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Here’s How to Prevent, Manage, and Relieve Caregiver Stress

April 14, 2021

April is Stress Awareness Month, and it arrives with impeccable timing. For many, the “year of COVID” has been the most stressful in living memory. Few have been more affected than professional (and family) caregivers for older adults. Working remotely — a godsend for millions — just isn’t an option if your job involves changing dressings, prepping meals or helping with activities of daily living. 

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10 TIPS FOR CARING FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

April 7, 2021

As a Social Engagement Specialist for Capital City Nurses, I am in a unique and privileged position to experience, the deep connection between our dear clients and our incredible caregivers first-hand! While my job has enabled me to provide encouragement, social connection, and joyful moments to our clients over many years, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet, train and work with many of our highly-skilled and devoted, caregivers. The difficult work they do and outstanding care they provide to individuals living with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease is both admirable and inspiring! 

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HELPFUL IDEAS ON HOME SAFETY FOR SENIORS

March 31, 2021

If you’re a senior worried about home safety, or an adult child concerned about a parent, take some advice from Ben Franklin: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The time and effort spent on a home safety plan is minimal compared to the distress and time that may come with recovering from an accident.

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The Care Advantage Difference: 5 Differences that Set Us Apart

March 11, 2021

Finding a home health care provider for yourself or a loved one isn’t a casual decision. And why should it be? You could be inviting someone into your home for four to 24 hours a day. You need to trust that person — and their employer — as if they were members of your own family. At Care Advantage, we’ve spent over 30 years listening to the hopes, needs and anxieties of our clients and their loved ones in order to earn that level of trust. 

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How In-home Care Services Can Help People with Dementia Live Their Best Lives

March 9, 2021

If you believe you have few choices for safe memory care, hope may be on the way. An enduring myth around dementia is that patients and their loved ones must inevitably choose between an increasingly risky life at home, and the security of a nursing facility. That’s an oversimplification; many times, middle ground can be found.

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HELP SENIORS STAY “CONNECTED” TO THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS THEY LOVE

February 23, 2021

I happen to be a high-energy, compassionate, and creative individual, who believes in taking every opportunity I get to help those in need. As a Social Engagement Specialist for Capital City Nurses, I’ve been enabled to do just that for the last 17 years! Through our “Daughter-Down-the-Street” program, I provide cheerful companionship and cognitive activity through customized social visits to seniors living with dementia, and other age-related disease. 

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5 Ways In-Home Care Services Can Boost Your Independence

February 15, 2021

An agency like Care Advantage can quickly answer most of the common questions about in-home care services, like: Is there home health care near me? What’s included in this kind of care? Is it worth the cost? Should I ask for companion care or personal care? But you may still be left with one nagging doubt: Will home care assistance really help preserve my independence?

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Safe but Sociable: 7 Ways to Stay Connected During The Pandemic

February 4, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst of times, but one that’s brought out the best in human ingenuity. Isolated due to social distancing rules, seniors have invented or adopted ever more creative ways to bond, interact and share precious experiences with friends and family. Looking for new things to do during coronavirus? Here are seven ideas for COVID-safe activities.

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The BenEfits of Seniors Having Pets

January 19, 2021

There are countless benefits to seniors having pets. A pet can have a very positive impact on the social, physical and emotional well-being of seniors. Did you know that just petting an animal can result in reduced levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, and increased levels of oxytocin, the anti-stress calming hormone?

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CEO Update, December 2020

December 22, 2020

There is no question, 2020 is a year unlike any other. As expected, our caregiving family remained brave and resilient throughout.

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LAWMAKERS NEED TO PRIORITIZE MEDICAID REIMBURSMENTS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE

December 14, 2020

As Virginia pursues the laudable goal of raising the minimum wage, it creates a dollar-for-dollar impact on home care. If this shortfall is not addressed, Medicaid patients might lose access to the high-quality home health care services provided by home care agencies.

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HOME HEALTH CARE IS A PASSION

November 30, 2020

Our team is made up of caring professionals who go above and beyond to take care of our community. Our success is due to our close-knit and passionate group of professionals. Our team members see our patients as part of our own family and care for them that way!

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CREATIVE AND SAFE THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS

November 24, 2020

This season is about recognizing and focusing on those things that stand out to us as special and meaningful. Of course this year has forced us all to really re-evaluate what is important in our lives. As we continue to remember best practices for keeping us all safe, here are some thoughts around creative measures to consider this holiday season.

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BEING PART OF A WORK FAMILY MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

November 10, 2020

I love when I get to speak to someone that was former military, or their spouse, so I can discuss potential benefits through the VA or Veterans Care Coordination they may be eligible for. As a veteran, I encourage anyone I know to look into Care Advantage because their name says it all; they truly care about everyone connected to them!

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CELEBRATING OUR DIFFERENCE MAKERS

November 1, 2020

November is designated as Home Care & Hospice Month a time to celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other home care and hospice workers in an effort to highlight the remarkable work they perform while caring for their charges. Playing a definitive role in our healthcare system, home care and hospice workers have become the unsung heroes that provide our loved ones with the care and love they need when they are at their most vulnerable.

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SUPPORTING OUR CLIENTS AND BEING SUPPORTED

October 23, 2020

I love the skilled home health setting because we really get to see the results of our hard work almost on a daily basis. Forming a strong bond and a mutual understanding with a patient in the early stages of a care plan is key.

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FALL PREVENTION TIPS - JAMIE VELA, PT

September 28, 2020

September is National Falls Prevention Month. Hear from our own Jamie Vela, a seasoned Physical Therapist and Home Care Specialist working with the elderly population. This topic is near and dear to her heart.

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WE ARE HIRING NOW

September 25, 2020

Our care family is growing and we need more people like you.

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The Best Streaming Services to Subscribe to in Quarantine

September 18, 2020

Quarantine is not fun for anyone, but being stuck inside all day doesn't have to be a drag! When you're looking for something to do, whether it be while waiting for a grocery delivery, your caregiver preparing your meal or washing laundry - relax by catching up on the latest travel series and indulge in some nostalgia with a Cary Grant film. 

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A CARE ADVANTAGE LIFE: ELIZABETH MAKO

September 9, 2020

Spend a few moments with our awesome Home Care Specialist, Elizabeth Mako. Based out of our Ready Hands office in Alexandria, VA, Elizabeth delivers some great insight on providing services during COVID-19 and why providing exceptional in-home care to clients is a team effort. 

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Responsibilities of Professional In-Home Caregivers

September 4, 2020

This article explains how the services of in-home caregivers can help and provide valuable support to improve the life of an elderly loved one or family member.

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PAMELA HOPEWELL, MAKING A DIFFERENCE

August 26, 2020

“Being a nurse has been the foundation of my career, no matter the role or responsibility, I have always placed the patient at the center of everything I do. Ensuring our patients have a great experience and achieving the best possible outcome is job number one for our skilled team. Focusing on patient centered goals and getting the patients and caregivers involved in the care is where the magic happens. When patients establish goals that they want to achieve, they work harder to achieve those goals so they can quickly get back to their prior level of function and regain their independence.”

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Stronger than Ever

August 17, 2020

Enjoy a few moments with our CEO, Tim Hanold, as he gives an update on the Care Advantage Inc Family.

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SKILLED DIVISION APPOINTS NEW MD

July 29, 2020

All About Care and Paradise Home Care, (part of the Care Advantage, Inc. family of brands), and represent the skilled division of the company, offering Medicare-certified home health services, programs and resources, has announced the appointment of a new Medical Director, Dr. Gohar Abbasi.

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TINA BELL ON LOVING WHAT YOU DO

July 7, 2020

Tina Bell, Vice President of Sales for Care Advantage in-home care services, says, “I look forward to coming to work every day and feel so fortunate to be able to say that. Tina’s background is international; born in London, raised in New Zealand and having lived in Australia, she has had multiple life and career experiences. “I have had the opportunity to live in many beautiful places.

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START YOUR CAREER IN CARE

June 25, 2020

"Bio-psycho-social, what ???" Thank you to Wicker in the Morning with Jeff Wicker and Rebecca Wilde for hosting your "Front Line Friend" our, CEO Tim Hanold on your radio show! Listen to find out how you can get started in a career in healthcare and how the Care Advantage Family of companies can support you in your personal career goals! Also, find out the definition of "Biopsychosocial!"

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HERE TO SERVE

March 18, 2020

Our caregiving communities are fully aware of what we are doing to ensure we can continue to provide exceptional care services to our clients in the home.

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PREPARED AND READY FOR YOU

March 10, 2020

Our goal is to keep in mind that our role in the community is to provide high quality, compassionate care – in a client’s OWN HOME environment, wherever that may be.

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Care Advantage Acquires Amaisa Home Care in Leesburg, VA

January 8, 2020

Care Advantage strengthens presence in Northern Virginia Richmond, VA – January 8, 2020 – Care Advantage, a leading provider of home healthcare services in the Mid-Atlantic and a BelHealth Investment Partners (“BelHealth”) portfolio company, announced the acquisition of Amaisa Home Care (“Amaisa”). This will be the 11th acquisition for Care Advantage within three years which continues to grow their personal in-home care presence that now covers approximately 90% of the Commonwealth of Virgi...

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Care Advantage and Team Nurse Unite through Acquisition

December 19, 2019

Richmond, VA – December 18, 2019 – Care Advantage, a leading provider of home healthcare services in the Mid-Atlantic and a BelHealth Investment Partners (“BelHealth”) portfolio company, announced the acquisition of Team Nurse Inc. and its affiliated entities (“Team Nurse”).Headquartered in South Boston, Virginia, Team Nurse was founded in 2000 and currently operates 17 locations throughout Virginia. The Company provides both in-home personal care and skilled home health services and maintains a...

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Key Differences Between Using Home Care Agency or Direct Hire

May 19, 2019

Finding the perfect solution for caring for a loved one in the home is a challenging scenario for most of us. It requires finding a team of reliable, compassionate and trustworthy people you can count on to be there on an ongoing basis.Many people who are facing this prospect often weigh whether to hire an agency to manage this, hire caregivers directly or provide care themselves. The cost of home care is considerable commitment and often, in an effort to save money or have more control over car...

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The Help You Need Through the Continuum of Care

April 18, 2019

The term Continuum of Care is frequently heard in healthcare settings. It refers to the varying levels of care a person might need all the way from living independently to in-hospital care, a rehabilitation center, long term care or long-term memory care with all of the stages of recovery or maintenance included. The continuum can be seen as a ladder with each of these settings seen as a step on the ladder.The person living independently who wants to stay in their own home is the first rung of t...

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Tailoring Service to Your Specific Needs

April 8, 2019

Often, patients, eager to come home from the hospital, don’t realize they may need help with the simplest of daily tasks. Day-to-day activities, like bathing, dressing, eating, standing, walking and even toileting, things we take for granted, can become impossible on our own after illness, injury or just from the aging process. Surgeries or a hospital stay can result in mobility and driving issues.

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