FootPrints Home Care Blog

on Thursday, 03 September 2015.

Up, Up, and Away with Palmilla Senior Living
Up, Up, and Away with Palmilla Senior Living

Up, Up, and Away with Palmilla Senior Living


FootPrints Home Care and Palmilla Senior Living are co-hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter. Come join us as we marvel at the spectacle of hot air balloons in action. The Balloon Flight School and New Mexico Balloon Team will be on site with a few of their balloons and are giving attendees the opportunity to get inside the baskets for pictures. Fall favorites breakfast burritos, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be on hand.

The event will be held at the Palmilla Senior Living facility (10301 Golf Course Rd NW, click map to the right for directions) from 7-10am on Saturday, September 19th. All proceeds will benefit The Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter, an organization with a mission “to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”

As FootPrints Home Care and Palmilla Senior Living provide care for many Alzheimer’s patients, the heartbreak this condition causes is very near to our hearts. As a result, we are committed to supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and its efforts to abolish this tragic disease.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices at 505.828.3918. We hope to see you there!

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 27 August 2015.

Fighting Loneliness in Seniors
Fighting Loneliness in Seniors

Fighting Loneliness in Seniors


Of all population demographics, seniors tend to struggle with loneliness the most. The long anticipated “golden years” can prove dimmer than expected as family members move to other states, loved ones pass away, and increasingly limited physical function restricts once active lifestyles. Life becomes marked by enduring changes that frequently result in feelings of loneliness.

It’s no question that life at an advanced age presents many challenges; loneliness may be the chief among them.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 20 August 2015.

Making the Most of Senior Discounts
Making the Most of Senior Discounts

Making the Most of Senior Discounts


The process of aging, though challenging in many ways, does have its benefits. The senior discount is certainly one. Its mention usually brings to mind a lower bill at your favorite restaurant or no longer parting with your life savings when going to the movies. For those living on a fixed income or savings, these minor decreases in cost are invaluable.

Yet other forms of the senior discount are largely unknown, many of which apply to costly but important expenses. It’s these that provide the greatest savings and best opportunities for seniors.

Some commonly unknown yet highly valuable senior discounts include:

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 13 August 2015.

Advance Your Caregiving Career
Advance Your Caregiving Career

Advance Your Caregiving Career


For those looking to put their proclivity for care into action, professional caregiving is a great place to start. It has few prerequisites and relatively little training allowing for work assignments to begin almost immediately. But for those currently in the profession, what is the next step? Caregiving certainly has its limits, and at times does not allow you to perform the range of services needed by the one under your care. Certain tasks require a higher level of training. Fortunately, that training is available for a relatively low investment of time and money.

on Wednesday, 12 August 2015.

Charles Stephen on Saving for Retirement
Charles Stephen on Saving for Retirement

Charles Stephen on Saving for Retirement


Our friends at Charles Stephen have put together an infographic on the importance of saving for retirement and that any excuses for not doing so are often unfounded. Make sure you are taking advantage of every opportunity build your savings--they will be necessary down the road.
Read the infographic here:

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 07 August 2015.

$470 Billion in Unpaid Care
$470 Billion in Unpaid Care

$470 Billion in Unpaid Care


A recent study conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) produced a rather staggering statistic: the economic value of unpaid family caregiving activities in 2013 was an estimated $470 billion. Though undeniably a large figure, The Gazette further clarifies its significance claiming the valuation is “more than the combined sales” in the same year “from the four largest U.S. technology companies—Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Microsoft.” This figure is striking, and points to a number of upcoming issues as a steady stream of baby boomers exit the work force and edge closer to developing physical limitations that require this time consuming care.

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

FootPrints Home Care By the Numbers
FootPrints Home Care: By the Numbers

FootPrints Home Care: By the Numbers


FootPrints Home Care was recently featured in the Albuquerque Journal's Business Outlook section as part of its ongoing "By the Numbers" series. In addition to providing an overview of a company's services, "By the Numbers" highlights "fast facts" about the organization that clue consumers in to its size, scope, and history. Read the full transcript from FootPrints Home Care's "By The Numbers" spread here:

Written by Misty Foster on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

A Park Above
A Park Above

A Park Above


Most of us are not familiar with the term, “medically fragile” which is defined as a “chronic physical condition which results in prolonged dependency on medical care for which daily skilled nursing intervention is medically necessary.” Sounds daunting, but for some families, it’s an everyday way of life.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

Caring for a Person with Dementia
Caring for a Person with Dementia

Caring for a Person with Dementia


On February 22, 2015, Julianne Moore was awarded “Best Actress” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia University diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease in the film Still Alice. Her performance was widely praised, as was the film which highlights the array of challenges associated with this tragic ailment. Pete Travers of Rolling Stone called it "an emotional powerhouse” that “will get to you” while Ty Burr of The Boston Globe says it is filmed “often to the point of tears”. This is partly the result of high quality acting and supreme direction, but perhaps more so due to the personal experience many of us have had with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a condition that affects those who bear it and those in support almost equally.

Written by Riley McKee on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

VA Aid & Attendance - Helping Veterans Pay for Home Care
VA Aid and Attendance - Helping Veterans Pay for Home Care

VA Aid & Attendance - Helping Veterans Pay for Home Care


As we look forward to celebrating our nation’s Independence Day it’s important to honor those who have fought to preserve that independence. Servicemen and women, from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, are vital contributors to our heritage. Without their sacrifice our freedom may never have been won, much less defended. Yet so often they are neglected—-especially in times of relative peace-—and unmet needs build up. This is especially true for aging veterans with no means to pay for long term care services. Fortunately, a benefit is available to them that can help pay for home care and related services.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Hospital Readmissions and Home Care
Hospital Readmissions and Home Care

Hospital Readmissions and Home Care


The prefix “re” often holds a positive connotation. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a mantra that has grown in prominence as we better relate to what we consume. Retirement is a time of life that many of us look forward to. And on a hot New Mexico summer day, nothing can beat the refreshment that comes from a cold glass of lemonade. But other terms preceded by “re” are held in much lower regard. In healthcare, readmission is of the worst.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 18 June 2015.

The Importance of Advanced Directives
The Importance of Advanced Directives

The Importance of Advanced Directives


Just over 10 years ago, a once vibrant young woman who spent the final fifteen years of her life in a persistent vegetative state passed away. Her death and its circumstances rattled many and resulted in a contentious debate over end-of-life medical treatment decisions that continues today. Though her death was heartbreaking, perhaps the biggest tragedy of her story is that her fate was determined by a judge and, amidst the commotion of determining the right course of action, the only opinion that wasn’t heard was hers. Terri Schiavo was unable to communicate her wishes; had an advanced directive been in place, she might still be alive today.

Written by Misty Foster on Monday, 08 June 2015.

To Be a Blessing Benevolence Fund
To Be a Blessing Benevolence Fund

To Be a Blessing Benevolence Fund


FootPrints Home Care is excited to announce the implementation of our Benevolence Fund. If you are familiar with our values, mission, and vision here at FootPrints then you know that one of our corporate values is Servant Heart. Within this value we champion the idea of Ladies and Gentlemen Serving Ladies and Gentlemen and this simply means that we help one another in love.

Written by Misty Foster on Monday, 08 June 2015.

Survey Drawing Winners
Survey Drawing Winners

Survey Drawing Winners


Here at FootPrints we are always on the lookout for great prospects to join our amazing staff and in our search we decide to ask the most obvious source: our amazing employees! We handed out three surveys to the employees in attendance at the Annual Spring AllStaff meeting in hopes to understand where to advertise to boost our growth plans in the coming year.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 04 June 2015.

2015 Spring All Staff Meeting
2015 Spring All Staff Meeting

2015 Spring All Staff Meeting


Our annual “State of the State” all staff meeting was held last weekend at the Courtyard Marriot. Though it occurs in the middle of the calendar year, it functions as a year-end celebration of recent accomplishments as well as a platform to share the exciting future of FootPrints Home Care. The two hour meeting was packed with information; some of the highlights include:

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