Welcome Wisdom

The End and the Beginning

December 4, 2018 — by Ginger McMurchie, ECM owner and Care Manager They say that when one life goes out another one steps in. I have been very aware of that this past month with the passing of my 97-year-old mother and the birth of our granddaughter, Abigail. Life seems to continue on as though nothing new has happened,... Read More

Our Heroes

November 5, 2018 — by Ginger McMurchie, ECM owner and Care Manager November is National Caregiver Month- a time to honor those who care for loved ones with chronic disease or disability. Caregivers have been called heroes. I think we all envision capes, masks, and superpowers when we hear that word. But caregivers come in all forms, just in... Read More

Time to vaccinate

October 1, 2018 — by Piper Jackson, ECM Care Manager It’s flu season! Another year and another vaccine. Why bother? Here are some reasons why- As we age we lose our immunity thus increasing the likelihood of getting sick. Up to 70% of hospitalizations that are flu-related are people over the age of 65. Once elderly individuals enter the... Read More

What’s the Plan?

September 4, 2018 — by Ginger McMurchie, ECM Owner and Care Manager As I sit here and write this I am hearing from clients across the country who are being impacted by a natural disaster. Whether it is a hurricane, fire or flood- one thing is certain- it can happen to anyone. At our staff meeting this week we talked... Read More

Maximizing the time with your doctor

August 7, 2018 — by Felicia Juntunen, Certified Care Manager According to a 2016 survey, the average time doctors spend with patients during an office visit is between 13 and 16 minutes. Good communication with your physician can help make the most of that time.  Start with the investment of a little time prior to a medical appointment to prioritize a... Read More

Family Celebrations

July 2, 2018 — by Jacqueline Ramsay, ECM Care Manager Summer is here. School is out, graduations, weddings and celebration are in the air. This is a time to gather the generations-but what does that mean for a loved one who may be ill, isolated or has dementia. With some careful planning, everyone can enjoy the festivities. When planning... Read More

Surviving the sweltering summer heat!

June 4, 2018 — by Denise MacDonald, RN Care Manager For most of us, summer is a great time of the year, with warmer temperatures leading to more outdoor activities, vacation time, and more family time. While we enjoy our time outdoors in the sun, there are several heat-related conditions that can be serious or even life-threatening. Overexposure to... Read More

Mindfulness, and how to tackle it!

May 1, 2018 — by Gail Arno, ECM Care Manager Mindfulness…the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Seems simple enough and yet most of us struggle daily with trying to adopt this approach. Imagine a snow globe, all shook up—most... Read More

The Trials of Technology

April 3, 2018 — by Maureen Lawrence, Outreach Coordinator As a mother to 3 school-aged boys, I often find myself disheartened by the pervasive influence of technology in our lives. To young developing minds, our technology obsessed culture can lead to many unhealthy distractions. From video gaming, social media accounts, and text messaging, these distractions can easily become addictions, which we carry with us... Read More

Declutter: 10 items at a time

March 12, 2018 — by Carole Henderson, ECM RN Care Manager You’ve probably heard it said that “LESS IS MORE.” What exactly does that mean? More space? More time? More money? Or perhaps More peace of mind. If you’re like me, you probably live in a place surrounded by “stuff”. Now grant it, some “stuff” is useful, or adds... Read More