on Thursday, 01 February 2018.

Caregiver Resources
Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Resources

Help is Available!

In 2015, the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP conducted surveys and found that approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older within the previous year. These surveys also found that of these caregivers, 82% cared for one other adult, while 15% care for 2 adults, and 3% care for 3 or more adults! In the same year, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 15.7 million adult family caregivers were caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia.

on Monday, 19 February 2018.

Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

The Business of Healthy Bones

When we think of our bones and the skeletal system in general, we think of words like, hard, strong, or solid. While we realize bones can be broken (6.8 million broken bones are reported each year), we often take for granted that bones are a living, growing tissue. All throughout our lives we are losing old bone while new bone continually grows. Children and adolescents form bone at a faster rate than they lose it, but for seniors it’s the reverse, they can lose more bone than they are able to form.

on Monday, 26 February 2018.

Keeping Healthy in Flu Season
Keeping Healthy in Flu Season

Keeping Healthy in Flu Season

Flu and Pneumonia Hazards for the Elderly

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a virus that causes a contagious respiratory illness which attacks the upper and lower respiratory tract.

on Friday, 02 March 2018.

Making Home Care Simple
Making Home Care Simple

Making Home Care Simple

Homecare Discussion from CEO and President Walt Benson

At FootPrints Home Care, we pride ourselves on the ability to take a complex topic like home care and make it simple to understand and because we focus on using home care to add value and provide peace of mind to those we serve, we have become experts in our field. Recently, FootPrints President and CEO, Walt Benson, was invited to speak at the Senior Resource Seminar at Hope Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

on Monday, 22 January 2018.

Boutique Care Services
December Home Care Pulse Results

Boutique Care Services

Partnering with Facilities

As in-home care providers, we bring peace of mind to the families we serve in the comfort of their own homes. What some don’t realize is that we also serve clients in independent living facilities. This program is called our Boutique Care Services plan, also known as our “Rounders” program.

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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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 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, 10 September 2015.

The Benefits of Strength Training
The Benefits of Strength Training

The Benefits of Strength Training


If a miracle treatment claiming to reverse the physical effects of aging were to arise would you pursue it? Most would respond with a resounding “yes”, but they would also assume it to be either highly expensive or farcical. However, a “treatment” does exist that is comparatively inexpensive and has been proven to build strength, lower body fat, reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and depression all the while preventing dangerous falls that can cause serious injury through improved balance and coordination.

It goes by many names but is most commonly referred to as strength training. And of all methods to curb the effects of aging, it should be at the top of the list.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 15 October 2015.

Staying Warm Without Breaking the Bank
Staying Warm Without Breaking the Bank

Staying Warm Without Breaking the Bank


It’s mid-October, and summer memories are fading alongside the leaves. The strength of the New Mexico sun weakens by the evening and sweaters are serving purposes higher than fashion. Winter, and all its joy and sorrow, is coming.

on Thursday, 19 November 2015.

APD on Keeping Your Home Secure
APD on Keeping Your Home Secure

APD on Keeping Your Home Secure

There are no such thing as burglar-proof homes. What there is, however, is using a burglar’s double criteria of speedy entry and not attracting attention—are homes that are too difficult to break in to.

The enemies of the burglar are time and attention. The longer it takes to enter and the more noise he makes increase his chances of being seen and caught. Homes not easily and quickly broken into are most often bypassed for easier targets.

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