Michelle Woodbrey

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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Wait Lists Can Be Your Friend

Last week, we received a call from a client who we wished had gone onto wait lists. This was someone whose father had reached the point where he could no longer live on his own: “We are finally ready to move dad to a memory care community. As you may recall, he is adamant about

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Ask the Right Questions, the Right Way

Now that the world is beginning to open up again (yay!), older adults and their loved ones in search of an assisted living community can once again conduct on-site visits and face-to-face interviews with staff. Virtual visits were surprisingly effective, but nothing compares to seeing firsthand what a community looks like, how caregivers interact with

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What is Safety Awareness?

It was December of 2015, but I remember it like it was yesterday… Our mom was out for the evening and our dad was home alone. He always loved tinkering around the house, and he decided to hang a picture above a credenza in the living room of their condo. Doing so required climbing a

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