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Older adults and their gift of “People Smarts”

David Hachmeister

by David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans Our culture seems to be evolving toward the worship only of youth and technology. The acquired wisdom through decades of living and learning seems less valued. Because many seniors don’t even know what an app is, they are assumed to know nothing […]

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Elderly veterans and VA benefits

As veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues, including changing health risks and financial challenges. . . .

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As life’s end draws near, focus on the goodness that still exists

David Hachmeister

So much end-of-life care is focused on mortality, illness, emotional family interactions, and sadness. We must be careful not to miss the sweetness and humor that are also present in most end-of-life stories.

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Love — the greatest gift of all

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we can’t help but think of love. Love for your spouse or significant other and love for your children, friends, and extended family are brought to the forefront on this day. Buying gifts, a greeting card, or candy has become the norm in today’s society. But after the day goes away, how do you keep that feeling alive? . . .

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Choosing respite care

Deciding to choose respite care can be a difficult decision for some family caregivers. Common negative emotions include guilt on the part of the caregiver and sometimes anger or sadness on the part of those receiving the care. . . .

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Adding fun to your caregiving activities

A well-rounded caregiver provides a loved one with quality-of-life care along with more routine daily living care. This means incorporating enjoyable, fun activities into all daily living tasks and throughout your contact with your care recipient. . . .

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In-home care services you might not have considered

What can you do for your aging parent or loved one? A nursing home seems drastic and oh-so-final. It’s also expensive — sometimes downright unaffordable. But what other option do you have? . . .

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When to have the conversation about in-home care

It’s not easy to have that dreaded conversation with an aging parent — you know, the one that begins “we have to get you some help.”

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Your gift of time with a senior is priceless

Not every great gift has a price tag. When it comes to gifts you can give seniors this holiday season, there are many no cost or low cost things you can do that will bring the elderly much happiness. Spending quality time with someone you care for is priceless! So here are some “gift of time” ideas that you can extend to older folks for the holidays. . . .

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Talking to a doctor

How well patients and doctors talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Unfortunately, talking to a doctor isn’t always easy. . . .

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