Caregiver Profile: Jennifer Alcantar

Elizabeth Ohollaren


19 July, 2017

Jennifer Alcantar had worked with seniors before, both as a caregiver and in management at a retirement home. Her long-range plan was to earn her nursing degree but was only able to attend school off and on while working multiple jobs to support herself and pay for school. 2...

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Help Support Healthy Skin for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


19 July, 2017

Skin is the largest organ in the body, and for the elderly, one of the most delicate and prone to damage. With age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic and loses much of the protective fatty tissue that helps cushion blood vessels from injury. According to the Mayo Clinic...

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Gender Neutral Language Enters the Home Care Field

David Lawrence


26 June, 2017

We believe that we have the best caregivers in the business, and we find them in a number of different ways; through ads, career fairs, and through current caregivers who love their job and receive incentives for recommending “new talent.” We’ve always run recruiting ads for caregivers with words...

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Caregiver Profile: Dorenda Wheeler

Elizabeth Ohollaren


19 June, 2017

“Working as a caregiver is my way of giving tribute to my great-grandfather and my grandmother,” says Dorenda Wheeler. When my great-grandfather was sick I was younger and did not have the knowledge to help him. When my grandmother was sick, she was still in New Jersey while I had already moved to...

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Swallowing Problems Common in Elderly

Susan Friedrich


16 June, 2017

Swallowing is something we all do, typically without thinking. Not only is swallowing an integral part of eating, glands in our mouth continuously secrete saliva keeping our mouths moist and clean. The saliva moistens food to facilitate chewing and swallowing. It is estimated that the typical person swallows 2-4 times...

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Dear Sheila: 90-Year-Old Romeo

Sheila McKannay


23 May, 2017

Dear Sheila, My dad was once a reserved professor but now he has dementia and has become flirtatious and inappropriate. When I take him for a walk or to a restaurant he waves and tries to talk with all the women. He’ll call out, “Sweetheart, come over here.” They’ll...

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Caregiver Profile: Riley Weidle

Elizabeth Ohollaren


16 May, 2017

Riley Weidle has been with Family Resource  Home Care for only 8 months, but in that time has made a positive and lasting impression on her supervisors and clients. Just 24 years-old, Riley’s first experience working with seniors came a few summers ago when she was hired to work...

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Coaxing a Non-Compliant Client

Susan Friedrich


16 May, 2017

You’re following the care plan and doing everything right; your client’s laundry is done, the house is clean, lunch is made, and the weather is perfect for a walk outdoors. But your client is still in bed, refusing to get up and let you give her a bath. This is...

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