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 Wins  
Best of Home Care® Award for 7th Consecutive Year  
For the seventh 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 in the 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.

Beat the Chill with Tips from the Arthritis Foundation 

When the temperature drops, wearing the right clothing when you head out into the elements can
ease the ache in your joints. "The best way to beat the chill is by wearing layers," says Heidi V. Freeman, PhD, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.  

Finding Elderly Care That Fits Your Life

When you're looking for elderly care for your mom, dad, or another senior in your life, the lack of flexibility can sometimes be frustrating.
After all, the main goal of elderly care is to make life more livable for seniors and their families. If an agency ends up making life more difficult and more stressful for their clients - all in service of a tighter bottom line - then they're going against the very basis of care.

At Visiting Angels of Pikesville, our focus on flexible, customized, and personally tailored home assistance has been the bedrock of our elderly care services  for more than thirteen years. Over that time, we've found the following four areas are the most important when it comes to flexibility in elderly care. Families that are looking for elderly care should pay careful attention to these factors when hiring an agency and planning care.

Personalized Care Services
No two seniors are exactly alike, and no two seniors share the exact same care needs. Sadly, you wouldn't know it from some of the elderly care programs that are currently available. Some agencies attempt a cookie-cutter approach to care services, treating seniors with broadly similar needs as if they're all the same person.

A personalized approach, on the other hand, means that the agency will build care around the senior's specific care needs. This often means combining different care services to create a one-of-a-kind program for the client. It also means that services can be adjusted to fit the client's personality and preferences, making it easier for the senior to live comfortably on his or her terms.

Customized Care Schedules
Scheduling flexibility can vary widely agency to agency. Most agencies will have at least minor limitations on the length of care visits, the frequency they occur, and how different times of the day affect scheduling. With some agencies, those limitations can be extensive. When this happens, seniors and their families usually end up forcing their life to fit around the care schedule.

Ideally, elderly care should be scheduled the other way around: with care visits scheduled when they're convenient for you and your loved one. The most flexible agencies will offer hourly rates, choice in terms of the length and frequency of visits, and plenty of wiggle room if you're having trouble getting care to fit your schedule.

Flexible Care Costs
Care costs are often tied to scheduling concerns. Agencies that rely on inflexible, pre-set schedules will offer few options that
families can use to manage their care expenses. The catch-22 of this approach is that it sometimes means a lower hourly rate, but families end up paying more than they would with another agency.

The more flexible an agency is willing to be on scheduling, the easier it is to manage costs. Typically, an agency can design a pared down care program that meets your loved one's needs without bursting your budget. Shorter care visits and spacing visits out over the week can be effective ways to keep care within your budget.

Caregiver Compatibility
The relationship between client and caregiver can make all the difference in the quality of elderly care provided. If an agency partners your loved one with a caregiver who's a bad fit, quality of care can be compromised.

Agencies need to take the time during each clients' initial consultation to learn their needs and personality.
When starting care, they must carefully consider which caregiver will be the best fit. And if the fit isn't right, they need to give clients the option of switching to a new caregiver.

Remember: elderly care is meant to make life easier - not harder. If an agency's inflexibility seems like it will cause headaches or difficulties, it's often worth considering other options.

If you're looking for elderly care for a senior in your life, Visiting Angels of Pikesville can provide you with flexibility in all four of the areas listed above.

Podcast Hopes to Help People Living with  
Early-Onset Alzheimer's
More than 200,000 Americans live with early-onset Alzheimer's, with symptoms developing in their 40s and 50s. Younger-onset Alzheimer's can put an unexpected strain on relationships and finances; one couple living with the disease created a podcast to help others cope.
In an interview with Maria Shriver airing on the TODAY Show, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist discussed why he's donating $100 million to research the disease.  

Visiting Angels of Pikesville has started our new year off on the RIGHT FOOT by taking the FIRST STEP and registered our team for the Greater Maryland Walk to End Alzheimer's! Once again this year, our Operations Coordinator, Marcy Silver, will be serving on the 2018 Greater Baltimore Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee and will be our team captain. This year the Walk is on Saturday, October 27 and will again be held at Canton Waterfront Park!

We are so proud to be part of the Alzheimer's Association efforts and hope you will Join Our Team or Make a Donation! Over the next 9 months we will be sharing more information about the Walk and we hope you won't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!


Did you know that February is American Heart Month? The American Heart Association recommends an overall healthy eating pattern that emphasizes fruits and vegetables first.

Why not show your love for yourself and your family this Heart Month by preparing and eating delicious good-for-you foods? Your hearts will love you for it. To help all of us take healthy eating into our own hands, the American Heart Association offers thousands of appetizing recipes in its many cookbooks.