Home Hospice Companion Care – Touching Hearts can help

Home Hospice Companion Care

End of life care is a highly personal situation where approaches vary widely. Some hospice patients in their homes crave privacy most, while others enjoy more social support. Naturally, many people like privacy and socialization in their proper turn. Families and other caregivers, often home health aides and nurses, play critical roles in home hospice care. The presence of families is often most important of all. However, for family members, this is usually a highly charged time emotionally and caregiver “burn out” is a real concern.

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Welcome Serena – Recruiting & HR Specialist

We would like to welcome Serena Martin to our office in her new role as Recruiter & HR Specialist. Serena has a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Virginia College with many years of experience in customer service and management. She is excited to take on her new role where she will be concentrating on recruitment and retention of our Care Partners.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children. They enjoy camping or floating on the river. Her favorite motto: If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way

The Best Oral Health Tips For Seniors To Prevent Receding Gums

Receding gums and gum disease are very common among seniors. According to the CDC nearly 2 in 3 seniors have gum disease. January is Receding Gums Awareness Month and it’s a great time to check in on your senior loved one’s oral health and see if there are ways to improve it. Daily thorough brushing is the best way to prevent the gum disease that can cause receding gums, but many seniors have trouble with personal care like brushing their teeth. And many senior don’t like to ask for help with personal care tasks like brushing their teeth. 24-hour home care providers are a great solution because they can discretely help seniors with tasks like brushing their teeth and bathing. Some of the most recommended things seniors can do for good oral health besides brushing are:

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Care Partner of the Month December 2021 – Maggie Dunworth

We are excited to announce our Care Partner of the month for December 2021 – Maggie Dunworth.

Maggie has been a dedicated and faithful employee for 3 years. She is known for her caring heart and exemplifies our CORE values – Compassion, Communication, Commitment and Consideration.

We are so proud to have Maggie as part of the Touching Hearts Team.

Touching Hearts can Help you with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

People suffering from dementia find daily life increasingly difficult to manage in a safe and happy way. Great strain is placed on family and friends who are caring for a person with dementia from Alzheimer’s Disease or another cause. Caregivers often suffer physically and mentally from this burden, in a way joining their loved ones as victims of dementia. Experts advise caregivers to get help from others to keep their loved one safe and happy and to avoid caregiver burnout.

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Meal Planning and Preparation

The food we eat and the way we take our meals is highly personal. Healthy aging requires that we eat and drink not only for our physical health, but for our emotional well-being. Our Care Partners can help with meal planning and preparation to meet the unique needs of each elder we serve.

Many older adults experience a decline in nutrition and hydration for a variety of reasons: dementia (forgetting to eat or drink and to plan meals); physical restrictions making cooking taxing; eating being uncomfortable due to medical conditions; lack of desire to eat due to loneliness; eating convenient foods that are not healthy; dietary restrictions; and inability to shop regularly for fresh food. Poor nutrition and lack of hydration lead to mental, physical and emotional problems that are tough to correct. Poor nutrition and hydration sometimes lead to acute medical care.

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Congratulations to Christine Nobles – Care Partner of the Year 2021

Christine has been a Care Partner with Touching Hearts since 2019. She works a fulltime job and chooses to work on a part-time basis with Touching Hearts. On her days off from her FT position, Christine is always willing to work any shift for us which includes meeting with several new clients weekly. Moreover, she has often picked up open shifts with limited advanced notice. We continually get positive feedback about Christine from our clients, and we appreciate her flexibility and positive attitude.

Christine exemplifies our CORE values – Compassion, Commitment, Communication and Consideration. We are so proud to have Christine on the Touching Hearts team!

 

Senior-Friendly Home Renovations to Improve Safety

Seniors may have a deep connection with the home they’re staying in, and they want to age in place. This is doable with the right changes and the right help. Often, personal care at home can be one of the best things for a senior and can truly help a family ensure a senior’s safety. There are ways to make a home more senior-friendly, and it might not be something that a senior has ever thought about doing before.

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We are HIRING – A great place to work!!

Watch this video and hear from some of our wonderful caregivers on why they LOVE working at Touching Hearts at Home. If you are looking for meaningful work and have a passion to help older adults please apply today! www.touchingheartsny.com/job-seekers #companioncare #hiringnow #aginginplace #flexiblehours

Happy Holidays – Adopt-A-Senior

It was such a delight to meet this lovely resident at the Episcopal Church Home and make her holiday a little brighter with special gifts picked out just for her. #adoptasenior #makingspiritsbright #happyholidays