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Spotlight On Our Caregivers-Jillian

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Jamie

Spotlight-JillianArmistead Senior Care continues to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. 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. Today’s spotlight belongs to Jillian.

Although Jillian has only been with Armistead since June, she is a highly motivated young woman. She has recently earned her LNA license and has applied to enter nursing school this fall. Jillian comes from a family of nurses and ultimately, she would like to become a Certified Geriatric Nurse.


Jillian has strong family roots and deep connections with her extended family; respect and compassion were fostered from a young age. She fondly recalls spending Sundays with a beloved family member in her nineties.


Jillian was an important part of her Thetford Academy basketball team, culminating with the team winning the Vermont Division III State Championships in her senior year. With a love for sports and coaching, she enrolled at Coastal Carolina University to study Business and Sports Management. Ultimately, she decided that wasn’t for her and she returned home geared towards a new path.


Jillian loves to cook and bake, for both her family and her clients. She bakes a lot of muffins and scones for all and enjoys making stews and chowders. Jillian goes above and beyond for her clients; she incorporates servings for them when cooking at home. She loves arriving with food her clients especially like as it puts a smile on their faces, which in turn, puts a smile on Jillian’s.


When not cooking, baking, studying, walking with her two dogs, and Caregiving, Jillian also volunteers as a youth basketball coach. This season she will coach 5th and 6th grade boys on the school level plus 5th and 6th girls in the AAU basketball league.


Jillian really loves her job and her clients. She enjoys meeting people, hearing about their life experiences and learning from them. The most important qualities of a Caregiver according to Jillian are patience, understanding, and flexibility because every client is different and every day is different.


We are grateful for Jillian’s dedication and skill as an Armistead Caregiver. Thank you, Jillian!

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!


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

Back to School With Alzheimer’s

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Jamie

Alzheimer’s in School

back to schoolIt’s September – school is back in session and I recently came across a few articles I want to share. The first, from Colorado Public Radio about intergenerational learning where a group of seventh graders in Denver were involved in a service learning project featuring seniors with Alzheimer’s.

The second article is within the first one as a link to England’s Intergenerational Schools Project. In 2012, the UK Alzheimer’s Society began working on the Dementia4Schools Project as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. The project has become a comprehensive (and accredited) model for education in the classroom and in the community too. There are now hundreds of schools in England termed “dementia-friendly”.

The third features an inner-city charter school in Cleveland where residents of a local retirement community, including those with Alzheimer’s, are volunteers.

These are the facts:
• More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and that number is growing fast.
• Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease.
• One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.
• It is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. It is the 6th leading cause of death here.

Integrating Alzheimer’s education into the school curriculum makes so much sense, as we can see from the facts above, Alzheimer’s affects almost everyone in the U.S. directly or indirectly. Through education, our children would develop compassion and empathy while removing the isolation or stigma that having a family member with Alzheimer’s might otherwise cause. In addition, students would learn valuable social skills and create connections with a different generation. These connections would also benefit the older participant.
Resources for Kids (and You)

Even though we do not have a call to action here in the United States to educate our kids about Alzheimer’s in school, there are resources for you, your family and beyond. These are from the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center at the National Institute on Aging. Here are videos and resources for children and young people from the “Life with Alzheimer’s Disease” section of the Alzheimer’s Association website. Use the left column navigation to select books and videos by age.

Back to the facts: unfortunately, by 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds and the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. With this in mind, we owe it to every citizen to increase awareness and understanding for those moving through the stages of Alzheimer’s and their families, friends, neighbors and communities.

April is National Volunteer Month-Spotlight on Collie

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Jamie

Collie's Flowers

This delightful surprise of a bouquet was hand delivered to the Vermont office by Collie Chambers, another exceptional Armistead Caregiver.

As we thanked her and oohhed and aahhed over the beautiful bouquet, Collie told us of her latest volunteer effort: Vermont Recycles Flowers, which is a goodwill branch of Chappell’s Florist of South Burlington.

Diane, co-owner of Chappell’s, had the wonderful idea of creating new, fresh flower bouquets from “recycled” flowers, that had been left over and then generously donated from events, functions, and retail stores. The “recycled” flowers are brought to Chappell’s cooler from which their floral designers along with volunteers create lovely new bouquets which are then delivered and donated to local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools, churches, hospitals, and other local agencies and non-profit organizations. Vermont Recycles Flowers is always looking for donations of vases that you may have but are not using, so that they can have enough to fill with their beautiful bouquets. They can be dropped off at Chappell’s Florist on Williston Road.

Collie has always had a large garden and she often brought her own flowers to her clients. When she learned of Vermont Recycles Flowers, it seemed like a great fit. Collie really enjoys flower arranging and working alongside other volunteers to create new arrangements to distribute around Chittenden County.

Originally from Connecticut, Collie has a degree in Psychology from UConn. She had a long career in the printing business beginning at the Harvard Printing Office, where she learned all aspects of the business in order to service their customers. Needing to get out of the city, Collie and some friends headed west and landed in Aspen, Colorado where they enjoyed a wonderful winter skiing and working. When she came back east to Connecticut, she became a production manager for several magazines and then went onto Danbury Printing. Wanting to get out of the city again, she found a job at Lane Press in Burlington and moved to Vermont. Collie had a 26 year career at Lane Press, retiring in 2006.

In addition to volunteering at Vermont Recycles Flowers, Collie has been the leader of her neighborhood watch for 17 years, organizing their block party every year. Every pet Collie has had was a rescue; she currently has a beautiful older cat and an energetic young dog. She is a regular Red Cross blood donor with lifetime total of over 100 pints!

This October Collie will celebrate her tenth anniversary with Armistead Senior Care and we are very lucky to have her. She really enjoys being with her clients, providing meaningful companionship and assistance. Collie also says it is a great retirement job, with lots of flexibility and which fits her active lifestyle.

Thank you for ALL that you do, Collie, we truly appreciate you!

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