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The Caregiver's Toolbox
The Caregiver's Toolbox
Providing education and information on senior care topics.
Jun 21, 2021
171. Renee Coleman - Reverse Mortgages
Ryan talks with Renee Coleman from Cross Country Mortgages to discuss reverse mortgages and how the current housing market is affecting seniors who wish to down size. www,teamreneecoleman.com www.mwhomecare.com
Jun 14, 2021
170. Well Aware Care - Fall Detection Technology
Ryan speaks with Rob and George Colantuoni from Well Aware Care, who are making fall detection technology software and devices. https://wellawarecare.com/ www.mwhomecare.com
Jun 7, 2021
169. Carol Marak - Solo Aging
Ryan speaks with Carol Marak a solo aging coach and consultant. Carol's Links: https://www.facebook.com/groups/elderorphans https://www.carolmarak.com Ryan's Links: www.mwhomecare.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanmceniff/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-caregivers-toolbox/id1183027228
May 17, 2021
168. Scott Fulton of Home Ideations
Ryan speaks with Scott Fullerton of Home Ideations a home remodeling and design expert. https://www.homeideations.com/
May 11, 2021
167. Autumn Hotaling of the Alzheimer's Association
Ryan speaks with Autumn Hotaling of the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Association about upcoming events and how COVID has affected her company. 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900 Website: https://www.alz.org/manh Virtual programs link: https://www.alz.org/manh/helping_you/community_family_education Family Conference: https://www.alz.org/manh/events/family-conference Walk Website to register or donate: act.alz.org/NEM
Jan 25, 2021
165. Justin Oakley from Oakley Home Access
Ryan sits down with Justin Oakley to talk about his home modification company for seniors, Oakley Home Access.
Jan 18, 2021
164. Tara Ballman - National Aging In Place Council
Ryan speaks with Tara Ballman, the president of Home Works Physical Therapy and the Board of Directors for the National Aging In Place Council. http://www.homeworkspt.com/
Jan 9, 2021
163. Heather Hersee - Orphaned Seniors
Ryan talks with Heather Hersee, an aging life manager, about a quiet problem we face as a society, orphaned seniors.
Dec 15, 2020
162. Randy Veragaus, Boston Senior Medical
Ryan talks with Randy Veragaus from Boston Senior Medical. BostonSeniorMedicine.com
Nov 9, 2020
161. Mike Harrington - LTC Insurance
Ryan talks with Mike Harrington of Life Time Insurance Planning about long-term care insurance. firstname.lastname@example.org lifetimeip.com
Nov 2, 2020
160. Jon "The Locator" Younger
Ryan talks with Jon "The Locator" Younger of Assisted Living Locators.
Oct 26, 2020
159. Liann DeMare of iTrip
Liann DiMare iTrip Vacation Rentals email@example.com
Oct 17, 2020
158. Laura Rocha of ActiveMed Research
ActiveMed Research Laura Rocha firstname.lastname@example.org https://activmedresearch.com/
Sep 22, 2020
157 - Well Aware Care (Fall Prevention Technology)
Ryan speaks with the owners of Well Aware Care, Bob and George Colantuoni. Well Aware Care provides technology that can alert caregivers when a fall has occurred. https://wellawarecare.com/
Jun 9, 2020
156. Denise Brown of Caregiving Years Training Academy
Ryan talks with Denise Brown the CEO of Caregiving Years Training Academy, who provides training and certifications for family caregivers. https://www.careyearsacademy.com
1 hr 4 min
Jun 4, 2020
155. CNAs in Nursing Homes Are Scared
Ryan talks about the many CNA heroes that are scared to go into work. Also, he talks about social currency vs monetary currency and how important both are in the services industry.
Jun 1, 2020
154. Your Next Check Up At....Walmart?
Ryan talks about how Walmart is aggressively entering into health care and trying to compete with other companies like CVS and Amazon to disrupt the current health care system.
May 29, 2020
153. Shocking Death Tolls at Mass Nursing Homes
Ryan discusses the Baker Administration releasing the specific death tolls at Massachusetts nursing facilities, where 20% have 20+ COVID deaths.
May 28, 2020
152. Nursing Homes Are The Victim
Ryan talks about an op-ed written by the chief operating officer of a nursing home who claims that nursing homes are the victims of COVID19 and not the perpetrators.
May 27, 2020
151. Horrors at Ontario Nursing Homes
Ryan talks about the bombshell report from the Canadian military that shows widespread issues at the five nursing homes the Canadian military has been supporting.
May 26, 2020
150. Are For Profit Nursing Homes The Problem?
Ryan talks about a recent NPR article that points the finger at nursing homes being for-profit as a big reason why infections continue to occur.
May 22, 2020
149. Surivival of Hospitals: Mergers and Aquisitions?
Ryan talks about how hospitals are hemorrhaging cash and struggling to stay open. With revenues down and the future uncertain, will M&As be the future?
May 21, 2020
148. Assisted Living CEO Worried About The Future
Ryan talks about a recent ominous quarterly earnings calls from Capital Senior Living, one of the largest ALF companies in the US.
May 20, 2020
147. Do Nursing Home Deserve Immunity?
Ryan talks about how nursing homes across the nation are receiving immunity by law or from governors' orders so they can not be liable for deaths or negligence due to the pandemic.
May 14, 2020
146. Will SNFs and ALFs Survive?
We talk about whether or not nursing facilities or assisted livings will survive COVID themselves.
May 11, 2020
145. Are SNFs To Blame?
The discussion on the show is some people have pointed the finger directly at nursing homes for letting COVID in and decimating the population of these facilities - so are they to blame?
Apr 28, 2020
144. Update on How Things Are
We give an update on how things are going during the peak of the COVID crisis in Boston.
Apr 3, 2020
143. Hiring Caregivers During COVID
We talk about how hiring has changed because of the COVID virus.
Apr 1, 2020
142. Nursing Home Transformed Into COVID19 Recovery Units
Mar 30, 2020
141. Could the Home Health Industry Collapse?
Mar 27, 2020
140. Working From Home, COVID and Home Care
Mar 25, 2020
139. Home Care and COVID19
Feb 7, 2020
138. Marge McDonald on Council on Aging, Senior Activities, and Dementia
1 hr 7 min
Jan 29, 2020
137. Debbie Selsavage owner of Coping Today
1 hr 6 min
Jan 21, 2020
136. Diet, Exercise and Dementia
We talk about a recent article in the WSJ about the link between a healthy lifestyle and dementia.
Jan 14, 2020
135. Understanding Live-In Services
We talk about often forgotten live-in services when a caregiver lives in the home to provide care.
Jan 6, 2020
134. Matt from RoandSteve.com
Matt Perrin is the co-owner of roandsteve.com. A directory of private home care agencies and assisted living facilities.
1 hr 2 min
Sep 19, 2019
133. Jay Small - Cinch IT
Sep 5, 2019
132. Kevin Smith - Best of Home Care
1 hr 7 min
Aug 16, 2019
131. Jordan Ray
1 hr 13 min
Jul 26, 2019
130. Nuring Home Costs Are Srkyrocketing
Jul 25, 2019
129. Stressed Out & Checked Out
Jul 22, 2019
128. Does Patient Choice Really Exist?
Jul 18, 2019
127. What Home Care Can Not Do
Jul 16, 2019
126. Summer Concerns for Seniors
Jun 12, 2019
125. Memory Care Buildings 2.0
Jun 7, 2019
124. Understanding Medicaid Look Back Periods
May 24, 2019
123. Important Dementia News from WHO (World Health Org)
May 22, 2019
122. 6 Reasons Why Home Care Is Sticking Around
May 20, 2019
121. Why Your Nursing Home May Close
May 16, 2019
120. 6 Reasons Home Care Office Staff Matters
May 14, 2019
119. 6 Thoughts On COAs
May 13, 2019
118. 5 Truths About Home Care
May 6, 2019
116. The Care.com Mess
May 6, 2019
117. Fake Dementia Supplements
May 2, 2019
115. Interview w/ Scherrie Keating of Diabetes Kare Consulting
1 hr 7 min
Mar 15, 2019
114. Interview with Kathy Kemp, Geriatric Care Manager
Today we speak with Kathy Kemp a geriatric care manager and owner of Sage Advice, located in Arlington, Massachusetts. In a previous blog and podcast, we listed all the reasons why we appreciate geriatric care managers and why people like Kathy Kemp are so important for seniors and their families. In this episode we talk to [...] The post Interview with Kathy Kemp, Geriatric Care Manager appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
1 hr 1 min
Feb 25, 2019
113. Senior Loneliness: A Quiet Epidemic with a Big Cost
Senior loneliness is a quiet epidemic with a big price tag attached to it, explains a WSJ article that was published in December. As the baby boomer generations continue to grow older, spouses pass away, divorces occur and families are no separated by hundreds of miles as it is more common to move away from where [...] The post Senior Loneliness: A Quiet Epidemic with a Big Cost appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 22, 2019
112: Overtime and Home Care
Overtime affects agencies as it limits how many hours a caregiver can work without costing the company (and thus the client) more money. While overtime laws are a net positive, they prevent caregivers from accepting more jobs without increasing the costs. So clients and caregivers are disappointed that they can not work more with clients the [...] The post Overtime and Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 19, 2019
111. Alex DeNoncour of Oakley Home Access
Today we have a great interview with Alex DeNoncour of Oakley Home Access down in Narragansett RI. Don't let that location fool you for a moment, they are moving into the Massachusetts market helping senior purchase and install ramps, grab bars, stairlifts and other durable equipment that allows seniors to live in their home as [...] The post Alex DeNoncour of Oakley Home Access appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 11, 2019
110: Understanding Short Hour Cases
Often, we get families that are interested in shorter blocks of time with our caregivers. This has advantages and disadvantages which we discuss. We are happy to accept all cases that we receive regardless of their size, but there are difficulties with staffing these types of cases. Additionally, some families question why tasks are [...] The post Understanding Short Hour Cases appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 8, 2019
109: Understanding Short-Term Rehab
Today we talk about short-term rehab and understanding why people need to use their services after leaving a hospital, like having a fall and breaking a bone. Many think that after leaving short-term rehab that the skip right out of there, which is usually not the case. More help is needed in the home through [...] The post Understanding Short-Term Rehab appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 4, 2019
108: Boomers, Saving & Employment
Today we talk about some articles we briefly touched on when we had Tyler Gates, a financial advisor come and speak with us a few weeks ago. Tyler was the focus of that podcast but we thought these articles were important enough to dedicate a podcast to them. We talk about: Saving (or lack thereof) [...] The post Boomers, Saving & Employment appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 31, 2019
107: Care Can Take A Long Time
When providing care to older adults, it can take a long time compared to the time we need to do the same tasks. When you list out what we do in the first hour of our day, it ends up being a long list. Get out of bed Put on slippers Make Coffee Brush teeth [...] The post Care Can Take A long Time appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 28, 2019
106: Are Physicians Getting Burned Out?
A recent article in the Boston Globe brings up the alarming concern about physician burnout. The profession is "struggling with the unyielding demands of electronic health record systems and ever-growing regulatory burdens." We discuss: What our experiences have been with doctors How we view electronic records The ongoing regulations of health care Pajama time! Cost of employee turnover Ideas to [...] The post Are Physicians Getting Burned Out? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 24, 2019
Ep. 105 - Are Employers Unprepared for the Caregiver Crisis?
Today we talk about a WSJ article about how employers are unprepared for the caregiver crisis that is affecting their employees. Many of the employees are stressed out because they are balancing work life with their personal life that involves being a family caregiver. While this problem is occurring now, it is expected to worsen as the [...] The post Are Employers Unprepared for the Caregiver Crisis? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 22, 2019
Ep. 104 - Seniors: Taste & Smell
Today we talk about taste and smell and how those are affected as we age and what to do about the situation with your loved ones. We go over the following topics: Issues regarding taste & smell often overlooked as seen as “not critical to life” Reality: Increased rates of accidental gas poisonings & gas [...] The post Seniors: Taste & Smell appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 14, 2019
Ep. 103 - How You Should Save for Care w/ Tyler Gates
We have Tyler Gates as the guest on our podcast this month (trying to do a monthly guest) a financial advisor for Edward Jones. Our conversation revolves around how individuals should be saving for care and the different products that can help achieve this goal. Some topics we cover: Lack of Savings From Boomers and Older Gen [...] The post How You Should Save For Care with Guest Tyler Gates appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 9, 2019
Ep. 102 - What is Winnowing?
Today we talk about Winnowing. What the heck is winnowing? Well the definition: Winnowing-- Separating Grain from Chaff Background: Author daughter of 91 yr old mother who had moved from home of 40 years to 1 bedroom retirement apartment. Her mother is in rehab and will be moving to the east coast to be closer to family [...] The post What is Winnowing? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jan 7, 2019
Ep. 101 - Why Are Rural Hospitals Closing?
For the first podcast of 2019 we did a little digging with three different articles that all revolve around the same topic, why are rural hospitals closing? It seems that many people are getting concerned about this as more isolated older adults whose children have relocated to different parts of the state or country are losing [...] The post Why Are Rural Hospitals Closing? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Dec 21, 2018
Ep. 100 - Holidays and Senior Care
In the past, we have talked about holidays and senior care from the aspect of what to do in the home during parties and celebrations with an older loved one. To change things up, we thought we would talk about it from our point of view. What happens in the office in the weeks leading [...] The post Holidays and Senior Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Dec 14, 2018
Ep. 99 - Urgent Care and ERs
Today, Janet brings up an interesting article she found about readmission rates, urgent care centers, and unneeded ER visits. In Massachusetts, there are employers that are trying to cut health cost, focusing on unneeded ER visits. The focus is to transition unneeded ER visits to the many urgent care centers that are popping up everywhere in [...] The post Urgent Care and ERs appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Dec 7, 2018
Ep. 98 - When the Oil Hits the Fan
Today's podcast is about what has been going on at Minute Women these last few days! We had an oil spill, not BP levels, but enough to shut down the office for a few days - but people still need care - so what do we do? We talk about unexpected delays, disruptions, and disasters [...] The post When The Oil Hits The Fan appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Dec 4, 2018
Ep. 97 - Abandoning the Elderly
We talk about an important (and surprising) subject we found in a recent article Families who abandon their senior loved ones. Janet and I were taken aback by this article and were surprised about how these families were abandoned, but sometimes I wonder if I should be surprised when I see these types of articles [...] The post Abandoning the Elderly appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 29, 2018
Ep. 96 - 5 Reasons Why Field Supervisors Are Needed
Today we talk about the unsung hero of private home care - the field supervisor! They are an important member of the team when it comes to private home care. So we talk about: What they do Why they are needed How they help difficult situations Interactions with caregivers and clients Communication Helping make caregivers [...] The post 5 Reasons Why Field Supervisors Are Needed appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 27, 2018
Ep. 95 - Are Supplements Worth It?
We talk about the supplements you get at the local pharmacy. But are these worth it? They can be expensive and are there is a self-regulated industry with zero oversight from the FDA. So are they worth taking? Or are they just causing a placebo effect? Additionally, what brand is good and what brand is [...] The post Are Supplements Worth It? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 16, 2018
Ep. 94 - Testing for Dementia and Genetic Defects
Today on The Caregiver's Toolbox, we talk about: A new neck scan that may detect dementia earlier What is vascular dementia Do we even want to know if we have it Genetic testing 23andme.com Connect With Us Twitter Facebook Subscribe iTunes Google Play Stitcher Spotify The post Testing for Dementia and Genetic Defects appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 14, 2018
Ep. 93 - 8 Ways To (Help) Pay For Private Home Care
Today we get into the different ways to help pay for private home care services. While the majority of people who receive private home care services pay out of pocket, there are some ways to reduce that cost, if not eliminate it all together (especially if you are not receiving a lot of help each week or month). [...] The post 8 Ways To (Help) Pay For Private Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 8, 2018
Ep. 92 - Dementia and Routine
We talk about a big "why" today. Many know that people with dementia do better when they have a routine that is the same each day. This usually keeps people calm, anxiety stays low and issues are less likely to occur. But why is that? What is the reasoning behind needing a routine and sticking to [...] The post Dementia and Routine appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 6, 2018
Ep. 91 - 9 Fall Prevention Tips
Today we wanted to talk about fall prevention tips. We honestly couldn't remember if we did a speicifc podcast on this topic and easy ways to prevent falls in the house. There is no doubt in my mind we have talked about all these issues at some point in time, but we are up to 90 podcasts [...] The post 9 Fall Prevention Tips appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 2, 2018
Ep. 90 - Transitions in ALFs and Hospitals
Today we talk about transitions in assisted living and hospitals. In assisted living facilities, transitions occur when moving from the traditions unit to the memory care unit. These transitions are not always as smooth and easy as many hope. It can take time to make the move from one unit to another and that can [...] The post Transitions in Assisted Living and Hosptials appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 30, 2018
Ep. 89 - 7 Costs Associated With Private Home Care
private home care services (and any healthcare services) can get expensive quickly. There can be sticker shock to find out how much something costs and realize you may need services for longer than you expected. We have had situations where people become aggravated spending so much money on a loved one. One of the issues that [...] The post 7 Costs Associated With Private Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 26, 2018
Ep. 88 - 6 Ways To Introduce Home Care
It can be a challenge to introduce home care services to older adults. Understandably, they are scared; loss of privacy, loss of independence and being adverse to change are all common reasons why seniors are against accepting help. These reasons can leave adult children frustrated that their loved one is going to badly injure themselves while they [...] The post 6 Ways To Introduce Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 23, 2018
Ep. 87 - The Battle of Pickleball
The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article a few weeks ago that was all about the financial inequality in retirement communities. In the article, it talks about a retirement community in California where there are many people on fixed incomes who are enjoying their golden years, but as younger wealthier retirees move into the community they have [...] The post The Battle of Pickleball appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 18, 2018
Ep. 86 - Pat Kelleher from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
Today we have a great interview with the executive director of the home care alliance of Massachusetts, Pat Kelleher. She was a great guest and was extraordinarily informative about many of the issues that are facing home care companies. We talked about a lot of different topics, which we will link to below. Topics of [...] The post Pat Kelleher from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 11, 2018
Ep. 85 - When The Office Gets Sick
Today, we did a quick update on what's going on in the office this last week, we were sick. Now that we are just getting over a bad head cold, we talk about: What happens when the office gets sick What happens when a caregiver is sick Overall emergency preparedness Connect With Us Twitter Facebook [...] The post When The Office Gets Sick appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 2, 2018
Ep. 84 - Chris MacLellan of the Whole Care Network
Chris MacLellan is the owner of the Whole Care Network and our guest in this week's episode of the Caregiver's Toolbox. Chris talks about his journey to starting the Whole Care Network. He explains what the Whole Care Network is and how it helps people. We also talk about the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-nominated story “In Sickness and In [...] The post Chris MacLellan of the Whole Care Network appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 28, 2018
Ep. 83 - 7 Tasks You Shouldn't Expect from Private Home Care
There are some tasks that many people think automatically come with private home care, but this isn't always true. Today we talk about the seven tasks that you shouldn't automatically expect from private home care. The post 7 Tasks You Shouldn’t Expect from Private Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 26, 2018
Ep. 82 - Will Retirees Fill the Caregiver Workforce Gap?
In a recent article on Home Health Care News, they mention that large home care agencies are trying to tap into the retiree market to hire new caregivers. This is an interesting idea, as there are many baby boomers retiring from their main jobs that are wanting to stay active in the community, help others, [...] The post Will Retirees Fill The Caregiver Workforce Gap appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 24, 2018
Ep. 81 - Reactions to the Boston Globe Article Part 2
The Boston Glove released two articles last week, one about the troubles of hiring caregivers privately/under the table, and the second article was a human interest piece on what one caregiver goes through on a daily and monthly basis. This new article talks about a caregiver from Ghana, which is where (apparently) many caregivers are [...] The post Reactions to the Boston Globe Article Part 2 appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 19, 2018
Ep. 80 - Reactions to the Boston Globe's Article Part 1
Today we talk about an explosive article that was in the Boston Globe last week, titled the Stranger in the House. It talks about how deregulated home care is in Massachusetts and how there are a lot of caregivers that are hired both privately, through PCAs and through agencies that are scamming and abusing the [...] The post Reactions To The Boston Globe’s Article Part 1 appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 18, 2018
Ep. 79 - Why Seniors Don't Want To Wear Hearing Aids
Today we talk about why seniors don't want to wear hearing aids. Studies show that only 20% of those who have hearing loss decide to get a hearing aid. So why do people not want to wear a hearing aid? It Makes Me Look Old Well, let's be honest here. If you need a hearing [...] The post 5 Reasons Why Seniors Dislike Hearing Aids appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 12, 2018
Ep. 78 - Four Ways To Engage Seniors At Home
On Monday we talked about Assisted Living Week, which is focusing on capturing the moment, making sure seniors stay part of the community while seniors with memory issues stay engaged by walking down memory lane and remembering their past. Not everyone is a resident of an assisted living community, so we wanted to talk about [...] The post Four Ways To Engage Seniors At Home appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 10, 2018
Ep. 77 - Assisted Living Week
Today we talk about the assisted living week. Assisted living weeks is a week out of the year that is meant to recognize the hard work that companies and it's employees put into caring for older adults. Each year there is a different theme associated with the week. This year it is 'Capture the Moment' [...] The post Assisted Living Week appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 4, 2018
Ep 76 - Taking Your Parents From A Facility
In this episode, we talk about some of the issues you may encounter when trying to take your parents from a facility for the day, weekend or longer. Depending on the type of community that your parent lives in, there are rules and regulations for when and how long you can take your parent away [...] The post Taking Your Parents From a Facility appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 31, 2018
Ep. 75 - 7 Reasons Why Geriatric Care Managers Are Great!
Geriatric care managers are great resources to know about and use if you need them. GCMs, provide much-needed concierge services for seniors, providing a wide range of services for them. Today we talk about three areas where geriatric care managers are extraordinarily helpful. The post 7 Reasons Why Geriatric Care Managers Are Great appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 29, 2018
Ep. 74 - ADLs and IADLs
We are talking about ADLs and IADLs. Which stand for activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living. The post ADLs and IADLs appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 24, 2018
Ep. 73 - The Caregiver Shortage Crisis w/ Maggie Keen of MyCNAjobs
We have a special guest today, it is Maggie Keen of mycnajobs.com. MyCNAjobs provides services to home health companies to find, attract and hire CNAs for employment. We talk about the caregiver shortage crisis that is currently affecting the industry. Whether it is a hospital to hospice or even a privately hired caregiver by a [...] The post The Caregiver Shortage Crisis appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 20, 2018
Ep. 72 - What Happens If The Caregiver Can't Provide Care?
What happens if the caregiver can't provide care? A simple questions that have a lot of complicated and difficult answers. But it is important! Assuming you are a family caregiver, what happens if you can no longer provide care? It could be a multitude of reasons as to why. Work Trip Accident Family Emergency Death [...] The post What Happens If The Caregiver Can’t Provide Care? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 17, 2018
Ep. 71 - Seniors Are Filing For Bankruptcy
Seniors are filing bankruptcy at alarming rates according to an article in the Washington Post. It states that seniors are filing bankruptcy are alarming rates and this trend is only to increase. The post Seniors Are Filing Bankruptcy appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 15, 2018
Ep. 70 - Why Seniors Shouldn't Be Allowed To Vote
Today we talk about why all senior shouldn't be allowed to vote! Just kidding, but we do discuss an article on Time.com that Janet found that was clearly sarcastically written that made her laugh and should make you laugh too. The post Why Seniors Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Vote appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 13, 2018
Ep. 69 - Elizabeth Miller of Happy Health Caregiver
Today we talk with Elizabeth Miller of Happy Healthy Caregiver, Happy Health Caregiver is a website with a blog and a podcast on it focused on family caregiving side of senior care. We talk about her personal journey with caregiving. What Happy Health Caregiver is all about and who it is designed to cater to and how [...] The post Elizabeth Miller of Happy Healthy Caregiver appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 10, 2018
Ep. 68 - Nursing Home Break Out!
ALERT! ALERT! WE HAVE A NURSING HOME BREAKOUT! Today we talk about something that was just in the news that made us smile. Two elderly men broke out of a nursing home and went to the Wacken Open Air festival, a heavy metal festival in German that plays music like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZK0Db4WWOo Now, we [...] The post Nursing Home Breakout! appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 8, 2018
Ep. 67 - 8 Facts About Senior Falls
https://youtu.be/eW897g9LsbQ So today we get into senior falls and some essential facts surrounding them. Falls can be devastating for anyone, but especially a senior. As we grow older, our bodies just can no longer handle the trauma of a fall like it could when we were younger, stronger and more flexible. We often get calls [...] The post 8 Facts About Senior Falls appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 6, 2018
Ep. 66 - Anesthesia and the Elderly
Show Notes: How Anesthesia Works: Medications that make an individual Unconscious and Unable to Feel Pain Used for surgeries that - May take a long period of time. May cause significant Physical and or Emotional Discomfort Possibly interfere with Breathing Why the Elderly are at Higher Risk: The elderly person may feel [...] The post Anesthesia and the Elderly appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Aug 1, 2018
Ep. 65 - 5 Family Caregiving Facts You Need To Know
https://youtu.be/pHKcNsmI2eY We wanted to give some respect to family caregivers out there today. Family caregiving situations are not recognized as often as other stressful situations such as a newborn baby or a sick spouse, but they are just as tricky to handle. Companies are starting to realize this as more and more HR departments [...] The post 5 Family Caregiving Facts You Need To Know appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 30, 2018
Ep. 64 - Doctors, Hospitals Suing Patients for Online Comments
Today we talk about an interesting article we read recently about online comments. Doctors and hospitals are suing patients for online comments that they feel are harassing the individual doctor or the hospital as a whole. The post Doctors, Hospitals Suing Patients for Online Comments appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 27, 2018
Ep. 63 - 12 Questions to Ask Private Home Care Agencies Part 2
https://youtu.be/_QvVXQbHggU In our last article about this, we went over the first six questions to ask a private home care agency when interviewing them. Now we get into the last six essential questions to ask. There are lots more questions to ask when interviewing agencies but these are a great place to start [...] The post 12 Questions to Ask Private Home Care Agencies, Part 2 appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 25, 2018
Ep. 62 - 7 Thoughts On Long-Term Care Insurance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXYpwvIxYyw At Minute Women, every month or two we have a sign-on that has long-term care insurance. Almost everytime, we end up going back and forth between the family and insurance provider to make sure we have the necessary paperwork and information to ensure our services are covered and that the family receives reimbursement for [...] The post 7 Thoughts On Long-Term Care Insurance appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 23, 2018
Ep. 61 - Age-Tech
Today we get into the booming industry of age-tech. Boston is currently trying to become the silicone valley of age-related technology, or age-tech for short. The post Age-Tech appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 18, 2018
Ep. 60 - 12 Private Home Care Questions to Ask Agencies P1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhixGWPEu0c What are some of the most critical private home care questions to ask agencies when interviewing them? Today we get into the first six out of ten topics and issues to ask an agency when looking for them to provide home health care services. This isn't a complete list, but it is a [...] The post 12 Private Home Care Questions To Ask Agencies Part 1 appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 16, 2018
Ep. 59 - Home Health Care and the Janus Ruling
Today we talk about a recent article about how the home health care industry is going to be affected by the Janus Supreme Court ruling about public employee unions. The post Home Health Care and the Janus Supreme Court Ruling appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 11, 2018
Ep. 58 - 3 Ways We Differentiate Ourselves
https://youtu.be/g6ykc2dsD4g So this topic is admittedly a little self-promoting, but at the same time, our podcast is listened to by people all over the country and we can only service about 15 miles of our great nation. So the idea was brought up so that you can learn what we think makes us different and [...] The post 3 Ways Minute Women Differentiates Ourselves appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 10, 2018
Ep. 57 - Fun in the Sun with Mum
This was 100% Janet's podcast idea and I love the name - fun in the sun with mum! Today we talk about some of the challenged and strategies that come with a backyard and outdoor events and having an aging parent. The post Fun in the Sun with Mum appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 6, 2018
Ep. 56 - 3 Achilles Heels of Private Home Care
https://youtu.be/vT6RExxP7_k Businesses never want to admit there is an area of significant improvement when it comes to their industry. All too often people want to act as if nothing goes wrong; there are never service failures and 100% of customer who uses us are always ecstatic with every aspect of the experience with them. [...] The post 3 Achilles Heels of Private Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 5, 2018
Ep. 55 - 4 Important Things To Look At When Touring Assisited Living Communities
https://youtu.be/aDf4DNwDg0M When families look into assisted living communities, they usually take a tour to investigate and see the different amenities and programs that it can offer their parent. It can be a lot to understand and it is always suggested to take a notebook with you and write down the information you believe is [...] The post 4 Important Items To Look At When Touring Assisted Living Communities appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 2, 2018
Ep. 54 - Catheters, Colostomies and Confusion
Today we get into catheter care, colostomies, and confusion that comes with them. Here is an overview of the podcast. Catheter Care Many elderly do very well with managing their catheters independently. Others know exactly what to do but are limited by their vision, mobility, or manual dexterity. Cleanliness is extremely important to avoid UTI’s [...] The post Catheters, Colostomies and Confusion appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 29, 2018
Ep. 53 - 5 Things To Know About Transportation Services
https://youtu.be/FKjcHnOIysg We get calls asking if we provide transportation services for clients, which we do. Even something as simple as driving from point A to point B and back can get complicated quickly when you are dealing with seniors. So we decided to come up with the five things to know about transportation services [...] The post 5 Things To Know About Transportation Services appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 28, 2018
Ep. 52 - 5 Unusual Home Care Questions We Recieve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN8uMcLccpo Over the years there are a few unusual home care questions that we have received. While the questions are understandable, they are a bit different then the general questions that we normally get on a daily basis. So here you have it these five unusual home care questions we receive. Can You [...] The post 5 Unusual Home Care Questions We Receive appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 25, 2018
Ep. 51 - Fear of Falling
Today we are talking about the fear of falling in the elderly. This is a big issue because seniors won't talk about it, but it is there, front of mind after a bad experience with a fall. Overview of Fear of Falling Here is an overview of the podcast Fall Prevention-Environment,Medical conditions, Medications etc. [...] The post Fear of Falling appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 22, 2018
Ep. 50 - 2 Types of Private Home Care Services
https://youtu.be/I2fArfx3Tww When families call us asking questions, there are only two types of private home care services we generally speak with them about. Those are hourly care (probably 70% of the time) and then live-in care (29%) with the other 1% being "other." That is because when it comes to hiring a 1-1 caregiver, those [...] The post 2 Types of Private Home Care Services appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 20, 2018
Ep. 49 - 4 Types of In-Home Aides
https://youtu.be/-7gV6evC_6Y Today we are going to talk about the four different types of in-home aides. When looking at purchasing services from a private home care company, you should know the different types of credentialed and non-credentialed aides that are available to provide care. The four we are talking about today are: Companions Home Health Aides [...] The post 4 Types of In-Home Aides appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 18, 2018
Ep. 48 - Food and Mood
Today we chat about how food affects your mood. Even with seniors, the types of wood we ingest affect the way we act and the moods we are in. The post Food and Mood appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 15, 2018
Ep. 47 - 4 Common Reasons Seniors Need Private Care
https://youtu.be/oST7T4cE2xQ We get a lot of calls at Minute Women Home Care. People asking about what services we offer and can we help with specific situations, but what are the most common calls that we get? That's what we are going to talk about today. The four common reasons seniors need private care. [...] The post 4 Common Reasons Seniors Need Private Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 46 - Different Types of Home Care Services
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkTLy9AdOz4&feature=youtu.be One of the things that drives me nuts about home care is the name . . . Home care! The reason being is that there are four different types of home care services and people often get confused about which service people are referring too. So I thought it would be worthwhile [...] The post 4 Different Types of Home Care Services appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 11, 2018
Ep. 45 - Medicare and Social Security Will Become Insolvent
In today's discussion, we are talking about how Medicare and Social Security will become insolvent sooner than anyone expected. In less than 10 years one of these programs will be completely bankrupt and the other will be fast approaching the same fate. The post Medicare and Social Security Will Become Insolvent appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 5, 2018
Ep. 44 - Urgent Care Offices
Today we get into urgent care offices. We think these are great in general, but for some reasons, they can be even more successful for seniors. Many times when someone is concerned about a senior's condition, the default thing to do is call 911. While this is the right thing to do in severe emergency situations, [...] The post Urgent Care Offices appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 1, 2018
Ep. 43 - Losing the Sense of Smell
In today's podcast, we talk about how losing the sense of smell can affect seniors and how difficult it can be. We go over some of the symptoms that occur when the loss of smell occurs. The post Losing The Sense of Smell appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
May 21, 2018
Ep. 42 - Understanding Sepsis
In today's comeback episode we talk about sepsis. We felt that is was a good time to discuss this infection as it came up recently in the news when our past president George H.W. Bush. Most people do not know about sepsis and think it falls under the umbrella of the flu or pneumonia. [...] The post Understanding Sepsis appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 28, 2018
Blitz - Will Amazon Steal All Our Caregivers?
In today's podcast, we talk about if Amazon is going to steal (or already have) all our caregivers. Amazon is poised to take provide better benefits and more consistent hours than many home care companies can give. So what does this do to an industry that is already hurting from a lack of caregivers? The post Will Amazon Steal All Our Caregivers? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 20, 2018
Ep. 41 - How Many People Are Employed By A Healthcare Company?
Today we talk about how many people work for healthcare companies. The number is enormous and we found an interesting article that shows the biggest employer in each state. When you think of large employers you often think about the government, Walmart, Target, Amazon or some other huge company that has many stores, but do [...] The post How Many People Work for Healthcare Companies? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 13, 2018
Ep. 40 - Telling An Employeer You're A Family Caregiver
So this week we talk about a topic that is a dilemma for many people. Telling an employer that you are a family caregiver. It's tough as you don't want to make it look like you're not fully committed to the company and the job, but you are being spread too thin and something has to [...] The post Telling An Employer You Are A Family Caregiver appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 9, 2018
Ep. 39 - Caregivers Are All Open To Other Jobs
Today we are talking about the fact that almost all caregivers are always open to another job according to a new study. This isn't very surprising, to be honest, caregivers are not paid a lot of money and are in constant demand. The amount of caregivers we need is growing daily with tens of thousands [...] The post Caregivers Always Looking for Other Jobs appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Feb 2, 2018
Ep. 38 - The Senior Bowl
Today we talk about the other bowl this weekend, the senior bowl!! What to do when you have a rowdy room of guys and gals screaming for a team and a senior wants to be involved in the party. Listen up and let us know what you think in the comments below or over at [...] The post The Senior Bowl appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Dec 4, 2017
Blitz: Can Baby Boomers Pay For Their Own Care?
So in this blitz podcast, which means just me ranting and raving about something, I ask, can the boomer generation pay for their own care? This is something that concerns me greatly. The reason being is that I regularly read articles about how American's as a whole do not save their money. I understand that there [...] The post Can the Boomer Generation Pay For Their Care? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 28, 2017
Ep. 37 - Estate Planning Myths with Renee Fry owner of Gentreo
Today in this podcast, we are talking about eldercare planning with the owner of Gentreo, Renee Fry. Gentreo is an online software that makes eldercare planning less complicated and easier to do for anyone. The senior care industry is slowing getting into the digital age, but since many of our clients are older folks who [...] The post Talking About Estate Planning With Renee Fry of Gentreo appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 21, 2017
Ep. 36 - When Elders and Medical Culture Collide
Today we talk about how medical culture can collide with seniors who are not used to the way things are done these days. Many people don't visit a doctor or go to a hospital while in their "healthy" years, and once someone gets in their 70's and needs to visit the doctor, things might have [...] The post When Elders and Medical Culture Collide appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 14, 2017
Ep. 35 - How Home Health Agencies Work
How do home health agencies work? We have never gone into how these companies operate. Often, people are calling us for the first time trying to understand how these home health agencies work. So today we will give you an overview of how these companies operate and the challenges that you might face with how the [...] The post How Home Health Agencies Work appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Nov 1, 2017
Ep. 34 - Senior Dehydration
In today's podcast, we talk about senior dehydration and the reasons you should be worried about it. Dehydration among seniors can be very dangerous and can lead to nasty falls among other issues. We explain how to get prevent senior dehydration with a few simple rules and tasks you can accomplish fairly easily to ensure [...] The post Senior Dehydration appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 24, 2017
Ep. 33 - Seniors and Cancer
Last week I saw a disturbing article on how 40% of new cancers are because of obesity, this figure certainly includes seniors and cancer. For the majority of people, these are self-inflicted wounds of years of being overweight. I wrote an article about this topic but thought we needed to do a podcast on this [...] The post Seniors and Cancer appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 17, 2017
Ep. 32 - Home Maintenance for Home Care
On today's podcast....It's that time of the year when we know it's coming, home maintenance. With the cold weather and snow coming it is important to complete some home maintenance to ensure your home care services run as smoothly as possible. This comes up this time of the year with tasks that just need to [...] The post Home Maintenance for Home Care appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 12, 2017
Blitz: Top States To Age In
In this blitz podcast, I talk about a report that just came out regarding the best states to age in, in the United States. We go over the top ten states that you need to know about and some extra ones. This is a blitz podcast made on the go and on the run. These [...] The post Top States To Age In appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Oct 12, 2017
Ep. 31 - Fall Prevention and Seniors
Today on the podcast we are talking about fall prevention and seniors. Falls are one of the most dangerous events that can occur when someone gets older. According to the CDC, 800,000 seniors are hospitalized for falls each year with hip fractures and head injury being the most common. So when it comes to falls, [...] The post Fall Prevention and Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 26, 2017
Ep. 30 - Autumn and Seniors
Today we on the podcast we are talking about autumn and seniors. We get into how caregiving efforts need to change as the season's change. While anyone in the country can listen to this podcast (and we love that you do) this is really for the northern states that are starting to feel the cold and [...] The post Autumn and Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 19, 2017
Ep. 29 - Home Care Contracts
When it comes to home care contracts there is a lot you need to be aware of. Some companies can have very short contracts, while others can be very long. Some companies require security deposits and others require 14 days notice of cancellation. So what do you need to be aware of when it comes to [...] The post Home Care Contracts: What You Need To Know appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 12, 2017
Ep. 28 - Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
So in today's podcast, we talk about something very relevant that is going on in the news, disaster preparedness for seniors. We have had two major hurricanes hit the US mainland and US territories in the last 2 weeks. There are deaths, destructions and an untold amount of homes lost and destroyed. A lot of [...] The post Disaster Preparedness for Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Sep 6, 2017
Ep. 27 - The Loneliness of Being a Caregiver
Well, we are back! After a summer break, we are back with new podcasts from The Caregiver's Toolbox. I new feature on the Caregiver's Toolbox, we are reading stories from real life caregivers and families who have experienced caring for a loved one. There are many powerful stories out there that we want to recognize [...] The post Caregiver Loneliness: An Untold Story appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 11, 2017
Ep 26 - Why Do I Get Colder As I Grow Older
In this quick episode of our podcast show (it is summer after all!), we talk about why someone feels colder as they age. Often when we visit older adult's home the heat is on or it feels a lot warmer than you feel it needs to be. We often hear from people about restaurants being freezing [...] The post Why Do I Feel Colder as I Grow Older? appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jul 4, 2017
Ep. 25 - Managing Expectations - Caregiver Downtime
In our final episode of the four-part series on managing expectations, we talk about caregiver downtime. Caregiver downtime can be a big problem with certain families. The problem is there is often caregiver downtime where the caregiver will read, or do something quiet to occupy their time while a client it watching tv, or sleeping [...] The post Managing Expectations: Caregiver Downtime appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 20, 2017
Ep. 24 - Managing Expectations - High Hour Cases
In last week's episode, we spoke about low-hour cases. This week we are talking about challenges and expectations of high hour cases. Next week will be live-in care and the following week, downtime. This is a four-part series on managing expectations for home care services. One is not better than the other, but they each [...] The post Managing Expectations: High Hour Cases appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Jun 9, 2017
Ep. 23 - Managing Expectations - Low Hour Cases
Today we are talking about managing expectations with low hour cases. What often occurs with customers who are thinking of using home care services, they wish to start with shorter hours and increase if needed, which makes sense. The difficulty that arises is these customers are expecting the same experience that they would get with [...] The post Managing Expectations: Low Hour Cases appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
May 30, 2017
Ep. 22 - Reminiscing Activities with Seniors
Today we are going to talk about different reminiscing activities to help engage seniors with. Keeping seniors engaged and making them feel welcome and wanted often helps prevent loneliness and isolation which can lead to depression. Some of the best ways to keep senior engaged are either talking about current news, family events and reminiscing [...] The post Reminiscing Activities With Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
May 23, 2017
Ep. 21 - Marijuana and Seniors
Today we talk about marijuana and seniors and the impact that will have on senior living communities Marijuana and Seniors We see new assisted living facilities that have bars in them now as these communities are not nursing homes, but condo like living complexes. As more pub styled areas become more common, what will happen [...] The post Marijuana and Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Apr 25, 2017
Ep. 20 - Downsizing for a Move
Today we talk about downsizing for a move and what should be expected and how to go about it. Some of the topics we go over when it comes to senior downsizing are: Being supportive and think before you speak when talking about a person's items Determine how much room will there be for current [...] The post Downsizing for a Move appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Apr 18, 2017
Ep. 19 - Marathons, Heart Attacks and Seniors
In today's short episode, we talk about marathons, heart attacks and seniors and what they have in common. Without giving too much away, you are more likely to die of a heart attack on a marathon day than on the days before or after as this study shows. So since the Boston marathon was yesterday, [...] The post Marathons, Heart Attacks and Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Apr 7, 2017
Ep. 18 - Scams Targeting Seniors
The scams targeting seniors these days are complicated and difficult to spot. There are so many different ways thieves and con-men try and steal money from unsuspected seniors. We decided to talk about what the most common ways criminals are stealing money, and not just from seniors, but from everyone. Top Scams Targeting Seniors There [...] The post Scams Targeting Seniors appeared first on Minute Women Home Care.
Mar 12, 2017
12. Hospice Myths Part 2
Mar 4, 2017
4. Positive and Negative of Private Home Care & Assisted Living
Feb 18, 2017
18. Scams that Target Seniors
Feb 17, 2017
17. Where to Start Looking for Care
Feb 16, 2017
16. Cost of Senior Care Services
Feb 15, 2017
15. Pets and the Elderly
Feb 14, 2017
14. Your Parent's Belonging: What to Do With It All
Feb 13, 2017
13. Hospice Myths Part 3
Feb 11, 2017
11. Hospice Myths Part. 1
Feb 10, 2017
10. Convince a Parent Move Into an ALF
Feb 9, 2017
9. Are You Authorized to Represent
Feb 8, 2017
8. What in Your Parent's Wallet?
Feb 7, 2017
7. Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help
Feb 6, 2017
6. Dementia and Depression
Feb 5, 2017
5. Understanding Durable Medical Equipment
Feb 3, 2017
3. Virtual Visits
Feb 2, 2017
2. Family Gatherings and Seniors
Feb 1, 2017
1. Assessing Parents