Happy New Year!

The New Year marks new beginnings. At Midnight Sun Home Care, at the beginning of every year we find a new charity to donate in-kind and monetary contributions to. Since founding the company, I’ve made it a priority to contribute to my community. I entered the home care business because of my passion for helping others and I’m proud to carry that legacy into other areas. Caring is a value everyone at MSHC shares.

The Hospice of Anchorage is a nonprofit agency that provides end of life care free of charge to its clients. Hospice is an important service for clients and their families. This year, MSHC will be donating to the Hospice of Anchorage. Additionally, Hospice of Anchorage will be one of the agencies that will receive part of the proceeds from this year’s Swing into Solstice Midnight Sun Charity Golf Classic. This year’s annual tournament will take place on June 23, 2018.

From food banks to elder care and youth services, there are organizations all across our communities that could use our help. This year, I hope you consider making a resolution to care for those around you by volunteering or donating to these organizations that provide important services.

Kevin Turkington
Founder & CEO

January marks Glaucoma Awareness Month, a sight-stealing disease affecting more than 3 million people. Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve and for the millions of people suffering from glaucoma, its effects often sneak up on them. As much as 40 percent of a person’s vision can be lost without a person noticing, giving the disease then nickname the “the sneak thief of sight.” In some cases there are also no symptoms.


In 2004, the American Society on Aging sponsored a study to evaluate the financial knowledge of Americans age 50 and older, which included a survey of three simple yes/no questions that assessed the knowledge of the respondents on concepts such as inflation, risk diversification and interest rates.* At that time only one third of respondents could answer all three questions correctly. Since 2009, broader studies have been made within the wider population and the results were similarly dismal, but there was a clear correlation between age and a failure to understand some basic financial concepts that make up financial literacy. This is especially worrisome given that money and debt management issues are most consequential to this most vulnerable population.

Many older adults rely on the advice of relatives, friends or neighbors, which is a strategy that as many as 70 percent of
fraud victims report having used. In the end, becoming as informed as possible yourself, and then considering getting further educated by an accredited and referred professional financial advisor are the best first steps to improve one’s financial literacy.

Sharon Ameline

MSHC Caregiver Sharon Ameline approaches every day with her clients with one goal in mind, “to make them have a smile every day.” Sharon is MSHC’s longest-serving employee; she’s been with the company for 15 years. “I was like, what do I do for a job,” said Sharon. “I’ve raised four kids, I’ve been a homemaker but I don’t have the skills to go out into the workforce.”

The caregiver business seemed like a natural fit for Sharon. Sharon’s first caregiver position was with a different company and it didn’t last long. She was placed with a client that she felt wasn’t the right fit but when she met Kevin Turkington, MSHC’s founder, she knew something was different. “I really liked how he put the caregiver with the client,” Sharon said.
In her 15 years working for MSHC, Sharon says she’s enjoyed every client she’s worked with. Sharon enjoys caring for people but she says being a caregiver involves walking a fine line between developing trusting relationships and not getting too emotionally involved. She particularly enjoys working with seniors, “I love hearing their live stories. I really love what I do.” She also enjoys taking stress away from family members.

Working as a caregiver can be emotionally and physically challenging. However, with the support of MSHC, Sharon says she feels confident she is making a positive difference everyday. “I tell everybody they are the Cadillac of caregiving companies.”  


Food costs add up, don't let them go to waste

While you're cooking dinner, hold off on tossing scraps in the garbage. Here are five clever things you can do to stretch out your food purchases.

1. Buy extra produce when the grocery store has a sale, prep and freeze for use on a later date.

2. Collect vegetable scraps, skins, peels, stalks, etc. in a freezer zip lock bag and store in your freezer to add to as you have new veggies. When the bag is full, simply boil it in water for a few hours and you have the start to a great soup. You could add meat bones to make a hearty broth.

3. Use fruit scraps and cores to make a variety fresh jams.

4. Save the seeds to grow your own plant, or use the cuttings to regrow your food.

5. Get a head start on your garden by keeping a small compost bin in your garage or yard. You can even add egg shells and coffee grounds that will control pests and fertilize. You'll have a bountiful harvest to carry you into next winter.



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