What’s Your “Thing”?

I was out with a friend last night that I hadn’t seen for years.  She asked me if I was still sewing (a few years ago I used to sew matching mother and daughter skirts), and I replied that I had given that up- and that now my ‘thing’ is tennis. I chatted briefly about how much I love to play and how much fun it has been to have a new hobby.

I then asked her what her ‘thing’ is, and she looked at my blankly for a minute- and then replied, “I don’t have a thing… I need a thing!”

Her remark got me to thinking… don’t we all need a ‘thing’?

By ‘thing” I mean something that we do for the simple pleasure of doing it! Personally, I think life is so much richer and more enjoyable when you play a sport, or have a hobby, or have something special that excites you.

Through the years my I’ve had lots of ‘things’! My interests have included sewing, scrapbooking, running, book club, golfing, sudoku, yoga and now playing tennis. As I grow older my interests and hobbies have changed- but I’ve always found it important to nourish my soul.

Sadly, I noticed that often times the elderly give up on their ‘thing’, either because it’s too difficult to do, or they lack the energy, resources or initiative to do it. This can turn into a serious problem, because without a ‘thing’ people can often become withdrawn and even depressed.

Capability Homecare can help with that! It is our passion to bring joy and happiness to seniors, and we would love to assist you in doing your ‘thing’. Whether it’s gardening, playing cards, a trip to a museum… whatever your interest- we are there to assist, initiate or simply accompany you.

When I meet with clients for the first time I always go over our list of service offerings. I’ve tended to skip over the parts that describe life enrichment and focused more on the ADLs- because that is usually why people need us. But as I thought about my own ‘thing’ I realize how essential those life enrichment activities are. They shouldn’t be overlooked- they should be embraced, because- isn’t quality of life the most important ‘thing’ after all?

All You Need is Love

I was out to lunch with my children the other day- and as I sat and looked at them across the table my heart was literally filled with love.

Like bursting at the seams love.

I honestly didn’t know it was possible to love someone so wholly.

I looked at my kids and thought:

I love you more than anyone else in the world will ever love you-

I know you better than anyone else in the world will ever know you-

and I will always feel this way, no matter what.

It’s a pretty powerful love a mother has for a child. It’s also a reciprocal relationship. Despite my flaws, my children love me completely as well. In their eyes I am beautiful, smart, funny and kind.

I’m not sure why I’m writing about this love for my kids- except that in working with seniors and their families- we see this sort of love all the time. We see how even when children are adults and have families of their own- that love between a parent and child never fades.

We have a client who lives on Mercer Island. His daughter loves him so much- during our initial assessment, she ( a 50 year old woman) kept exclaiming ‘My dad deserves the best caregiver because he is the BEST dad in the whole world’. Her love for her father was bursting at the seams. She is so proud of him- and wanted to make sure we recognized what an incredible man he is.  Because of her unconditional love, she wanted the very best for him.

That is what separates Capability Homecare from the others.

We understand that love- and we take the time to get to know our clients. We treat them as if they are our parents- and we offer them the very BEST caregivers. Our standards are higher because we truly understand the importance of having the very best care for the one you love.  Nothing else will do.

If you have a family member who is in need of in home care, please call Capability Homecare today 425 679-5770.

Spirit Centered Care

What is the difference between Spirit Centered Care and Body Centered Care?

The difference is HUGE.

In spirit centered care, each person is treated as an indivudual. Their wishes and wants are taken into consideration. Their personal preferences are considered. They are treated with dignity and respect.

In body centered care, a person’s needs are met- they are bathed, fed and medically treated- but the personal connection is missing.

How would you rather be treated?

Fortunately, Spirit Centered Care is within your reach.

Many seniors choose to age in place and hire care to come into their home.

At Capability Homecare it is our mission to provide kind and loving caregivers who recognize the difference between spirit centered care and body centered care. Our caregivers focus on respecting the senior and treating them with love and dignity. Building a true relationship is of the upmost importance to us.

For those seniors who want to get out of the house, Spirit Centered Care is the primary goal of Elderwise*- an adult day center located in Seattle. Elderwise focuses on enriching senior’s lives, rather than just taking care of their primary needs.

It is not a drop in program, participants attend according to their own weekly schedule-giving them the opportunity to connect with the same people each day- which in turn provides a supportive community for seniors. This idea of community is very important to Elderwise, they recognize the powerful impact this has on a senior (or anyone’s) life.

At Elderwise the day consists of meals, art, meaningful discussions and exercise classes. Their aim is to provide a gracious way of living and to build deep relationships with other seniors.

Whether you chose to age in place, or attend a day center- or do both– your primary goal should be to find a place that recognizes that you deserve to live your life to the fullest, no matter what your age or ability.

*Elderwise is a 501(c)(3) organization and is always looking for donations to support their mission. They will be holding their annual Art Auction on May 19th! Mark your calendars! To donate, or learn more- click here.

National Fall Prevention Week

At Capability Homecare we take falling very seriously. In fact, it is a common problem among seniors. So much so that this week has been declared National Fall Prevention week. It is estimated that 5.8 million older adults have fallen in the last 3 months. Falls are the leading cause of injury death among adults 65 and older.

According to the Mayo clinic, there are 6 simple things that everyone should do to help reduce the risk of falls in your home.

  1. Talk to your doctor about medications. Some medications- anti-depressants and sedatives can increase your risks. If you are suffering from any joint pain, dizziness or shortness of breath you could be a fall risk.

  2. Is your home safe? Take a look around your house- are there items that you could trip over easily? Throw rugs, coffee tables, electric cords- all pose safety risks.

  3. Lighting? Is your home well lit? Do you have nightlights? Are walkways/ hallways well lit? Is a flashlight next to the bed in case of power outage?

  4. Is there something to grab? For a small fee you can hire someone to come in and make small changes- add grab bars, hand held shower attachments, hand rails on both sides of stairs and non slip treads on stairs.

  5. Does the shoe fit? This may seem simple- but are your shoes dangerous? ‘High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with thick soles can make you slip, stumble and fall’ (Mayo Clinic).

  6. Do you get enough exercise? Exercise can improve balance, coordination and stability. Look for a class that is low impact and geared towards seniors.

To read the complete article click here.

Capability Homecare caregivers are specifically trained to help keep seniors safe in their homes. For more information, please call us today. 425 679 5770.