Caitlin joins the CCN team after serving as a bedside cardiology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She received her B.A. in biology from Colgate University in 2003, where she was a four-year member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team. She obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2011 upon completion of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. Prior to her career change, Caitlin spent five years as a Middle School Science teacher at Gilman School in Baltimore and has written science curriculum for a London-based international school system. Her clinical interests include the psychobiological care of elders, lateral integration of healthcare, and caregiver fatigue.

Falls, the majority of which occur at home, are the leading cause of injuries or death for those over aged 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Activity Safety

  • Change positions slowly; sit at edge of bed, sofa, or chair for a few minutes before standing or turning to walk
  • Place daily use items like phone, TV remote, or medications within easy reach
  • Use assistive devices, such as canes or walkers

Environment Safety

  • Remove throw rugs
  • Repair, replace, or remove torn, worn or frayed carpet
  • Widen pathways; rearrange furniture or clutter to allow free movement in home
  • Clear floors of papers, trash, and stored items
  • Consider installation of grab bars in bathroom tub or shower
  • Use night light in bathroom or hallway
  • Keep phone, call button, and medical alert pendant close at all times
  • Post emergency phone numbers near the telephone
Some helpful handouts created by the National Council
on Aging

We recommend/require skilled nurses (LPN’s) for our post op clients. It may seem unnecessary, but our experience shows that it is better to have a skilled nurse with a post op patient, even if it a simple cosmetic or other procedure.

In the Hospital
Many people believe it is important to have a caregiver with the patient at all times. Whether your parent is uncomfortable and needs attention, or has a sudden turn for the worse, having a caregiver who will immediately get help could have a significant impact on your parent’s recovery.

We can help by providing 24 hour coverage or as few as 4 hours of coverage. Our paid caregivers are available to work within your family’s schedule, to ensure your loved one is never alone during their time of need.

In the Home
We can help ensure post-surgery and discharge instructions are being followed to help prevent readmission by reminding the individual to take medication, among other necessities. After an important surgery or hospitalization, many patients benefit from having someone at home for assistance and support after being discharged. During this initial recovery period, home care can also be an amazing comfort that can help the healing process be more successful.

How quickly can I find a caregiver?
Caregivers are available to begin work within 24 hours. In many situations, we can place a nurse within a few hours.

Can you send someone to check up on my parent? I want to make sure she’s okay.
Yes, we can go to your relative’s home, meet with them, and provide you with a care assessment. Depending on what we find, we can provide information and referrals to trusted eldercare experts in other fields such as law and medicine.

What is the minimum number of hours for a shift?
We have a menu of options, from 90 minutes twice a week to a one time four hour shift.

Do the caregivers drive?
Most do. Our caregivers that drive have safe driving records and are insured. If your loved one needs someone to drive him or her to doctor’s or other personal appointments, let your care coordinator know so we can match the client to an appropriate caregiver.

Our Nurse Registry – A caregiver referral service that refers licensed, screened, background checked and insured independent contractors. This option could be a wonderful choice for clients that require longer shifts or have a strong support system helping them plan their care.

Medication Management – Maintain control over your medication regimen with the help of a Capital City Nurses RN or LPN that will reconcile all medications and pour them in a pill box weekly or bi weekly.

Daughter Down the Street – Enjoy a visit from your surrogate daughter. You could make a trip to the store, go to lunch and a movie or even go to your doctor’s appointment with a companion that we like to say is “socially savvy.” This is our companion care service and requires a 2 hour minimum visit.

Short and Sweet – Many seniors do not require 4+ hours of care or don’t feel comfortable having someone in their home for that long. The Short and Sweet program is a 90 minute visit from a CNA to help get the day started. Our care giver will assist getting up and dressed, doing things around the house that could be helpful (like a load of laundry or organizing a closet), having breakfast or preparing a snack for later. This is a great way to introduce the idea of home care to clients that have never had it before. The visits are 90 minutes and there is a minimum of two visits per week.

Our caregivers are not only highly qualified; they are part of our family. When interviewing a prospective candidate, we ask ourselves, “Would I want this person caring for my mother?”  To become a Capital City Nurse, the answer must be a resounding “Yes.”