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Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 29 May 2015.

Long Term Care Insurance: What it is and why it's necessary
Long Term Care Insurance: What it is and why it's necessary

Long Term Care Insurance: What it is and why it's necessary


The need for long term care isn’t a topic many enjoy contemplating. Dealing with any of the challenges that accompany age is an exercise we would rather avoid. But their presence is undeniable. Our bodies, though strong at present, will eventually weaken. For many of us this will result in a need for professional care that carries a cost. Long term care insurance exists to cover this cost and can protect against future needs and the depletion of your savings.

Written by Riley McKee on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.

Top Work Places 2015
Top Work Places 2015

Top Work Places 2015


FootPrints Home Care is proud to announce being included in the Albuquerque Journal’s Top Work Places list for the third straight year. Building the “best place to work” is a vital element of our vision and awards like these verify that we are on course. We would like to extend a special thank you to our employees for their role in creating the best home health agency to work for in the State of New Mexico. Congratulations team!

Written by Kollin Koller on Thursday, 14 May 2015.

Medicare and Medicaid: What's the difference?
Medicare and Medicaid: What's the difference?

Medicare and Medicaid: What's the difference?


Since their creation in the 1960s, Medicare and Medicaid have become household terms. They are frequently referenced on the news, during political debates, and in medical settings across the country as their benefits are accessible to millions. They can also, at times, be quite confusing. The similarity of their names and the underlying service they provide (health insurance) lead many to confuse the two. A more thorough look at how they operate, however, reveals many differences.


Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 07 May 2015.

The Story of Mother's Day
The Story of Mother's Day

The Story of Mother's Day


On a bright Sunday morning in May 1908, Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, was adorned with blooming white carnations. Many were gathered inside donning pressed shirts, polished shoes, and colorful sun dresses. Their demeanor, a mix of cheer and contemplation, reflected the nature of their meeting. They were present to commemorate a woman, but more so to celebrate the ideal she lived to uphold.

Written by Kollin Koller on Friday, 01 May 2015.

4 Options for Life Insurance for Seniors
4 Options for Life Insurance for Seniors

4 Options for Life Insurance for Seniors


As many people are aware, life insurance is harder to get as you age, but it is necessary for you or your loved ones. The average cost of a final expenses is around $7,000 - $10,000, and that’s just the funeral. Leaving that all to your family often leads to heavy debt. With the right life insurance, your loved ones will not even have to worry about final expenses. Luckily for seniors, there are several options for life insurance.

Written by Riley McKee on Wednesday, 22 April 2015.

10 Questions to Ask Home Care Agencies About their Care Providers
10 Questions to Ask Home Care Agencies about their Care Providers

10 Questions to Ask Home Care
Agencies about their Care Providers


Throughout the process of researching home care agencies, you will be met with a lot of information. This can range from marketing “fluff” to technical contract clauses which are easy to overlook for the sake of expedience. But certain categories of information should be given proper attention. The products of home care agencies--care providers—perform a very personal service. Before entrusting one of them with access to your home, it’s good to know where they come from. Ask your home care agency the following 10 questions to gain a better understanding of how they find care providers.

Written by Misty Foster on Tuesday, 14 April 2015.

Kind of Like Family
Kind of Like Family

Kind of Like Family


A story from 2013 is going viral on the internet this week and it hits close to the hearts of FootPrints Home Care and reminds us why we do what we do.

Written by Misty Foster on Thursday, 09 April 2015.

Growth is Our Goal
Growth is our Goal

Growth is Our Goal


Growth is defined as “the process of increasing in physical size” and in many instances it’s a positive thing. We want our kids to grow healthy and strong. If you are a gardener, you want your plants to grow full and tall. At FootPrints Home Care, we want to achieve growth as well and on Friday, March 27th, we held a career fair at POMS and Associates to move towards our goal.

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015.

Senior home improvements on the way?
Senior home improvements on the way?

Senior home improvements on the way?


Albuquerque Business First reports that Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez, former secretaries of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are leading a task force to address housing needs of aging seniors. Their goal is to prevent health issues that arise from improper living arrangements through the installation of grab bars, lower cabinetry, and better wheelchair access. They believe these efforts will reduce falls, the primary source of injury among individuals over the age of 65. They are also assessing transportation, looking for solutions that will grant seniors easier access to their communities.

Read the full article here: Former HUD secretaries want to help more senior citizens live at home

on Monday, 06 April 2015.

Why seniors want to stay in their homes
Why seniors want to stay in their homes

Why seniors want to stay in their homes


A recent USA Today article presents some potentially surprising news: most seniors are not interested in escaping to a warmer or more exotic locale for retirement. Instead, their emotional attachments and knowledge of their surroundings make home the best option. Psychologist Mary Languirand believes retirees want to stay put “because they are most comfortable with what is most familiar.”

Read the full article here: Retirees embrace ways to stay put, age in place

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 02 April 2015.

Spring is here! Unfortuately, so are allergies...
Spring is here! Unfortunately, so are allergies...

Spring is here! Unfortuately, so are allergies...


It’s the best time of year! Spring has arrived. The return of colorful life is always welcome, especially after a long, dark winter. But unfortunately, allergies also want to join in on the fun and in doing so often spoil ours.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 26 March 2015.

Recipes & Cooking Tips for Aging Seniors
Recipes and Cooking Tips for Aging Seniors

Cooking for Seniors


Cooking is one of life’s many joys. The creation of edible art brings about a satisfaction that is difficult describe but noticeably present. And the resulting flavorful consumption nourishes both body and soul. It’s a wonderful activity rich in benefits and, thanks to improved methods, one that does not have to cease should age-related challenges arise. A variety of recipes and cooking utensils tailored to the changing abilities of seniors have been made available in recent years.

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015.

FootPrints Home Care Job Fair
FootPrints Home Care Job Fair

FootPrints Home Care Job Fair


This Friday (March 27th) FootPrints will be hosting its first ever job fair. We have openings for RNs, LPNs, Home Health Aides, and Caregivers and intend to hire quickly to compensate for rapidly expanding need.

Home health care is a very rewarding field that, in addition to pursuing health objectives, fosters deep relationships with patients in a way hospitals and facilities are unable to match.

For more information about career opportunities in home health care, check out our recent blog posts Caregivers: what they are and how to become one and Nurses – home health or hospital? They’ll give you a little background on the positions and whether they might be a good fit for you.

For more information on the job fair, follow this link: FootPrints Job Fair.

We hope to see you there!

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 19 March 2015.

Caregivers: What they are and how to become one
Caregivers: what they are and how to become one

Caregivers: What they are and how to become one


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for Personal Care Aides (their "official" term for caregivers) are projected to grow by 49 percent between 2012 and 2022, significantly outpacing the average for all occupations. These estimates are in anticipation of the impending retirements of 76 million baby boomers who are likely to require professional care in the coming years. It's always a good idea to enter an industry with a bright future, so, what is and how can you become a caregiver?


Written by Riley McKee on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

5 Mind & Body Strengthening Activities for Seniors
5 Mind & Body Strengthening Activities for Seniors

5 Mind & Body Strengthening Activities for Seniors


Seniors are a population with perhaps the highest amount of spare time. But what’s the best way to use it? The answers to this question are infinite, though it’s a good idea to focus on activities that keep the mind and body engaged. Some that achieve this include:

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