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Thursday January 03, 2013 – Issue #620
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If you are receiving this issue of caregiver newsletter as a forward, and would like to get your own  subscription, click to subscribe.From The Editor

Back to the Future

Throughout history, there have been many examples that prove looking backwards is not such a great idea (just ask Lot’s wife), so I hope it does not bode poorly that I am doing so in my first message of 2013.  Besides, my doctor was adamant I reduce my salt content.

With that said, I could not let another week go by without talking about one of the highlights of 2012 for me.  I am referring to joining the celebrants at the 25th anniversary gala of the Rosalynn Carter Institute on October 25th.  I had just interviewed former First Lady Carter for the cover of the September/October issue Today’s Caregiver magazine and it was a great pleasure to be able to spend time with her at the gala…read more

Take Care

Gary Barg Editor-in-Chief gary@caregiver.com

Celebrating a caregiver legend for 25 years of support.http://t.co/G9TahmB4 #caregiving #caring #care #alzheimers # dementia #alzheimersreadby todayscaregiver (garybarg)

Caregiver joins his striking caregivers

Caregiver joins his striking caregivers (Photo credit: Simon Oosterman)

Five Star Homecare Now Offering Homecare Services in Boca Raton, Florida: Its Your Health, Its Your Choice

Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

As a home health agency, Five Star Homecare places caregivers into the home of patients. Five Star Homecare is consumer oriented and aims to help patients stay at home for as long as possible by providing services along the homecare continuum of care including skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and home health aide services while recovering from chronic illnesses.

Five Star Homecare is committed to providing high quality services by qualified staff in a manner that promotes quality of life, patient safety and customer satisfaction. The companies number one priority is to meet the needs of patients recovering from illness.

With a customer-driven focus Five Star Homecare continues to reach out to consumers including patients, healthcare professionals, and both professional and community-based organizations to educate and to foster associations and partnerships with the healthcare industry in South Florida.

Five Star Homecare is strongly committed to providing the highest quality of care. Through rigorous recruitment efforts Five Star Homecare seek professionals uniquely qualified, and that demonstrate a caring and compassionate nature. Five Star Homecare seeks continually to hire and train individuals that possess a proven record of leadership, compassion and an understanding of what being a part of the team requires. Being apart of the Five Star Homecare Team requires a total commitment to the needs of Five Star Homecare customers and clients.

Five Star Homecare is a focused, results-driven home care agency. Recruiters at Five Star Homecare seek the best candidates for the job by taking the time to understand customers needs and long term plans. Recruiters only select individuals who can perform and prosper within the Five Star Homecare companys culture. Five Star Homecare caregivers assist patients in their recovery, from illness of chronic disease in the comfort of home. preventing hospitalizations. This allows patients to feel more comfortable and secure. It also relieves the patient’s family of the hardships of being full-time caregivers. The focus of Five Star Homecare is not to become the biggest home care agency in South Florida, but to become the home care agency that is known for placing a strong emphasis on quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction.

Five Star Homecare actively seeks to recruit and train the most highly qualified nurses, caregivers, clinicians and administrative staff persons. The success of Five Star Homecare is directly related to the employees that work here and how successful these employees are at meeting the needs of clients and customers. Five Star Homecare invests the time and resources necessary to help build a five star team of employess by assisting this team to fullfill personal objectives and career goals.

Five Star Homecare seeks to hire and train individuals that possess a proven record of leadership, compassion and an understanding that being a part of a five star team requires a commitment to customers needs. There are many opportunities for training and leadership. Most importantly Five Star Homecare strive to motivate and retain team members who demonstrate exceptional character, talent and trustworthiness.

If you are a healthcare professional looking for a caring, family-oriented company where you can thrive, then please contact Five Star Homecare! Finding the right healthcare team the one that best matches personal style and professional goals can change a person’s whole life for the better. Interested in a rewarding career with Five Star Homecare please visit: http://fivestarhomecare.com and click the Apply Here Today Link, Complete Form and Submit Resume.



Caregiving is not a role people usually choose. It seems to choose us, emerging from events and circumstances beyond our control. Spinal cord injury, debilitation or sudden illness may come without warning. This is a job that cannot be skirted and cannot always be delegated. It can be difficult, physically and emotionally. It can be time-consuming. While caring for loved ones can be enormously satisfying, there are days, it seems, that offer little reward. Caregivers, the men and women who care for family members and loved ones, deserve to be recognized and supported for the vital part they play in the lives of people with paralysis. Caregivers may work in isolation from others in similar circumstances but they share much in common. It is important that caregivers connect with each other, to gain strength and to know that they are not alone. It is essential that caregivers know about tools — the homecare products and services — that might make their jobs easier. It’s also important that caregivers are aware of community and public resources that offer assistance. Caregivers also need to know that support and respite systems exist to address the well-being and health of caregivers themselves.
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Cost of Dying: At-home caregivers face challenges, sacrifice

Cost of Dying: At-home caregivers face challenges, sacrifice
The day she brought a hospital bed into her den, Susan Meyers’ role in life changed dramatically, from adoring mate to devoted caregiver. Like one of every six Californians, she was taking on a job that doesn’t pay, but costs sleep, savings and …
Read more on San Jose Mercury News


Dec. 2 Letters: Caregivers, green strategies
The Virginia Caregiver Coalition would like to thank the more than one million family caregivers in the Commonwealth. Caregiving takes a toll on their physical, financial and emotional health. Family caregivers provide over one million hours of care to …
Read more on Daily Press


Calif. caregiver who served poisonous mushrooms banned for life from senior care
The caregiver who admitted to serving poisonous mushrooms to seniors in Loomis, Calif. is now banned from ever working at a state-licensed community care facility, CBS station KOVR in Sacramento reports. The dish resulted in killing four elderly …
Read more on CBS News




National Patients’ Rights Association Opposes House Bill 5681 As A Result Of …

National Patients’ Rights Association Opposes House Bill 5681 As A Result Of
“HB 5681 is simply an attempt by corporate enterprise to completely undermine the spirit of Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act by changing various structures of the law in a manner that could harm patients and caregivers,” said NPRA spokesman Adam …
Read more on MarketWatch (press release)

Library Schedules (June 12-18)
Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Read and Play: 11 am Ages birth-24 months. A story time featuring lap games, tickles, bounces, and rhymes followed by a playgroup for meeting and mingling. Siblings welcome.
Read more on Carroll County Times

Butterfly Effects Offers Nation of Family Caregivers Alternatives to Outdated
Looking to help educate families on new approaches to elder care, Butterfly Effects is offering a free Family Caregiver Handbook. Containing more than 90 pages of information, references, resources, and forms, the book provides answers and …
Read more on PR Web (press release)
Family Caregiver Handbook that is free for download. (to receive the PDF, visit http://butterflyeffects.com/company/family-caregiver-info)

Free Alzheimer training for local family caregivers

Free Alzheimer training for local family caregivers
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A local in-home senior care company is offering free Alzheimer’s Training to Allen County and Northeastern Indiana family caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 60 to 70 percent of seniors with the disease live at …
Read more on WANE

Caregiver parents payment policy has to change – minister
By Isaac Davison The Government will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision that says families should be paid to care for their disabled children. Health Minister Tony Ryall said this afternoon he accepted that the policy of not paying close family …
Read more on New Zealand Herald

Techniques of Renowned Alzheimer’s Dementia Trainer Now Accessible in Europe
Nationally renowned Dementia Care Specialist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and the non-profit Pines Education Institute of SW Florida are now offering a series of highly useful, hands-on caregiver training DVDs in Europe.
Read more on San Francisco Chronicle (press release)