Archive for November, 2016

Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Maria

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Jamie

caregiver heartArmistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day.

 

Maria has been with Armistead since 2014 and feels that the most important qualities of a Caregiver are patience, empathy, and respect. She exhibits all of these important qualities while meeting and developing relationships with her clients-learning about their lives, providing assistance to them and honoring who they are now.

 
Her father was in the United States Information Agency, therefore Maria and her siblings grew up in such places as Thailand, Germany, and Iceland. She graduated from high school in Tokyo, Japan. In the U.S., Maria has lived in Boston, MA and on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated with a degree in Dance.

 
After college, Maria used her degree at the Kids Moving Company in Bethesda, Maryland. Her focus was on creative movement, motor development and dance with children two to 12 years of age. Maria has also been a Para Educator/Reading Tutor in elementary through high school settings. She has also worked with the developmentally disabled using visual motor integration.

 
Maria is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (PCMH) through Southern New Hampshire University. Ultimately, she is interested in helping people living through trauma.

 
In addition to her Caregiving with Armistead and her schoolwork, Maria is a volunteer with the Vermont chapter of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness where she helps run support groups and trains new facilitators.

 
During her limited free time, Maria enjoys walking and doing yoga for her mind and body. She carves time out of her busy schedule to spend time with special friends and family. Maria and her husband are grateful their son, a UVM graduate student in Applied Math and daughter, a Biochemistry major at Norwich University are still living at home, at least for the time being.

 

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We wish Maria all the best with her studies; we know she will make an excellent Counselor. For now, we are very lucky to have her and we are grateful for Maria’s dedication, skill and compassion as an Armistead Caregiver.

 

Thank you Maria!

 

Armistead NH Relocating to Alice Peck Day

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Armistead Admin

Armistead NH Relocating to Alice Peck DayArmistead Senior Care Relocating to the Alice Peck Day (APD) Memorial Hospital Homestead Building

Armistead Senior Care will relocate its Lebanon, NH office to the campus of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital on December 1, 2016.

Armistead will occupy the first floor of the Homestead Building at 127 Mascoma Street, joining APD’s gastroenterology, general surgery, occupational health, pain clinic, podiatry, plastic surgery, and urology clinics on the second and third floors.

The Homestead Building was the home of Mrs. Alice Peck Day, who bequeathed it to found the original Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in 1927. Since 1932, the Homestead Building (shown here) has continued to serve patients and the community in various capacities.

“At Armistead Senior Care, we are pleased and excited to be part of the continuum of care that APD provides,” said Annmarie Plant, RN, BA, CCM, CDP and President of Armistead Senior Care. “We look forward to continue assisting seniors in the Upper Valley by offering care and services in their homes from this new office in Lebanon,” she added.

“We are pleased to welcome Armistead to our campus,” said Todd Miller, VP and COO at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. “Their presence on our campus, along with the current construction of the Multi-Specialty Clinic, is positioning us to better serve the needs of our community, our patients, and residents of APD Lifecare,” he added.

About Armistead Senior Care

Armistead Senior Care is a locally owned full service company providing care to those aging in Vermont and New Hampshire since 1999. Armistead provides personal care, meal preparation, errands, transportation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, dementia care and more to allow seniors to remain at home. Armistead is committed to respecting the integrity, wisdom, and uniqueness of each and every client, offering peace of mind for them and their families.

About Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital

Since 1932, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has been the community hospital of the Upper Valley, delivering high-quality health care in a friendly environment where patients come first. Today, APD has more than 95,000 patient encounters from communities throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Long-known for providing highly personalized care, APD also offers a wide range of specialized services which include orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, pain management, primary and family care, senior care, and women’s care. Through APD’s affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2016, we affirm our commitment to creating a sustainable health system to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve for generations to come.

 

Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Ann

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Jamie

caregiver heartIn conjunction with National Family Caregiver Month, Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. Many started out by being a family caregiver and now they are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place.

 
This week the spotlight belongs to Ann. She has been an Armistead Caregiver since 2011 and earned our New Hampshire Caregiver of the Year Award for 2015.

 
Ann holds a BA in Children’s Literature & Elementary Education from Castleton State College. Some of her favorite children’s books are: The Wind in the Willows, Anne of Green Gables and works by Lewis Carroll. Throughout her education, she took quite a few Special Education classes, including assistive technologies for learning disabilities. Ann has worked at Vermont Technical College as an Adjunct Professor and in the Public Services Department.

 
Caregiver farmOutside of her work-life, she loves cooking, baking, and reading. Ann probably reads five or six books a week and loves her e-reader which enables her to carry hundreds of books in her purse. Her home life is pretty special, as she lives on and assists with her family’s multi-generational farm. Her community is also lucky to have her; she was elected to her local school board 10 years ago at the age of 23. Even with all the changes currently happening with education governance, she plans to stay on the board.

 
For Ann, the joy of being a Caregiver is helping her clients to remain independently in their homes. She really enjoys cooking for them using their recipes and favorite foods as a way to learn about and connect with them. Plus, she knows they are eating well and she is making a positive impact on their lives.
Ann is admittedly a people-person. She feels the most important qualities of a Caregiver are compassion and flexibility along with strong observation skills; these traits enable a Caregiver to provide the best care.

 
The first Caregiving job Ann held was at age 13 when she provided companionship as well as a safety presence to a relative on their farm. Ann and her relative sold sweet corn from their post on the front porch of the farmhouse. Ann grew up and went on to do other things but this experience obviously made a lasting impression on her. She really likes what she is doing with her life right now. In the future, Ann may pursue a Master’s Degree and go into Counseling or become a Chaplain, working in the hospice field. We are quite sure Ann would excel in either of those fields of care but for now, we are grateful for Ann’s dedication and skill as an Armistead Caregiver.

 

Thank you, Ann!Caregiver with Grandmother

Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Karey

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by Jamie

CaregiverIn conjunction with National Family Caregiver Month, Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. Many started out by being a family caregiver and now they are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place.

 

Karey has been with Armistead Senior Care for seven years and has been a Caregiver for nine. She enjoys getting to meet different people and getting to know them. Karey likes to be out and about, traveling to client’s homes and bringing them places. She really enjoys the connections that she makes with her clients. She considers the flexible schedule a bonus.
Important qualities of a Caregiver according to Karey are kindness, respectfulness, and compassion. She works hard to portray these qualities while working, being mindful of treating others the way she would want to be treated if she were in their position.
Karey grew up on a dairy farm in Craftsbury, Vermont, the youngest of five. She went on to study Elementary Education at the University of Vermont and then Lyndon State and ultimately received a Secretarial Specialist degree from Champlain College. She raised five children and is proud to have home schooled her children, before it was so popular.
Her previous careers have included teacher, postal worker, and real estate assistant and agent. She was the administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Vermont Mozart Festival for over six years-she enjoyed many wonderful concerts! Karey has been a Mary Kay consultant for 20 years; she attends Mary Kay New England Career Conferences and the Mary Kay Seminar in Dallas, Texas.
Karey’s mom had a gift shop and it was here that Karey acquired a love for quilts. She took a class and made her first quilt in 1986 and hasn’t stopped since. She is a member (and former President) of the Champlain Valley Quilting Guild. Karey and the Guild often do special quilt projects such as “Community Quilts” which are donated to agencies such as our local Ronald McDonald House, Lund Family Center, Hope Lodge and more. They have also donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation whose mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

 

The Guild also creates and donates quilts for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. These are referred to as activity, fidget, sensory or lap quilts. Karey generously brings them in so we can offer them to Armistead clients. The Guild also takes bus trips together that involve quilting; they have traveled to Gettysburg, PA, Paducah, KY (home of the National Quilt Museum, the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world) and Lancaster County, PA to name a few of their destinations.

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One of Karey’s most treasured creations was a lovely partnership. Her mom was more of a seamstress who also did applique. When her mom passed away, Karey found stacks of appliqued butterfly squares which were made out of scraps from flour and sugar sacks. Karey turned her mom’s squares into a quilt for herself and made one for her sister too.

 

Karey was our Vermont October GEM award winner. We are grateful for Karey’s dedication and skill as an Armistead Caregiver. Thank you Karey!               Spotligh

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by Jamie

November is National Family Caregivers Month

 
Family CaregiversBeing a Family Caregiver is hard work. I know this from experience. Family Caregiving is both deeply satisfying and stressful. It can be physically demanding and emotionally draining. You are with a loved one but often feel alone. Then there is the financial piece: this is not a paid position and there are no sick days or health insurance. When providing this unpaid care, your own financial future is at risk since zero contributions are going into social security or a retirement fund. Family Caregiving is a full-time invisible job, and for many, it may be in addition to working another full-time job.

 
I want you to know that you are not alone. There are resources for you, ways to connect with others, and advocacy happening on your behalf. I am hopeful that things will get better, and as a nation we will come to embrace the hard work of Caregiving. I hope that you can take care of you. One simple thing that was helpful to me was to take a walk, every day if possible and sometimes with a friend. Here are three resources, in their own words, you need to know about. Please carve out the time to explore them.
Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

 

Caregiver Action Network is the organization that chooses the theme for National Family Caregivers Month annually and spearheads celebration of NFC Month nationally.

Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:

• Raise awareness of family caregiver issues

• Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers

• Educate family caregivers about self-identification

• Increase support for family caregivers

The theme for National Family Caregivers Month November 2016 is “Take Care to Give Care”.

 

Next is The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. The Alliance conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues. Their mission: Recognizing that family caregivers provide important societal and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those they care for, the Alliance is dedicated to improving quality of life for families and their care recipients through research, innovation, and advocacy.

 
And last but not least is the Family Caregiver Alliance. Founded in the late 1970s, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. It began as a small task force of families and community leaders in San Francisco who came together to create support services for those struggling to provide long term care for a loved one who did not “fit” into traditional health systems: adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury and other debilitating disorders. The diagnoses were different, but the families shared common challenges: isolation, lack of information, few community resources, and drastic changes in family roles.

 
The services, education programs, and resources FCA provides are designed with caregivers’ needs in mind and offer support, tailored information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving. FCA, as a public voice for caregivers, shines light on the challenges caregivers face daily and champions their cause through education, services, and advocacy.

 
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