Month: July 2015

Dementia and Wandering

Dementia and Wandering can be reduced by keeping active. Balloon volleyball

At the Adult Day Services (ADS) program we have participants that tend to wander. Dementia and wandering are common. Wandering usually occurs because the participant has an urge to “Go.” Usually, that means to “go to” the bathroom, they want “to go” home or “to go/ get away” from something that they don’t understand or […]

New Program Running Smoothly

A field trip to the State Capital is a testimony to a new program running smoothly

Breaking Barriers Today celebrated its first full month of service on July 8, 2015. The new program running smoothly, is located within the Gier Community Center. It provides an opportunity to serve more participants and their families, with more hours, more programming and community enrichment. This program is an alternative to the limited hours of […]

Managing Angry Outbursts

On occasion children, with special needs, in our care may present some difficult behaviors. First and foremost, it is important to use our skills of empathy and compassion. It is good to remember and understand that you are not dealing with a disability who has a person, but a person with a disability. We compassionately […]

Helping Reluctant Seniors

A personal story about helping reluctant seniors to receive help. Shared by Helping Hands Respite Care’s  Adult-In Home Care supervisor, Jeff Nunham. My son, who is 30 years my junior and a successful business man, will sometimes say to me; “ You had better be good to me because I’m the one who is going […]

Dementia and Nutrition

Learn more about the link between dementia and nutrition. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for people with dementia. Poor nutrition can result in dehydration, reduced muscle strength, and, in some cases, an increase in behavioral symptoms. Some people with dementia experience problems with eating and drinking. Common reasons include difficulty communicating their likes […]

The Ability Experience Visits Helping Hands Respite Care

Ability Experience Riders raising funds for Helping Hands Respite Care

Karl Ochs is a member of Pi Kappa Phi at Michigan State University and has been a volunteer for the last year at Helping Hands Respite Care’s Adult Day Center. This summer, he is riding across the country with other fraternity members from the west coast to Washington D.C. to raise money for people with […]