President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.

Activity Ideas for Bored Seniors

When your aging loved one only has you and their home care provider to keep them company, it’s no wonder they get a little bored. It can be difficult for them to accomplish daily tasks on their own, from getting dressed to preparing meals, due to health issues that limit their strength and stamina. This usually means that participating in fun activities or attending community events is beyond … [Read more...]

Who Do You Rely on for Elderly Care? Do You Need to Reexamine Your Choices?

Is your family like many others? Do you split up the care your mom and dad need? In some families, one member is designated as the family caregiver, why? Because that person has the lowest paying job or doesn't depend on a steady income as much as others in the family. Is it always fair? Probably not given the rates of caregiver burnout. Think about your own family's caregiving plan. Is it you … [Read more...]

What is Your Backup Plan if Something Happens at Your Mom’s Home?

Aging in place is a common choice senior citizens make. Has your family thought about your options if something happens at your mom's home? No one wants to think about worst case scenarios, but it's important that you do and have a plan in place for different emergencies. What if She Falls or is Sick? If your mom falls, what happens then? Is her home set up in a way in which she will be able … [Read more...]

What Home Care Can Do to Help Seniors with Heart Conditions

When an older adult learns they have a heart condition, it can sometimes feel like a death sentence. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are many lifestyle changes that can help them to achieve better heart health and continue living an active and productive life. While making lifestyle changes can be hard, home care can be an excellent support system for seniors with heart disease. Below are … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Hire Home Care Providers

You might think that because you’re a caregiver, you have to do it all on your own. But that’s a dangerous mindset and you’re missing out on some big benefits that help with caregiving can offer. Your Senior Can Stay in Her Home For most aging adults, the biggest goal on their list is to stay at home for as long as possible. Working with home care providers allows your elderly family member … [Read more...]

Myths That Might Keep Your Parent From Becoming an Organ Donor

Each day nearly 100 people in the United States receives an organ transplant and thousands more benefit from tissue donations such as corneas and skin. There are more than 100,000 people on the waiting list to receive an organ donation, but many will die before a proper match is found. Unfortunately, there are many myths that keep people from signing up to be organ donors. By going over these … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize the risks your senior faces and to be prepared for the changes they may undergo as they age. Not only can this help you to better understand your loved one and support them, but it also allows you to create a care approach that helps them stay safe and healthy while coping with the issues they face. Low … [Read more...]

What Are the Activities of Daily Living?

Activities of daily living, called ADLs for short, are a way for you and for your senior’s medical team to determine how independent she truly is. These ADLs can help you to gauge when your elderly family member needs more help and the type of help she needs. Feeding Herself. Cooking may be difficult or consume too much of your elderly family member’s energy, but feeding herself is … [Read more...]

Do You Know About National Library Lovers Month?

National Library Lovers Month is held every February and it’s a time for family caregivers and their aging parents to check out all that this public space has to offer. Too often, elderly adults and their family members discount the library as a place for children, or simply a storage space for dusty old books. In fact, public libraries have evolved greatly, using all kinds of technology to … [Read more...]

Is Music Therapy Something Your Senior Might Benefit From?

As your elderly family member ages, it’s important to find new activities that she can enjoy and that help her to keep her brain tuned up. Music is one of those activities, although it might not be one that you think of at first. Music therapy classes add a social element, too, which can be another reason to consider these types of events for your senior. Music Therapy Keeps Her Brain … [Read more...]