Category: Valuable Advice

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 […]

Frustrated Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Frustrated Senior with Alzheimer's. This photo represents the dynamic between a senior with Alzheimer's and the caregiver.

Helping Frustrated Seniors with Alzheimer’s By Adult Day Services program supervisor, Alison Sarkozy Our lives continue full speed ahead. We may have work and family responsibilities, household chores, church activities, neighborhood gatherings and friends that continue to call our attention. But for many primary family caregivers, the first responsibility is the loved one that they […]

A Silver Lining in Loss

Learning from Those labeled “Disabled” – John Stauffer This has been a tough month, but I have learned to always look for the silver lining. What has been tough about this month? We have had five friends/clients pass away over the last few weeks, two young adults and three seniors that enjoyed different programs provided […]

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 […]

Things We Learn

The Things We Learn Along the Way –  by Jeff Nunham There was clearly a bit of strain and tension on the face of the care provider who sat down in my office. He was about to explain why, after less than three months as a care provider, he was resigning from Helping Hands. He […]

Health History

Nurse Jane at Helping Hands Respite taking blood sugars to compare with health history.

Why We Take a Thorough Health History A thorough health history and medicine list is important for our caregiver staff to best take care of your loved one. An example of how the history can be helpful might be if your loved one had a history of radiation in the abdominal region. This may cause […]

Change in Policy

Weekend Respite and Weekend Shifts – Change in Policy There has been a recent change in policy for caregivers which has been put in place to provide the best opportunity for weekend respite for families. Our former policy required every caregiver to serve a mandatory three weekend shifts per month – this has now been […]

Community Immersion

Boys visiting museum during a community immersion activity

Community Immersion Activities at Weekend Respite House In the past few months we have worked harder to prioritize opportunities for our Weekend Respite House guests to get out and about in the community. Sometimes this takes a bit more preparation and even a bit of resourcefulness. This usually relates to where we might be going, […]

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 […]