ElderCare at Home brings you this newsletter in the spirit of cooperation and education.We hope you find this information useful and informative.
Expressing our Love for Mom on Mother's Day
Celebrating and honoring mothers is not a recent practice. Researchers have traced the practice back to the ancient Romans and Greeks. In the 16th century, "Mothering Sunday" was a holiday practiced by Catholic and Protestant churches when people would visit their "mother" church, or the church where they were baptized. This holiday also allowed those to honor their actual mothers by giving them gifts. These holidays are not the "Mother's Day" we are all familiar with today. In the early 20th century, there was a new holiday that was established by a woman named Anna Jarvis who wanted to honor her mother after having passed away. Eventually, this latter tradition is what is now known as "Mother's Day", which is celebrated during the month of May and involves a day where we take time recognize our mothers and the place they have in our lives.
For those who wish to celebrate this holiday and would like to recognize their mothers, this holiday provides an amazing opportunity to let them know how much you love them. One aspect of this holiday that does not get mentioned very often is how adult children can express love to their mothers who have a degenerative neurological disorder, like Alzheimer's. Today, we would like to share some ways that family caregivers and adult children can express how much they honor and respect their moms.
Letting your mother know that you love them is less about buying them a gift and more about showing how much you care. In fact, if you are caring for your mother who may have a disorder like Alzheimer's, then the best thing you can do to show love and appreciation is through your actions. Consider these examples:
Make a Scrapbook: Go through old photographs, like childhood and holiday photos, and compile them in a scrapbook. Not only is this a thoughtful gesture to show your love for your parent, this can also be a way to help your loved one stimulate their mind by reminding them of happy events in their early life. This is also an activity you can do with other family members by combining resources and sharing old photos. One last idea is to have recordings for every photo or page in the album to remind your loved one of events or individuals. One common symptom of degenerative neurological disorders is memory loss, and having different family members record messages can be a great way to make the scrapbook more understandable and meaningful.
Comfortable Items: One great gift to give your aging loved one are items that are soft, like pillows, bathrobes, blankets, and so on. This is a very useful gift as your loved one will always need a comfortable sitting or sleeping arrangement. If you are creative, maybe you can even knit your loved one something with a personal design on it.
Flowers: Consider buying your aging loved one a flower arrangement. This colorful gift is a nice reminder of the love you have for your mother, and it can also be a great addition to their seating area. Flowers are amazing decorations and they can also give off a pleasant scent.
Music: Music reaches deep inside of us, evoking memories we may have forgotten about long ago. Current research is finding that music therapy can be very beneficial for patients with dementia since it helps alleviate stress, stimulates the mind, and evoke happy memories. If your mother is able and feeling up for it, you can even try to get her to dance around with you!
We hope that you can use these ideas to show your mother how much you love her this Mother's Day. This holiday should not just be an obligatory, commercial event, but a time that you spend to reflect seriously about those you love and what they mean to you.
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6 million people
in the United States alone. It can affect anyone at any age, but most people are around 65 years old at onset.
It's been said that when you meet a person with
, you've only met oneperson with Alzheimer's or dementia. That's because symptoms reveal themselves differently in different people. No two people who develop Alzheimer's follow the same path.
But whatever your journey with Alzheimer's or dementia looks like - whether you have it or you know someone who does - you're not alone. Online resources like ElderCare at Home's blog, offer a wealth of knowledge and support.
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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
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- 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
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- Implementation of Post-Operative Care Plan
- Dressing Changes
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- Diet & Nutrition Instruction
- Education & Disease Management
- Maintenance of a Quiet, Comfortable Environment
- 24 Hours Per Day ~ 7 Days Per Week
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Making Time for Self Care
P r i o r i t i z i n g Y o u r H e a l t h
Making Time for Self-Care
Being a family caregiver is a fulltime job. In reality, many people who are family caregivers are already balancing a lot, like other fulltime jobs, a family, managing a household, etc. One of the things that become neglected while trying to balance all these responsibilities is self-care. Truthfully, it is very difficult to devote time to yourself when your schedule is already so busy. But caregivers should still take a moment to think if there is any possible way to set some time aside for their health. In this blog, we want to share some ways you can make time for self-care in your own life.
Self-care is defined as any kind of activity that is beneficial for your physical, emotional, and mental health. Self-care can me a lot of different things to different people. It can involve exercising, walking in a park, meditating, getting more sleep, reading a book, socializing with friends, watching your favorite movie, etc. Whatever activity helps alleviate stress and brings happiness is included under this wide-ranging term.
One of the barriers to self-care is not having enough time. In a lot of cases, people who are overwhelmed with a lot of responsibilities get caught up in the flurry of work, chores, and completing tasks. This is completely understandable, and only you can gauge how often you can spend time dong self-care. We hope to provide you with just a few tips on how you can squeeze in some self-care in your already busy schedule.
Consider these tips:
Set Realistic Goals: This means being honest with yourself and what you can achieve given your available time and abilities. For example, if you work from 9 to 5, and have to care for your loved one before and after those hours, then you will probably have a hard time going to the gym every day after work. A realistic goal to set is to organize gym time on the weekends, or take a moment to go for a walk during your lunch breaks. If you want to do some self-care during the week, maybe you can practice meditation or light stretching before bed. Just try to be as accommodating to yourself as possible.
Ask for Help: Many people do not ask for help because they do not want to inadvertently inconvenience people. We want to emphasize this: You should ask for help when you need it. This could take the form of hiring a professional caregiver to come and care for your loved one, or it can mean asking a friend or family member to help out a few hours during the week. If you hire a caregiver or enlist a friend's help, you can use this spare time to go and do things you want to do. Asking for help can make the biggest difference in the world. Remind yourself that it is not selfish to focus on your self-care. Stepping away from your role as a caregiver when your friends or a professional are stepping in to carry the burden can ultimately make you a better caregiver when you are back at it.
Talk to Friends: One of the unfortunate symptoms of caregiving is loneliness. This is because you are often very busy taking care of other responsibilities that it becomes hard to see friends. Make an effort to pick up the phone and give a friend a call. Or if a friend calls you, try to answer their call or call them back. Isolation and loneliness can make caregiving a lot more stressful than it already is. Make sure to stay connected with those you love.
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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.
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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!
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Caregiving and Friendships
ticle from the ElderCare at Home Blog
Many people who begin their caregiving journey experience an unfortunate reality: friendships and other relationships fall by the wayside. If you are a family caregiver, then you may have experienced this: You get so wrapped up in your new set of responsibilities that the friends you used to see and speak with are no longer around. And, this is not necessarily your fault [. . .]
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?
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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.