Alzheimer's Awareness Month: Memories and Connections Campaign for Fredericksburg Seniors
Fredericksburg Seniors: Share your Memories for Alzheimer's Awareness Month
As part of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, BrightStar Care of Fredericksburg is sharing stories, with permission, that showcase real, personal stories of connections between clients, family care partners, and BrightStar Care caregivers f0r Fredericksburg seniors.
We had the honor of speaking with several families and caregivers from around the country to learn more about how their BrightStar Care caregivers have made a difference in their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Families communicated examples of person-centered connections, such as visiting car showrooms to entertain one man’s lifelong love of cars, creating a classroom-like setting of activities to engage one woman’s mind and warm her heart with fond memories of teaching kindergartners, and using a stuffed toy dog to mimic the feeling of a beloved pet on one woman’s lap.
These types of connections are possible because of the caregivers' warm and compassionate personalities as well as the BrightStar Care approach to enrich the lives of their clients with person-centered care that preserves dignity, provides assistance and promotes activity. Additionally, Registered Nurse oversight of every client's plan of care makes BrightStar Care well poised to respond to behavioral expressions which can be challenging for family caregivers.
Check back here as we share stories throughout the month of November, like these:
Robert's Drive Down Memory Lane
Robert’s in-home caregiver helped him keep up with his passion for automobiles with visits to auto shows and museums.
"Those Are My Momma's Words"
When Miss Sue’s memory started to fade, her caregiver began to write all of her stories in a book that could last forever.
Bring Him to the Water
Learn how Caregiver Beata uses water to connect with Len’s memories of the lake house and his time in the Navy.
Share Your Story
Do you know a caregiver who has formed a special connection with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia? How have they made a difference in your loved one’s life?
We would love to hear about your experiences or see photos showing that special connection. Help us create a community of support and promote ways of forming meaningful connections with loved ones. Share your story and photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtags #BrightStarConnections and
Expand Your Alzheimer’s & Dementia Knowledge
We will host two Facebook Live chats this month featuring BrightStar Care Chief Clinical Quality Officer Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC. Sharon is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of experience in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. You won’t want to miss these interactive events where we will share helpful information about providing safe, compassionate, and dignified care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and answer your questions! You can even send a question to Sharon in advance, and we will do our best to get to as many questions as we can during the chat. Simply visit our Facebook page at the time of the events to watch or participate. The dates, times, and topics are:
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
11:30am to 12:30pm Central
Topic: Safety: Fall Prevention, Medication Management, and Wandering
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:30am to 12:30pm Central
Topic: Navigating the Holidays: How to celebrate the holidays safely with your loved ones living with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Fredericksburg seniors: Don’t forget to like our Facebook page so you are sure to see all of the helpful tips and information we share about Alzheimer’s disease as well as get ideas to help care for a loved one with dementia all month long.
BrightStar Care of Fredericksburg proudly provides Home Care and Support for Seniors, including 24 hour in home care, and support in independent and assisted living communities. We provide all levels of home care from companion services to Skilled Nursing. Medical Staffing, Home care, In-Home Skilled Nursing, In-Home Physical Therapy for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, Companion and Personal Care for Elders with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. We also provide Home Child Care, Sitter and Nanny services for Children and Support for New Mothers. We Support Veterans and accept most Long Term Care Insurance benefits, provide Hospice care, Live-in care, CNA, Caregiver, RN, LPN, RN Supervision, Compassionate Care, and Compatibility Guarantees. We are an ALS Society partner, Alzheimer Association member, providing care for developmentally disabled and individuals of all ages with mental health and behavioral health diagnosis. Other services inlcude safe discharge and transportation from the hospital or rehab facility, Post Op care both short and long term, Pre Operation and preparation help and assistance, client monitoring for out of town family members. Proudly serving Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Woodbridge, Springfield, Burke, Triangle, Fairfax Station, and surrounding areas