In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: Dementia Care and The Importance of Bright Light
Kudos From Kelly
The Healing Power of Kindness
The Rewards of Paying Attention
Providers We Love


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FEATURE ARTICLE: Dementia Care & The Importanc e of Bright Light Persons living with dementia are often moody and dull. One of the best ways to counteract this is through the use of bright light. 
  By Bob DeMarco  |  Alzheimer's Reading Room
 
 Early on I made a simple observation- for some reason my mother was always turning off lights or seeking a dimly lite place to sit. I knew there was nothing wrong with her eyes.

Over time, I began to notice that she would become dull and kind of not there  if I would allow her to sit in the dimness.
 
At the same time I began to notice that my mother seemed to cheer up, become more there and more responsive when I took her into, or when she sat in bright light  for long periods of times.
 
These lead me to the idea that bright light could be an important tool in effective Dementia  caregiving.
 
Let's just say I really started to pay attention to how my mother acted and behaved while she was in different kinds of light. 
 
This thought process soon lead me to the conclusion that we really needed was a combination of bright light, some exercise, lots of people near and around us (socializing in a sense, and keeping in contact with the world), and some real conversation. Discussion. 
 
Together these were some of the keys that helped me turn Dotty from dull, listless, not there and mean into a person that was happier, more there, and better adjusted socially There is no doubt that bright light  was a key component in Dotty's changed attitude and behavior.  
 
I also noticed when it would start to get dusky and dim outside at the end day light, Dotty would tend to get dull, or antsy, or very negative.
 
To combat this  I would take Dotty out into the bright light an hour or so before dusk. Then, we got into the habit of going out into the bright light around 3 to 6 PM everyday depending on the time of year. 

Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly   
  By Kelly McNamara  
  
Althea Gordon and Melissa Pandolfe:  
Althea and Melissa exclusively share the care of a special client CL.  As a resident at the Orchards in Southington, CL receives excellent care in a beautiful building in a lovely setting, conducive to strolling or simply enjoying the sunshine.  

When CL's condition required consistent, attentive caregivers, we knew that Althea and Melissa would fit the bill perfectly.  They share common qualities of kindness, patience, a sense of humor along with a  commitment to doing their very best to provide Connie a high quality of life while maintaining her safety and keeping her as healthy as possible.

They work closely with the excellent staff at the Orchards to meet all CL's needs, enabling her to remain a resident there  for as long as possible. Equally as important as CL's care, is their focus on supporting her daughter who lives nearby and visits her mother often.

We are so grateful that Althea and Melissa combine to make a perfect match for CL and have enabled her to live comfortably, enjoy the outdoor areas of the Orchards, and provide peace of mind to her daughter and our colleagues there.

Thanks to you both for all you do everyday. We are thrilled to have you as part of our team!

All caregivers mentioned in this column will receive a bonus and our sincere gratitude!  Many many thanks to all of you for once again extending yourselves to ensure that we are of course
Always There...!! ■

 
   The Healing Power of Kindness
     by: Lloyd Dean & James Doty, M.D.  

 
We've all heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a smile?

An extensive scientific literature review sponsored by Dignity Health and conducted by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University reveals a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates kindness holds the power to heal. We now know that this often overlooked, virtually cost-free remedy has a statistically significant impact on our physical health. For example, the positive effect of kindness is even greater than that of taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or the influence of smoking on male mortality. And it doesn't even require a trip to the pharmacy...

Those of us who work in the health care profession and study medicine have long believed in the value of a kind, compassionate bedside manner. But now, this belief isn't just a nice notion - it's sound science. The Dignity Health/CCARE scientific literature review shows that when patients are treated with kindness - when there is an effort made to get to know them, empathize with them, communicate with them, listen to them and respond to their needs - it can lead to the following outcomes...
 

  The Rewards of Paying Attention
    by: Alan Weiss   
 
I'm convinced that we don't pay enough attention to the world around us because we're so busy immersed in tiny parts of it. We simply don't notice things because we're too "busy" with minor issues.

There's the classic example of the law class experiment where an intruder suddenly breaks into the room, steals a briefcase, and disappears out another door. The 50 or so future lawyers in the room can't even agree on a description of the perpetrator. In another famous case, people told to count the number of passes among basketball players failed to see a gorilla walk through the scene.

How many Corvettes do you think you see in your daily excursions? (Choose any car, but I chose Corvettes because they're not that common and should, one would think, stand out.) If I asked you to guess, and then asked you to actually count the number the next day, I suspect that you'd be off the mark. Once I tell you to look, you're on the alert (if you don't forget).

Thus, we miss cues, or take for granted, a great deal of what occurs around us. Newton discovered gravity by watching an apple fall downward. The Wright Brothers (and others) saw that birds didn't have to flap their wings as much in winds, which created lift, but did have to when there was calm.

In basketball, the great passers are looking for open teammates, the poor passers are merely looking to shoot themselves.
In business, some of us are so immersed in the trivial-computer backups, inventory recording, bank statements, and so on-that we miss the opportunities to dramatically grow the business. Have you ever walked into a retail store or auto dealership where the salespeople "ignore" you while talking to each other or reading the paper? They're not sufficiently trained (or managed) to pay attention to anyone entering the place. They expect people to approach them.

Both a pilot and copilot fell asleep some years ago on a trip from New York to LA, and sailed on out into the Pacific on autopilot. Only the frenzied calls from the LA tower and a flight attendant beating on the cockpit door averted a huge tragedy. Too many "conveniences" in life mute our attention.

Be aware of what's around you, or you may find yourself flying past the point of no return.

Alan Weiss Phd is a colleague, friend and successful international business consultant. ■

Providers We Love We are privileged to have received referrals from and be able to coordinate care with many Assisted Living facilities, rehab facilities, and Medicare Home Care and Hospice agencies. Our growth is in large part due to the trust the staff in these organizations have put in our caregivers. We are likewise impressed with them and we are committed to referring to them on a regular basis
 
Seabury Active Living Retirement Community, and Seabury at Home, Bloomfield  
One of Connecticut's first retirement communities, Seabury has grown impressively from its original facility.  The sprawling campus now boasts several individual residences, from apartments to substantial single homes.  Their memory care unit is superb.  The surroundings provide lovely views in all seasons. An immense fitness facility, including a large pool promotes continued fitness of older adults. Seabury boasts an impressive participation of its residents in the fitness facility. Seabury also has an innovative Life Care program and Seabury at Home service. Their home care program provides both Medicare as well as home private duty services for the community and surrounding area...  

McLean Hospice Palliative Care and Hospice, Simsbury
McLean Home Care and Hospice enjoy the coveted highest Medicare rating of Five Stars based on outstanding patient outcomes as medication compliance, improved mobility and no hospital re admissions, as well as starting care in a timely manner...


 About Always There Home Care

Always There Home Care provides compassionate, dependable and professional one-on-one care for seniors who need assistance in the comfort of their homes or residential care communities.  Services from highly qualified and trained caregivers range from companionship, meal preparation and incidental transportation to personal care, medication management and RN-directed case management. Available 7 days a week, services range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care.

Always There Home Care understands that every situation is unique and creates individualized care plans to help improve a client's quality of life.

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Our Caregivers

Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. Most are Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Most importantly our caregivers are dependable and extraordinarily caring of others. In addition to their previous experience, our caregivers receive continuous training that includes dementia, hospice care, home safety, nutrition and other topics related to seniors. These highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:

Personal care    /  Meal planning and preparation
Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands
Caring companionship    /  Light housekeeping
Medication reminders  /    Information and referral services

Our personalized, nurse- supervised services are available 7 days a week and
can range from a few hours a day to 24 hours and live in care.

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