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FEATURE ARTICLE: Having Dinner with Mom Can Improve Alzheimer's Care
Alan Weiss On never being sure
Veterans Day / Remembrance Day
5 Habits of Highly Grateful People
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Featured Article: 
Having Dinner with Mom Can
Improve Alzheimer's Care 

Posted by: John Smith October 26, 2015
in Alzheimer's Care in Gaithersburg MD

Note from Regina McNamara: As a new grandmother, I continue to learn how young parents find the most effective ways to interact with and care for their children to insure they thrive, both physically and socially.

One habit Scott and Marissa have adopted is that all meals are eaten as a family together. Ryan, 10 months now is thriving and especially enjoys mealtimes where he shares the table and the meal with his parents. That includes meals at home, in restaurants, in parks, anywhere. And any foods..pork dumplings, salmon, lasagne,endless variety. Ryan eats the same food as Scott and Marissa and with equal gusto! 

The benefits to both parents and child are clear and quite amazing. Joyful and healthy eating experiences shared!

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leaf  Alan Weiss On never being sure   
  • You don't need affection from everyone in your life, but you should merit respect.
  • CVS apparently has a policy against employees saying "thank you." I've never believed that "There you go" or "No problem" was equivalent to "Thank you."
  • Folks, the person in front of you on the plane has a right to recline the seat (though not with rocket-like speed), that's why they were built that way, with the expectation, and purchase right, of reclining. Get over it. When you kick their seat you're acting like a child.
  • Have you read about the absolute lawlessness that occurs on the high seas, because there are no authorities to patrol or control it? I think of it every time someone wants to reduce the size of the police force to save money.
  • A vacation is someplace you should look forward to going, and home is the place you should look forward to returning.
  • If you want to impress someone with a gift, don't wait for a special occasion.
  • I'm weary of platitudes without meaning, such as "don't be the smartest person in your group." Why not, can't you learn by teaching and coaching and giving, or must you be a taker? I guess you can a ways dumb down...
  • Birds flap their wings least and soar with least energy in high winds. How about you?
  • The way to stop bullying behavior is to confront the bully, regardless of what others think or which way they run. Otherwise, the bully is enabled. ■

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leaf  Veterans Day / Remembrance Day 
    By: Regina Mcnamara   

Canada, our family's "second country" has not endured nearly the number of wars as ours, hence, a far smaller number of veterans.  Canada honors them all during their Remembrance Day. What a lovely way to refer to the men and women who sacrificed so much for their country.

US Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, (changed to Veteran's Day in 1938) having been founded in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson as the first commemoration of the day in which the Allied nations and Germany armistice occurred seven months before the official end of World War I. The armistice went into effect at 11:00 on 11/11/1918.
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   By: Jeremy Adam Smith, syndicated from Greater Good,
   Mar 19, 2014    

Many people are unskilled at expressing gratitude.
Most of us  usually take far too much for granted.  Our health, our  talents, our children, our families.

Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It's a lens that helps us to see the things that don't make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It's a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It's a bright red paintbrush we apply to otherwise-invisible blessings, like clean streets or health or enough food to eat.

Gratitude doesn't make problems and threats disappear. The threats are indeed real, but at that moment, they exist only in memory or imagination. I am the threat; it is me who is wearing myself out with worry.
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Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly 
  by Kelly McNamara
Dawn Reed: Dawn, our Director of Care Coordination has been with our company since the beginning, over eight years ago. She has grown in expertise and value over those years. She serves as a senior Caregiver, using her considerable skill set to not only care for her clients but also serve as a mentor to other less experienced caregivers. Her supervision visits help to insure caregivers are compliant with good practice and she coaches those who require a bit of help.

Dawn is also the founder, fundraiser and inspiration behind Jayden's House. It is a dream of hers to honor the memory of her young nephew Jaden who died in May 2010 as a result of a fall from a window.

Jayden's House will be a community outreach center providing children with a resource center. The children will  receive peer mentoring, tutoring, sports and music activities, and enjoy after school time in a safe, fun, and educational environment.

Always There Home Care supports this special charity begun by Dawn with matching contributions by any of our employees, clients and families, referrals sources, vendors and friends.

We are very proud of Dawn's amazing charity work as well as her substantial clinical contributions to our client and families.

Thanks for all you do, Dawn!

All caregivers mentioned in this column will receive a gift card and our sincere appreciation!  Many many thanks to all of you for once again extending yourselves to ensure that we are of course Always There...!! ■
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We are privileged to have received referrals from and be able to coordinate care with many Assisted Living facilities, rehab facilities, and Medicare Home Care and Hospice agencies. Our growth is in large part due to the trust the staff in these organizations have put in our caregivers. We are likewise impressed with them and we are committed to referring to them on a regular basis

Seabury Active Living Retirement Community,
and Seabury at Home, Bloomfield

The sprawling campus now boasts several individual residences, from apartments to substantial single homes.  Their memory care unit is superb.  The surroundings provide lovely views in all seasons. An immense fitness facility, including a large pool promotes continued fitness of older adults. Seabury boasts an impressive participation of its residents in the fitness facility. Seabury also has an innovative Life Care program and Seabury at Home service. Their home care program provides both Medicare as well as home private duty services for the community and surrounding area. Their health care center boasts state of the art short-term rehab in a beautiful setting.  There is excellent coordination with their Home Care agency, which provides nursing, and all therapies, following a comprehensive home safety assessment prior to discharge.  It is a privilege to work in co-operation with them.  

 About Always There Home Care

Always There Home Care provides compassionate, dependable and professional one-on-one care for seniors who need assistance in the comfort of their homes or residential care communities.  Services from highly qualified and trained caregivers range from companionship, meal preparation and incidental transportation to personal care, medication management and RN-directed case management. Available 7 days a week, services range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care.

Always There Home Care understands that every situation is unique and creates individualized care plans to help improve a client's quality of life.

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Our caregivers 


Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. Most are Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Most importantly our caregivers are dependable and extraordinarily caring of others. In addition to their previous experience, our caregivers receive continuous training that includes dementia, hospice care, home safety, nutrition and other topics related to seniors. These highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:

Personal care   /  Meal planning and preparation

Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands

Caring companionship   /  Light housekeeping

Medication reminders  /   Information and referral services   

Our personalized, nurse- supervised services are available 7 days a week and can range from a few hours a day to 24 hour and live in care.

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