By Leann Reynolds, President of Homewatch CareGivers International
The end of the year is a time for celebrations as well as reflections in our lives and our work. This time last year we were gathering heartbreaking and heartwarming stories from Superstorm Sandy, which destroyed so many homes and lives but also brought out the best in people who went above and beyond to help one another in the aftermath of the destruction.
It doesn’t take a national disaster to bring out the best in people though. Heroes are among us all the time and that is true in the home care business as in all walks of life.
Home care is a business that positively impacts lives every day—and some days, it even saves a life.
The husband of one Homewatch CareGivers’ client in Texas is giving thanks this year for the heroic choices made by LaShaun Lang, a 32-year old Certified Nursing Assistant, who works for Homewatch CareGivers of Plano, Lewisville and Greater North Dallas. Ms. Lang came to work where she expected to spend the day with a 68-year old client who suffers from COPD, CHF and diabetes. “She has a tremendous amount of health concerns,” said Wendy More >
Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte and Elmcrost on Little Avenue are teaming up to offer to area professionals CEUs and a dinner. The CEU topic is on arthritis. The course will be taught by Mike King, RN, at Homewatch CareGivers, and 3 CEUs will be offered. The event will be held on January 23, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Elmcrost of Little Avenue, 7745 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226. The event is free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to Mary Posse by January 20. To view a flyer on the event, click here.
It is human nature to correct and try to help someone who might be confused. However, with a person caring for someone living with dementia, it can actually be more beneficial to avoid corrections and even tell harmless fibs.
“Sometimes the factual truth creates more havoc for the person with dementia,” said M. Barbara Betts Swartz, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). “The world is relentlessly confusing and increasingly frightening. If the person with dementia feels more at peace with the fib then with the truth, try the fib.”
The key is to know when to be honest and when to lie.
“This practice is not recommended for use with persons in the early stages of the disease who are not yet experiencing the impact of advanced dementia and need specific information to make informed decisions about their condition, future planning, and so on,” Betts Swartz said.
While little white lies can be helpful for someone in need of dementia care or Alzheimer’s care, Betts Swartz says you should not be ridiculous.
“If a person with dementia insists that there’s a stranger in the bathroom, and the caregiver tells an outrageous lie like, ‘Yes, that’s your favorite entertainer, Wayne Newton, and he’s come to sing More >