Message From Our CEO

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Hello friends and families. All of us at Synergy Homecare would like to thank you for your tremendous response to our e-newsletter. When we launched this letter, our goal was to create another Synergy innovation in home care by bringing you useful information, relevant news and expert opinion in a format you'd find convenient and enjoyable. From your many positive comments, it seems we are right on track.

Your comments and feedback are the power of our newsletter. This newsletter is for you; Synergy HomeCare is successful because we are a listening organization – we listen to our clients, their families and the healthcare professionals we partner with. We truly want to continue hearing from you. Your perspective is what keeps us focused on excellence.

Summer is finally here and temperatures are rising which means school's out – but not for everybody. We'd like to give you a quick reminder: our Life Time Learning program is a unique online education system that's always open 24/7, year round. Originally designed for healthcare professional and administrators, we have recently expanded Life Time Learning. We saw the huge demand for online courses for family caregivers – courses that would help families understand and cope with what was going on with their loved ones. We believe so strongly in the power of family education that we make these valuable courses available to you on line, with our compliments, so you can easily take as many or as few as you like anytime, anywhere. Contact your local Synergy HomeCare office for more information.

Here's to a great start to summer! – in the meantime, stay cool. If you must go outside, use sunscreen and drink lots of water. Or how about staying cool in the air conditioning and emailing us here at Synergy HomeCare and let us know how you think we are doing?

Sincerely,

Peter Tourian
Founder and CEO Synergy HomeCare

 

Industry News

The Kiss Seen 'Round the World
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Daughters Caring For A Parent Recovering From Stroke More Prone To Depression Than Sons
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Resources

Elder abuse is a topic most people want to avoid discussing. The stresses of interdependence between a senior and their family can often create what is known as "caregiver burden" for family members. This can lead to very real physical and mental health problems for the caregiver who, in turn, may be unable to keep from lashing out verbally or physically against elders in their care. Below are some valuable resources and information on how to recognize and protect against elder abuse.

National Committee of the Prevention of Elder Abuse
The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens.
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Elder Abuse and Neglect
By learning the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and how to act on behalf of an elderly person who is being abused, you'll not only be helping someone else but strengthening your own defenses against elder abuse in the future.
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Checklist: Recognizing the Signs of Elder Abuse
Use this checklist to understand possible signs. Many of the conditions and events listed below may be an indication of elder abuse. If you notice the following occurrences or conditions, it is important to carefully monitor your relative's care.
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New Office Announcements

Congratulations to all of the Synergy HomeCare locations that opened in June, 2010:

  • Synergy HomeCare of Seattle
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Featured Blog

Advice for Dealing with Difficult Aging Parents
Ah, the empty nest. Your teenagers have moved out of the house. You have time to take a yoga class, have lunch with a friend, or learn a new hobby-until Dad moves in with you because he can no longer live alone. Caring for aging parents is tough, no matter how much you love them.