Old Dominion Prosthetics & Orthotics

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Old Dominion LogoOld Dominion OfficeOld Dominion Prosthetics & Orthotics provides prosthetics and orthotics to members of the Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Harrisonburg communities. Their practitioners work closely with physicians, therapists, family and the patient in an effort to ensure that care arrives on schedule, and that the patient has a complete understanding of his or her prosthesis or orthosis.

Old Dominion Prosthetics & Orthotics practitioners are certified by the American Board of Certification. They attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the changes and advances in prosthetics and orthotics. In addition, they attend scientific symposiums throughout the world, such as the annual American Orthotic and Prosthetic National Assemblies, so that the practitioners know which new devices are available, and how to use them.

For more details, read the full profile of Old Dominion Prosthetics & Orthotics on CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Aging in Place, Assistive Technology, Resources for Central Virginia, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Team Spotlight – Desiree White

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Desiree WhiteCare is There Geriatric Care Management is operated by a group of like-minded people whose goal is to provide quality care and access to the necessary resources. We want to shine the light on the people who make Care is There what it is – a group united by that common goal.

Our second installment in this shinning feature is a woman works tirelessly to introduce new communities and areas to Care is There – Outreach Champion, Desiree White.

How long have you been working at Care is There?

“I have been working with Care is There since September 2014.”

What do you do at Care is There?

“I am the Outreach Champion. I market all areas, including Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Augusta County, and any new opportunities Elizabeth and I feel fit with the company purpose.”

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?

“The most satisfying part of working for Care is There is meeting people with common goals and seeing what they do to help their clients age with grace. It’s fascinating and eye opening when you realize how much goes into care for the aging generation.”

Read Desiree’s profile at The Care is There or meet the entire team on our “Team” page.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events, Team Spotlight.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Fail Safe Leadership For Serving the 50+ Population

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On Friday, February 20th, Jorge Gutierrez will discuss leadership and its impact on companies and organizations that are serving the aging population.

“Leadership is the hottest topic in business today. Fail-Safe Leadership advances a results-based definition of leadership. It demonstrates how it’s possible to grow leaders quickly, and how to align every individual’s work effort directly to the company’s vision and strategic plan, in order to improve a company’s bottom line. Leadership means different things to many people; often mistaken by management which brings a completely different set of skills into consideration.”

Gutierrez has served as the CEO for the BMOC GROUP since November 2011 and is an accomplished and experienced Executive Coach, Business Coach, Leadership Development Coach, Trainer and Consultant. He retired honorably from the Armed Forces and transitioned into the private sector for leadership positions.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Bridgewater Retirement Community (302 North Second Street, Bridgewater) in the Houff Community Center. Visitors are welcome – look for the signs!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by architect Charles Hendricks of the award winning firm, The Gaines Group, PLC. Charles is committed to creating “buildings, businesses, and homes that are healthy, energy-efficient, and durable.”

Our contest this month is the person who has parents or grandparents (living or deceased) that have been or were married the longest. The winner this month will receive a prize donated by Home Instead Senior Care.

Download the meeting agenda here: Aging In Place Agenda 0215

Download information about Fail Safe Leadership here: Fail Safe Leadership by Jorge Gutierrez

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Door to Door Solutions: Growth & Expansion

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door to door groupDoor to Door Solutions who we met in 2012 when they visited Elizabeth’s neighborhood – are proud to announce that they continue to grow each year as word of their services reaches new people and the move management industry expands. According to Katie Hamann, co-founder of Door to Door Solutions, the move management industry now consists of over 900 company members around the world, a monumental jump from the 50 companies in existence 11 years ago.

“What that means for all of our clients in Virginia is that no matter where they live, they can have the help from a professional who helps clients RIGHTsize and move into smaller quarters everyday, everywhere!” Hamann says. “If someone is moving from C’ville to be closer to family, we can arrange to have a service like ours meet them in their new city to unpack and put everything right in its place.”

Door to Door Solutions is an active part of the community. Look for them this February as part of the downsizing panel and presentation at The Lodge at Old Trail. They also host several pep talks on how to lighten up and RIGHTsize your home, stuff and life.

Learn more about Door to Door Solutions on CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Aging in Place, Care for the Caregiver, Resources for Central Virginia, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Team Spotlight – Elizabeth Swider

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Elizabeth Swider

Elizabeth Swider

Care is There Geriatric Care Management is operated by a group of like-minded people whose goal is to provide quality care and access to the necessary resources. We want to shine the light on the people who make Care is There what it is – a group united by that common goal.

What better way to launch our Team Spotlight feature than with the woman who literally made Care is There Geriatric Care Management what it is today – Founder and President Elizabeth Swider.

How long have you been working at Care is There?
I started Care is There in 2006, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had!

What do you do at Care is There?
My main responsibility is to ensure that Care is There provides an outstanding experience for all of our clients, their loved ones, our Care is There team members, and other service providers. I love meeting organizations that can provide new services to our clients, interviewing potential new Care is There Lifestyle Coordinators, and planning our training programs. Every day is different, and every day is rewarding.

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?
I know we improve the lives of older adults and their families. So many of our clients say ‘what would we do without you?’ Recently I asked all the Lifestyle Coordinators to share a miracle they created for a client in the last few weeks. Their answers brought tears to my eyes. Care is There is a very inspiring place to work!

Read Elizabeth’s profile at The Care is There or meet the entire team on our Team page.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events, Team Spotlight.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Care is There Welcomes Amy Fields

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Amy Fields Bio Pic

Care is There Geriatric Care Management welcomes Amy Fields, our newest Lifestyle Coordinator, to the team. Her experience as a Certified Home Health Aide and care manager has given her the tools she needs to provide our clients with the care they need. Learn more about Amy at The Care is There or contact her at AmyF@CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central VirginiaNews and Events, Resources for Central Virginia – CharlottesvilleResources for Central Virginia – HarrisonburgResources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent livingassisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Jump Start Your Year with Nutrition Suggestions to Age In Place Well

On Friday, January 16, 2015 Debbie Dunn-Frederick, a professor at Bridgewater College and a Registered Dietitian, will be discussing Nutrition Concerns and Suggestions for Individuals as They Age in Place. Nutrition plays a large part in living well and staying healthy at any age.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome – look for the signs!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Dr. Margee Greenfield, Encore Coach at Blue Ridge Community College. She will be discussing their one year 20-credit certificate program for an Aging In Place Specialist.

Our contest prize this month will go to the person who had the greatest age range present at their Christmas dinner!

Download and print the agenda here: Aging In Place Agenda Jan 2015.

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Care is There Welcomes Kim Volker

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Kim Volker

Care is There Geriatric Care Management welcomes Kim Volker to the team. A Certified Nursing Assistant with extensive professional experience in the medical field, Kim’s skills and good nature are the perfect addition to our ever-growing family.

Learn more about Kim at The Care is There or contact her at KimV@CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central Virginia, News and Events, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Guest Post: 10 Ways to Fall Proof Your Bathroom by Charlie Kimball

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Guest Author – Charlie Kimball
Charlie Kimball works for MedicalCareAlert.com, a Michigan-based company providing home care monitoring for family members who choose to stay at home despite medical challenges. Charlie is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. She blogs for her company.

The bathroom can be the most unsafe part of the house, but only if you don’t take precautions. There are many things that you and your loved one can do to prevent the possibility of falling in the bathroom.  Here, we present several ways to fall proof your bathroom.

  • Replace towel holder rail with handrail
    Installing a metal handrail in your bathroom can provide enough leverage for your relative to pull themselves up out of the bathtub or from near the toilet. The handrail itself can be picked up at any home improvement store and can be installed by yourself or a trained professional.
  • Put non-slip grippers in tub bottom
    Give the bottom of the tub a rougher texture so that your loved one’s feet are able to gain a little bit of purchase. The grippers placed might easily prevent the need to use a medical alert button for an emergency.
  • Non-slip floor mats
    There are (what feels like) a million places where someone can fall in the bathroom. Any place where the water can pool presents a hazard which can be slipped on. The installation of non-slip floor mats for getting out of the shower or bathtub can be quite a blessing.
  • Keep spare medical alert pendant near toilet and/or medical alert emergency wall communicator in tub/toilet area
    When you walk into the patient rooms in a hospital, you’ll see a nurse call button available at every turn. When the button is pressed, someone will immediately answer and assess the situation, sending you the help that you need. The button on medical pendants performs much the same purpose.
  • Improve lighting by putting in a night light and/or motion activated LED lighting
    We might know the inside of the house from memory, but it’s much easier to see your surroundings when there’s light available. We prefer a combination of the nightlight and the motion activated LED lighting, as there might be a little extra needed on the trip.
  • Install a raised bathroom seat
    The raised bathroom seat provides a way for your loved one to easily get up and down from the toilet. This is a great solution for those people who have issues with their hips, legs, and back. Many of our elders fall when they’re transitioning from position to position. If they do fall, they’ll at least have a pendant near the toilet, right?
  • Use liquid soap instead of bar soap
    Bar soap has more of a propensity to slip from the hands of those who are using it, forcing them to bend down and pick it up. Remove the possibility of extra movement and you’re reducing the possibility of falling.
  • Make sure that your elder’s shower stall doesn’t have a high threshold
    If you have the opportunity to investigate the shower stall before they move in, make sure that the threshold is as low as possible. As long as the drain system is working appropriately, there should not be the need for a tall one.
  • Make sure that the hot water from the water heater won’t scald and burn
    We have the tendency during the winter months to make the water from the water heater as hot as possible. While that hot water can be soothing, it can also be a danger for some seniors because they become more sensitized as they get older.
  • Use shower seating
    There are shower chairs which are comfortable for sitting in the shower and washing. Combine that with a shower wand which can easily be used to access all parts of the body to help maintain hygiene.

It’s important that you and your loved ones remain safe, regardless of where you go inside your house. The below infographic is the visual representation of above so that you can get a better idea about some of the tips that we’ve offered here.

bathroom-safety-infographic

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in Place, Assistive Technology, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton, Resources for Kansas City.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Caring for a Loved One in a Nursing Home: Laundry

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Companion Home HelperMany nursing home facilities offer laundry services for the residents. Usually the fee is quite reasonable and using the service is a great convenience for the family. In my experience, the laundry service currently costs about $1.00/day.

Some families prefer to do their loved one’s laundry. That’s fine, but be advised that there are dozens of other things that need to be done to care for your loved one in a nursing home. Using the service can lighten the load a little, and you won’t have to worry about if Mom or Dad will run out of clothes in the next day or two.

Labeling your loved one’s clothes is required. There is no way the laundry service will be able to remember whose clothes are whose – it all looks the same to them. I advise labeling with the last name, rather than a room number, because room assignments can change. Names will work for any laundry service, no matter how many times Dad moves – within the facility or to a new facility.

The laundry service will label clothes if asked, but this is one thing that I don’t think is worth the cost. Really, it’s not that much of a burden.

Understand that when laundry is done in this setting, they are interested in cleanliness and efficiency, not special care of delicate fabrics. The laundry detergent is probably cheap industrial strength, and they wash in warm and hot water. They probably only separate whites from colors and that’s it – no wash-and-wear, no delicate cycle, no cold water hand-wash. Everything goes in the dryer and they run the dryer on hot … like, really hot … to dry faster.

Laundry Tips

It is important to select durable clothing that can take the wear-and-tear of the nursing home laundry service. Here are a few tips on finding such clothing:

  • Cotton clothing is at risk for shrinkage, even if the cotton is pre-shrunk. In my experience, T-shirts generally hold up well, but 100% cotton sweatpants, slacks and shorts tend to get shorter. Shrinkage continues to happen over time.
  • Colors will fade.
  • The heavy-duty laundering can cause labeling to come off or fade beyond recognition. It is a good idea to check the labeling every so often and replace or repair the label.

Keep delicate or special care items at your home; if you want your loved one to wear that nicer outfit for an event, bring it in right before it is needed.

  • Before the event, talk to the staff and let them know your loved-one will need to change clothes for this event.
  • Allow plenty of time to do the change. Then, have them change back into everyday clothes as soon as it is convenient.
  • Take the special clothes home with you for cleaning, so they don’t accidentally end up in the laundry and get ruined. (Remember to bring a laundry bag in case an accident happens while Dad is wearing his suit.)

Anything can end up in the wash.

  • My father’s shearling leather slippers were put in the laundry once. Shrunk them terribly and bleached the color out! Fortunately, they survived, and with repeated stretching, they are wearable again.

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in PlaceCare for the Caregiver, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton, Resources for Kansas City.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

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