Happy Valentine’s Day!

MONTH OF LOVE

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and we’d like to wish you and your loved ones a happy day of celebration!
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THINKING ABOUT AFFORDABLE OPTIONS

Affordable In-Home Care

Are you a caregiver or perhaps you are starting to weigh your options for a family member who needs more care as they age-in-place or are limited to their home? Have you considered having a trained individual come and care for them in their own home? Most people prefer to stay at home and age-in-place as long as they are able. We can help with this goal!

Caring Friends In-Home Care provides cost-effective, personalized, non-medical in-home care, and serves forty-three counties throughout Nebraska. We charge a flat hourly rate and don’t charge you for travel time or mileage. That’s because we recruit caregivers who are in your area. Caring Friends’ minimum length of visit is one hour, to assist clients in obtaining necessary services while keeping costs within their budget. Each of the forty-three counties we serve has an assigned Site Coordinator and Case Manager who oversees the needs and services of every client. Our services include housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, personal care services, medication reminders, companion/social visits, appointment transportation, and more.

“Caring Friends can assist in designing individualized plans of care and services that meet the individual’s needs,” shared Virginia Cole, COO. “If those needs change and require medical services or services beyond our scope, we have community organizations that we can partner with to ensure a continuum of care. If the individual or their family decides that it is time to relocate to a different setting for care, Caring Friends will follow the individual in their new setting to assist in making the transition more comfortable.”

Caring Friends can also provide social outings for our clients, including appointments, family gatherings, county fairs, movies, visits to the senior center, and much more based on client preferences. Not only are Caring Friends’ services beneficial to an aging loved one, but also to their family caregiver. Caring Friends offers consistent respite relief, which is essential for one’s mental health by giving them the ability to step away for appointments, shopping, relaxation, etc. Caring Friends also provides caregiver education to assist in maintaining quality services, even when we aren’t there.

“The leadership of Caring Friends has over one hundred years of combined senior care experience,” said Virginia. “At the end of the day, our goal is to help individuals keep their independence – sometimes, all you need is a little assistance from a friend with the value of excellence at home!”

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY

This month on February 16th, we honor individuals who selflessly provide physical and emotional support to those who need it most. Thank you for all you do. We appreciate you!

Employee Spotlight:

Sara Mertens

How do you spend your time outside of work? I love to spend my time with family and friends, being outdoors camping, going to school activities, baking, and crafting.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be? Gerontology and insurance coverage.

Are you bingeing any shows? Nope.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I am deathly afraid of the dark.

What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day? Make the best of it and learn from it.

Do you have a hidden talent? I can roll my tongue.

If you had to pick one age to be permanent, which would it be? 35.

Why did you choose Caring Friends? I love working with and for people. Taking care of people in their homes is so satisfying. You become part of the family and help them maintain independence in a safe environment.

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Happy 2024!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s the New Year and we want to wish everyone the very best in 2024. Is it time to make some changes in the life of a loved one or perhaps you are a caregiver and need some help or respite care? Please reach out. We customize our In-Home Care options for your needs.
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

CONGRATULATIONS

We are so proud of our beloved Veteran, Doug Baker! Congratulations! You can see the full story here, https://loom.ly/H8LCcw4 or click the image below to watch.

Employee Spotlight:

Jessica Beed

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Watching my kids play sports, cleaning or decorating my house, or binging shows on Netflix when I can.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be?
Motherhood! Seems you can never know enough when it comes to raising kids, especially teens!

 

Are you bingeing any shows?
Just finished Virgin River, highly recommend it!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I was born in Okinawa Japan.

What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day?
I always try and remember a bad day does not mean you have to have a bad week! One day at a time—and to remember every day is a new day!

Do you have a hidden talent?
Not that I can think of.

If you had to pick one age to be permanent, which would it be?
I would have to say 37 which is my age now! 38 means graduation for my firstborn and I am so not ready!

Why did you choose Caring Friends?
I have been a caregiver for many years in the past, and accepting a position where I could work with clients and employees was an easy decision for me. I love working closely with both sides and being a team! I’m very thankful for such a wonderful opportunity.

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Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for choosing Caring Friends In-Home Care in 2023. We look forward to serving you in 2024!

VISITING OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON

During this year’s holiday gatherings, be sure to look for the warning signs that elderly loved ones may need extra help at home.

The upcoming holiday season is traditionally filled with family time. For many of us, this will provide a unique opportunity to slow down and spend quality time with our aging parents or other loved ones who may still be living at home. This is a great time to observe any areas where they could use additional help to maintain their lifestyle and continue to age in place safely. Below are a few things to watch for:

  • Are they finding ways to stay active and socially engaged?
  • Is there a change in their eating habits, or sudden weight loss or gain?
  • Is there a decline in personal hygiene? Are they able to maintain the upkeep of their home, laundry etc.?
  • Is their pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy and current groceries?

Ask about all the normally scheduled errands that come up every week, and if they find it easy to meet them. Are they still able to get groceries as often as they would like, meet up with friends and old colleagues, attend church events and services, or get to all their doctor’s visits?

Are there new challenges that are preventing them from meeting all their scheduled events? Discuss with them the resources that they might want to implement to answer any of these challenges and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Resources like one-to-one time with friends or counselors, medication adjustments with their doctors, occupational or physical therapy, or bringing in outside care can help your loved one meet the activities of daily living.

If they have hobbies, find out if they are still enjoying them. If they show a lack of interest in the things that have always been central to what they enjoy, ask what is behind the apathy. It could be a new physical problem. If they are feeling increased levels of pain, a new physical limitation, or fatigue from a lingering illness, it might be limiting them from doing things they would normally enjoy.

There may also be a change in their mental or emotional state getting in the way of their quality of life, day-to-day. Depression, forgetfulness, bouts of confusion or anxiety, can all limit what was once enjoyable. Seeking the help of a medical professional is recommended.

Whatever they are facing as they age, make sure that they are eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining their social connections, as this will help them to be at their best and prevent more aggressive decline as they age in place. If it is determined that outside assistance is needed, Caring Friends is just a phone call away!

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

NATIONAL CAREGIVER RECOGNITION MONTH

Congratulations to Janelle! Caring Friends In-Home Care is proud to announce the promotion of Janelle Fuehrer to Site Coordinator.

Employee Spotlight:

Janelle Fuehrer

How do you spend your time outside of work?
With my 8-year-old daughter, Lillian. We love coloring, building Legos, and watching movies together.

Are you bingeing any shows?
Nothing in particular, but I enjoy mystery shows!

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Something in the medical field.

 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty handy with tools. I worked in the shop with my dad as a young girl.

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
I have a dance party with my daughter and that always brightens my mood

Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m a very fast reader.

If you had to pick one age to be forever, which age would you choose?
I love my 30s more than my 20s, so my current age, 33!

Why did you choose Caring Friends?
After taking care of my parents in my 20s, and working in a nursing facility during Covid, I found a passion in helping others keep their loved ones at home for as long as possible!

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REVIEW, PLEASE

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Have you thanked a Veteran lately?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday from the Caring Friends team!

THANK A VETERAN

November is a month to be thankful, and one of the things we are thankful for is our community of veterans! We serve numerous veterans and their families in the state of Nebraska and November 10th is Veteran’s Day, serving as an important reminder of the sacrifice our armed forces and their families provide our nation each and every day. Thank for you all you do. We appreciate you! Below are just a few of the amazing clients we are thankful to serve within our community.

Career Opportunities

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

NATIONAL CAREGIVER RECOGNITION MONTH

November is recognized as National Caregiver’s Month! If have a Caregiver at home or know a Caregiver who comes into a loved one’s home to help and provide companion care, say a BIG thank you to them for all they do! Caregivers are so important and impact lives in many meaningful ways. We are grateful.

Employee Spotlight:

Becky Ford

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Outside of work: I’m with family. I love camping and kayaking.

Are you bingeing any shows?
Binge-watching the Paramount show Yellowstone.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Snap my fingers and be an expert in diabetic care.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Something people don’t know about me: married in 4 months celebrating 37 years next month.

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
I listen to 80’s rock when I’m not having a good day.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m very fluent in diabetes management.

If you had to pick one age to be forever, which age would you choose?
I love my early 20’s.

Why did you choose Caring Friends?
They have the same goals as I do and we are firm believers of in-home care.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

HAVE YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES BEEN SCREENED RECENTLY?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as many of you know. A very important component that can save a life is regular screening. Continue reading below for some FAQ’s.

Can breast cancer be found early?
Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important.

What do Imaging Tests help to detect?
Different tests can be used to look for and diagnose breast cancer. If your doctor finds an area of concern on a screening test (a mammogram), or if you have symptoms that could mean breast cancer, you will need more tests to know for sure if it’s cancer.

CASE MANAGERS WEEK

The week of October 10 through 14, is National Case Managers Week and we are so blessed at Caring Friends to have some amazing women in this role. We want to thank each and every one of them and if you see them, we invite you to do the same!
Samantha Juranek
Case Manager
Cassie Sundstrum
Case Manager

Jill Strouf
Case Manager

Amy Abel
Case Manager

Sara Martens
Case Manager

Career Opportunities

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

Employee Spotlight:

Samantha Juranek

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Outside of work I like to spend my time outdoors, at the lake, traveling to new places, and spending time with my dog Nova, my husband, family, and friends.

Are you bingeing any shows?
Currently I’m rewatching “Gilmore Girls”.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be?
Being two places at once.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am pregnant with my first baby right now.

What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day?
When faced with a bad day, I reflect on the positive side of the day and know tomorrow is a new day.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I used to show cattle all year round when I was growing up.

If you had to pick one age to be permanently, which age would it be?
My age now, 26!

Why did you choose Caring Friends?
I grew up in the business helping my mom at the assisted living and with Caring Friends when it first started. When I would come home from college I would fill in as a caregiver and knew when I graduated nursing school this was a place I wanted to end up working for my career. Being able to take care of individuals in their homes (and being the reason they’re not in a facility) is a feeling unmatched and very rewarding.

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Top 10 Caregiver Tips to Maintain Your Health

TOP 10 CAREGIVER TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTH

Great caregivers have so many outstanding qualities that it’s hard to pick just one as being the “most important, but, after much deliberation, we’ve narrowed it down to three!

DESIRE, DEDICATION & DILIGENCE

Let’s look at each of these!

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*Get regular physical activity.
Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity — even in small increments — can boost your energy level. Exercise reduces stress, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and can help you keep your blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels. Walking is a great way to get started, even if you only walk around the yard.

*Maintain a heart-healthy diet.
A healthy diet will give you more energy. Eating well can help prevent other health problems, too. If you have to “eat on the run,” try to choose nutritious snacks.

* Make time for yourself.
Take time every day for an activity you enjoy, such as reading, walking, crafts, cooking or listening to music. Whatever makes you happy and relaxes you can be therapeutic. Keep humor in your life. It’s true — laughter is good medicine. Try to find humor in your life every day. Watch a silly TV program or go to a movie that tickles your funny bone. Find things to laugh about with the loved one in your care — that person needs joy, too!

* Get out and about.
At least once a week, break out of your routine and go somewhere enjoyable. Visit the local coffee shop, attend religious events, take a class, visit a friend or just wander around the mall. If your loved one needs constant attention, ask for help. It’s likely that someone will be happy to give up an hour or two a week so that you can get out for a breath of fresh air.

* Watch out for depression.
The demands placed on you as a caregiver can be difficult and stressful. If you are experiencing signs of signs of depression, talk to your health care professional. Often, depression can be managed with talk therapy or medication.

* Take care of business.
Keep your finances in check, work when you need to and don’t stop planning for the future. If you allow yourself to be totally immersed in your caregiver responsibilities, it can be harder to re-integrate into life later on. Keep living.

* Keep medical and dental appointments.
Do all you can to maintain your health. If you’re sick, you won’t be able to care for your loved one. Ask for help when you need it so you can get away for your own medical appointments and take care of your health and well-being.

* Think positive.
Take time every day to refresh your mind. Recognize your limitations and make peace with them. Let go of guilt. Pat yourself on the back for the job you’re doing. If you’re feeling guilty or angry, take a break.

* Stay connected with the outside world.
Don’t allow yourself to become isolated. Stay connected with family and friends, even if it’s just by phone or online. Talk to friends about something other than your role as a caregiver.

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Career Opportunities

NOW HIRING FOR COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

Employee Spotlight:

Lisa Artz, Site Coordinator

How do you spend your time outside of work?
“I love working in my yard, planting and maintaining my perennials and annuals.”

Are you bingeing any shows?
“Suits.”

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be?
“Landscape Expert.”

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I was a Barber for over 25 years, owning my own shop at one point in my career.”

What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day?
“I work in my yard and snuggle my 2 fur babies!”

Do you have a hidden talent?
“I love doing wreath crafts.”

If you had to pick one age to be permanently, which age would you choose?
“45.”

Why did you choose Caring Friends?
“My friend Deb Maguire introduced me to Caring Friends, and I love Home Care, closeness with clients and staff.”

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What defines a GREAT caregiver?

TOP 10 CAREGIVER TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTH

Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. It’s key to maintaining your own health and well-being. When you feel better, you can take better care of your loved one.

Keep these simple steps in mind to ensure you find the time and resources to take care of yourself:

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Desire

To be a great caregiver, you need to have the desire to learn all you can about performing the duties of a caregiver, the desire to perform those senior care duties to the best of your ability, and the desire to deliver care coupled with compassion.

Any agency you work with should help you learn about your duties and show you how to perform them, whether it be through training classes or shadowing another caregiver. But you have to bring the desire to learn, practice, and perform those duties with excellence.

The strongest desire you need to bring is your desire to be compassionate in your work – to truly care about your client’s well-being and put their needs above yours as you go through your day. Showing compassion to the person you’re caring for is more than just doing something for them; it’s showing them that you care about them while you’re doing it.

Dedication

The best caregivers are dedicated to their work. They see caregiving as a lot more than just a job or a paycheck; they see it as a calling. Being a professional caregiver isn’t easy work. A caregiver exerts a lot of physical and mental energy every day. They have to constantly be aware of what their client is doing or wants to do, how they’re feeling, and how they can help. This may entail sitting down and reading with a client or bustling around the kitchen as you prepare a meal for them.

To have that energy day in and day out takes dedication. Dedication to the client, dedication to your work, and dedication to representing your agency professionally. It’s that dedication that separates the good from the great.

Diligence

The Oxford Dictionary defines diligence as “careful or persistent work or effort.” Another way to say it is “work ethic.”

Being a caregiver requires a strong work ethic. You have to work a full day consistently; not just physically be there, but give all of yourself all day.

Part of your day requires exerting yourself physically as you care for a client. For example, you’ll often need to help them in and out of the bathtub or shower, move steadily from a bed to a chair, do light housekeeping around their home, or go grocery shopping with them.

You also have to be diligent to engage mentally and emotionally with your client every day. Older adults need mental stimulation, whether it be reading a book together, watching a game show, or playing a game of checkers or rummy.

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Career Opportunities

NOW HIRING FOR COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

Employee Spotlight:

Lisa Artz, Site Coordinator

How do you spend your time outside of work?
“I love to be outdoors in the summer after work. Sommer Concerts Golf Lake Days, Car Races, and anything else that sounds fun. LOL”

Are you bingeing any shows?
“I am not bingeing on any shows. I don’t watch much TV.”

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be?
“I would love to be a Veterinarian, I love animals.”

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I am permanently blind in my right eye since I was 12 years old due to a detached Retina”

What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day?
“I take a moment to myself and pray. I find the positive in every situation and ask for guidance throughout my day.”

Do you have a hidden talent?
“I am a great party planner.”

If you had to pick one age to be forever, which age would you choose?
“Age is just a number, you’re only as old as you feel, as long as it makes you happy, age doesn’t matter.”

Why did you choose Caring Friends?
“I love people & I am passionate about helping others and making a difference in their lives. Working for Caring Friends allows me to do
just that. Spreading kindness should be a goal for all of us.”

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FROM THE DESK OF:

Deb Maguire, Director of Health Services

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Can you believe it’s June already?! We’re fast approaching the halfway point of 2022. That time of year that makes you stop and gasp, “Wasn’t it Christmas just yesterday?” As we prepare to say goodbye to May and welcome in June, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the mid-year.

In June we welcome Summer and this means everyone is wanting to be outdoors doing their gardening, planting flowers, or simply sitting outside soaking in the sun. Taking care of your skin and protecting it from the sun is important at any age, but older adults are especially vulnerable to the sun’s strong ultraviolet rays. As we age, our skin can become thinner and more sensitive to sun exposure. Skin cancer is also a concern, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer by age 70, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take right now to shield yourself from skin damage and keep your skin healthy for the summer.

Follow these simple tips for a summer skincare regimen that’s right for you.

  • Be sure to stay hydrated.
  • Apply sunscreen often.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Moisturize every day.
  • Keep the bugs away.

Doing these five simple things will keep your skin looking healthy and free from any sunburns or skin infections helping you enjoy the best days of summer.

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Career Opportunities

NOW HIRING FOR COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS

We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!

Employee Spotlight:

Katelyn Ropers, Site Coordinator

How do you spend your time outside of work?

“I like to spend time with my two daughters and husband outside. We enjoy going boating, going for walks, and going to sporting events.”

Are you bingeing any shows?

“I just binged watched Queen Charlotte of the Bridgerton Series and rewatched Game of Thrones.”

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be?

“I would like to be an expert in finance or be a doctor.”

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

“Always wanting to learn something new every day.”

What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day?

“If it is not going to matter in 5 days or 5 years, then I need to let it go as I cannot change the situation.”

Do you have a hidden talent?

“I am a photographer & real estate agent!”

If you had to pick one age to be forever, what age would you choose?

“25.”

Why did you choose Caring Friends?

“I believe that everyone deserves to stay at home as long as possible in their lifetime. Caring Friends offers that one-to-one time with the client, along with working as a team to give the best support and love to the client.”

Let’s walk together!

Can you believe it’s June already?! We’re fast approaching the halfway point of 2022. That time of year that makes you stop and gasp, “Wasn’t it Christmas just yesterday?” As we prepare to say goodbye to May and welcome in June, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the mid-year.

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