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43 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
An Interview with Dementia Expert and Educator Teepa Snow
All Home Care Matters was honored to sit down with Teepa Snow one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia or other forms of brain change to learn more about her story and to help provide tips and resources for families facing dementia. Teepa is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model for understanding the progression of dementia and changes in abilities. She also created the Positive Approach to Care® training strategies, which are effective techniques for anyone seeking to optimize care and support for those living with brain change. As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she also helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Her user- friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices in care. Teepa’s company, Positive Approach to Care (PAC), was founded in 2006 and is now collaborating to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain change. Please visit www.teepasnow.com for educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, virtual and onsite trainings, or to subscribe to a free monthly newsletter. Teepa presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Please join in her mission to improve the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time.
46 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
The Importance of Caregivers Being Heard with Dr. Edward Smink (Part 2 of 3)
All Home Care Matters welcomes Dr. Smink for the second part of his three part mini-series on The Soul of Caregiving. In part 2 we explore the importance of caregivers being heard and the importance of being able to share and tell their story. In part 1 of the mini-series, Dr. Smink explored the tension that most caregivers experience between service to others and self-care which he calls Soul-Care. Being heard implies an understanding of one’s story and the trust needed to communicate it. Navigating through the three cultural taboos challenges the caregiver to explore their interior strengths and values that is the ground or base of one’s being. Smink calls this Soul, the center of one’s being where body and the spirit meet. It is here that we are most human. Like a gem radiating different hues, Soul is multifaceted with unique characteristics and meanings. There are archetypal underpinnings to soul that Dr. Smink calls the principle of life. Caregivers struggle to listen so as to hear those they serve. These same skills of listening can be applied to being open and welcoming to hearing what is stirring within one’s Soul. There is a logos, or rational aspect to caregiving and also a creative aspect called mythos to caregiving. Just as Soul-Care is the antidote to compassion fatigue, Smink argues, so too is the ability to reflect on one’s experience the key to healing and transformation. Developing attitudes of hospitality and understanding oneself as a wounded healer assist in this process.
32 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
Exploring Gus Gear with Founder and CEO Sarah Palya
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome, Sarah Palya the founder and CEO of Gus Gear. During the interview we learn about her journey from caring for her son Gus to the creation of Gus Gear a company that is helping families and their loved ones with products that are making a difference in their lives. Gus Gear’s story began more than a decade ago when its founder and CEO, Sarah Palya, sought to find a way to respond to the ongoing medical journey of Gus, her son, who faced a myriad of medical challenges, including autism and dysmotility, that led to intestinal failure. Sarah felt overwhelmed and wanted to find a way for Gus to live a more “normal” life. Her biggest obstacle was protecting, securing, and taking care of his central line. Out of this challenge came our flagship product, the Central Line Vest. Since then, we’ve increased our product line and created a community for support to help those who are feeling as overwhelmed as Sarah was in the beginning.
49 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
The Dance of Caregiving: Acknowledging I am not Invisible with Dr. Edward Smink
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome Dr. Edward Smink the author of The Soul of Caregiving, A Caregiver's Guide to Healing and Transformation to share with our viewers and listeners the tips and support that will help caregivers as they embark on their caregiving. This will be the first installment of a special 3-part Series with Dr. Smink. Dr. Smink address what Dr. Michael Kearney calls Soul Pain which is one’s interior conscience or soul screaming out for attention. He expands the definition of caregiving. “Who are the caregivers?’ Smink asks. “We all are for at the heart of being human is the capacity to reach out to others and explore the relationships we build.” The strengths and pitfalls of caregiving from an archetypal perspective are highlighted to enhance the caregiver to access these strengths for recovery and healing.
48 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Exploring RecallCue, A Dementia Day Clock, with Creator Dani Waxman
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Dani Waxman, the founder and creator of RecallCue a dementia day clock that helps to support families and their loved ones with dementia. For the past 20 years, Dani Waxman has worked with leading Israeli high tech companies. In these roles he has served as a senior member of the product team defining product strategy, UX/UI, and managing development teams. In 2007 he Co-Founded and served as CEO of TriviaFix which quickly grew to one of the leading online sports trivia sites on the Internet. In 2017 he began work on RecallCue to help care for family members living with dementia and now focuses on creating innovative digital solutions for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers. RecallCue’s Day Clock, an app used by thousands of families across the world, provides all the features of a traditional Day Clock with the added value of allowing family members and caregivers to be actively in touch with a loved one even from remote locations. RecallCue includes the ability to set reminders, send messages, share photos, display daily schedules and even have 2 way video calls - all on a standard tablet. Family members of all ages, can use their phones to easily manage the Day Clock and show loving care from near and far.
78 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
The Future of Dementia Education
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome three remarkable guests that all specialize in the field and study of dementia. Each of these guest are Master's trained and educated in dementia. The first guest, Bettina Morrow obtained a BA of Social Work from Deakin University, Australia, and a Masters in Dementia at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Bettina possesses experience with intellectual and developmental disabilities, child protection, hospital social work and over 16 years in adult protection services with the past seven years as a APS supervisor in Colorado. Bettina has worked in a professional capacity in Australia, England, and USA. Our second guest, Sarah-Kaye Page is currently inciting change within the aged care industry. She has worked within the aged care industry for the past 9 years in different roles including personal carer, lifestyle coordinator, and dementia consultant. She has also spent almost 20 years in the hospitality industry. She has helped to create face-to-face dementia-specific staff training programs and is currently undertaking her own research. As a qualified trainer and assessor, Sarah-Kaye also holds a Diploma in leisure and health, a Bachelor's degree in Dementia Care, and has recently completed the Masters of Dementia, the first of its kind in the world. Sarah-Kaye's road to her current position has not been straightforward or easy, and she has a passion for ensuring people living within long-term aged care are provided enough stimulating and engaging activities to feel useful, happy, and wanted during their final years. She is about to embark on her P.h.D specialising in lifestyle and recreation programs within aged care systems to provide engaging individualised activities for clients. It is her hope to offer this to the World Health Organisation and Alzheimer's Disease International for inclusion as part of their National Dementia Plan framework. The final guest, Tim England has been a guest previously and we are always honored to welcome him back to share his knowledge and expertise in the field of dementia. Tim demystifies and destigmatized dementia in the community and advocates for people living with dementia and their families to live well. Being a Dementia Care Specialist, an experienced Educator, an effective Consultant and an Advance Care Planner he encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. Tim achieves this by sharing information about dementias pathology, the personal impact of dementia, and what can be done to help.
39 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
An Insight into Mixed Dementia with Care Partner Patti LaFleur
All Home Care Matters welcomed Patti LaFleur as a guest to the show to share her and her mother's story of love and mixed dementia. During this interview Patti shares the incredible bond that her and her mother shared and her story of being a care partner with her mother. Patti had the ultimate opportunity to be the care partner for her Mom, Linda. They were meant to be. Linda adopted Patti when she was a baby and Patti had the amazing opportunity to care for her as she lived (and thrived!) with dementia and type 1 diabetes. Patti cared for her full time for about three years and her goal was to find joy every day as her care partner. It was a true partnership between them and you could always find them creating, singing, laughing and loving together every day! Patti's background is in Elementary Education and she was a Kindergarten teacher for the last 9 years. Patti had a true understanding that behavior is communication allowed her to maintain patience and love with her mom as they navigated this disease. Patti has recently started volunteering for the Alzheimer’s association and Dementia friends doing community outreach. Patti also runs a monthly informal support group for Young Caregivers of Loved Ones with dementia on Facebook and enjoy connecting with other care partners.
56 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Discovering "Motherhood: Lost and Found" with Author Ann Campanella
All Home Care Matters welcomes Author and Director of AlzAuthors, Ann Campanella to the show. Ann is the author of the book, "Motherhood: Lost and Found" and share her story of caring for her mother who was diagnosed with dementia. This remarkable story takes the reader through Ann and her mother's caregiving journey. Through Ann's journey and story she authored "Motherhood: Lost and Found" which would go on to be named one of the best Alzheimer's books ever.
69 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta with Katherine Klimitas
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome a remarkable guest, Katherine Klimitas. Katherine is an artist, public speaker, author, designer, and an inspiration. Katherine is a New Orleans-based artist and designer who sold her first watercolor at age 10. As the daughter of veterinarians, Katherine expresses her family’s life-long love of animals through her meticulous life-like paintings. She earned a B.A. from Loyola University in 2011, and today at age 33, runs her multifaceted business KAK ART & Designs from home. When clients learn that Katherine has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, they are captivated by her unique perspective. She and her parents stopped counting her broken bones at 500 at age 10. She’s 2 feet 7 inches tall, gets around in an electric wheelchair, and creates all of her art, jewelry and commercial graphic design while lying on her side.
48 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
Discover the California Caregiver Resource Centers
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome two executive directors from the California Caregiver Resource Centers to share and discuss the tremendous work that the California Caregiver Resource Centers are doing to help support families and caregivers. The California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) are a network of 11 centers throughout California which annually serve over 18,000 family caregivers, who are caring for adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions, degenerative diseases, or traumatic brain injury. Combined, the CRCs serve every county in California. Each CRC tailors its services to its geographic area, and offers family caregivers a range of core programs from counseling and care planning, to legal/financial consulting and respite, at low to no cost. John Beleutz, Executive Director of Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center and Michelle DiBuduo, Executive Director of Valley Caregiver Resource Center, are here to represent the CRCs. John, Executive Director of Del Mar CRC since 2006, has dedicated his career to delivering quality health and social services for vulnerable people. His work experience includes: Director of the Health Education and Training Center for the Community Health Partnership, Director of US Programs and Romania Country Representative for Population Services International, and Executive Director of the Pitt County AIDS Service Organization. Michelle, Executive Director of Valley CRC since 2011, has been involved with Valley CRC in many various capacities. In 2000, Michelle was introduced to Valley CRC through her mother’s illness, and then she became a volunteer. From 2000-2011 she was involved in caregiver education, outreach and fundraising. Her background includes accounting for her families’ companies for over 35 years.
51 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
An Interview with Marie Vaudry, Founder of Gleam in Your Eye
All Home Care Matters is excited to welcome Marie Vaudry the founder of Gleam in Your Eye. Gleam in Your Eye is a dementia activity and resource that is helping families with loved ones with dementia stay active and engaged. In 2021, Marie set out to create a more comprehensive experience that includes logical activities, while also addressing the sensory and physical needs of patients. Surrounded by a passionate team, she founded Gleam in Your Eye and developed an innovative product offering a monthly subscription box filled with fun and stimulating activities. The boxes are delivered directly to the homes of patients, making life easier for caregivers. Each box includes five different games, designed to engage the senses, provoke logical thinking, invite play with words, stimulate artistic expression and encourage light physical moves. Gleam in Your Eye is a monthly subscription box of games adapted for people with moderate dementia. Like everyone, these persons deserve a positive environment and interactions in their day-to-day lives. That’s why all the games have been designed to keep them entertained and stimulated.
29 minutes | May 28, 2022
Preview AlzAuthors' Digital Event When Dad has Dementia June 7th, 2022.
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome back, Marianne Sciucco R.N. the Co-Founder of AlzAuthors to talk about an important event that they will be hosting on June, 7th. This event is virtual and is free for all who wish to attend. Caring for a father with a dementia diagnosis brings to caregiving its own special set of circumstances and considerations. In this AlzAuthors Live! There will be a Virtual Q&A where the speakers will explore these changes and challenges. The four speakers that will be featured are: Andrea Couture: Author of "Embracing What Remains" (A Memoir) Irene Olson: Author of "Requiem for the Status Quo (A Novel) Patti Davis: Author of "The Long Goodbye" and "Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer's (Memoirs and Caregiving Guide) Tanya Ward Goodman: Author of "Leaving Tinkertown" (A Memoir) Their stories will inspire and empower you on your own dementia journey with your dad. #dementia #authors #alzheimers Event Details The event is on Tuesday, June 7th at 2 pm EST via Zoom. You will receive the link to the event a day or so before. The program will be recorded and added to the AlzAuthors YouTube channel. The event is free but donations are welcome.
54 minutes | May 26, 2022
Discover VerifyCare with Founder and CEO John Ederer
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome Mr. John Ederer the founder and CEO of VerifyCare as our guest for an in-depth interview about how VerifyCare is helping to revolutionize the caregiving experience for families and their loved ones. VerifyCare is a support app for any kind of caregiver. Keep a detailed record of caregiving duties provided for your Care Recipients. Use Tasks to track vitals like heart rate, blood pressure, and much more. Manage medications, organize schedules, view detailed graphs, and coordinate care with family and friends. Invite others to the Care Team to keep extended family and friends informed about their care. With a caregiver app like VerifyCare, managing care has never been easier!
43 minutes | May 21, 2022
Discover the "Mindful Museum" Program Presented by Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Lucy Stewart, Associate Curator of Education, Carnegie Museum of Art to share an exciting new program at the museum called "Mindful Museum". The new "Mindful Museum" program is designed for visitors over 55 years old. The “Mindful Museum,” is a suite of accessible programs and activities that expand Carnegie Museum of Art as a destination that nurtures the mind, body, and soul for visitors over 55. Mindful Museum will begin in May 2022 and run through December 2022. The following are the programs that are being offered through the "Mindful Museum": Art Paths | Wednesdays, all day, May 4 - December 28, 2022; on-site only. Drop-In Drawing | 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 - 11 a.m.; on-site only. Chair and Wheelchair Yoga | 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 - 10:10 a.m.; on-site as well as access to online recordings. Crash Course Art History Classes | Dates vary by month, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; on- site as well as access to online recordings. The Bank: Access to online recordings | Available any time.
46 minutes | May 12, 2022
An Interview with Dr. Jim Feng of Phyxable
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome the founder of Phyxable, Dr. Jim Feng to the show for an in-depth interview about Phyxable and how to help seniors age in place safely. Dr. Jim Feng is a graduate of University of Toronto with a Physical Health and Education Degree. From there, he attained his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has also completed theory levels 1 & 2 of the National Coaching Certification Program and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Sport First Responder, and Certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional. Dr. Jim Feng has made an extra effort in extending his knowledge in the human body by acquiring the Active Release Techniques (ART®) certification, as well as the Medical Contemporary Acupuncture provider designation through McMaster University.
55 minutes | May 7, 2022
An Interview with Jennifer Lagemann of NextJenn Copy Senior Care Copy and Marketing
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Senior Care professional Jennifer Lagemann as a guest to the show. Jennifer Lagemann is a marketing and operations consultant, researcher, and journalist in the home care industry with a background as a family caregiver, professional caregiver and home care administrator. All Home Care Matters works to provide families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals with resources and discussions on long-term care issues.
45 minutes | May 3, 2022
An Interview with Leah Waller of DementiaTLC
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome a very special guest who has been helping to provide support, resources, tips, and research to families and caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia, Leah Waller the founder of DementiaTLC. Leah runs DementiaTLC as a voluntary social media, website, blog and community forum to offer help, advice and support to those living with, and caring for loved ones with, Dementia. Dementia is not just black & white, there’s a lot of grey areas. DementiaTLC's aim is to work together, help each other and support each other to make each moment count 🧡 Leah understands that Dementia is close to many of us, with many of us having experience with the condition impacting our lives. The aim of DementiaTLC is to educate and provide support for all those affected by Dementia...those living with the condition, their loved ones, caregivers, family, friends, colleagues, professionals and all those that could benefit from a little bit of knowledge or support.
47 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Discover the ZaggoCare System with Roberta Carson
All Home Care Matters is honored to welcome back the founder and president of Zaggo, Inc. Roberta Carson to the show for an in-depth discussion and demonstration of the ZaggoCare System. This is Roberta's second time joining All Home Care Matters. During her first visit she shared her story about her son and how her journey as a caregiver for him had lead to her creating Zaggo, Inc. Zaggo is a national nonprofit organization founded by Roberta in 2010. Zaggo is dedicated to providing patients and their family caregivers with the information and tools they need to become empowered, engaged, effective members of their medical teams for the best possible care.
64 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
An Interview with Denise Brown the Founder at The Caregiving Years Training Academy
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Denise Brown for an in-depth interview about caregiving and to learn about how she is helping to support family caregivers. Denise launched The Caregiving Years Training Academy in April 2020 after selling CareGiving.com, an online community she launched in 1996 to Ohio’s Hospice. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, CareGiving.com held one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories at the time of its sale. In addition to creating training program and support services for family caregivers, Denise helps her parents. Denise began caring for her parents in 2004 after her father’s bladder cancer diagnosis. Her parents, now 90 and 87, live near Denise in their own apartment. In a video created for the American Cancer Society, Denise shared her own personal caregiving story. A recent online story in The Wall Street Journal also included Denise’s caregiving experiences. Next Avenue named Denise a 2017 Influencer in Aging, one of “50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.”
56 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
An Interview with the Hosts of The Caring View Show
All Home Care Matters welcomes the Co-Hosts of The Caring View Show. Mark Topps and Adam Purnell are leading advocates and thought leaders in the United Kingdom for the social care sector. During this interview they share the impact that their advocacy in the United Kingdom has had in the social care sector. Throughout the interview we discuss multiple issues from the report that Adam had researched and created that led to him giving a speech to the House of Lords as well as Mark's petition drive that saw him garner over 500,000 signatures to help advocate for individuals with special needs during Covid to have access to testing and vaccines. These two remarkable individuals are at the forefront of change for the social care sector and for care workers in the United Kingdom.
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