Family Resource Home Care for the Whole Family

David Lawrence


20 January, 2017

Aging is personal ― but it affects everyone in the family. When older adults become unable to care for themselves, whether by illness, accident, aging, or a combination of factors, the lives of family members change in significant ways. Adult children who may not speak regularly now must communicate...

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The Good Life

David Lawrence


21 November, 2016

Photos of seniors holding hands while strolling on the beach; jogging on a nature path; golfing, playing tennis, even surfing. These are some of the images that I see online when I enter terms like “seniors living the good life.” We all want to live “the good life” as...

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The Value of Home Care

David Lawrence


19 October, 2016

“Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care,” is a just published 16-page booklet from the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA). This comprehensive and easy-to-read document illustrates, in graphic detail, the key issues facing families, and this country, as we respond to the challenges of caring for...

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Are We Ready for Robot Caregivers?

David Lawrence


21 June, 2016

In my May blog, “Boomers Alone,” I ruminated on the current baby boom generation who are “far less connected socially than earlier generations” and as such “may be looking at many years of increasing isolation.” Add to this dismal outlook our longer life spans and the ever increasing need...

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Boomers Alone

David Lawrence


18 May, 2016

Many research studies over the past years have found a close correlation between social engagement and health. People who have healthy and meaningful connections with others not only live longer but report greater satisfaction and overall happiness. In the senior population, people ages 65 – 85 who have strong...

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20 Years of Family Resource Home Care

David Lawrence


23 March, 2016

In February 1996, when Family Resource Home Care opened its doors for the first time, home care was largely unregulated and unknown. When families needed in-home care for a loved one, they found help by going to newspaper ads, their neighbors, and friends, or perhaps a 3×5 card posted...

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Caregivers with Staying Power

David Lawrence


21 December, 2015

On November 19, Family Resource celebrated 5 extraordinary caregivers. Together, Margaret Tuirotuma, Pat Johnson, Wendy Smith, Norma Ramirez, and Paulette Kepu have served 455 Family Resource clients and worked for us an average of 13 years. We gave gifts, told stories, read letters of appreciation from clients, and recounted...

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Live-in Care

David Lawrence


30 November, 2015

Have you heard about the regulatory changes that will affect how Washington State home care agencies provide live-in care?  New rules went into effect last month and agencies are reacting to the changes in different ways. Families who are considering home care always have some basic questions to ask....

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What Makes for a Fulfilling Life? The Grant Study

David Lawrence


30 October, 2015

What if we could take a relatively homogeneous group of people, follow them their whole adult lives, and see what factors contributed to their wellbeing over an entire lifespan? In 1938, a group of researchers began the Grant Study, a comprehensive study of 238 students at Harvard University. The...

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