Debunking Myths of In-Home Care

There are many misconceptions about the home care business. In-home care is meant to be a positive, helpful tool, so we want to highlight the ways it could benefit those who need it, while also shedding light on some of the false impressions, causing many to miss out on its helpful influence.

Myth #1: In-Home Care is Only for Elderly People

While more than two-thirds (69.1%) of those who utilize in-home care are above the age of 65, anyone can receive in-home care who is ill or immobile in some way. Put simply, if you are unable to care for yourself in your own home, you are eligible for in-home care. A young athlete fresh out of surgery may need assistance, while everyone in the family is full-time at work. It may not be forever, but it’s helpful in times like these.

Myth #2: I Have No Say In Who Comes To My Home

When a company isn’t being transparent, that’s when you know it may not be the best place for you. Essentially, you are allowing someone into your home; that doesn’t mean they have to be a stranger or someone who makes you uncomfortable. Choose a place that conducts background checks and provides proper training and certifications for their caregivers. That way, you can trust they know what they’re doing, but you can also choose someone who fits well with you based on comfortability and personality. Ultimately, choose someone who cares. That’s our approach: truly caring for our clients. In this way, in-home care doesn’t have to be a scary experience; it can (and should) be comforting.

Myth #3: In-Home Care is Too Expensive

Contrary to what many think, in-home care is generally less expensive and just as effective as care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. According to genworth, the monthly cost for home care in 2017 averaged around 3,957 for the Dallas area, while the average monthly cost for a private room in a nursing facility averaged around $6,935.

Myth #4: In-Home Care Costs Me My Independence

While many people think any kind of care means sacrificing one’s independence, the opposite case can actually be made. In-home care, specifically, can help maintain a person’s independence. Individuals healing from something or going through physical therapy need help doing certain physical tasks, but that leaves them available to focus on other manageable tasks they wouldn’t be able to do in a facility. Home not only allows you to heal, but also thrive.

The Benefits of In-Home Care

Being at home provides a sense of comfort and morale that can aid in the healing process. It’s more individualized with a sense of familiarity from being in your regular surroundings. Not only is it a beneficial method to care, but it allows family and friends to be involved and have a say in your healthcare without stretching themselves too thin.

If you’re looking for the right in-home care, reach out. We’ll come to you, because home is where you heal.

teleCalm is Here

teleCalm was founded in 2015 by Tavis and Jill Schriefer and two other co-founders. In 2009, Tavis’ mother moved into a house across the street where he could better help her with her daily needs, during which she began showing increasing signs of early-stage dementia. After numerous medical issues arose, Tavis and Jill spent the next six years as his mother’s primary caregiver. During this time, they learned firsthand about the everyday challenges, including tasks such as using a telephone, for those living with early dementia. In 2015, they came up with the idea for teleCalm, developing and refining the designs while interviewing other caregivers about their family challenges with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

To Jill, the best part about the service is that it is designed to change with the changing needs of the senior with cognitive challenges, and their family caregiver. As their needs change, the teleCalm service can adapt as well. And the ultimate goal of teleCalm is keep seniors in touch with their friends and family while keeping them protected, thereby reducing loneliness and isolation for the senior. Jill Schriefer can be reached at or by calling 469.701.0411.

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North Texas Doctors Opting Out of Medicare

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As Medicare reimbursements have fallen, it appears many North Texas doctors have chosen to say goodbye to or opt out of treating patients under Medicare. Opting out means that doctors aren’t subject to Medicare’s rules, which limits what they can charge. Currently, the top 10 Texas cities for opt-outs include Houston, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Frisco. Read this D-Magazine article to discover more.

The Current State of Assisted Living

NYT Assisted Living

The New York Times recently ran an article about the state of assisted living in America that readers may find interesting and informative. From the quality of care to the regulations governing facilities, various facets of the industry and the care it provides are examined.

“Assisted living communities are intended to be a bridge between living at home and living in a nursing home. Residents can live in apartments or houses, with a high degree of independence, but can still receive help managing their medications and performing daily activities like bathing, dressing and eating.”

The article is linked here.


Reference: Pear, Robert. “U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?” New York Times, 03 Feb 2018.

How to Stay Happy and Healthy this Flu Season!

With the flu on the rise this year, your care team at Acappella wanted to share some good quick tips to stay happy and healthy.  First and foremost, please protect yourself by getting vaccinated! Cleaning experts urge everyone to avoid high-touch areas as much as possible. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer when necessary. Doors, magazines and pens are always vulnerable places to pick up germs you can’t see. With the flu hitting the Dallas Fort Worth area hard even before peak season, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family members. Below is a link to one of our favorite recipes for a warm batch of chicken noodle soup. Perfect for this time of year to stay happy and healthy!
Chicken Noodle Soup


Pajama Power!

Our holiday pajama drive has been more successful than ever this year. We have collected over 600 pairs of pajamas for seniors in need! We give these wonderful donations out to various senior communities throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth area. The joy it brings to so many ones in need of a fresh pair of pajamas is overwhelming. We have been able to bring this joy due to a number of generous individuals. We want to thank each and everyone one of you that has helped the pajama drive. Without your generous giving we would not be able to spread this much needed holiday cheer. We are blessed by the pajama drive and hope to see it grow year after year!

Shining Stars Enetty and Massi

We wanted to pass on some complements we received about two of our Staff members:

Our newest client in Plano called to say that CNA “Enetty was awesome.  She really helped my mom.” In a North Dallas nursing case, our client called to tell us that everything went well and that RN Massi was excellent!

Congratulations Enetty and Massi! Thank you for shining so bright.

Senior Living Specialists

Having trusted and valued resources in our community is so important.  No matter what service you find yourself in need of, there are many service providers.  The question really is, how do you separate the good from the bad and the mediocre from the excellent?  In our next blog series we will highlight resources in our community that we have personally found to be EXCELLENT, and of course we wouldn’t alight ourselves with anything less than THE BEST!

This week, we’ve invited Paul Markowitz, founder of Senior Living Specialists, to write a blog regarding senior living communities.  Paul went through the senior care maze of finding the appropriate assisted living community when he was 26 years old as his mom got diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 59.



Paul Markowitz and Mom

Whether somebody is 26, 56 or 86, you might know of somebody that might have to go through the arduous task of finding the appropriate Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long Term Care Facility or Residential Care Home.  Most people end up in crisis as nobody wants to think about placing a friend or family member as I was when I had to right place for my mom.


Below are 5 key questions that I recommend for each family to ask when touring a senior living facility:

  1. How long has the Executive Director been at the community and what is their experience?
  2. What is the yearly increase in the price of rent?  What has it been over the past 3 – 5 years?
  3. What amenities are provided? e.g. transportation, meals, etc.
  4. What is a typical day like and what time does day get started?  What is security like at the community?
  5. How do you determine when a resident needs to move to a higher level of care?  Is the family responsible for identifying this or will the community let the family know?

With well over 900 senior living communities in the DFW Metroplex, identifying the very best fit for a loved one or friend is a most stressful and time-consuming ordeal.  At Senior Living Specialists we are here to help all in this maze providing FREE comprehensive assistance to identify the very best fit for each family.  We are most proud to be the first local placement company of its type as we serve the entire metroplex.  Since our inception some 9 years ago, our team of 12, are available 7 days per week to accommodate those families in need of transitioning a loved one from home to a proper facility.  We are most fortunate to have assisted over 5,000 families.  Let us do your “heavy lifting” and the best part about our service is that it’s no cost to any family that we help.

We are here to help “make a difference”.


Senior Living Specialists Contact Information
Paul Markowitz (owner)

Our Fort Worth Fixer Upper

Check out all the progress we are making in our new Acappella Fort Worth office space! Things are really coming along with this new office, we are so excited to see our vision come to life. With a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint we are bringing new life into this wonderful space.
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The office is located at 300 East Pennsylvania Avenue. We can’t wait to invite our friends, family and colleagues over for a happy hour when everything is finished.
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