Category: In-Home Care

How to Convince a Loved One

Marie Marley is an award winning author who wrote a memoir reflecting a 30 year love story that she shares with her partner, Ed. Since Ed has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Marie uses the space below to give insight as to how she overcame challenges that typically arise while caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. In comparison to many other caregivers, one […]

When a Disability Comes Home

Picture of a hospital room, symbolic of a disability coming to a family

Adult In-Home Care Supervisor, Jeff Nunham, share his personal experience with disability and how it changes everything when a disability comes home.   My cell phone was sitting on my computer when it went off. “Hello?” It was my nephew, a seasoned police officer and a member of the Tri-County SWAT team. “Uncle Jeff, I’ve […]

The Heart of the Matter

By Jeff Nunham, Adult In-Home Supervisor We often talk about the barriers and obstacles people face who suffer with a disability. Last month, I wrote about those care givers who are “on” 24/7, giving care to a family member with a disability and who are silently suffering under the strain that goes with that level […]

10 Things a Person Living with Dementia Would Tell You If They Could

Two ladies exploring volunteer opportunities

Dotty’s Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person Living with Dementia Here are ten tips you can use to improve your life and the life of an individual living with dementia. 1. You know what makes me feel safe, secure, and happy? A smile. 2. Did you ever consider this? When you get tense and […]

10 Signs of Caregiver Stress

This list of 10 signs of caregiver stress comes to you from the Alzheimer Association.  At Helping Hands Respite Care we often see or experience these signs first hand. It is heartening to know that we provide the means for families to get temporary relief from the stress they feel because of their responsibilities as […]

Dementia – Take Another Look

It’s happened twice in the last couple months. On two separate occasions, I have found myself sitting with a person who is being consumed by that dreaded, later in life condition called Dementia. It’s like a skulking, silent plague that randomly picks its victim, moves into a home and slowly begins its cruel work. I […]

Self Care in the New Year

For family caregivers of children with special needs, it may be time for self care in the New Year. With the perceived pressure that we must accomplish a year’s worth of work in less than a month, we’re stressed. And whether they can articulate it or not, kids are hypersensitive to our feelings, so they feel […]

Independent Living Plan – It Works!

Photo with characters from TV series A-Team with the catch phrase...I love it when a plan comes together."

The Independent Living Plan is Working   By Jeff Nunham – Adult In-Home Care Supervisor Do you remember the action TV series, The A-Team? You probably remember Hannibal, the cool leader of this special team of exceptional “bad guys” doing good. With a wry smile and little stogie, he would say,” I love it when […]

Tech Solutions for Children with Developmental Delays

Boy with tablet demonstrating tech solutions for children with developmental delays

By Tarra Boris, Child In-Home Care Supervisor   Technology has become the center of everyday life for many children. A majority of the population revolve their lives around one form of technology or another. Children with developmental delays, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), can benefit greatly with the […]

Family Support and Counseling

Child In-Home Supervisor Tarra Boris marking new milestones.

Family Support and Counseling Available at Helping Hands – Tarra Boris As some of you may know, I am currently a MSU graduate level student working on my Master’s degree in social work. This is my final year in the program and I am already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! A […]