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More Than a Meal on the Menu

When is the last time you enjoyed a meal with your aging loved ones? Research shows that seniors who regularly dine with friends and family tend to eat more and make healthier choices. More importantly, most older adults say they feel happier and more fulfilled when eating with others.  “Sharing a meal is about so much more than eating [...]

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

The Risks of Not Hiring In-Home Care Through an Agency

The Risks of Not Hiring In-Home Care Through an Agency Your aging mom is failing. She doesn’t need skilled nursing or assisted living yet - just a little help with things like light housekeeping, meal prep and getting in and out of the shower. You’ve heard a lady from your mom’s church sometimes works as an independent caregiver, but is [...]

By |September 26th, 2022|Categories: Home Care|

Celebrating America’s Older Workers

Celebrating America’s Older Workers It’s National Employ Older Workers Week! From September 18 through September 24, employers and organizations across the country will celebrate older workers and bring attention to the important role those aged 55 and older play in the workforce.  “At the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HomeCare), we don’t just care for seniors - we hire them,” said [...]

By |September 19th, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Ten Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

Ten Tips for Long Distance Caregivers Your aging mom lives by herself. She doesn’t drive anymore, so she’s lost touch with her friends and given up her hobbies. You visit as often as you can but, because she lives in Missouri and you live in Nebraska, you worry it’s not often enough.  “It’s really hard,” said Debbie Hilt, a [...]

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , |

The Promise of a Better Tomorrow

The Promise of a Better Tomorrow When Mark and Sierra Goetz founded the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN), they did so with a vision of arming today’s spectrum of caregivers with hope, high-impact resources, and the promise of a better tomorrow.  One way they’re doing that is through HCAN’s new Family and Friends Dementia Education class - a high-touch approach designed [...]

By |September 12th, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Raising Awareness About Fall Prevention

Raising Awareness About Fall Prevention Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) falls in the United States - making falls the leading cause of injury and death in that age group. The good news, many falls are preventable - which is the focus of National Fall Prevention Awareness Week. From September 18 - 24, we’ll be [...]

By |September 8th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: |

Advance Directives – What You Need to Know

Advance Directives - What You Need to Know Have you talked to your aging parents about their end of life wishes?  Do you know if they have living wills, health care powers of attorney or do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders? “It’s a very tough, but necessary conversation,” said Teresa Steinfatt, Vice President of Business Performance at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Developing [...]

By |September 5th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: |

Ten Tips to Help Manage Meds

How many prescriptions drugs/meds do you take? If you’re over 65-years-old, you probably take at least one - maybe more.  Studies show that more than 85 percent of those age 65 and older take at least one prescription drug or meds - with more than 35 percent regularly taking five or more prescription and over-the-counter medications.  While medicines can [...]

By |September 1st, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Survey Shows Most Adults Aren’t Planning for Future Needs

Survey Shows Most Adults Aren’t Planning for Future Needs With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day, home care is quickly becoming an increasingly important part of the senior care continuum.  Seniors want to age in their homes “We know that an overwhelming majority of seniors want to age in their homes,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder and president of [...]

By |August 28th, 2022|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Professional Caregiving Is The Perfect Career for Busy Moms

Professional Caregiving Is The Perfect Career for Busy Moms Looking for something to do when the kids go back to school? Have you thought about professional caregiving? At the HomeCare Advocacy Network, we offer flexible schedules that that allow busy moms to make extra money and do meaningful work without missing their kids’ school plays, soccer practice or other family [...]

Are You Feeling the Squeeze?

Are You Feeling the Squeeze? After a brutal day at work, all you want to do is grab a glass of wine and turn on your favorite TV show.  But you know that won’t happen. In addition to checking in on your aging mom, you have to also feed your hungry kids and help with algebra homework. Before you can [...]

Ten Reasons Older People Need Pets

Ten Reasons Older People Need Pets Your dad passed away several months ago… leaving your mom alone in the home they shared for more than 50 years. Your friends suggest getting her a pet -  a furry friend that will keep her busy and reduce the risk of loneliness, but you worry a pet will be more work than it’s [...]

By |August 15th, 2022|Categories: Community Education|Tags: , |

The Highs and Lows of Owning a Home Care Business

The Highs and Lows of Owning a Home Care Business Listen to the HomeCare Hub podcast now:   Rookies and seasoned veterans agree - owning a home care business can be an amazing ride. Home Care Rewards “There were a lot of highs and there were some lows,” said Teresa Steinfatt, vice president of business performance with the [...]

The Changing Definition of Retirement

The Changing Definition of Retirement What will your retirement look like?  Will you pack up and move to a warmer climate? Do you want to travel the world? What about volunteering or maybe an encore career? According to a recent study of more than 11,000 pre-retirees and retirees, the definition of retirement is changing. Among the findings: Today’s retirees say [...]

By |August 8th, 2022|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , |

Understanding the Stages of Alzheimer’s

Understanding the Stages of Alzheimer’s Your aging loved one just received a devastating diagnosis… Alzheimer’s disease. Now what? “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 manager at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “When my stepmom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, we [...]

By |August 4th, 2022|Categories: Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease|Tags: , |

Seven Benefits of Home Care

Seven Benefits of Home Care Your mom and dad have lived safely and independently in their home for more than 50 years, but lately you’ve noticed things are a little off - there’s spoiled food in the fridge, mom’s hair is no longer perfectly styled and dad spends most of the day watching Gunsmoke re-runs. Is it time to start thinking [...]

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

Drink Up – The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Drink Up - The Importance of Staying Hydrated As the temperature rises, so does the risk of dehydration - especially among older adults. “My mom experienced dehydration just a few weeks ago,” said Debbie Hilt, a consultant working with the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “I encourage her to drink a lot of water, especially during the summer months, but she [...]

By |July 28th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: |

What Makes a Great Caregiver?

What Makes a Great Caregiver? Caregiving can be a life changing experience - just ask Aaron Blight. “My experience with caregiving started more than 20 years ago when I was working for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - I was in the federal Medicaid program, and I was relatively young,” he said. “My mother-in-law was unexpectedly [...]

By |July 25th, 2022|Categories: Home Care, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , |

Most Older Adults Believe They Will Eventually Need Assistance, But Few Plan For It.

Most Older Adults Believe They Will Eventually Need Assistance, But Few Plan For It. Do you want to remain in your home as you age?  Have you thought about the things you’ll need in order to continue to live independently in 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years? If you haven’t, you’re not alone.  According to a new AARP Long-Term [...]

By |July 21st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now? Did you know that hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor against dementia? According to a recent study, treating hearing loss could eliminate 1 in 10 cases of dementia. In the study, researchers found that mild hearing loss doubles the risk of dementia, moderate hearing loss triples it and severe hearing loss raises the [...]

By |July 18th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , |

Five Easy Steps to Start Your Caregiving Career

Five Easy Steps to Start Your Caregiving Career If you’re thinking about a career in caregiving, you’re not alone. It’s one of the fastest growing occupations in the country - with nearly 600,000 projected job openings through 2030. “With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the need for dedicated, compassionate professional caregivers will continue to grow,” said [...]

By |July 14th, 2022|Categories: Home Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Benefits of Music Therapy

The Benefits of Music Therapy We know music is good for the soul, but did you know it’s also good for the mind? Studies show that music brings our senses to life and stimulates many parts of the brain at the same time, including those that affect language, mood and movement. Through research at the University of California, Davis, experts [...]

By |July 11th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living|Tags: , , |

Helping Seniors Beat the Heat

Helping Seniors Beat the Heat It’s not even officially summer yet, but record heat has already gripped much of the country. While the high temperatures and suffocating humidity make life unpleasant for almost everyone, it can be dangerous, even deadly, for older adults. People age 65 and over are more prone to heat stress, because they don’t adjust as well [...]

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Importance of Socializing for Seniors

The Importance of Socializing for Seniors Whether it’s playing a game of Scrabble with a grandchild or enjoying lunch with a best friend, there’s just something special about being around people you love. “Socialization is important at any age, but it’s critical for older adults - especially for those who live alone,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager for [...]

By |June 30th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Living, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

At HCAN, We Don’t Sell Franchises – We Award Them

What does it take to be an HCAN franchises partner? “We don’t sell franchises at HCAN, we award them,” said Aaron McMartin, HCAN’s Vice President of Development. “When evaluating candidates, we look for passion… is it there? Is the culture fit there? Do they remind me of our other franchisees? Do they remind me of our executive team? Are [...]

By |June 27th, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |