As part of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, BrightStar Care is sharing stories, with permission, that showcase real, personal stories of connections between clients, family care partners, and BrightStar Care caregivers. 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 StoryDo 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 #AlzheimersAwareness.
Expand Your Alzheimer’s & Dementia KnowledgeWe 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.