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Did you know…

  • Across the U.S., nearly 38 million Americans (about 11% of the population) are taking care of loved ones with chronic, disabling or serious health conditions.
  • 60% of family caregivers also have full- or part-time jobs.
  • 30% of all caregivers are caring for two generations.
  • The majority of caregivers (82%) care for one other adult, while 15% care for 2 adults and 3% for 3 or more adults.
  • About 15.7 million family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
  • Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female.
  • Family caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care. Nearly 1 in 4 caregivers spends 41 hours or more per week providing care.
  • On average, caregivers spend 13 days each month on tasks such as shopping, meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, transportation and medication management.
  • The average age of a family caregiver is 49.2 years old.
  • The average age of a care recipient is 69.4 years old – with 47% of recipients age 75 or older.
  • The average duration of a caregiver’s role is 4 years.

*Source – Family Caregiver Alliance and AARP

“Family caregivers are super stars,” said Mark Goetz, co-founder and president of Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “These statistics show that while caring for an older loved one is extremely rewarding, it can also be challenging and exhausting.” Continue reading Honoring Family Caregivers

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How bad will flu season be this year?

Because there has been significant flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere, experts say flu season in the U.S. could be severe – starting as early as October, peaking between December and February and possibly extending through May.

Doctors say one way to avoid the flu is to get the annual shot, which lowers the risk of getting infected or becoming severely sick from the flu. They say it’s especially important for older adults, because they are at higher risk of complications. It’s estimated that 70% – 80% of flu-related deaths and 50% – 70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 and older.

Here’s what experts want you to know:

Continue reading What You Need to Know About the 2023-2024 Flu Season

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To maximize efficiency, some home care organizations rely on remote video- or Zoom-driven caregiver trainings. At the Tudor Oaks Home Care we know there’s a better way.

“We believe the difference between a good caregiver and a great caregiver is training,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manger at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner HCAN. “That’s why we provide all of our caregivers with a world-class, hands-on experience before they start working with clients as well as on-going training opportunities to help them remain at the top of their game.”

When you choose to work with Tudor Oaks Home Care, you can be confident that your aging loved ones’ caregivers have successfully completed extensive training and are prepared to deliver consistent, compassionate care. Our in-person, hands-on training includes:

Continue reading Our Training Makes the Difference

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Did you know that loneliness can pose a health risk as deadly as smoking? It’s a growing concern – one that recently was addressed by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

“In recent years, about one-in-two adults in America reported experiencing loneliness,” Murthy says in an advisory. “And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic cut off so many of us from friends, loved ones, and support systems.”

Older people are at an increased risk for loneliness and isolation increases for a variety of reasons – driving may no longer possible, mobility issues, chronic illnesses and hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Continue reading Sounding the Alarm About Loneliness

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Your dad passed away about three months ago, and you’re beginning to realize just how much your mom depended on him.

He did all the driving… now she rarely leaves her home.

He was the cook… now her most of her meals come out of the microwave.

He did the laundry… now she sometimes wears the same outfit day after day.

You know she needs help, but she doesn’t want to leave the home she shared with her husband for more than 60 years.

“This is a very common situation,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations director at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “It’s completely understandable that mom or dad wants to remain in the family home – especially after the loss of a spouse. Thankfully, they don’t always need to move to assisted living to get the help they need. Families now have options to help their aging loved ones live safely in their homes for as long as possible – including enlisting the help of a professional caregiver.”

Continue reading What Does an In-Home Caregiver Do?

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New Tudor Oaks Home Care scheduling manager, Linda Belonger, was in Omaha, NE last week with the Home Care Advocacy Network (HCAN) team. Linda and the HCAN team take a deep dive into implementing a comprehensive program that offers multiple levels of service to seniors in the Muskego area. Linda states, “Helping clients and families understand the choices available to them and the benefits of home care are essential to developing a comfortable and beneficial relationship”.

Tudor Oaks Home Care enables seniors to have Tudor Oaks Senior Living Community quality care and support they have come to rely on and trust, in the comfort of their own home. The new services offer seniors and families a variety of supportive home care services to those who wish to remain independent, safe and healthy living in their own home.

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Tudor Oaks Home Care’s parent company American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Annette Greely as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. Annette is stepping into the role of retiring CEO, Jeff Hongslo. Annette brings more than 20 years progressive leadership to ABHM with extensive experience in home and community-based services, adult day care, senior housing, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Annette most recently held the position of CEO at Jones Harrison Senior Living, located in Minneapolis, MN.

Annette states, “I look forward to my new role as CEO at ABHM.  Over the next several weeks I plan to visit each community and get to know the staff and residents that make each ABHM community unique.” Ms. Greely also holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master’s degree in Gerontology.

Eden Prairie, MN based ABHM would like to thank Mr. Jeff Hongslo for his twenty years of service to the organization and recognize his steady leadership as ABHM navigated the global pandemic.

All of ABHM looks forward to Annette’s leadership and as she continues ABHM’s 93-year tradition of providing quality housing and health care services to seniors and families.

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest is a not-for-profit provider of senior living and health care since 1930.

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Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease actually begins 20 or more years before memory loss and other symptoms develop?

“Most people know that Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease, but there’s a lot about the disease that people don’t understand,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, so we’re joining other organizations to educate people about Alzheimer’s and share information about available resources and support.” Continue reading Alzheimer’s Disease By The Numbers

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Did you know that arthritis isn’t a single disease? The term actually refers to joint pain or joint disease, and there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.

May is recognized annually as Arthritis Awareness Month – an opportunity for us to join the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations to share information about arthritis and ways you can treat or manage it.

Here are some fast facts from the Arthritis Foundation: Continue reading Fast Facts About Arthritis

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