December News and Events
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In Home Help    
by Shelly Slaczka

There comes a point that you may recognize that your loved one requires constant supervision and/or assistance with everyday activities. You may also realize that to take care of any business outside the home you may need to hire some help. Below is a list to help you with the process of looking for help.

  • Assessing Your Home Care Needs
    • Person Care: bathing, eating, dressing, toileting
    • Household Care: cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping
    • Health Care: medication management, physicians' appointments, physical therapy
    • Emotional care: companionship, meaningful activities, conversation
  • Writing a Job Description
    • Health care training (what level and what type - CNA, LVN, RN)
    • Driving (car needed or only valid driver's license)
    • Ability to lift care recipient and/or operate special equipment
    • Experience with people with memory impairments and/or other disabilities
    • Language skills
    • Any other special skills needed
  • Developing a Job Contract
    • Name of employer and "household employee"
    • Wages (including tax withholding, mileage, meals, vacation, holidays)
    • When and how payment will be made
    • Hours of work
    • Employee's Social Security Number
    • Duties to be performed (job description)
    • Unacceptable behavior (smoking, abusive language, tardiness)
    • Termination (how much notice, reasons for termination without notice)
      • Dated signatures of employee and employer
  • Finding the Right Home Care Worker
  • Locating Resources in Your Community
    • Lists of home care agencies
    • Tax help for seniors
    • Places to advertise in your community
  • Interviewing the Applicant
    • Where have you worked before?
    • What were your duties?
    • How do you feel about caring for a disabled person? Or a person with memory problems?
    • Have you had experience cooking for other people?
    • How do you handle people who are angry, stubborn, fearful?
    • Do you have a car? Would you be able to transfer someone from a wheelchair into a car or into a bed?
    • What days and hours would you be available? How many hours per week?
    • Is there anything in the job description that you are uncomfortable doing?
    • Can you give me two work-related and one personal reference?

We have made some  big  changes for HART for 2019. We now meet on a monthly basis!

We will hold six luncheon meetings at the North Hills Club in Raleigh where we will focus our time on networking and getting to know each other across the industry. Each luncheon will feature a great speaker who will encourage you, inspire you, or help you with your business endeavors. For those who remember the way HART used to be several years ago these meetings will be in line with the format of the past! We have heard you and are bringing it back  recharged.

The other six meetings will continue with the same format that we have had over the past three years. They will continue to be breakfast meetings held at Renaissance Funeral Home and we will continue our service project format in an effort to try to support area nonprofit and government agencies and fill the gaps for seniors and caregivers in Wake County.

For more information  click here.

Next meeting on December 19, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
You must become a member to attend.
Meeting Location:
4824 Yadkin Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
To register,   click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute
Now enrolling students for our NA1 Program

We offer a robust 146-hour curriculum which exceeds the basic standards of the North Carolina State DHSR model. Our curriculum is innovative, 
NA1 students who graduated October 2015.
participatory and interactive, making the experience more thorough and more enjoyable for our students.  We also offer a career fair at the end of each course giving our students an opportunity to be placed in the caregiving field with one of our vetted vendor organizations.
*Clinical rotation is held at Springmoor with additional experiential opportunity. 

Do you have an amazing employee who would make a wonderful NA1?  If the answer to that question is "yes," consider sending them through our program as an investment in your organization.

Radio Show that Focuses on 
Aging Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?
Aging Matters  

With co-hosts Jason Kong (WTPF) and Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights).  Airs Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 on 680 WPTF. You may find the podcasts by clicking here.

If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email:

Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training
"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more  effectively  work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's. 

Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program.  We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify.  For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click  here.
Information & Referral

Transitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or  Click Here To Contact Us 

Caring Matters

Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR/AED training.  This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.  
Interest In CPR

ABC11's Caregivers Corner

ABC11's Caregivers Corner is a place where you can connect with fellow people giving long term care to a loved one, be it a grandparent, parent or sibling. This group is moderated by ABC11 and Nicole. Please share this page and help connect caregivers with important content that will help them in their caregiving journey!

You can meet Nicole and other caregivers on our Facebook group  here.
Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.  

Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving.  This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL.  All shows are also available via podcast by clicking 

Skills Lab

Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking  here.
Thank You!! Community Partners




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