Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 20 February 2015.

Kitchen Safety for Seniors

Kitchen Safety for Seniors


The kitchen can best be understood as the heart of the home. It is oftentimes where memories begin and gatherings are fueled. It is utilized many times daily and fulfills some of our most basic needs. But it also poses many hazards—hazards that increase in prevalence with age. Hot surfaces, sharp knives, boiling water, and items just out of reach are accidents in waiting. And seniors, whether through negligence or inability, have a harder time managing them.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 23 January 2015.

Best of Home Care 2015
Best of Home Care 2015

"Best of Home Care" 2015


FootPrints is happy to announce being awarded "Provider of Choice" by Home Care Pulse. 2015 marks our fourth consecutive year on the "Best of Home Care" list, a compilation of exemplary agencies across the United States and Canada. As one of only three from the State of New Mexico, we are proud that our mission to deliver the highest quality care has been recognized by a third party.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Private Caregivers: Good idea or risk?

Private Caregivers: Good idea or risk?


“Wouldn’t it be less expensive to hire a private caregiver?”

This, a valid question, is one that we are often asked during the initial inquiry phase. Having to pay for the care of a loved one is, at first, a foreign concept and many decision makers unconsciously default to seeking the lowest cost option. But for a service as personal as assisted living, additional factors should be considered.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 06 February 2015.

Long Term Care Insurance for Home Care

Long Term Care Insurance for Home Care


The passage of time is accompanied by many positives: increased knowledge, greater wisdom, and a more complete perspective on life. Unfortunately, it also has its negatives. Of the most prevalent are declining physical abilities that make daily life a more burdensome task. Though not a joyful experience, recognizing the inevitable effects of age can inspire the right preparation—preparation for future needs that may include long term care.

Written by Riley McKee on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

3 Signs of Care Needs for Seniors

3 Indicators of Care Needs for Seniors


In our experience, most families start professional care for an elderly loved one because of an unexpected injury, illness, or medical condition that threates the safety of an independent lifestyle. Yet other factors are frequently overlooked. They are discreet, and often routine for a person of good health. But for seniors they can be an enormous challenge and signal a decline in abilities restricting the quality of their lives.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 20 February 2015.

Alzheimer's and Home Care - A Good Match?

Alzheimer's and Home Care - a good match?


How do you know when it’s time for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s to transition to a long term care solution? Generally, the best indicator is an inability to adequately perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL). ADLs are routine tasks including meal preparation, bathing, taking medications, paying bills, and many others that require daily achievement to maintain a basic quality of life. The regressive nature of Alzheimer’s Disease will ultimately lead to struggles with ADLs for all who experience it.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 05 March 2015.

Healthy Foods for Seniors
Healthy Foods for Seniors

Healthy Foods for Seniors


The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle grows as we age. While younger days are defined by a relative indifference toward matters of health, the accumulation of years requires a more conscious attitude. The body is increasingly susceptible to threat and every health-related decision has wider implications. Of the most important, especially for senior populations, is diet.

Written by Misty Foster on Saturday, 07 March 2015.

The American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb
The American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb

The American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb


Have you ever forgotten to breathe? Two main reasons why people subconsciously hold their breath are stress and fear. Pulmonary specialists believe that our breathing is an indicator for the status of our body, mind, and emotions. But what if you remember to breathe, but simply can’t? For those struggling with lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, and other lung related illnesses, it’s not a matter of being willing but being able.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 12 March 2015.

Fall Prevention for Seniors
Fall Prevention for Seniors

Fall Prevention for Seniors


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year millions of accidental falls occur among adults 65 years of age and older. While many result in only minor discomfort, the others, depending on where they occur can result in serious injury, sometimes even death. These statistics are likely unsurprising: it’s easy to see the link between a weakened physical state common among seniors and an increased fall risk. The challenge lies in determining the steps that need to be taken to ensure your loved one is protected against falls.

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:

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.

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 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 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.

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:

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