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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

The Home Helpers of Media office volunteered yesterday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Home Helpers staff were assigned to the Tea Cart Concession and served patrons a variety of tea sandwiches, pastries and hot and cold beverages. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is now the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the country. Each year in May, thousands of volunteers come together to staff the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. It has become one of the largest volunteer run fundraising efforts in the country with the proceeds benefitting Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation. The Foundation supports charitable and educational purposes of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. In addition, the Foundation’s primary beneficiary is Bryn Mawr Hospital. For additional information about the Devon Horse Show visit: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/devon-horse-show/ For additional information about the Home Helpers of Media office visit: https://www.homehelpershomecare.com/media/home

Personalized Care For Individuals With Developmental & Intellectual Differences

Caring for individuals with developmental and intellectual differences 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 and intellectual differences include any condition that is due to physical, learning, language or behavioral issues. In the U.S., one out of every six children has a developmental or intellectual difference 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 these differences, along with older adult Caregivers, will merge to incur additional weight on families and their ability to provide proper care. At Home Helpers of Media, we underst

Senior Nutrition

No matter our age, we’re all more aware of the impact proper nutrition makes in living a healthy life. But that doesn’t mean we always make the right choice when it comes to eating properly. And if we don’t eat properly in the early and middle stages of our life, then it’s almost guaranteed there will be health consequences later. The key is to not start bad habits or, if we’re already victim to them, to make a lifestyle change and develop new habits that help us live healthier and simply feel better.

Home Helpers Job Fair - February 27

Date: February 27th Time: 11am – 3:00p Location: Homewood Suites, 12 Swedesford Rd. Malvern, PA 19355 Home Helpers: 610-358-1110

Every Month is Heart Month

Heart Month, which the U.S. has marked every February since the 1960s, is a great time for reminders about healthy diet, regular exercise routine, frequent doctor visits and sticking to medication guidelines. But following that advice can be one of the greatest challenges to heart health, especially among people over 65 living independently. Some of the most common factors that affect seniors’ healthy practices aren’t due to a lack of awareness, but the ability to follow through on them. For example, it’s one thing to tell an older loved one that doctor visits are important, but traveling to the doctor’s office on unfamiliar streets or in inclement weather can be a serious obstacle for older people. Scheduling, rescheduling and understanding clearly the advice of medical professionals are additional challenges. If the appointment results in a prescription or a referral to another professional, that requires another trip. Then there is the challenge of managing prescriptions; seniors who have multiple prescriptions can become confused about the timing and dosage of each one. Supporting the health, safety and security of our loved ones is our primary role as Caregivers, whether as family members or professionals. That requires assisting them in adhering to the practices and treatments recommended by their medical providers.

Recognizing the Need

Usually, recognizing the need for in-home assistance isn’t precipitated by a specific event. It happens gradually. And it can be a hard thing to admit to talk to an elderly loved on about. But needing help is not the same thing as giving up your independence. Nobody likes to ask for help and it’s even harder for someone who has spent a lifetime taking care others. You’re not alone. We’ve been there before, and we’ll be there with you. Because we’re in this together.

Cookie Day at Home Helpers

Today was cookie day at Home Helpers of Media, just in time for the holiday season!!! Home Helpers staff baked over 1000 cookies and assembled them into gift boxes and delivered the tasty treats to our valued clients and referral sources. Pictured next to the boxes of cookies are part of the cookie assembly team: Rachel Tomlin, Melissa Andrey, Barbara Hewitt and Kim Carroll.

Taking The Keys Away: Older Driver Safety Awareness

In 2014, nearly 5,700 senior drivers were killed and 221,000 were injured in traffic crashes. This number is only climbing as the years pass. Although Americans are healthier and living longer than ever before, seniors are outliving their ability to drive safely by an average of 7 to 10 years. This is primarily due to impairments in three functions that are important for driving—vision, cognition, motor function. The way aging adults want to determine when to stop driving differs; 30% of Americans 65 years or older prefer for their family to determine when it’s time, while 26% of Americans 65+ prefer to make the decision themselves. It’s hard to know which percentage your loved one will fall into, and Home Helpers is always here to help. 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.

Home Helpers - Proud Sponsor of the ALS Association’s Annual Dinner

Home Helpers was a proud sponsor of the ALS Association’s Annual Dinner on 11/28/18. The ALS Association’s mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

Caregiver Job Opportunities

HOME HELPERS STRIVES TO BE THE MOST TRUSTED AND RESPECTED PROVIDER OF HOME CARE SERVICES IN OUR AREA. Caregiver Job Opportunities - OPEN POSITIONS INCLUDE: Full time or part time HOURLY caregivers, Live-in caregivers, Weekend on-call caregivers. CARING AND COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS CAN APPLY ONLINE: www.jobsatmediahomehelpers.com OR CALL FOR APPOINTMENT – 610-358-1110

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 fulfills on 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.

We are currently hiring Home health Aides

Home Helpers of Western Delaware and Eastern Chester Counties strives to be the most Trusted and Respected provider of home care products and services in the area. We are currently hiring Home health Aides to assist with this goal. Apply now at: www.jobsatmediahomehelpers.com or Call 610-358-1110

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.

Home Helpers of Media - Proud Sponsor of Bringing Hope Home Divine 9 Golf Tournament

Home Helpers of Media has been a proud sponsor of Bringing Hope Home - Divine 9 Golf Tournament for the past 5 years. The Divine 9 was established by Jeff Dittus in memory of his father Morton, aka Mort, who passed away of cancer. This is an event to celebrate life, golf and a man who loved both. For more information about Bringing Hope Home and the Divine 9 please visit: http://bringinghopehome.org/

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.

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. Call us at 610-358-1110 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.

2018 Delaware County Senior Games

The Home Helpers office of Media and Drexel Hill are proud sponsor of the 2018 Delaware County Senior Games. On Friday June 15th, in support of the games and under beautiful sunny skies, Home Helpers provided athletes participating in Horseshoes with refreshments and soft pretzels. Pictured are participants in the heat of battle and Home Helper staff members, Aimee Capuzzi, Kim Carroll and Barbara Hewitt. Additional information about the Delaware County Senior Games can be found at: http://www.delcoseniorgames.org

JUNE IS PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) AWARENESS MONTH

While combat veterans are often the first people we think of in association with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), others who have been through a serious traumatic event can also develop PTSD. In addition to war zone exposure, triggering events can include physical or sexual assault; serious accidents; natural or man-made disasters (such as a terrorist attack); and torture. 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. I invite you to contact us at 610-358-1110 to schedule a free in-home consultation to learn how we can create a unique in-home 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 type of care we would want for our own loved one.

Summer Kick Off at the Residence of Glen Riddle

Home Helpers of Media hosted a "Summer Kick Off" at the Residence of Glen Riddle. Staff and residents enjoyed water ice, pretzels and the sounds of summer via Juke Box John!!!

The Benefits of Therapy Animals for Seniors

Home Helpers of Media recently sponsored a presentation at a local retirement community on the benefits of therapy animals for seniors. Attendees of the presentation learned the many benefits that therapy animals can provide seniors. Barbara Hewitt, RN, and Regional Manager for Home Helpers of Media stated, "More and more often animals are being utilized for therapeutic purposes at senior facilities. Therapy animals are used to promote health and healing for seniors of any age range or health condition, whether they are depressed, chronically ill or have ongoing disabilities". In addition to learning the many benefits therapy animals provide, attendees also had the opportunity to meet and pet "Chad" a trained therapy dog.

Home Helpers Career Fair

Tuesday, April 17, 10:00a to 4:00p @ Home Helpers of Media 327 W. Baltimore Pk. Chester Heights, PA 19017. All qualified candidates welcomed and all existing employees are encouraged to refer appropriate candidates. Please refer good caregivers to this event. We will double the employee referral bonus for any candidate that you refer to the career fair that we hire!!! For a job description and pre-requisites please visit: http://www.jobsatmediahomehelpers.com/

We Are Hiring

Attention College Students, CNA's, and Caregivers - We Are Hiring Come and talk with us about job opportunities in Chester County with Home Helpers. Must have your own transportation, a valid driver's license and auto insurance. Date: February 13th Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: West Chester Public Library 415 N. Church Street West Chester, PA 19380 Home Helpers: 610.358.1110

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