Valerie VanBooven
Valerie VanBooven: Senior Care Expert

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As seen on NBC’s Today Show and CNNfn’s Your Money with Ali Velshi, speaker and author, Valerie VanBooven RN, BSN, PGCM is one of the nation’s leading long-term care experts and consultant for consumers and professionals.

Professionals and business owners who serve the senior market want to know the secrets to obtaining more private pay clients for longer periods of time. This includes in-home care providers, adult day care, assisted living, long-term care facilities, elder law attorneys, and financial advisors. They want to know how to fill prospect funnels with consumers who need their help, and they want to accomplish this in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

Senior service providers also want to know how to reach adult children of aging parents with their message. Valerie offers consultation and coaching for any business owner, marketing director, or franchise who wants to learn those secrets.

Planning ahead for long-term care needs is more important than ever. However, many families find themselves in the midst of crisis with an aging family member, and need immediate assistance and answers to all of their questions.

Valerie addresses both of those issues through her speaking engagements and through her books Aging Answers: Secrets to Successful Long-Term Care Planning Caregiving and Crisis Management, and The Senior Solution: A Family Guide to Keeping Seniors Home For Life!.

You can find out more about Valerie at her website.
  • Best Home Blood Pressure Monitors
    Many seniors find themselves suddenly in a position where they need to frequently or at least regularly monitor their own blood pressure at home.

    It is generally agreed that the accuracy of home blood pressure monitors has improved vastly over the years, making them comparable to professional units. Various studies have confirmed this. In addition, monitoring at home can reduce or eliminate “white coat hypertension” – inflated readings due to tension felt in a medical clinic - essentially making them sometimes more accurate.

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  • Best Grab Bars
    Modifications to our surroundings will become necessary as we grow older and face the added challenges associated with living at home. Falls are the most common accident around the home and can be prevented by the use of handrails and safety bars to provide stability and the extra support required by the elderly and people with limited mobility. Handrails can be used throughout your home to provide safety and help prevent falls along hallways, steps, and ramps. A safety grab bar railing will help you keep your balance and provide a safe, accessible surrounding and reduce your risk of falling. It’s the most cost effective home and bathroom modification made!

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  • Best Shower Benches
    ADA approved shower benches help make bathing and showering easier and safer for the elderly, or individuals with mobility issues. Many people who have recently had a hip surgery, stroke, a broken bone - or just need a little added support when bathing are often in need of a shower bench or seat. The wet, slippery surfaces of many bathtubs and shower units cause many household accidents each year. ADA shower benches meet the requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Look for durable shower benches that won't rust or corrode. Choose materials for your shower bench that are easy to clean and that won't rust in the wet environment of the shower. All metal parts, like screws and bolts, should be covered with protective materials. Choose non-skid ADA shower benches. Look for non-skid legs and support systems. Most fold down shower seats and benches have weight limits that will give you an indication of how much weight it can support. If you are seeking a shower bench for a larger individual, you'll need to make sure you choose one that has the appropriate weight limit.
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  • Best Elevated Toilet Seats
    For those who have trouble bending or sitting, an elevated toilet seat is an excellent addition to the bath. After surgeries like a hip replacement many physicians recommend an elevated toilet seat to keep the knees lower than the hips when sitting.

    Typically, an elevated toilet seat hooks onto the bowl so it rests naturally on the toilet rim and raises the seat higher than the standard 14-15 inches off the floor. When purchasing an elevated toilet seat, look for products that offer a locking mechanism for added stability - as well as those that can be easily removed for cleaning or when company is visiting.
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