Home Instead Senior Care, Birmingham

A Client's Appreciation

Monday, April 29, 2013

One of the greatest parts of our job is getting to see a CAREGiver make a huge impression on a client!  This is part of the assessment process. We get to know you and your loved one so we can do our best to get a perfect match! 

To us it's personal

More Caring Cards!

Friday, April 12, 2013

These cards are wonderful conversation starters.
Here are some more for your enjoyment!
1) Were you named after someone particular?
2) Who were you oldest living relatives when you were a child, and what do you remember about them?
3) What was your favorite hiding place as a child?
4) When you were a teenager, what did you and your friends do for fun?

To us it's personal

A Personal Experience with Alzheimer's

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 My friend Kim is 34 years old. Just two years younger than me, she is dealing with what some people don't deal with until they are in their 50s or 60s. She just moved her mother into a memory care until in Hoover. 
Her mother is 58 years old. 
Many times over the past three years Kim and I have discussed what was going on with her mom since her Alzheimer's diagnosis three years ago. With my experience in senior care the first thing I told her to do was to meet with an eldercare attorney and get her affairs in order. Kim told me that she would do that eventually but that their plan was to have her mother stay with her aunt, sister and herself. Deep down I knew this was a bad idea, but I thought she needed consistency. But since it wasn't my mother, I kept my mouth shut but did go back and tell her that she needed to go ahead and meet with the eldercare attorney. 
Two weeks ago she came to me and said that her mom had become combative all the sudden and wasn't transitioning very well from house to house. So they decided to move her into a memory care community. 
Kim explained it like dropping her child off as kindergarden. It broke my heart for her but I have seen it many, many times. 
I asked Kim yesterday how her mother was doing. She told me that she hasn't seen her mother so happy in awhile. Her mom was a nurse and she actually thinks she is working there! We all want what is best for our parents and it is hard to put their care in someone else's hands - but sometimes that is the best option.
Kim mentioned to me that she wished they would have kept her mother's house and have CAREGivers come in and stay with her. This is what I would have recommend first. It's important to keep someone with Alzheimer's in a consistent location - and this is where we can help.
Our CAREGivers go through extensive Alzheimer's training. We can be with your loved anywhere from 4 to 24 hours. This would have helped Kim tremendously since she has a 2 year old and a 5 year old. 
When you get that diagnosis of Alzheimer's, it is time to start planning. 
Let us be a part of that plan!
Call us for a non-obligatory assessment.
(205) 822-1915

Caring Cards

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More questions to help you get the conversations started!
1) What are some of the hurdles you've overcome in your life, and what did you learn from them?
2) How did you meet your husband or wife?
3) When you were in school, what did you do at recess?
4) When you were growing up, what did you dream you would do with your life?
5) What was the coolest car a person could own you were younger?

To us it's personal

Care for Mom & Dad ~ a post-holiday realization

Monday, April 1, 2013

We hope you had a wonderful Easter! We are blessed to have you as a friend, client or referral source!

Are you at work, but your mind is somewhere else? 
Are you trying to answer an email but your mind is going back to Easter Sunday's lunch when mom couldn't bring her dish that didn't get cooked because she forgot to turn on the oven? 
Our phone rings off the hook the Monday after any Holiday. Adult children see changes in mom and/or dad that makes them uncomfortable. Dad is struggling to get around without help and mom can't remember to do things that she normal does with her eyes closed. And you know they most likely don't need to be alone all day. 
This is where we come in. 
We are your answer.
We. Can. Help.

Our CAREGivers are trained to help with companionship, home helper and even personal services for your loved one. We will come to the home and do an assessment of your loved ones and create a plan of care. 
Please give us a call at 822.1915 and set up an assessment today!

To us it's personal