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Home Helpers Brings a Hot Meal to Veterans in Philadelphia on Veterans Day

On Monday, November 12 at 3:30PM, Hope Helpers thanked our Veterans for their commitment and service to our country. But saying thank you isn’t enough. Home Helpers engaged Jeremiah’s Custom Cuisine (JCCFood.com) to bring a hot meal to approximately 40 Veterans at The Veterans Group home (theveteransgroup.org) in the University City section of Philadelphia PA.

Celebrating and Supporting Military Families

Veterans and military families have the opportunity to support our communities through employment, business ownership, care recipients and advocates for Veteran’s Benefits. Our commitment to employment complements well with the service-minded nature of military families. Home Helpers provides the ultimate employment opportunity for trailing family members, and our partnership with MSEP (Military Spouse Employment Partnership) helps qualifies military family members to find careers with local Home Helpers offices.

Talk About Medicine

According to a CDC study in 2016, 90% of all US residents aged 65+ take at least one prescription pill per month. Up to 93.5 million Americans who take one or more prescription drugs do not take them as prescribed (per a 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation report). Talk Before You Take is a campaign that highlights the importance of communicating with a healthcare professional about the benefits and risks of prescribed medications before a prescription is written and filled.

How to Start the Conversation

There are certain topics we tend to put off discussing because we worry the conversation will be uncomfortable – at best – or even confrontational. Why ruin a pleasant visit with a talk nobody particularly wants to have? One obvious example is talking to an older parent or other loved one about their living arrangements and whether they’ll need help. No matter who brings it up, we tend to approach this particular conversation with the kind of anxiety usually reserved for surgical procedures.

Understanding Alzheimer’s

Home Helpers® Home Care is dedicated to providing the most effective method of home care services regardless of your family’s unique situation, including elder care services such as Alzheimer’s Disease. As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s currently does not have a cure. Perhaps you’ve seen the TV/print/online campaign, however, stating that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there. Until then, however, it’s important to know the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. At Home Helpers of Media, we understand how to work with families as they face an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Those in the early stages might benefit from our line of Direct Link® personal emergency response systems and medical alert systems, which provide 24-hour monitoring and peace of mind for families. Further, we have Exceptional Caregivers who are experienced in providing compassionate dementia care. They understand it’s the disease, not the client, which can be difficult to treat as it progresses. We’ll work with the family to match you with the right Caregiver for your situation.

When Your Parent Refuses Caregiving Help

Providing caregiving for your parent is a profound life-altering shift of roles that requires balancing the right to self-determination with the recognition that your mother and father need help. One of the biggest frustrations for adult children is that they come up with a plan that makes perfect sense to them but their parent says, “Thanks but no thanks.” When our parents’ refusal to accept help puts their safety and well-being in jeopardy, we feel compelled to act, yet our good intentions are often thwarted. Over the years, I have heard countless stories of caregivers who tried strong-arming their parent to accept help — only to feel angry and dismayed when their efforts failed.

Maintaining Senior Independence

America’s seniors desire to remain independent and living in their beloved homes. Home Helpers® Home Care can help families start the conversation about how to “age in place” safely. According to the National Institute for Aging, 89% of Americans over the age of 50 wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Conversations about the benefits and costs associated with aging in place are critical. To support these needs, our Exceptional Caregivers have been trained to aid families who experience a wide variety of care issues. We offer companion care, transportation services, and personal monitoring through our line of Direct Link® services – offering peace-of-mind knowing that help is a touch of a button away. Call us at 610.838.7474 to schedule your free in-home consultation to see how we can tailor a care plan that meets the needs of your loved one and provides you the peace-of-mind you deserve. Our vision is to be the extended family when the family can’t be there by delivering the same Exceptional care we would want for our loved ones. We have a mission that matters and would love to work with you to design a plan that meets your needs and budget.

New Hires 7/11/18

Home Helpers is proud to welcome 5 new caregivers on orientation day. Pictured are Angelina from Lansdale, Glorymar from Philadelphia, Jeremy from Lansdale, Kayla from North Wales, and Emily from Lansdale.

New Hire Orientation 06/29/2018

We are pleased to welcome our new hires on this beautiful Friday, June 29th. New caregivers include Joshua B. from Philadelphia, and Gulay C. from Bethlehem. Also shown is Debbie P, LPN, Staff Development Coordinator for Home Helpers.

JUNE IS PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) AWARENESS MONTH

If there is one thing people should be most aware of when it comes to PTSD, it’s the amount of support resources available. PTSD is treatable and support is readily found from organizations in person and online. For veterans, this includes DAV (Disabled American Veterans), the Wounded Warrior Project, the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, and PsychArmor Institute. Non-veterans can also find assistance, particularly at Faces of PTSD and the PTSD Alliance. These organizations offer education and support in many forms. Remember, if you suspect that you or a loved one has PTSD, the bravest thing you can do is seek help. At Home Helpers of Bethlehem, we understand how to conscientiously provide support for those with PTSD. Our Exceptional Caregivers are trained to aid families living with these care issues. We offer companion care, transportation services personal monitoring with Direct Link, and more.

Happy Memorial Day

Home Helpers clients in the Lehigh Valley were treated to cupcakes and cookies today and thanked for their service.

Peace Makers Awards for 2018

This Memorial Day weekend, Home Helpers’ Lehigh Valley office in Bethlehem is taking a moment to not only honor those who gave their lives serving our country, but also those in our service who served in our nation’s military. We created the “Peace Makers” Awards for 2018 to recognize our proud veterans’ efforts to support our country’s interests internationally to keep peace in a volatile world.

Caregiver of the Month for April

Home Helpers was thrilled to recognize Kristen Ohm from Allentown as caregiver of the month for April. When asked what her favorite hobby is she replied, “helping others is my favorite hobby, I’ve always helped others, even in high school I helped my mom with my siblings. I am one of ten children. I also help a friend now because she has no one else”. Her clients often tell us how much they love her and her attentiveness to every detail of their care needs. She has an incredible work ethic, which she attributes to her Mother and a large family and the need to help others at a young age She’s amazing and possesses many talents. Congratulations Kristen. Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work to our clients. We are very happy for you.

Happy Mother’s Day Margaret!

Shown is our live-in caregiver, Margaret K., in the driveway of one of Home Helpers' clients in the Lehigh Valley. Margaret received an orchid and a tray of homemade cookies from Melony (Regional Nurse) and Maggie (Regional Manager), as she headed out for a few days to be with her family for the Mother's Day weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day Beverly K!

Beverly is a live-in caregiver for Home Helpers and currently is on assignment in the Lehigh Valley. She had told us a long time ago that she does not enjoy flowers because flowers die. When she first came to our office in the Lehigh Valley we had pizza in the office and she enjoyed some. A few days later, she called Melony, our Regional Nurse, to tell her how the memory of that pizza was still in her mind. We delivered a pizza to her today for Mother’s Day and she was so excited and said pizza lasts forever in her mind, but flowers die.

Meet and Greet

Today, Home Helpers representatives Melony Horn, RN and Maggie Dominici, Regional Manager, hosted a “Meet and Greet” for Health Services students of Lincoln Technical Institute in Allentown. Home Helpers is always hiring compassionate caregivers!

Orientation Day

New caregivers participating in orientation day at Home Helpers' Lehigh Valley office in Bethlehem, PA. Home Helpers' RN, Melony Horn, is pictured with the class of Edward, Margarita, Melony, Daniel and Nuria.

Surprise Baby Shower

Home Helpers caregivers in the Lehigh Valley celebrate a fellow employee's exciting news with a surprise baby shower. Congrats, Heather!

HELPING FAMILIES DEALING WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Caring for individuals with developmental disabilities requires a special level of compassion, understanding, and patience, which is why the majority of this type of care is provided by family members. Developmental disabilities include any condition that is due to physical, learning, language or behavioral issues. In the United States, one out of every six children has a developmental disability such as ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, hearing loss, vision impairment or a learning disorder. At the same time, it’s estimated that the combination of adults with developmental disorders, along with older adult Caregivers, will merge to incur additional weight on families and their ability to provide proper care. At Home Helpers, we understand the effort it takes to conscientiously provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities. Even the most patient, loving and compassionate person needs a break sometimes. We strongly believe it’s important to provide trusted respite care for family Caregivers so they can take care of themselves. Many are working a full-time job, then come home and immediately switch into full-time caregiving mode. Everyone deserves to be able to take some time for themselves to relax and recharge.

Caregivers of the Month for February, 2018

Congratulations to Margaret Kennedy and Jorina Janga for being nominated and then chosen as February’s Employees of the Month. Margaret Kennedy is a live-in caregiver that celebrated her one year anniversary with us on February 1. Margaret has been on a few assignments but the one that she is on now and has been on since August 30, 2017, truly has adopted her as part of their family. Margaret is a special lady that brings so much love to all of her assignments. Margaret is kind and soft spoken and has dedicated her life to caring for others. Margaret has a smile that wraps around you like a hug. We all could learn from Margaret. Congratulations Margaret Jorina Janga has been with Home Helpers since May of 2014. Jorina started as a live-in caregiver but now does hourly work. Jorina works six days a week caring for a lovely couple that has repeatedly told us they could not manage without her. Jorina is so dedicated to Home Helpers and to her clients that regardless of what is going on for her, she always manages to get to her assignments. Weather, car issues, etc., Jorina will be on her assignment. Jorina is highly skilled and is able to put any and all clients at ease. Jorina is excellent with clients that are memory impaired. She has so much patience and love to give. Truly a remarkable caregiver. Congratulations Jorina.

Home Helpers of Lehigh Valley Awarded “Best of Home Care Provider of Choice” for 2018

Home Helpers of Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh Valley has recently won “Best of Home Care Provider of Choice” for 2018. The company has won the award 2 years in a row, for both 2017 and 2018. The Best of Home Care Providers is given to home care companies across the county based up client satisfaction ratings of over 90% . The surveys are conducted by an independent 3rd Party, Home Care Pulse that is a leader in satisfaction research. Our company takes pride in knowing that we provide a high quality of care for our clients and their family members.

Caregivers of the Month for January, 2018

Congratulations to Colleen Homer and Ann Klaski! Colleen Homer has been with HH’s since May of 2008. In the almost 10 years that Colleen has been with us, she has been named the “Queen of short shifts” and is known to pitch in on VERY short notice when the office needs her help. Colleen has had the honor and the privilege in the ten years that she has been a caregiver that she has met and cared for 207 clients working an average of 47 hours a week typically working six days a week. We are so appreciative of Colleen’s kindness and dedication to our clients and to Home Helpers. Congratulations to Colleen. Ann Klaski has been with HH’s since April of 2008. Ann has been through a lot with HH’s both professionally and personally. We have been honored over the years to assist Ann with taking care of her own family members. Ann works six days a week with one client and has been with that client since October 25, 2013. Way to go Ann! In the almost ten years that Ann has been with us she has had the pleasure to meet and work with 30 different clients. Ann is a pleasure to have on the team. Congratulations to Ann.

Congratulations to Shaniece Samedy and Shamika Jean-Philippe

Shamika and Shaniece have been working with Home Helpers clients in the Lehigh Valley while pursuing their LPN Degree through Lincoln Technical Institute in Allentown. Home Helpers partners with Lincoln Tech in welcoming their students to seek employment while they are attending classes. The flexible scheduling Home Helpers offers as well as on the job training and support enabled both women to continue working while they completed their degrees. Congratulations to Shamika and Shaniece. Both ladies will make wonderful LPN’s and have had on-the-job training already!

Caregivers of the Month for December, 2017

Congratulations to Carmin Smith and Faye Dillard for being nominated and chosen for December caregiver’s of the month. Carmin Smith is a full-time caregiver that has been with HH’s since May of 2015. Carmin has a genuinely warm disposition about herself and she truly brings such happiness to all of her clients. Carmin’s kindness extends beyond just her client, she also understands that her role is to “Make Life Easier” for the family members as well. Carmin has a smile that lights up a room and makes you want her to come back day in and day out. Congratulations Carmin and please keep up the good work, it is a pleasure to have you on the team. Faye Dillard has been with HH’s since April of 2012. Throughout the years Faye has contributed with the care for many clients but her current client that she is with for 40 hours a week, absolutely adores her. Her client states she does not know what she would do without Faye. She is considered part of the family. Faye has a big heart and truly loves her client(s). Faye goes above and beyond and family members often express their gratitude. Faye is an excellent communicator and keeps her team and the office up to date when there is a change with the client or the client home. Faye is a pleasure to work with and is always willing to help when she can. Congratulations Faye! Thank you for your five years of service and thank you for your dedication to Home Helpers and to our clients.

Caregivers of the Month for November, 2017

Congratulations go out to Denise Manswell and Hilda Genao for being nominated and winning the CG of the month aware for November. Denise has been with Home Helpers since April of 2012. While averaging close to 45 hours a week with HH’s, Denise is also pursuing her nursing degree. She hopes to graduate in the Spring of 2018. We commend Denise for her hard work. Denise is kind, gentle, and understanding of the aging process that her clients go through. Denise understands what boundaries she has to put in place to ensure that her clients’ are safe. Denise participates in 100% of the in-services and meetings that HH’s invites her to. She also brings her daughter to the family events. Congratulations Denise and thank you for all that you do. Hilda Genao has been with HH’s since August of 2016. In the time Hilda has been with us, she has made a strong connection with her desire to be a non-medical homecare caregiver. We have heard many touching stories about the “above and beyond” care that Hilda gives to her clients. Most recently she lost one of her clients and she told me it was such an honor to have known him and his family. Hilda went to the funeral and she was honored by the family. Hilda has a big heart that overflows with compassion. Her kind and gentle approach is always appreciated and remembered. Congratulations Hilda and thank you for all that you do.

Winner from Alzheimer's Walk

Congratulations to H. Knapp, winner of the Home Helpers 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's crochet blanket. Home Helpers collected names during the walk for the free raffle. Members of the Fox News Team were on hand to pull the winning ticket. Tom Krupp, from the Lansdale PA office was there to present the blanket to the winner. The walk was held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia PA.

Caregivers of the Month for October, 2017

Congratulations to Maribel Gonzalez and Karim Abdul Tarab for being named Employees of the Month for October! I apologize on my delay in getting this fabulous announcement out to you all. Maribel has been with Home Helpers since June of 2013. Maribel basically works six days a week. Maribel states this is the perfect job for her because she can work her schedule around her daughter’s schedule. Maribel loves caring for multiple people throughout her work week. She enjoys the conversations and learning from her clients. Maribel is a kind and compassionate caregiver that prides herself in truly “Making Life Easier” for our clients. We enjoy Maribel’s sense of humor and upbeat personality. You would never know if Maribel is having a bad day. She is all smiles, all the time! Congratulations to Maribel. Karim Abdul Tarab has been with Home Helpers since March of 2009. He primarily has been a live-in but at times he has done some hourly shifts. Karim has dabbled in other ventures throughout his time with us but he always find his way home to HH’s. Karim is a gentle soul that takes great pride in the well-being of not only his clients but the family members. Karim is a very skilled CG that does not back down from any challenging situation. Karim’s compassion and respectful approach is an excellent fit for our clients. Congratulations to Karim.

Chief Executive Office and President’s Pride in Partnership Award

The Lehigh Valley office of Home Helpers recently received the Chief Executive Office and President’s Pride in Partnership Award for the 2nd Quarter of 2017. The award was presented to Maggie Dominici, Melony Horn and Jennifer Orloski, on October 18, 2017 for their work with Lincoln Tech.

Dancing through the Decades

Home Helpers sponsored the Lehigh Valley Aging in Place "Dancing through the Decades" at the Fearless Firehall in Allentown. The event was on Thursday October 12, 2017 with approximately 300 participants.

Lehigh Valley Alzheimer's Walk

Members for our Lansdale and Bethlehem offices, attended the Lehigh Valley Alzheimer’s Walk on September 30, 2017. The team, “Making Life Easier” raised over $1200 for the Alzheimers Association. Those participating are Melony and Olivia Horn, Bath Michelle and Larry Shoemaker, Hellertown Cristina Kwant, Allentown Marc Levin, Lansdale and Heather Bernstein, Philadelphia Vince, Maggie and Cali “paws for a cause” Dominici, Bethlehem

Caregivers of the Month for September, 2017

We are proud to announce that Maisa Duerr, Jennifer Henderson, Gina Rossetti, Cristina Kwant, and Shamina Floyd were chosen as the winners for September. Congratulations ladies!

Healthy Aging Presentation

Maggie Dominici and Melony Horn, from our Bethlehem office did a Healthy Aging presentation on Thursday at Country Meadows Retirement Community in Bethlehem. The presentation was given to the residents with some advice on the aging process. Residents participated by sharing personal experiences and memories with each other.

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