Celebrating Women’s History Month

All of us here at Amber Personal Care would like to take this opportunity to say Happy Women’s History month to all of the strong and caring women out there! 

We see you taking on more than anyone, we see you caring for others selflessly, we see you fearlessly pursuing your dreams, and we see you giving back more than we could count! Today, Amber would like to share the stories of Barbara Vogel and Sophia Akrami: 

Barbara Vogel 

Last Christmas, the Amber team felt the needs to share our support to our local community and giving back to those we supported us by organizing a toy drive and a food drive. 

During the toy drive, the team encountered Barbara Vogel, who undeniably impressed and moved us with her story and her drive to make a difference. Barbar being the most generous donor and brought many boxes and bags of new toys she had collected continuously for the kids without wanting any recognition has triggered our interests in knowing her. 

Barbara Vogel was a fifth-grade teacher at the Highline Community School. She had never stopped caring for children whether it is her students, the kids in her community or even those who needs her help overseas. Her story for organizing a fundraiser with her fifth-grade students to help free people from slavery in Sudan is reported in multiple news channels. Not only her action brought significant impact to the people freed, she also taught the students a valuable life lesson. 

Till this day, Barbara collects toys all year round for children from lower-income families to brings them joy. 

Sophia Akrami 

Sophia is the president of Amber Personal Care, she acquired the business and made it her own in 2018. The organization since then adopted a new mission and different set of goals. 

It all started when Sophia was first hit by the unexpected when her mother had a stroke that impacted her physical ability significantly. Sophia refused to let her mother go to a nursing home, and decided to help her mother to stay at home as comfortable as she could be. 

Since them, Sophia experimented a lot of senior care methods, and eventually became the “go-to” person to ask for help regarding senior care in her community. She discovered that the current senior care space leaves a lot of families confused and scared, and a lot of caregivers overworked and underpaid. 

In 2018, Sophia had decided it was high time to use her personal experience and expert knowledge in senior care to help not only her friends, but anyone who needs it. So, the Amber Personal Care was reborn with a new set of values committing to improve the senior care experience for both families and caregivers. 

The company has since grown and Sophia’s vision for Amber has affected all that joined the team. All of our team members are inspired to be compassionate and professional, to take lead and do what’s right, and to support each other and people who needs a helping hand. 

Home Improvements and Modifications for Aging in Place

By JULIA WEAVER / REDFIN BLOG | January 5, 2021

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Now more than ever before, we’re seeing more adults choosing to live at home as they grow in years, or what is known as aging in place. Living at home helps aging adults maintain their lifestyle for as long as possible, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted care center. In fact, three-quarters of adults 50 years and older would prefer to remain in their homes as they age, according to a survey by AARP. Though many of us won’t be able to live independently forever, home modifications will allow your loved ones to continue to live in their home longer by creating a more manageable environment. Whether they’re living in a single-story condo in Dallas, TX  or a three-story home in Portland, OR, there are modifications that can be made to every home to help make daily tasks a little easier.

A single-story home for aging in place

Helpful home modifications

As we grow older our bodies and capabilities change, and not all homes are designed to support this challenge we’ll face. A lot of times doorways are too narrow, bathrooms too small, floors too slippery, and kitchen cabinets too high to reach. For aging adults, a home designed for optimal accessibility, convenience, and safety is imperative to avoid falls or serious injuries. 

Optimizing a home for safe and comfortable living while creating a home environment that makes getting around easier is essential for aging in place. That’s why we’ve gathered the most common home modifications, from simple adjustments to larger remodeling projects.

General Home modifications to aid in mobility

  • Install handrails. For aging in place, add handrails to stairs, hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms for extra balance.
  • Upgrade the lighting. Replace existing bulbs with LED bulbs to increase visibility. Consider installing touch-activated lamps, and placing night lights in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallways.
  • Install lever door handles. Switch out standard round doorknobs for lever-style handles. These do not require the same level of grip.
  • Install a stairlift. This is a great alternative when walking up stairs becomes more difficult. Install light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs to prevent your loved one from using the stairs in the dark.
  • Install automated blinds. This style of window treatment allows aging adults to adjust their blinds without having to stand up.
  • Create an open floor plan. Make wide passageways throughout the home with little obstruction. Widen doorways and hallways if your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair to navigate their home.
  • Replace hardwood, tile, laminate, or vinyl flooring for carpet. If your loved one doesn’t use a wheelchair, carpet will be most forgiving and provides more floor consistency.

For the living room

  • Rearrange furniture and remove clutter. To avoid tripping hazards, be sure furniture placement leaves plenty of space to move about the room safely.
  • Install anti-slip mats. Add strips to the bottom of rugs to increase traction and reduce the chances of tripping.
  • Replace unsteady furniture. Discard furniture that wobbles to prevent falls, and add plastic bumpers to the sharp edges on furniture pieces.

For the kitchen

  • Keep daily-use items accessible. Store small appliances, cookware, and tableware between waist and shoulder height to avoid the need to crouch down or use a step stool.
  • Consider purchasing a stovetop with an automatic shut-off feature. Once the sensors fail to detect motion for an extended period of time, the stove will shut off.
  • Install a hands-free faucet and anti-scald device. Easily turn the water on and off with the wave of a hand, and install an anti-scald device to avoid the possibility of burns.
  • Replace kitchen cabinets and adjust counter and sink height. For more convenient storage space, install drawers, open shelving, or pull out shelves. Choose a counter height where it’s easy to prepare meals and wash dishes while sitting.
  • Adjust the location of major appliances. Place the oven, sink, and refrigerator as close to each other as possible.

For the bathroom

  • Add adhesive strips to a bath mat in showers and tubs. This can help prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
  • Install non-skid strips in case the flooring becomes slippery. Try to avoid ceramic tile as this can become slick when it’s wet.
  • Install a walk-in bathtub or a shower transfer bench. This can greatly reduce the chances of slipping and falling. Climbing in and out of a traditional bathtub or standing for an extended period of time may become more difficult. 
  • Install grab bars or rails in bathtubs and near the toilet. This will improve mobility and help to prevent falls.
  • Install a raised toilet seat. An elevated toilet seat decreases the distance between standing and sitting.

For the home’s exterior

  • Create at least one no-step entry into the home. Replace exterior stairs with a removable ramp for a smooth transition into and out of the home.
  • Add exterior lighting and landscape lighting. To avoid falling or tripping, add outdoor lighting to walkways and stairs.
  • Install handrails. Add handrails on both sides of walkways for extra support and balance.
  • Choose low maintenance materials. Opt for vinyl siding, metal roofing, composite decking, and low maintenance landscaping.
  • Install a security system. A home security system can give your loved one a sense of security and protection.

How to pay for home modifications 

While in the end, it’s generally less expensive to age in place as opposed to living in a senior living community, the upfront costs for a remodel can add up. Luckily there are resources and programs available, such as home improvement grants, equipment loans, and low-interest loans. 

You should also consider researching programs like Medicare Advantage, Non-Medicaid Government assistance and Medicaid HCBS Waivers, Veterans programs, and non-profit organizations for financial help. As you’re crunching the numbers, it’s important to remember that the cost associated with home modifications has two components: the labor cost and the materials cost. Oftentimes, the cost of labor for installing the equipment will not be covered by insurance.

Create a support system with senior care and services

Forming a support system for your loved one is a big part of aging in place. Besides the support from family members, it’s a good idea to consider senior care and services for your aging parent. There is a network of services available, including meal delivery, nurses, transportation, and house cleaning services. 

In-home care services are also offered at various levels depending on the situation. On days when you’re unavailable, an elder companion could spend time with your loved one to prevent social isolation. In-home caregivers can provide help with day-to-day activities like cooking, grooming, or shopping, while also making sure your loved one is safe in their home

Introduce technology into your loved one’s home

Assistive technology solutions, smart home features, and tech gadgets can be used to help simplify everyday tasks, promote independence, and stay safe while aging in place. There are all sorts of devices, like medical alert devices to signal for help, assistive seating devices to lift your loved one into the standing position, and smart bulbs that can be controlled remotely.

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A Letter from Amber

Dear you,

Amber Personal Care is writing this letter to you, our clients, our caregivers, friends, and our partners.

Now that we are deep into the holiday season, in this year of challenge, year of opportunity, year of heartbreak and year of celebration, we want to write to you, and express our gratitude for: trusting Amber with your (family’s) care, standing with us when facing the uncertainties, giving us words of encouragement and sharing your feedbacks, and working with us to help our communities.

Amber Personal Care would also love to share some of our highlights of the year with you because it’s your support that made our achievement possible:

  • We’ve continued our partnership with the Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) in Aurora, Littleton (RLC Parkside, RLC Sky Pointe), and we have started to work with the RLC in Colorado Springs (RLC Aspen Trail).
  • Amber is proud to be one of the top home care companies in Colorado with the highest paying wages to the caregivers. We are proud t be able to give back to our amazing staff who take care of our clients. This is the way we take care them for their hard work and for selflessly taking care for our seniors.
  • During COVID, Amber has been tracking and monitoring the safety of our clients, caregivers and staff, and we witnessed success in doing so.
  • Amber is on the track to obtain a contract with VA and expect to be able to accept VA benefits clients.
  • We’ve finished our re-branding of Amber Personal Care and started the Blog by Amber to bring more resources and information to you.
  • We have provided consistent, reliable and flexible care to our clients. 

Amber Personal Care would like to wish you and everyone a happy and healthy holiday season filled with strength, hope and prosperity!

Thank you for your loyalty and trust!
Amber Personal Care
Dec 7, 2020

A Gift Card for the Holidays

A “Thank You” from Amber Personal Care

2020 has been a difficult year for the senior community and the senior care community. We know this, because we’ve heard what everyone has to say about being in quarantine, being in isolation, being scared of getting sick. However, we had people that really gave us, our clients and their families hope in this time of need: our caregivers. 

Caregiving is an essential work, so when people were staying at home, they were on the road getting to our clients’ houses; they were grocery shopping so that our seniors can enjoy the safety of their own home; they were waking up early and returning home late to make sure that our seniors receive the assistance, companionship and care they need. 

So, this holiday, Amber Personal Care has given all of our caregivers a gift of appreciation in the form of a $25 gift card. We hope that this small token shows how grateful we are to the meaningful work you all do. 

In the meantime, Amber Personal Care is proud to be a care agency that pays above average wages, and actively listens what our employee says. We hope to lead by example to improve the condition all caregivers are treated, and how senior care is provided. 

Thank you and happy holidays! 

Amber Personal Care 

Questions about Hospice Care & Palliative Care

An Interview with the Denver Hospice

In light of the National Hospice Care and Palliative Care Month, Amber Personal Care wants to share with you what we learned from Denver Hospice about this special category of healthcare.

Email us for a transcript.

Do you need Medicaid Planning Help or a Senior Care Advisor?

Amber Personal Care is proud to introduce Sensible Senior Planning to provide the most integrated care experience for our clients and senior care community. Sensible Senior Planning provides Medicaid solutions to clients that need help navigating the complicated Medicaid applications and finding resources that best suit their needs. Tzivya Green is the Executive Director at Sensible Senior Planning. She has over 10 years of senior care experience. 

Over the last decade I have encountered hundreds of individuals who were searching for healthcare options for their aging loved ones. The #1 thing that families take into consideration is funding for healthcare services. Most people are aware that Medicaid covers the cost of nursing homes, but many do not know that Medicaid can also help cover the cost of personal care services in the individuals own home.  

Recently I was working with a family who was paying privately for in-home caregivers. The daughter called me and said that her mother had $40,000 left and they needed to look in to placing her in a nursing home so she can get the care she needs and that Medicaid would cover the cost.  

However, after discussing further, I discovered that her mother had great quality of life being at home, and that it was her wish to remain in her home. I provided her with educational materials on Medicaid Long Term Care and within the week, we were able to get the Medicaid Long Term Care process started and the mother will have a smooth transition from private pay services to services covered by Medicaid. She will enjoy the continuity of care and maintain the quality of life she while living in her home. The family was pleasantly surprised that she was able to stay at home.  

If you need assistance applying for Medicaid or if you have a question about Medicaid and the services it covers, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It’s never too early to start planning for Medicaid eligibility.

Tzivya Green

Tzivya Green
Executive Director
Sensible Senior Planning
P: 855-9PLANNI (855-975-2664)
W: sensibleseniorplanning.com
E: tgreen@sensibleseniorplanning.com

What is Personal Care?

“Home care can be defined as an array of health and social support services provided to clients in their own residence”

Knight Steel & Henk Tjassing.

When aging or health issues starting to affect someone performing personal activities of daily living (PADL) or instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), home care service becomes an attractive option for people who are affected, as they can keep living in their own home. More about home care.

Personal Care Services

Personal Care services are an array of services that personal care workers or caregivers can perform to assist with personal activities of daily living (PADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL).











Transportation – services differ with certain insurance providers


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