Roanoke Spotlight: Historic Fire Station No. 1

Roanoke Spotlight: Historic Fire Station No. 1

The historic Fire Station No. 1 building still standing today at 13 Church Ave SE in downtown Roanoke was built in 1907. Modeled after Philadelphia's Independence Hall, Fire Station No. 1 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and served as one of Virginia's longest continuously operating fire stations until its replacement began operating in 2007.

7 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Safe this Summer

7 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Safe this Summer

Now that the summer of 2018 is in full swing, it's important to remember the unique threats and challenges that summer - and especially summertime temperatures in Roanoke, VA - face our seniors. We put together a few tips to remind people of things to watch out for. 

Sara - How an Elderly Woman was Victimized by an Online Predator and How I Tried to Stop It

Sara - How an Elderly Woman was Victimized by an Online Predator and How I Tried to Stop It

I met Sara while caring for her husband, Joe. Joe was in his early eighties with a myriad of hard luck health problems.  I took care of Joe till he passed on hospice. I had ample time in those couple of months to become acquainted with Sara, then in her late seventies. They shared a marriage and an average blue-collar life for 40+ years.

Companion Home Care Inc named "Most Engaged Volunteer Organization 2018" by Roanoke, VA Local Office on Aging (LOA)

Companion Home Care Inc named "Most Engaged Volunteer Organization 2018" by Roanoke, VA Local Office on Aging (LOA)

The Local Office on Aging recognized Companion Home Care Inc as the "Most Engaged Volunteer Organization 2018", and presented an award to owner Michelle Belton during a recent ceremony at the Kazim Shrine Temple in Roanoke, VA. The ceremony kicks off Older Americans' Month for the month of May.

Companion Home Care Inc conducts mandatory CPR and First Aid training at Roanoke, VA office

Companion Home Care Inc conducts mandatory CPR and First Aid training at Roanoke, VA office

The goal of the training session was to educate and empower Companion Home Care staff to render lifesaving aid to their clients in the event of a catastrophe. Caregivers were taught how to recognize the nature of the emergency, and what steps to take to stabilize an individual until emergency medical staff have arrived.

Michelle Belton of Companion Home Care attends Wounded Warrior amputee softball game with home care clients

Michelle Belton of Companion Home Care attends Wounded Warrior amputee softball game with home care clients

The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team consists of men and women, both veterans and active duty soldiers, from all service branches, who have sustained injuries resulting in amputation. Through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes, playing against teams across the country in competitive, celebrity, and exhibition games.

I am in love with this doctor's answer to "What is something you regret doing as a physician?"

I am in love with this doctor's answer to "What is something you regret doing as a physician?"

I’m going to tell you the story of how I killed a patient.I was in my 3rd year of medical school. I had just started my clinical rotations. I had just come off of my psychiatry rotation and was starting my internal medicine rotation.

Q and A: What are some surprising signs of dementia that you've encountered?

Q and A: What are some surprising signs of dementia that you've encountered?

After four months into this situation, I can see the decline in his cognition in our day-to-day activities such as his confusion as what to do with his toothbrush, and how he now abhors bathing. The surprise is that this man has become quite a charming and witty personality. He is conversing and taking part in group activities and offering vocal advice that only the insight of a 90-year-old can offer. His humor is on time and I have yet to experience any stuttering.

Q and A: How can I get my mother to go to the hospital against her will to determine her dementia status?

Q and A: How can I get my mother to go to the hospital against her will to determine her dementia status?

During this time, hopefully, you have contacted her doctor and made that person aware of the situation. You will need the background of your mom’s history and competency as noted by her physician. This decline in mom’s cognition may have been going on longer than you realize.