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More Seniors are Embracing Technology

More Seniors are Embracing Technology When it comes to technology, older adults say they want devices that are simple, practical, and affordable - that’s the conclusion of a new Link-age Technology survey of nearly 2,400 people age 55 to 100. “Over the past decade, we have seen a steady increase in the ownership of many types of technology with older [...]

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

Survey Reinforces the Growing Need for Home Care and the Incredible Opportunity for Senior Living Providers

Survey Reinforces the Growing Need for Home Care and the Incredible Opportunity for Senior Living Providers An overwhelming majority of seniors say they want to age in their homes but, according to a new survey, many expect to eventually move to a senior living community. That’s why, at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN), we believe senior living providers are missing [...]

By |January 10th, 2022|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|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 siblings [...]

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

Five New Years Resolutions for Family Caregivers

Five New Years Resolutions for Family Caregivers Did you make a New Year’s resolution? If you’re caring for an aging loved one, you may be tempted to forego resolutions this year. After all, why would you want to add to your already long to-do list? Instead of vowing to lose 10 pounds, consider the following resolutions that may improve your [...]

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

HCAN’s Year in Review

HCAN’s Year in Review by Mark Goetz, co-founder, and president of the HomeCare Advocacy Network As we wrap up 2021, all of us at the HomeCare Advocacy Network look back with gratitude and ahead with anticipation. It was a busy, inspiring, and very fulfilling year - here are a few of the highlights. Announced Franchise Partnerships with Bickford Senior Living [...]

By |December 27th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Winter Safety Tips for Seniors It may not always feel like it, but winter is here. “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, seniors are more at risk for falls, hypothermia, and the flu. It’s important to be aware of [...]

By |December 20th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Battling the Holiday Blues

Battling the Holiday Blues For most of us, this is the 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 HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). [...]

By |December 15th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Ten Travel Tips for Seniors

Ten Travel Tips for Seniors Holiday air travel is almost never easy - airports are crowded, flights are overbooked and tempers can be short. For families traveling with seniors, there may also be other unique challenges along the way. “Many seniors haven’t traveled in a while, because of COVID-19,” said Sierra Goetz, operations manager at the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). [...]

By |December 13th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Balancing Family Life and Family Caregiving

Balancing Family Life and Family Caregiving You missed an important meeting at work because your mom fell in her shower. You left your son’s big soccer game to take your dad to a doctor’s appointment. You forgot to make cookies for your daughter’s school bake sale because you were busy making dinner for your aging parents. If this sounds like [...]

By |December 10th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

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 8th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Survey Confirms Senior Living Providers Can Compete in the Homecare Marketplace

Survey Confirms Senior Living Providers Can Compete in the Homecare Marketplace When an aging loved one needs a little extra help, where do most families turn?  At the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN), we conducted a survey that shows the vast majority of family decision-makers would prefer engaging in-home supportive services before moving their loved ones to a senior living community. “Our [...]

By |December 4th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Signs Your Aging Loved Ones May Need Help at Home

Signs Your Aging Loved Ones May Need Help at Home When you visited mom over the Thanksgiving holiday, you noticed something was off. Maybe she was a little more forgetful than usual or she struggled to get out of a chair. Perhaps you spied an unopened stack of mail or an unexplained dent in her car.  Although subtle, these can [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Talking to Your Kids About Alzheimer’s

Talking to Your Kids About Alzheimer’s One day Grandpa knows the kids’ names… but the next day, he doesn’t remember. The unpredictability of Alzheimer’s can be confusing and sometimes very scary - especially for children, and explaining the disease to them can be particularly challenging. If it’s time to talk to your kids about a loved one’s diagnosis, these tips [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, 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 |November 19th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Welcoming American Baptist Homes of the Midwest into the HCAN Family

Welcoming American Baptist Homes of the Midwest into the HCAN Family We are very proud to announce that we have teamed up with American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) to launch a new service line designed to successfully deliver in-home care to ABHM’s current residents as well as seniors in surrounding communities. “We are thrilled to welcome American Baptist [...]

By |November 17th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Life Experience Fuels Sarah Pappas’ Passion for Caregiving

Life Experience Fuels Sarah Pappas’ Passion for Caregiving Native Nebraskan, Sarah Pappas, learned about the power of love and the importance of duty toward others at a young age through experience. “My paternal grandparents emigrated from Greece and opened a restaurant, The Continental, in downtown Lincoln in 1920,” she said. “It was a thriving family business, and I began working [...]

By |November 16th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|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 8th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Self-Care for Family Caregivers Your mom is the one with Alzheimer’s, but it’s your health that’s suffering.  That’s something we hear a lot. That’s because, while caregiving is extremely rewarding, it can also be incredibly difficult, and many family caregivers pay a high emotional and physical price for what they do.  “It’s National Family Caregiver Month - a great time [...]

By |November 5th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Ten Things You Should Know About Medicare

Ten Things You Should Know About Medicare You’ve received the mailings, seen the television ads and gotten advice from your sister’s, friend’s cousin… but what do you really know about Medicare and the benefits you’re eligible to receive? “People are inundated with information - this and that,” said Holly Klein Gillespie, president of HKG Insurance Solutions and an expert in [...]

By |November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , |

Five Do’s and Don’ts for Exercising As You Age

Five Do's and Don’ts for Exercising As You Age - by guest blogger Serena Bridges As an older adult, exercising is one of the most important things you can do for your health and independence. It can prevent many of the health problems that come with age and help your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day [...]

By |October 27th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|

Join us at the 2021 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo

The pandemic has taken a toll on the senior living industry - forcing many providers to take a hard look at their current operations and rethink the way they do business - especially when it comes to in-home services. If you’re thinking about adding home care to your organization’s service offerings, be sure to stop by The HomeCare Advocacy booth [...]

By |October 25th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , |

Exercise and Aging

  Exercise and Aging - by guest blogger Serena Bridges It is no secret that men and women age differently. When it comes to exercise and aging, there are reasons for everyone to engage in weight training - but those reasons are gender-specific. Women Needs For women, the main reason to engage in weight training as they age is [...]

By |October 18th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Don’t Skip Your Flu Shot!

  With all the talk about COVID vaccines and boosters, it might be easy to forget about another important vaccination - the flu shot. Seasonal flu cases dropped to a historic low last year. This is likely due to mask-wearing, social distancing, and other precautionary measures designed to fight the pandemic. But, now that schools and businesses have reopened [...]

By |October 13th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

Pandemic Scams Often Target Seniors

Pandemic Scams Often Target Seniors From bogus miracle cures to attempts to steal stimulus checks, the pandemic has given scammers an opportunity to use new tactics to defraud older adults - and a new report shows they’ve taken full advantage. In its 2021 Fraud Book, the Federal Trade Commission estimated that, in 2020, older adults lost at least $602 [...]

By |October 8th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |

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 6th, 2021|Categories: Franchise, Global, Home Care|Tags: , , , , |