True Care’s memory care program, True Bridge, is pleased to announce a special workshop offered at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) as part of their Artist in Residency program. Our very own Director of Programs and Engagement, Jodie Berman, has been asked to instruct a series of four art classes each Wednesday from October 16th through November 6th. This program is generously supported by a grant from the Louis & June Kay Foundation. The Artist in Residency program at AFA began in June of 2019 and is “part of AFA’s mission to provide free programs and services to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.”
You may have seen one of our many recruiting ads on social media for True Care Hiring Events in NYC and Westchester County. Becoming a True Caregiver is quick and easy if you are already a certified home health aide in NYC. However, if you are interested in becoming a caregiver but have little to no experience and do not hold a certification from the state, True Care has created a Home Health Aide Certification Program where we help potential applicants get trained and certified near their home for little or no cost. Once you are certified and ready to join True Care, you can immediately apply to be a True Caregiver with us.
True Care is happy to announce our new service: Private Duty Nursing.
Meet our Director of Private Duty Nursing, James Frand. James started as an EMT volunteer then worked for the 911 system and decided to go into the nursing track, as opposed to a paramedic, after that. He chose to continue on that path ever since acquiring a Master’s degree in Nursing and experience as an administrator and director of nursing. This gives him the unique ability to run both sides of the program; one being client advocacy and the other being the administrative side, which includes hiring our nurses and staffing our cases.
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.
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 our 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.