HomeWell Care Services is known across Florida and beyond for providing in-home care that focuses on safety, comfort, and companionship. We have a team of caregivers who are genuinely passionate about being there to help the seniors of Southwest Florida keep their independence and dignity as they age. If your elderly loved one cannot stand the idea of being in an assisted living center, or if you do not have the resources to move them into your own home, call HomeWell Care Services at 239-666-2339 to see how our senior care services can help.
Strafford, Texas, November 17, 2022 Tania Manrresas story is a familiar one for many immigrants to the United States reports HomeCare Magazine. In her native country of Cuba, she was a highly qualified nurse working a hospital settinghowever, the government of Cuba refused to release her credentials when she emigrated almost 20 years ago, so she could not pursue patient care in the medical setting.For a time, she worked as a dog sitter to make ends meet, but then she found her place in homecare, eventually landing at a HomeWell Care Services franchise in Stafford, Texas.Vaishali Nileshwar, owner of the Stafford franchise, reached out to Manrresa in early 2021, she said.I have a couple of months not taking on any additional patients following the death of a patient, she said. But she is still drawing a wage. It was a good decision to work with Vaishali.Manrresa said that helping her patients achieve their goals is her favorite part of the job. She relayed the story of a patient that couldnt walk very well and was in physical therapy. She helped that patient with their exercises and acted as a cheerleader.Every job with my patients, in one month, I have them walking again, she said; her daughter helped her translate during her interview with HomeCare.My patients are super important. Its good for them to have their caregivers full attention.She would like to pursue further certifications in nursing and patient care in the United States so that she can provide more specialized care when its needed.She said that its always a good day when she can see her patients happy and in good condition, and the additional training would help ensure more of those good days.Manrresa, a native Spanish speaker, said one of her biggest challenges is with communicating in English, but she said she and her patients manage to understand each other and build a rapport nonetheless.Her colleagues also pointed out that Manrresas clients always ask for her to return.Thats not surprising, considering the effort she puts into caring for her patients. This year, she helped one woman who was advised by her oncologist to avoid using fertilizer due to their cancer treatments maintain their passion for gardening at the height of Texas summer with 100-degree-plus temperatures. The client would verbally guide Manrresa through pulling weeds and taking care of her plants, and the clients family sent the agencys owners images of the beautiful, nutritious meals that Manrresa would prepare after gardening.For another, Manrresa parked her car and walked two miles to reach a client when roads were closed for the Chevron Houston marathonin mid-January when the temperature dropped to freezing, which is extreme for a south Texas winter.These are just two examples of Tanias tremendous heart and commitment to caring for her clients, Andrew Hurst, communications manager at HomeWell, wrote in his nomination of Manrresa.She was recognized with HomeWell Care Services Heart of HomeWell award for her efforts. Tania was initially quite shy and conscious of her strong accent when she joined HomeWell, Hurst wrote in her nomination. Still, her intuition and natural ability as a nurturer led her to become a highly sought-after caregiver.Click here to read the article from HomeCare Magazine and view other HomeCare Heroes finalists.ABOUT HOMEWELL CARE SERVICESHomeWell Care Services, franchised by HomeWell Franchising Inc., provides personal care, companionship, and home maker services for seniors and other homebound individuals, so they can remain safely in the comfort of wherever they call home. HomeWell is committed to helping people live life more fully and offers special programs for fall prevention, post-medical care, and life enrichment.HomeWell Franchising Inc. is a premier franchisor with over 50 locations representing over 100 territories across the United States. The company has a strong pipeline of new agencies set to open. HomeWell has been recognized as a Franchise Business Review Top 100 low investment franchise and an Inc. 5000 company. For more information on HomeWell or to explore franchise opportunities, visit HomeWell Care Services or HomeWell Care Services Franchising.
Working in home care provides a quiet feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment knowing that, on some level, you are helping people age gracefully in place, regain their health, or fill a temporary but immediate need. This holds true whether you work at a corporate level, office management level, or directly with the client. But no one experiences these feelings more directly than our caregivers, and no one deserves the satisfaction more than they do.I have worked in many industries over the years and while there is certainly a sense of pride that comes with any company who is on their own mission and searching for a job well done, I can tell you the pride pales in comparison to in-home care. Home care isnt something the average person thinks about every day and I suspect most people dont know much about it until they are in need of it, either for themselves or a loved one. What Ive learned from our caregivers, either anecdotally or from seeing it first-hand, is that caregiving isnt any old job to them; its a calling. And the value these individuals bring to the families they work for is immeasurable.In-home care is more than visiting an elderly person and checking the to-dos off a list and heading off to the next house. Our caregivers build relationships with their clients by getting to know them on a personal level. This not only provides companionship and personal fulfillment, but it allows the caregiver to better assess the needs of the client. While the majority of clients are elderly, HomeWell provides support to many adult clients under the age of 65 for a variety of reasons. Lets take a look at a handful of caregiver scenarios:Carol is a caregiver. This morning shell arrive at the home of Joe and Sondra Stewart for Couples Care. On the way, she stops at the local grocery to pick up some fresh produce and a handful of other pantry staples. She knows that Joe loves fresh blueberries, and when she brings them, shes certain to hear his stories of him picking blueberries at his grandmothers farm when he was growing up for the 50th time, but thats okay. Hes been showing more signs of dementia lately, and the memories are good to talk about. She selects some bell peppers for Sondrathe orange ones are her favoriteand plans to make them western omelets this morning for breakfast. After breakfast, shell help them place a video call to their daughter who lives two states away so they can talk to her and see their newborn grandson. Carol will complete some of her other duties while theyre on their call including laundry, kitchen clean-up, making sure the floor is clear of trip hazards, a review to make sure theyve been on track with their medications, and takes note of what else may need to be done later in the week. When theyre done talking to their daughter, Carol spends time with them and asks questions while doing her tasks. This not only helps build their friendship, but helps Carol assess their needs and level of wellness. She preps a lunch for them and places it in the fridge before she leaves. Shell be back in two days.Stephen is an RN. While he works part time at a medical practice, he knows non-medical in-home care is an integral piece of the continuum of care puzzle, so he also works part time as an in-home caregiver. His current client is participating in the GoHomeWell program which helps clients get back on their feet and regain independence after a lengthy illness, hospital, or rehab facility stay.This particular client, Robert, is only 32, but he just had Achilles surgery on his right foot, so he cant drive. Stephen takes Robert to his post-medical check-ups and rehab appointments, picks up his prescriptions, and performs tasks around the house that are more difficult to do these days, including walking his dog. Robert has friends and family that are able to help him as their schedule allows, but he doesnt want to impose and truly relies on Stephen who can keep a consistent and reliable schedule. Stephens hours with Robert will lessen over time as he regains his strength and needs less assistance. They will part ways once Robert gets the all-clear from his doctor to walk and drive safely and independently.Stephen has assisted many clients in the past who participated in the GoHomeWell program; particularly senior and elderly patients who have been hospitalized from illness and falls.Tanya is a caregiver who has been assisting the Harris family for the past six months. She was hired by Mrs. Harris daughters who live nearby and help their mother daily, but they both have young families and look to HomeWell to provide respite care. What is respite care? Its a common industry term that most consumers may not know. In everyday laymans terms, its a much-needed break from dealing with the day-to-day challenges family caregivers face.Mrs. Harris lost her husband two years ago and her daughters have seen a steady decline in their mothers mental and physical health ever since. The past eight months have been particularly challenging with unhealthy eating and mismanagement of her diabetes, missed medications, brief hospital stays, and even a broken shoulder from a fall. The daughters look to Tanya to assist their mother three days a week while they tend to their families at home. She helps with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, assistance with personal hygiene, medication reminders, healthy food prep, and any other area the family needs extra support with that week. In addition to providing the in-home care that is needed, Tanya and Mrs. Harris also enjoy playing cards together, and Tanya has introduced her to the wonderful world of listening to podcasts.These are just a few examples of how our caregivers provide home care support to the families who need us. Scenarios like these could fill a book. The home care industry and its caregivers are truly the unsung heroes of our time. From Alzheimers and assisting those with chronic illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, and ALS to the lighter side of home care like companionship and everything in between, our caregivers are there where and when theyre needed. Its not a glamorous life, but it is a life of enrichment, purpose, and service that doesnt receive near enough clout as it should. Perhaps the home care industry could use a writer like Nicholas Sparks to truly do it justice so America can take it all in with a box of tissues and a full heart.
For seniors living with dementia, finding meaningful and engaging activities can be a challenge. However, creating a home environment that evokes joy, connection, and fulfillment can make all the difference in ensuring they experience a healthy quality of life.In this blog, we explore seven activities proven to enhance cognitive function, stimulate the senses, and promote emotional well-being for seniors with dementia. Whether youre seeking to improve cognitive function, enjoy new experiences in your golden years, or looking for ways to connect with your aging loved one, these activities can help make time spent at home or with each other fun and rewarding.1. Reminiscence TherapyTake a trip down memory lane and unlock precious moments from the past. Gather old photo albums, listen to music from your younger years, or flip through magazines from your era. As you immerse yourself in nostalgia, youll discover some golden memories waiting to be shared. Reminiscing not only helps seniors with dementia preserve their sense of identity but studies have also shown that it helps with healthy aging. So, dust off those albums and prepare for a fun journey filled with laughter, tears, and heartwarming stories.2. Art ActivitiesEngaging in art activities can help unlock your inner creativity and provide a means of expression for seniors with dementia. Painting, drawing, and sculpting can stimulate cognitive function, improve dexterity, and foster self-expression. Consider setting up a dedicated art space in the house with watercolors, coloring books, or clay supplies to inspire you when creativity strikes, and dont worry if your artwork doesnt end up in a museum; the process itself is where the magic happens.3. Light Exercise and MovementEngaging in light exercises and movement activities is essential for seniors with dementia. Whether its chair yoga, stretching, or guided walks, physical activity improves circulation, flexibility, and overall well-being. Plus, its an excellent way to reduce agitation and restlessness often associated with dementia. So, grab a comfy chair and put on your favorite workout tunes or step your way to a healthier and happier you!4. Nature-based ActivitiesStep outside and let nature work its wonders on your well-being. Nature-based activities like taking leisurely walks in the park, tending to a small garden, or simply sitting in a peaceful outdoor setting can positively impact seniors with dementia. The natural worlds sights, sounds, and smells can evoke positive emotions, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being. Just remember, even if you dont have a green thumb, the plants wont judge youtheyre too busy growing and enjoying the sunshine themselves!5. Pet TherapyInteractions with animals can bring immense joy and emotional support to seniors with dementia. Arrange visits from therapy animals or consider adopting a gentle and trained companion, such as a therapy dog or cat. The presence of animals has been proven to reduce anxiety, increase social engagement, and stimulate memories and conversations. Pets can also provide a sense of unconditional love and companionship and a unique feeling of purpose and connection. So why not cuddle up and let their wagging tails or soothing purrs bring you comfort and joy?6. Volunteer Work or Community Engagement Engaging seniors with dementia in volunteer work or community activities can also provide a sense of purpose and belonging. Look for local organizations or community centers offering volunteer opportunities tailored to seniors. This could include activities like packing care packages for the less fortunate, participating in community events, or joining a senior center group. Contributing to the community not only helps combat social isolation but also boosts self-esteem, improves mood, and promotes a sense of accomplishment.7. Music TherapyTap into the power of music and let your soul dance to its melodies! Whether youre listening to familiar songs or playing musical instruments, music therapy can reach individuals with dementia on a deep emotional level. Create personalized playlists featuring songs from your youth or organize sing-along sessions. Feel the rhythm, hum along, and let the melodies transport you to a place of joy and peace. Music has a magical way of evoking memories, enhancing mood, and reducing anxiety!Life Enrichment with HomeWell Care ServicesEngaging activities for seniors with dementia are vital to promoting cognitive function, emotional well-being, and a sense of fulfillment. By incorporating reminiscence therapy, gentle exercises, or any of the other activities mentioned above, you can create meaningful moments of joy and connection that resonate with you or your loved one diagnosed with dementia.At HomeWell Care Services, we understand the importance of seniors reaping the benefits of fun activities. Thats why we created our Life Enrichment Activities Program or LEAP. If youre worried that you or a loved one may need some extra help enjoying the things they love, contact us about our LEAP program today.