Employee Newsletter
Summer 2018
Cahoon Care Associates, LLC.
Norwell, MA: ( 781) 659-1877

133 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061
Sandwich, MA: ( 774)-994-2212

141 Route 6A Unit 6 , Sandwich, MA 02563
Ellsworth, ME: ( 207) 667-0870

Our Featured Employee
Florence Kamande
Please help us in congratulating Florence Kamande. She has received Cahoon Care Associates’ Quarterly Employee Recognition for the summer 2018.

When Florence first moved to the States, she was helping her Auntie care for her Grandmother. She did not have a background in caregiving, but found the time that she was spending caring for her grandmother to be very rewarding. Later, her mother in-law introduced her to home care as a career. In addition to the gratification that comes with caring for others, Florence was struck by how much her clients and their families appreciated her efforts. Having her clients tell her, “I was looking forward to seeing you and your smile,” created such a positive feeling.
Florence decided to follow in the footsteps of her husband and her sister and pursue nursing. She is attending Laboure College in Milton. She finds it fascinating to learn and to relate what she is learning to the clients that she is working with.
At Cahoon Care Associates, we appreciate the care and compassion that Florence brings to her work. Florence has shared that she feels respected and appreciated. She recognizes that at times, caregiving can be challenging, but she knows she has the support of the care manager and that CCA has her back. We love working with you, Florence. Congratulations.
The 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Cahoon Care participated in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's, and we're so proud that our team raised almost $5K that will go toward Alzheimer's care and research. Learn more about the event on our blog.
We Have New Offices
Cahoon Care has opened a new office on the Cape in Sandwich. The address is 141 Route 6A, Unit 6, Sandwich, MA.

Additionally, we've relocated our headquarters office to 133 Washington Street, Norwell, MA. Learn more about our new location in our blog post here .
Video Corner: The Biology of ALzheimer's - and What We Might Do to Cure It
3 Signs of Caregiver Burnout to Watch Out For
There are many signs that can identify you're experiencing caregiver burnout. Here are just a few of them.

Lack of Energy
If you’re getting burned out, you may find that you have less energy than normal. Even small, everyday tasks like doing the dishes or running errands may seem overwhelming and challenging.

Issues with Sleep
Caregivers who are experiencing burnout often have issues with sleep. These issues can present as insomnia, unusual sleep patterns, or even increased sleep without feeling rested.

Loss of Interest in Activities
You may find that you start to lose interest in activities that you once enjoyed. You may feel like your caregiving duties are taking over your life, and you have little energy or interest in other hobbies or activities.
We want to hear from you!

As valued employees of Cahoon Care Associates, we would like to get your feedback on our new Employee Recognition Program and any ideas or topics you would like to see covered in the next newsletter.
Birdwatching: A Great Activity for Seniors
If you’re looking for a way to spend some quality time with a senior client, then consider suggesting birdwatching. Not only is birdwatching an entertaining activity, but it’s one that a client can do from their own home, whether they’re in a chair, a bed, or able to go out into their backyard. Here are a few ways you can get a client started with birdwatching. 

Set Up a Bird Feeding Station
A bird feeder, placed strategically outside of a window, can help to draw birds to the area, providing ongoing entertainment throughout the day. Keep a supply of birdseed on hand so you or the senior can refill the bird feeder from time to time. 

Look Up Bird Breeds
Suggest that a client look up and learn the different breeds of birds that they may see in their backyard. A field guide can help with this task. Some clients may enjoy keeping checklists of the different types of birds they spot in a day, a week, or a month. 

Join Birdwatching Groups
If a client really connects with birdwatching, you might suggest that they look into local birdwatching groups. They may be able to attend birdwatching outings, which can provide a valuable opportunity to connect with and meet other people.  

Get Binoculars
Depending on the setup of your client’s home and yard, a pair of binoculars may make it easier for them to spot and watch birds. You can also position a comfortable chair by the window, or head out to the porch for some birdwatching time.

Birdwatching can be an excellent activity that you can participate in with your clients. 
Recommended Recipe: Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil
I’ve used this recipe a few times and think that it’s not only healthy for you, but tastes very good as well. I like to substitute in a Bulgarian or French style feta, which I find to have a creamier flavor to it. This salad goes great with grilled chicken kabobs or fish on the grill for a summer treat. I have used Jessica's recipes and think she does a great job. Enjoy.

-          Allan

You can see the full recipe here.
We have a referral bonus program to refer new caregivers and new clients:

The Latest Alzheimer's Research And Developments
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. Thankfully, researchers continue to study the disease and to learn more about it, its causes, and potential treatments.

Groundbreaking Discovery Allows Scientists to Create Drugs to Target Alzheimer's
Thanks to joint work between the University of Cambridge in the UK and Lund University in Sweden, scientists have developed a strategy to target the pathogens that are known to cause Alzheimer's. The pathogens, which have been identified as small clumps of proteins, can be targeted by drugs made specifically to destroy them. This is the first time that scientists have proposed a systemic approach to going after these pathogens. As such, this plan may result in the first treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date with advancements and important Alzheimer’s information. 
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