All entries for January 2016
Stratis Soneto is a comprehensive cloud based home care management software solution that aims to increase client´s satisfaction. The system maintains CAREmasters client information base, appointment schedules, helps with assessments, manages caregivers and matches the best fitting caregiver for each individual client´s needs and desires. Stratis Soneto also has tools for sales and client relations management that can be used to monitor marketing campaigns, and forecast future business development. Lastly, the software handles billing, invoicing, receiving and payroll. It reduces CAREmasters costs and helps to be attractive in our service rates. Stratis Soneto can be accessed by CAREmasters clients or their families at any time, by securely logging in via the CAREmasters website. The plan of care, notes, observations, service schedules and the caregivers assigned to the shifts can be viewed here in advance.Overall this software tool helps the CAREmasters Team to work for our clients more reliable and efficient. Take a look at our client portal, if you like it give us a call and we give you more information on how to monitor your service.
CAREmasters is always available to help you out with respite care. Take time for yourself and recover. Gain new strength and reset your mind. This will refill your power & energy sources and re-enable you to support and care for your loved one.
The Alzheimer´s Association www.alz.org recently published this article, identifying the 10 symptoms of caregiver stress and how to manage the stress. The website is worthwhile visiting as it provides valuable information to ease your life.
Caregiver Stress when dealing with Alzheimer
Alzheimer caregivers frequently report high levels of stress.
- Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed.
I know Mom is going to get better.
- Anger at the person with Alzheimer's, anger that no cure exists or anger that people don't understand what's happening.
If he asks me that one more time I'll scream!
- Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure.
I don't care about getting together with the neighbors anymore.
- Anxiety about the future.
What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?
- Depression that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope.
I don't care anymore.
- Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks.
I'm too tired for this.
- Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns.
What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?
- Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions.
Leave me alone!
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks.
I was so busy, I forgot we had an appointment.
- Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll.
I can't remember the last time I felt good.
Tips to manage stress
If you experience signs of stress on a regular basis, consult your doctor. Ignoring symptoms can cause your physical and mental health to decline.
- Know what resources are available.
Adult day programs, in-home assistance, visiting nurses and meal delivery are just some of the services that can help you manage daily tasks. Use the online Community Resource Finder or contact your local Alzheimer's Association chapter for assistance in finding Alzheimer's care resources in your community. Use Alzheimer’s Navigator, the free online tool that helps evaluate your needs, identify action steps and connect with local programs and services.
- Get help.
Trying to do everything by yourself will leave you exhausted. Seek the support of family, friends and caregivers going through similar experiences. Tell others exactly what they can do to help. The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900), online message boards and local support groups are good sources of comfort and reassurance.
- Use relaxation techniques.
There are several simple relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress. Try more than one to find which works best for you like:
Visualization (mentally picturing a place or situation that is peaceful and calm)
Meditation (which can be as simple as dedicating 15 minutes a day to letting go of all stressful thoughts)
Breathing exercises (slowing your breathing and focusing on taking deep breaths)
Progressive muscle relaxation (tightening and then relaxing each muscle group, starting at one end of your body and working your way to the other end)
- Get moving.
Physical activity, in any form, can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Even 10 minutes of exercise a day can help. Take a walk. Do an activity you love, such as gardening or dancing.
- Make time for yourself.
As a caregiver, it's hard to find time for yourself, but staying connected to friends, family and activities that you love is important for your well-being. Even if it's only 30 minutes a week, carve out a pocket of time just for yourself.
- Become an educated caregiver.
As the disease progresses, new caregiving skills may be necessary. The Alzheimer's Association offers programs to help you better understand and cope with the behaviors and personality changes that often accompany Alzheimer's.
- Take care of yourself.
Visit your doctor regularly. Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. Making sure that you stay healthy will help you be a better caregiver.
CAREmasters is always available to help you out with respite care. Take time for yourself and recover. Gain new strength and reset your mind. This will refiill your power & energy sources and re-enable you to support and care for your loved one.
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