Home Instead Senior Care, Birmingham

US Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Award & Community Excellence Award

Monday, February 23, 2015

We are so honored to be name US Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner. With this award, we are automatically eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community.  We hope that you feel we have found notable success and vote for us here. The winner will be decided through online public voting between February 19 and March 4.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 18, 2015                           Contact: Tyler Hernandez


Home Instead Senior Care of Birmingham, AL  Named U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced Home Instead Senior Care of Birmingham, Alabama, as a winner in its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards®, a program that recognizes companies for their success and innovation and for their contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. Home Instead Senior Care was selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.


“While our economy still struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses like our Blue Ribbon Award winners have continued to act as examples of the resilience, ingenuity, and opportunity at work in the free enterprise system,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Times can be tough, but these businesses have proven that they can be too. And by taking risks, watching out for their employees, and giving back to their communities, they’ve shown that success is achievable.”


The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists from among this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners on March 18 and honor all of this year’s winners at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit, taking place June 8 – 10 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.


All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner will be decided through online public voting between February 19 and March 4.


“Starting and growing a business can be a risky endeavor, but these small businesses have proven that with risk, comes reward,” Donohue continued. “Through hard work and innovation, they’re impacting their communities, contributing to economic growth, and creating jobs. And the Chamber is proud to recognize them for their achievements.”


A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners is available here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.



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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Be a Santa to a Senior 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors FREE WEBINAR

Friday, March 7, 2014

Do you have a client or a loved one who could potentially go into the hospital one day? If so, this free webinar is for you!

Please register by clicking here: http://members.asaging.org/members_online/registration/register.asp?mt=WB0409S&af=ASA

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Vestavia Hills Police to host RX Take-back Day TOMORROW!

Friday, October 25, 2013

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Vestavia Hills Police Department will partner with the DEA to give the public an opportunity to turn in their unwanted prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-back Day. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. VHPD will collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at City Hall, 513 Montgomery Highway and at VHPD’s East Precinct, Cahaba Heights at 3241 Cahaba Heights Road.

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Be a Santa to a Senior

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Be a Santa to a Senior is just around the corner! We are looking forward to a great year of providing a holiday treat for seniors who otherwise would not receive anything. Most of the seniors we assist do not have family to visit them either.
If you would like to donate to this great cause, please click on the link provided and fill out the form. This helps us with our planning. We would like all the items to us by December 6th. We understand this is early, but we usually have to turn around and purchase more items so that we can make sure all of the requests are met.


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Walking to Remember 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Come join our team for the Alzheimer's of Central Alabama's 
Saturday, November 2, 2013
This is always a fun event and we love to see new faces join us!
Contact us today at 822.1915 and commit to join us!

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There's an app for that...

Monday, September 30, 2013

App: Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion

Your On-the-Go Guide for Dementia Care Advice

How do you deal with a mother who is always accusing you of stealing from her?
That’s a common question asked by many sons and daughters caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The accusation scenario could just as easily be replaced with: who won’t eat her food, who refuses to shower, who hides her underwear in my purse, who curses at me, who urinates in the bedroom floor vent, or who doesn’t recognize me.
While the situation at hand may differ from day to day and from person to person, the core question remains:
How do I deal?

An App Designed to Help You Deal

We created the Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Companion App as a pocket guide to help get you through all the dementia care situations you likely never dreamed you’d have to face.
You can download this free app now so when you have a question about the best way to handle a situation, you’ll have quick, helpful tips from experts and other caregivers instantly at your fingertips.

App Overview & Features

The Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Companion is an iOS mobile app available in the app store for download at no cost. It offers immediate advice with close to 500 searchable tips and practical solutions to help deal with behaviors and situations related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Features include:
  • 25 topic categories containing close to 500 searchable pieces of advice from experts and other caregivers regarding:
    • Behaviors and situations
    • Emotional support
    • Helpful resources
  • “Ask a Question” submission form if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for
  • Functionality to share advice from your own experience for the benefit of other caregivers
  • A built-in rating system for users to provide feedback on each tip so caregivers benefit from others’ insight and evaluation of the advice
  • 24-hour caregiving assistance available via a toll-free phone number or email submission
  • Access to free Alzheimer’s and other dementias caregiver resources and training materials
  • Ability to access all of the solutions and tips without Internet connectivity

A Companion to Confidence to Care

This app serves as an on-the-go companion piece to the bookConfidence to Care: A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home. The book combines personal stories with the same practical tips available through the app to help you confidently deal with the most common issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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New Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias Care

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home

One of our franchise network’s first reported experiences with Alzheimer’s disease involved a senior who refused to change clothes. She insisted on wearing the same gray pantsuit every day, all day.
Maybe you face similar frustrating situations as you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Without understanding what triggers the behaviors associated with the disease, or knowing practical techniques to help counter them, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
But discovering simple tips, like buying a duplicate pantsuit to encourage the senior into a fresh set of clothes, can mean the difference between endless frustration and a positive care experience.

Gaining the Confidence to Care

We created this resource to help you replace your fears and frustrations with the confidence to care.
Confidence to Care: A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home is your essential handbook to becoming more confident in your ability to understand, manage and even help alleviate dementia-related behavioral symptoms that your loved one may be prone to exhibit.

Why We Wrote the Book

We wrote this book to help you. This book combines personal stories with practical techniques drawn from decades of caregiving experience from family caregivers, professional CAREGivers℠ within the Home Instead Senior Care® network, and internationally recognized experts.
All profits from this book will be donated to the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation and designated for dementia-related organizations and causes.

What You’ll Learn from This Book

This book focuses on both memory and behavior symptoms that family caregivers often need help with, including their loved one’s resistance to common personal care activities. Each of these chapters offer plenty of care approaches and prevention tips, and begin with a relevant and moving real-life family caregiver story. The chapter topics include:
  • Aggression and Anger
  • Agitation and Anxiety
  • Bedtime Struggles and Sleep Problems
  • Confusion and Memory Loss
  • Delusions
  • False Accusations and Paranoia
  • Hiding/Misplacing Things/Rummaging
  • Hostility
  • Judgment (problems with decision-making and problem-solving)
  • Medication Mismanagement
  • Mood Changes
  • Repetition
  • Sexually Inappropriate Behavior
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Wandering
Confidence to Care also highlights the importance of caring for yourself while caring for others.

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Home Instead Client on ABC 33/40

Monday, September 23, 2013

Our precious client, Mike Hamilton, shared his story of taking care of his wife who suffers from Alzheimers.  
ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

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Be a Santa to a Senior 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Be a Santa to a Senior in Birmingham is just around the corner. There are many, many lonely seniors in our area that won't get a visit from family during the holidays. Here is where we come in. We work with local senior agencies to help us identify seniors in our area that are alone during the holidays. With your help, we are able to provide them with a Christmas surprise! Please see the information below and let us know if you have any questions.

If you need a PDF of this file, please email us at allison.youngblood@homeinstead.com and we will send you one! 
Thank you!

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Congratulations to our June CAREGiver of the Month!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Congratulations Sharika! 

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Aging Myths Busted! New research dispels common misperceptions about seniors.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Home Instead Senior Care/Marist Poll research dispels common misperceptions about seniors

New Research Debunks Top Five Myths About Aging

OMAHA, Neb. – April 11, 2013 – Many Americans fear the social impacts of aging. From wrinkles to serious health and financial concerns, aging undoubtedly creates anxiety for people of all ages. However, according to new research* released by Home Instead Senior Care®, the leading global provider of home care services for seniors, there are significant gaps between the perceptions and realities of mature age.
The new research reveals that the majority of seniors do not experience many of the common concerns associated with aging. Younger generations can rest easy as the following myths about old age are debunked:
  1. Happiness is for the young. Not true. Only 29 percent of Millennials (age 18-30) describe themselves as very happy, compared to 44 percent of the Greatest Generation (age 66+).
  2. Your physical appearance will terrify you most. A decline in physical appearance as one ages is a secondary concern to memory loss. More than 80 percent (82 percent) of American adults cite memory loss as a top fear, compared to 11 percent who cite beauty concerns.
  3. Your bank account will run dry. Although more than half (52 percent) of Americans believe money is a very serious problem for older generations, only 14 percent of people over 65 lack financial resources to support themselves.
  4. Technology will outpace you. The future model of your iPhone won’t escape the older version of you. Nearly four in ten (38 percent) of Americans perceive people over 65 can’t keep up with new technology as they age. Yet, only 15 percent of seniors cite this as a serious problem.
  5. Aging undoubtedly brings loneliness. Almost 40 percent (37 percent) perceive loneliness as a major issue for older Americans. However, only 5 percent of seniors say it’s a very serious problem.
"Home Instead is committed to changing the face of aging. It is imperative for earlier generations – Millenials, Generation X and Baby Boomers – to distinguish myth from reality," said Roger Baumgart, CEO of Home Instead, Inc. "There needs to be a more realistic perception about aging as the older population rises from 800 million to 2 billion people over the next 30 years."
Despite these misperceptions, most U.S. adults agree that older Americans lack respect from younger generations. Almost 80 percent say seniors don’t receive enough of it. Now those are words we can grow (older) on.
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care franchise offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, Home Instead CAREGivers are trained in the network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.
*The survey was undertaken by Home Instead Senior Care and conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. 1,247 adults 18 years of age and older residing in the continental United States were interviewed by telephone from September 26, 2012, through September 29, 2012. Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the nation. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to its population. To increase coverage, the landline sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined. Results are statistically significant within ±2.8 percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.

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May CAREGiver of the Month

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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