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A huge part of our company culture is being out in the community! We love the community that we live, work, and serve in. Some of you may be friends or connections with us on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedInYouTube, and Pinterest pages and see that we are everywhere! Well, we want to be even more places and want more chances to talk to you! So… here it is… a blog! Check here for weekly posts with helpful information, healthcare tips, fun ideas, and much more!

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Skilled Home Medical Care Service You Can Count On

Skilled Home Medical Care is an umbrella term under which a multitude of services are available to patients and their families. Skilled home medical care is most helpful for clients diagnosed or living with an illness, disease or condition that requires caregivers with in-depth medical training and licensing. Skilled home… Read More»

Posted on July 06, 2017

Myth: Home Health Care will Take Away my Independence

By Tina Bell, Home Care Specialist When we are little, independence means to escape the grasp of a parent in a newly developed skill like crawling or walking. When we are teenagers, it is the freedom that comes with driving and being out unsupervised. When we become adults, it is… Read More»

Posted on July 26, 2017

Loads of Opportunities to Care…

By William Mayes, CEO We just need to look, listen and act! Last night I got home and I forgot it was laundry night. So, I gathered up my clothes to place in the washing machine, and the darn thing wouldn’t work. I googled the nearest laundromat and gathered my… Read More»

Posted on July 13, 2017

Loneliness: The Unspoken Medical Condition

The list of physical and mental conditions affecting the senior population appears never ending. However, those who work day-in and day-out as home caregivers and aides know that loneliness is one of the most devastating and unspoken medical conditions suffered by seniors and others who are housebound. Not only is… Read More»

Posted on July 06, 2017

How To Feed Your Mind

By Peter Larsen, Senior Business Improvement Specialist at Cobb Technologies  The work environment can be a real testing ground for our positive thinking… right?  There you are, you arrive at work in the normal way; you watched the morning news and filled your mind with all the troubles and conflicts of… Read More»

Posted on June 28, 2017

The Positive Ways Animals Impact Seniors

There’s nothing like coming home after a long day’s activities to be greeted by the excited wag of your dog’s tail, or the soothing caress of your soft cat’s body as it hops onto your lap in a burst of affection. These happy, unconditionally loving greetings flood the heart and… Read More»

Posted on June 22, 2017

A Day In The Life Of A Personal Home Care Recipient

We post a range of information about home care options, from details regarding companion care versus skilled care options to home care costs and financing options. Informative posts are educational, but they don’t always communicate the real heart of the matter – how home care really changes the day-to-day experience… Read More»

Posted on June 15, 2017

5-Step Guide To Caregiving

Most of the clients who come to Care Advantage are in one of two places: either there’s a sudden need for home health care, as the result of a stroke or the diagnosis of an aggressive illness. Or, in other cases, caregivers realize they are officially overwhelmed after months of… Read More»

Posted on June 08, 2017

The Difference Between RNs, LPNs, CNAs, PCAs And More

The home health care industry is burgeoning with all kinds of health-centered professionals. That includes HHAs, CNAs, LPNs, RNs, NPs, PAs, OTs and so on. It’s a lot to keep track of, especially for those who are just looking into the home health care path for themselves or a loved… Read More»

Posted on June 01, 2017

Lest we Forget – Happy Memorial Day!

By William Mayes, CEO As we enter into the long Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to take a moment to honor and memorialize those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we continue to enjoy today. So many brave service men and women sacrificed their own liberties (life)… Read More»

Posted on May 24, 2017

What Is Elder Care?

The aging process is inevitable, and it involves unavoidable changes. Some of those changes are desirable – the freedom of retirement, more time to spend doing things you enjoy, increased wisdom and a more mature prioritization of what really matters in life. Of course, there’s also the other side of… Read More»

Posted on May 16, 2017

Here We Grow! – Care Advantage Acquires Stay at Home Personal Care

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations We are thrilled to announce our exciting new partnership with Commonwealth Senior Living and welcoming Stay at Home Personal Care into our care giving family. We would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to both the clients and employees of Stay at… Read More»

Posted on May 10, 2017

Happy Nurses Week 2017!

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations Nursing is a work of heart! Let’s celebrate nurses during National Nurses Week! Nurses… the true backbone of the healthcare system; the nurturing, caring souls that are too discreet and modest to sing their own praises. Nurse’s inner souls are quiet… Read More»

Posted on May 05, 2017

10 top Things To Do with an Aging Loved One!

by Debbie Johnston, Founder and Vice Chairwoman of Care Advantage, All About Care, and Nurse Advantage Summer time is upon us!!!!!!!………….. At least it feels like that! We may have a few weeks until summer really hits us but this weather has inspired me to get out of the office… Read More»

Posted on April 25, 2017

How to be Positive Energy in a Challenging Work Environment

By Peter Larsen, Senior Business Improvement Specialist at Cobb Technologies  Have you ever woken up and dreaded going to your work environment because there’s so much negativity there?  Have you ever felt powerless to influence a negative work environment? Have you convinced yourself that it’s just too hard, and best to… Read More»

Posted on April 20, 2017

How Much Does Personal Home Care Cost?

Ensuring that your loved one gets the care they need is the top priority for most spouses or family members. That being said, financial considerations are a close second. Long-term care costs – like personal home care – can get expensive, so it makes financial sense to do your homework… Read More»

Posted on April 13, 2017

We put the CARE in Career!

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations Join the company that has a heart for you! We are so grateful to be rapidly growing here at Care Advantage, All About Care, and Nurse Advantage to be able to take care of even more clients who need the extra… Read More»

Posted on April 07, 2017

The Power of Touch

by Breanoh Lafayette-Brooks, Executive Assistant to the CEO I come from a family of huggers. Even at 38 years old, I still hug and kiss my parents on the cheek every single time I say good-bye to them. It’s my family’s culture. Even after leaving the house, I still carry… Read More»

Posted on March 31, 2017

How to Worry Less

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations “Worrying is like a Rocking Chair… It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere!” I have to remind myself of this quote often… There is no point in worrying! Worrying is like walking around with an umbrella… Read More»

Posted on March 22, 2017

What is Personal Home Care?

Think of all the things you do in a single day – get up and out of bed, prepare meals, run errands, take the dog for a walk, socialize, clean, bathe, dress, exercise, attend religious and social events, clean again, and so on. Now, think about the amount of energy… Read More»

Posted on March 17, 2017

Happy Social Workers Month!!

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations Happy Social Workers Month!! We know you have amazing talent, heart, and Super Powers! You confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, and communities and find solutions with such grace and understanding. In honor of Social Workers Month… Polls… Read More»

Posted on March 08, 2017

SEE why Home Healthcare is Best for your Aging Loved One!

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations Why should you consider home healthcare for your aging loved ones? If you have an aging parent or loved one, you’ve probably spent hours worrying about them! At some point, you’ll be faced with the decision of getting them the care they… Read More»

Posted on March 01, 2017

Caring for the ones who cared for you is a blessing

by Debbie Johnston, Founder and Vice Chairwoman of Care Advantage, All About Care, and Nurse Advantage He isn’t heavy, he’s my Pappy and I have always been a Pappy’s girl. It’s so hard to see my dad’s memory fading. The once strong, quick witted man who adopted me, shielded me,… Read More»

Posted on February 22, 2017

What Is Companion Care?

If you have a family member who is aging in place then you already know that maintaining their independence can be a real challenge. Whether you’re struggling to keep them comfortable or you simply aren’t able to spend as much time with them as you’d like, our companion care is… Read More»

Posted on February 16, 2017

32 New Things to Try this Year!

by Roszonia Datts Mister, CMAA, On Call Staffing Coordinator IT’S A NEW YEAR… TIME TO TRY NEW THINGS I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love to try new things; whether its foods, drinks, new places, or even watching new TV shows! Here are a few new things to try… Read More»

Posted on February 09, 2017

ALS – the not-so-silent trap

By Tina Bell, Home Care Specialist Recently, I was requested to visit a couple in their home to discuss potentially providing services to the wife, who was diagnosed with ALS six years ago. The husband, Mr. F – asked me if I would allow his wife to complete the visit… Read More»

Posted on January 31, 2017

5 tips for helping a loved one through a critical illness

by Debbie Johnston, Founder and Vice Chairwoman of Care Advantage, All About Care, and Nurse Advantage Recently I posted this to my Facebook:  “What’s important? This week I visited one of the strongest women I know, a former employee and friend who is fighting a catastrophic illness and she’s young.… Read More»

Posted on January 25, 2017

7 Natural Ways to rid a Headache

by Hayley Allison, part time at Care Advantage as an Office Assistant and part time at the Government Relations Firm, David Bailey Associates Anyone who’s ever had a pesky headache that just won’t go away knows how debilitating and annoying that can be! If you’re like me and you don’t… Read More»

Posted on January 18, 2017

Unplug for Family Time!

by Breanoh Lafayette-Brooks, Executive Assistant to the CEO, COO, and Vice Chairwoman In today’s fast paced world, it is easy to forget to stop and take time to listen to others! We are all so busy on our phones, tablets and news feeds, we forget that actual conversations should happen… Read More»

Posted on January 11, 2017

2017 Health Recognitions

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations Hello 2017! As we are all planning out our new 2017 calendars and planners, here are some prominent health observances and recognition days you can pencil in: 2017 Health Recognitions by Month  January National Blood Donor Month Cervical Cancer Screening Month… Read More»

Posted on January 06, 2017

Stressed??

by Roszonia Datts Mister, CMAA, On Call Staffing Coordinator Stress can come from not getting the proper rest, family issues, financial burdens, not able to fill your prescriptions, missing a loved one, etc. Did you know that stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action to flee or… Read More»

Posted on December 28, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

by Debbie Johnston, President and Founder of Care Advantage My favorite time of year!!! A time for family, friends, tacky lights and sweaters, sparkling trees, gift giving, Holiday parties and treats, Christmas candles… lots of Christmas candles! — I love the fragrance of Christmas; so fresh and alive! I went to… Read More»

Posted on December 19, 2016

3 healthy smoothie recipes to help you reset!

by Hayley Allison, part time at Care Advantage as an Office Assistant and part time at the Government Relations Firm, David Bailey Associates We’re all guilty of overeating this time of year. All the yummy baked goods, holiday party appetizers and casseroles are hard to pass up. No matter how… Read More»

Posted on December 14, 2016

Financing Care for your Aging Parents

This year, baby boomers are between the ages of 52 and 70. Over the next few decades, the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to climb close to 100 million. This will have seniors comprising nearly 25% of the US population, based on data from the Population… Read More»

Posted on December 09, 2016

Wintry Weather and You… 8 helpful Tips!

by Eddie Pickering, HR Specialist With only a few short weeks until Christmas, everyone is busy with the hustle and busy of holiday preparations… Turkey, caroling, and opening presents under the tree. It’s a very joyous time of the year! As colder weather approaches, children get excited at the thought… Read More»

Posted on December 07, 2016

Why Us? What sets Care Advantage apart?

By Tina Bell, Home Care Specialist I have been thinking about a list of bullet-pointed ways in which we differ to everyone else. Lately, I have come across a few raised eyebrows when I have mentioned something that we do, that our competitors do not. All anyone wants to know… Read More»

Posted on November 30, 2016

Choosing Home Senior Care vs Facility Care

At some point you’ll be faced with deciding where your parent is most safe, comfortable and where they’ll get the best care and attention as they grow older. Perhaps you’ve told your parent you’ll never put them in a home. Maybe you’ve decided that your parent will eventually move in… Read More»

Posted on November 22, 2016

What is Senior Care?

According to the Administration on Aging, about one in seven Americans are age 65 or older. Consequently, we’re seeing senior care services like routine and specialized health care in demand like never before. Senior care consists of everything from assistance with ADLs to physical therapy, post-discharge care, disease, pain and medication… Read More»

Posted on November 15, 2016

Which Home Care Services are Best for My Parents?

Although aging in place is one of the most discussed topics when it comes to senior living, it can also be a challenge to convince parents to take the next step. Whether you struggle with understanding what exactly your parents need, how to convince them what’s best, or where to… Read More»

Posted on November 09, 2016

What is the Bridge to Home Program?

As if being in the hospital isn’t difficult enough, what might be more challenging is the transition coming home from the hospital. If your parent is hospitalized for a scheduled procedure, or as a result of an emergency, their return home will undoubtedly require help and support.  Research studies on… Read More»

Posted on November 02, 2016

How Does Physical Therapy Help

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant October is Physical Therapy Month! We use this month as time to thank all of the amazing physical therapist at All About Care for their continued dedication to our patients! Make sure to recognize the physical therapist in your life! In honor of… Read More»

Posted on October 26, 2016

Helping Kids in Foster Care Without Being a Foster Parent

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Our adoption and foster care nonprofit Connecting Hearts works to address the foster care and adoption needs in Virginia. Although every child in foster care needs a loving and caring foster parent to provide a stable environment while they are away from home,… Read More»

Posted on October 19, 2016

Happy Case Management Week

by Debbie Johnston, President and Founder of Care Advantage Happy Case Management Week!! Whether you are a Case Manager or in another field that advocates for patients, this week is just for you! Case Management Week is our opportunity to recognize the dedication, compassion, and patient-care outcomes achieved by Case Managers. At Care… Read More»

Posted on October 10, 2016

25 Small Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant In the haste and bustle of everyday life, we can forget to take time to take care of ourselves. We run around concentrated on what needs to be done, but not how we are feeling. Before long, we become tired, overworked, and disgruntled.… Read More»

Posted on October 05, 2016

5 Autumn Allergy Facts

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant With the changing colors of the trees and cooler weather, fall can also mean the start of some pesky allergies. Spring isn’t the only season that can cause itchy noses and watery eyes. Allergy sufferers can feel the same symptoms, but they are just reacting… Read More»

Posted on September 28, 2016

Finding Your Flock

By Debbie Johnston, President and Founder of Care Advantage & Virginia’s Adoption Champion This weekend I had the fabulous opportunity to host a pre-premiere of Warner Bros.’s Storks along with the help of my non-profit Connecting Hearts and our partner Adoption-Share. The animated movie shares a message of the importance… Read More»

Posted on September 21, 2016

Staying Positive While Aging

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant September is all about school starting, the summer heat finally breaking, and the beginning of fall. Did you know that it’s also Healthy Aging Month? We use this time to remind ourselves to be proactive when it comes to health and to see the… Read More»

Posted on September 15, 2016

Awesome Groundbreaking Healthcare Technologies

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Healthcare continues to evolve each year and with that comes amazing new technologies. Each day scientists are discovering new and innovative ways to treat patients, prevent diseases, and in general make people’s lives easier. Some of the advancements that have been announced in… Read More»

Posted on September 13, 2016

8 Ways Pets Keep You Healthy

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Those of us who own pets know the joy they can bring to our lives. We love being greeted at the door after a long day of work with a wagging tail or happy meow. We soak it in when our furry friend shows us… Read More»

Posted on September 08, 2016

10 Kitchen Safety Tips

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant I recently heard stories of a stove-top fire getting out of hand as well as an attempt at making guacamole turning into a painful cut and several stitches. This made me think the time might be right for a kitchen safety blog post! Kitchen mishaps are all… Read More»

Posted on September 06, 2016

Do’s and Don’ts of Hospital Etiquette

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant When friends or loved ones end up in the hospital, it is often hard to know what to do. When others go through difficult times, we always want to support them, but we also want to do it in a way that will be… Read More»

Posted on September 01, 2016

End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant The end of summer continues to draw ever nearer. While we still have some great weather left, this is the perfect time for some car maintenance. Make sure your car is ready to go for the fall and winter months ahead. You’ll be glad… Read More»

Posted on August 30, 2016

9 Simple Ways Caregivers Can Take a Break

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Caregiving is a very draining and difficult thing to do. Being responsible for the health of someone you love can be extremely stressful. You want to do everything you can so that they feel the best that they can. Sometimes the need we… Read More»

Posted on August 25, 2016

8 Things to Do Before Summer is Over

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Summer is the one season that never seems to last long enough! Can you believe that August is almost coming to a close? This summer seems to have passed so quickly. Although, I’m not going to miss the humidity we experience here in Virginia,… Read More»

Posted on August 23, 2016

Senior Health & Advance Care Planning

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Few people plan ahead for senior care or in-home assistance until they need it. This isn’t surprising considering as we age it’s difficult to predict our needs. In fact, over 80% of adults age 45-54 say they haven’t thought about advanced planning because… Read More»

Posted on August 18, 2016

My Mesothelioma Caregiving Odyssey – So far…

By Cameron Von St. James, Husband to 10 year mesothelioma survivor, Heather My life as a caregiver began November 21, 2005. That was the day my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer with a grim prognosis, caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Just three months prior, my wife… Read More»

Posted on August 16, 2016

A Stroll with Henry & PJ

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  As a member of Care Advantage’s communications and creative team, I often serve as the company photographer at events and within the office. I recently had the opportunity to visit a few of our clients in their homes to capture the special relationship… Read More»

Posted on August 11, 2016

Value of Personal Care Services: Home Assistance

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  Oftentimes, a choice between moving into a long-term care facility and remaining at home is a big decision that involves not only the senior, but their loved ones as well. Staying at home might be the best choice, especially if only general assistance… Read More»

Posted on August 09, 2016

An Afternoon with Betty & Hiroko

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  As a member of Care Advantage’s communications and creative team, I often serve as the company photographer at events and within the office. I recently had the opportunity to visit a few of our clients in their homes to capture the special relationship… Read More»

Posted on August 04, 2016

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and brittle due to low bone mass and loss of bone tissue. As the disease progresses bones are easily susceptible to fractures.  This is especially common in the hip and wrist… Read More»

Posted on August 02, 2016

The Day I Met Robin & Elsie

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant As a member of Care Advantage’s communications and creative team, I often serve as the company photographer at events and within the office. I recently had the opportunity to visit a few of our clients in their homes to capture the special relationship… Read More»

Posted on July 28, 2016

Speech Therapy at Home

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Speech therapy is type of treatment for patients that are dealing with a variety of diseases and debilitating conditions. Speech disorders, language disorders and medical conditions all create speaking difficulties. Speech therapy also includes the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders, like dysphagia.… Read More»

Posted on July 26, 2016

Helping Promote Independence and Safety in Your Parents’ Home

As your parents age, it’s natural to want to help them stay at home, living independently and safely.  It’s both rewarding and gratifying to know your parents are comfortably aging in place.  However, watching them happily live out their golden years means far more than keeping them in their home.… Read More»

Posted on August 06, 2016

Helping Your Parents Prepare for an Emergency Situation

Whether you’re faced with a natural disaster or serious medical emergency, it’s always important to be prepared.  Understand that emergency preparedness isn’t necessarily about having step-by-step instructions on what to do in case of an emergency (although a detailed plan certainly doesn’t hurt!)—it’s about knowing how to assess the situation… Read More»

Posted on July 28, 2016

8 Tips for when your Aging Loved One Resists Care

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations One of the toughest challenges you may face is when your aging parents or loved one is resistant to care. I’ve seen it myself! My grandfather lives alone with his closest family member an hour away. He is still fairly independent… Read More»

Posted on July 22, 2016

From Richmond to Richmond: My Secret Millionaire Journey

By Debbie Johnston, RN, President & Founder About 5 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a struggling city on the opposite side of the country. I left my comfortable home in Richmond, Virginia for the unfamiliar west coast city of Richmond, California. I made the trip in order… Read More»

Posted on July 20, 2016

Home Safety Tips for Seniors

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Over 75% of seniors prefer to age in place. Who wouldn’t want to stay in the comfort of their own home? It’s where your memories live! For many, cost is a huge factor in making this decision. Believe it or not, the annual… Read More»

Posted on July 14, 2016

Do You Need a Personal Health Coach?

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Personal health coaching is similar to personal fitness training, but instead of a physical fitness background, a personal health coach holds a specialized health and wellness certification. They work directly with individuals to support and motivate them to develop healthier lifestyles. Working towards… Read More»

Posted on July 12, 2016

3 Ways the Moonshot Initiative Will Change Cancer

By Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center Cancer. A 5 letter word that is expected to take the lives of almost 600,000 people, this year alone. It affects not only those 600,000 lives, but the lives of loved ones, family members, friends, and colleagues. It affects those survivors who have fought, and continue… Read More»

Posted on July 07, 2016

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The Sibling’s Guide To Family Care for Elderly Parents

Family members often don’t think about who steps in to help with taking care of mom and dad when they can no longer do it themselves.  When faced with the decision, would you know who becomes caregiver to your elderly parents and what role each sibling will play? Unless you’ve… Read More»

Posted on July 05, 2016

8 Fun Things To Do in Fredericksburg

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant We recently opened our 14th office location in Fredericksburg, VA! We are very excited to become part of the Fredericksburg community! This new office will expand our compassionate personal care, companionship, and skilled nursing services to homes in Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George… Read More»

Posted on July 05, 2016

6 Fun Options to Celebrate the Fourth!

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant It’s time to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave! This 4th of July Weekend, show your American pride while having a great time! Here are 6 fun ways to celebrate Independence Day this year! 1. Host a Cook Out:… Read More»

Posted on June 30, 2016

Our Clients Say it Best

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Care Advantage, Nurse Advantage, and All About Care are proud of the services we offer! We love our jobs and are so grateful for the chance to help our patients and communities. We do not take our jobs lightly and understand the impact… Read More»

Posted on June 28, 2016

How To Help Mom and Dad Live On Their Own

How To Help Mom and Dad Live On Their Own

It’s a shared goal among the elderly: Maintain independence and live at home through their golden years.  Although it may seem a simple wish, and one that as their children, you want to help them achieve, but it can be more difficult than you’d ever expect.  There are variables to… Read More»

Posted on June 27, 2016

Transfers & Bed Mobility Training

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Dealing with mobility issues is difficult. It is frustrating for the person dealing with limited mobility or who is bedridden. It can also be stressful for caregivers or family members. Some of the common concerns are preventing injury and keeping the patient comfortable. Many… Read More»

Posted on June 23, 2016

Bowel and Bladder Training

Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Aging comes with difficulties. One of the difficulties that people sometimes suffer from is incontinence, or involuntarily going to the bathroom. It is more common than you would think, but we’re here to help! Incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging, but the incidence of… Read More»

Posted on June 21, 2016

10 Life Lessons We’ve Learned from Debbie Johnston

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Our President & Founder Debbie Johnston built Care Advantage, Nurse Advantage & All About Care from the ground up. Her journey started when she was adopted as a child and then lead to her becoming a registered nurse and then leading the home healthcare… Read More»

Posted on June 16, 2016

What You Need to Know About Mesothelioma

By Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center When you hear that word mesothelioma, what do you first think? There’s a good chance your mind flashes to the commercials you have heard or seen on TV, but this cancer is a lot more than that. Mesothelioma is a rare, but preventable disease that… Read More»

Posted on June 14, 2016

The Value of Personal Care Services: Home Safety

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant There are many, many benefits to getting personal care in the comfort of your own home! Just one of them is Home Safety!  For seniors, a safe and comfortable living environment is an essential component to living a healthy, quality life. A senior’s home serves… Read More»

Posted on June 09, 2016

6 Simple Ways to Stay Energized

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant I think we can all agree that energy is something we could do with a lot more of! Especially towards the end of the workweek, I’d love to have a little extra moxie to help me stay productive and meet my potential. I look… Read More»

Posted on June 07, 2016

Six Reasons to Choose Home Healthcare for Aging Parents

Five Reasons to Choose Home Healthcare for Aging Parents

Why should you consider home healthcare for your aging loved ones? If you have an aging parent, chances are you’ve spent sleepless nights worrying about them, unsure what the future brings.  At some point, you’ll be faced with the overwhelming choice of getting them the elder care they need.  With many… Read More»

Posted on June 07, 2016

Joint Rehab Therapy

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Pain or weakness in the joints is a common problem for many Americans. It may be a result of a recent injury, surgery, or a medical condition like arthritis. Whatever the case, joint rehab therapy can be used to help patients strengthen their… Read More»

Posted on June 02, 2016

Care for Those with Alzheimer’s

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant We take pride at Care Advantage in being able to provide the best care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a difficult and scary condition for families to handle. We ensure patients are safe, happy, and healthy in the comfort of their own home while giving… Read More»

Posted on May 31, 2016

5 Sun Safety Tips for Summer

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Soaking up some rays in the warm sun is always an enjoyable activity, but we should remember to stay safe! Along with all of the fun, sun can also bring some dangers. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as… Read More»

Posted on May 26, 2016

9 Ways to Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant This year’s National Senior Health & Fitness Day takes place tomorrow, May 25th, 2016! This day is meant to help seniors understand the importance of exercise and nutrition for ongoing health and illness prevention. A healthy diet can boost energy and immunity. We… Read More»

Posted on May 24, 2016

The Cost of Caring for Aging Parents - 6 Financial Tips

The Cost of Caring for Aging Parents – 6 Financial Tips

According to the MetLife study Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers, the number of people taking care of an aging parent has soared in the past decade—nearly 10 million people over the age of 50 currently care for an aging parent. Caregiving for aging parents is a labor of love.  While… Read More»

Posted on May 24, 2016

Home Health Aides Promote Independence

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant As seniors age, they sometimes lose their ability to maintain many of the daily tasks that are critical to their overall well-being. This causes family members to be concerned about their loved one’s safety and to contemplate whether it is safe for them… Read More»

Posted on May 20, 2016

Post-Stroke Rehab

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant May is National Stroke Awareness Month. If you or a loved one have had a stroke, you know how scary and difficult it can be. We are here to help! We want to share with you what can be done after a stroke… Read More»

Posted on May 18, 2016

How to Know When Mom & Dad Need Help

How to Know When Mom or Dad Needs Help

Many of us don’t think to plan exactly what we’ll do when mom and dad need help.  For years they’ve been self sufficient, put together and happy, living independently and safely at home, but this can change quickly.  Physical and mental health decline is usually unexpected, and as we all… Read More»

Posted on May 11, 2016

How to Manage High Blood Pressure

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very common health condition. With one of every three American adults having high blood pressure, you probably know more than a few people who suffer from it. It’s important for us to understand how high blood pressure affects our bodies and… Read More»

Posted on May 12, 2016

10 Facts for Foster Care Month

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant May serves as National Foster Care Awareness Month. Our President and Founder Debbie Johnston also serves as Virginia’s Adoption Champion. She founded our nonprofit Connecting Hearts in order to help children in Virginia’s foster care system find permanency, whether it be through reunification, adoption,… Read More»

Posted on May 10, 2016

10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Happy, Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s deserve so much recognition for everything they give us – love, guidance, nurturing, care, opportunity. No amount of words can be said to capture the gratitude that we feel towards our mothers. On Mother’s Day, we can write loving… Read More»

Posted on May 05, 2016

Happy Week of the Nurse!

by Debbie Johnston, RN, President & Founder My journey to where I am now started when my Pappy recommended that I become a nurse. He figured that nurses would always be needed and that I would always have work. Boy, was he right! As long as there are people around, they… Read More»

Posted on May 03, 2016

No Cost Adoptions from Foster Care

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant One of the most frequent misconceptions about adoptions from foster care is the cost. From working closely with our adoption nonprofit Connecting Hearts on awareness efforts, I have run into this issue countless times. When our news network partners either include information about waiting… Read More»

Posted on April 28, 2016

Pin It… And Live It!

by Ellen Garrett, Home Care Specialist in Roanoke Albert Einstein once said, “The sign of true intelligence is not in knowledge but in imagination.” I believe this to be very true.  Imagination for me defines the true essence of my soul, and what motivates me to rise every day with… Read More»

Posted on April 26, 2016

Occupational Therapy Month

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant April serves as Occupational Therapy Month. We take time to celebrate the occupational therapists who help patients return to normal and independent lives after experiencing serious or debilitating injuries. Our All About Care team of medical professionals includes experienced occupational therapists. We are so… Read More»

Posted on April 21, 2016

5 Tips To Plan Your Summer Escape

by Breanoh Lafayette-Brooks, Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO It’s Spring! I don’t know about you, but that means it’s time to start planning summer vacation! Here are 5 tips to help you plan your summer escapes! Be Smart When Booking Flights: When booking  flights, some airlines do not… Read More»

Posted on April 19, 2016

Prevent Child Abuse with Strong Communities

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This cause is close to our hearts at Care Advantage because of the work our nonprofit Connecting Hearts does with children in foster care. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own for reasons… Read More»

Posted on April 14, 2016

Pros of Medical Alert Systems

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant The safety of an aging loved one living alone can be very worrisome for family members. Even with home care, times during the day when they are alone can cause some unease. That’s why medical alert systems can be so great in giving you… Read More»

Posted on April 12, 2016

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant April 7th is celebrated by the World Health Organization as World Health Day. This year, the theme is “Beat Diabetes”. The day is focusing on diabetes awareness, advocacy, and prevention measures because instances of diabetes are rapidly increasing across the world. At this… Read More»

Posted on April 07, 2016

9 Great Ways to Volunteer

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Volunteering has so many benefits. Not for just for the community and those you help, but for you as well. You form stronger bonds with your community. It gives you the opportunity to get out and stay active. Volunteering can also give you… Read More»

Posted on April 05, 2016

7 Health Apps to Keep You on Track

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communicatons Assistant Almost everyone has a smartphone these days. They can be mighty useful when it comes to not only communicating, but finding out need-to-know information; like how to get to a restaurant, or what the weather will be like tomorrow, or the movie times… Read More»

Posted on March 31, 2016

Spring Cleaning Checklist

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant The sun is out shining. The temperatures are up. The trees are starting to turn green again and the flowers are blooming. Yep, it’s spring. And time for a little spring cleaning! Open your windows and let some fresh air stream in (unless… Read More»

Posted on March 29, 2016

7 Easter Celebrations Around the World

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Easter is a holiday that is celebrated all around the world. What you might not know is how that holiday is celebrated! You’d be surprised at the variety of unique traditions that have sprung up across the globe! I’m going to share with you 7 of these… Read More»

Posted on March 24, 2016

How to Live Comfortably with Elderly Family Members Multigenerational Households

How to Live Comfortably with Elderly Family Members in a Multigenerational Household

Multi-generational households are homes with members spanning three or more generations.   This scenario is becoming common for a number of reasons, including the rising price of real estate, childcare costs and financial issues.  According to Pew Research, 54 million Americans live in multigenerational households. What drives this trend more than… Read More»

Posted on March 23, 2016

Connecting Hearts: Why We Do What We Do

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Children enter foster care through no fault of their own for reasons of neglect, abuse, or other forms of endangerment. Most children stay in the system for long periods of time. If returning home is no longer considered an option, they then become… Read More»

Posted on March 22, 2016

6 Tips to Keep in Touch

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant I don’t know about you, but I’m a busy, busy bee! It seems like everyone has a million and one things happening all the time. This can make it a bit difficult to keep in touch with the people we love the most!… Read More»

Posted on March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Top O’ The Mornin’ to Ya! It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Time to get on your green getup and head to the pub for a beer! It’s such a fun day, but have you ever wondered why? Why do we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland and what… Read More»

Posted on March 15, 2016

3 Major Tips to Get Through Pollen Season

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Yesterday, I woke up with a running nose and pressure in my head. I also couldn’t stop sneezing. Must be that season again. Pollen season. I have lived in Virginia since I was 12 years old (I am currently 24) and I have… Read More»

Posted on March 10, 2016

10 Quotes from Empowering Women

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant March is National Women’s History Month! It is important to celebrate the enormous strides women have made to gain equality in America. We also must look toward the challenges that still lie ahead. The powerful women who came before us inspire us to… Read More»

Posted on March 08, 2016

Happy National Nutrition Month!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant In March we celebrate National Nutrition Month! It’s a great time to reflect on our nutrition choices and decide if we have any room for improvement. In all honesty, most of us probably do! Living hectic lifestyles can make convenient options like frozen… Read More»

Posted on March 03, 2016

Caregiver Survival Kit

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Whether looking after an aging parent or caring for an ill or disabled loved one, caregivers have a tough job. They bravely take on the important work of ensuring another’s well-being. It is necessary work, but being a caregiver can be overwhelming and exhausting. However… Read More»

Posted on March 01, 2016

Senior Safety - Helping Seniors Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

Senior Safety – Helping Seniors Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

Maintaining freedom, independence and quality of life can present a variety of challenges for seniors. This is only natural because as we age, it becomes more difficult to take on activities and chores that at one point gave us no trouble at all.  For those in assisted living facilities or… Read More»

Posted on February 26, 2016

7 Ideas to Beat the February Blues!

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant February is notorious for being a boring or even depressing month. It’s that dreary month before the joyful springtime when winter starts getting a little tiresome. The skies are dull and the trees are bare. Right about now, winter seems to be dragging on. Everyone… Read More»

Posted on February 25, 2016

Brighter Birthdays for Youth in Foster Care

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Care Advantage and our adoption non-profit Connecting Hearts believe that every child in Virginia deserves an amazing birthday! Unfortunately, many children in foster care are unable to celebrate in a truly special way. Through our awareness efforts in the media and working with Virginia’s waiting… Read More»

Posted on February 23, 2016

Eunice’s Circle of Friends

By Debbie Johnston, RN, President & Founder Dealing with the death of a loved one is a very difficult and never-ending process. My heavenly mother Eunice left this world in December of 2006 and my whole family was heartbroken. This wonderful woman who spent her whole life raising her kids and giving… Read More»

Posted on February 18, 2016

9 Easy Ways to Stay Active

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Exercising is one of the healthiest things you can do! Staying active has great physical health benefits like increasing strength and preventing or delaying disease. It also has mental and emotional health advantages like managing stress and improving mood. Being active has long term affects… Read More»

Posted on February 16, 2016

Journaling for Your Health

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Have you written anything lately? Do you keep a journal, or a diary, or simply write down your thoughts? It might benefit your body and mind to start! It is believed that journaling can have a positive impact on not only your emotional and mental… Read More»

Posted on February 09, 2016

Tips & Tricks for the Winter Months

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant We’ve got a way to go before spring and the cold is hitting us again here in Virginia. We are counting down the days, but we’ve got you covered until then. Here are some clever “life hacks” to get you through the rest of… Read More»

Posted on February 11, 2016

Why I Love My Job

By Debbie Johnston, RN, President & Founder Leading a large home healthcare company can be challenging and daunting at times, but always oh-so rewarding! My career has offered me the opportunity to do some amazing things and I am so grateful! Growing my company has been a wild ride, but I… Read More»

Posted on February 04, 2016

The Things We Do

by Dr. Ryan Mauzy, Vice President of Operations, All About Care January 22, 2016 was the beginning of “Superstorm” Jonas in Richmond, VA.  My job was to make sure all of our 400 patients were safe and home with the proper care needed.  Then I need to make sure all… Read More»

Posted on January 29, 2016

Senior Heart Health - February is American Heart Month

Senior Heart Health – February is American Heart Month

February 5, 2016 is National Wear Red Day in Recognition of American Heart Month Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, is responsible for nearly one in four deaths, and represents the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  During the… Read More»

Posted on February 02, 2016

Senior Memory Loss Support Activities

Senior Memory Loss – Fun Activities that Strengthen Memory

Poor memory is a common complaint among older adults.  Whether it’s failing to remember the ending of a book you just finished, or blanking on a familiar street name in your neighborhood, forgetfulness can be very frustrating.  Luckily most of the time these scenarios aren’t cause for concern.  Age-related memory… Read More»

Posted on January 28, 2016

Fire Safety for the Winter Months

by Haley Wright, Colonial Heights Office Assistant December may have felt like spring, but the temperatures are finally dropping and cold air is moving in, making us break out the heavy blankets and turn up the heat in our homes. Before you light up the fireplace or turn on the space… Read More»

Posted on January 26, 2016

2nd Annual Connecting Hearts Golf Tournament

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Our adoption charity Connecting Hearts is hosting a golf tournament to benefit adoption and foster care efforts in Virginia!! Our tournament was such a success last year that we just couldn’t wait to do it again! Our Second Annual Connecting Hearts Golf Tournament will… Read More»

Posted on January 21, 2016

Caregiver Fatigue & How Home Healthcare Can Help

by Haley Wright, Colonial Heights Office Assistant After working in home healthcare for three years, there is something I’ve learned – something I have been taught by the people who call with questions about services: There is never a good time to talk about home healthcare. We are a last resort,… Read More»

Posted on January 19, 2016

Caring Seniors Needed!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Care Advantage is looking for caring and compassionate seniors to fill companion positions!! Are you retired and miss interacting with your community? Care Advantage has the solution – Just imagine helping your peers and building relationships within the community! As a companion carer, you have… Read More»

Posted on January 14, 2016

The Power of Donating Blood

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant People across the country donate blood every day, but more is always needed. Having blood readily available at a hospital can mean life or death for many people! One blood donation has the power to support up to three patient’s lives. In the… Read More»

Posted on January 12, 2016

Winter Safety for Your Furry Friend

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant We’ve given you tips on how to stay healthy and safe during the winter months in our previous blog, but what about your favorite furry friend? The cold can be an obstacle for them as well! Here’s a few tips to keep your fur-ball safe, healthy, and by your side through… Read More»

Posted on January 07, 2016

Make Time for You

by Haley Wright, Colonial Heights Office Assistant The world we live in is fast-paced, even more so during the holiday season. Back-to-back celebrations starting with Thanksgiving and ending with New Years may leave you overwhelmed. You may have a full house with kids out of school and family visiting, or possibly… Read More»

Posted on January 05, 2016

New Year's Resolutions for Seniors

New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Many of us look at the New Year as an opportunity for a fresh start. From health and wellness goals to promises of greater productivity, people set goals of all types for the New Year. At the start of the year, intentions are good and motivation is high, but oftentimes… Read More»

Posted on December 30, 2015

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Living with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a general term for the sudden and gradual decline of the auditory system. While there are many causes for hearing loss, most people consider it a part of the aging process. And they’re mostly right! Research indicates that 1 in 3 seniors between the ages of 65… Read More»

Posted on December 28, 2015

Happy Holidays & Thank You!

By Debbie Johnston, RN, President & Founder Dear Clients and Friends, During the holidays, we enjoy spreading love, cheer, and joy all around. It’s the best time of year to show gratitude for the amazing accomplishments of the the past year and to look forward with excitement to what lies ahead!… Read More»

Posted on December 22, 2015

Avoid Catching a Cold!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant ‘Tis the season… for the common cold! Unfortunately, there is no cure for the many varieties of the rhinovirus. The many variations of the virus is why we continue to catch colds year after year. It is estimated that American adults catch 3… Read More»

Posted on December 17, 2015

The Spirit of Giving

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant This season is all about spreading warmth and showing love and appreciation towards those around us. In short, it’s about giving! Giving – whether it be in the form of donations or your time – allows you to make a positive impact on the… Read More»

Posted on December 15, 2015

Check on Loved Ones this Holiday Season

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Are you going home for the holidays? It might be a great opportunity to check on your parents or other aging loved ones. Ask yourself, “Are my parents still okay to live on their own?” The Holidays are a good time to personally… Read More»

Posted on December 10, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Sometimes shopping for your holiday gifts can be a little overwhelming! You want to make sure to choose something your friends and family will really like, but you want to avoid running all around town to do it. Decide on the perfect gift before hitting… Read More»

Posted on December 08, 2015

Cold Weather Safety!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant The weather has started to change. It’s time to begin donning our hats, scarves, and gloves. Hot cups of coffee and warm coats are a blessing in the mornings. This only means one thing for Virginians… Snowy days are right around the corner! As… Read More»

Posted on December 03, 2015

Join Our Team!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant We are so grateful at Care Advantage to be able to help so many people across Virginia!! Our awesome field staff makes it all possible!! We depend on them to provide the loving care that our patients need! Our employment opportunities combine pleasant yet challenging… Read More»

Posted on December 01, 2015

Happy (Healthy) Thanksgiving!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Happy (Healthy) Thanksgiving!! As a meal-centric holiday, it can be tough to keep your health in mind when gazing over a steaming turkey, heaps of mashed potatoes, and a delicious pumpkin pie. Older adults can be especially vulnerable to some holiday-related health pitfalls.… Read More»

Posted on November 25, 2015

Make the Holidays Happy!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant The holidays are considered to be a happy time by most, but some people can struggle with this time of year. Older people may miss loved ones and think of the good times that have passed. Medical problems or financial worries might also be… Read More»

Posted on November 23, 2015

Need an Elf this Holiday Season?

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  The holidays are an exciting and joyful occasion! It’s a time when we can enjoy the company of friends and family and be grateful for those we love. We get together for dinners, parties, or quiet nights in front of a warm fireplace. We eat and… Read More»

Posted on November 20, 2015

Let’s FeedMore!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant  Care Advantage is teaming up with FeedMore to hold a food drive this holiday season! Each Care Advantage office across Virginia feels so proud to be able to give back! Through our work, we make strong relationships and become involved in the lives of those in… Read More»

Posted on November 18, 2015

Awareness and Protection Against Senior Fraud

Senior fraud is an act that targets the elderly, where efforts are made to deceive, mislead and manipulate. Scammers and con artists use a variety of tactics to exploit senior’s finances or property. That includes making promises of goods or services that are not intended to be provided, or offering… Read More»

Posted on November 23, 2015

How to Help Seniors Eliminate Seasonal and Holiday Stress

Even with all the festivities and cheer, the holiday season can be a stressful time of year. With travel arrangements, sharing time between families, hosting visitors, gift shopping and meal prepping, the holidays can be overwhelming. For seniors, this is compounded by additional stress to participate in engagements, make travel… Read More»

Posted on November 16, 2015

Home Care Aide Week!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant This week we celebrate National Home Care Aide Week to recognize the difficult yet rewarding job of home care workers! Home care aides are the lifeblood of our company! Without our hardworking and compassionate aides, we wouldn’t be able provide the best comfort and… Read More»

Posted on November 12, 2015

Home Health Agency Checklist

by Mandy Fowler, Director or Advertising and Public Relations Need some help picking the right home health care company for you? Let us help you do your homework! Doing your research is important so you can find the perfect match for your needs. Use this checklist to fill in and… Read More»

Posted on November 10, 2015

Celebrating Adoption Month!

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Our adoption and foster care support nonprofit Connecting Hearts in Virginia – A Deborah J Johnston Charity is celebrating Adoption Month this November! Everyone in the Commonwealth needs to know about the over 850 children in foster care looking for their forever families! As a… Read More»

Posted on November 05, 2015

Our Very Own Superman

By Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations “His red cape trailed behind him as Scott Clark walked into Augusta Health’s Pediatric Unit. He wore a smile and a big “S” on his chest—today he was Superman…” the article reads in The News Virginia about our Home Care Specialist… Read More»

Posted on November 03, 2015

Happy Halloween!!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Halloween is right around the corner! It’s a fun day filed with creepy decorations, creative costumes, carved jack-o’lanterns, and frights. This holiday can be fun for every age! Children enjoy dressing up and trick-or-treating as well as adults going to Halloween themed parties or passing… Read More»

Posted on October 29, 2015

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Along with Therapy Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October also serves as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this time, we show support for survivors and those effected by domestic violence by spreading awareness about this societal issue. We offer help to… Read More»

Posted on October 27, 2015

November: National Family Caregivers Month

Professional care for loved ones isn’t limited to hospitals, doctor’s offices and health care facilities. In fact, most of the time it takes place inside the home. That’s good news because it makes health care costs reasonable and seniors are able to stay healthy enough to age in place (at… Read More»

Posted on November 11, 2015

Common Seasonal Illnesses

The arrival of fall means many things—cooler temperatures, bright leaves, and unwelcome colds and viruses. What many people don’t know is why early fall is the peak time for influenza, viruses and the common cold. The reason is that temperatures are getting cooler, which suppresses our immune systems making it… Read More»

Posted on November 04, 2015

How Aging Affects the Five Senses

Our five senses—sound, sight, smell, taste and touch—give us an abundance of information about our world and the environment. As a person ages, senses lose their precision and sharpness, making details harder to notice. These types of changes have a significant impact on lifestyle. Seniors experiencing sensory changes may find… Read More»

Posted on October 14, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Most of us have had an experience with breast cancer whether it be ourselves, family, or friends. At the very least, we have each heard a story and felt compassion for the individual facing such adversity. My experience was with my Grandma: a two time… Read More»

Posted on October 21, 2015

Happy National Therapy Month!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant October serves as National Therapy Month! This gives us at Care Advantage and All About Care the opportunity to extend our utmost gratitude to the amazing Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists on our team! Every day they step in to help improve… Read More»

Posted on October 23, 2015

Happy Case Management Week!

by Mandy Fowler, Director of Advertising and Public Relations Happy Case Management Week!!! Whether you are a Case Manager or in another field that advocates for patients, Happy Case Management Week! Case Management Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication, compassion, and patient-care outcomes achieved by Case Managers. This… Read More»

Posted on October 15, 2015

Golfing for Kids

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Our adoption and foster care support foundation Connecting Hearts had its very first golf tournament at Hermitage Country Club yesterday!! Serving as an awareness and fundraising opportunity, the event turned out to be a great day! The weather was beautiful and the course was gorgeous!… Read More»

Posted on October 13, 2015

5k Kidney Walk Success in Southwest Virginia!

by Lori Viar, Administrator of Care Advantage Roanoke The weather could not have been better Saturday, September 19 2015 at Fallon Park and Tinker Creek Greenway in Roanoke to host the 2015 Kidney Walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation.  Care Advantage inc. was honored to be a partner sponsor!… Read More»

Posted on October 08, 2015

Welcome to Autumn!

by Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant The leaves are starting to change… Welcome to Autumn! As the weather cools and the landscape changes, we can begin curling up in big sweaters, drinking hot coffee or cider, and enjoying the smells and flavors of the season. Here are some fun… Read More»

Posted on October 02, 2015

Being Ninety Three

By Tina Bell, Home Care Specialist For once, when I waken, it would be so nice to see Someone – something different- looking back at me. These walls, they are so lonely – they speak of nothing new Same old tired wallpaper, same old tired view. My hands, they shake… Read More»

Posted on September 29, 2015

Many, Many Thanks

By Debbie Johnston, RN, President & Founder We at Care Advantage deeply rely on the trust and relationships we have had the honor of garnering with you. I am eternally grateful that you confidently welcome us into your homes and allow us to care for you and your loved ones.… Read More»

Posted on September 23, 2015

Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Seniors!

By Tina Bell, Home Care Specialist  If there is one thing that we do know after 27 years in this business, it is that there are some common needs, likes, and dislikes among our senior population. As folks age, they tend to want more things to comfort and nourish them… Read More»

Posted on September 21, 2015

#NursesUnite

You don’t mess with nurses! The View figured that out pretty quickly after they set off a nationwide outrage of the entire healthcare field. The View co-hosts Michelle Collins and Joy Behar poked fun at Colorado’s Miss America contestant, Kelley Johnson, after her talent included a monologue about her nursing… Read More»

Posted on September 17, 2015

Connecting Hearts Through Golf

By Julia Eldred, Media & Communications Assistant Our founder and Virginia’s Adoption Champion, Debbie Johnston and our new adoption and foster care support foundation Connecting Hearts work tirelessly to help kids in our state’s foster care system. In our home of Virginia, there are over 4,000 kids in foster care… Read More»

Posted on September 14, 2015

Brown Bagging It!

by Amanda Pride Holliday, RN, Tri-Cities Case Manager with All About Care It’s that time of year again! The end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, and festive holidays are right around the corner. I was recently discussing with a friend, how this time of year feels more… Read More»

Posted on September 11, 2015

Our Friend Jim

by Tina Bell, Care Advantage Home Care Specialist Jim was lonely.  His wife had passed six years ago and although he had family – two grown kids – one lived out of town and the other was often busy with other things; work, small children, a full time job, life.… Read More»

Posted on September 09, 2015

Do Something Grand!

Celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 13th, 2015! National Grandparents Day gives you time to spoil the grandparents in your life that have been spoiling you throughout the years. This day is an opportunity to appreciate and express your love to your grandparents. Many people honor their grandparents through a range… Read More»

Posted on September 02, 2015

Every August Until A Cure

This August we were so excited to sponsor Richmond, Virginia’s biggest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yet!! With the help of The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter and Haley Buick GMC we pulled it off at The Diamond following a Richmond Flying Squirrels game! Thanks to all of the participants who… Read More»

Posted on August 31, 2015

What is Healthy Aging?

At some point in time, we all begin to think about aging.  For many of us, once we hit our 50’s or enter into the landmark years of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s a number of experiences initiate these thoughts.  Career shifts, retirement, moving homes, health changes, children moving out,… Read More»

Posted on August 10, 2015

How to Help Seniors with Seasonal and Indoor Allergies

Seasonal allergies are very common in our area.  With many allergen levels higher than national averages, there isn’t a proven way to escape them, especially in the spring and summer time.  Unfortunately, seasonal allergies spare no one.  Infants, youth, young adults and seniors alike are all susceptible. For the senior… Read More»

Posted on July 31, 2015

What is Sundowning?

Sundowning is a symptom of various forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Also referred to as Sundowner’s Syndrome, symptoms are characterized by confusion, agitation, forgetfulness, restlessness and anxiety. Some describe it as “late-day confusion” because symptoms are triggered as the sun begins to go down, into the evening and nighttime… Read More»

Posted on June 15, 2015

Helping Seniors Understand Aging in Place Technology

We’ve talked a bit in our blog about technologies that allow seniors to age in place comfortably and safely.  These devices, tools and gadgets are becoming more and more common in senior’s homes.  Take for example blood pressure monitors, electronic medication reminders, even portable devices that control lighting, HVAC and… Read More»

Posted on May 15, 2015

June:  Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Week 6/15-6/21 Men face unique challenges when it comes to their health. Although men typically go to the doctor much less than woman, they still experience different, but just as serious, health conditions. In fact, out of the top causes of death in our country, research indicates that… Read More»

Posted on May 26, 2015

Stroke Awareness

May:  Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke takes place when the supply of blood to the brain is either interrupted or reduced. When this occurs, the brain does not get appropriate amounts of oxygen or nutrients, which can cause brain cells to die. The swiftness in which this happens is what makes a stroke very serious… Read More»

Posted on April 20, 2015

Condition Specific Programs

Aging in Place Technology

By now, we’re fairly familiar with the numerous advantages of aging in place. Seniors are more comfortable in their own homes, they maintain a sense of independence and many experience a higher quality of life into their senior years. However, aging in place doesn’t come without its challenges. For seniors… Read More»

Posted on March 24, 2015

Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Now that the snow has melted and days are getting longer, we’re getting a glimpse of the spring season that’s right around the corner. With warm afternoons, blooming flowers and sunshine tempting us to head outdoors, it’s important not to forget some essential tips for the inside of your home.… Read More»

Posted on March 24, 2015

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Dementia & Depression Symptoms

Major life changes like retirement, family death and health problems can stimulate depression in the elderly. These circumstances can also bring about symptoms of dementia. There is a great deal of cross-over when it comes to signs of depression and dementia, and the nature of their relationship is complex. Does… Read More»

Posted on February 24, 2015

Heart Disease

March is National Kidney Month

March: National Kidney Month March 12th World Kidney Day March 24th Diabetes Alert Day The kidneys are two small, vital organs that our bodies depend on to maintain overall health. Their chief job is to filter waste and water from the blood to create urine. The kidneys are also responsible… Read More»

Posted on February 24, 2015

How to Continue Sleeping Well as You Age

Here’s a health recommendation for people of all ages—get a good night sleep! Sleep is proven to help promote physical health, stabilize emotional well-being, improve concentration and memory, as well as prevent disease. However, for adults over 50, and especially seniors 65 plus, getting a good, solid restful night’s sleep… Read More»

Posted on January 20, 2015

Helping Seniors Avoid the Flu

It’s difficult to predict the timing, severity and depth of the flu each year. Flu typically peaks between December and February, although cases are seen as early as October and as late as May. It’s recommended that anyone over the age of 6 months receive a yearly flu shot, ideally… Read More»

Posted on January 10, 2015

Helping Seniors through the Holidays

For most of us, the holiday season is a time of happiness, laughter and festivities shared with family and friends. However, for the elderly it can bring a mix of uncertainty.  Feelings like sadness, depression, confusion and isolation oftentimes plague seniors around the holiday season.  There are a variety of… Read More»

Posted on December 21, 2014

Does Cold Weather Trigger Arthritis Symptoms?

Although research doesn’t prove that cold weather causes arthritis, for those that have it, they know it certainly doesn’t help matters.  Temperatures are dropping, and winter’s arrival can seemingly trigger and intensify arthritis symptoms.  However, with well over 100 types of arthritis, and nearly 70 million sufferers nationwide, everyone experiences… Read More»

Posted on December 19, 2014

What is a Personal Health Coach?

Personal health coaching is similar to personal fitness training, but instead of a physical fitness background, a personal health coach holds a specialized health and wellness certification. They work directly with individuals to support and motivate them to develop healthier lifestyles. Working towards a healthier lifestyle can include a number… Read More»

Posted on November 25, 2014

The Importance of Volunteering

Volunteering is becoming a popular physical, mental and social tool for seniors. So much so that one in five retired seniors says that volunteering is the most important thing that they do with their time. A common misconception of volunteering is that it’s only beneficial to those being helped, yet… Read More»

Posted on November 25, 2014