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

Setting Your New Caregiver Up for Success

In any new relationship, there is a bedding-in period. It can be a little awkward while people get used to each other. A relationship between your senior loved one and a new caregiver is no different from any other. It may take some time to develop. But this is an integral part of your loved one's life and hitting the ground running is essential. Follow these tips, and you can set the foundation for a successful and long-lasting relationship.

9 Ways to Reduce Seniors' Discomfort with Personal Care Services

When older adults can no longer dress, groom, or bathe without help, they often turn to personal care services.

In these cases, personal care can be a literal lifesaver. Personal care services prevent seniors from falling into self-neglect. They reduce the chance of life-threatening accidents, such as slips in the bathroom. And perhaps most importantly, they allow seniors to continue living at home, which is linked to improved physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being.

Despite the advantages of personal care, most seniors hesitate to hire these services. Usually, this is due to feelings of discomfort or embarrassment.

This is entirely understandable. After all, most of us would feel the same way about hiring someone to help them dress, bathe, and brush their teeth. But when seniors clearly need personal care, we need to address these concerns to make care services possible.

If you're hiring personal care services for a loved one, here are 9 strategies to reduce feelings of discomfort, anxiety, and embarrassment.

Walk With Us!  

This will be the fourth consecutive year that Visiting Angels of Pikesville will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's and the third consecutive year that our Team Captain, Marcy Silver, is serving on the Walk Committee! Will you join Marcy on Saturday, October 26 and walk beside her? With you on our team, together we can make a real difference in the fight against the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Registration is easy; simply visit Visiting Angels of Pikesville's Walk to End Alzheimer's participant page*and join our team. If you're unable to participate, will you help us reach our fundraising goal of $1,500 by making a donation today? Please visit our fundraising page to make a secure, online donation.

All donations benefit the Alzheimer's Association - and every dollar makes a difference in this fight. Every dollar advances the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association®.

Thank you!

*Visiting Angels of Pikesville's Walk page:  http://act.alz.org/goto/VisitingAngelsPikesville

Marcy's Walk page: http://act.alz.org/goto/Marcy
That's Not Medicare Calling You

It could be a scammer seeking cash or sensitive data
If you get a phone call from someone purporting to be from Medicare, hang up - and report the call.  

That's the advice in a new public-service announcement created by the Federal Trade Commission in collaboration with AARP.
Identity thieves are targeting Medicare recipients to obtain money or their Medicare, personal or banking information, the FTC warns.
Scammers use various ploys to obtain the information, saying in some cases that a new card is being sent out and the call recipients need to provide the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, or they'll be charged a fee.
Sometimes scammers promise free services or equipment, such as a back brace or neck brace, in exchange for Medicare information.
Or to wheedle sensitive data from you, they pretend there are new policies or updates.
Whatever the ruse, don't comply since Medicare does not telephone recipients. Instead, contact the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by calling 800-MEDICARE.