April is Autism Awareness Month and we'd like to share a special success story with you. Daria, True Care's CDPAP Program Manager, brought to our attention a case that she recently handled. It is a story about a single mother who is caring for her autistic son and came to us for help. Her child has been diagnosed with several mental health problems. She wanted to care for her child at home due to the fact that she had no one else to care for her child and no one who would fully be able to understand and manage her child's special needs. She came into our Brooklyn office asking about our Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) hoping to enroll her and her son to receive benefits.
If you are considering home care as a solution for either yourself or the care of a loved one, you likely have many questions about your service options. There is much to take into consideration when choosing the right care plan. Our staff is trained to customize and design a care plan that is perfect for our clients’ needs. Below are just a few examples of the types of service options best suited for the most common scenarios. Please be advised that these are general examples and, should you have questions regarding your specific case, you will need to contact our staff for more detailed assistance.
As part of the Care Connection Community Class in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), True Care was pleased to facilitate A Matisse Inspired Workshop. This workshop uses the fine art of Henri Matisse's "Cut-Outs" series as inspiration for a technique we like to call "Painting with Scissors." It was a wonderfully engaging class where those in attendance were clients of the Truly Inspired Memory Care program as well as invited community guests.
If you care for or know someone living with memory impairment, be it Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, you know that it is a condition that is hard to understand. Although we may never fully comprehend what it truly feels like for the individual, there are many ways to learn compassion and how to care for the memory affected loved one in your life. This is a task that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America have taken on through their Care Connection Sunset Series, a program which involves briefly immersing its participants in a virtual reality world where you experience symptoms like blurred vision, hallucinations, and disorientation.
The following was originally posted on the Inspired Memory Care, Inc. blog by co-owners, Kelly Gilligan and Nettie Harper, in their article on "Supportive Gifting Opportunities that Last Beyond the Holidays for Care-Partners and Persons Living with Dementia".
The holidays present a unique time for reaching out to family and friends in a thoughtful and meaningful way. If you have a family member or friend partnering with a loved one living with dementia, supportive gifting can bring success and stress-relief well into the New Year.
A strong caregiver-client relationship can be a difficult thing to achieve. There are many aspects of this unique relationship to consider when first introducing yourself to a new client. The following steps can help when establishing a sound connection with your client:
- Practice honesty, respect and compassion: Being open and honest with your client is an important part of being a good caregiver. Likewise, when you respect your client, they will be more inclined to show respect in return. They will also be more receptive when you show genuine concern for their well-being in the form of compassion.