Archive for March, 2013

Senior Care Contributes to Happiness

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

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Most people who choose the profession of caregiving do it because they find fulfillment and happiness in helping people. I’ve talked to several of our employees who have told me that at the end of the day, they feel like they’ve made a difference by improving the quality of life for another person. I’ve also heard from many clients and their family members over the years (read some of our testimonials) and they’ve confirmed this to be absolutely true.

Our caregivers make a huge difference in the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. They make our clients more comfortable, they provide caring companionship, and they help them stay
safe and more independent. According to AARP, “Nearly 90% of people over age 65 indicate they want to stay in their home as long as possible, and four of five in that age bracket believe their current home is where they will always live.”

So we might conclude that in-home caregiving is a win-win scenario. Caregivers are happier because they are making a difference in people’s lives and seniors are happier because their expressed desire to age in place is being fulfilled!

Kim

 

 

 

 

Are You Looking For Rewarding Work?

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

Compassionate caregiver applicants wanted immediately. Do you like helping people? Are you good in one-on-one situations?

Our home care aides make a difference in the lives of seniors and adult with disabilities on a daily basis. Home care aides provide care in the home to help clients live independently and safely in their houses as long as possible with the best quality of life.

Our aides have helped clients learn how to walk and better communicate after strokes. We’ve help clients manage their chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, Cancer, Diabetes, CHF, and COPD by documenting blood sugar levels and weights, preparing healthy meals, providing medication reminders, and transporting them to doctor appointments.  We’ve helped people recover after hospital and/or rehabs stays by picking up prescriptions and providing personal care such as bathing, dressing, skin care, and bed care. We provide respite (relief) care too,  so family members can get away for a well-deserved break.

If you are looking for rewarding work, visit our employment page and fill out an online application today.

Kim

Tips For Reducing Stress

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

Attention Caregivers! Sometimes we are so busy caring for others that we forget to tend to our own needs. Trying to be all things to all people while striving to get everything done on
your to-do list is an
unrealistic goal. The pursuit of “perfection” can produce enormous stress, unhappiness, and even illness. The Ten Commandments for Reducing Stress is a wonderful reminder that we should seek relaxation and balance in our lives. Print it, post it, and read it daily!

Kim

Ten Commandments for Reducing Stress

1. Thou shalt not be perfect nor even try to be.

2. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people and spread thyself too thin.

3. Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done.

4. Thou shalt not criticize thyself for decisions that were made without the benefit of hindsight.

5. Thou shalt learn to say “No”.

6. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and thy supportive network.

7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly.

8. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant, and unattractive at times.

9. Thou shalt not even feel guilty.

10. Especially, thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy, but be thy best friend.

Written by Hillary Langford

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Caring for the Caregiver: Don’t reach for the sugar

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

Caregivers fatigue is a common occurrence. Caregivers sometimes don’t get enough quality sleep because they may be “on call” 24-7. Unfortunately, when we are tired, we tend to reach for a cup of sweetened coffee, a soda or a candy bar, looking for that temporary energy lift. However, once the lift wears off, our energy levels drop and we may feel more tired than before.

Consumption of simple carbohydrates like sugar rather than complex carbohydrates like whole grain products or whole fruit is a major culprit behind those roller-coaster energy rides. Additionally, scientists have discovered that too much sugar in our diets contributes to chronic inflammation, a common underlying factor of many conditions and diseases including obesity, heart disease, arthritis, allergies, diabetes, some cancers, and more.

Sugar facts

  • 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon. Check the nutritional facts on all the foods and drinks you consume.
  • Daily Sugar Recommendations range from 6 teaspoons a day for women to 10 teaspoons a day for men.
  • 1-12 oz can of regular soda has about 40 grams of sugar which is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons.
  • Sweetened Teas, Lemonade, Fruit Punch, and Power Drinks all contain high levels of sugar. Drink
    Water or Unsweetened Tea instead.
  • Whole fruit is much better for you than juice because the fiber found in fruit slows down the absorption of sugar and helps to maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Sugar is found in many foods including milk, cereal, condiments, snack foods, and more. Read the labels on all food to make an informed choice.

Natural Energy Boosters

  • Deep Breathing. Take 5 deep breaths, making your exhale longer than your inhale.
  • Sunshine. Spend a few minutes outdoor soaking up the sun.
  • Drink water. Often we feel tired when we are dehydrated.
  • Exercise, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Eat an apple. Whole fruit is a great energy booster.

Kim

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