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ECR Information: Pen Pals for Seniors

ECR Information: Pen Pals for Seniors

 

Have you signed up yet? To receive, or to reach out and be a pen pal? No?! Well, what are you waiting for?!

We first stumbled across the organization in 2017 after seeing a news broadcast about it, and loving every single part of their mission! Pen Pals for Seniors recognition exploded after that Fall broadcast, and our organization, Justice for Nancy, was quick to sign up. What is this unique sounding organization? It’s one that unites a group of people to help bring another group of people out of isolation, giving them friendship and hope. The benefits of this sort of organization for those in need include mental calm, health improvements, and better moods, to name a few.

With this program, seniors are able to sign up for a pen pal in their area, or someone with like interests. They can then exchange emails, or written letters, back and forth, opening so many doors, opportunities, and warm-hearted feelings for all involved. Pen Pals for Seniors has a legitimate database, so no one will be taken advantage of, or partnered with someone that makes them feel awkward.

See, there’s the thing… they market this as an elderly human benefit, when really, we think it’s more of just a human benefit, overall. After losing both of my grandmothers, and having all sorts of incredible family circumstances, I miss them more now than ever. Participating in this program, and the others that we volunteer with, help give me the connection to the past that I need. Plus, my children still get the well-rounded relationships from people of all ages, and seeing the smiles they help create in our senior community warms my soul. And the elderly we encounter weekly and monthly seem brighter and peppier when we are there. They are excited when we call, check-in, and visit. Such a simple way to make a huge impact in someone else’s life.

If you’re wondering how you can sign up to participate in this program, sign up to be a pen-pal receiving senior, or donate to one of their many card causes, just head to their website!

Just Click Here (It’s a direct link straight to their website!) Pen Pals for Seniors website or Facebook page.

Or if you’d rather copy and paste, here are the addresses:

Site: https://www.penpalsforseniors.org/about-us

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pals4seniors/

 

Thanks for visiting our site! We hope your 2018 is off to a great start!

Elderly Care Resources: Nursing Home Safety

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Elderly Care Resources: Nursing Home Safety

While there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the nursing home business is one of the top businesses to need a complete overhaul, the recent issues within the system are far too great to ignore. In our own dealings with nursing homes, we often find the gamete of situations from the worst, to the best. The best are often unrecognized nurses and certified nursing assistants who do truly care for the job and treat your family members like their own. Those are few and far between. The worst situations often involve those nurses and CNAs on the opposite end of the spectrum, who are only there because schools pay them to be, or the job was easy to acquire because of the high demand.

Another aspect of the worst situations is the business and governmental side of things, which we have all seen all over the news reports with the recent hurricanes and weather events. Because the laws, rules and regulations that exist within these nursing home walls have not been updated, there is no flexibility for your family member’s situation or needs. Major issues, whether it be mental or physical needs, are often ignored because the paperwork to address those needs takes too long, and will most likely be denied by the institution or insurance companies anyway. In our own situation, if certain mental needs would have been met early on, would the outcome of Nancy’s demise have been different? Would having better laws and rules about DNR orders have saved Barb from a year of vegetable-like living she never wanted? Would having set emergency plans for evacuation and power loss have saved the elderly in the hurricanes?

In the past two weeks, there have been incidents in two different states in regards to the safety of their residents. One nursing home began to flood in Texas during hurricane Harvey, floating all of its residents into one room to wait for days in chest deep, cold, dirty water for rescue. After their rescue, the facility blamed the State, who blamed the Federal government; and then the issue disappeared. A week later after the impact of Irma, another nursing home facility lost power in the intense Florida heat, and eight residents died, with multiple others sickened. The Florida facility even had access to the hospital across the street that had generators running, power, and cool air.

What is the excuse? Why are these the first places to be forgotten? How are the places and companies responsible for our family patriarchs and matriarchs being held responsible for their quality of life?

These facilities are making thousands of dollars per month off of each resident. Medicaid residents make them less than those with private pay insurances, so this leaves no question that there should be plenty of funds to cover the basic human needs, including emergency plans. If those very people who depend on Medicaid have to follow rigorous rules to stay in the program and prove their incomes and every other life aspect, shouldn’t the very companies that benefit, support and supply them have some responsibility in their safety?

Of course nothing in the nursing home industry will be corrected, or rectified anytime soon. Especially in a government where no one agrees, or stays on the payroll for longer than a week. Something needs to be done for the elderly in our country. It should not be that these great people are forgotten after they hit retirement age. They all worked hard for our country just as I am, as we are, doing now. I do not want to think of 80 as my nursing home sentence where the world and my family forget about me. I want to know that my life will be celebrated, and the good I did in the world is continued through my family. And maybe, just maybe, we will see change in the nursing home industry in our lifetime!

Elderly Care Resources: Helping in 2016 & Saying Goodbye to Nancy

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Elderly Care Resources: Helping in 2016 & Saying Goodbye to Nancy

 

Whether you’re doing laundry for Grandma, helping your elderly neighbor shovel his snow, or even helping a senior through the grocery store- it ALL counts, and in most cases, is more than appreciated. For those elderly who are living alone, missing their spouse and family, just the intermittent contact between themselves and friends can hold off the winter blues, make their gloomy days brighter, and help them find their smile once more.

There are things that you can do that support, empathize, and help the elderly. Volunteer to help them. Call them. Stop by and bring them dinner. Offer your help with laundry and dishes. Shovel. Mow. Clean. Offer help with transportation for those who no longer drive, or help them secure their own. Help them grocery shop. Help them budget, as many live on fixed incomes. Check in on them when it’s too cold, and too hot. Invite them places, to your parties and get togethers. Help them to know their neighbors.

In any case, any circumstance, and any situation- help can always be given. This year, make it a point to help an elderly person. We promise you won’t feel bad about it at all, and you’ll get more smiles than you could ever dream of!

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This past week, we lost my Grandma who was the victim of a home invasion attack that left her completely blind and reeling in 2014. Truthfully, we lost her days after the attack, but her physical being left us last week. If there is anything I can tell you about Nancy, it was that she was a giver. It didn’t really matter what you needed, because she would come through in the end. One of the causes closest to her heart was ensuring that people had enough food to eat.

Due to her attack, Justice for Nancy was born. Now that she is gone, JFN will be around doing charitable events in Nancy’s name every year. This year we are running a food drive that will be donated to our local food bank in Fort Wayne, IN. Doing this comforts us in not only doing good for others, but keeping my amazing Grandma’s name out there, so everyone can remember her kindness, too.

If you’re interested in seeing what Justice for Nancy is all about….just click this link to head to our Facebook page!

Holidays are Here Again!!! We’re BACK and Hopefully Done with Our Hiatus!

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Holidays are Here Again! (We’re BACK and Hopefully Done with our Hiatus!)

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Elderly Care Resources has spent the last few months moving! Anyone who has moved with multiple children after living in a house for 11 years knows exactly what that’s like!! We’ll be getting back to the blog in full swing in the next few weeks, bringing you much information from the recent Autoimmune Summit that has been hosted by many of the top doctors, nutritionists and leaders in the autoimmune world.

While we haven’t been busy on our ECR page, we HAVE been VERY busy everywhere else!! In October, we published our first gluten free cook book, OH, Forks!! A Little Bit of Everything and All That’s Gluten Free with Author Skye Falcon and Gluten Free for Me. It’s a fabulous book, made from 100% recycled paper, and over 200 pages filled with pictures, simple directions, versatile ingredients, and nutrition labels!!

For the Holidays, we’ve made a few deals on these books! Please check out the Gluten Free for Me Facebook page, or check out their latest blog post for details!

We’re excited to share with our reading community everything we’ve learned from the autoimmune summit!! We also hope that your winter is starting off well, and want you to remember your winter safety precautions against falls, and staying warm!!

Some have sent in comments asking about my Grandma, too. I will try to get an update about her done, too. Thanks for asking, and still thinking of her. She needs all the prayers she can get. #justicefornancy