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Kendal at Home Blog

Kendal at Home Caregivers Build Relationships While They Help

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Sally-Catalano-Member.jpgWhen you think of the term “home health aide,” what comes to mind?
If you’re like most people, you likely think of someone who assists with household tasks like cleaning, bathing or running errands.

But Sally Catalano is transforming what it means to be a home health aide.

Sally sees herself more as a friend stopping by for an afternoon chat than someone who is there merely to help with the activities of daily living.

Each day, Sally visits with members of Kendal at Home who have requested her services to sit and talk, help them with errands or activities or simply participate in an activity she knows they enjoy.

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Topics: aging in place

The Surprising Costs of Family Caregiving

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM

money-cost-concept.jpgAs we age, it can be tempting to put off thinking about our future. There is a lot to consider—where you’ll live, who will care for you if you need it, how you’ll spend your free time.

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Topics: aging in place

Meet the Team: New Kendal Corporation CEO Sean Kelly

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 2, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Kendal-CEO-Sean-KellySean Kelly believes in transforming the experience of aging. As the new President-Elect and CEO of Kendal Corporation, Sean recently stopped in Westlake to get to know some of the members of Kendal at Home and hear their thoughts about the program and how he and Kendal can help make aging in place even more enjoyable.

Here is a brief look at some of that question-and-answer session featuring Sean and Kendal at Home Executive Director Lynne Giacobbe.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, aging in place, Sean Kelly

Top 3 Things You Need to Know About Aging in Place

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

aging-in-place.jpgAmerica is aging. In 2000, 35 million Americans were over the age of 65. But by 2030, that number is projected to more than double to 71.5 million. This means that, just 15 years from now, nearly 20 percent of the country’s population will be older adults.

Currently, most people aged 65 and up either live alone or with a spouse, and the vast majority of them want to age in place. But what exactly does that mean—and, even more important, how can you make the strategy work for you?

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Topics: aging in place

Aging in Place: Predictions for the Future

Posted by Kendal at Home on September 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

predictions_for_futureAmericans love making and reading predictions. Each year as Dec. 31 approaches, the Internet and print publications are full of predictions for the next year. The subject of how and where older adults will live in the United States was the focus of a conference organized by the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging in June 2015. This conference was part of the center’s two-year Think Tank series. About 25 physicians, researchers and planning experts helped “develop national recommendations to improve health care, housing, technology and quality of life for the growing number of older adults.” 

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Topics: older adults, aging in place, future of health care

Aging in Place Technologies You Need to Know About

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM

older_adult_technology_independenceTechnology can make life easier and more enjoyable, and new products are regularly being created to help older adults maintain their independence. There are five main types of technology to assist older adults, according to the Center for Technology and Aging’s report, Technologies to Help Older Adults Maintain Independence: Advancing Technology Adoption. They are as follows:

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Topics: older adults, aging in place, technology for older adults

For Older Adults, There’s No Place Like Home

Posted by Kendal at Home on August 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM

older_adult_no_place_like_homeMerrill Lynch recently hired research firm Age Wave to collect information about older Americans and their housing plans, post-retirement. The firm surveyed more than 3,600 people of both genders, with a cross-section of incomes, ages and ethnic groups, and they discovered the following

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Topics: older adults, aging in place

What is Aging in Place and is it Right for You?

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on May 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

aging_in_place_right_for_youIf you’re investigating what lifestyle options exist for older adults — either for yourself, for you and your spouse, or for your parents — you’ll probably keep seeing the phrase “aging in place.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level” — and it’s an increasingly popular choice.

In fact, according to AARP’s 2011 “Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices,” 90 percent of people 65 and up want to remain in their homes. How can you decide if this choice is right for you or for a loved one?

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Topics: aging in place, Avoiding Nursing Homes

What Does the Future Hold for Older Adults? [VIDEO]

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on April 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM

aging_in_place_2020_trendsBelieve it or not, 2020 is only five years away. The start of the next decade will likely bring with it new advances in a number of fields — including senior living. To get an inside look at what trends might be on the horizon for older adults and their families in 2020, Perkins Eastman Ideas Cafe sat down with senior living thought leaders — including Kendal at Home’s Lynne Giacobbe — to discuss. Here’s a look at what they think will make an impact.

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Topics: older adults, aging in place

What Should I Ask if My Parents Are Considering Aging in Place?

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

aging_in_place-1When it’s time for your parents to consider aging in place options, it can feel somewhat scary. You may feel as though nobody understands all of the challenges you’re facing. Perhaps your parents are determined to remain in their home and you are uncertain what that entails. After all, Grandma and Grandpa went to a nursing home.

The reality is that you aren’t alone. In fact, millions of people are probably going through the same general decision-making process you are. According to AARP, 87 percent of people aged 65 and up want to stay in their current home and community; when polling adults aged 50 to 64, 71 percent say they want to age in place. So, it’s clear that literally millions of people wish to remain at home as they age.

So, here are guidelines to assist in that process.

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Topics: aging in place, Avoiding Nursing Homes

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