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Regina McNamara RN, MSN President & Kelly McNamara, Chief Operating Officer
Here at Always There Home Care, we are grateful you are slowing down to read our newsletter full of items that relate to home care, home health care, aging and eldercare, as well as some useful tips for daily living. Please enjoy in the spirit of community and cooperation in which this newsletter was sent.
Dementia By Day: A Blog by Rachael Wonderlin
Finding Calm in Repetitive Questions
Like many people with dementia, Lucille had a "phrase" that she used often. Well, it wasn't so much a "phrase" as it was a line of questioning that she asked every 10-20 minutes.
"HEY!" She'd call, whenever she saw me. "What time of day is it?" or "HEY! What day of the week is it?"
Fortunately for Lucille (and, perhaps, unfortunately for me) Lucille's favorite couch was located right outside of my office-so, she saw me a lot.
There were days where I was the Queen of All That is Patient and I'd answer each time she asked with a sense of ethereal calm. "It's 2:00, Lucille," I'd smile, genuinely. And then, of course, there were other days when her line of questioning drove me absolutely nuts. "HEY!" She'd call out, and before she could finish her question, I'd say, "It's Tuesday at 2:00."
Lucille, no matter what my answer was or how exactly I'd answer, was always pleased with the information.In a way, Lucille reminded me of an old cat. She had this perfectly-wrinkled face that would give way to a big smile when she got her answer. "Thank you very much," she'd say genuinely, closing her eyes and letting a big smile cross her face.
The Words You Leave Behind
By: Scott Marby
Your Words are a self portrait
Does it resemble the person you wish to be?
After you leave. They linger.
What impression in the minds of others?
Where they swirl about turning into stories.
If we could follow your words,
Where would they lead us?
If words are energy,
Do yours empower?
If words are influence,
Do yours unite?
By Kelly McNamara
There are times when we fail to recognize the steady, the unflappable, the person who happily volunteers to help out with a new client. Every company depends upon these types of flexible, accommodating, dedicated and reliable people. Few are recognized nearly as much as they deserve to be.
So we are out to change that and recognize one of our caregivers who truly excels at always being wiling...To take on a new and different type of case...To help orient a new caregiver to a client with whom she is not familiar.... To use all her creativity to help "bring out "a client so that he can enjoy life more.
Veronica Cruz is one such person. And we are so very fortunate to have her along with her many talents in our company serving some of our very special clients. When presented with an elderly man, with limited intellectual development, Veronica plans fun outings, drives to new places, walks around the town he has lived in for years. Each day is a challenge to find another adventure. She has managed to bring enormous joy to her client in exploring simple activities, new to him.
In so many ways, she is our "utility player". We can count on her to take on any challenge and do her best with it. When faced with an all too frequent dilemma..." Who can we find to start this case, in the best way so that others can follow her lead? Who else but Veronica.
Thanks so much for being such a valuable member of our team. We hope to be using your talents for a ling time to come.
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...!! ■
Who Reads What Newspapers
- The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
- The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.
- The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country.
- USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie chart format.
- The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and didn't have to leave LA to do it.
- The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and they did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.
- The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't sure who's running the country, and don't really care as long -- as they can get a seat on the train.
- The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
- The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.
- The National Enquirer is read by people stuck in line at the grocery store. ■
Women Surround Crying Mom Whose Toddler Was Having A Meltdown At The Airport
February 12, 2018
This wonderful story was posted on Facebook by Beth Bornstein Dunnington who took part in an unforgettable moment at the Los Angeles International Airport.
"Something extraordinary at LAX today... (Writing this on the plane). I was at the gate, waiting to get on my plane to Portland. Flights to two different cities were boarding on either side of the Portland fight. A toddler who looked to be eighteen or so months old was having a total meltdown, running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane (which was not going to Portland). His young mom, who was clearly pregnant and traveling alone with her son, became completely overwhelmed... she couldn't pick him up because he was so upset, he kept running away from her, then lying down on the ground, kicking and screaming again. The mother finally sat down on the floor and put her head in her hands, with her kid next to her still having a meltdown, and started crying.
The Paradox of Our Time
George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:
"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
Are You Older Than Dirt?
Take the "Older Than Dirt" Quiz - Do you remember?
1. Blackjack chewing gum.
2. Wax coke-shaped bottles
with colored sugar water.
3. Candy cigarettes.
4. Soda pop machines that
5. Coffee shops with tableside
6. Home milk delivery in glass
bottles with cardboard
7. Party telephone lines.
8. Newsreels before the
9. P.F. Flyers.
10. Butch Wax.
11. Telephone numbers with
a word prefix (Olive-6971).
12. Howdy Doody.
13. 45 RPM records.
14. S&H Green Stamps.
15. Metal ice trays with lever.
16. Mimeograph paper.
17. Blue flashbulbs.
18. Roller skate keys.
19. Drive-In movie theaters.
If you remembered 0-5 you're a whippersnapper. If you remembered 6-15 you're getting there. And if you remembered 16-19 you're "OLDER THAN DIRT" ■
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...
McLean Hospice Palliative Care and Hospice, Simsbury
McLean Hospice is dedicated to improving patients' comfort and supporting their families. Their team in helps patients you live as fully and comfortably as possible so your last days may be spent with dignity and quality...
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.
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:
Meal planning and preparation
Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands
/ 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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