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Caregiver Program – Filling the Downtime

June 20th, 2018 by

A frequent complaint that we hear as a home care provider is that Mom or Dad suffer from boredom or a sense of isolation, even when they have someone with them. They may not be motivated to get busy and participate in an activity unless they are cajoled. Often, they can do many things on their own, but do not know where to start. Let’s face it, during an 8 or a 12 hour day, there is going to be down time. The time between the personal care duties and other tasks around the house when there is no “work” to be done or help needed. This is the time that used to be spent with family, going to work, taking care of others, or just doing hobbies they used to enjoy. Over time, these things occur less and less. A thoughtful, trained and engaged caregiver should have a plan for the downtime. Knowing their clients former employment, interests and passions can help prepare to inspire their client with conversation or activities that are interesting. This doesn’t just happen by chance. It starts with a culture of understanding the dynamics of home care and being proactive to make the client’s experience special.

How Can a Caregiver Help?

The Capital City Nurses way is to address all aspects of our clients’ lives. To help improve their lives we offer coaching on how to fill the downtime. Games, conversation and activities that are individual and appropriately challenging are part of the plan. Exploring new locations, getting outdoors more, or just watching a funny movie with a caregiver, who feels and behaves like a friend.

Improving the quality of a client’s life is essential. Whether they are homebound or simply just getting older, a caregiver program can be an exciting opportunity to improve their quality of life and fill the downtime.

Go on Booming Adventures

August 20th, 2017 by

Booming Adventures

Patt Osborne wasn’t happy with a quiet retirement life. The former teacher wasn’t ready to sit at home and knit, she wanted adventure. Patt imagined that there were others out there who wanted a little more excitement, no matter their age.

Patt founded Boomer Chick Adventures in New Jersey, a company that designs outdoor excursions tailored to inspire women in the baby boomer generation to get out and move. Though women and men of all ages are welcome, Patt felt it was important that women be encouraged to get outdoors as they age.  

“Being outdoors, whether in the woods, on a mountain peak, seaside, lakeside, or just reading on my deck, this is where I draw my strength and become energized,” Patt explains. The most popular events are hiking, kayaking and tubing, though the group has expanded to cultural events like tea ceremonies.

What can we learn from Patt and the Boomer Chick adventurers? That retirement is not the time to slow down, but the time to embrace new challenges and interests. It’s a time to learn new skills, enjoy physical activity and experience the world through travel and culture.

If you’re not sure how to start something new, look for a group like Patt’s that caters to older clientele. There are plenty of organizations that can help with travel, technology and learning, all tailored to senior clients. There are also a number of colleges that offer free classes that range from academic to artistic. If you’d like to spend your retirement learning, look here for the classes available in your state.

Don’t allow your retirement to be the end of your adventuring. Take a hike, learn a new language, or embrace another culture. Retirement is a time to expand your horizons, not shrink them.


Are You a Super Ager?

July 31st, 2017 by


Some people just seem to have an extra spring in their step, even as they age. They’re healthier, mentally quicker, and happier than many of their peers. Why is this? Doctors are starting to find out.

In a new study from Northwest Medicine, doctors took a look at SuperAgers – persons 80 or above who show fewer mental and physical impairments due to aging. What they found was this: The brains of SuperAgers look very different than that of normal subjects. SuperAgers tend to have a thicker region of the cortex; fewer tangles (which are often a marker of Alzheimer’s disease), and a large supply of von Economo – a neuron that has been linked to higher social intelligence.

Scientists are using the scans of SuperAgers’ brains to develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and to learn how they can strengthen the brains of people who age normally.

What does this mean for those of us who are aging normally? One of the SuperAgers, June Scott, has some advice.

June, who at 86 has traveled to 87 countries, recommends challenging your brain as often as possible. For June, that means traveling and experiencing a whole world of different cultures and customs. Scott has tracked gorillas in Rwanda and hung out with emperor penguins in Antarctica. Her fitbit regularly registers 18,000 steps as she continues to keep in shape for her next adventure.

June believes that her constant travel and exposure to different ways of thinking and living has helped keep her levels of von Economo high and her frontal cortex strong. Researchers seem to agree with her. We’ve learned that our brains thrive on new experiences and challenges, and that new neural pathways can be created even as we age.

If you can’t see the world like June, it may be time to explore the world around you. Give your brain a challenge. Learn something new, try a new activity. Though we may grow wise with age, it’s not a time to stop expanding our knowledge base. Start challenging yourself now and see if you’re a SuperAger too.   

Resolutions for a Happy New Year

January 12th, 2016 by

As the page turns on 2015, it’s time to look back on the year that was and make some decisions about the year you’re going to have. The traditional way to play for 2016 is to make a New Year’s Resolution. We all know that most resolutions fly by the wayside sometime in February, so it’s important to make a commitment you can stick to.

At Capital City Nurses, we believe seniors and their caregivers should make a resolution that will help them age successfully in the coming months. Here are our favorite resolutions for 2016:

  1. Get Out. Sure, it’s nice to stay in for a quiet evening or two, but when seniors stay in, it can be dangerous. The National Council on Aging found that socially isolated seniors had higher rates of physical illness as well as reported feelings of depression. This year, make the commitment to engage with your community. Go to a local senior center, schedule weekend lunch date with friends and family, or simply go out in the world to run your errands.
  2. Get Moving. Exercise is one of the most important ways to help an aging body. The CDC notes that regular exercise helps seniors avoid falls and live at home more successfully. This doesn’t mean you have to commit to bench pressing 200 lbs. or running a marathon, just try to work in 30 minutes of activity a day. If you’ve been sedentary for a while, move for 5 minutes and work your way up. A walk, gardening, water aerobics, pick an activity that appeals to you and will keep you motivated.
  3. Get Interested. Wisdom is often said to come with age, so seniors should be wise enough to know they don’t know it all. Keeping your brain engaged is a great way to stave off mental decay as you age. Studies have shown that learning a new language is an especially effective way to hone mental abilities. Challenge yourself in 2016 with a class you’ve always wanted to take. Check out local colleges and senior programs for lists of great classes that can get you motivated.

Whether you’re looking forward to another wonderful year, or hoping to make some changes for a better 2016, these three resolutions will help you enjoy the next 12 months.

Coastal Home Care is the Silver Sluggers Sponsor of the Delmarva Shorebirds

January 27th, 2014 by

Our Eastern Shore subsidiary, Coastal Home Care, is proud to be the “Silver Sluggers” sponsor of the Demarva Shorebirds! Click here to learn more

The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class “A” Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and are located in Salisbury, MD. The Shorebirds welcomed Coastal Home Care as the new title sponsor of the Silver Sluggers program – the official 55-years of age and up ticket club. Silver Sluggers get tickets to all Wednesday home games (9 games) for only $18 total! Call Shawn Schoolcraft at 410-219-3112 ext. 168 to order.

Capital City Nurses – It’s a Family Business – Featured in Bethesda Magazine

January 27th, 2014 by


It’s a Family Business – Read this Bethesda Magazine profile. Click here

Capital City Nurses Team Walks for Alzheimer’s Saturday 10/26

January 27th, 2014 by

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Click here to learn more

Capital City Nurses’ TeamOn a beautiful day in October, the Capital City Nurses’ Team contributed to the total raised amount of $698,010.

Trends in Senior Care via the Fairfax Times

October 25th, 2013 by

Capital City Nurses President Susan Rodgers quoted in Fairfax Times article about the trends in senior care.

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When to Consider In-Home Care

October 18th, 2013 by

A recent Wall Street Journal article reveals options
are expanding, but there are both upsides and risks
to consider

“Long-term care becomes necessary when people start struggling with tasks like bathing, dressing, getting around and taking medications—or with memory loss. Sometimes, food shopping becomes difficult, so older people don’t eat right, and the problem spirals into a hospital visit should they become weak and contract a disease such as pneumonia.

“When is the ‘Aha’ moment?” read more…

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Through Home Care

October 10th, 2013 by

Home Care Providers Can Help Influenza and
Pneumonia Patients Get the Rest and Comfort They
Need for a Full Recovery

According to the American Lung Association, Influenza and pneumonia combined are the eighth leading cause of death among all Americans and the seventh leading cause of death among all Americans over the age of 65.

To help you recover more quickly and decrease your risk of complications, the Mayo Clinic advises the following:

  • Get plenty of rest. Even when you start to feel better, allow your home care provider to do the housekeeping and laundry.
  • Stay home until after your temperature returns to normal and you stop coughing up mucus. Because pneumonia can recur, it’s better not to return to outside activities until you’re sure you’re well. Your home care provider will be with you to provide companionship.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help loosen mucus in your lungs. Your home care provider will help to monitor your nutrition.
  • Take the entire course of any prescribed medications. If you stop medication too soon, your lungs may continue to harbor bacteria that can multiply and cause your pneumonia to recur. Your home care provider will help you manage your medications.
Influenza vaccination is also recommended since pneumonia often occurs as a complication of the flu. Pneumonia and influenza vaccines are covered by Medicare, as well as some state and private health insurance.