FootPrints Home Care Blog

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:

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.

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