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Spreading the anti-bullying message in Western Newfoundland

Written by Corinne Massey on . Posted in News

On Wednesday, February 22nd, CareGivers and two other Seafair Capital companies; Momentum Developmental Support and Blue sky partnered in the Corner Brook Office to deliver a very special message about anti-bullying on Pink Shirt Day.

All three companies provide care to those most vulnerable in our communities; children, adults with disabilities, and seniors. Our message as we visited over two dozen businesses and community groups was simple- bullying can happen at any age and at anytime. We distributed anti-bullying information and gift cards for a local coffee shop and asked 300 random strangers to take a friend for coffee.  Our teams in St. John’s and Grand-Falls Windsor also joined the Corner Brook team in spreading the anti-bullying message in their areas and showing support by wearing pink t-shirts.

Sometimes just checking in with a friend can help someone who may be struggling with an issue such as bullying, and them knowing that they have a friend they can talk to can help them overcome issues they are facing.

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                                                            Pink Shirt Day 2017

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CareGivers Spreading Love in Bonavista for Valentine’s Day

Written by Corinne Massey on . Posted in News

One of CareGivers Core Values is Community – We care about where we live and work and want to make our corner of the world a better place to be.  This week our Manager in Bonavista, Cindy Tucker, coordinated a Valentine’s Day surprise for the seniors in the community.  We asked the children from Catalina Elementary and Matthew Elementary to make Valentine’s Day Cards to be given to Seniors in those communities. The students were excited to be part of this surprise and created 230 valentines! The valentines were distributed to seniors of the Salvation Army, United, and Anglican Churches in Bonavista, and the Roman Catholic Church in Port Union at the end of services on Sunday, February 12th.

The seniors were delighted to receive such a surprise from the children in the community and were touched that the children had made all the valentines for them by hand. Thank you to the students from both schools for helping bring a little extra love to our seniors on Valentine’s Day.

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Home Fire Safety for Seniors

Written by Matthew Head on . Posted in News

This week is Fire Prevention Week. Fire safety is a crucial issue for seniors who choose to live in their own home. Those caring for aging loved ones who wish to remain at home need to understand the fire risks and how to deal with them.

Older adults face fire risk factors which do not affect the young. Weaker physical (and sometimes mental) capabilities make it harder to identify and respond to a fire, and create a higher risk that a fire will start.

Age-related changes affect the senses and reduce mobility. Cognitive changes, from memory loss to dementia, can be more hazardous than the physical changes: individuals may not realize they are in danger and may even engage in risky behavior. Alcohol consumption or the side effects of prescribed medication can add to the risks.

Seniors on fixed incomes may feel they cannot afford home improvements. Nonetheless, adaptations and repairs are necessary to enable independent living. Older adults should install safety aids, and replace outdated appliances and electrical devices. Emergency evacuation can pose a challenge for older adults, and should be a priority when planning renovations.

Seniors will often need assistance from family members to put safety measures into place. As well, family members are in the best position to reinforce the precautions necessary to help their loved ones prevent or respond to a fire.

Some ways you as CareGivers can help:

1. Smoke Alarms

If clients do not already have one, encourage them to install a smoke alarm on each level of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Anyone who sleeps with the bedroom doors closed should have a smoke alarm inside the bedroom. Test each alarm monthly and replace the battery twice a year. Remind clients that if they hear the smoke alarm “chirp” it means the battery needs to be replaced immediately. Seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing should consider purchasing flashing or vibrating smoke alarms.

2. Escape Plan

Many seniors still depend on escape routes that were planned when the kids were young. Update these plans with their current capabilities in mind, and practice with them. Make sure there are two ways out of each room. Keep hallways and stairs uncluttered. Instruct seniors to call 911 from a neighbor’s house, and not to go back inside their home. If they cannot leave on their own, they should still dial 911. Place a telephone beside the bed, as well as slippers, house keys, eyeglasses and a flashlight.

3. Smoking

Careless smoking is a leading cause of fire deaths for the elderly. If your clients smoke, stress that they must never smoke in bed. When they are finished smoking, have them soak the ashes in water before discarding them. Advise them never to leave smoking materials unattended, and ensure that they collect them in large, deep ashtrays.

4. Cooking

Cooking fires are the number one cause of fire injuries among older adults. Emphasize that they must never leave cooking food unattended. If they need to step away, they should turn off the stove. Keep lids nearby so that if the pan catches fire, they can carefully slide the lid on it and turn off the stove. Suggest that they mount a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and check the pressure gauge monthly. Also, remind seniors not to wear loose clothing when cooking: a dangling sleeve can easily catch fire. Keep towels and potholders away from the stove. Clean the exhaust hood and the duct over the stove regularly.

5. Heating

Recommend that your clients have the furnace and chimney inspected by a professional prior to the start of winter. Keep newspapers, rags, and other combustible materials away from the furnace, hot water heater, or space heater. Keep flammable materials, such as curtains or furniture, at least three feet from space heaters. Watch for electrical overload signals such as dimming lights when a heating appliance goes on; call a qualified electrician if this occurs. Stress that the oven should never be used as a heater if the house feels too cold or the furnace goes off.

6. Candles

Candles exude an aura of warmth and coziness – but they are causing more and more house fires. The best policy for those with age-related changes is simply not to have candles in the home. For festive decor, choose CSA approved electric lights. In preparation for an emergency, place flashlights in key locations, for example, beside the bed, favorite chair, and in the kitchen.

Help us keep our Seniors Safe!