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Ten Ways to Boost Heart Health

American Heart Month It’s American Heart Month - an annual designation designed to raise awareness about heart disease and remind people of all ages to live heart healthy lives.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In the United [...]

By |February 2nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Seven Tips to Help Care for Someone With Alzheimer’s

Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s While caring for an aging loved one can be very rewarding, it can also be very challenging - especially if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. “For those who have never cared for a family member or friend with the disease, it can be overwhelming,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations [...]

By |January 30th, 2023|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , , , |

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues Are the short, dark days getting your senior loved ones down? “The short, dark days do more than usher in more than winter weather,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager for the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “During the winter months, many seniors begin to feel down. Freezing temperatures , ice and snow may limit [...]

By |January 26th, 2023|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , , , , |

Hearing Aids Can Lessen Cognitive Decline

Hearing Aids Can Lessen Cognitive Decline The volume on your dad’s television is blaring. When talking to your mom, she’s constantly asking you to repeat what you said. In group settings, your parents never join the conversation.  Hearing Loss Hearing loss is a common problem that comes with aging. According to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 25 percent [...]

By |January 23rd, 2023|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , , |

Hospital to Home – How a Professional Caregiver Can Aid in the Transition

Your aging mom is recovering from an unexpected surgery.  The hospital is ready to discharge her, but your dad is too frail to safely take care of her at home. You want to help… but you live more than an hour away, have a demanding job and a busy family - so, there’s no way you can’t be her [...]

Mind Games Improve Brain Health

Daily Workouts for the Brain It’s no secret that regular physical activity is one of the keys to healthy aging, but did you know it’s just as important to make sure the brain gets a daily workout? “Exercising the mind is just as important as exercising the body - especially for seniors, It’s critical to maintaining independence,” said Teresa [...]

By |January 16th, 2023|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , , , , |

Home Safety Tips for People Living with Dementia

Home Safety Tips for People Living with Dementia Home modifications, like installing grab bars in the shower, are typically necessary for seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age. For those living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, they’re especially important. “Because dementia physically changes the brain, reasoning, judgement and decision-making can be seriously impaired. As the [...]

By |January 12th, 2023|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , , |

New Year. New Career

Time for a Change? Are you happy with your current career path? Does your organization provide you with the support you need to be successful? Do you feel valued and appreciated? If you answered no to any of those questions, maybe it’s time for a change.  “We understand that in the current environment, people often have many employment options,” [...]

By |January 9th, 2023|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , , , |

Winter Weather Exercises for Seniors

Get Moving This Winter Did your aging loved ones enjoy a few too many sweet treats over the holidays? “It’s not uncommon for people of all ages to put on an extra pound or two during holidays,” said Sierra Goetz, operations manager at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “However, for older people it can be difficult to get rid [...]

By |January 5th, 2023|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , |

Ten Tips to Help Siblings Have Positive Caregiving Discussions

Ten Tips to Help Siblings Have Positive Caregiving Discussions When you visited over the holidays, you noticed things weren’t quite right with your mom - there was spoiled food in the refrigerator, stacks of unopened mail, and stains on her usually very nice clothes. It’s clear to you that she needs a little extra help at home… but your [...]

By |January 2nd, 2023|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

When Should Your Senior Loved One Stop Driving?

When Should Your Senior Loved One Stop Driving? It’s one of the hardest things older people have to do - give up their car keys. “It’s one of the most difficult discussions that families will have with senior loved ones because they equate driving with independence,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder, and president of the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “There [...]

By |December 29th, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

How Children Can Help With Caregiving

Caring for Children and Aging Parents Are you a member of the sandwich generation - someone who is raising children while, at the same time, caring for aging parents? If so, you know that you have to make the most of every minute in every day. “Caring for children can be tiring. Caring for older loved ones can be [...]

By |December 19th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , |

Tips to Keep Your Senior Safe This Winter

Cold Weather Poses Risk for Older Adults While winter can be a wonderland, it’s important to remember that colder temperatures, ice, snow and hours of darkness can pose risks for older adults. “The cold weather months present some significant challenges for older adults,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “As temperatures drop, [...]

By |December 15th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , |

Beating the Holiday Blues

Most Wonderful Time of the Year...Not For Everyone For most of us, this is most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, for many seniors, it’s the worst.  “Instead of joy and excitement, the holidays can trigger bouts of sadness and loneliness for seniors - especially if they live alone,” said Teresa Steinfatt, vice president of business performance at the [...]

By |December 12th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , , |

Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors – Copy

Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors Still searching for the perfect holiday gift for your senior loved ones? We know that coming up with holiday gift ideas for older people can be challenging - especially if they insist they don’t need anything. So, we’ve compiled a list of useful items that might help them with everyday tasks and challenges - allowing [...]

By |December 5th, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Is Your Mom Eating Healthy Meals?

Is Your Mom Eating Healthy Meals? When you visited your aging mom over the Thanksgiving holiday, you noticed that she let others do the cooking - which is unusual, because she’s always loved preparing big family meals.Has she lost interest? Is she having trouble remembering or reading the recipes? Is arthritis limiting her ability to pick up heavy pots and [...]

By |December 1st, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , , , |

RSV and the Elderly – What you Need to Know

You might have heard it on the news… hospital pediatric units across the country are filled with young patients who are sick with respiratory syncytial virus or RSV - an infection that affects the lungs and breathing passages.  While we typically hear of outbreaks among babies and small children, adults can also get RSV, and those who are 65 and [...]

By |November 21st, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , |

To Our Caregivers – Thank You

Elevate the Privilege of Caregiving At the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN), we’re committed to elevating the privilege of caregiving - it’s one of our five core values.  “Our caregivers are amazing. They’re rock stars. They’re the heart and hands of our organization,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder and president of HCAN. “We’re beyond grateful for our team of caregivers who work [...]

By |November 17th, 2022|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , |

Spreading Awareness About Alzheimer’s Disease

Spreading Awareness About Alzheimer’s Disease Did you know? One in seven Americans age 60 and older have a brain condition that could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease? It’s called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that’s often confused with normal aging, because the symptoms are very subtle - such as forgetting people’s names or forgetting a story. “According [...]

By |November 14th, 2022|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , |

Enjoying the Holidays with Senior Loved Ones

You’ve been gathering with family members to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as you can remember… but this year, things are different.  Your mom’s dementia is worsening, and she’s becoming more and more frail. You worry that she may not be able to make it and, if she does, that she won’t enjoy the family gathering. What should [...]

By |November 9th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: |

Care Advocate Success Trainer Honored with the Hulda Osborn Award

Care Advocate Success Trainer Honored with the Hulda Osborn Award Congratulations, Linda! We’re very excited to announce that Linda Lundeen, our Care Advocate Success Trainer, has been honored with the Hulda Osborn Award - an award that recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions as a caregiver and/or helped support the home care industry. The award is presented annually by [...]

By |November 7th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Ten Ways to Honor Older Veterans This Veterans Day

Ten Ways to Honor Older Veterans This Veterans Day Few people deserve our respect and gratitude more than the brave men and women who served in the military. At the HomeCare Advocacy Network, we’re proud and privileged to care for older veterans and their family members - giving them the care and support they need to age safely and with [...]

By |November 3rd, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Family Caregiving Fast Facts

Family Caregiving Fast Facts Did you know… More than 34 million Americans have provided unpaid care for someone age 50 and older in the last 12 months. The majority of caregivers (82%) care for one other adult, while 15% care for 2 adults and 3% for 3 or more adults.  About 15.7 million family caregivers care for someone who has [...]

By |November 1st, 2022|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Seven Reasons to Consider a Home Care Career

Seven Reasons to Consider a Home Care Career What are you looking for in a career - flexibility, job security, opportunities for continuous learning, a chance to give back to your community?  A Career in Home Care If those benefits are on your wishlist, you should consider a career in professional caregiving. “More than 10,000 people turn 65 every day [...]

By |October 24th, 2022|Categories: Home Care, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Five Tips for Long-Term Care Planning

Do you have a long-term care plan? Does family members fully understand the details - where you want to live, where your important documents are, how you plan to pay for the care you might need? It’s estimated that a person turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care or support as they age. [...]

By |October 20th, 2022|Categories: Community Education|Tags: , , |
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