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Deep Compassion Forges a Passion for Learning

Congratulations to Companion Caregiver Natisha Walton, now certified as a Home Health Aide

A passion for learning and the underlying commitment toward self-betterment finds its source from many different things. The source can be an event or a life experience. It can simply be what’s in our DNA. It can sometimes be both, or other factors altogether.

With Maplewood Home Care’s Companion Caregiver Natisha Walton, her passion for learning stems in large part from the deep and sincere compassion she holds for the people in her care.

This was evidently clear as we got to know Natisha during her first interviews with us. When our employees exhibit in such tangible ways the level of compassion, skill and commitment, our philosophy is to show the same level of commitment toward them by extending opportunities to take part in specialized training. These training opportunities give Maplewood Home Care employees a chance to grow their skillset, qualify to become available for more caregiving assignments, and to ultimately (and most importantly) bring benefit to the people who are in our care.

What is Home Care? Frequently-Asked Questions

Recently, Maplewood Home Care was asked to present at an event held by Professional Eldercare Network (P.E.N.). We were pleased to discuss the defining characteristics of home care and the different kinds of home care services available to clients and families. We thought it would be helpful to our website readers to offer the same information in Frequently-Asked Question, or FAQ, format. We hope you find this information helpful. As always, if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Home Care?

Home care (sometimes referred to as in-home care), is supportive care provided in the home. Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who deliver medical care or by professional caregivers who provide daily care to help to make sure the activities of daily living (ADL's) are met. [1]

Getting to Know Sue Chambery, LPN, Intake Specialist

In this episode of our "Getting to Know..." video series, we sit down for a conversation with Maplewood Home Care Intake Specialist Sue Chambery, LPN.

The Hot and Cool Things About Summer

Summer’s here and that’s a good thing! We all look forward to saying “good-bye” to the cold and “hello” to the cozy warmth of summer. With all the good things about summer, there are some things that we need to be aware of, such as dehydration and heat rash.


Dehydration is a significant loss of fluid in your body. Some of the symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal.
  • Sunken eyes.

[Source: Mayo Clinic]

Getting to Know Kristen Tompkins, Client and Personnel Intake Specialist

In this episode of our "Getting to Know..." video series, we sit down for a conversation with Maplewood Home Care Client and Personnel Intake Specialist Kristen Tompkins, MSW.