did you know nearly one-third of the U.S. population (65.7 million caregivers) is caring for someone who is ill, disabled or elderly?¹ Of those 65.7 million caregivers, 23% are caring for

How to Tell a “Senior Moment” from Alzheimer’s or Dementia

This is the first in a series of guest blogs written by Jo Huey, the Alzheimer’s Advocate®, founder of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Institute. According to a recent study, Alzheimer’s is the second most-feared disease in the U.S., next to cancer. Despite this fear, only 61% of Americans surveyed were aware that Alzheimer’s is an

Six Warning Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can manifest itself in many forms, but perhaps the most difficult to detect is that of financial exploitation. While the nightly news may bring to light the most recent “scam” to hit a community, this form of abuse often happens behind closed doors between the victim and someone considered trustworthy and dependable,

Caring for Others Carries Mother through the Loss of Her Son

Once in a great while, you meet someone who is truly inspiring. Someone whose spirit shines so bright, even in the darkest of days, that you can’t help but be moved. Barbara Johnson is one of these people. For the past three years, she’s been providing in home care to those in need as

5 Simple Steps to a Healthier Heart!

Despite the best of intentions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult! In today’s fast-paced society, it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with eating right and exercising. But living healthy doesn’t have to be such a challenge! A little planning and prep can go a long

3 Simple Ways to Organize Your Elder’s Medical Records

Did you know that 20% of Medicare patients have five or more chronic conditions, see 14 different physicians a year and fill 50 prescriptions annually! That’s a lot to manage, for both the patients and the healthcare professionals. To ensure your elderly loved one is receiving the best possible care and medications are working properly,

Warning Signs of Elderly Depression during the Holidays

This morning, I heard the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” playing on the radio. A classic holiday tune for sure, but then it struck me … for some people, especially seniors who live alone or have recently lost a loved one, the holidays may actually cause more pain than joy.

Tips for Hiring the Right In-Home Caregiver

Over the past 20 years, home health care has emerged as an affordable, effective option to help people age in place in the comfort of home surrounded by friends and family. Studies clearly show people are happier and live longer when they are able to continue living independently in their own home as opposed

Cold & Flu Prevention Tips during Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving is just days away, and you know what that means! Delicious feasts with family and friends and crowded airports with strangers. The holidays are an exciting time, but sometimes the stress of travel can leave you feeling worn down and expose your immune system to cold and flu viruses you would normally be

Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month may have passed, but the importance of early detection remains critical year-round. In fact, the 5-year survival rate is 98 percent with early detection! Breast cancer is the 2nd leading form of cancer in women in the U.S. (skin cancer is No. 1), and the 2nd leading cause of

Caring Hearts Memory Keepers Walk to Support Alzheimer’s Research!

This past Saturday, October 6, the Caring Hearts Memory Keepers gathered together for the third year in a row to pay tribute to loved ones and support a great cause at the 2012 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s. With 28 Caring Hearts Memory Keepers team members and several four-legged friends, this year

Keep Loved Ones Safe with Our Fire Safety Tips and Factsheet

Fall is here, and you know what that means! Football season, changing leaves and backyard bonfires with friends and family. If you’re like me, you’ve already brought out your space heater as the first line of defense against the cooler autumn temps. But while these little devices can help keep you warm and cozy,

Prevent Falls with Our Home Safety Checklist!

This Saturday, we will celebrate the first day of fall, as well as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day in an effort to promote awareness on how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults and improve home safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults age 65

Affordable Home Care Critical to Seniors’ Health and Wellbeing

On Dec. 27, 2011, the Department of Labor issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend the Companionship and Live-In Worker Regulations that would require agencies to pay a higher wage, typically 1½ times the regular rate, for any time that employees work more than 40 hours in a week. While minimum wage is

Saluting Entrepreneurs and Business Owners this Labor Day Weekend!

Originating out of the Labor Movement in the late 19th century, Labor Day has long been celebrated as a tribute to the contributions and achievements made by the country’s hardworking men and women in the labor force. And while America’s working class is certainly well deserving of this honor, I’d like to take this

Five Simple Steps to Help Prevent Cataracts as You Age

Many people are under the impression that vision loss is just something that happens as we age. And while age can certainly play a part, there are preventative measures that can be taken today to help you protect the health of your eyes tomorrow. August is National Cataract Awareness Month, and with summer winding

Heat Tips for the Elderly

Is it just me, or does this summer feel hotter than the last? Don’t get me wrong, I love summer! But I also know the heat associated with it can cause significant health risks, especially in the elderly. People age 65 and older are at a higher risk for heat stress because their bodies

Celebrate Senior Independence this Fourth of July!

Celebrate Senior Independence this Fourth of July! The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love getting together with friends and family for the annual parades, cookouts and fireworks displays – the festivities are always so fun and inspiring, reminding me how proud I am to be an American. Not

From Daddy’s Little Girl to His Caregiver: A Father’s Day Message

From expectant fathers to those we’ve lost, and everything in between, Father’s Day marks a special opportunity to honor fathers everywhere and say Thank You for all they’ve done for us. My Dad will always hold a special place in my heart, but especially on Father’s Day, I’m reminded of all the memories we shared

Elder Abuse Remains a Hidden Problem

Despite the fact that nearly one-third of the U.S. population is caring for an aging loved one, elder abuse remains a hidden problem that is largely under-recognized and under-reported. In fact, it is estimated that only one in six cases or fewer are ever reported, meaning the majority of victims never get help! According

Celebrating Supermoms around the World this Mother’s Day!

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’d like to take a moment to recognize and say thanks to all of the amazing women around the world who expertly perform the mind-boggling juggling act of motherhood each and every day. As a mother myself, I know the pure joy a child can bring to

Tips for Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease, you know how deeply frustrating and isolating it can feel to slowly lose control of your mobility and independence … but you’re not alone. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, it is estimated that one million Americans and between four to six million people

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Health Today!

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, this is the second in a two-part series where I’ll share tips on how to pursue a healthier lifestyle. In my last blog, I shared three simple steps to help you get started on your quest for your best self, including thinking long-term, opting for fresh instead of

Telehealth Monitoring to Fit Active Lifestyles

We’ve all seen the famous TV commercial with the elderly woman calling out, “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” And while such advertisements can often overdramatize reality, this one is frighteningly accurate. According to the American Geriatrics Society, one-third of people age 65 and older will fall each year. No one wants

Celebrate the Spirit of Valentine’s Day Year-Round!

Happy Valentine’s Day! For centuries, February 14th has been celebrated as the holiday of love – a special day on which people around the world, particularly couples, take time out of their hectic schedules to express their love and appreciation for one another by showering them with cards, flowers, candy and gifts. One day a

Finding Balance as a Family Caregiver

“If you need anything, just let me know …” If you’re a family caregiver, you’ve probably heard this offer countless times. Or maybe you’ve made this gesture yourself to a friend or colleague who’s caring for a loved one. It’s a common refrain from well-meaning people who want to help, but simply don’t know how

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The New Year brings a time of resolutions and new beginnings full of possibilities. I am just returning home from visiting family for the holidays. I can’t begin to tell you how much I treasure the time I get to spend with them, especially now that the family is spread all around.

It’s that time of the year – spirits are soaring with excitement and the start of the New Year is just a blink of the eye away!

As I reflect on the holiday season, I’m reminded of Christmas’ past. I have so many fond memories of long-awaited visits with family and friends, surprise gifts and hard-to-hold back laughter. More than anything, my fondest memories are of times spent with my family. Up until nine years ago, it meant the whole family gathering

‘Forgetting but never Forgotten’ – Support for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Caring Hearts offices throughout the country have been joining in efforts to promote awareness of this troubling disease and to share information about available assistance for those affected and their caregivers. We, at the Caring Hearts corporate office also took part by organizing various fundraisers and

Nonprofit Eases Financial Worries of Cancer Patients

Last month I had the privilege of participating in an extraordinary fund-raising effort co-sponsored by some of our Philadelphia offices for the Great Guys Group in Wayne, Pa. Its mission blends beautifully with ours, so I jumped at the chance to join in the Caring Hearts Ruby 5K Run & Walk. The greater Philadelphia

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Throughout October, you’ve likely seen dozens of pink ribbons donning hundreds of products, services and events all to promote awareness of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 200,000 people, including about 2,000 men, are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of them, about 40,000 (440 men) die. Statistics like these are

Summer Memories & Family Ties

Although it’s been years, summer always fills me with nostalgia of spending precious time with loved ones in my hometown of Raceland, Kentucky. Back then, summer meant coming home from Florida to spend time with the whole extended family – aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course, my grandparents. It was a simpler time, but

Keep Cool in the Summer Heat

Everyone loves summer, but with the rising mercury breaking record temps across the nation, it’s critical to take extra precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s powerful rays. Especially for the elderly and very young, too much exposure to extreme sun and the summer heat can cause significant health risks, including

Caring Hearts President Emma Dickison Unveils New Website and Blog

Hi, I’m Emma Dickison, president of Caring Hearts and Direct Link, as well as a Certified Senior Advisor and Certified Franchise Executive. I’m excited to join the world of blogging and even more thrilled to unveil Caring Hearts new and improved website! As president of one of the nation’s leading senior care providers and the

Concerned Your Aging Loved One May Need Assistance with Daily Living?

Americans are living longer today than ever before, and while a longer life expectancy is certainly something to celebrate, it is not without its challenges. According to the Alliance for Health Reform, 20 percent of seniors are living with 5 or more chronic conditions, seeing an average of 14 different physicians and using about 50

As a Family Caregiver, Your Top Priority Should be Yourself

Despite the best of intentions, family care-giving can quickly become a difficult and overwhelming task. Known as the “Sandwich Generation,” millions of Americans are understandably feeling the strain of caring for aging parents and raising families, all while managing demanding careers and tending to household duties. Not only can this strain cause tension between

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