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How Automated Care Calls Can Help

by Deah on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 1:54 PM

What is an automated care call? These calls are an automated calling system from SageMinder that will place calls on a daily basis to remind a loved one to take their medication or just simply check in. The medication reminder calls can be set up to call multiply times a day. (We also offer Live Operator Care Calls)

National Caregivers Day

by Deah on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:10 AM

Caregivers have become the foundation of long-term care worldwide. Without the tireless and thankless dedication of caregivers our health care system would truly be stretched beyond its limits.

“Caregiving Around the Clock.”

by Deah on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:29 AM

As a family caregiver myself, I know what this year’s theme of National Caregiver’s month, “Supercharge Your Caregiving,” is recognizing. It is often a 24 hour, 7 day a week responsibility. Managing meals, transportation to appointments, groceries, bathing, dressing, incontinence issues, financial issues, cleaning the house, and managing medicine and health problems are just some of things we deal with daily. The month of November is set as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the millions of family and friends who give up their personal time to take care of a loved one, often without financial compensation.

The Cost of Caregiving

by Deah on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:36 PM

As family caregivers, we are most often lovingly giving of ourselves without any thought to financial compensation. I know I do not think about money, nor does it cost me anything financially. It is believed that some caregivers spend close to $7,000 of their own income to help take care of an elderly family loved one. Rarely do we think about these other costs. The high rates of depression as well as the mental and physical health problems among caregivers are additional costs we also often bear.

Caregivers Face Higher Risk of Mental Health Issues

by Deah on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:35 AM

I can see where it is possible that caregivers can face a higher risk of mental health problems. Not only in caregiving roles I have played, but while witnessing others, I have seen the physical and mental exhaustion. When we get to that point and then do not take care of ourselves, we not only face possible mental health issues but other illnesses as well.

The Caregiver's Bill of Rights

by Deah on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:02 PM

As a caregivers for my in-laws and now my parents, I have experienced the down side of being a caregiver. While I would not change caring for these loved ones, I recognize that sometimes exhaustion and depression tend to creep in. I have a natural tendency to be a caregiver and my family values would not allow me to do anything other than to help care for these people I love so much.

Deah Bowes
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Feeling Guilty

by Deah on Monday, November 6, 2017 4:30 PM

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing. When both parents need your help and they are in different locations, it can be really tough. With Mom in the nursing home for rehabilitation therapy and dad at home, we get torn as to where to spend our time.

Caring For a Loved One with Cancer

by Deah on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:40 PM

Today I’m feeling there is nothing more painful than watching a loved one go through chemo for cancer treatment. The helplessness of not being able to do more than just seeing her through it and being there for her is heavy. The faith we are putting in Mom’s doctors is tremendous.

Elderly Malnutrition

by Deah on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:19 PM

I often think that if my parents would have paid attention to good nutrition, they would not be in the failing health they experience now. Could they be suffering the effects of malnutrition? Enough cannot be said about good nutrition, especially as we age. It plays such an important role in successful aging. Malnutrition develops when the body does not get the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs to maintain healthy tissues and organ function.

Deah Bowes
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Has Your State Enacted the CARE Act Yet?

by Deah on Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:12 AM

Estimating that there are as many as 40 million caregivers in the US, the AARP has been leading the fight for the "CARE Act" (Stands for:  Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable) which will help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and when they return home. It is expected that this act will help control health care costs, reduce hospital readmission, and return trips to the emergency room by assuring that the caregivers receive the information and knowledge that is needed to safely care for a loved one at home.

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Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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