caregiver

5 Nighttime Routines to Improve Sleep in Seniors

5 Nighttime Routines to Improve Sleep in Seniors Building a regular nighttime routine is the best way to train a restless mind to sleep. Following a certain pattern signals the mind that it’s time to sleep and makes falling asleep easier. Insomnia can cause depression, anxiety, stress, and lowered function during the day. With the high […]

Guest Blog: Putting the “Win” Back in Winter (at ANY AGE)

Winter months can be hard to weather (pun slightly intended) regardless of age; often, the days are short and the temperatures are at their lowest.  Thanks to these and various other seasonal factors, staying cooped up indoors is often the answer.  However, with a little bit of planning, this seasonal slump can be trumped. Craft […]

WHY Didn’t we do this SOONER? (Aging in Place)

I took my children on the three hour drive from Seattle to visit my parents and our extended family for Thanksgiving in the Portland/Vancouver area last week.  We had a wonderful dinner and event with 25 people in the extended Murphy family, and the kids – as always – had a great time with their […]

Guest Blog: Choosing Between Assisted Living and In-Home Care

When a senior is no longer able to live independently, the individual and his or her family must make some big decisions. And one of the biggest? Choosing the best way to get the individual the assistance and support that he or she requires for day-to-day living. For many families, this boils down to three […]

Insurance Forces a Deserving Client to Accept a Lesser Life

I was contacted by a Nurse Care Manager from Portland, Oregon a few months ago to meet her on site at a client’s home in my county to discuss home modifications to help improve his life at home after a severe work injury that left him missing a portion of one arm and one leg […]

EXTEND YOUR LIFE AT HOME – SAFER, HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, WEALTHIER, and LONGER

I’ve touched on this in many different ways over the last 18 months since we started EtMM as a website in early 2012.  But I felt this was a good time to summarize and get to some of the main clear points of why this is our mission statement (click for a short video on why […]

Guest Blog: Receiving Assistance without Sacrificing Independence

There’s nothing quite like the helpless feeling of watching your own self-sufficiency slip through your fingers. After all, as adults, we value our confidence, vibrancy, and self-reliance. However, it is natural that, with age, you or your loved ones may find that you need a little more assistance with things that are seemingly simple in […]

Mom’s Out of Money, Now She’s MOVING IN

This was a real phone call I received last week from a gentleman in our Rotary club.  It’s all too common nowadays with the “Silver Tsunami” and their own “Sandwich Generation” issues they are dealing with in their own lives.  We sincerely appreciated that he thought of EtMM and ADM Architecture to help him with […]

Guest Blog: Tips to Keep Your Hearing Aid in Good Health

So you’ve got yourself a brand spanking new hearing aid, and life is good again – you can hear the giggles of a newborn, the chorus of the sparrows in the morning, and the guitar solo on your very favourite song. All is well with the world. And you want it to stay that way, […]

Multi-Generational Housing is Multi-Beneficial

I love the fact that my own 6 and 8 year old have been able to get to know and spend some quality time with MY grandfather, who turned 93 last month.  I’m so blessed that Carl has been such a vibrant and alive human being for so long.  I love the photos and memories […]

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