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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles

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Care4You is honored to have Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles as our Community Partner! Thank you so very much for your dedicated service to our community!!

Please enjoy reading a letter from their President & CEO, Susan M. Galeas, MSW, MPH

Helping local families for 35 years… facing it together

“In January, our board chose to focus 100% of our 35-year-old nonprofit’s efforts to help local families, and keep 100% of every penny in the communities we serve.

The cost of this disease is bankrupting local individuals financially, emotionally, and physically, and the money you donate or raise by participating in our events like Walk4ALZ allows us to help at no cost. We are also raising money to support innovative, ground-breaking research here in the Greater LA area. Our change lets us commit 20% of Walk4ALZ proceeds directly to research.

Additionally, we continue to advocate on behalf of increased funding for research and resources for caregivers locally, statewide, and federally… for 35 years we’ve been on the ground making a difference for people and the cause. Today our commitment to Greater Los Angeles remains stronger than ever and we hope your commitment to us with our new name and new look remains strong as well.

Let’s face it… a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is devastating. So until there’s a prevention, treatment, or cure… let’s face it TOGETHER.

Today…we’re launching a campaign to raise $500,000 by 12/31/16 for local care and support. check out our website to see how your gift is helping us lift hearts and build community…together.”

TOGETHER WE CAN…

…help more people

…bring hope to caregivers and families

…raise awareness and change perceptions

…create dementia friendly communities

…one day prevent, treat, or cure the disease

…do more… be more… on behalf of those affected

Visit alzla.org

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Walk4ALZ

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“Walk4ALZ brings together local communities in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Whether you are living with dementia, caring for someone with dementia, lost someone to Alzheimer’s disease, or simply want to make a difference in our community, join us for Walk4ALZ.”

When? ~ Where? ~ What Time?

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Century Park, Century City
Registration at 7:00 a.m. | Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. | Walk at 9:00 a.m.
Route Length: 3.1 Miles (5K)

You can register yourself or a team here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: San Dimas Community Hospital

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SAN DIMAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

It is our pleasure at Care4You, to have San Dimas Community Hospital as our Community Partner! Thank you to everyone at this fine hospital for your service to the community!!

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“San Dimas Community Hospital (SDCH) is located on the east end of the San Gabriel Valley, one mile off the 210, 57, and 10 freeways, in the city of San Dimas, with a population of 35,000. San Dimas is a small, caring, cohesive community reaching from Puddingstone Lake in Bonelli Park on the south to the Foothills on the north. The hospital’s 13-acre campus consists of the 101-bed general acute care facility and two identical Medical Office Buildings. San Dimas Community Hospital draws the majority of its patients from its own town as well as the surrounding communities of Glendora, La Verne, Covina, West Covina, Azusa, Walnut, Diamond Bar, Pomona and Claremont. San Dimas Community Hospital is situated in a heavily penetrated managed care environment.
San Dimas Community Hospital opened its doors in 1971 as a physician-owned facility. At that time, the hospital was licensed for 99 beds. Patients and visitors often expressed their sense of the hospital’s “family” atmosphere. This was due not only to the efficient size of the facility, but more importantly because of the personalized care given by our physicians and employees, whether they are a nurse, housekeeper or a member of the dietary staff. In 2008, the hospital was sold to Prime Healthcare Services and operates as a 101-bed general acute care facility.”

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM

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DESIREE HAWKINS, RN, CCM

It is our honor at Care4You, to have Desiree Hawkins as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Desiree for everything you do for your patients, their families and the community that you serve!

Meet Desiree:

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“I have worked as an RN for 30+ years with my career beginning as a medical surgical nurse. I came to work at San Dimas Community Hospital in 1990 as a medical surgical nurse. SDCH has always encouraged my growth as a nurse, thus I have crossed trained to telemetry, ICU, GI lab, OB post-partum, and case management. I was charge nurse for med/surg telemetry for many years and loved it! I transitioned to case management in 2004 and have never looked back! I love working with patients, family, physicians, and our community vendors. SDCH is located in a warm and family-oriented community, and I am so proud and grateful to be part of this community.

San Dimas Community Hospital has grown to 101 bed facility over the years, and offers many resources to our community. As case management director, I see great teamwork throughout the hospital. Our case management department utilizes many different care-giving agencies and vendors. Through my own personal family need, I urgently needed a caregiver for my family member. I called Donna at Care 4 You, and she quickly connected me to a caregiver. All was promptly handled very professionally. I deal with these situations on a daily basis at work, and I must say, I was truly impressed with all of their staff. Having this personal experience with nonmedical caregivers has really stressed to me the importance of what my case management team does for families here at SDCH.

San Dimas Community Hospital is my home away from home, and I look forward to  many more years assisting our patients and families transition through their care while they are part of our family  during their hospitalization.”

Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM
Director Case Management
 
San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 West Covina Boulevard
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-6811 Ext: 2628
dhawkins@primehealthcare.com  

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Respite Care

  • Posted On August 4, 2016
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“Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver.”Using Respite Care”Respite care can help you as a caregiver by providing a new environment or time to relax. It’s a good way for you to take time for yourself.Respite care can provide:
  • A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax
  • Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor
  • Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual

Respite care services can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:

  • Interact with others having similar experiences
  • Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
  • Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and needs
Caregiving is demanding — and it’s normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.”
 
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Special Message From Care4You:

“Respite Care’ is defined as the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who care, caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

August is a time of year when many people take a vacation. If you and your family is contemplating a vacation in August but are afraid to leave your elderly loved one at home alone, help is available. Care4You can provide respite care for your loved one so you can have peace of mind while enjoying your well deserved vacation.

Even though your family takes great joy in providing care to your loved one so that they can remain at home, the physical and emotional consequences for a family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite.
Respite care has shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well being. So take that well deserved vacation and let Care4You provide respite care in your absence.”

Please call us to find out more about the respite services we offer:
(909) 599-0555

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Donna Benton

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Care4You is very proud to have Dr. Donna Benton as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Dr. Benton for all that you do to help those in your practice who seek your assistance!!

“Donna Benton Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology. She received her graduate training in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and was a Gero-psychological postdoctoral fellow at USC /Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.

She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Benton is the Director of the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center. Her publication focus on research in elder abuse and minority caregiving.”

Contact information here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: USC Family Caregiver Support Center

Here at Care4You, it is our honor to have the USC Family Caregiver Support Center as our Community Partner! Thank you so much for being such a bright light in your support of caregivers and their families!

“Since 1989 the USC Family Caregiver Support Center at USC Davis School has placed a high priority on providing support across the continuum of caregiving, including diagnosing, prognosis, services that help maintain the care recipient’s independence and abilities, helping caregivers care for themselves and manage their own well-being. Supportive services include information, assessment, individual consultations, respite, education, and training.”

LACRC

Their vision is:

“To be a model for Los Angeles, the state and the nation, by using technology, research, and education to transform caregiving and the long-term care system.”

“If you live in LA county and help a relative or friend (age 60 and older) with one or more of the following tasks: physical care (getting in and out of bed), making health care decisions, cooking, cleaning, yard work, managing medications and going to doctor visits, making important decisions, Shopping for groceries and other items, legal issues, helping  with bill paying, Bathing and dressing, Providing transportation, Long-distance, caregiving. 

They offer Help to caring family and friends for all cultures and communities in LA county. They are funded in part by LA Community and Senior Services and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Services are low or no-cost to family caregivers and friends who help someone over the age of 60.

Are you helping an older adult with any of the following tasks?

  • Preparing Meals
  • Bathing and Getting Dressed
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Cleaning the House
  • Managing Medications
  • Arranging for Services
  • Paying Household Bills
  • Getting In and Out of Bed
  • Getting to Doctor Visits

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, YOU ARE A CAREGIVER.

Call them toll-free: 855-USC-6060 (855-872-6060) for Help.”

Learn more about this wonderful Family Caregiver Support Center here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Inland Urology Medical Group

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Care4You is very honored to have Inland Urology Medical Group as our Community Partner! Thank you so much for your goals that center on providing the best care for your patients!!

Inland Urology Medical Group:

“For over 40 years we have provided the Inland area with caring, patient centered care. We pride ourselves on continuing to provide this compassionate care with the most advanced technology. We strive to treat our patients as family and look forward to partnering with you in your healthcare.

Inland Urology is the oldest practice in the area and has been serving patients for over 40 years. We have built a strong reputation in the community for our balanced approach to medicine. We always strive to treat our patients like family. Although we are the oldest practice we provide the most up to date care in the area including significant experience with minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Whether your needs are routine or complex, our goal is to provide you with the best possible care in a patient centered environment close to home.

Inland Urology was the first center in the inland area of Southern California to embrace the benefits of robotic surgery. Since 2005 we have been performing robotic prostatectomies and have performed hundreds of this since as we have now become a robotic referral center for the area.”

Visit the Inland Urology Medical Group website

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Aaron Nguyen

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Care4You is very proud to have Dr. Aaron Nguyen as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Dr. Nguyen for all that you do on behalf of your patients!!

“Dr. Nguyen received his M.D from Northwestern University Medical School in 1993. He completed his surgical internship at USC-LA County Medical Center, and in 2000 his urology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. During training, he was the first recipient of the International Volunteer Scholar award and was the recipient of the Pfizer Scholar award. He was board certified in 2002.

Since July 2000, Dr. Nguyen has practiced in general adult and pediatric urology. He is currently director of the Voiding Dysfunction Clinic at Casa Colina Hospital. He has received “Top Doctor” Award for 2 consecutive years from Pomona Valley Hospital Regional Kidney Stone Center. He has previously chaired the Continuing Medical Education Committee at Pomona Valley hospital.

Dr. Nguyen also serves as Clinical Instructor for Pomona Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Western College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a speaker for Pfizer and Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Nguyen is an avid sports fan and enjoys international travel with his wife and son.”

Visit Dr. Nguyen’s website here