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Over the past few years, the world has changed a lot, especially when it comes to the major surge in technology. Generations of the past weren’t on social media or the Internet, and they didn’t play video games or have cell phones. This can make it harder for grandparents and grandchildren to connect because they grew up in such different times. Seniors don’t always understand or relate to modern-day trends and technology.

It is important for families to find ways to overcome these obstacles and forge stronger relationships. Just because things are different now doesn’t mean generations have nothing in common. There are plenty of ways to bring people together no matter their ages:

Find activities that surpass generational gaps. Do things together such as gardening – plant and tend to vegetables or flowers. Watch them grow and enjoy the fresh bounty. Gather together a variety of supplies and do arts and crafts. Make birdhouses, suncatchers, paintings, scrapbooks, or any other type of fun project. The point is that you’re doing it together, and everyone can cut, color, paint, and glue; no technology needed.

Play games. Dig out some “old school” board games or card games and have seniors teach their grandkids how to play. Then, switch roles, and the grandkids can teach the grandparents how to play newer games. And in fact, playing video games can actually be beneficial in aging and keep the mind sharp.

Cook favorite foods. Are there certain recipes that aging parents remember from when they were young? Teach grandkids how to make them! Keep the tradition going and pass it on from one generation to the next. A lot of times, recipes stemmed from what foods were or were not available at the time, so that can also spur discussions about history and the economy.

Talk about current and past events. It can be interesting to see how much things have changed and how much they have stayed the same. Talk about how things were different back when the grandparents were young and how they have evolved. Predict what things might be like in the future.

Explore new things together. Share favorite books or movies and discover new ones together. Find an activity that both seniors and youth are interested in, whether it’s a new hobby, learning to play piano, taking pictures, or riding horses. Learn how to do it together to build stronger connections and have fun at the same time.

Seniors hold so much history and have so much to give, yet there is also a lot that they can learn along the way. Grandparents and grandchildren can work together to create memories, share their history, and build a brighter future. Seniors can find the help they need to continue safely aging in place with support from an in-home caregiver. A caregiver can also work with them to coordinate get togethers with loved ones, prepare meals, keep their home organized, escort them on outings, and much more. Contact Always Best Care at (855) 470-2273 to find out more about available senior services and schedule a free consultation!

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Breathing is an essential part of life. When it becomes difficult or you are short of breath, it can make daily activities more challenging and impact your quality of life. Individuals living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD often know this all too well. Finding the right support can play an integral role in managing health and making the most of each day.

What is COPD?

COPD encompasses several different conditions including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and refractory asthma. It is a progressive disease that leaves individuals increasingly breathless because airways become inflamed, lose their elastic quality, or become clogged with mucus. People may also experience coughing, wheezing, or chest tightness. While medications can help to manage symptoms and slow disease progression, there is currently no cure for COPD or a way to reverse lung damage.

Fortunately, there are strategies for managing the disease through medication, exercise, nutrition, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

How Can an In-Home Caregivers Help Individuals with COPD?

If you have COPD, working with an in-home caregiver can provide you with the support and assistance you need to enhance your quality of life. From a few hours of care per week to a few hours per day, they can adjust their schedule to meet your unique needs and level of care.

An in-home caregiver can:

  • Help to organize your home so that the objects you use most often are within close reach. This means less effort to get what you need and do what you enjoy.
  • Develop a meal plan with easy to prepare meals that support better lung and respiratory health. What you eat can affect your COPD symptoms. They can also help with grocery shopping and meal prep as well.
  • Accompany you on walks or outings so that you can stay active, continue to do the things you enjoy, and have the confidence that someone is beside you to help if you become tired or out of breath.
  • Remind you to take medications as prescribed so you don’t miss any doses.
  • Provide companionship and help you to keep a more positive attitude when dealing with the challenges of COPD. They are someone to talk to, laugh with, and share with, which can boost your mood and help you to see things from another perspective.
  • Assist with light housekeeping, wake-up and bedtime routines, getting dressed, and other activities that may leave you short of breath if you had to do them on your own.

It can take some time at first to adjust to having an in-home caregiver providing support, but soon you will settle into a routine and realize how valuable their help can be. It can allow you to continue aging in place more safely and doing the things you enjoy with fewer challenges. You can maintain your independence as much as possible while receiving assistance with tasks that become more difficult or trigger COPD symptoms. Always Best Care offers personalized care and support you can trust. Contact us today at (855) 470-2273 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about available senior care services.

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Family history is a precious gift. If stories, traditions, and information are not passed down from one generation to the next, eventually they will be lost and forgotten. It can be fun for families to get to know more about their past and what life was like years ago. It can also build a sense of pride and respect. Learning about the past can be a wonderful way to connect with seniors and strengthen bonds.

Here are a few ideas for how to preserve and pass along your family’s history:

  • Write it down: There are plenty of fill-in-the-blank type books or ones with prompts that can be used to write down traditions, history, and memories. You could also simply use a plain notebook or binder and create your own. Write down things as they come up so you don’t forget, then you can organize them later.
  • Label pictures: It’s easy to look at pictures now and recognize who everyone is and what is happening, but years down the road, it may not be as crystal clear. Take the time to write dates, names, locations, and descriptions on any pictures. Start doing this now so your children and grandchildren will have them, and work with your parents or grandparents to label pictures from their past as best as you are able to preserve a little bit of history.
  • Make a family tree: You can use online programs or websites to build out your family tree, or you can do a traditional paper version. Write down whatever connections you can find. You can use pictures to trigger memories of people who may have passed away already.
  • Share stories: Talk to one another. Let seniors share the same stories over and over again so that you remember them and can share them with your own kids. Pass down traditions as well so that they live on with future generations. Let other family members know why you do these things, and how they came about.

Creating scrapbooks, writing down stories, and sharing traditions can be a great way for seniors to not only occupy their time, but it can also sharpen their mind. For individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, remembering the past can often be easier than recalling the present, so they may be excited to share what they know because it comes more easily. It can also be an effective way to help grandparents and grandchildren connect with one another.

An in-home caregiver can help your loved one to write everything down, label pictures – and take new ones, create scrapbooks, and simply listen to their stories and ask questions. They can help seniors to preserve their history and look back through memorabilia to stimulate different memories. An in-home caregiver can be a wonderful companion while also supporting day-to-day needs and helping seniors to age in place more safely and comfortably. Call Always Best Care Senior Services today at (855) 470-2273 to learn more and schedule a free consultation!

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Always Best Care Senior Services, one of the leading senior care franchise systems in the United States, announced today that Ken and Rebecca Good are the new owners of the Greater Bethlehem franchise. Always Best Care of Greater Bethlehem has been serving Northampton and Lehigh Counties since 2012. The agency is one of seven Always Best Care agencies across Pennsylvania and provides senior care services to several communities including Bethlehem, Allentown, Easton and surrounding areas.

“Always Best Care has been serving families across Northampton and Lehigh Counties for a number of years. We are thrilled to continue to build on our relationships with local professionals in the senior care sector and look forward to providing outstanding care to those who need it most,” said Jake Brown, President and CEO of Always Best Care. “Ken and Rebecca have passion for our brand and their values align with our mission. We know their familiarity with the local community coupled with their expertise in business management will help them become successful in servicing our clients in the Greater Bethlehem and surrounding communities.”

Both Ken and Rebecca bring more than 25 years of business experience, including leading and owning successful small businesses in the information technology and music education industries. As residents of Langhorne, Pennsylvania for nearly two decades, the husband-and-wife team have built strong relationships within the local community that will prove valuable to their newest business venture.

“Rebecca and I both have aging parents that either receive in-home care or utilize programs geared towards helping seniors in need of assistance, so we’re very familiar with the challenges clients face when searching for the right senior care program.” said Ken. “Residents living throughout our local community have historically found it very difficult to obtain assistance at home. Always Best Care is known for its exceptional in-home care and our goal is to continue that level of care in this community, so our seniors can remain safely in their own homes, and age in place with dignity.”

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care, and is the only senior services franchise system that combines the three to create three separate revenue streams for its franchisees.

The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchise territories throughout the United States and Canada.

By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of Always Best Care include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country.

For additional information on services available through Always Best Care of Greater Bethlehem, or for a free evaluation, please call 484-896-8867, email care@alwaysbest.care and visit AlwaysBestCare.com/PA/Bethlehem.

About Always Best Care

Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 4 million hours of care every year. Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas.

Always Best Care also offers an exclusive program called Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world. Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada. For more information on Always in Touch, or to request an application, visit www.Always-In-Touch.com.

 

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Spending time outdoors can be a great way to shake off the last of the winter blues and soak up the sun, but as the weather gets nicer, allergy season often gets worse. Dealing with seasonal allergies is no picnic, and it can be especially difficult for seniors who often have underlying health conditions that can be exacerbated by allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, traditional antihistamines can interact with other medications seniors may be taking, and can increase risk of drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth, and more.

Instead of relying on allergy medication, there are other ways that seniors can reduce exposure and keep pollen at bay:

Pay attention to the weather. It’s tempting to want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmth, but be alert to when pollen counts are the highest. If allergens are off the chart, it may be best to limit outdoor time and stay inside until things clear up.

Cover up. When you go outside, throw on a wide-brimmed hat and some sunglasses. This will not only protect you from the sun, it will help to keep allergens away from your face. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes as well.

Clean up after being outside. Once you come inside, leave your shoes, jacket, and hat at the door so you are not tracking pollen around the house. Consider changing your outfit all together and throwing clothes directly into the laundry. Don’t forget to wash your hands and lower arms as well to get rid of any allergens that may have come in on your skin.

Keep windows closed. Though it can be tough to keep the house closed up when the weather is nice, by not opening the windows, you’re keeping a lot of pollen and allergens outside rather than inviting them in with the breeze. Use the air conditioning on especially high pollen days instead, and get an air filter that is made to reduce allergens. You may also want to set up an air purifier as an extra layer of protection.

Tidy up. There’s no way to completely rid your house of common allergens, but by staying on top of cleaning, you can keep them from collecting. Regularly dust and vacuum to help remove potential irritants, and wipe down countertops, doorknobs, and other places they may settle.

An in-home caregiver can help you get the hard-to-reach places and keep you company while spending time indoors. They can also work with you on meal prep, organization, medication reminders, and more to help you stay healthy and safe. Contact Always Best Care today at (855) 470-2273 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the benefits of in-home care.

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With nicer weather settling in, it’s hard to resist the temptation to go outside and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. It can also be a great opportunity to shift your workouts outdoors for not only a change of scenery, but also a change in activity. Switch things up and try some different exercises that you can’t necessarily do indoors. Remaining physically active can help to boost mobility, coordination, and balance as well as heart health and mental health too.

Here are just a few activities to try out this summer:

  • Swimming: Being in the water provides gentle resistance that is easy on joints and muscles, especially for those with arthritis or joint pain. You may also want to consider signing up for a water aerobics class.
  • Biking: Strap on your helmet and do a low-impact workout by riding your bike around the neighborhood or local park. It’s also a great way to practice balance!
  • Walking/Jogging: Doctors recommend getting in at least 10,000 steps per day, so going on a daily stroll or jog can be an effective way to meet this goal. Keep things interesting by exploring new places, walking with friends, or working with a personal trainer.
  • Hiking: Enjoy mother nature with a hike through the woods. You can see all kinds of different plants and animals while getting your steps in.
  • Yoga: Change up the scenery by bringing your yoga workout outdoors. The peacefulness of nature can also be very calming. Look for outdoor yoga sessions held throughout your community to meet others and try different poses.
  • Frisbee/Catch: Relive your childhood by tossing a frisbee or ball around. This works a variety of muscles, keeps you moving, and practices hand-eye coordination too.
  • Tennis: Call up a friend and engage in a fun game of tennis. Share some laughs while practicing your serve and getting in your cardio chasing the ball around the court.
  • Gardening/Yardwork: Working the soil, planting seeds, and pulling weeds can be quite the workout! So can tidying up around the yard by trimming bushes, sweeping walkways, and planting flowers. Do something you love, make your home look more presentable, and get a workout in all at the same time.
  • Stair Climbing: Climbing a few flights of stairs can be great cardio and work your leg muscles and core. Walk the stairs in your neighborhood or at a local school stadium (during permissible times).
  • Playgrounds: Have fun with your grandkids by spending time playing at the playground. Climb the equipment, push them on the swings, shoot some hoops with a basketball, kick around a soccer ball, and much more!

There are plenty of ways that you can enjoy the outdoors while getting in a quality workout as well. Even if you just start out walking each day, it can be beneficial to your health. An in-home caregiver can be a great companion for your walks, or they can help you set up times to meet with friends or sign up for activities at the local rec center. A caregiver can work with you to stay safe while aging in place and continuing to do the things you enjoy. Contact Always Best Care today at (855) 470-2273 to schedule a free consultation and find out how you could benefit from our wide range of senior services tailored to meet your needs.

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On a recent Sunday, I was scrolling through the plethora of television and movie options available to me on Apple TV and came across a documentary on HBO titled The United States of Stress.  The program is moderated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN fame and explores the empirical science that makes one finding abundantly clear: Americans are dying as a result of chronic stress. 

The documentary explores the possible causes of what has become a sobering contemporary narrative: after decades of declining mortality rates, life expectancy in the United States has dropped – a result of what the Center for Disease Control describes as “deaths of despair” – those caused by the epidemic of alcoholism, opioid addiction, and suicide. 

Stress: A Medical or Clinical Context

In a medical or clinical context, stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure).  From an everyday perspective, stress can be related to caring for a loved one, endless traffic, financial strain, relational conflict, loss of cognitive and physical abilities, emotional trauma including regret and guilt, and managing chronic health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. 

You likely have experienced the feeling of being over-burdened, over-extended, and just plain overwhelmed sometime within the last week.  The larger concern relates to the toxic toll chronic, compounding stress can take on the mind and body over time.  Increased stress hormones (part of the body’s mechanism for enacting the fight or flight response) can increase blood pressure and glucose levels escalating one’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Immune deficiency, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and other mental health challenges are also aggravated by daily and chronic stress. 

Causes of Stress in Older Adults

According to Everyday Health’s special survey of 6,700 Americans on the subject of stress, financial insolvency, caregiver burden, and social isolation were reported as primary stressors by older adults.  Financial soundness is commonly correlated with freedom and independence – the ability to do and go where one desires – and getting older costs money.  Prescription drugs, doctor visits, long term care costs, caring for loved ones, and an increased cost of living all have the potential to break the bank.  Worrying about the “what ifs” of aging is highly stressful, particularly if you’re aging with limited connections or are entirely on your own.  The research on social isolation has indicated that loneliness is a chronic stressor that increases mortality rates and disability as we age, not to mention dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.  Caregiver burden, you’ve likely read or heard, can be excessively stressful and at least one study found that one-third of elderly spousal caregivers transition prior to their loved one being cared for.  The latter bit of information may be a sobering wake-up call for some of you.

Stress: Strategies for Coping

Strategies for coping with stress have been identified by several longitudinal studies on aging as a significant factor in expanding longevity and limiting disability.  In fact, good habits, including what we eat, how we move our bodies and engage our minds, and our ability to maintain intimacy with our friends and families mitigate the negative effects of stress.  If you’ve read some of my earlier columns, you know that I identify with the movement in Positive Psychology – the study and practice of human flourishing.  Basically, positive psychologists are interested in learning the behaviors individuals and communities that exhibit lower levels of stress and increased rates of well-being, which may include the following:

  • Movement
  • Mindfulness
  • Gratitude
  • SMART Goals
Movement

Much of the research on stress reduction is focused on exercise.  Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

Mindfulness

Training our minds to catch worry and limit rumination is a customary intervention to mediate stress.  One common technique is to imagine that thoughts, including worry and guilt, are like clouds moving across the sky.  Notice your thoughts gently move from one end of your mind to the other and eventually they fall out of frame. 

Gratitude

Studies have found that intentionally listing what you’re grateful for daily can act as a balm to the negative effects of stress.  If you want to supercharge the effect of listing gratitude, thank a person who has been kind to you, either in person or vis-à-vis a written letter, email, or text. 

SMART Goals

An effective way to manage stress is to take action and clear your plate of stressors.  Self-esteem and confidence are direct results of setting goals and meeting them.  SMART goals are (s)trategic, (m)easurabe, (a)ttainable, (r)ealistic, and (t)ime sensitive.  Often stress is related to feeling out of control, akin to being a passenger in a car.  Goal setting and meeting those goals places you firmly in the driver’s seat. 

Strategies for Stress Management

For more strategies to manage stress and promote well-being, visit authentichappiness.com. Lastly, the South Bay Dementia Education Consortium is hosting our Spring workshop titled “Mapping the memory care journey: Where to go and who to talk to” on Tuesday, May 21st from 530p-7p at the Redondo Beach Main Library.  There is no cost to attend.  To RSVP, please call (310) 374-3426 x256. 

Until next time, be well!

Contact Hart2Heart for more information on stress management and senior care services.
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At the beginning of May, Always Best Care Senior Services LLP — one of the largest home care franchise companies in the country — announced it had opened a new location in Pasadena, California.

The opening came roughly a month after Always Best Care launched another new location in Pompano Beach, Florida, and roughly two months after the home care franchise opened Always Best Care of Mesa in Arizona.

Together, the three new openings reflect the relatively rapid growth Always Best Care has experienced over the past few years — both in terms of new franchise owners and in overall system revenue. Since 2016, Always Best Care has grown its footprint from 197 territories to its current 211, achieving roughly 12.5% year-over-year revenue growth during that time.

An ability to identify high-performing franchisees has helped fuel that growth, Jake Brown, president and CEO of Always Best Care, told Home Health Care News. To maintain momentum going forward, the Roseville, California-based franchiser is exploring Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunities, building hospital partnerships and working on ways to curb caregiver retention rates.

“It’s about adding new, high-quality franchise owners that we feel confident will be able to successfully execute our model,” Brown said. “The second part is working with our existing base of franchise owners and helping them with strategies or efforts to grow their business.”

In 2016, Always Best Care earned over $119 million in combined revenues for all of its franchise locations.

In 2017, that jumped up to more than $132 million.

In 2018, Always Best Care posted revenues of nearly $149 million, according to Brown.

“There’s no silver bullet,” he said. “It’s really taking the initiative to support our franchise owners to be better independent business owners.”

Providing that support — which includes help with marketing, establishing partnerships and recruiting caregivers — is important, as many franchise owners come into the Always Best Care business without prior home care experience, Brown said.

“So [this means] developing stronger platforms that will help assist them, and we have a myriad of different third-party vendors and strategic alliances with various companies to help with those things,” he said.

That support has helped owners across Always Best Care’s network. That includes Marcus Gardner, who grew revenue as his Dallas-based Always Best Care location by 4% last year while adding 50 new caregiver positions.

Always Best Care — which has more than 200 independently owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada — is a provider of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care.

Exploring Medicare Advantage

Besides providing day-to-day support for its franchisees, Always Best Care is keeping its eye on MA opportunities.

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would allow certain non-medical in-home care services and supports as supplemental benefits in MA plans for 2019. CMS then followed up on that move with even more flexibilities for 2020.

Many home care providers see working with MA plans as an opportunity to grow their business.

“It’s going to be something that we continue to try to identify — the opportunities state by state — and then work to assist the franchise owners in understanding how to engage those opportunities,” Brown said.

As part of its efforts, the franchiser has started working with Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) to offer the recently expanded non-medical home care benefits in states such as Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia.

Always Best Care and Anthem are currently in talks to expand their relationship into additional states as well, according to Brown.

Combined, Indianapolis-based Anthem and its affiliated companies provide health insurance coverage for more than 74 million people.

About 3% of all MA enrollees are in plans offered by Anthem affiliates, making the insurer one of the biggest players in the Medicare Advantage market, according to Kaiser Family Foundation statics.

Always Best Care also launched a national contract initiative in February for outside support in landing MA opportunities.

“We’ve contracted with an independent contractor that has extensive prior experience developing national contracts with major payer [and] referral sources,” Brown said. “We are close to finalizing one major contract and have two more in the works. We have a national workers’ compensation contract with OneCall, and beyond that, we are initially focused on [long-term care] insurance, veteran’s programs and expanding further into workers’ compensation insurance, health care service plans, occupational benefit plans or other contracts for various covered services.”

Recruiting caregivers

Like most home care organizations across the country, Always Best Care is grappling with how to attract and retain caregivers. In 2018, the national home care turnover rate was 82%, according to the latest Home Care Benchmarking Study from Home Care Pulse.

“The No. 1 challenge in the industry, of course, is not only the caregiver turnover rate but caregiver availability,” Brown said. “I think it’s no mystery that the number of people requiring care continues to grow at a faster rate than the number of people that are available to provide care.”

The current landscape calls for organizations to become increasingly more creative in their efforts to address this industry-wide pain point.

In response, Always Best Care has formed relationships with recruitment companies like Hireology and myCNAjobs.com. It has also formed caregiver training relationships with the Institute for Professional Care Education and CareAcademy.

The company is currently working on a solution to improve worker benefits for caregivers and is hoping to roll out a daily-pay program for its caregivers. Other home-based care companies have taken similar approaches, including BrightSpring Health Services, which went live with a daily-pay initiative at the end of 2018.

“Right now, we’re developing some national programs to provide benefits to caregivers that are more than what our competition does and considers their well-being,” he said. “We are looking at a provider that will help us be able to provide daily pay to a caregiver. It’s very beneficial for a caregiver that is sometimes living from paycheck to paycheck to be able to get their money daily instead of every week or every two weeks.”

Source: https://homehealthcarenews.com/2019/05/always-best-care-hits-149m-in-2018-revenues-charts-growth-for-2019-and-beyond/

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Rate of workers quitting jobs holds steady at 2.3%

WASHINGTON—A bounce back in employment opportunities in March kept job openings well ahead of the number of Americans seeking work for the 13th straight month, a challenge for employers looking to fill open roles.

There were 7.49 million unfilled jobs on the last business day of March, up by 346,000 from February, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Openings increased in transportation, construction and real estate.

Jobs remain plentiful compared with the number of Americans who are unemployed, with 1.28 million more available jobs than unemployed people. Further, the rate at which workers quit their jobs held steady at 2.3% in March for the 10th straight month.

Such a rate signals “workers are really confident that there are jobs out there that are available for them,” said Josh Wright, chief economist at iCIMS Inc., a maker of employee-recruiting software.

Workers also tend to get bigger wage increases when they hop from one job to another, which could bode well for already solid wage growth. Private-sector employees saw their pay, on average, rise 3.2% in March from a year earlier. That is up from a 2.8% annual increase in March 2018, Labor Department data show.

The larger number of openings came during a month when hiring grew solidly. U.S. employers added 189,000 to payrolls in March, revised figures released last week show. That came after hiring slowed to a crawl in February.

“It seems like labor demand is very strong, and it’s going to be for the foreseeable future,” Mr. Wright said.

Even though companies are hungry to add workers, in many cases, they are struggling to find them.

The Always Best Care Senior Services franchise in Milwaukee, which provides in-home care and assisted living for seniors, needs to hire about 15 caregivers a month. Demand for such workers is growing as the population ages, but attracting and keeping them is difficult, said Colleen Foley, president of the Milwaukee location.

“You have to really look hard. You have to really heavily recruit,” Ms. Foley said. “You have to treat your caregivers that you’ve hired really well so they don’t leave for somewhere else.”

Last year, the company raised pay for caregivers from $9 an hour to up to $13 an hour, depending on experience. It also began a push late last year to hire and train people with less formal experience, particularly women who spent years out of the workforce raising their children. The training program has helped lower turnover, Ms. Foley said.

“I don’t think anyone’s going to have a full bench of caregivers, but it sure has been helpful,” she said.

Employers’ desire to hire more workers was particularly strong in 2018, and economists expect those gains to slow in 2019. In March, job postings were up 8.6% from a year earlier. That was down from double-digit increases as recently as January, and marked the slowest growth rate in more than a year.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-job-openings-increased-in-march-11557240044

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Leading Senior Care Franchise Now Offers Award-Winning Senior Care Services to Los Angeles County

Always Best Care Senior Services, one of the leading senior care franchise systems in the United States, announced today that it has opened its newest franchise in Los Angeles County. The new agency is owned by first-time franchisees Na Li and Jingye Zhao and run by their business partner Kevin Jin. Located at 2555 E Colorado Blvd, Always Best Care of Pasadena will provide senior care services to several communities including South Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino and surrounding areas.

“We are excited that Na and Jingye have joined the Always Best Care team.  Both are passionate and dedicated to their community, and with Kevin leading the operations, we look forward to excellent customer service for their clients,” said Jake Brown, President and CEO of Always Best Care. “This franchise opening marks our 15th operating franchise in the state of California – making this a major milestone for our company.  We are confident Kevin will develop strong community ties which will lead to a thriving location in Pasadena.”

Originally from China, Jin moved to the United States in 2007. Prior to joining Always Best Care, he led a career as a real estate agent and also held various management positions for companies including Golf Navigation and LG Electronics. Na Li is the owner of a lucrative company in China, where Jingye Zhao serves as the CEO. The husband and wife team have been in business for more 15 years. Together, the Always Best Care of Pasadena team has embarked on this new business endeavor to give back to their community through providing senior care services.“As Pasadena residents, we noticed a growing demand for senior services given the aging general population, so we wanted to provide a solution to those families in need of senior care,” said Jin. “As we researched potential senior care providers, our team was drawn to Always Best Care’s exceptional business model which gives us with the tools and resources needed to help clients searching for quality care.”

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care, and is the only senior services franchise system that combines the three to create three separate revenue streams for its franchisees. The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchise territories throughout the United States and Canada.

By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of Always Best Care include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country.

For additional information on services available through Always Best Care of Pasadena, or for a free evaluation, please call 626-765-6595, email infopasadena@abc-seniors.com and visit AlwaysBestCare.com/CA/Pasadena/

About Always Best Care            

Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 4 million hours of care every year. Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas.

Always Best Care also offers an exclusive program called Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world. Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada. For more information on Always in Touch, or to request an application, visit www.Always-In-Touch.com.

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