With another year behind us, it’s time to look ahead and make some goals. One of our goals that is so very important to us is to continue to maintain our trusted relationships. We are honored to be able to have so many put their trust in our services. We have so much gratitude for the people who reach out when they have a client in need that we can help.
In 2023, our number one goal is to continue to be the premier home care provider in Princeton. Since June of 2023, we have added services which are specialized to serve those with dementia. Our Dementia Concierge Services provide coaching to families caring for those with dementia. We’ve added dementia related in-services and staff training for our care partners in our local assisted livings and long-term care communities. This will help our agency build our 2024 goal of becoming the premier home care provider in Mercer County for those with a dementia diagnosis.
On the second Wednesday of every month, we will be offering the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Seminar right in our office classroom space we call “Caregiver Corner”. This is the required seminar for those who are eligible to pursue certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). This 8-hour seminar is also recommended for anyone who wants to enhance their dementia knowledge. This seminar provides 8 Continuing Education Credits for Nurses. You do not have to be eligible for continuing education credits to take this course. Caregivers and family members are welcome. Topics to be discussed in this 8-hour seminar include: Overview of dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease: diagnosis, prognosis and treatment; tests and evaluations used for dementia; communication; sun-downing; feelings and repetitive behaviors; wandering; hoarding; paranoia and hallucinations; intimacy and sexuality; aggressive behaviors; catastrophic behaviors; depression; personal care; pain; nutrition; bathing; dressing; toileting; eating; swallowing; sleep disturbances; activities & Alzheimer’s Disease calendars; environment: changes that make a difference; staff and family relationships; stress and the caregiver; multicultural considerations; pastoral care and preparing for end of life. For those who wish to obtain their Certified Dementia Practitioner Designation, we will walk those students through that process.
We have added a monthly support group for family caregivers on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in our office located at 601 Ewing Street, Suite A-12 in Princeton and we facilitate one for the families at Care One Hamilton, The Elms of Cranbury, The Delaney of Bridgewater, and Carnegie Assisted Living.
We have also started Akin Care University in 2024 for education for our Certified Home Health Aides on cooking for their client, financial management, gentle cognitive redirection of their clients, the Montessori dementia style of care, hospice care, and so much more!
Lastly, one of the big goals and changes for 2024 is to enhance our Association of Elder Care Professionals monthly meeting by making it an educational roundtable discussion each month limiting the attendance to 15 professionals along with our team, the hosts, and the speaker. We feel this will bring value to our attendance and not only will there still be the opportunity to network, but it will allow us to provide speakers on relevant topics to our healthcare community.
We look forward to connecting with our care partners in 2024 to best serve the seniors in our community. For more information, please reach out to Sheli to learn more and connect with us.