The Essence of Home Health Care Vs Nursing Home Argument

Is the subject home health care vs. nursing home argument on you decision horizon? Cost is certainly a factor in the equation of perception.

home health care vs. nursing home

Home health care vs. nursing home

Our research has shown that if you are looking on the low end of nursing home care, then the prices of home care (24 by 7 hours) is slightly higher. On the other hand, if you are looking for a high-end nursing home, then its cost will be 15-30% higher.

Many of our aging parents want to live on their own. According to AARP, more than 95% of seniors want to stay in their home as long as possible, even if they need help with day-to-day activities. After all, home is comfortable and familiar, and they are surrounded by memories and circumstances that make them feel safe.

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Their vision.

There is no magical age when a senior may need help. There are many 90-year-olds who live at home and need very little help. On the other hand, there are 60 and 70-year olds who find their ability to live independently waning.

It’s a hard reality for adult sons and daughters to face:  when is it time to become a caregiver yourself, get help in the home, or move your parents to a nursing home or assisted living facility?

Let’s explore the pros and cons of each living situation so you can make an informed decision about what is best.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Home Care

How often we have heard seniors say: “If you move me to a nursing home I will crawl up and die.”  The major advantage of home health care is that seniors get to “age in place” among their friends and surroundings that make them feel secure and happy.

They can maintain their freedom. The main problems with staying at home are they may need help with cleaning, meal preparation, driving, grooming and other tasks.

However, if seniors need a little help, there are various options available:

  • Enlist friends or family. The chore of being a caregiver shouldn’t rest on one person’s shoulders. Enlist family or friends to help with tasks your aging parents find challenging. Many religious communities or organizations have volunteers who can help with driving and prepare nutritious meals. Or you can have meals delivered to the home.
  • Hire inhome care. Home health care agencies such as Wood Home Care have compassionate caregivers who can come into the home on a part-time, hourly or 24/7 basis. We provide different levels of care, from personal care to dementia care. This can provide you with peace of mind knowing that someone is there to pinch hit for you. In some cases, the home care costs can be reimbursed by Medicare, Veteran’s aid or other sources.
  • Remote monitoring. Remote devices are now available for both emergency situations or to remind your loved ones to take their medication. Web-based tools are often available so you can know your parent’s schedules and communicate with any caregivers.

If your parents want to stay in their home, make sure it is as safe as possible because falls are quite common. Do a home maintenance checklist to make sure any hazards such as loose rugs are removed. Also, it may be easier if grab bars are installed in bathrooms.

Other Senior Care Housing Options

According to a study by Clarity, seniors fear to move into a nursing home more than they fear death, mainly because of the institutional feeling and loss of freedom.  However, depending on the level of care that is needed, this may be the only option.

There are many different types of senior homes, all providing different services and levels of care Medicare describes them as follows:

  • Group homes or board and care homes. Adults live in a home with 10 – 12 people their age and get assistance with bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom.
  • Subsidized senior housing. If your loved one has a very moderate incomethere are federal and state programs that help pay for housing. Additionally, there may be help with meals and other activities like housekeeping, shopping, and doing the laundry. Residents usually live in their apartments in the complex. Rent payments are usually a percentage of your income (a sliding scale).


  • Assisted living facilities mean that your loved one has his/her apartment within a building or a group of buildings, but can get help with meals, transportation, cleaning and social activities. Some of these facilities have health services on site. You pay a monthly fee for rent and utilities and a separate fee for any extras.


  • Retirement Communities.The beauty of this type of community is they usually have different living options and progressive levels of care. In other words, you can start out in your home and progress to skilled nursing care when and if you need it. Many retirement communities charge a large fee before you move in plus a monthly maintenance fee.


  • Skilled Nursing Facilities. If your loved one needs 24/7 care, skilled nursing facilities have nurses and doctors on site.


  • Hospice Care.Ordinarily, for the terminally ill (who have six months or left to live), these facilities primarily make patient’s comfortable and provide counseling for the family. As part of hospice care, you will have a team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors and trained volunteers to help you and your family cope with your illness. Depending on your condition, you may get hospice care in a hospice facility, hospital, or nursing home.


The bottom line

The most important questions are: How much care do my loved one’s need and how can we meet these needs considering out budget and lifestyles?  Then you as a group can best determine what type of long term care would be the best!



Pay Attention to These 10 Common Signs of Anxiety Disorders

The common signs of anxiety disorders are both psychological and physical.Anxiety comes in many forms, but all the different types often have certain core features. These are the ones we will be discussing today.

signs of anxiety disorders

Signs of anxiety disorders.

Like many mental health problems, almost everyone experiences anxiety from time-to-time.Whether it is a problem all depends on the amount and nature of the anxiety.

Everyday anxiety in response to stressful events is normal, but severe anxiety in response to relatively minor events can be seriously disabling. Pay attention to the anxiety sources. Are they ones that you would previously ignore?

Bear that in mind when reading the signs of anxiety.

For example, a lot of people have problems sleeping and muscle tension now and then. That is to be expected.

This might happen before a job interview, when going into hospital or before a stressful event, like deciding how a senior loved one should be cared for.

But experiencing anxiety frequently and intensely over smaller matters can be a sign of something more serious. Don’t try and sweep these under the rug.

Signs of anxiety

Here are four typical psychological signs of anxiety:

  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness.
  • Feeling constantly ‘on edge’ or restless.
  • Having a frequent sense of dread.
  • Problems are

And here are six typical physical signs of anxiety:

  • Muscle tension.
  • Problems
  • Dry mouth.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Heart palpitations.

These ten do not cover the full extent of what people experience. They are typically part of the core people experience.

People often report a very wide range of different physical and psychological signs of anxiety.We have seen lists with at least 50 items.

Note that some people have many symptoms, others have fewer.

The real key to diagnosing an anxiety disorder is to the extent of the symptoms and how they affect everyday life.

People experiencing severe or disabling anxiety most days should consider seeking some help.

Psychological therapies (including self-help) are particularly good at treating anxiety disorders.

Apart from ‘generalized anxiety,’ anxiety can also be triggered by all sorts of different things.

Many of these are familiar terms nowadays: phobias, PTSD, and social anxiety.


How We Take Charge of Customers Peace of Mind

We are always looking to positively influence our customers peace of mind.

Life Isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,

it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

-Vivian Greene

 To have peace of mind, you need only to defeat your doubts.

customers peace of mind

Customers peace of mind.

Do you have life fears? Have many doubts? Don’t. This world is full of people very sympathetic and willing to help you with peace of mind. All you need to focus on is defeating your doubts. Do you sometimes wonder how much unseen impact your actions and life is having on others?

There was a time when I thought peace was a destination, in much the same way I imagined I’d eventually arrive at happiness or success.

It seemed like something I needed to chase or find—definitely not something I could experience without dramatically changing my life.

I’ve since learned through experience that peace of mind is always available, and like any desirable state of mind, it requires effort, even if that effort entails consciously choosing to be still.

Here are some aids that help our staff develop a greater peace of mind with our customers:

 Meditate on of inspirational quotes 

Always keep a list handy.

 Photograph or picture beautiful things

Things that make you feel at peace, like a tree with colorful autumn leaves. Have the file of these pictures always running on the computer.

 Take long walks

Focus on the feel of the wind, sunshine or even rain …sights and sounds.

Customers peace of mind … actively enjoy good things now

Be about the present instead of scheming to create a better future.

 Create some alone time

Sit in nature—under a tree, on a mountain—and let yourself simply be quiet.

 Share some fun with someone you love

Forget about everything that feels like a problem and do something that seems like fun. Have fun spontaneously.

 Volunteer your time 

Volunteer your time to help a charity you believe in. Put all your energy into helping others, and you will find peace of mind without looking.

 Show kindness

Show some kindness without expecting anything in return. If they ask what they can do for you, tell them to pay it forward.

 Serve someone else

Just because … just for them. That might mean helping them pursue their passion, or motivating them to reach their fitness goals. Whatever gives your life meaning, give it to someone freely.


Secrets to Building and Maintaining an Attitude of Happiness

I am about to tell you how I have coached my employees to build and maintain an attitude of happiness. But first, I need to tell you an important story to help set the stage on this important topic. Here it is:


A 92-year-old delicate but well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and his face, shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making a move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

‘I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

‘Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’

‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied.

‘Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind.

I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.’

‘Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.’

‘Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.’

‘So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.’

Remember these five simple rules to be happy:


Free your heart from hatred

Free your mind from worries


Live simply

Give more

attitude of happiness

An attitude of happiness.

Expect less


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Related: A story about learning, motivation, and failure

Here is a checklist on simple reminders to improve your happiness each day. It certainly has been a big help to me:



Sharing is always caring. You can’t do enough sharing.


Show kindness

Show some kindness without expecting anything in return. If they ask what they can do for you, tell them to pay it forward. 



Smiles matter. And they are so simple to execute.


Take long walks

Focus on the feel of the wind, sunshine or even rain …sights and sounds.



There are many strangers just waiting to make new friends. How many friends can you make today?


Meditate on inspirational quotes 

Always keep a list handy.



You are the master of your destiny. Take charge and show your happiness.


Create some alone time

Sit in nature—under a tree, on a mountain—and let yourself simply be quiet.



Be nothing less than remarkable. It just takes a little more effort.


Share some fun with someone you love

Forget about everything that feels like a problem and do something that seems like fun. Have a good time spontaneously.



Play is always the centerpiece of work. Be happy and enjoy things you do.



Eliminate fears or doubts. Mistakes and failures are ok.


Photograph or picture beautiful things

Things that make you feel happy, like a tree with colorful autumn leaves. Have the file of these pictures always running on the computer.


Actively enjoy good things now

Be about the present instead of scheming to create a better future.


Volunteer your time 

Volunteer your time to help a charity you believe in. Put all your energy into helping others, and you will find happiness without looking.


Serve someone else

Just because … just for them. That might mean helping them pursue their passion, or motivating them to reach their fitness goals. Whatever gives your life meaning, give it to someone freely.


The bottom line

There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with individuals who make you laugh, forget the bad and focus on the good, and keep your peace of mind very intact.


Are You Considering Home Health Care?

What points do you need to consider for the best home health care?

When life changes due to an illness, accident or aging, it can be difficult to maintain one’s independence and personal care as you once did. Help with errands, doctor’s appointments, personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping and more are just a few of the needs. Home health care can relieve much of the stress you and your loved one may be experiencing.

Care provided by a qualified, professional and loving home care agency is an ideal option for many families and can bring back the joy in family life. Home care is a service designed to provide just the right amount and type of care needed for your specific needs.

There are many agencies available to deliver services in the home; however, not all are the same. That is why we have this blog to help you in your decision.

Please take 10 minutes to review the essential elements that make up a good home care agency.

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Home health care.

We hope you find it helpful.

Free in-home assessment with an experienced professional

It is important that your initial in-home assessment is provided by an experienced professional. This professional ensures your issues, personal needs and desires are discussed thoroughly.

Home health care … caregiver screening

When you hire a professional home care agency, you expect to receive quality care provided by a compassionate, empathetic and caring person. The real question; how do you make sure this will occur?

Wood Private Home Care screens caregivers for experience, skill, and personality. To ensure caregivers are reliable and honest, extensive background checks, are performed on all new hires.


Caregiver experience

The very best agencies hire only experienced caregivers. To make sure your needs are met, Wood Private Home Care employs caregivers who have experience and are seasoned in attending to the needs of care recipients.

Caregiver code of conduct training

Insist on an agency that incorporates training that focuses on core values such as attitude, character, and respect. We have the training program developed to enhance caregivers’ skills in areas of social and client interaction. We are proud to offer this training to their staff.

Regular staff communication

For peace of mind, you need an agency that has a process to keep you informed. Wood Private Home Care caregivers keep careful notes of each visit in your home to provide a quick snapshot of their activities and are always available for review. They always do a thorough handoff to the next caregiver. Our staff is also trained to alert family members regarding any changes or concerns regarding the client, in addition to responding to customers’ or family members’ concerns.

Full range of services

Everyone’s needs are different. Choose a homecare agency that can provide services for all your personal and unique needs. We provide all levels of service from errands, shopping, light housekeeping to hygiene assistance, medication reminders, and more.

24-Hour seven days a week availability

The time of day you need help can vary from the middle of the night to very early in the morning, so make sure the agency can accommodate you any hour you need them. Wood Private Home Care is available, mornings, nights, weekends, holidays, temporary or long term.

Know the difference between an agency versus registry

There are two types of home care companies; one is a record that finds a person for you to hire. In this situation, you are the employer and responsible for Workman’s Compensation, unemployment and other State and Federal taxes.

To avoid being responsible for charges, and the risk of a strong Workers Compensation claim, only hire an agency (as is Wood Private Home Care) who provides you with caregivers that are associated with the organization and not working independently.

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Nutrition Tips You Need Most as You Age

As we age, eating well can improve mental acuteness, energy levels, and resistance to illness. Nutrition tips for a healthy diet can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be about dieting and sacrifice. Whatever your age, eating well should be all about fresh, tasty food, wholesome ingredients, and eating with friends and family.

Nutrition tips

Nutrition tips.

Feed your body and mind

No matter your age or your previous eating habits, it’s never too late to change your diet and improve the way you think and feel. Improving your diet now can help you:

Live longer and stronger – Good nutrition boosts immunity, fights illness-causing toxins, keeps weight in check, and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, and cancer.

Sharpen your mind – People who eat fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidant-rich green tea may also enhance memory and mental alertness as you age.

Feel better – Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, resulting in a boost to your mood and self-esteem. It’s all connected—when your body feels good you feel happier inside and out.


Creating a healthy diet

The key to healthy eating is to focus on the whole, minimally processed food that your body needs as you age—food that is as close to its natural form as possible. Our bodies respond differently to different foods, depending on genetics and other health factors, so finding the healthy diet that works best for you may take some experimentation.

Fruit – Break the apple and banana rut and go for color-rich pickings like berries or melons. Aim for 2-3 servings a day.

Veggies – Choose antioxidant-rich dark, leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli as well as colorful vegetables such as carrots and squash. Try for 2-3 cups every day.

Calcium – Maintaining bone health as you age depends on adequate calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Older adults need 1,200 mg of calcium a day through servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese. Non-dairy sources include tofu, broccoli, almonds, and kale.

Grains – Be smart with your carbs and choose whole grains over processed white flour for more nutrients and more fiber.

Healthy fats – Because fat is so dense in calories, a little can go a long way in making you feel full and keep you feeling fuller for longer. See The Fat Debate for more on how saturated fats may help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Protein – Adults over 50 without kidney disease or diabetes need about 1 to 1.5 grams per kilogram (2.2lbs) of body weight (0.5 g of protein per lb. of body weight is close enough).


Getting more high-quality protein in your diet

As you age, eating sufficient high-quality protein can improve your mood, boost your resistance to stress, anxiety, and depression, and even help you think clearly. However, eating too much low-quality protein from industrially raised red meat and processed meat products, such as hot dogs, bacon, and salami, may increase your risk of heart disease, cancer, or other health problems.

  • Vary your sources of protein instead of relying on just red meat, including more fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts, seeds, milk and cheese in your diet.
  • Reduce the number of processed carbohydrates you consume—from foods such as pastries, cakes, pizza, cookies, and chips—and replace them with high-quality protein.
  • Opt for cheaper cuts of organic, grass-fed red meat rather than expensive cuts of industrially raised meat.
  • Try a “meatless Monday” each week—plant-based protein sources are often less expensive than meat, so it can be as good for your wallet as it is for your health. A “Fish Friday” can help encourage you to eat more seafood.
  • Snack on nuts and seeds instead of chips, replace a baked dessert with Greek yogurt or swap out slices of pizza for a grilled chicken breast and a side of beans.


Nutrition tips … cut down on sugar and refined carbs

While our senses of taste and smell diminish with age, we retain the ability to distinguish sweet tastes the longest, leading many older people to consume more sugar and refined carbs than is healthy. Unlike complex carbs that are rich in fiber, refined or simple carbs (such as white rice, white flour, refined sugar) can lead to a dramatic spike in blood sugar, followed by a rapid crash which leaves you feeling hungry and prone to overeating.

Reducing the number of starches, candy, and desserts in your diet is only part of the solution. Sugar is hidden in foods as diverse as canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, frozen dinners, and many foods labeled “low-fat” or “reduced-fat.” All this hidden sugar contributes zero nutrients but lots of empty calories that can cause mood swings and wreck any healthy diet.

Slowly reduce the sugar in your diet a little at a time. You’ll give your taste buds time to adjust and be able to wean yourself off the craving for sweets and sugary food.

Instead of adding sugar, increase the sweetness of meals by using naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or yams.

Replace refined carbs with complex carbs such as oatmeal, beans, vegetables, and other high fiber foods. You’ll feel fuller, more satisfied, and have more energy.

Check labels and opt for “sugar-free” or “no added sugar” products. Use fresh or frozen ingredients instead of canned goods, and avoid fast food meals.

Don’t replace fat with carbs. Manufacturers often replace healthy sources of saturated fat, such as whole fat yogurt, with low-fat versions that are packed with sugar or artificial sweetener to make up for the loss in taste.

Avoid soda and sweetened coffee drinks. One can of soda contains 10-12 teaspoons of sugar and around 150 calories. Even artificial sweetener can trigger sugar cravings that contribute to weight gain. Instead, try switching to carbonated water with lemon or a splash of juice.



Do You Desire to Improve your Alzheimer Patient Care?

Do you wish to improve your Alzheimer patient care? If so, these evidenced-based Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations are for you. They address the fundamental areas in quality dementia care: assessment, communication and understanding behavior, social needs and activities, proper nutrition, reducing pain, falls, wandering, restraint-free care, and end-of-life care.

Alzheimer patient care

Alzheimer patient care

Designed for professional care providers working in either a residential community or in-home environment, the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations are founded on the principles of Person-Centered Care.

They have been supported by more than 30 leading health and senior care organizations that are listed within the particular Dementia Care Practice Recommendation document.


Dementia Care Practice Recommendations


Quality End-of-Life Care for Individuals with Dementia in Assisted Living and Nursing Homes and Public Policy Barriers to Delivering this Care Interview Paper  (26 pages)
Evidence on Interventions Literature Review (Phase 1) (20 pages)
Falls, Wandering and Physical Restraints Literature Review (11 pages)
End-of-Life Literature Review (35 pages)
Consumer-Directed Services Issue Brief (20 pages)
Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care Issue Brief (17 pages)
Eligibility Issues for Medicaid Long-Term Care (20 pages)

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Have You Examined your Life as a Caregiver?

Life experiences teach us quite a deal, don’t they? We are always on the lookout for the great ones, as this one is. It is written by Dr. Nancy Snyderman. You might remember her from NBC nightly news. This article was originally posted in AARP in 2013. Here is her experience of life as a caregiver we will share with you.

Health and safety

Health and safety.

Six years ago my siblings and I decided it was time for our parents to live closer to the family. So at the ages of 80 and 84, my parents moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I grew up, to Princeton, New Jersey, where I live now. I was relieved to know Mom and Dad were getting out of the house, eating good food and taking the right medications. They adopted a rescue dog, made friends, and I swear they got younger in front of my very eyes.


But the fairy tale that I had written for my parents could not last forever. A year after moving, my father was struck with a life-threatening case of shingles, and the new life they had invented came to a screeching halt.


In my family, we have always had frank discussions about the quality and end of life and the right to own those decisions. So when I realized that my father was gravely ill, I sat at his bedside and told him I didn’t think he would live through the night without an emergency care, but that the decision was his to make. He said with clarity, “I’m not ready to die.” At that moment, I went from daughter to caregiver — one of almost 44 million U.S. adults caring for an older friend or family member.

Life as a caregiver

Life as a caregiver.

In the weeks that followed, I had a front-row seat to the chaos many families experience as they seek to coordinate care for a loved one. It would be easy to assume that, as a doctor, I could navigate the health care system with ease. But I was as overwhelmed as the next person.


My medical expertise just fueled my exasperation. During the two weeks of my father’s hospitalization, I bullied nurses and aides when my father was in pain. I fought the hospitalist when she told me she needed to send him home because the hospital count was too high. And I slept on a cot next to his bed so he wouldn’t fall in the middle of the night.


When it was time for my father to leave the hospital, I spent hours interviewing aides, renting wheelchairs and commodes, and trying to figure out how to restore the 30 pounds my father had lost.


Caregivers tend to patients an average of 20 hours each week, but many would agree that it often feels like more. Like me, about half are also balancing that responsibility with a full-time job.


During the tough times I, like so many others, forgot to check in with myself. Within months I had put on 15 pounds, was sleeping five hours a night and was just emotionally raw. I didn’t know then what I know now — that caregiver burnout is real and that the stress of caregiving comes on like a full-frontal assault.


It was time to give myself permission to step back into my life. I called on my siblings to come to town and rotate care with me. I stopped overeating and started exercising again. And once my father had recovered, I started a company, CarePlanners, that offers caregivers Web tools and one-on-one consultations across the country.


Perhaps the most important lesson I learned in all of this is how little we plan for the inevitable crises — and how much we all need help.


10 Qualities of Our Remarkable Employees

Remarkable employees are dependable, proactive, diligent, good leaders and good followers. They possess a broad range of easily-defined, but hard to find, qualities.


A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals. But nonetheless, make a significant impact on performance.


Here are the ten top qualities of our remarkable employees.


They are personable and care about people

Caring employees

Health and safety.

Our employees recognize the contributions of others. This is especially true in group settings where the impact of their words is even greater. They always demonstrate their interest in others and their team.


They don’t focus on job descriptions and love taking initiative

The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet. They must adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done.


When a customer has an issue, our remarkable employees know without being told there’s a problem. They jump in without being asked—even if it’s not their job.


Remarkable employees are humble yet very passionate about what they love

remarkable employees

Remarkable employees.

Our employees find strong egos very distasteful. They wear their passion 24/7. They can as quickly follow as lead and in all situations pay attention to being strong team players.


You want the great ones who are not afraid to fail

The last thing our people worry about is making mistakes or failing in a task. They understand risks and realize progress depends on going a little beyond. This is true even when they realize they won’t be right all the time.


Wood Home Care employees always demonstrate creative spirit and drive

Some people are rarely satisfied (I mean that in a good way) and are always tinkering with something.

Our employees follow processes. Remarkable employees find ways to make those processes even better. They are expected to, but they just can’t help it.


Our employees are good problem solvers

Their anticipation of issues keeps them thinking ahead on potential problems. They often have alternative options before problems arise. Most of them realize that the problem understanding is much more valuable than alternative solutions.

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National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

We like to follow local, state and national and area agencies on aging. We find that the more we know about them, the more help we can find for our clients.


Today’s agency in the spotlight is the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

area agencies on aging

Area agencies on aging.


Their Mission

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

Area agencies on aging … their vision

Build a society that values and supports people as they age.
Their Work 

their vision

Their vision.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501(c)(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs.
Whether it is helping Washington set priorities, building the capacity of our members, raising the visibility of AAAs and Title VI programs nationwide, offering training and educational events, or working to drive excellence in the fields of I&R/A, transportation, livable communities and volunteerism, n4a is dedicated to supporting the success of its members.

Today, an estimated 65.7 million Americans, or nearly 30 percent of the general population, provide care for an older adult, or someone living with illness or disability. Families are the major provider of long-term care for their older loved ones and these unpaid caregivers represent the largest source of long-term services and supports in the nation. Recent estimates indicate the value of unpaid caregiving has now reached $522 billion annually.

Research shows that nearly 90 percent of people age 65 and older want to age in place (i.e., stay in their homes and communities) for as long as possible. But to do so, many older adults rely on family or friend caregivers for support. The wide range of services provided by unpaid caregivers, such as transportation, food preparation, housekeeping and personal care enable older adults to live with dignity and independence. Most people who serve as caregivers do not self-identify as caregivers, however. Instead they consider the care they provide as “what you do for someone you care about or love.”

But serving as a caregiver may exact a heavy toll—emotionally, physically and financially—for the person assuming this role. The average age of a caregiver is 48, a time in many people’s lives when they are still raising a family and actively employed. Add the role of caregiver to the mix and many people feel unprepared and overwhelmed.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) around the nation provide direct support to caregivers, primarily through the National Family Caregiver Support Program (Title III E of the Older Americans Act), which was created in 2000. Services include respite care (temporary supervision of the care recipient to provide rest for the caregiver, which is the most requested service); individual counseling and support groups; caregiver education classes/training; and emergency assistance.

AAAs also play a crucial information and referral role, connecting families with local providers who can help them create a caregiving plan, address specific challenges, or identify support services.


Caregivers should contact their local AAA to learn more.

Please see their Annual Report for an overview of our recent work or n4a News for the latest developments.