Needing Home Care Is Not Planned!

Last week I was involved in four conversations with non-related families and all of them have a need right now for home care services.  As I spoke to each individual the same theme repeated itself, within a 24 hour period there lives were turned upside down due to circumstances they never predicted. 

How do we help those individuals that are not prepared for these life changing events as it relates to their family members? I look forward to your comments.

Seniors & Animals

Yesterday I was visiting a perspective new client and when I arrived was greeted by a beautiful yellow lab.  Rod!  He is gentle, kind and sweet.

When Rod was younger he was a guide dog for the blind.  He was trained in San Rafael but in his later years became afraid of the rain and other climatic weather.  So Rod was given a new home. 

Today Rod visits our new client’s home every day and is a great source of comfort and company to our new client.  The dogs who return from guide duty are gentle and obedient plus they make great pets for our seniors.

Have you experienced a connection with a guide dog and if so what are your thoughts?

Seniors and Clutter

Recently I was at a couple of client’s homes and found they were holding onto many items and/or old paperwork dating back over 30 years.   I have come to realize many people really want to hold on to their stuff but I wonder, is there a right approach where we can work with individuals to sort through and simplify their living quarters? 

What are your thoughts and would you be willing to share your comments?

Dementia & Alzheimer Training

Last week Teepa Snow did her all day workshop in San Jose and all I can say is WOW!  First of all what a knowledgable individual when it comes to dementia & Alzheimer’s disease.

We had approximately 90 people attend Thursday’s session.  People were impressed because of Teepa’s energy and her ability to demonstrate how people with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s act,  the telling signs.  When she would demonstrate what someone might do then she would teach how to work with the individual.  All I can say is she has a special gift.

Do you know your local resources for support in the area of Alzheimer’s or dementia?

For more information check out Teepa’s site @ http://www.teepasnow.com/

When is it time for care?

In the last couple of weeks I have been in conversations with two different family members with the same issue.  Both have young children and both women are also caring for their mother in-laws.  Feeling guilty, exhausted and overwhelmed was part of their story. 

I continue to look for avenues to educate the community about services and resources that are available to families.  If you have ideas on how we can bring attention to our baby boomers please feel free to comment back with your thoughts.

Changing the World of Alzheimer’s

Home Instead Senior Care Mountain View & Campbell, CA and the Alzheimer’s Association are hosting Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA national speaker on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Teepa is an occupational therapist specializing in dementia care and education. In addition to her private practice, Teepa has clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine.

The all day event will commence on March 25th at the Crowne Plaza in San Jose, CA. Registration starts @ 8AM and the educational event will start at 9AM and end @ 4PM. A fee of $40.00 includes lunch and for those eligible, 6 CEUs. If you are interested in attending the event please call 650.691.9671.

CAREGivers and Client Relationships

This morning one of our CAREGivers stopped by my office to update me on one of our client’s who recently fell during the night.  Unfortunately his wife had to call 911 and he is recovering in a rehab facility.

Yesterday she stopped in to visit with the client and found him sleeping.  So she sat down and waited until he woke up.  When he woke up he grabbed my CAREGiver’s hand and just smiled at her.  He would not let go of her hand.  His wife was so pleased to see him happy and smiling. 

My CAREGiver told me she thought while he was rehabbing there would be no work for her but his wife insisted she continue to come and visit as well as help her at the rehab facility.  The wife told my CAREGiver “you are our rock”.

The bond between a client and CAREGiver can be very special and this is what we strive for when helping and caring for our clients. When we hire people we focus on learning about the individual and how compassionate they are as individuals.  Their compassion and passion makes the difference.