Author Archives: Amy Torres

What to look for in a Caregiver for your loved one

Do: • observe your parent’s daily activities • know the type of care your parent needs • inquire about the levels of care • find out his or her qualifications • make a connection Don’t: • let your parent feel like a burden • interview the caregiver all by yourself • assume that the caregiverContinue Reading

Stepping inside your loved one’s shoes

First, a brief personal history. I was raised as the youngest of three in a highly competitive household. I didn’t see the value in competing against others. Instead, I worked at bettering my own life and career. Opting to leave home at age 18, I focused on my education. After graduate school, and still inContinue Reading

Why Seniors Resist Home Care

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help. So the social worker canceled an order for home care services. And the patient went backContinue Reading

7 Tips for Avoiding Elderly Heat Stroke & Exhaustion

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. There are several reasons for elderly heat exposure. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able toContinue Reading

Home Care Vs. Nursing Home

If you’re like the majority of seniors, you probably want to live at home for as long as possible. You like your feeling of independence. The thought of paying for an assisted living facility makes your heart flutter. But there are some activities of daily living (ADLs) like dressing, bathing driving or grocery shopping thatContinue Reading

Resident Caregiver vs. Primary Caregiver

I wanted to share a bit about how I thought I knew how to be a caregiver professionally and/or privately. How different they actually turned out to be! I began working as a CNA in a LTCF at the age of 16. I loved every minute of it. It was hard, the daily duties ever-changed,Continue Reading

Taking Away Your Parents’ Car Keys

As a widow in her 70s, my mother terrorized several counties in southern Idaho with her erratic driving. She loved to drive fast, but often forgot about rules and regulations. Once she was speeding on the freeway and a patrol car followed her for 10 miles, lights flashing, before she noticed and pulled over. SheContinue Reading

Caring for Elderly Parents: Real-Life Stories

The chance that your parents will have a long life is greater than ever before: The average American lives to 79—nearly a decade longer than the previous generation. Happily, this means more years of their love and support. But the reality is that you’ll have to address their needs as they grow older. Some 44Continue Reading

In-home care of dementia patients falls mainly on women

As the population ages, a surge in patients with dementia will place an excessive burden on working women. By 2030, it is estimated that 8.4 million Americans will have some form of dementia. Stanford researchers say that currently the responsibility of caring for people with dementia falls largely on female relatives. The responsibility of providingContinue Reading

Way Back Wednesday – Our Story!

By Claudia Caramiello Published Oct 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm (Updated Oct 13, 2015) VERNON — Linda Esposito started From the Heart Elder Care out of love, need, and guilt. Yes guilt. Five years ago, when her own mother passes away, Esposito had a well of guilt in her heart because there were no viableContinue Reading

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