What Makes Our Caregivers Shine

For many people, their home is deeply personal. The artwork on the walls reflect their personality, the kitchen is organized just the right way and the living room is filled with memories of laughter and love. In-home care offers people the opportunity to remain in their special space while getting the outside assistance they need. My team at Midnight Sun Home Care understands inviting strangers into this safe space requires trust.

What sets our caregivers at Midnight Sun Home Care apart is that when it comes to caring for loved ones, we’ve been there. Caring for my father through his journey through cancer changed my world, including how I operate my company. As sad as it was to lose my dad, being able to care for him was a wonderful experience. It’s a stressful time for a family and something very difficult to face but going through that with my own family has opened my eyes to what other families are going through and how to best serve them.

Most of our caregivers share similar stories and this deeply intimate and personal experience allows them to provide the best care possible. Having cared for a loved 
one, caregivers understand the level of care family members want for their own 
loved one. I won’t hire someone unless I trust him or her to care for my own family. Strong relationships are at the core of what we do and I’m proud to work with compassionate and experienced caregivers who provide families with the relief they need.

Kevin Turkington
Founder & CEO
Ways to Celebrate Senior Citizens Day
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 National Senior Citizens Day. The day is meant to recognize the achievements and leadership of seniors, and thank them for all they’ve done. It’s also a day meant to remind people to take care of seniors by providing them with the proper care and lifestyle they deserve. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Senior Citizens Day.

Drop a Line

Get Social

Lend a Helping Hand

Take a Trip

However you choose to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, remember seniors
are special and they deserve our support, assistance and a celebration.
A Caregiver’s Story
Advice For Caring for a Loved One

My mother passed away from dementia in 2000, at age 73. After giving birth to my two older brothers, she was thrilled to finally get a daughter. From day one she was looking out for me, I was born five pounds and my mom insisted she stayed in the hospital with me until I was healthy enough to go home. She filled my childhood with Girl Scout meetings, piano lessons, friends and Sunday church.

As an adult, I moved back home when my father told me my mother was struggling with her memory. I struggled to accept her dementia even though it was obvious. 
She wouldn’t remember what she was just told, there was the occasional frying pan left on the burner or overflowing sink and my mom would tell stories from her childhood but couldn’t remember what day it was. As I watched her dementia worsen, our communication began to fail because she could not look at me as an adult and I could not view her as the mother I once knew.

I’m ashamed I did not handle her care with more grace. Yet, here I am at 62, working in elder care and I love my job and I do it well. Maybe helping others as I should've helped my mom will help me forgive myself for not being a better caregiver to her. Here is some advice to caregivers looking after a loved one:
  • Remember, this person helped you when you were too young to help yourself.
  • Concentrate on what your loved one can do, even if you need to keep a list and view it daily.
  • Give yourself time off to spend with other people or enjoy a hobby.
  • Join meetings regarding Alzheimer’s/dementia.
  • Daily life can be a struggle, seek out a change of scenery even if it’s only to get fresh air.

Even to this day, with my experience as a professional caregiver, I don’t know why I couldn’t accept my mom’s behavior. While it’s a wonderful thing to care for a loved 
one, don’t be ashamed to seek outside help.

Uncle Tommy O’Malley’s mini blueberry pie
by Julia O'Malley


• One ball of pie dough.
• 2 cups Alaska blueberries, washed, with most of the leaves, stems and spiders removed
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 cup “secret ingredient,” also known as King Arthur Flour pie filling enhancer or three tablespoons Minute Tapioca. 

Full Instructions Here



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