We solve one of the most difficult challenges facing families today...caring for loved ones requiring in-home companion care and personal assistance.

Visiting Angels of Pikesville Receives
Best of Home Care® Award
For the sixth consecutive year Visiting Angels of Pikesville has won the prestigious Best of Home Care Award presented by Home Care Pulse.
Awarded to only the top ranking home care providers, based on client and employee satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, Visiting Angels of Pikesville is once again ranked among a select few of the best home care providers int he country. 
Home Care Pulse , a company which measures client and employee satisfaction, created the award to identify those agencies in the private duty home care industry that demonstrated a passion for client and employee satisfaction. Home Care Pulse believes that honoring such companies can both educate and help families to make better care decisions for their aging loved ones.
"Earning this award is in direct association with the effort we place on hiring the best caregivers in our area," said Dave Pyser, Executive Director and Owner of Visiting Angels of Pikesville. "Their terrific level of service and care is felt by our care recipients on a daily basis."
Visiting Angels of Pikesville was designated Best of Home Care in both the "Provider of Choice" and "Employer of Choice" categories as voted by its clients and caregivers, respectively.
The selection process for the "Best of Home Care" includes the evaluation of client and employee satisfaction in areas such as agency training, communication, overall quality of care, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, response to problems and recommendation of services to name a few.
"Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to deliver the best home care possible," says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. "We are happy to recognize Visiting Angels of Pikesville as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients."
To find out more about the "Best of Home Care" award or Home Care Pulse, please visit www.bestofhomecare.com .

How to Prepare a Professional Care Plan for Your Loved One
Whether your loved one is heading home from the hospital or you're considering adding a professional caregiver to your loved one's care team, creating a care plan is an essential first step in senior home care. 

A care plan is a document that lays out a road map for care between medical professionals, professional caregivers, family and loved ones. The document ensures that everyone involved in caring for your loved one understands his or her needs and the best way to meet them.

The process begins with an in-home consultation to assess the senior's needs.

A skilled professional will identify and help clarify those needs -- be it physical, emotional, spiritual or social.

He or she will then draft the plan, ensuring the right services are provided and that it is personalized to your loved one's needs, personality and preferences. Plans should also be flexible and adjusted as needed. 


We've Been Busy in Our Community!

Our Executive Director, Dave Pyser, appeared on WBFF Fox45 to talk about Visiting Angels' "Halloween Greeters." While seniors may love to see children in costumes on Halloween night, the constant door knocking and masked visitors can be intimidating. Visiting Angels "Halloween Greeters" shop for candy, help prepare seniors' homes for a safe Halloween, answer the door, help hand out candy, and provide peace of mind during the flood of front door company.  

Staff from Visiting Angels of Pikesville, along with their family and friends,
participated in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® to honor all of our clients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and those caring for them.  There just aren't enough ways to say THANK YOU to everyone who donated and cheered us on. Your support means the world to us.
Even though the Walk is done, if you didn't make a donation, you can still support the Visiting Angels of Pikesville Team! Here's our link:  

Visiting Angels of Pikesville Executive Director, Dave Pyser (pictured front row, third from left), was installed as Vice President of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's Annual Meeting October 10.   
"Being active in the local business community is one way I can show my appreciation for the support my company has received since 2005," said Dave. "By being in a leadership position in the Chamber, I can contribute to the overall success of the greater business community. Decisions I participate in with local government officials also impacts the residents of northwest Baltimore County. The Pikesville Chamber accomplishes many functions that affect us all."  

Don't Wait for the Holidays: How to be Proactive about Staying on Top of Your Elderly Parent's Care

Today, it's more common than ever for families and friends to live long distances away from each other, including from their aging parents.

Whether the children have relocated for work or the senior has retired to a resort community, in these situations, it may be that you don't get to spend as much time together as you'd like. A visit every few months and a daily phone call can show your loved one that you care , but you may be missing crucial signs that they need more help than you had realized.

A small dent in their car, a refrigerator full of spoiled food or a bruise from a fall they're too proud to admit could all be warning signs of underlying problems that you're not able to see over the phone.

Face-to-face interaction tends to remove the veil masking independence. That's why most professional caregivers are hired at or around the holidays. But in many cases, the problems don't begin during the holidays. That's just when most people finally notice them.

Don't wait until the next family gathering or holiday to know how your aging parent is living each day.

Unfortunately, it is inevitable that a person's fine motor skills will decrease as he or she ages. The changes can happen slowly or rapidly. This could make it hard for a senior to do everyday tasks that he or she has taken for granted, such as preparing food or dealing with fasteners on clothes.

Here are a few other things you can't see over the phone, but all of which could be signs that your loved one needs more care to live safely, comfortably and happily at home: