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Fight Feelings of Forgottenness this Holiday Season

December 21st, 2021

Christmas time is here. We hope it brings happiness and cheer to each of you!

The holiday season can bring many unexpected things. Some good, some not so good. As healthcare providers caring for seniors, we are sadly aware that some older adults feel especially lonely and detached at this time of year. Increased anxiety and stress are common. 

Christmas Tree Decor

Loved ones who once played a huge role in holiday traditions and activities may have passed away or moved away. Even when family and friends are near, seniors and the elderly often report feeling forgotten at this time of year. 

Risk factors that can compound feelings of forgottenness include: healthcare challenges, lack of transportation, impaired mobility, untreated hearing or vision loss, and limited opportunity for social interaction. 

Please join us in our commitment to include and encourage seniors this holiday season. We hope the following holiday stress-management tips prove helpful: 

Visit, call, or video chat often! 

Make a weekly commitment to spend time with an older adult this holiday season. There’s no better way to demonstrate that you care. Remind them that they are important to you and that the holidays wouldn’t be complete without them. 

Encourage social activity and engagement!

The value of human interaction cannot be overstated. Do a little research to discover religious, civic, or community opportunities. Hobbies that are tailored to their interests and talents might also be good options. 

Listen and then be willing to follow their lead! 

Ask your senior loved one about their preferred holiday traditions and activities. Perhaps they’d like to watch treasured holiday movies or share special recipes, crafts, ornaments, or photos with friends and family. 

November 2021 – Employees of the Month

December 11th, 2021

Congrats to our November Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Julie Shulman
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Danyelle Alexander
  • Home Care Dublin: Wilma Haught
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Necole Hritz

October 2021 – Employees of the Month

November 15th, 2021

Congrats to our October Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Melissa Wright
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Wesley Rosencrans
  • Home Care Dublin: Tatiana Allen
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Kelli Christian

Caregiver Considerations

November 12th, 2021

You’ve heard all the “cliché advice” from making time for yourself to share the load. It all sounds so reasonable and within reach, unless, of course, you’re the caregiver.

Caregivers are well-acquainted with guilt, self-doubt, conflict, and exhaustion. Their days are characterized by highs and lows, dilemmas and predicaments, anxiety and resolve. It’s an emotional roller coaster that requires tremendous strength of character and devotion. It’s not all doom and gloom, but there is a reason we spend so much time talking about it. The stress is real. The experience is consuming. The path is unpredictable.

Helpful tips

1) Learn about Your Loved One’s Condition

Being in the know will help to reduce stress and fear. Learn everything you can by consulting with physicians, visiting your local library, and becoming acquainted with community resources.

2) Plan Ahead

Once you have educated yourself about your loved one’s condition, devise a plan that includes choosing potential healthcare providers in advance, preparing advance directives, and getting financial and legal affairs in order.

3) Practice Self-Care

Taking care of yourself makes it possible for you to continue to be a caregiver to your loved one. Capable caregivers find the time to eat right, exercise, sleep and even schedule daily quiet time for relaxation, mediation, or prayer.

4) Celebrate Moments and Make Memories

Embrace the chance to live in the moment and enjoy your loved one when opportunities for laughter and intimacy present. Allowing yourself to enjoy those moments as they unfold can go a long way in alleviating stress.

5) Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes

Making mistakes opens up the possibility of finding a better way to do things. At the end of the day, it won’t be the mistakes that matter. What matters is your willingness to keep putting one step in front of the other as you continue to care for your loved one.

6) Try Not To Be a Control Freak

Trying to control every aspect of care will prove impossible for you and also work to alienate those willing to help. Folks will be less likely to help if you micromanage or bark orders.

7) Ask for Help

You can do anything, but not everything. The next time a well-meaning neighbor, friend, or family member asked what they can do to help, tell them. Make a list of chores that you could use help with and share the load.

8) Respite Care

Adult daycare, private duty home care, or even a brief stay at an assisted living or skilled nursing facility for your loved one may be helpful and/or necessary. Taking a break when you need one is another way of practicing self-care.

9) Learn about Signs & Symptoms of Caregiver Stress & Burnout

You are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems including depression. Once you burn out, caregiving is no longer a healthy solution for you or your loved one. That’s why it is so important to watch for warning signs and seek professional help when needed.

Being a caregiver is truly a labor of love. If you find yourself becoming too overwhelmed to continue being the sole caregiver, consider hiring a reputable private duty home care agency to help alleviate some of the burdens.

September 2021 – Employees of the Month

October 8th, 2021

Congrats to our September Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Paige Beach
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Pam Vincent
  • Home Care Dublin: Hang Nguyen
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Nicole Zorne

August 2021 – Employees of the Month

September 12th, 2021

Congrats to our August Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Robin Zee
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Betty Harman
  • Home Care Dublin: Betty Rattler
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Necole Hritz

Summer/Fall 2021 Newsletter

September 1st, 2021

Check out what’s happening around Capital Health Care Network’s multiple divisions in our Summer/Fall 2021 Communicator newsletter.

July 2021 – Employees of the Month

August 12th, 2021

Congrats to our July Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Denise Williams
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Wesley Rosencrans
  • Home Care Dublin: Mindy Powell
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Jamie Pykosz

June 2021 – Employees of the Month

July 8th, 2021

Congrats to our June Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Rachel Wright
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Lauren Bossi
  • Home Care Dublin: Olivia Sciulli
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Caitlin Green

May 2021 – Employees of the Month

June 3rd, 2021

Congrats to our May Employee of the Month winners!

  • Home Care Ashtabula: Janet Maille
  • Home Care Dayton/Hospice: Elizabeth Barleycorn
  • Home Care Dublin: Jeffery Howard
  • Home Care Steubenville/WV: Michelle Spencer