Credentialed versus non-credentialed aide

Mary was your uncle’s next-door neighbor. About 10 years his junior, they got along well and bonded over gardening. Sadly, when your uncle fell and needed a hip-replacement last year it was harder to navigate in the yard. As the compassionate person she is, Mary offered to help tend to your uncle’s herbs and vegetables while he was recovering in the rehabilitation center. Fast forward to today and Mary’s care has gone from the garden to that of a companion homemaker for your uncle bordering on almost 15 hours week.


res·pite :ˈrespət,rēˈspīt/ noun. A short period of rest from something difficult; an interval of relief.

It is truly incredible. The amount of work that goes into caring for an ailing or elderly loved-one can be daunting. Seniors face many changes in the later seasons of life, one often being the capabilities of their partner suddenly declining.

Summer in South Florida… what a hot, humid and rainy time! If you’re planning to take a trip to cooler, dryer weather it is important to plan ahead. This can be especially challenging if you or your loved one are traveling with a disability. However, it is not impossible and can be quite enjoyable.

You’ve made the decision to enlist the help of a home health care company in providing personal care and homemaking services for your loved one but now comes the difficult question; Whom do you choose? It can be a daunting task and one you should consider carefully. After all what is more important than the best in-home care for your loved one?


There has been a long-standing debate in the realm of home health in Florida: agency or registry? Florida provides licensure for both home health agencies and nurse registries. At its core the concept is very similar - caregivers providing care to elderly and/or disabled individuals in the comfort of their own homes. The two business models however, have some significant differences. These differences are often heavily debated and it is probably not surprising there are strong opponents to each.

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