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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: La Fetra Center

  • Posted On May 9, 2016
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Care4You is proud to have La Fetra Center in Glendora, CA as our Community Partner!

Under the oversight of the Community Services Department, the Human Services Division and the La Fetra Center provide programs, services, and activities for seniors, their families, and the community at large. While the focus of the Center is on mature adults aged 55+, most activities are open to adult residents and non-residents alike. Some programs, such as the Senior Café and Meals on Wheels programs, require a minimum age of 60 years old.

The Human Services Division strives to maximize the quality of life for older adults by providing programs that:

  • Promote dignity and self esteem
  • Foster independence
  • Facilitate social interaction
  • Dispel negative stereotypes about aging

Come take a look at La Fetra Center, here!

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Glendora After Stroke Program

  • Posted On May 9, 2016
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GLENDORA AFTER STROKE PROGRAM

Care4You is honored to have Sonia Schupbach in our Professional Spotlight! Thank you Sonia for your wonderful dedication and service to the community!

The after stroke support program is a warm and welcoming place that provides weekly programs and services for stroke survivors and their families. This no fee program has been meeting on Wednesdays for over 30 years!

They provide the stroke survivors and their families an opportunity to share their concerns with other group members who are facing similar issues.

They encourage stroke survivors and their families to discover and develop skills that allow them to cope with their new roles in the family and community.

They provide information to the stroke survivors, and their families about current stroke innovations and available resources.

They provide support groups, education, entertainment and field trips.

May 2016 program events:

  • May 4:  GASC Walk to City Hall
  • May 11: Diego Gavela, Physical Therapist
  • May 18: Stroke Awareness Day with Jason D. Hinman, M.D., Ph.D.
  • May 25: Magician Trissia Baughman

See the details of the May 2016 events here.

Glendora After Stroke Center website.

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: USC Davis Stress Busting Program

  • Posted On August 5, 2015
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USC Davis SBP (‘Stress Busting’ Program)

“SBP is an evidence based program aimed at helping family caregivers who are caring for a person with dementia or chronic illness(es). The program helps family caregivers improve their quality of life, cope with their caregiving situation, and learn to manage their stress.

SBP is a nine‐week program designed to help family caregivers improve their quality of life, cope with their caregiving situation, and learn to manage their stress. Caregivers who have participated in this program have reported significantly lower stress, depression, and anxiety as well as improved quality of life.

 

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The USC Family Caregiver Support Center will be the first organization in California to be trained and certified to offer this program. We will be offering SBP in the following locations:

Glendale at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital from July 29 to September 23, 2:00‐4:00 pm

Long Beach at the Grace First Presbyterian Church from August 5 to September 30, 1:30‐3:30 pm

Rosemead at our new office location from September 15 to November 10, 10:00 am‐ 12:00 pm

Los Angeles at the USC campus from August 4th to September 29, 5:00‐7:00 pm

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please call us Toll Free at 1‐855‐872‐6060. Registration is required.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: USC Family Caregiver Support

  • Posted On June 12, 2015
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USC FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT CENTER

“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.”

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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.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: The ‘Look’ of Dementia…

  • Posted On January 26, 2015
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THE ‘LOOK’ OF DEMENTIA WHEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG…

“The first principle of love for persons with cognitive disability is to reveal to them their value by providing attention, concern and tenderness. Any experienced carer knows that the person with dementia, however advanced, will usually respond better to someone whose affect is affirming in tone.” ~ Stephen Post

CARE4YOU…WE RESPOND WITH COMPASSION, TO THOSE WHO WALK THIS ROAD.

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Respite for Caregivers

  • Posted On August 1, 2014
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As a caregiver, are you finding that you are ‘Desperate for Respite?’

“Family caregivers need to have sufficient and regular amounts of respite time. Give careful thought to how you want to spend your respite time. Respite needs to be meaningful and purposeful for caregivers to fulfill their needs and plans, as well as safe and enjoyable for the care receiver.”

“Respite is most effective when combined with other services and assistance, but don’t wait to take your break. You may also benefit from additional financial support, education, emotional and social support, and a sense of belonging with others, but before you can seek out those services, respite will give you a chance to step back and recharge.”

Source: http://archrespite.org/consumer-information

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Journaling

  • Posted On April 4, 2014
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Journaling…do you do it in your daily walk as a caregiver? Whether we are professionals, family members or friends who walk this road alongside our loved ones as caregivers, I have found that  journaling can be a real asset!
 
For one, it can be an easy way to look back over the past days, weeks, months or years and regain the knowledge of what went on in the lives of those we are caring for at that time.
 
I remember one day about six years ago while I was working at home, going through organizing some of my closets, my Mom flashed across my mind. Oh I do think about both she and Dad often but this time some interesting questions entered my thoughts.
 
Did Mom ever have happy moments during her walk with dementia? Did she ever laugh? Did we ever laugh?
 
I cringed at the thought that the answer was, “no,” as memories wizzed by my mind like lightening bolts.
 
Sitting down in front of one of the boxes I was going through, I sighed and proceeded to open the lid. Inside was a white looseleaf notebook. I immediately remembered that this was the personal journal I kept during those many years I cared for Mom.
 
Being a nurse, I wrote more like ‘Nurse’s Notes.’ The kind we used to do in the good old days of caring for our patients in the hospital. Everything from activities of the day to doctor’s appointments, to test results, to yes, even bathroom results.
 
Now don’t laugh! Try to remember ‘that’ when the doctor asks you questions that pertain to this part of your loved one’s day. I am grinning.
 
I sat down on the floor and proceeded to open my journal. I read it like a book, cover to cover and oh my, the memories returned in full detail and yes, I’ll admit it…I’m a detail kind of person. Just ask anyone that knows me when I am telling them something that went on in my life. I am crinkling my nose and smiling!!
 
As I sat there sipping a cup of camomile tea, I continued to read and I just couldn’t put my journal down. I read with such intensity as page after page brought our past into my present. I was in anticipation of finding something, just some little thing that would say, Mom laughed! We laugherd together! Anything!!
 
So I continued to read and yes…tears were coming as I relived the moments that she and we endured during this time of caring for one of the dearest people I have known in my life. Someone who went from being very independent to being totally dependant. 
 
As I turned the pages, I saw that in between those sometimes difficult moments, we had many times of calm, of peace and oh my goodness, there it was…laughter and more laughter!!
 
She laughed! We laughed! Oh my goodness, can I tell you what joy I felt at that moment, reading this?!
 
I sighed with a smile as I looked up towards Heaven and said, “Thank you!!”
 
I continued to read the moments in that journal where we had those wonderful cleansings and yes, I do think that laughter is cleansing and I also believe it’s good medicine.
 
As days go by, we may forget those moments. In the pain, in the heartache, in the focusing seriously of helping our loved ones, laughter needs to enjoy a place in our caregiving!
 
And so does journaling!
 
Care4You recognizes how important it is to keep good care notes on our day to day walk with our clients! It’s good for all involved.
 
For me, journaling during that time of caring for my parents, was a blessing in so many ways! I encourage all of you who are involved in the care of your clients, your family members and your friends, please…..journal!
 
Not only for pertinent information that may be needed at that time but for looking back one day and remembering moments, whether difficult or joyful, that can only be described in one way….’Priceless!’ 

 

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