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    Care from the heart as important as classroom skills Hanson Services provides for care of elderly

Care from the heart as important as classroom skills Hanson Services provides for care of elderly

Care from the heart as important as classroom skills Hanson Services provides for care of elderly

The following is a response to this blog post on the term “Person-Centered Care”.  It’s from one of my favorite elder care websites: Changingage.org

“Thank you for posting Martha’s story.  Her ability to recognize her mother’s subtle needs is exactly why a care giver’s resume should be secondary to a care giver’s heart.

At Hanson Services, we provide in-home care for adults. We also provide the training and skills one needs to care for an older adult. 

But kindness and empathy are as important as physical skills, and have to come from the heart, not a classroom.
Our care is moment-to-moment and one-to-one, based on our client’s needs, mood, energy and personality at […]

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Life lessons come from unexpected places, like red shoes

I can’t look at a pair of red shoes without thinking of one of our Hanson Services clients.  For her 98th birthday, she wanted a pair of red shoes.  She wasn’t trying to accessorize an outfit, or pretend to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  She is a woman of style who wears what appeals to her.  She wore her new red shoes with unabashed delight and was the belle-of-the-ball on her birthday.  At nearly 100 years, she is still the most vibrant, beautiful woman in any room.

The best life lessons come from the most unexpected places. For me, it’s our client and the red shoes.

I remember a conversation with the owner of Knuth Shoes.  She noted that we Cleveland women have a […]

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Identifying better labels for adult care products

You may have seen this beautiful lady on our home page.  Her name is Amy and we absolutely adore her! One of our caregivers made the  heart-embroidered covering she is wearing to protect her clothes at mealtime. Notice we do not call it a “bib”.  Our education director, Laura Hazen, suggests we use the word “napkin” instead.  Bibs are for babies, and older adults suffer enough indignity when their personal care items carry the same labels as an infant’s. Think of adult “diapers” and adult “daycare”. There must be a better label for both.

Laura came up with idea to call the bib a “napkin” while she cared for her (now deceased) mother.  Laura said she would even put a “napkin” on herself to create […]

By |February 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Identifying better labels for adult care products

Breaking down Elder Care: Identifying specific needs helps simplify your search

If just thinking about word “elder care” has you turning gray, take a deep breath.

Since 2008, I have met with hundreds of adult children, grandchildren, spouses, friends, nieces, nephews and siblings of someone in need of elder care.  Every one of them was stressed.

Many were stressed to the point of tears because their best efforts were not working.  But guilt and frustration became comical when I asked them to step back and look at the big picture of what they are asking of themselves.

One person trying to provide 24 hour care for another person is impossible. It  isn’t a “one-person” job.

Think of all the offers of help that come in when a new mom has a baby.  We worry that she’s not getting enough […]

By |January 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Breaking down Elder Care: Identifying specific needs helps simplify your search

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