Michelle Flynn

Michelle Flynn on the Gift of Service

Through my “Hearts at Work” series, I share the insights of people who inspire me. Today I spoke with Michelle Flynn, LCSW, Director of Case Management at UVa HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. Elizabeth: What do you enjoy about doing case management at a rehabilitation hospital? Michelle: We have the luxury of time with […]

Acts of Kindness - Al Falcone

Acts of Kindness – Al Falcone

I just received the most beautiful gift from Al Falcone! Al was generous enough to share himself with our Aging in Place Business Round Table group by participating in a panel about the power of — and empowerment of — senior citizens. I filmed the session and shared it because I was inspired (and empowered) […]

Lee Croteau, Reverse Mortgage Advisor

Important Improvements to the Reverse Mortgage program

Thanks to Lee Croteau, Reverse Mortgage Advisor for VBS Mortgage, for this describing to us this important update to the reverse mortgage program.  Non-borrowing spouses can now defer the repayment of the loan for as long as they continue to live in the home! Here are the details: A Reverse mortgage is a special loan […]

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Our thanks go out to JABA and the author of this article, Sally Mank, volunteer with JABA’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP). This article was originally published in JABA’s Generation Magazine.  Open enrollment for Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program, starts October 15.  The annual Open Enrollment Period is your once a year […]

Valda Garber-Weider, RN, MS, Certified Dementia Practitioner

How to Deal with Caregiver Stress

I recently had the privilege of hearing a presentation about caregiver stress from Valda Garber-Weider, RN, MS, certified dementia practitioner and director of assisted living for the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC.)  Valda has also been a long time caregiver for her own elderly family members in her own home. Valda reminds us that “studies […]

JABA's Care Transition Coaches Help Independent Seniors Transition Safely from Hospital to Home

JABA’s Care Transition Coaches Help Independent Seniors Transition Safely from Hospital to Home

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management we are excited to see JABA helping senior citizens transition safely and successfully from hospitals and skilled rehabilitation centers back to their  their own homes and independent living communities. Different from other services like home health or physical therapy, the program coaches its participants to manage their medical conditions and […]

Dawn Schultz

A Business Model For Empowering Senior Citizens

“So what do we as Seniors need, to be empowered? First and foremost we don’t want caregivers, we want support staff! We want partnerships with professionals who can see past the wrinkles & gray hair & see the person inside. And what we want & need is to stay connected with the community and engaged in life.” That’s a […]

Airline Travel Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

Airline Travel Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management we often help our clients prepare for airline travel. If your loved one has memory loss,  mobility limitations, hearing loss, visual limitations or other concerns, travel can seem stressful or even out of the question.  But with special attention, your loved one can travel successfully.  Here are some […]

Owners Jim Watkins and Dr. Susan Wiesner-Watkins

Seniors Helping Seniors – A Flexible Transportation Solution

Transportation can be a challenge for seniors citizens who no longer drive.  I know that Seniors Helping Seniors offers flexible transportation options to its clients so I asked Jim Watkins, owner of the Central Virginia location of Seniors Helping Seniors, to describe the transportation services his company offers: “My company, Seniors Helping Seniors, is designed […]

Answer and Forward This Survey to Set Our Goals for an Age-Friendly Charlottesville, VA!

Answer and Forward This Survey to Set Our Goals for an Age-Friendly Charlottesville, VA!

Update of the 2020 Plan: Aging in Community Download the flyer Over ten years have passed since the groundbreaking 2020 Plan: Aging in Community was finalized for Charlottesville Virginia and the surrounding counties. The Livable for a Lifetime (L4L) initiative was a direct result of the 2020 Plan, and the L4L Steering Committee has stepped forward to […]

Janet Lewis, MD

Managing the Aches and Pains of Aging

Join us on March 18 2014 for “Managing the Aches and Pains of Aging”, an informative and important discussion on Arthritis, Geriatric Care Management, Estate Planning and Financial Tools when caring for loved ones or planning for your future. Dr. Janet Lewis, MD, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, UVA School of Medicine, will discuss managing the […]

Dr K of Harvard Medical School recommends using a geriatric care manager

How can a geriatric care manager help me take care of my elderly father?

How can a geriatric care manager help me take care of my elderly father?  Dr. Anthony Komaroff, of Harvard Medical School, answers the question in this article. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Karamoff’s article: Caring for an elderly parent takes a lot of time, energy and patience, and it may also cause financial strain. […]

Mourning the Loss of our Beloved Friend and Colleague Jaclyn Tahboub

Mourning the Loss of our Beloved Friend and Colleague Jaclyn Tahboub

On December 31, 2013 the Charlottesville Virginia senior citizen care community lost a bright light – Jaclyn Tahboub. Jackie passed away soon after giving birth to her second son, 1 lb 15oz Ramzey Shareef Tahboub who is doing well. She also leaves behind a two year old son Laith, and her devoted husband Shareef Tahboub. She […]

Five Things a Geriatric Care Manager Can Do For You

Five Things a Geriatric Care Manager Can Do For You

Many clients are referred to Care is There Geriatric Care Management from elder law attorneys who know and appreciate the services that a geriatric care manager can provide to an elderly person and their loved ones. At this link is an article from elder law attorney Maria Baler in Dedham Massachussets, describing five ways a […]

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

What to Watch for at the Holidays – Signs of Decline in Your Elderly Parents

Many people visit their elderly parents at the holidays and realize things are not going as well as they sounded over the phone. This is the time to involve a professional geriatric care manager in your parents’ care.  At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, our certified professional geriatric care manager will meet with your […]

Moms Meals Logo

Video: Mom’s Meals Delivers Fresh Meals to Your Loved One’s Home

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management we’re always on the lookout for great meal solutions for seniors, so “Mom’s Meals” caught my eye. Mom’s Meals are made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, are delivered directly to your loved one’s home in a refrigerated container, and remain fresh in the refrigerator for 14 – 18 days. The […]

Osher LIfelong Learning Institute from UVa

Osher Lifelong Learning at UVA (OLLI) Names Beth Barber as Executive Director

Beth Barber, long time Program Director for Charlottesville’s Senior Center, Inc. has been named the new Executive Director of Osher Lifelong Learning at UVA (OLLI). Congratulations to both Beth and OLLI! Reader: if you don’t know about OLLI, you’re missing out on a treat! The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia offers educational opportunities […]

New Lifetime Home Survey from BuilderFish

New Lifetime Home Survey from BuilderFish

“Any “house” can be a Lifetime Home—an efficient, universally livable home that adapts to you, your family and visitors throughout the decades. Think high performance and multi-generational, both energy and socially sustainable. ” That’s a quote from the foks at BuilderFish.  They design and build dream homes that support you throughout your lifetime. BuilderFish developed […]

Elder Law Panel

Three Elder Law Attorneys Give Their Top Tips for Planning Your Future

At the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Aging in Place Business Round Table Meeting on May 17, 2013, we heard from an esteemed panel of elder law attorneys who discussed three different aspects of legal planning: Planning for death Planning for incapacity Planning for long term care The attorneys on the panel were as follows (see contact information at […]

Owners Jim Watkins and Dr. Susan Wiesner-Watkins

Video: Peer to Peer Companion Care – Seniors Helping Seniors

We’ve all had that moment – we’re having a perfectly engaging conversation with a junior at the office, or with one of our children, and a memory comes upon us. Naturally, we tell our story… they smile and nod, but we know that they don’t really relate. This is the age gap and sometimes it […]

Video: Bath Safety Devices

Video: Bath Safety Devices

Falls are devastating to the elderly, and many falls happen in the bathroom. (Listen to this quick report on falls in the bathroom from the US Department of Health and Human Services.) Luckily there are many devices you can use to make the bathroom safer: grab bars, shower benches, commode rails, and more.  Thanks to […]

Caregiving at a Cookout: 14 Tips to Ensure a Good Time

Caregiving at a Cookout: 14 Tips to Ensure a Good Time

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, our ultimate goal is to help our clients and their families experience joy in their lives.  We’re always on the lookout for tips about how to involve elderly parents in social activities in ways that work for everyone. Here’s a helpful article from AgingCare.com about including an elderly […]

Dr David Hilfiker, retired physician, writer, Alzheimer's patient

Follow This Doctor’s Experience with His Own Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. David Hilfiker, a  retired physician, sees his own Alzheimer’s disease as an “adventure” which he shares in his blog: “Watching the Lights go Out.”   Dr. Hilifiker says: “This will, I hope, not be a sugarcoating of these next years. I certainly wish I did not have Alzheimer’s and would sacrifice a lot to […]

Active Seniors ID Pack for Android

Sprint Provides Active Senior ID Pack for Android Handsets

Check this out! I haven’t tried it myself but it sounds like a step in the right direction. If you have personal experience with this, let me know! From the Sprint Website as of October 12, 2012: Sprint announced today the Active Senior ID pack, a service designed to help simplify smartphone usage for senior […]

High Tech at Home Webinar

Video: High Tech at Home – Simple Assistive Devices for Successful Aging in Place

Aging in Place effectively is simply a matter of finding convenient, effective solutions to the particular challenges your love one faces every day. This recorded webinar and slide presentation offers many smart ideas and devices for effective independent living.  It is part of the Safe at Home Series produced by the Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related […]

Video: Home Helpers Lend a Helping Hand

Video: Home Helpers Lend a Helping Hand

  Sometimes all you need is a helping hand – whether it’s to ensure your grandmother has taken her pills on time, or getting your elderly father to and from the doctor’s office. That’s where Home Helpers can… well, help. A non-medical and companionship service, Home Helpers serves Central Virginia. The Charlottesville Home Helpers is […]

Video: Braces and Supports Available at Simple Comforts

Video: Braces and Supports Available at Simple Comforts

Carpal tunnel syndrome? Tennis elbow?  Injured knee? Or could you just use some extra support? Simple Comforts in Charlottesville, Virginia has many different braces and supports for both the caregiver and the care receiver. In this video, Tina Ross explains the braces and supports they stock in their store. See more of our videos of […]

Video: Assistive Devices for the Kitchen

Video: Assistive Devices for the Kitchen

For anyone who has lost dexterity in their hands, there are lots of great gadgets to make life easier:  bottle openers, easy-grip utensils,  clothing protectors, and lots more are in this video. Thanks to Tina Ross from Simple Comforts in Charlottesville VA for showing them to us! See more of our videos of supplies for independent […]

Allison Mitchell of Abundance Organizing

Abundance Organizing Creates Order and Hope in Life’s Transitions

Abundance Organizing understands that suffering the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, and that having to manage a loved one’s belongings can trigger memories that add to the pain of loss. The team at Abundance Organizing brings comfort and peace by organizing your loved one’s legacy. They provide a survivor’s checklist, contact agencies […]

Simple Comforts in Charlottesville VA sells home medical equipment and supplies for independent living.

Video: Tour of Simple Comforts, Supplies for Independent Living

Simple Comforts is a retail store in Charlottesville Virginia selling home medical equipment and supplies for independent living. Simple Comforts sells: Canes and crutches Walkers and rollators Transport chairs and wheelchairs Lift chairs Bath safety equipment Magnifiers Cushions Braces Assistive devices for cooking and eating Devices for getting in and out of vehicles Pressure stockings […]

Video: Demo of Walkers, Rollators, Canes, Transport Chairs!

Video: Demo of Walkers, Rollators, Canes, Transport Chairs!

Not sure if you need a walker, rollator, wheelchair, or transport chair?  What’s the proper height for a cane? What’s the proper way to sit on a rollator? Thanks to Tina and Jon Ross at Simple Comforts in Charlottesville, Virginia for giving us a quick demo of mobility devices.  See the video below! See more […]

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia is a local, privately owned company with six clinics serving Virginia. The Hearing Healthcare of Virginia hearing specialists are longtime residents of the areas they serve and are committed to their communities!  I know this personally because of their frequent and enthusiastic participation in Aging in Place Business Round Table in both […]

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die

What a luxury it is to have your affairs in order!  And what a gift to the people you love! This list of 25 Documents You Need Before You Die, prepared by the Wall Street Journal, is a good guide to what documents you should have organized, and why.  You must also be sure your […]

New Resources for You from the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

New Resources for You from the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

I recently returned from the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and I’m chock full of new resources for you! To peek inside what’s front of mind for geriatric care managers like us at Care is There, take a look at the conference brochure. In addition to collaborating with hundreds […]

HomeWork Solutions Handles Payroll Taxes and Background Checks for Your Private Caregivers

HomeWork Solutions Handles Payroll Taxes and Background Checks for Your Private Caregivers

If you employ private caregivers for your loved one, you should know your payroll tax responsibilities.  Don’t want to handle it yourself?  There’s a service for that! HomeWork Solutions’ payroll services allow families to completely outsource the household payroll and tax remittance functions to payroll professionals. Payroll service subscribers offer their staff direct deposit of their payroll, […]

Virginia Pilanz of Dementia Care Specialists

Dementia Care Specialists Offers Training and Resources

The mission of Dementia Care Specialists is to create a dementia-capable society built on the knowledge that persons with dementia can feel joy, fulfillment, and love. They do this by offering a person-centered approach to training and consulting for those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ADRD) and other cognitive challenges. As a result, clients […]

Disposables Delivered Ships High Quality Incontinence Supplies to Your Home

Disposables Delivered Ships High Quality Incontinence Supplies to Your Home

If your loved one doesn’t drive or finds errands exhausting, Disposables Delivered can ship incontinence supplies directly to their home. I met Lucille Levine, RN, BSN – a representative of Disposables Delivered – at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.  I was impressed by the service this company offers.  […]

Marta Keane, CEO of JABA

Marta Keane Named CEO of JABA!

Marta Keane has been named CEO of JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging). Keane, who joined JABA as Chief Operating Officer (COO) this past October, will take over as CEO effective today. “We conducted a nationwide search involving many qualified candidates,” says Dick Gibson, Chair of JABA’s Board of Directors. “The Board was unanimous […]

If You Can Face It, I Can Face It!

If You Can Face It, I Can Face It!

“Are you ready for this?” My client was continuing a game we love to play together: I call to remind her of my appointment to help her with her calendar, the mail, the bills, the taxes, the doctor’s appointments.  She warns me, tongue firmly in cheek, of the chaos that will greet me when I […]

Doris Gelbman Elder Law Attorney

Think You Know What a Power of Attorney is For? Not so Fast – Watch This Video!

Powers of attorney are widely misunderstood, even among professionals in the senior care industry.  Equally misunderstood is how to determine if a person has legal capacity to make their own decisions. For example, did you know that in the State of Virginia: If the person granting the power of attorney (the principal) has mental capacity […]

Charles Hendricks The Gaines Group in Central Virginia

Charles Hendricks of The Gaines Group Designs Homes for Convenient Living at Any Age

There is a beauty that exists in our built environment when a building is balanced, functional, efficient, accessible, healthy, and comfortable. Our homes should allow us to easily accomplish our daily tasks, be comfortable, help us recharge our energy levels, and be able to adapt over time as our needs change. All of these attributes are […]