Irene Cady-Harrington | Bethesda Magazine

Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Irene Cady-Harrington

Owner, At Home Care, Inc.

15304 Spencerville Court

Burtonsville, MD



What are some recent changes in home health care?

Longevity is having an impact on home health care. In the 1970’s, most of our clients were in their 70’s. Our last seven inquiries were from people in their 90’s. The good thing is that we are staying active and productive longer.

I’m relieved that Baby Boomers are more educated about achieving their golden age goals. They’re less resistant to availing themselves of care than their parents were. Without shame about getting help, they make sensible decisions about cooking, standing on ladders and even driving.

The vast majority of us (nearly 90 percent according to AARP and MetLife) want to stay in our own homes as we age. Well, let’s be realistic. You can’t age in place successfully if you aren’t willing to use the tools that are available. Getting home care is flexible and affordable. You contract for the care you need and live on your own terms.

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