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Enjoying Time in the Garden 

Saturday, June 9, 2012  by jhblogger

The residents of Jerome Home and Arbor Rose have been enjoying the beautiful flowers growing in their Courtyard garden.  Not only is the garden a great place to raise beautiful flowers or to harvest your own vegetables, but it is also a great place to have the family come together.  


Research has found gardening, or horticulture therapy, mediates emotional, cognitive and/or sensory motor functional improvement, increased social participation, health, well-being and life satisfaction.  Caregivers and their loved ones, whether children or an aging loved one, can benefit from the therapeutic effects of gardening, including hands to plant and feel dirt, nose to smell the flowers and eyes to see their plants grow.  Horticulture therapy has been found to help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and ease symptoms of dementia and other disabilities. 


Gardens come in all shapes and sizes.  For those just starting out, consider a tomato plant in a large pot on your front porch or a small potted herb garden of parsley, chives and basil.  Not only will you be able to watch them grow but you will have fresh produce to cook with!
So get ready to get your hands dirty and start gardening! 

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Communication With Your Loved One 

Monday, May 21, 2012  by jhblogger

Here are few tips to improving your communication skills as a caregiver:

1. Breath- this helps to relax and allows time for you to gather your thoughts

2. Listen- really listen to what the person is saying, and determine what you think the person is hearing you say

3.Use body language to improve the conversation- eye contact, nonverbal cues, and gestures set the tone. Demonstrating or pointing may help them to understand what you are saying.

4. Slow down and speak clearly without raising your voice

5. Talk directly to the person- in between multi-tasking as a caregiver, take time for one to one conversation. Face the person and sit or bend down to their level.

6. Preserve their self esteem- Include your loved one in conversations at the doctors, with family, and friends. Try not to talk about the person when they are present. Also, do not speak down to the person. Conversations should be simple, but on an adult level.

What are some tips that have worked for you when communicating with your loved one?

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Gaining Wisdom from Our Loved Ones 

Monday, May 7, 2012  by jhblogger

Central Connecticut Senior Health Services recently hosted the first annual Wisdom Awards.  Jerome Home and Arbor Rose were able to honor seniors and share their stories.  With this in mind, there is much to be learned from our loved ones.  Reminiscing is a healthy technique to use with your loved one. 
•      Some research has found that reviewing one’s life, particularly someone with Dementia, can improve mood. 
•      Another study found that when a loved one reviews their life with their caregiver, their caregiver felt less burden and found less behaviors with their loved one.

 

Sharing a loved one’s story can give insight into their past and knowledge of how to best connect with them.  To get the conversation started ask questions:
•      Where did you grow up?  Who lived in your neighborhood?
•      What was your first movie?
•      What did your parents do for a living?


Life stories are used at Arbor Rose and Jerome Home as a tool for caregivers to better understand the resident’s needs and their perspective.  We hope you gain more knowledge on how best to care for your loved one by taking the time to reminisce.

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Welcome! 

Monday, April 9, 2012  by WebSolutions

Welcome to Arbor Rose at Jerome Home's Caregiver Blog, open to all types of caregivers.  This is a safe place to discuss all things involved in caregiving:  share stories, tips and tricks, stress relievers, and so much more.  Each week we would like to develop a new thread with different caregiver issues.

For our first week, we just wanted to see if anyone out there is a caregiver.  By definition, a caregiver is an individual who:

  • Takes care of someone who has a chronic illness or disease.
  • Manages medications or talks to doctors and nurses on someone's behalf.
  • Helps bathe or dress someone who is frail or disabled.
  • Takes care of household chores, meals, or bills for someone who cannot do these things alone.
We know caregiving is a thankless job, but can be very rewarding as well.  Professional caregivers, social workers, nurses and other healthcare professionals will offer their insight and experiences in caregiving each week.  We hope that this blog will help to inspire you, offer some helpful tips, and connect you to other caregivers in similar situations.

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