Michelle Woodbrey

How to Choose a Nursing Home

Nobody wants to move into a nursing home. That’s why most older adults who need some care support begin with in-home services. Typically, this involves someone(s) coming to the home to help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) — things like assistance with personal hygiene, meal prep, or light housekeeping. But over time, in-home care

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Giving Up the Car Keys

Our dad has always loved cars. He was a successful businessman who had a lot of hobbies and interests, but cars were his number one. As far back as I can remember, he would pull them into the driveway on the weekend to wash and polish them, inside and out. For him, they were a

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Some Good Advice About Bad Advice

Would you ask for driving directions from someone who has never been to wherever it is you want to go? Or, let’s say you received a serious medical diagnosis. Would you take treatment advice from a stranger you met in a coffee shop? In both of these cases, I’m guessing your answer is probably an

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Balancing Caregiving with a Job

In 2019, Meghan Steinberg’s life literally changed in the blink of an eye. Her husband, Mike, had an unexpected fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury and that turned her world upside down. At the time, the couple had a three-year-old son and Meghan was just two years into the launch of her business

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What’s In Your Hospital “Go Bag?”

My mom woke up feeling unwell last month. She had been having some difficulty breathing during the night and was still feeling ill in the morning. Unfortunately, she didn’t let my sister Alyson and me know until noon the next day (!), a Saturday. Her regular doctor’s office was closed and she refused to let

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Why Won’t My Mom Tell Me She Fell?

“Mommy, I think I have a cavity.” There are certainly worse things to hear from your nine-year-old daughter, but it still wasn’t a great way to start the day. So I grabbed my phone, turned on the flashlight, and looked inside Fiona’s mouth. Oh my god! It was a giant crevasse, right there in one

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Snowplows & Home Care

Earlier this year, a storm dropped 29 inches of snow in a single day and… our plow guy never showed up! By the time we realized what was happening, it was much too late to find a replacement. The best we could do was locate some shovels and get to work. For many families, the “storm” that appears

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The Gift of Help

I’ll be honest — I don’t like asking for help. Alyson and I were brought up to believe that independence is important and that we should learn how to solve problems and get things done for ourselves. So, when we launched our company almost eleven years ago, we bought a couple of laptops, set up

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The Value of a “Winter Stay”

Last year, our client David came to us with a dilemma we often see. His mom, Mary, had always been fiercely independent and shut down the conversation any time David tried to talk to her about making a change. She was resistant to having people in her home but needed help to manage day-to-day. When

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Prepare for Winter Now

I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was mid-August and I was shopping in the supermarket with my daughter, Fiona, when we turned the corner and suddenly found ourselves face-to-face with a HUGEdisplay of Halloween stuff: ghosts, witches, skeletons, candy … the whole thing. Frankly, I found it a bit unnerving. I hadn’t even really begun

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