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SYNERGY HomeCare of Broomfield, CO Blog


March 25, 2015

Charlotte, age 64, is part of the small group connections project I do weekly at her memory care community. Although her sentences are disjointed, and she has tremendous difficulty following directions, she enjoys being in the group. This week, at the finish of our make your own sandwich activity, I handed her the lids to the jelly jars, and to my surprise, she easily screwed them on. She also helped pull off the disposable table cloth, bundled it up, and put it in the trash. Small successes are a big deal for Charlotte.

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February 27, 2015

Learn what the movie “Still Alice” and Rementia Theory Have in Common.

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February 09, 2015

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  Many of our family members, friends, employees, and in home care clients at SYNERGY HomeCare of Broomfield know this statistic all too well.

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January 29, 2015

Rementia, an upward pathway, is promoted with I-You communication. Dementia, a downward spiral, is supported in the I-It relationship. Caregivers have a huge impact on the direction.

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January 22, 2015

Statistics show that about 35 percent of Americans are able to donate blood, but less than 10 percent actually do. It is believed that the reason for that number being so low is simple - people are not aware of the dire need for blood donations in our country. In January there are individuals and corporations everywhere doing their part in spreading awareness. We do our part at SYNERGY HomeCare by simply asking family, friends and employees to consider donating blood. Often all it takes is a reminder, or the needed knowledge and facts to call us to action.

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January 14, 2015

Caregiving for persons with Alzheimer’s disease is a huge challenge. Only those with a higher tolerance for stress are able to provide healthy care to those with types of dementia while maintaining suitable standards of personal care. The term “burnout,” describes a condition in which a person is no longer performing at full capacity due to the strain of meeting the heavy demands of caregiving.  

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December 29, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult process to witness. My upbeat attitude does not preclude me from seeing the suffering on the part of the family witnessing dramatic changes or the baffled individual who cannot recall what has happened during the past hour or perhaps the past 10 years. But AD should not be synonymous with “away from the mind.” I know plenty of persons with AD who are able to express love, share feelings, and have fun. They are perfectly mindful in the precise moment. Let’s explore living life at “new” normal, emphasizing what is present rather than what is lost. A life with AD is a life worth living.

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December 15, 2014

As you enjoy time with your aging loved one over the holidays, or as you care for an aging client, I encourage you to really be in the moment and take it all in. In years to come it won’t be about the food, the clean house, the perfect gift. Capture the moments of memories you are making today, and document any past memories you share by having someone tell the stories on video or paper. Someday you’ll be so glad you did.

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November 20, 2014

Even with the amount of time a caregiver dedicates, isolation and loneliness can set in on aging individuals living alone at home. There is an article by AARP that covered ways caregivers can be innovative and creative and get involved in making a point to have quality time with our aging family members. The article gave the idea of adding a “Senior Sunday” into the weekly schedule. This is a brilliant idea for all caregivers and family members alike to commit to spending time or doing something for a senior.

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November 17, 2014

The hustle and bustle of the season although enjoyable for many, can be too much to handle for others. Millions of Americans in the sandwich generation find themselves as part of the latter. Life is already busy enough as they are parents to young children as well as caring for an aging parent.

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November 10, 2014

Many caregivers live in a state of hyper-vigilance for good reason, and many of them carry on as a sole provider for far too long. But what I have witnessed time and time again is a tendency to become stuck in the belief that, for example, a wife should be able to run the household as she did twenty years ago and care for her husband, or that a daughter should be able to maintain her preferred lifestyle and make everything alright for her mother. The expectations family caregivers put upon themselves may be impossible to achieve, and they may measure effectiveness on standards that may not be in the best interests of caregiver or care receiver.

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October 22, 2014

We know exercise can help us lose weight. And we know it is beneficial in preventing heart disease and diabetes. But exercise can also assist with something arguably most important, our mental well-being.

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September 15, 2014

Many of us baby boomers are faced with the role reversal of caring for an aging parent. Our parents were there for us, and now it’s our turn. There can be uncomfortable moments when we want to administer and facilitate the care our parents need, but we tread lightly so as not to make them feel as though they are losing independence or dignity.

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August 18, 2014

The evolution of care that we are seeing today is a relief for family caregivers. Knowing that there are options other than nursing homes for an aging parent or loved one takes away a lot of guilt and stress. In-home care allows an aging individual the independence and dignity that help them continue to live their best life.

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July 21, 2014

A study from The New England Journal of Medicine reported seniors who do activities that stimulate the brain reduce their risk of dementia by 63 percent. Adding physical exercise and proper diet reduces the risk even more.

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June 20, 2014

Cancer treatments can negatively affect muscle mass, the immune system, and balance. Regular exercise helps on all of these levels, and of course helps manage stress levels.

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April 10, 2014

My exposure to autism indirectly lead me to my career. I began working with the Adams County School District where I worked with youth at a before and after school care (BASE) program. I felt fulfilled by helping others and I then knew that a career in healthcare was a perfect fit for me.

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March 26, 2014

In this industry we meet a number of individuals that want to age gracefully, in their own home, and maintain as much independence as possible. It can be an extremely difficult time for aging seniors and their families. Everyday activities such as driving, housework, and bathing may be deemed too difficult or unsafe for an aging loved one. This infringes upon their independence, something they have had and exercised since they were young.

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March 05, 2014

We engage our entire network of services to help ensure that our clients and their family members are positioned for the most optimal care. If we don’t provide a certain service, we are equipped with the contacts and resources needed to provide it, and we help coordinate from start to finish. Providing a top to bottom completely integrated plan for our clients is what sets us apart from other care providers. 

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February 24, 2014

For many of us that care for an aging loved one, we may struggle to find activities to keep them active and positive. A wonderful opportunity for all is to find a place to volunteer. Studies have shown that volunteers have lower rates of heart disease. The physical benefits are noteworthy, but the mental and emotional benefits far outweigh in my opinion.

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February 13, 2014

This touches me as I work with our clients at SYNERGY HomeCare who are in the beginning stages of the disease, or have battled with it for years. It’s much more than a news report when you know and love actual people and families that can benefit from this bill.

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January 29, 2014

We are excited to be the newest team here in Broomfield, servicing Broomfield, Thornton and surrounding areas.  

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January 22, 2014

In support of National Blood Donor Month, SYNERGY HomeCare of Broomfield is offering 3 hours of in-home care at NO CHARGE to all clients who donate blood, or have a family member who donates blood on their behalf. Help us show pride in the well-being of our community, it’s a win-win situation for all.

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