‘Home care’ differs from ‘home healthcare’

By Kayla Carney, AgingCare.com
Posted on April 25, 2023

"Home care” and “home healthcare” are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are very different in what they offer. Learn what senior care services each provides to determine the best fit for your needs. Types of home care services The first step in hiring in-home care services is identifying the differences in a caregiver’s duties and responsibilities between... READ MORE

Products that can make gardening easier

By Kimberly Blaker
Posted on April 21, 2023

Gardening offers many excellent mental and physical health benefits. First, it’s a healthy form of exercise. At the same time, it boosts your emotional health when you spend time outdoors while tending to your plants’ needs as they grow. Unfortunately, all the bending, extending, kneeling, lifting and other tasks gardening requires can become painful or difficult. If you find... READ MORE

Affordable ways to improve curb appeal

By Family Features
Posted on April 13, 2023

Your home’s first big impression is its curb appeal, so if your place is in need of sprucing up, you may wonder how you can make some updates without breaking the bank. These 10 ideas are easy on budgets, but they can also make a big impact on your home’s exterior image. Paint your front door. As long as your front door is in good condition, there’s no need to replace it... READ MORE

Consider co-buying a house with friends

By Abby Badach Doyle
Posted on April 10, 2023

Seven years ago, Phil Levin and his girlfriend, Kristen Berman, pondered a common question: Should we move in together? Levin assumed they’d take a predictable path and find a more affordable apartment outside of pricey San Francisco. But Berman, a behavioral scientist, shared her reservations about leaving their friend network — and some facts to back up her concern. “All the... READ MORE

DC Housing News — April 2023

By Beacon Staff
Posted on April 07, 2023

New community open in Waldorf In February, a new senior living community opened in Waldorf, Maryland, 45 minutes south of Washington, D.C. Harmony at Waldorf has studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The community offers three levels of care: 78 independent living apartments, 67 assisted living units, and 38 memory care rooms. “We have some of the largest floorplans in the... READ MORE

What do independent living sites offer?

By Scott Witt and Taylor Shuman, SeniorLiving.org
Posted on April 06, 2023

You have a dilemma. The home where you raised your children, the place you came home to for 30 years, and the yard you manicured, is now too much to manage. You no longer have the desire to weed the flower bed, lug the vacuum upstairs, and listen to your neighbor’s car stereo booming at night. But maybe the memories of this place stretch your entire adult life. Your kids took their... READ MORE

Volunteers perform needed home repairs

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on April 05, 2023

Awad Tanios, a double amputee, did not have an accessible bathroom or shower and could not get to the second floor of his townhouse in Montgomery Village, Maryland, so he slept in his living room. Now, thanks to a nonprofit, Tanios has a customized chair lift to bring him to his second-floor bathroom, where he can access a new shower with his wheelchair. A Maryland retiree was living ... READ MORE

Workshops help residents tell life stories

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 04, 2023

There’s power in telling your story. Last fall, at Brooke Grove Retirement Village in Sandy Spring, Maryland, a group of residents listened to each other’s life stories at an event led by a speaker from the nonprofit Story Tapestries. “People loved the opportunity to share their voice as well as listen,” said Arianna Ross, founder and CEO of Story Tapestries Inc., based in... READ MORE

Baltimore Housing News — April 2023

By Beacon Staff
Posted on April 03, 2023

Getting their goats at Inspirations Memory Care Two pygmy goats were born this winter at Inspirations Memory Care of Westminster, Maryland. More baby goats are on the way this spring at the farm-like six-acre community, which also has alpacas and chickens. Residents can feed, pet and hold the goats. “It’s animal therapy,” explained Christina Green, executive director of regional... READ MORE

When your adult child moves back home

By Kimberly Palmer
Posted on January 18, 2023

When Amanda Claypool was 28, she left a government contracting job in Washington, D.C., and moved back to her parents’ house in upstate New York while she figured out her next step. Then the pandemic struck, and her temporary return lasted longer than she’d planned. Living with her parents for several months “helped give me more flexibility to pivot to a new career,” said... READ MORE