Archive for June, 2016

Armistead Senior Care

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Jamie

 

Armistead Senior Care is a local company with a local presence and a great reputation. We were founded in 1999 by Rachel Lee Cummings, while attending college in Vermont. Rachel is still involved with Armistead Senior Care as a member of our Board of Directors and she is currently Deputy Director of the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA). We have strong, deep, local roots because of Rachel’s passion regarding Caregiving.

Armistead is one of the oldest senior care agencies in the state of Vermont. Our exceptional Caregiver’s and staff have the greatest impact on the compassionate care we provide. We are committed to respecting the integrity, wisdom and uniqueness of each and every client we care for. We are honored to be a part of the lives of our clients’ and we are proud of our Caregiver’s.

 

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Our Founder, Rachel

A look at our recent Caregiver training sessions. These training’s cover a wide variety of topics, are very beneficial and usually a lot of fun!

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Our Management Team at a training from this past February.

The Day After The Longest Day

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Jamie

We participated in The Longest Day yesterday; it was a wonderful day to reflect on daily living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s.
Yesterday was the first of what will be an annual event on Church Street in Burlington. We were proud to walk alongside the Alzheimer’s Association, individuals, family members, Caregivers, and community members to shine a big purple spotlight on the difficulty of caring for those with this condition.

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As we marched down Church Street and rallied around the steps of City Hall, I was watching the face of the spectators. I saw some with puzzled looks on their faces, but I saw many who were nodding in a knowing manner; they were aware. For those who were puzzled and don’t know what it takes to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, it is truly hard to imagine. That is why we need events like The Longest Day- public displays of appreciation for Caregiver’s, their families and education for everyone.

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The Longest Day on Monday June 20th

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Jamie

This Monday, Armistead Senior Care is participating in The Longest Day, an Alzheimer’s Association® event held annually on the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. This event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their Caregivers.

 

We will be hosting a BBQ lunch at both our Vermont and New Hampshire locations for our Caregiver’s and community members. At 4:00 pm, we will attend the Rally on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington. Our purpose is to acknowledge & honor the compassion and dedication of the 30,000 unpaid VT Caregivers assisting their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. For many individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their Caregivers, every day can be the longest day.

 

At 5:00, wearing accents of purple in solidarity, we’ll march from the top of Church Street to the steps of City Hall. Upon arrival at City Hall, we’ll enjoy a brief and joyous program celebrating our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and their Caregivers. Featured speakers include Emcee Ginny McGehee, WJOY radio personality; Martha Richardson, Alzheimer’s Association executive director; and Nancy Sterns Bercaw, mission speaker, local author and Alzheimer’s advocate.

 

“Alzheimer’s disease is a thief in that it steals a person’s dignity and independence, and mental and physical health. We WILL find a cure for Alzheimer’s with your help. The Longest Day Rally on Church Street is free and open to the public but donations to the Alzheimer’s Association® are greatly appreciated.”

 

Let’s #GoPurple for Alzheimer’s Awareness! 

 

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Spotlight on Our Caregivers-May Rock Stars

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by Jamie

*Guest Blog Post today by Deena and Shannon, Armistead Client Services Coordinators*

What is a Rock Star?  Well…dictionary.com states: a rock-‘n’-roll star or celebrity in any field or profession, or anyone who is highly admired.  Here, at Armistead Senior Care, a Rock Star is also a Caregiver that provides consistent, professional and compassionate care to our clients.

Please help us in recognizing the following Caregivers for rockin’ it during the month of May!

New Hampshire: Brenda S and Josh S

Vermont: Polly G and Barbara P

Thank you Rock Stars ~ we Appreciate You!

The Cycles of Life Part 3

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by Jamie

The Cycles of Life 3

Time to begin gathering resources to assist you in this new cycle. The word “care” may begin to creep into your consciousness.

Let’s begin with resources. One option is to hire an Aging Life Care Manager as they can handle everything from a needs assessment to a move. Here at Armistead Senior Care, our three Aging Life Care Managers act as a liaison between clients and families who do and do not live close by, overseeing care and quickly alerting families to problems. They offer guidance and support with arranging and monitoring in-home help and services, crises intervention, hospital or rehab discharges, referrals to specialists, and moves to or from a retirement residence, assisted living community, or nursing home.

Local Agencies on Aging are a terrific resource. Many states have them or something similar. Here is a quick link to all Vermont locations. These non-profit agencies respond to the needs of elders and their families by offering information and assistance in many areas affecting our aging populations such as health insurance counseling, transportation, senior nutrition programs including meals on wheels, adult day programs, home health services, housing alternatives, exercise and wellness programs. In Chittenden County, we have the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging; it was a huge help to me and my aging loved ones.

Your state.gov website is also helpful; you just have to know where to look-

For example: Vermont.gov > Agency of Health and Human Services > Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. Programs, services and resources are listed under these headings.

In New Hampshire, it looks like this: NH.gov > Government > State Government > State Agencies > Health and Human Services Department > Divisions and Offices > Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services then onto ServiceLink Resource Centers. ServiceLink is designated as New Hampshire’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and NHCarePath administers programs and services.

Many states also have Senior HelpLines and other special phone numbers to call to help locate services and resources, for example, we have Vermont211.

As I mentioned earlier, there are many, many books devoted to the subject of eldercare. Books are always good resources. So are friends, co-workers, and extended family. You probably know a handful of people that are already assisting aging loved ones in some way or another. As a society, we choose not to discuss these matters but that needs to change. I have been able to be a resource for many of my friends. These are natural cycles; we should not feel alone in going through them.

 

 

 
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