A second-generation family physician with 30 years of working experience, Dr. Rolf W. Meinhold works together with CaraVita Home Care to put their patients first. Dr. Meinhold specializes in heart disease and diabetes prevention through weight management and nutrition. As a fluent speaker of both English and German, Dr. Meinhold enjoys communicating helpful, positive practices to patients such as discovering and maintaining a healthy diet.
Jazzmine Patterson has been working for CaraVita Home Care for a year now. She has shown herself to be a dependable and compassionate caregiver. Recently, she was nominated by a family member in Roswell, Ga for the care and attention she gave to their mother. The client’s relative even stated the following:
Connecting never goes out of style and seniors are making their presence known on the Internet. The Pew Research Center has shown that Internet use among those 65 and older grew a staggering 150% between 2009 and 2011, the largest growth in any demographic group. Additionally, their 2012 study showed that of those that go online, 71% do so daily and 34% use social media regularly. If social media is a house party, seniors might have shown up fashionably late but they are here to stay late and have a good time. Seniors are enthusiastic when it comes to staying connected with friends and family.
Each year, the administrative team here at CaraVita Home Care selects one caregiver from the previous year to celebrate as the Caregiver of the Year. This caregiver has shown an outstanding level of work performance over the last year and exceptional dedication and professionalism in representing CaraVita. They demonstrate CaraVita’s core values of Wellness, Excellence, Communication, Attention to Detail, Engagement and Integrity. They must have been a CaraVita employee for at least one full year, and have previously been awarded the Caregiver of the Month award.
Topics: Caregiver of the Month
Caregiver burnout is a state of exhaustion that affects a person's physical, emotional, and mental health and leads to a change of demeanor and attitude. This condition affects family caregivers who have taken on too much responsibility (either physically or financially) in caring for a loved one and are not getting the help they need. Symptoms of this burnout are fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression.
According to the U.S Census Bureau in 2014, 11 million people aged 65 or older live alone. That is 28% of the senior population, and as people continue to age, their likelihood of living alone also increases. While living alone does not immediately mean that someone will experience social isolation – it certainly increases the chance. In addition to living alone, lack of transportation can also dramatically increase the likelihood of social isolation. In fact, according to AARP, 41% of seniors feel that their current transit does not fit their needs.
Topics: Social Wellness
Cynthia has been working for CaraVita for about a year now and has already made a lasting impact on her clients. Her thoughtfulness and attention to detail are just some of the reasons Cynthia was nominated for our December caregiver of the month award. The client she is with right now said, "By far, Cynthia is the best caregiver I have ever had. She makes every effort to take care of all the small things and goes far above and beyond the things I ask her. Many times, she has done things before I can even ask her. She takes such good care of me and I don’t know what I would do without her!”
Topics: Caregiver of the Month
Dropping everything and becoming a caregiver for an aging relative can be very challenging, so it is a relief to know you have access to high-quality, professional assistance for your loved one when you are not able to be there. However, it is an added expense that you might not have been planned on. In some cases, your parent or relative may have the funds readily available to cover the cost. In other situations, you or the person needing care may have to look at alternative options for paying for home care services.
Often times the holiday season can bring to light a loved one’s variety of difficult behaviors. While the holidays are a joyous time that can be meaningful and enriching for all, it can also cause anxiety or confusion for someone living with Alzheimer’s. Interruption in routine, loud noises, and stimulation during family visits can be difficult on both loved ones with memory impairments and the family caregiver.
For seniors in need of assistance, home care services can make a huge difference in the quality of their life. Services provided may include: in-home assistance with meals, grooming, transportation, bathing, and continence care. For someone who struggles with these necessary daily tasks, home care agencies, like CaraVita Home Care, provide a great option to allow seniors to remain at home.
Topics: home care