Pictured here is Frank Esterle, partner in Home Helpers, with Suzanne Owens, CEO of Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA. Home Helpers is the preferred home care provider on Peter Becker Community’s campus, and this event was the annual Benevolent Fund Dinner celebration. Home Helpers is a major donor to the Benevolent Fund, which covers resident costs during extreme financial hardships.
Home Helpers was proud to be a gold sponsor of the 7th Annual Elder Abuse ConferenceHome Helpers was proud to be a gold sponsor of the 7th Annual Elder Abuse Conference on Friday, June 14th, at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. This event was produced by the Elder Access to Justice Roundtable, which serves the entire population of Montgomery County. This year’s conference was entitled “Elder Financial Abuse: Who You Gonna Call?” and was timed to coincide with, and recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th.
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.
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.
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.
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, personal care, homemaker services, transportation and much more.
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.
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.
Home Helpers is seeking compassionate individuals to provide non-medical in home care to seniors. Join us for our Career fair on Saturday November 3rd from 10-2 at 213 N. Broad St in Lansdale PA. We'll be conducting on the spot interviews. No experience required, training provided, flexible schedules, competitive wages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 215.631.9126 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.
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 Lansdale, 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.
Home Helpers was pleased to support and sponsor the Broad Street ReRun on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Broad Street ReRun is a chip-timed 5-mile race down Lansdale's South Broad Street. The race is held shortly after Philadelphia's 10-mile race. All proceeds from this year's Broad Street ReRun will benefit The Community Health & Youth Foundation, an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Montgomery County. Each year, the run is planned and coordinated by staff and ownership of the Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute (PTW) of Lansdale, PA. The runners pictured above include Home Helpers’ Outreach Manager, Mandy Delp, Home Helpers’ IT Consultant, Peter Kraynak (of WebGuy724) along with his daughter, and friend of Home Helpers, Danielle Bridge, owner of Bridge The Gap. The torrential rains did not dampen their spirts!
Featured is Home Helpers’ Regional Manager, Joy Dolan, Staffing Coordinator, Christie Scott, and Donna Esterle, attending the Welcome Reception of the 2018 Flower Show at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA. Donna joined her husband, Frank Esterle, owner of Home Helpers, to the function. Proceeds of the Flower Show, which is an enormous effort of the residents of the community, benefit the Benevolent Fund for Peter Becker residents. Home Helpers is the preferred provider of home care services on Peter Becker’s campus, and the premier sponsor of the event.
Pictured here is the Home Helpers’ table at the Penn State University job fair that was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Abington, PA. Rachel Troutman (Human Resources Rep) and Patti Soisson (Director of Operations) attended the event to recruit caregivers throughout Montgomery and Bucks Counties.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Maribel Gonzalez and Karim Abdul Tarab for being named Employees of the Month for October! 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.
Congratulations once again to Maryann Boyce and Alice Wiekel for being chosen as the Caregiver’s of the Month for August. We are super proud of you! Thank you for everything. Maryann has been employed with HH’s since February of 2009! Eight years with us! Maryann is also a full-time employee with HH’s and she was one of the first CG’s that started that program with us. While employed with us Maryann obtained here c.n.a. license and has truly dedicated herself to caring for people. Maryann has been with some difficult clients and has been involved in many difficult client situations. She has had her fair share of surprises while with us and we are so grateful to have her on the team. Alice Weikel – she is coming up on her two year anniversary with HH’s (September 23). Due to her location, Alice has been able to help all three teams out over the years. Alice is highly skilled and has been very well received by her clients. While with HH’s, Alice completed her Bachelor’s Degree through the University of Phoenix and she continues to enjoy her CG’ing role. Alice is able to work with some of our most difficult clients and is able to make lemonade out of the lemons. Alice is also a full-time employee with us.
Congratulations to Colleen Weaver and Marie Bargor for receiving the Caregiver of the Month award for July, 2017. Colleen was hired on September 7, 2004! She is one of our first caregivers and we are so proud of her dedication to Home Helpers and to her clients. In the 13 years that she has been with us, she has worked 6680 shifts and over 13,500 hours with approximately 84 different clients. Wow! In the time that she has been with us, she obtained her C.N.A. (2009) and she is currently working toward her MA certification. Colleen has several funny stories about various different clients. We all enjoy “walking down memory lane” with Colleen. Thank you Colleen for everything and congratulations! Marie was hired as a live-in caregiver in October of 2013. In the four years that Marie has been with us she has had several clients but her most recent client, she has been with for over two years. The family has embraced Marie and truly has become a part of their family. Marie and her client interact daily like they are long lost friends. We are so very proud of Marie and all of her accomplishments. Thank you Marie for all that you do. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Samina Khan, a 6+year employee of Home Helpers, being recognized for her selection as Caregiver of the Month for June, 2017, with owner, Frank Esterle, in the Home Helpers office in Lansdale, PA. And congratulations to Pat Sewack, a 5+-year employee of Home Helpers, who is also being recognized for Caregiver of the Month for June 2017, with her Client, Mr. K, in Lansdale, PA.