ElderCare at Home brings you this newsletter in the spirit of cooperation and education.We hope you find this information useful and informative.
Cultivating a New Mindset
Healthy Habits for a New Start
A Time for Renewal and Regeneration
If there is a month that ushers in the springtime the most, then that month must be April. As the flowers begin to bloom and green leaves start coming back, this is a month of where you are reminded of the potential for renewal and regeneration. Family caregivers should use this month to see how renewal and regeneration play a role in their life. That is to say, there are still opportunities to make positive changes and transformations in your role as a family caregiver. Often, family caregiving causes a lot of stress. As a result of this stress, the role of a caregiver is considered a burden. Family caregivers may feel guilty if they consider their relationship to their loved one as "burdensome." While it is okay to feel stressed and overwhelmed at times, people can cope with stress by re-strategizing their approaches to caregiving and re-evaluating how they think about this stress. Instead of thinking of a certain situation as "bad," we can often reframe the situation that helps change our perception of it in a positive light. This technique can often help us cope with difficult scenarios and relieve stress in ways that can make us more effective caregivers.
Here are some tips to help cope with difficult situations:
Don't do it all by yourself: Part of caregiving is teamwork. It is okay to recognize your limitations and say "I can't do this." Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, reach out to family members and friends to see if you can recruit their help. Also, rely on community resources, like ElderCare, to alleviate your workload.
Come up with innovative solutions: Caregiving looks different for every individual. For example, your strengths may include communication and patience, but a weakness can include having difficulty responding to your loved one's negative emotions and behaviors, especially if they have a disease like Alzheimer's. Your weaknesses can either be overcome by recruiting help, or finding solutions around them. For example, instead of getting aggravated at your loved one's negative behaviors, you can try techniques to alleviate those behaviors like acknowledging your loved one's feelings and distracting their attention to something else. It is okay to struggle with some aspects of caregiving. Just know that there are always things you can try to make it better. And if you are at a loss for what to do, turn to experts if possible, like counselors who specialize in elder care.
Do not ignore your emotions: There are moments where you may feel overworked, hopeless, and as if you are unable to be a caregiver anymore. These feelings are very natural, and we do not recommend that you ignore feelings of depression and overstress. Instead, find a professional, like a licensed psychologist, with whom you can speak and open up about your feelings. Sometimes, exploring these emotions helps you resolve them and reminds you of a greater purpose that can keep you motivated. Never ignore your feelings, especially if they are causing you a lot of distress. Instead, grapple with them and try to find light in situations that are challenging you.
Caregiving is not meant to be easy, but there are always opportunities for improvement. Finding positive change takes some introspection and a little effort, but the hope is to allow this change to reduce the burdens of caregiving.
If you have any questions or want to learn more
ElderCare can help,
then please call 888-285-0093 or visit our
Spring is here and it's the perfect time to take a "fresh"look at ElderCare at Home!
ElderCare at Home ~ Keeping Families Together!
My husband Terry and I started ElderCare at Home almost 20 years ago. We are a small, family owned and operated organization, with an impeccable reputation, that has always focused on quality of care versus quantity of patients.
ElderCare at Home has helped thousands of families keep their loved one at home with Better Care, at a Better Price, with Better Value™, than any of our competitors.
I hope you'll look through our website and call or email us the next time you, or a family member, might benefit from our services.
Thanks for your time and have a great day!
Elayne & Terry Forgie
If you have any questions or want to learn more
then please call 888-285-0093 or visit our
A New Program from ElderCare at Home
Cardiac Home Care Services
ElderCare at Home understands the challenges of recovering from or living with a cardio-vascular disorder. Our referred caregivers offer the highest level of comfort and care. They have the training, education and expertise to effectively help patients diagnosed with even the most complex cardiovascular disorders including:
- Cardiac Arrest
- Congenital Heart Defect
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Heart Valve Problems
- High Cholesterol
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Post-Surgical Patient
A highly skilled geriatric care consultant or registered nurses (RN) can meet with the patient and help him or her determine which services, if any, would be most appropriate. Home-based
cardiac care services
- Complimentary Pre-Operative Home Care Consultation
- Complimentary Post-Operative Home Care Consultation
- Implementation of Post-Operative Care Plan
- Dressing Changes
- Medication Management
- Nutritious Meal Preparation
- Diet & Nutrition Instruction
- Education & Disease Management
- Maintenance of a Quiet, Comfortable Environment
- 24 Hours Per Day ~ 7 Days Per Week
If you are interested in
learning more about what we can do to help you, please
call (561) 585-0400 or visit our
Slowing Down for Your Health
T h e I m p o r t a n c e of T a k i n g a B r e a k
Finding Time to Take a Break
Family caregiving can seem like a 24/7 commitment. At times, it may feel like there is no way you could take a break. After all, you are balancing caring for a loved one, work, a family, and other aspects of your life. We are here to encourage you to take breaks! Taking breaks is an important aspect of any kind of stressful activity. For example, you see students take breaks from studying because it helps their brains organize and store information more efficiently. Or consider weightlifters who take breaks in between their workout sets-there's no ways they can continue doing one strenuous weightlifting exercise for an hour straight. So, like the student and the bodybuilder, caregivers need to take breaks to help manage stress and prevent "caregiver burnout." Below, we will list some tips that can offer suggestions for kinds of breaks you can take. Each break you take is meant to be restorative and rejuvenating, so you can be the best caregiver you can be.
- Go out in nature: Take a 30-minute walk outside at your favorite park, around the neighborhood, or at nature trail. Research shows that spending time outdoors can have beneficial impacts on your psychological and physical health.
- Relax your body: This can be done many ways. Some people find that their body relaxes in a warm bath, after a gym session, or with meditation. You have to find what works best for you. Many times, people under stress tense muscles around their bodies, especially in the neck area. To relax these areas, concentrate on contracting those muscles, take a deep breath, and upon breathing out, relax those muscles. Try to do this systematically with all of the big muscles around your body, like your back muscles, your shoulder muscles, and your leg muscles. This exercise will help you focus on deep breathing and relaxation.
- Listen to your favorite music: Music has the power to affect you deeply. It can evoke anger, sadness, bliss, and contemplation. Similarly, music can even help you relax. There is no universal category of "relaxing music." This depends on person to person. So, if there is a musician(s) that you love, set aside time to put them on your stereo and relax!
- Sleep! As ElderCare commonly advises, you must make time for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep not only helps you manage stress, it can give you the energy needed to tackle challenges. Additionally, take 30 minutes out of your day to recline if you are feeling overwhelmed. Sit on the couch, elevate your legs, and just rest. This will be a perfect time to do some deep breathing.
- Write down your thoughts: Sometimes you can relieve a lot of stress through cathartic activities like writing. Writing can help you express emotions you are having trouble processing, or to help put thoughts down on paper so you can compartmentalize things better. Writing is a very effective way to relieve stress.
If you are interested in ElderCare at Home
and learning more about what we can do to help,
call 888-285-0093 or visit our
"When we needed immediate assistance for in-home care for our aunt, I called ElderCare at Home. Fortunately, Eldercare gave us what we needed, when we needed it. A wonderful Caregiver was referred to us and was with us for more than 9 months, and we couldn't ask for more. My aunt enjoyed her company and she was extremely well-cared for. The staff continually checked-in to see if we had issues or required any further help. ElderCare at Home was definitely "The Right Choice".
Professionally Trained Caregivers
F i n d t h e R i g h t T y p e o f C a r e
Find the Right Caregiver
Get Professional Help for Your Loved One
ElderCare at Home recognizes that finding time to balance all of your responsibilities is a challenge. If you have an aging loved one, then you might feel like you're at wit's end trying to keep everything in order. That is why we are here to help.
Our certified nursing assistants and home health aides are screened to ensure that your loved one is receiving the care they deserve. A component of the care they might receive is help with meal preparation. As we mentioned above, ensuring that your loved one is well-nourished and fed is crucial for their continued care.
The aides we refer to you all have expertise in providing care for seniors who have degenerative neurological disorders. So, they will know the appropriate strategies and techniques to practice during challenging situations.
ElderCare at Home also promises to match you with the caregiver who can meet your or your loved one's needs to the fullest. Visit our webpage and read about our Caregiver Match Guarantee.
If you have questions about how ElderCare can help,
please call us at
888-285-0093 or visit our website
We're More Than Just Private Duty Home Care
Specialty Home Care Programs
In addition to our Alzheimer's/dementia specific private duty referral services, ElderCare at Home, a licensed nurse registry, has referred caregivers who have provided exceptional care to thousands of patients through a number of specialty home care programs and our vast network of referred, independent contractors.
Each referral program allows the patient to recuperate in the place they most want to be... their own home! Most patients experience positive outcomes and are able to enjoy an improved quality of life.
ElderCare at Home is always here for you!
To learn more, reach out to us at anytime (561) 585-0400.
Client Referral Program
A Promotional Offer From ElderCare at Home
ElderCare at Home would like to thank you!
As you know, our mission is to help seniors live confidently and age gracefully at home for as long as possible. We are continually working to educate the community about the services that we provide. However, it is often difficult to get this information to everyone.
ElderCare at Home would like to ask for your help in this endeavor. If you know of anyone who could benefit from our services, simply give them one of our Client Referral Program flyers with your name written on it and prompt them to schedule a FREE assessment. If they retain our services, we will give each of you 15% off a week's worth of services*!
Thank you so much for your help! We really appreciate it.
Alzheimer's Prevention and the Importance of Staying Cautious
ticle from the ElderCare at Home Blog
Alzheimer's is a disease that can shatter security and happiness. Although Alzheimer's is a disease common in aging populations, it is by no means a "normal" part of aging. Degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer's are being extensively researched to find cures and ways to slow down the progression of the disease [. . .]
For more information regarding Alzheimer's
Caregiver Support Groups
Open Support Groups for Family Caregivers
Caring for someone that has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment is hard. These support groups are attended by caregivers who are struggling with all kinds of different challenges and emotions.
ElderCare at Home in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, facilitates more than 17 Caregiver Support Groups throughout the Palm Beach County area.
Our Alzheimer's caregiver support groups are different! Our caregivers are able to come together and share in a warm, relaxed and nurturing environment.
We also offer a monthly telephone support group for all Alzheimer's caregivers who are either unable to attend in person, or live out of state.
Call (561) 588-4545 to RSVP
for any of the support groups listed.
Accepting New CNA and HHA Registrations
We are currently recruiting independent contractors who not
only enjoy working with the memory impaired, but who have an interest in making a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve.
Do you have these qualities?
Referral opportunities are available throughout South Florida.We've been helping
for over 17 years. As an Independent Contractor, you tell us exactly where you want to
; how many hours you can devote to your clients; and the type of caregiving situations you are looking for!
Call us Today (561) 585-0400 or Apply Online
The Best Compliment
Refer Your Friends and Family
The best compliment you can give us is the referral of your friends and family! We always appreciate referrals from our satisfied clients to friends and family members or professional resources. To send us a referral, simply call (561) 585-0400. Thank you!
We welcome the opportunity to serve
the people you care about.