The Caregiver’s Toolbox: New Resources for Quality Home Care
August 29, 2022
Hosted by Ron Roel
Growing up in Concord, Mass., Ryan McEniff went off to college in Rhode Island, where he studied business administration, and then headed west to Colorado to enjoy the sunshine, skiing, and the great outdoors. But in 2011 his plans suddenly changed. After his mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, he moved to Florida to support her during her last few months of life. It was through that experience that he ultimately decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a business owner by taking over a home care company, helping families in the same way that others had helped him and my parents. In today’s episode, Ryan describes his 10-year journey in becoming a passionate advocate for seniors, building one of the premier home care providers in his region, and creating the widely recognized podcast, “The Caregiver’s Toolbox.” Ryan will talk about what families should look for in home care services, including new ways that technology is being implemented to improve the level of care, lower costs and make home care more affordable. He’ll highlight some of the latest tech innovations, such as remote monitoring systems that not only provide fall detection alerts, but customize analytics to improve care plans. And Ryan will discuss his involvement and advocacy in multiple associations where the core mission is to educate families on their options regarding aging in place, providing “actionable information” and resources to ensure exceptional home care with proper support, safety and dignity.
Monday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where 45 Forward comes in.
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I’m a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, the last two decades focusing on the blend of diverse life skills I call successful aging.
I have written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures, discovering along the way that the path to aging well also requires an unexpected entrepreneurial vision. I spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers. I created Roelresources.com, a website offering practical advice and inspirational essays for people ages 40 and above. I have been a volunteer and consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles, advocating for seniors, and developing action plans for the AARP Age-Friendly Communities initiative.
I am active in programs and organizations that support seniors, such as the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. I have developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years. I regularly collaborate with many professionals who provide services and support for older Americans, and I am completing a book for caregivers on Long Island, “The Caregiving Navigator/How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself,” scheduled for publication in early 2021.