October 2018
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ElderCare at Home brings you this newsletter in the spirit of cooperation and education. We hope you find this information useful and informative.
  
Reach Out, Cherish Those You Love
Maintaining and Creating New Social Ties
 

Socializing

In this month's Newsletter, ElderCare at Home wants to remind you of the importance of spending time with family and friends. As many of you may understand, being a family caregiver consumes a lot of your time, and it may seem difficult to even consider things like free time, going out with friends, or even taking a break. This month, we challenge you to re-evaluate your schedule and come up with at least one or two activities to do with your loved one, a friend, or any other family members. Our aim is to emphasize the value of engaging in social activities with people you love for the sake of your emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. Today, we will go over the various ways you can make time in your schedule, find creative activities, and make moments with others meaningful.

During the month of October, try to keep these steps in mind and establish a habit of spending quality time socializing with those you love most.

(1) Use a schedule and write a time down: Schedule social time as you would when you are writing down a goal. When you get it on paper, the plans become more real, more concrete. We understand that finding time can be a chore. Even if it's only for an hour during one week, this is still an excellent start.

(2) Communicate with friends or family: The next thing that will help is to start creating plans with friends. Not only is there the possibility that you will get motivated to get some much-needed socializing in, you can also have a friend or family member help you find the best time to get together.

(3) Don't be afraid to initiate: Many people are afraid to make first contact. That means, many people hesitate to call others, especially if they haven't seen them in a while, to organize a meeting. Do not let this frighten you. If anything, a true friend will be happy that you are calling and there should be no need to worry. Pick up that phone now and get in touch with those you love.

(4) Go somewhere that promotes socializing: Try to find a place where you can have good, quality time to talk with your friend or family member. In other words, as fun as it is to see a movie, this outing doesn't really help you socialize. Of course, you can see a movie with them if you both agree that will be the best use of your time, but we encourage you to do something socially engaging, like bowling, getting coffee, or doing a hobby together. Socially engaging activities help you build deeper connections with your friends.

(5) Put yourself out there: If you can't find a mutually agreeable time to meet with someone you already know, go make new friends! This can be done by joining groups through book clubs, religious organizations, or local community organizations. Don't be shy and try to find a club/organization/activity that you genuinely love so you can meet people with a common interest.

ElderCare at Home is here for you. We hope that you can spend quality time with people you love. Caregiving is likely a big part of your life, but finding a healthy balance between caregiving and socializing can have profound benefits.



If you have any questions or want to learn more
about how ElderCare can help,
then please call 800-285-0093 or visit our website

 

FREE WORKSHOP & MEET & GREET
Living in the Past: A Guide to Dementia
Care at Home
 
Join us for a Free Workshop & Meet & Greet with ElderCare at Home on Thursday October 11th from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Living in the Past: A Guide to Dementia Care at Home

Presented by: Elayne Forgie, Pres/CEO

Topics will include:

* Understanding Dementia: The 7 Stages
* Types of Dementia
* Memory and How It Works
* Needs
* Interaction
* Changes in Behavior
* Dementia Care Tips

Meet our Staff and learn how we can help you get the care you need, in the home you love!

PLEASE RSVP AS SPACE IS LIMITED! (561) 585-0400
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ElderCare at Home's Tips and Tools


Download our Caregiver Tips & Tools

Caregiving is a tough job to take on. Fortunately, you do not have to do it all alone. ElderCare at Home wants to provide you with the resources you need to be the best caregiver you can. Please click below to visit our new webpage:


Click our link to learn about suggestions and tips to make you a more efficient caregiver. And if we can't answer a specific question, we will give you the appropriate resources you need to find answers.

Making positive change to your caregiving techniques can have benefits for both you and your loved one. 

 

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, do not hesitate to call us at 561-585-0400



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.

 

How to Care for Your Mind
A Video for Family Caregivers

If you're a family caregiver or if a loved one in your family has dementia, then you are likely familiar with the devastating toll a degenerative neurological disorder can take on someone wellbeing. Although there is only so much you can do to take preventative measures against these kinds of disorders, there are other ways to prepare for your life ahead. 

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Taking a Break

  

Taking a Rest: Family Caregiving and the Need for Time Off

 
If you are providing care for a loved one suffering from a neurological disorder, then it is essential to give yourself some rest. There are many reasons to take breaks from caregiving because the role of a family caregiver is a tiring one. This blog will help you consider some ideas for relief.

Taking breaks are not selfish

First, we must address an important issue: There are also many reasons why you might not take breaks. These reasons can range from time constraints to more emotional considerations. Perhaps the idea of taking a break may challenge your perceived ability as a caretaker-and even as a family member or friend. You may feel guilty for wanting a break. Or you may feel that breaks can be abandonment.

The idea of taking a break can be a moral challenge for some. Some say that a break is only justified when they have ensured that all of their caregiving goals have been met, such as getting everything prepared for their loved one's day. Research in Spain has been done on the importance of rest for caregivers and has found that some individuals want their breaks to be considered "legitimate," i.e. rest recognized as conscientious, responsible, and warranted. [1] All of these thoughts are important and hesitation to be away from your loved one means you deeply care for them. But caregivers have the right to alleviate their own physical, emotional, and mental stress, as well. And this right should not be considered as a selfish luxury but essential to individual health.

Taking time to rest from caregiving is a necessary task in order to find peace of mind. Yet it is important that you feel satisfied with the way you spend your time off lest your time becomes unrestful-which defeats the whole purpose of a break. [2]  [3]

What you can do to take breaks

First, you must determine the amount of time you think you would like to take off. From there you may be able to collaborate with family members or close friends who can stand in for you during your break. You can use this time to practice a therapeutic activity like speaking to friends or family, exercising, accomplishing your own personal tasks, reading, writing, or even getting some extra sleep. Whatever the task may be, it is important that you feel completely content during your time off so that you can divert your attention to meaningful activities that are important to you. Remember: You do a lot as a family caregiver and it is no easy task, so time off is crucial to maintain your physical and mental well-being.
If family members or friends cannot fill in for you, then you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) which can provide various services depending on what you are looking for.

If it is within your financial means, then finding a form of respite service is also an option. You can find this through any organization that offers some form of homecare service. For instance,  ElderCare at Home offers its " Reach Out for Respite" program which matches a trained caregiver to your loved one to provide the best services possible. Additionally,  Alzheimer's Care Resource  Center  provides their  "Comforting Companion"  services for similar purposes.

If you have more questions feel free to visit ElderCare at Home's  website or call us at 561-585-0400.

[1] de la Cuesta-Benjumea, Carmen. "The legitimacy of rest: conditions for the relief of burden in advanced dementia care-giving." Journal of Advanced Nursing 66, no. 5 (2009): 988-998.
[2] See de la Cuesta-Benjumea, 2009.
[3] Lund, D.A., et al. "Examining what caregivers do during respite time to make respite more effective." Journal of Applied Gerontology 28, no. 1 (2009): 109-131.




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and learning more about what we can do to help,
call 888-285-0093 or visit our  website.

 

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.

 

Pet Therapy and Aging
An Ar ticle from the ElderCare at Home Blog
                      
Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, is a form of therapy that involves a "guided interaction" with an animal in order to relieve stress and improve health.[1] Pet therapy usually involves spending time with dogs or cats, but other animals can be used (like horses, guinea pigs, etc.). Pet therapy, in a formal sense, is guided, administered, and monitored in a controlled setting. You can usually get referred to pet therapy locations by a medical professional, nursing homes, and the like. But the therapeutic benefits of pets are still possible within the household on a day to day basis. That is to say, if you own a pet, you can still benefit from the positive consequences of pet therapy in your own home. [. . .]

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"How to Give an Alzheimer's Hug "
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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 (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Boca Raton)
 
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.

 

Career Opportunities
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?
  • Experience
  • Compassion
  • Loyalty
  • Commitment
  • Kindness
  • Professionalism
Referral opportunities are available throughout South Florida.We've been helping  caregivers like you find employment for over 17 years. As an Independent Contractor, you tell us exactly where you want to  work; 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.  


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