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Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


David Gibson

Comfort Keepers

414 Hungerford Drive, #448

Rockville, MD





What are the signs that a loved one may need assistance? 

Some signs of failure to cope with what health care professionals call the Activities of Daily Living include skipping meals, weight loss, confusion about the date, expired food in the refrigerator, isolation, bruises or scrapes from falling, lapses in personal hygiene, dressing oddly, forgetting appointments or medicine, and reluctance to go upstairs.

What do we do to help?

A Comfort Keepers coordinator will work with the family to design a plan of care that meets the client’s needs and budget. Then the Interactive Care Coordination team works together to make sure your loved one gets the care they need. They assign an appropriate Comfort Keeper and make frequent supervisory visits to make sure your loved one is happy.

The human touch is the most important thing, but we fully embrace the use of technology to enhance the care we deliver. Through the scheduling system on our website, in a feature called “Family Room,” family members can see the current schedule, the Comfort Keeper who is with their loved one and any care notes. They can also communicate with the coordination team.

All of our clients also get a grandPad tablet. We use this tablet to regularly video chat with both the client and Comfort Keeper. The client can also use this tablet to video chat with family members, play games, listen to music and see pictures shared with them by their family.

Finally, we make sure all of our clients get a Safety Choice emergency button so they can easily get help when they are alone and need assistance. We work as a team to make sure your loved one can remain safe, healthy and happy in their own home.

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