Its always hard to find great foods that your entire family can enjoy and that are good for all ages. You can find some of the smartest choices for meals and snacks here.
There are several significant healthcare trends in 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act. These trends will impact the structure of healthcare organizations, the access to, the delivery of and payment for care, compensation of healthcare providers and the increasing use of technology and data throughout the healthcare system. I came across an interesting blog post here by Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier — a healthcare improvement alliance, that nicely summarizes many of the trends.
At Sterling Care we first ask our families to fill out a family application form when they are looking to hire a nanny and we then interview the family before we even start our search process. Why do we this? Well it is because we believe in order to find the right nanny for your family we need to know a lot of little things about you, your family and your expectations for a nanny. What we have found is over 50% of the families that are looking for nanny’s are not really sure about what the want and need for their position. We work with families extensively up front to help them sort this out and find out in many instances that either a) their requirements for a nanny have changed from the application they initially submitted or b) they are really looking for a housekeeper and not a nanny. It is our upfront work with our families that is one of the key elements in our finding the right nanny for you and the reason why we have such a very low rate of not having a nanny work out with a family. We are very confident in what we do and match that confidence with a 60 day money back guarantee. We specialize in finding nannies for families in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.
The following are some of the basic areas that we review with families.
- Do you need someone live in or live out? If live-in what sort of accommodations to you have for the nanny.
- What kind of experience is important? (Does the person need to have several years experience, expert knowledge of infants, children with special needs, be a former teacher etc.)
- Does the experience you are looking for realistically match your budget for a nanny?
- What are the normal hours? How often will you need a nanny to work beyond the normal hours?
- Do you need someone with flexibility? Someone who can stay late with short notice, stay overnight when needed or come early some mornings?
- If you are hiring part time, what days do you want?
- How much and what sort of housekeeping do you want the nanny to do?
- Will they need a driver’s license? Will you provide them with a car to drive your children around in? If they are live-in will they have a car for personal use?
- How do you expect to communicate with the nanny while she is on duty?
- Is Nanny’s athletic and physical ability important?
- Do you want a nanny who speaks a foreign language as well as English?
- Do you expect your nanny to travel with you on vacation or to summer homes?
- Do you expect the nanny to prepare meals and if so for the whole family and which meals?
- Will the nanny be expected to do errands and if so what types of errands?
- Are you looking for a nanny that is reserved or outgoing? How does this match with your family and its lifestyle?
- How much vacation and sick time will the nanny have?
- Will the nanny be given health insurance or any other benefits?
The New York Times recently wrote a wonderful article on Caring for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver which you can read here. It is a wonderful article on the sacrifices that caregivers make to take care of those that they care for. The truth is that a caregiver who takes care of a loved one with any serious chronic disease for a prolong period of time has to face similar challenges. At Sterling Care we pioneered the concept of holistic homecare which is based on our model of providing both the person who is cared for and the caregiver the highest quality of life possible by attending to the whole person body, mind and spirit. The article notes the importance of working with a team of health care professional to prescribe activities that patients and caregivers can do together activities that patients and caregivers can do together abilities, needs and interests resulting is patients who are calmer, safer and more engaged, and caregivers who are less stressed. This has been the cornerstone of Sterling Care’s holistic homecare model since our inception in 2009. Read more…
Read this article from the New York Times discussing the myth around that eating breakfast will contribute to weigh loss. the new report, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that missing breakfast has either little or no effect on weight gain, and that people who eat breakfast actually end up consuming more daily calories than those who skip it. I have never been a big breakfast eater myself so the results here are encouraging. I am surprised that notwithstanding the fact that only numerous clinical trials were conducted on this subject, people in the profession advocate this practice to their clients. Read more…
Sterling Care Named 2014 ‘Best in Fairfield & Westchester’ in Holistic Geriatric Care Category by Serendipity Magazine
January/February 2014 Issue Highlights Company’s Family Care Services As Exemplary
Greenwich, Conn.,—February 5, 2014—Sterling Care, a leading provider of holistic home care services located in Greenwich, Connecticut, was recently voted the top Holistic Geriatric Care company in Fairfield and Westchester counties in the January/ February issue of Serendipity Magazine. The company was nominated by Serendipity Magazine readers for the publication’s annual Best Of issue.
“We are extremely pleased to have been named the top provider of geriatric care to seniors in Fairfield and Westchester. Sterling Care pioneered holistic home care so that this precious segment of our population can be taken care of at home with clinically superb, well supervised and coordinated care so as to enjoy a high quality of life in their golden years,” said Steven B Katz, JD, MBA, LLM, CPA, CMC, CDP President, Sterling Care, LLC. “As a company that was nominated and voted by readers in our area, this is a testament to the fact that residents realize and appreciate our unique holistic approach to geriatric care. We care for the whole person, their mind, body and spirit which results in superior outcomes and satisfaction from those who entrust us with their care,” added Katz. Read more…
Nationwide Financial recently conducted a survey of Americans over age 50 that were surveyed, each with at least $150,000 in household income,. Only 28% knew that the Affordable Care Act does not cover the long-term care According to John Carter, President and Chief Operating Officer of Retirement Plans of Nationwide Financial “Neither the Affordable Care Act nor Medicare will help America’s workers pay for their long-term care costs.” According to the Nationwide survey, by 2030, which is the late year that the by 2030—the year the last of the baby boomers will reach retirement age—the cost of a nursing home is expected to reach $265,000 per year. Most baby boomers have not done any long term care planning.
Seniors sing “Call Me Maybe.” Check out this video here. It made me smile
Family, friends and caregivers of seniors are often worried if their loved one is safe to still drive. Many seniors themselves often are concerned about their safety on the road. Click here for a free confidential interactive evaluation tool to help determine if you are safe to drive and for suggestions based on your evaluation in different functional areas that pertain to driving to help you stay safe behind the wheel. It is suggested that seniors do this evaluation once a year.
My good friend and physical therapist extrodnaire Todd Wilkowski, PT, OCS, SCS owner of Performance Physical Therapy recently published a great article of Four Tips to Successful Resolutions which I wanted to share with his permission. You can check out Todd’s company here.
We’re already a couple of weeks into 2014, and with every new year comes the tradition of making resolutions. Unfortunately, according to researcher Richard Wiseman, 88% of all those who set resolutions fail to achieve them. That’s 156 million disappointments each and every year. Even those who resolved merely to “enjoy life more” failed 68% of the time.* Read more…