Welcome Missy Dahlgren

Welcome Missy Dahlgren

Join us in welcoming Melissa (Missy) Dahlgren to our team as the new child-in-home/respite supervisor. She has worked as an in home supervisor/therapist to families for the past four years at another agency. She has also served as a respite home manager for a brief time. So, you can see why we are thrilled to […]

5 Common Triggers of Wandering

It is great to have resources, to get another point of view, or to hear from people facing the same issues you are as a caregiver. A big concern is wandering, that is why I am sharing this article on the Five Common Triggers of Wandering.  If you are caring for a loved one with […]

Kate’s Memory Cafe

Memory Cafe Dancing

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Irish Headstone Message  Kate’s Memory Café Place for Friendship, Support, and Encouragement When I started facilitating Kate’s Memory Café, the one thing that I had not counted on was the inevitable endings that we would face together. Whether from […]

Level of Care Acuity Assessment Process

Seniors participating in skill game. Level of Care Acuity Level Assessment will occur on a number of abilities.

Supervisor Alison Sarkozy on Level of Care Acuity Assessment After some careful planning, a few months ago the Helping Hands Respite Care ADS program implemented a Level of Care Acuity Assessment system for our senior members of the adult day program. By sharing an assessment tool during intake of a new member, families were asked […]

New Phone System

new phone system arrives at helping hands.

A Message from Office Administrator – Janette Lauzon, On New Phone System As you know, we are a small non-profit and money is always tight. It has been my personal mission to find opportunities to save dollars anywhere we can without compromising quality of service. We were paying four phone bills: the main phone system […]

Thank You to So Many

John Stauffer writes about the Sleeping Giant - the Boom Generation

Thank You for 2016 and the Promise of 2017 As we roll into the New Year it is the appropriate time to take a moment and reflect on those things that have happened that I am thankful for. Our agency has been truly blessed with some special angels who have made a significant difference in […]

A Tale of Two Caregivers

  This is a story of two caregivers and the service they provide for two young men seeking independence in two very different sets of circumstance.   Nate and Max Let’s look at Nate and his charge Max, a 22-year old with Down’s Syndrome. Since Nate’s arrival on the scene significant progress has been noted. […]

This Changes Everything

New Baby Changes Everything

Merry Christmas everyone, This Christmas will be especially memorable for me as I get to spend it with my first grandchild Eli Thomas Carr Stauffer who was born into this world at 10:55 PM  December 3rd. Those who know me already know of my love of babies, but for those who do not know me […]

Tips to Reduce Risk of Falls

Alzheimer’s and Falling: Tips to Reduce Risks By Ava M. Stinnett As our loved ones age, the risk of falling increases. This may be due to changes in vision or perception, difficulty with balance, or cognitive impairment. Side effects from certain medications and medical conditions can cause dizziness or lightheadedness when standing. People with Alzheimer’s […]

Sleeping Giant Awakens

By John Stauffer It is clear to me that the Boom Generation is a sleeping giant that is beginning to awaken…and it is cranky! For too long the needs of the families of the baby boomers have faced some daunting care circumstances. They are often faced with the care of aging/ailing parents and in some […]