June is National Home Safety Month and FSL wants caregivers to ensure homes are safe for their loved ones. Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home, making falls the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Falls often occur due to avoidable hazards that are easy to overlook and fix.

Below are a few tips to ensure your home is safe for your aging loved one:

  • Remove rugs or use non-slip backing to ensure rugs don't move
  • Keep walkways clear of baskets, blankets, books, etc.
  • Coil cords from a lamp or telephone, so you don't trip over...
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The Community Action Network is made up of public and private agencies that work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in communities throughout Arizona. Most of the agencies are Community Action Agencies (CAAs), created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAAs provide services to more than 232,000 people annually.

Over 80 percent of the Arizona families served were in poverty, based on Federal guidelines, and 36 percent were in severe poverty.

FSL helps individuals and families out of crisis and offers programs to help people solve...


Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), NW Valley Community Action Program is hosting a special utility assistance day on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson St., Peoria, Ariz. 85345. Residents of Peoria, Sun Cities, Waddell and Youngtown are eligible to apply. Assistance will be granted on a first come, first serve basis and persons in line as of 8:30 a.m. will be given a number in order of their place in line.

If your household has received utility assistance from a...


An adult foster care home (AFC) is a type of assisted living facility licensed by the AZ Department of Health Services. These private homes for older adults and adults with disabilities provide assistance in activities of daily living. Adult foster care homes offer different levels of care, based on the individual's care needs.

The AFC Living Environment

AFC care is not as intensive as that of assisted living homes or skilled nursing homes. Adult foster care home services vary according to the home's capabilities.

Adult foster care home owners reside in...

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Life can take an unexpected turn and when it does, the things that we tend to take for granted, our health, living arrangements, personal relationships and confidence can become tenuous at best.

Brain starting playing music at the age of twelve and his connection to music carried him into his adult life, sharing his passion with others as a piano instructor, recording music in studios and performing rock and jazz music with bands across California. Brian was right where he was meant to be in life and things were going wonderfully. He and his girlfriend made the decision to relocate...


The role of caregiver comes with some daunting responsibilities and challenges, including becoming an advocate during appointments with your loved one’s care team. Being able to communicate changes in health and understand care plans can help ensure that good care is delivered promptly. Unfortunately, there can be a breakdown in communication between caregivers and healthcare providers, but there are six simple tips you can implement to take the stress out of doctor’s appointments.


People who have been smoking their whole lives may think that there's no point in quitting smoking. Even if they understand the harm that smoking causes, many believe that the harm is already done and stopping now wouldn't make that much of a difference. However, a recent study has revealed that this line of thinking is wrong - it's never too late to quit smoking.


It’s not every day that you get to celebrate a milestone like a 100th birthday, but one of our residents spent hers in style alongside her family, neighbors, and FSL staff!

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The weather is warming up and spring brings with it some great opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy spending time with your loved one! Here are some great ways to take advantage of the weather.


Seniors everywhere face challenges. Aging isn’t easy! Health issues pop up, financial concerns arise, and bodies change. But there are two issues seniors should never have to face - hunger and substandard housing. This statistic from the Association of Arizona Foodbanks, however, is alarming:

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Join FSL and our Community Partners at the Time Out Workshop, held on Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Ability 360 located at 5025 E Washington, Phoenix, AZ.

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Wickenburg Community Hospital presented FSL’s Wickenburg Freedom Express (WFE) with the Community Service Award for Outstanding Customer Service and Commitment to Community Health and Wellness in 2016 at their annual volunteer luncheon on Friday, February 20, 2017.

The Freedom Express is a community collaboration between FSL, Salvation Army, the Town of Wickenburg, Wickenburg Community Services Corporation, and many volunteers. Its mission is to provide seniors over the age of 60 who do not have transportation with trained volunteer transit around Wickenburg so that they can remain...


Remaining active and healthy becomes more important than ever as you grow older. As you may have learned, fitness also becomes more difficult as you grow older, whether you've remained consistently active or not. Exercise programs designed for low impact while still engaging your muscles and heart are perfect for seniors. Read on for some great options for staying active:


About 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day and we thought there's no better time to celebrate the caregiver in your life. Whether your caregiver is a family member, friend or a professional, they are providing valuable services and care to your loved one.

Below are 5 simple ways to thank your caregiver:

1. Publicly recognize them. Whether it's at a family gathering or a simple as including them in your daily prayers or discussions at the dinner...


All it takes is a moment. A blink. And everything changes. One unfortunate accident and your life, and your families are suddenly and permanently altered. Your habits, schedules and your comfortable routines come to a shuddering halt, and all that is left to do is rebuild.

Bill and Betty found themselves in this position a few years ago after Bill was involved in an unforeseeable accident that left him completely dependent on a ventilator. He was in and out of the hospital due to complicated care needs, and the family had lost all sense of normalcy. Their days were filled with trips...


In this day and age, it is so easy to become wrapped up in the minutia of everyday life that we fail to seize opportunities for service to others. We get distracted by the emails piling up in our inbox and the ever growing to-do list on our desk, not to mention the never-ending phone calls. We are living in an age where everything is streamlined and designed to be quick and painless and we forget that slowing down and noticing our surroundings and the people in our lives is just as important as productivity. A small act of kindness, a moment spent truly connecting can have a lasting impact...


Foundation for Senior Living is a faith-based organization founded by the Diocese of Phoenix in 1974. FSL stands for Faith, Service, Life, because our work is all about enriching the lives of everyone in our community. If you share our mission to helpour neighbors, consider inviting us to your place of worship or community center. Here's how you can open your doors:


As a family caregiver, it's normal to experience stress. It's hard to see your loved one struggle, and assist them while balancing your other responsibilities. Read on for some important tips for reducing stress:


Home ownership is a point of pride for many, but the maintenance and upgrades homes require can get more and more burdensome as we age. Homes quickly fall into disrepair when proper upkeep becomes difficult and replacing old and worn out appliances are a financial burden that many are unable to tackle. Unfortunately, veteran couple Mike and Teresa found themselves in this position earlier this year. The house that they had called home for the past 34 years was becoming a liability and Army veteran Mike was unable to do the work himself.


Some people are more at risk of diabetes than others. If you have family history of diabetes or your primary physician has warned you about diabetes, you may be more susceptible to the condition. That doesn't mean you should simply accept the potential development of diabetes. By staying practical about the situation, you can reduce your chance of becoming diabetic. Here Read on for are several tips for preventing to help prevent diabetes and taking control of your life.


Tax season is almost upon us, but you still have time to take advantage of Arizona's charitable tax credit program! If you file Arizona state taxes, you can make donations to qualifying organizations in five different categories and get your gift back, dollar-for-dollar, on your return!

You can take advantage of this tax credit while improving the lives of so many in our own communities! Making a gift to an organization in the following categories is easy and it keeps your money right here in Arizona!

  • A qualified charitable organization.
  • A qualified foster care...

Arizona has been making a name for itself among the Senior Living communities across the nation for quite some time now. Senior centers in AZ have established a high reputation for offering quality care and service to families all over the state. Whether you are still living independently or require constant medical assistance, there are facilities all over the state that help you according to what your needs are. It’s no wonder retirees have been flocking to his great state; there’s always sunshine, there is excellent medical care, and the physical landscaping of Arizona is quite...


Home health care can be a great alternative to assisted living facilities if your loved one does not require constant or serious medical assistance. If your family member can still live independently but simply needs assistance with routine daily tasks like cooking, bathing, getting dressed, or cleaning then home health care might be the right choice for you and your family. Deciding when it is the right time to hire a home health care giver can be tough but it’s important to know when you need to make this decision for your loved one in order for them to continue living a healthy and...

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CJ has been a regular at the Glendale Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) center for nearly four years. As she makes the rounds greeting friends and newcomers alike, it’s easy to see that she considers FSL a second home. When asked what this program means to her she responds “I’m grateful and blessed. I love the center, I love the people, and it makes me happy when I can wake up, dress myself and come here.”

Giving clients a purpose in life is what ADHS staff do best. They offer meaningful activities that hone fine motor skills and keep joints limber; plan...


#GIVINGTUESDAY, a social movement designed to create an international day of giving after consumer-driven days such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday falls on Tuesday, November 29th this year. We have some pretty amazing things planned for your donation to FSL!

Funds raised on #GIVINGTUESDAY will support one of our most celebrated programs - Adult Day Health Centers in Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe! Your donation will provide:

  • Therapeutic activities to encourage socialization,...

When an elderly parent or relative needs more care, choosing home care services can be a much better option than relocating your loved one to a nursing or retirement home. In-home senior care can help a senior cope much better with their changing circumstances. Usually, a senior will prefer to live at home rather than move to unfamiliar surroundings.

However, if more advanced care is needed than just basic assistance home care, you will usually have to options to choose from:

Live-In Care

24 Hour Care

Both of these services are much better alternatives to a nursing...


When you make the decision for your family that it is time to seek out professional care for your elderly loved ones, it may be difficult to decide on which services are right for you and your family. It all depends on what your needs are and what is realistic taking into account your budget. There are a wide range of services out there, including home health care and assisted living which are by far the most popular choices for those who can no longer live on their own and need daily assistance. In this article, we’ll break down some price differences as well as the pros and cons of...


More and more Americans are enjoying a longer and more fulfilled life. For many seniors, living at home as long as possible is seen at the best way to spend their later years. However, there can be many challenges associated with a senior living at home alone. If circumstances require, it is very important to arrange quality home care.


Arizona senior living facilities have been an excellent choice for families looking to seek help for their elderly members. Senior living facilities offer a wide range of services from home healthcare, adult foster care and assisted living. Depending on the condition of your loved one you can find the right services that will cater to their individual needs. Finding the right senior living services can be a bit tricky because you want to make sure you are making the right choice by choosing a trustworthy agency that has the right experience in order to offer the appropriate care your...


When the care needs of a senior relative who is living at home changes, it may become necessary to look for home care assistance. Although there may be some concerns as to how this will work, it's good to remember that usually home health care improves yours and your parent's lives.

Home care assistance can mean either having a caregiver regularly come to a person's home to provide assistance, or the senior could move to a residential housing facility where extra support is provided. Either of these arrangements can provide vital care when a senior living alone can no longer manage...


If you have decided that your loved one can no longer live independently, it is probably time to start looking into hiring outside help. With so many options available it can be challenging to figure out what’s right for you and your family but in the end, seeking additional help will help ease the burden of caring for your loved one while making sure they are happy, healthy and safe. So, what options are out there in the world of senior living?


Being a caregiver to a loved one is no easy task and oftentimes, caregivers find themselves putting their own needs aside. This leads to a situation known as burnout, wherein the stress and demands of caring for a family member build to a breaking point. Below are a list of warning signs and FSL’s top 5 tips for prioritizing yourself!

A few of the warning signs to watch for are

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Fatigue
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Depression or lack of interest in hobbies/interests
  • Frequent headaches or bodily pain



Tony was a sharp and witty man up until the day he passed away. He loved woodworking and fishing, watching Jeopardy with his niece, Kelly, doing crossword puzzles, catching a baseball game on television and keeping up on current events.

Kelly explains, “He lived independently, enjoying visits from family and friends, until his health started to decline due to COPD and other ailments. I often worried to my sister that Uncle Tony may not make it another year.

One day, Tony fell and broke his hip and had to spend some time in a skilled nursing facility. Kelly...

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It can be a very difficult decision to decide when home care assistance is the best choice for a senior parent. There can be an element of uncertainty with the decision because of a fear of losing independence. However, home health care can be one of the best options available in order to help a senior parent or relative to continue to live at home.

When an aging parent or relative can no longer care for him/her self the way that they used to, it doesn't necessarily mean that a nursing home is the only alternative. There are many high-quality home care assistance programs available...


“There's no place like home.” Most, if not all of us, would always choose to stay in a home environment rather than move to a medical care facility if we need assistance or are feeling unwell. For many, as we age it becomes obvious that some arrangement for assisted living is necessary. If an aging parent or relative wants to continue living in a home environment, it's important to find affordable housing for seniors where assisted living can be an option.

Because of specific medical needs, it may not always be possible to continue living in a person's own home. However, that doesn't...


Dad fell yesterday. And why did he fall? How hard did he fall? What was he doing to cause the fall? Well...only he and Ruby know those answers.

While my mother found it appalling that I’d even have dialogue with them about it, my father rattled off some flippant account that minimized the fall all together. I’m pretty certain the goose egg on his forehead didn’t mosey there from a slight bump caused by a slight trip on a rug that was slightly in the way. Which, by the way, was the only constant in both their responses. A rug. As the story goes, a wheel on...


When we hear the term ‘foster care,’ we may automatically think of foster care for children. And, while that is the most common form of foster care, it is not just for children. In our communities, there is a growing need for adult foster care.

In AZ, adult foster care can be provided by homeowners who are certified caregivers, and who’s homes are licensed by the state to provide care for up to four residents in their homes. The foster care home owner must remain living in the home and is the main caregiver of those residing under their roof.

Adult foster care provides an...


This Fourth of July, we’d like to highlight a Veteran who is close to our hearts at FSL – Scott Strey.

Scott’s story begins with the sacrifice he made for all of us when he dedicated his life to serving in the United States Navy for 20 years, protecting our freedom and independence. Last year, Scott came to us in need of assistance to make the home he loves more accessible to him and his wheelchair. We felt honored to be able to provide some home modifications to give him back his independence!

“I’m 68, and I never had to rely on anybody until I moved into this house. I love...


Nearly half of all Americans over 65 use the internet. More and more seniors are becoming internet savvy and are embracing the digital age. However, more still has to be done to break the barriers to technology for seniors. This is where quality home care can help because seniors can receive technology training as part of their senior care services.

Even though many seniors living in AZ are using the internet, research shows that this drops off significantly with those over the age of 75. There is still much to be done to help all seniors get the benefits from new...


What do you do when you see your parents changing right in front of your eyes? How do you help when your beloved mother and father say, “We are fine. We don’t need any help.”

Do you believe them or do you take matters into your own hands? Admittedly, I am not the type to live and let live. Probably a trait acquired from my mother. No matter, I feel so helpless which is frustrating. Please realize my parents are the poster children for stubbornness. They are the most loving and kind people on the planet, but stubborn. Robert & Ruby Whitmore. 88 and 85, respectively.



May 6-12 is National Nurses Week and FSL has some of the best nurses around. Denise Nunez, R.N., Skilled Hourly Nursing Supervisor has been with our Home Health department for five years. She oversees the care of tracheotomy and ventilator-dependent patients in their homes. This involves supervising 18+ nursing staff, who care for the patients from six to 24 hours per day. The benefit for the patient is to remain safe and active in their own homes, with family and loved ones.

Denise pursued a second career in nursing about 12 years ago. She has a passion for...


At the age of 23, Aaron Cox was embarking on a new adventure. He had just been accepted into officer training school by the United States Air Force. Having earned his pilot license at the age of 15, he was on his path to realizing a longtime dream. But, just a few weeks later, while driving home from Luke Air Force base in a rain storm, Aaron was involved in a tragic accident with a flatbed truck....


Pauline’s success story starts every morning in a FSL-owned residential behavioral health home. She has called FSL home since September of 2003 because, like 9.8 million other adults in the United States, Pauline lives with a serious mental illness.

With the help of FSL, Pauline has learned to complete her daily living activities independently. These tasks, often referred to as ADL’s, consist of bathing, getting dressed, self-feeding and maintaining hygiene. Pauline has also gained the skills necessary to request her medications, complete housekeeping and laundry and assist...


Did you know that 47% of adults ages 40 – 59 are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children? Can you imagine how difficult that would be if both generations of loved ones required healthcare assistance in the home? These family caregivers are at serious risk of burnout. But, FSL can help!

Last year, FSL provided 346,714 hours of respite, or a break for caregivers.

Mrs. Jones has been a client of FSL’s Home Care Services since 2006. She lives in the east valley with her husband, their disabled adult son and her aging...