Entries by Matthew J. Gallardo

The Intern Experience

Get to Know Me …My name is Eliese Bjerke, and this fall I will be a senior at Messiah College located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania! I’m currently in the process of earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Science and minor in Gerontology. Now you may be wondering what on earth is […]

Paying for Personal Care in PA: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Personal Care Homes (PCH) and Assisted Living Residences (ALR) are housing options typically for older adults that provide hands-on care with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and offer three meals a day, activities and medication monitoring. The average annual cost of a personal care home or assisted living in Pennsylvania is […]

Understanding Medicare Coverage For Nursing Care

Episode 13 of the Coach’s Corner Podcast is entitled Understanding Medicare Coverage For Nursing Care. Grasping Medicare coverage can be tricky, especially when it comes to Part A coverage for nursing care. This episode will focus on clearing up those myths and misconceptions about Medicare Part A with special guest, Nicholle Dixon, Messiah Village Billing […]

Dear Future Self

If you’re like most, you’ve likely had your fair share of “dear future self” moments, especially after bearing witness to the unwise, undesirable or unsafe behavior of others as well as our own transgressions. It can be a great influencer of not walking the same path or repeating history, or taking the optimist’s view and […]

Podcast 12: Reducing Caregiver Stress & Family Friction

Locking horns with a family member about an aging parent’s care? It can make an already stressful situation that much worse. Family dynamics, disagreement, and old wounds can make the process of caring for an ailing parent very complicated between family members, especially siblings. This episode focuses reducing friction and caregiver stress between family members for […]

Podcast #11- Benefits Of Using At Home Services

  The Coach’s Corner has a new podcast for the new year! Listen and learn more about Messiah Lifeways At Home and how home care helps family caregivers gain some peace of mind and balance in their lives. Home care plays a vital role in assisting older adults and the disabled to “age in place” in the […]

Relieve caregiver stress during the holidays

Lighten your load as a caregiver this holiday season Ah, the holiday season. It’s the most wonderful time of year- right? As we all know it can be a very busy and stressful time too. Between the shopping, cooking, and traveling it gets hectic. This is especially true for those who serve as a primary […]

Adult Day Services: Enriching Lives & Supporting Caregivers

Caring for an aging parent or ailing spouse while trying to fulfill the promise of helping them age in place can be a struggle. This is especially true for a growing segment of caregivers who have a parent or spouse they’re caring for, while simultaneously still raising kids or even grandkids. Known as the “sandwich […]

Autumn: Pumpkins, Football and…. Medicare Open Enrollment?

 For most, the fall season is synonymous with football, the beauty of autumn and everything and anything pumpkin flavored or scented. However, fall now includes a new seasonal tradition- shopping for the right Medicare plan during open enrollment season, which now runs each year from October 15 through December 7. Medicare provides health insurance benefits […]

The Right to Make Bad Choices

As an aging parent or loved one begins to decline or falter, naturally we want to help. That help could be as simple as cutting their lawn or driving them to doctor appointments or errands. If needs increase, your help could consist of cooking or cleaning for them, or hiring a home care agency to […]