Seniors Helping Seniors Blog http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog a way to give and to receive Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:21:02 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Exploring Franchise Opportunities http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/02/02/exploring-franchise-opportunities/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/02/02/exploring-franchise-opportunities/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:21:02 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/?p=60 Exploring Franchise Opportunities

If you are starting the process of researching franchise opportunities and also try to discover if you have the qualities to be a successful entrepreneur, then you are going through an exciting process! Even if you decide not to invest in a franchise at the end of your exploration process, you are likely to take away knowledge that will be useful in the future. Most franchisors will have an education process that they guide you through to see if you could be a good fit for each other. Not every franchise system is the same and this paper is intended to identify some of the more common things to expect as you go through a franchise education process.

One thing to keep in mind as you are learning about a franchise: many successful business people will give the advice “trust your gut”. If a franchise that you are learning about is conducting itself in a way that just doesn’t feel right, then it may not be the right system for you. On the other hand, if you really like a business model or concept and find that you have too many questions or concerns after your first or second contact with the Franchisor – do not discount that franchise. You need to do sufficient due diligence and learn enough about an opportunity so that you can make an informed decision. Most franchisors will be walking you through several steps to educate you about their system. If you walk away too early, you may have stopped learning about a business because of something that really would not have been a major issue or it could have been misunderstood by you.

Many people have the dream of owning their own business, being their own boss and being in control of their own future. Although you may already have the skills to start your own successful business, a franchise can allow an entrepreneur to start and grow a business faster and more economically by providing: training and support, a proven system, brand recognition and other systems and tools. Keep in mind that no matter how good a system is the success will always come down to the effort and abilities of the entrepreneur. You may have also heard the phrase that franchising is a secure way for an owner to be in business for himself but not by himself.

The All Important FDD

An FDD or Franchise Disclosure Document is a legal document that every franchisor must provide. You cannot sign a franchise agreement until you have had the FDD to review for 14 days. Before you are given an FDD you can expect to sign (either electronically or on paper) a document that says you have been given the FDD. You are not agreeing to invest in a franchise by signing this form but a franchisor must document that they provided you with their FDD. There are 23 items on an FDD and item 23 is the Acknowledgement of Receipt by a Prospective Franchisee – this is what you are signing when you get an FDD.

The 23 Items contained in an FDD will all be the same:

1. The Franchisor and Any Parents, Predecessors, and Affiliates.

2. Identity and Business Experience of Key Persons.

3. Litigation History.

4. Bankruptcy.

5. Initial Franchise Fee.

6. Other Fees and Expenses.

7. Franchisee’s Estimated Initial Investment.

8. Restrictions on Sources of Products and Services.

9. Obligations of the Franchisee.

10. Financing Arrangements.

11. Obligations of the Franchisor.

12. Territory.

13. Trademarks.

14. Patents, Copyrights, and Proprietary Information.

15. Obligation of the Franchisee to Participate in the Actual Operation of the Franchise Business.

16. Restrictions on Goods and Services Offered by the Franchisee.

17. Renewal, Termination, Repurchase, Modification and/or Transfer of the Franchise Agreement, and Dispute Resolution.

18. Public Figures

19. Financial Performance Representations.

20. List of Franchise Outlets

21. Financial Statements

22. Contracts

23. Acknowledgment of Receipt

An FDD will be accompanied by a copy of the actual franchise agreement that you would sign if you move forward with a franchise opportunity. A lot of information is contained within an FDD but franchising is (or should be) a mutually beneficial relationship. So the exchange of information needs to be a two way street and as you are investigating a franchise opportunity you should expect a franchisor to be asking questions of you as well as requesting information including your financial situation along with a profile or bio.

Many franchisors will not even call you until you submit your financial information to them. Some restaurant franchises, for example, have liquid capital requirements of $1,000,000 and some franchisors do not want to waste time with a financially unqualified prospective franchisee. Hopefully a franchisor is asking you other questions along with your financial situation. After all, if the only requirement is having enough zeros in the bank account how do you know that other franchise owners will be good neighbors for you? Franchisors are not required to let anyone buy a franchise they can reject a prospective candidate at any time for any reason. You must meet their qualifications just as they must meet yours to be granted a franchise.

An FDD does make it easier to compare franchise systems. You will hear most franchisors spend the most time talking about items 7 and 19 (Item 19 is not required). Item 7 discusses a franchisee’s initial investment to start the business and item 19 is a financial performance representation of the franchise system.

Up until recently, the FTC did not allow franchisors to include any financial performance representations of the franchise system. This was both good and bad. It protected potential franchisees from misleading or inaccurate information. But at the same time not allowing this prevented franchisors from giving any sort of information relating to potential earnings.  Depending on the franchise, Item 19 may be very lengthy, very limited or non-existent.

While it is nice to have some picture of potential earnings, the numbers from an Item 19 should be taken with a grain of salt for the following reasons:

Average numbers can be misleading and may not reflect how most franchises perform. A few very successful franchises could over inflate a number, while a few duds could under value a number.

Gross sales also do not tell us about a franchisee’s costs or profit. Many franchisors do not have Net Profit information on their franchisees to share.

Geographic relevance is important as earnings may vary with geography.

Franchisee’s backgrounds are not disclosed and different franchisees are going to come from a variety of educational and business backgrounds.

The success or failure of some franchisees does not guarantee anything about your performance.

Other items in an FDD that you will want to pay attention to are the:

  • Franchise Fee – what you invest for the brand, logos, training, systems, tools and processes.
  • The Royalty – This is usually determined based on gross sales. In some industries the royalty fee can be as high as 30%. In the Senior Care Industry it is typically in the 4-8% range[1]
  • Required Advertising Expenses – Most franchises will have local and national advertising requirements.  Keep this in mind when looking at the royalty fee as some companies will tout a low royalty but have high national advertising fees. You want to grow your business anyway so don’t worry about local advertising requirements if it is only a couple percent of your gross sales as you are likely to spend that regardless of the requirement. National advertising is usually taken as a percentage of your gross sales and the franchisor typically decides where to spend the national ad fund.
  • Item 7 cost ranges typically have a low and a high number. These numbers can vary greatly and don’t be afraid to have a discussion with the franchisor to find out what can impact those ranges. The senior care average is under $100,000[2]

While the FDD is an important document that you should review in its entirety it is still a document. Franchising is also very much a relationship. You will have expectations of the franchisor and they will also have expectations for their franchisees. Just like we said earlier in this paper, trust your gut, are you confident in the support system that is in place along with the systems, tools and process that are part of the franchise system? Are you comfortable with the corporate culture of the organization along with the mission, vision and long term goals?

The Franchise Education Process

The actual process that a franchise uses to educate you about their system can vary but, they often follow some version of this process.

  • You may have scheduled phone calls with different people
  • You may have scheduled calls with the same person
  • You may attend a webinar or be sent a video
  • Most franchise will hold an Open House or Discovery Day where you meet the corporate team in person. This day may vary significantly from franchise to franchise but it is a very important step to get a much better understanding of the franchise.
  • The franchisor may have set times that you can talk to existing franchisees to ask them questions
  • Territory review and analysis
  • Pre signing review
  • Signing of the franchise agreement

Hopefully this paper is useful as you search for the right business opportunity to meet your goals and achieve your dreams. Is there a franchise out there for you? Well, as consumers we probably interact with a franchise virtually every day we leave our house. According to a recent IFA report there are about 900,000 franchise businesses in the US. Franchises generate more than $1 trillion dollars each year in retail sales (which is about 1 of every 3 retail dollars). Franchises employ one out of every 17 people in the US workforce. So there is likely something out there that you are passionate about.

About the Author:

Dave VanderLinde Jr. has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration that he obtained in 2002 while working in Silicon Valley. Before entering the franchise world he was an international sales manager supporting agents across Asia, Europe and South America.  In 2011 Dave was awarded his CSA (Certified Senior Advisor) certification. Dave is currently both a franchisee in the Seniors Helping Seniors® Franchise system as well as a Regional Owner for Seniors Helping Seniors responsible for franchise development in Michigan and Northern Indiana along with the coaching of new franchise partners as they open in his region. Seniors Helping Seniors currently has 13 franchises in this region and approximately 200 across the country. They were ranked #164 by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur 500 – Jan. 2012 issue. Ranked #44 in the Top Fastest Growing Franchises in the country Feb 2012 issue. Expect to be ranked #37 in the Top Home Based Franchises in the Country – April 2012 issue. info@shsmichigan.com www.homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/franchise


[1] Home Care Franchise Fees from Franchise Direct Average Royalty 4%, National Advertising 1.5% and Local Advertising 2.2%.

[2] Franchise Business Review  “Senior Care and Home Health Care Franchises” Special Report December 2010.

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Seniors Helping Seniors Versus Residential Facilities http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/02/01/seniors-helping-seniors-versus-residential-facilities/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/02/01/seniors-helping-seniors-versus-residential-facilities/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 02:10:29 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/?p=54 SENIORS Helping SENIORS VS      Residential Facilities

SHS v LTC

Seniors Helping Seniors In Home Services

1) One-on-One personal attention

  • “Gold” Standard of Care: Tailored to You
  • Partnership With Consistent Caregivers
  • Fostering independence

2) In your own home

  • Comfortable
  • Familiarity
  • Memories
  • Control of Environment

3) Eat at your time frame

  • Independent Schedule
  • Flexibility of Menu

4) Visitors when you want

  • Social Flexibility
  • Control of Environment

5) Home Environment

  • Warm
  • Inviting
  • Peaceful

6) As your needs increase, your price does NOT always

  • Reduced Financial Hardship
  • Greater Emotional and Financial Stability

7) Pets Allowed

  • Increased Companionship
  • Increased Activity

8 ) Remain in your home, your room does NOT move

  • Comfort and Security
  • Surrounded by Personal Belongings
  • Constant Connection to Familiar surrounding &  Memories

9) One set price

  • Simple and Easy-to-Understand
  • Peace of Mind
  • Less Financial Stress
  • Savings: keep more of your money

10)   No Dr. Changes

  • Keep your same Doctor
  • More accessible to your time needs

Residential Facilities

1) Checked based on staff’s availability

  • Inconsistent
  • Unpredictable
  • Dependent on Revolving Caregivers Focusing on Multiple Individuals

2) In a small room, limited space

  • Cramped
  • Isolated and Unfamiliar
  • Downsized Possessions
  • Relinquished Control of Environment

3) Eat at designated times

  • Rigid Schedules and Menus
  • Less Choice for dietary needs

4) Visitors only at times allowed

  • Restrictive Social Rules
  • No Control Of Environment

5) Clinical environment at all times

  • Cold
  • Noisy
  • Chaotic At All Hours

6) As your needs increase, your price DOES increase

  • Heightened Financial Hardship
  • Less Emotional and Financial Stability

7) No Pets

  • Reduced Companionship
  • Reduced Activity

8 ) Leave your home, your room may be moved

  • Physical & emotional stress level increase
  • Fewer Personal Belongings
  • Reduced Connection to Familiar Surroundings & memories

9) Each need is a separate charge

  • Confusing and Arbitrary
  • Increased Emotional Stress
  • Increased Financial Stress
  • Depletion of Savings

10)   In House Dr’s Only

  • Contracted Dr’s only
  • Only available when they are there on-site
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Wake Up West Michigan!!! http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/01/21/wake-up-west-michigan/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/01/21/wake-up-west-michigan/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:49:44 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2012/01/21/wake-up-west-michigan/ We hold an annual picnic in Grand Rapids to celebrate our caregivers as well as all those seniors in our Grand Rapids area who receive our non-medical in home health care services. Along with the Grand Rapids Press, WZZM 13 showed up to our picnic and they taped us for their Wake Up West Michigan segment -see the video here http://www.wzzm13.com/video/1119412621001/1/Wake-Up-West-Michigan-Seniors-Helping-Seniors

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The Cost of Home Care http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/28/the-cost-of-home-care/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/28/the-cost-of-home-care/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 01:16:25 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/28/the-cost-of-home-care/ View our new blog for an article about costs associated with home care.
http://seniorshelpingseniorsmi.blogspot.com/2011/03/metlife-report-on-home-care-costs.html

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Choosing Independence http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/10/choosing-independence/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/10/choosing-independence/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:15:10 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/?p=46 Choosing Independence

Lynn Albanelli (left) of Seniors Helping Seniors works with Grady Williams of New Hudson. / Hal Gould |
Staff Photographer

Company pairs up seniors and helps them stay in their own homes

By Diane Gale Andreassi
CORRESPONDENT

Grady Williams probably would not be able to live in his own home without Seniors Helping Seniors.
“They help me do certain things I can’t do, like keeping the house up,” according to the 80-year-old New Hudson resident.

In addition to helping him with cleaning and other chores, Kim Fischer also takes him to bingo and brings him puzzles that they do together.

The concept behind the nationwide franchise is to link senior caregivers with seniors who need non-nursing help tailored to their specific needs to maintain a desired level of independence. Often, instead of going to a nursing facility, the client stays in their familiar setting and is able to keep their pets and all their belongings.

“We provide seniors with the ability to choose an independent lifestyle in their own homes, for as long as possible, with the dignity and respect they deserve by finding caring seniors to help each other,” according to Lynn Albanelli, who co-owns and is partner with Jim Ludwig to provide Seniors Helping Seniors in west Oakland, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Albanelli was a caregiver for Ludwig’s wife when she was dying a few years ago.

On the giving end, Seniors Helping Seniors is for seniors who want to stay active; supplement their income and find other seniors who want to receive a service they can provide.

“It is senior aged people who have the heart of a volunteer who want to help their peers stay in their homes,” Albanelli said.

The character of the seniors providing services as well as the seniors receiving services is checked to help ensure the security and safety of all the people involved. Some of the services include providing companionship, homemaking, personal hygiene, 24-hour care, house repairs, medication reminders, bathing assistance, yard work, transportation, shopping, travel planning, respite assistance, Alzheimer and dementia care, as well as helping with pets.

“We also approach it from a budget conscience approach,” Ludwig said. “There is no hour minimum. We try to set a plan of care that works around their needs and their resources. We’re willing to fill-in one or two hours or 10 hours here and there — whatever is required. We take people shopping or take them out for a drive.
“The providers and receivers tend to grow to be very good friends,” he added. “Our care is provided to seniors in need, by seniors of the same generation. We often hear our receivers say how comfortable they are, because they relate so well with each other.

“It’s a tremendous organization, and we hope to provide care to as many seniors as we can,” Ludwig added.
GIVING BACK

Williams’ caregiver, Kim Fischer, said she got involved with Seniors Helping Seniors, because she “needed something to do.”

“I was new to the area and wanted to get out of the house,” she added. “I got hooked up with Grady and you become friends with the people you take care of. I feel like I’m checking up on him and giving back to my community. And I do get paid.

“I feel like I’m helping him stay in his home,” Fischer said. “I have another gentleman I take care of and we just chit chat.”

Seniors Helping Seniors is for the “providers to get as much out of it as the receivers,” Ludwig said. “Lynn and myself are sort of like matchmakers to give people who need help to people who will provide it in their own home environment, assisted living or nursing home.”

Seniors Helping Seniors was co-founded by Kiran and Philip Yocom 13 years ago. It grew from Kiran’s personal mission to care for those who are unable to care for themselves. Before coming to the United States from India, Kiran worked with Mother Teresa for 14 years. Currently, Kiran serves as the organization’s chairwoman and Philip is president/CEO.

“It’s typically for folks who don’t have all the abilities they used to have,” Albanelli said. “We want to help these seniors and keep them in their homes.”

Ludwig said it’s important, though not mandatory, for those providing care to be senior citizens because, “they are more in-tune with the people they’re providing services to. The loving, caring, compassionate component of this business is integral.”

A HELPING HAND

Currently, Ludwig and Albanelli have seven receivers and four employees. “I have also been the person in my family who takes care of everyone,” Albanelli said. “I started in the computer field and I was able to stay home and help my husband with his cement company.”

She also comes to the job with knowledge of where senior care can be improved.
“I was taking care of Jim’s wife, Carol, as one of her primary caregivers and I had taken care of mother-in-law who had diabetes,” Albanelli said. “I could see where care was lacking.”

“I really want to help people and this was the perfect opportunity for me to do that,” she said. “It’s funny. A lot of people say, ‘You’re not a senior.’ But, they are so comfortable with me. They want me to be with them when their regular provider can’t be.”

One client was depressed after losing his life partner. A Seniors Helping Seniors provider visited three days weekly to talk and try to help fill the void. Seniors Helping Seniors are also available to visit people in assisted living facilities if there is a need that is not being met.

“Another woman just wanted someone there as a companion,” she said. “We match the providers with the assisters. They want to help the seniors in the community and make their lives easier. I have never met so many people who just wanted to help people. It’s amazing.

And the people receiving the care “are just so grateful and thankful,” Albanelli said. “They just want someone to talk to. It makes me feel so good that I can bring a little light to their day.”
Ludwig worked for 30 years as a landscape architect when his wife was stricken with a debilitating disease. Albanelli helped with her care.

A few years ago Ludwig attended a franchise fair in Novi and he kept returning to the Seniors Helping Seniors booth where he learned there are 130 franchise partners in 35 states.

“One thing led to another and I purchased a franchise,” Ludwig said.

For more information, contact Seniors Helping Seniors at (810) 229-6400 or visit www.seniorshelpingseniors.com/owl.

For franchise information contact Dave VanderLinde Jr @ 616-916-6160 or info@shsmichigan.com

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The “Golden” Years – by: J Daniel Lewis DDS http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/07/the-%e2%80%9cgolden%e2%80%9d-years-by-j-daniel-lewis-dds/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/07/the-%e2%80%9cgolden%e2%80%9d-years-by-j-daniel-lewis-dds/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 19:06:47 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/03/07/the-%e2%80%9cgolden%e2%80%9d-years-by-j-daniel-lewis-dds/ The “Golden” Years – by: J Daniel Lewis DDS
The following article was written by Dr. J Daniel Lewis DDS of Grand Rapids, MI who has been taking care of our family for nearly 30 years….thanks Dr. Lewis. Remember, for any senior related issues or concerns call Seniors Helping Seniors…if we cannot help you, we will let you know who you can trust in our community.
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When I was first practicing dentistry I had the pleasure of treating a sweet 80 something “young” lady with a very sharp wit. One day as I came in to check on her after a cleaning, I asked her how she was enjoying her “golden years”. She didn’t bat an eye and replied, “Sonny, they may look golden but it’s actually rust”. Twenty five years later I find her response more and more accurate. I see this on a personal level but also witness patients struggle every day with the challenges to maintain a healthy mouth as the body changes.

One of the biggest issues as we get older is decay (cavities).Today we see more decay in older adults than we do in kids. Some causes for this are changes in our bodies and also in the environment of our mouth. Decay starts with acid. Acids are graded on the pH scale. The lower the pH number the stronger the acid. Water is neutral and has a pH of 7.0. Battery acid has a pH of 1.0. Any acid that has a pH of 5.4 or lower will start leaching minerals from teeth (starts decay or “cavities”). This loss of minerals leads to softening of the enamel so that it wears faster, and decay in the enamel and dentin (the root surfaces, which is softer than enamel). Just for conversation sake, a regular Pepsi has a pH of 2.49 as well as having a lot of sugar which will also be turned into acid by bacteria (bugs) in the mouth. Juices have the same problem with a low pH and a lot of sugar. Bottom line, foods that are acidic and/or have sugar lead to decay.

As we get older there are many changes in the body and the mouth in particular. Here are a few.

Decrease in saliva flow due to general aging as well as an increase in medications, the majority of which have the side effect of decreasing saliva. It is important to know that the saliva is critical in protecting the teeth. Saliva keeps the teeth slippery to prevent food from sticking. Saliva neutralizes (pH of saliva is 7.4) the acids that cause decay (cavities). Saliva actually repairs the teeth by providing minerals that can go back into the enamel (the outside shell of the tooth) and provides antibodies to decrease bacteria that produce acids.

Recession of the gums leading to exposed root surfaces. This not only exposes more of the softer tooth surface (dentin) to decay but also allows more nooks and crannies for food to collect. This food is then broken down by bacteria (bugs) in the mouth to produce acid. As long as the food is present the acid is being produced, plus, for twenty minutes after it is gone.

Decrease in dexterity to be able to keep teeth clean. Whether it is rheumatoid arthritis or just stiffness in the fingers, hands and wrists, it all makes it more difficult to clean the mouth.

Older restorations start breaking down through wear and tear. The longer we are around the more likely we are to have larger restorations which are also more difficult to maintain and are more likely to break down.

Decrease in taste sensation. For most individuals, the last taste buds working are the sweet ones. This many times leads to the proverbial “sweet tooth”. We eat more sweets because we can taste it. Every time we take a nibble of something sweet, the bacteria in our mouth continues to produce acids for twenty minutes after the sweetness is gone. So the frequency of the sweets has a greater influence on the amount of acid produced (leads to cavities) than the amount of sugar eaten.

Even though the cards are stacked against us as we get older, we can still fight back. Here are some suggestions that can help decrease decay.

Sip water. This will help clean the debris from around your teeth, dilute the acid (water has a pH of 7.0) in the mouth and increase the saliva flow and production.

Decrease snacking frequency. If you are going to snack, make the most of it and get it done.

Clean your mouth at least twice a day. This includes brushing, flossing and any special tools that help clean out those nooks and crannies (proxibrushes, sulca brushes, tooth picks or electric tooth brushes).

Use high concentration fluoride toothpastes (prescription strength from your dentist). If you use this right before bed without rinsing afterward, the fluoride sits around the teeth longer and is more effective at reducing decay.

Recent studies also now suggest the use of custom fit trays with bleaching gel (carbamide peroxide) in them for five minutes a day. These studies indicate an overall decrease of bacteria in the mouth as well as an increase in pH (neutralizing the acid).

Bottom line is that you can do a lot to help yourself. “Don’t wait till it hurts” because as we get older it usually won’t hurt until it is a major problem. Get into your dentist at least a couple of times a year and let them find any issue when it is still small. The best course is to prevent the “rust” but if that doesn’t work just get it taken care of early. Like every thing else as we age we need more maintenance. Welcome to the “Golden Years”!

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Upcoming Spring Events http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/02/28/upcoming-spring-events/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/02/28/upcoming-spring-events/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 04:23:03 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/02/28/upcoming-spring-events/ Visit our new blog to see the upcoming expos that we will be at

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New Blog http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/19/new-blog/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/19/new-blog/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 02:39:49 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/?p=41 We are in the process of moving our blog.

You can continue to view previous posts on this blog, but please check out our new site!

http://seniorshelpingseniorsmi.blogspot.com/

We are in the process of getting more guest bloggers for more valuable information!

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January is National Glaucoma Month http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/19/january-is-national-glaucoma-month/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/19/january-is-national-glaucoma-month/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 02:38:11 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/?p=39 Are You At Risk for The Silent Thief of Sight?

We would like to thank Dr. PJ Holser of Advanced Eyecare of Grand Rapids for providing us with some useful information about Glaucoma.Did you know January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month? Neither did we, but now we all do!

Please read the following article from Dr. Holser and get his contact information from the resources page of our website if you have any questions for Grand Rapids’ leading eye care specialist.

Are You At Risk for

The Silent Thief of Sight?It can come with no warning and no noticeable symptoms. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. “IT” is Glaucoma, the Silent Thief of Sight, according to Dr. Patrick Holser, Therapeutic Optometrist
“January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and we encourage all people, especially those at higher risk for this disease, to familiarize themselves with the potential symptoms and need for regular eye examinations” Dr. Holser said. “A regular eye examination is especially critical since a person with early-stage Glaucoma may not notice any symptoms at all.”
Dr. Holser added that while the early stage symptoms may not be noticeable, persons with more advanced Glaucoma -may notice blurred vision, the presence of halos around lights, loss of peripheral vision and difficulty focusing on objects.
“Glaucoma affects an estimated 4 million Americans,” Dr. Holser said.  Some people are more at risk than others. Those at higher risk include:•People over the age of 60•African-Americans over age 40•People with diabetes •Individuals that have experienced a serious eye injury •Anyone with a family history of glaucoma
“While there is no cure for Glaucoma, early detection and treatment can slow or prevent further vision loss,” Dr. Holser said. “First and foremost in the process is a comprehensive eye health exam by your family eye doctor.”
Dr. Holser owns and practices at Advanced Eye Care of Grand Rapids located at 5258 Plainfield Ave NE in Grand Rapids and is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, The Vision Source network includes more than 2,100 offices in all 50 states and in Canada. Find out more at www.advancedeyecaregr.com

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Why is In-home Senior Care Growing? http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/13/why-is-in-home-senior-care-growing/ http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/13/why-is-in-home-senior-care-growing/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:45:20 +0000 Administrator http://homehealthcaregrandrapids.com/blog/2011/01/13/why-is-in-home-senior-care-growing/ The “Graying of America” is something we have all heard about now for years. News stories tell us daily about boomers, our elderly and upcoming changes in health care and so forth. And, it’s true. Our population is aging and our resources are being more and more stretched as we try to care for our elderly in the manner that they want to be cared for.

Why Is the Need for Homecare Greater than Before?

Did anyone ever want to go into a nursing home?

Not in most cases. But historically many families were able to provide care for their elderly relatives so that they did not need to go into a nursing home or assisted living facility. And families still do provide care – 65 million Americans are already serving as caregivers.

Who Are Caregivers
Many caregivers are baby boomers themselves. Older baby boomers are starting to turn 65 now and they are becoming more aware of the need to plan for their own needs. We are seeing our government start to talk about how to deal with our aging population in the best and most cost effective manner. Caregivers themselves in many cases are trying to juggle family, work and care giving.

What Happened?
What changes have happened in our society to make this issue bigger today than it ever was in the past?
1) Adult Children are more likely to live further away (do you know anyone who has left Michigan?)
2) Higher divorce rates mean more seniors are living alone and families caring for 2 elderly parents are stretched even more
3) Lower birthrates mean fewer potential caregivers
4) Nearly 40% of chronically ill adults live alone (according to a U of M study) and many of them are married to a spouse with health issues of their own

Seniors Helping Seniors has a well defined process to help potential franchise partners get all the information they need to make an informed and prudent business decision. At the same time we are sharing information about us with you, we also want to learn more about why you think in-home care may be a good fit for you.
Throughout our process you will have the opportunity to meet our founders as well as our entire corporate team, speak with and ask questions of existing franchise partners, go through a detailed demographic analysis to define a territory that sets you up for success and review our franchise agreement. Email today to take the first step in learning more about the franchise opportunities available with Seniors Helping Seniors In-home Services.

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