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Celebrating Home Care and Hospice Month: How Home Care Can Help
November is Home Care and Hospice Month. Millions of nurses, home care aides and key staff members... Keep Reading
How to Get Your Parent to Accept Help at Home
By Bill Woods, ComForCare of Washtenaw/Downriver   When it comes time for your parent to... Keep Reading
6 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency
Finding a home care agency to watch over a parent, grandparent, spouse or another older loved one... Keep Reading
Home-based Care Providers Are an Essential Part of Navigating the Nation Back from Pandemic
Janice Pollard writes in Medium.com, "Caregivers showcase compassion every day just by the nature of the job they are in, but their dedication and willingness to continue caring for clients during a pandemic is nothing short of heroic." Keep Reading
How Our Home Care Offices Are Supporting Clients in the COVID-19 Outbreak
ComForCare is following updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) State Department of Health, local and county authorities, the Home Care Association of America, as well as other relevant agencies and resources. Please see our full post on our care protocols so we can continue to support your loved ones and minimize risk. Keep Reading
5 Ways You Didn’t Know In-Home Care Can Help
Most people want to age in place. According to AARP, 3 out of 4 Americans age 50 or older say they prefer to remain in their current residence for as long as possible. However, many will need assistance to do so. That’s where in-home care comes in. Keep Reading
Things to Consider When Planning a Family Meeting
When an aging loved one’s health, safety or well-being becomes a concern, family members often need to come together to figure out short- and long-term care solutions. Family meetings can be a helpful tool in the care planning process. Keep Reading
Noticing Changes in Your Loved Ones After the Holidays
The whirl of the holiday season is behind us, and while you’re left with happy memories, you may be recalling unusual instances and paying more attention to the irregularities in your older relatives’ home or behavior. Keep Reading
How to Talk With Your Aging Parents About Their Long-Term Care
Maybe you’ve noticed Mom forgetting to turn off the faucet after washing dishes or Dad having difficulty using stairs. You think it might be time to talk to them about finding some additional help, but you don’t know the best communication techniques to use. Keep Reading
8 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care
As you develop a long-term care plan for yourself or a loved one, several factors must be considered, such as one’s current and future medical needs, family support system and budget. Since 90% of people 65+ want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, in-home care is a popular option. Keep Reading
Health Benefits of Gardening for Older Adults
For some, there is nothing more refreshing than sinking their fingers into warm soil or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when planting seeds or bulbs — a sense of accomplishment and a state of deep peace. However, gardening not only feels good, but it is also good for you. In addition to growing nutritious fruits and vegetables, here are some of the other health benefits of gardening. Keep Reading
Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”
“When did a simple trip to the grocery store become so dangerous? Is that a traffic ticket on the floor? Oh no, she is using two feet to drive, and this isn’t a stick shift! Gosh, I haven’t stomped on the imaginary brake pedal this much since Jimmy was 15 years old and learning to drive. I can’t let her drive back home. Maybe she shouldn’t be driving at all.” Have you ever had this experience? Family members often worry about their aging loved one’s ability to continue driving safely and with good reason. Keep Reading
Pets for Seniors: Animals Can Make Older Adults Happier and Healthier
For older adults who live alone or have lost their spouse, pets can be excellent companions. When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother adopted two blue baby parakeets named Heckle and Jeckle. Although they screeched incessantly, they gave her purpose, and she adored them. She would wake up early to feed them their seed, she would sing to them and every few weeks she would drive to the pet store to buy them more perches, bells, etc. She was overjoyed when she thought Heckle was going to lay eggs and rushed to get a nesting box (Heckle never laid the eggs because he was just a very chubby boy.) Keep Reading
Dementia and Challenging Behavior
When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these challenging behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss. Keep Reading
Looking for In-Home Care? 8 Reasons to Choose ComForCare Home Care
Whether it’s due to injury, illness or aging, sometimes older adults need a little extra help, especially at home. However, family members and friends can’t always be there 24/7 to assist aging loved ones. That’s where home care comes in. When it comes to choosing an in-home care provider, here are some of the ComForCare/At Your Side advantages: Keep Reading
Hospice Care Is Health Care
When someone mentions the word “hospice,” people often cringe or change the subject, fearing that hospice care somehow means giving up on life. Others view hospice with a lack of respect, as if it isn’t real medical care. I know this firsthand. I used to be employed in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. Keep Reading
Providing Care for Military Caregivers
In the U.S., millions of injured, ill and disabled veterans depend on friends and family for care. In fact, according to the RAND Corporation, there are 5.5 million unpaid military caregivers in the United States. Of that group, nearly 20 percent are caring for someone who served after 9/11. This new era of caregivers is facing unique challenges. Keep Reading
Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?
Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be. However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. Keep Reading
Brain Functions Preserved the Longest With Dementia
People with dementia have many abilities and functions preserved for a long time – even through the end of life. When we take time to understand what people with dementia can still do, we are taking the first steps in creating better days for them. Here are two examples of how focusing on what is still possible can make a difference (all identifying information has been changed for privacy reasons). Keep Reading
Need Help Coordinating Health Care? Turn to a Case Manager
Case managers play a critical role in the health care system, but many do not know they exist. Case managers help individuals and their families understand a person’s illness or injury and then work with them and other health care professionals to develop a treatment plan. Keep Reading

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