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I just love how the New Year brings feelings of a fresh start! We get to move on from old things and bring on the new. There is a renewal of spirit and energy and it seems as though everyone wants to make goals and meet them. We spend time going over things that we could have done differently and vow to not repeat these things in the new year. Caregivers who have limited time and energy usually look forward to the New Year and have a hope for better things in the future.
A great place to begin with this change would be to address the issue of Caregiver burnout and ways to avoid it. When we protect ourselves from the type of burnout that comes from lack of self-care other things tend to fall into place.
I have a family member who dealt with this personally. In her want and need to provide top of the line care for my grandmother she neglected herself. She was barely getting sleep, was constantly worried about my grandmothers well being and it was ultimately causing her unnecessary stress. Here are some easy to manage tricks that I would suggest to her and any other caregiver I know.
There’s no I in Team!
Most of us instinctively want to do things on our own sometimes you might have to force yourself to put a team together to support you. Their support may be needed physically, emotionally or even spiritually. Sometimes you must put your pride aside and ask for help and there is nothing wrong with that. Having someone to talk to and call when you need emotional support is vital. Always ask for help when you need it!
Always take note of whats going on with you. Being self-aware is one of the key factors to avoid becoming overloaded. Sometimes stopping to make check your posture can be a sign of physical stress. It is also important to check your emotional state when checking your physical. Are you calm and self-aware or anxious and annoyed? By checking on yourself you can do things to soothe yourself, like resting, eating, reaching out to other or just simply taking a breather.
Take a Break!
Many peoples default mode is to go the extra mile, to push themselves to get everything done and keep at it until every issue is resolved. As a caregiver, this trait is a great thing and a dangerous downfall. I’m not encouraging slacking off or ignoring what needs to be done, I’m just saying that everyone could use a break from time to time. Sometimes allowing yourself a change of scenery, a 5 minute breather or just a quick sit down can make all the difference. I would also encourage doing something nice for yourself from time to time!
Let’s all agree to protect ourselves in 2019 by taking these steps and any other positive thing that works for us to avoid burnout before it even has a chance to hit us. Let’s have a year of living our best life! Let’s make sure caregiving doesn’t rob us of the joy that comes along with life. Let’s get the help we need when we need it.
We wanted to start off the New Year by wishing some of our Caregivers, Certified Nursing Assistants, License Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
We hope each of you have a day that is as amazing as you!
Delores Allen was a sitter with us since 2011. She was a very strong willed, confident and dedicated member of our team. We will miss her dearly! Below is her obituary that was published in Shreveport Times on Dec. 20, 2018
We are starting a new addition on our blog. We will be posting a Book of the Month each month! We hope these books inspire you and build you up just as much as they have us.
December’s Book of the Month is “Kind Is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously” by Candace Cameron Bure
Carla mentioned this book to us a few weeks ago and she has loved it so far! This book is about more than just being nice to people and moving along with your day. Kindness is a lifestyle choice, one that has many benefits to everyone involved when used to its full extent. Kindness isn't only about being kind to others; it's also about being kind to yourself and once you do that, showing kindness will come more naturally to you.
The following is the description of the book on amazon
As a woman in today’s world, you know what it’s like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you’ve been given? What’s more, how can you stand your ground with grace?
The classy confidence you know and love—whether it’s on set at Full House or Fuller House, Dancing with the Stars, The View, or Candace’s Hallmark films—is no act. But it hasn’t come easy. In fact, learning to stay true to herself with grace has been one of the biggest fights of Candace’s life.
The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it’s classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.
In Kind Is the New Classy, Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others. Whether you’re navigating major life choices, questions of calling and career, relationships, or personal goals, this book will show you how to:
Keep your cool under pressure
Respond to criticism with grace
Stay grounded yet go places in life
Stay true to who you are despite the expectations of others
Stay centered in what ultimately matters the most
Kind Is the New Classy is your permission to go off-script, to say goodbye to society’s “should’s” and to step into a new way to flourish as a woman today.
From our crew to yours…Merry Christmas!
Growing up, Christmas was always such a special time for our family. Whether it was helping our parents decorate the tree, to writing our family’s Christmas letter, even watching my Grandfather drink a little too much “nog”; it was a time where traditions were cherished and memories were made. Christmas morning was filled with the aroma of cinnamon sticks on the stove and great anticipation, as my older brothers and I received clues from Santa to find our gifts. However, the best part of the season was learning about the true meaning of Christmas - the spirit of giving.
As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate having such a unique childhood where we were taught the valuable lesson of giving. The story of Saint Nicholas (St. Nick or Santa) tackles the spirit of giving and doing good without receiving recognition. It is the mentality of paying it forward and wanting to leave the world a little brighter than it once was. In the words of Louis Armstrong, “I think to myself what a wonderful world” and it would truly be a wonderful world if everyone practiced this. That was such a special lesson to learn.
I must admit, I have gotten a lot more sentimental each holiday after my Dad passed away. It is during this season in particular that I am reminded of the traditions we created as a family and how it is now time for us to teach our children the spirit of giving. Just as God gave us his only son, I pray you take time this season to appreciate blessings that have been given to you and your loved ones. In the end, it will not be fame or money that completes your journey but that of faith, family and friends.
As we enter into December and anticipate the celebration of Christmas, I will you with another family tradition that we ended every Christmas letter with. May you and your family be blessed this Christmas season with health, wealth and time to enjoy them.
Are you looking for some advice as a caregiver? A Podcast on caregiving might be just what you need! Podcasts have become a great tool to learn new things and hear stories that might be similar to yours. The best thing is that they are all at the convenience of the listener. Here are a few of our favorite caregiver Podcast.
Caregiver SOS - This Podcast is hosted by nationally recognized gerontologist Carol Zernial and Ron Aaron. It also features Dr. James Huysman PsyC, LCSW. It is an hour long weekly show that airs every Sunday. The Podcast explores issues that are important to you, the caregiver.
Senior Care Corner - The Senior Care Corner Show features two hosts, Kathy and Barry from seniorcarecorner.com. This Podcast is where family members and other caregivers of senior adults find information, tools, and solutions to enhance the lives of senior loved ones.
Caregivers’ Circle - This Podcast focuses on the diverse aspects of caregiving. It explores the universal and unique issues that many different types of caregivers face. The also discuss the great impact that being a caregiver can have on someones life. They offer helpful strategies and resources that can be applied for every situation.
Happy Healthy Caregiver - The Happy Healthy Caregiver Podcast is where real family caregivers share how to be happy and healthy while caring for others. The host is Elizabeth Miller, a Certified Caregiving Consultant that shares her stories and content and also talks with others who are current or former caregivers.
Your Caregiving Journey - This Podcast delves into discussions about many different caregiving situations. Each week there is a different topic related to the challenges many caregivers face.
Check out the Podcast we listed above and feel free to let us know if any of your favorite didn’t make our list.
We want to wish a very Happy Birthday to all of our December Birthday Employees!!!
Thank each and every one of you for all you do! We hope you have an amazing birthday!
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday we will be closed starting Wednesday November 21st at 12pm until Monday November 26th at 8:30am.
However, we are always available, so if you need any assistance please feel free to call us at 318-213-5483!
We also have an important notice for our employees regarding pay day being on Thanksgiving. Pay checks, as well as direct deposits will be available on Wednesday November 21st! If you receive a paper check make sure to stop by before 12pm on Wednesday to pick it up!!
We hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving with their family and loved ones!
We want to wish a very Happy Birthday to all of our November Birthday Employees!!!
Thank each and every one of you for all you do! We hope you have an amazing birthday!
A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of hosting Cookie Bingo at The Blake in Bossier! We were able to hangout with some of the amazing residents and give away some yummy treats. Chelsea actually got to call bingo during the event!
The residents were awesome bingo player that gave me some tips when it came to calling the numbers…they don’t play around when it comes to bingo!
One of the things I noticed about The Blake is that everyone seemed to truly be enjoying themselves and had a smile on their face! The Activities Director at The Blake is doing an amazing job at planning diverse and fun activities for the residents to enjoy. We can’t wait to visit The Blake again soon!
National Cat Day!
Yesterday was National Cat Day and we wanted to celebrate our fur babies and show them off to you!
Below you will see Meeko and Wrigley hanging out on the table, they belong to Olivia! Then there is Jonah being the king of the kitchen, hanging out on top of the fridge. After Jonah is Roger…he likes late nights by the fire. These two adorable babies belong to Megan. Then you have Joanna’s adorable ones…Minnie sitting in a cute little box and then Simon trying to imitate her…it didn’t go so well. Then finally there is Harry…he likes all things shinny and loves laying on this tulle tutu and he belongs to Chelsea.
National Boss’s Day!
We might be a little biased but we think we have the best bosses ever!
Today has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year, but here at Elite we like to go above and beyond! Carla and Joanna are two of the hardest working women I’ve ever met. They both have different leadership and management styles but I think that is what makes Elite run so well. They each take the time to get to know us as individuals and see where we thrive and where we could use some help. They help with everything from scheduling elderly care cases to staffing Certified Nursing Assistant shifts. Carla can be found right when you walk in the door, greeting you with a smile and a “tell me something good”. Joanna might be tucked in the back but she’s always hustling to finish payroll or helping us staff shifts for our CNAs, LPNs, and RNs. If you ask any of us here at Elite what we think about Joanna and Carla the answer would be the same across the board…We love them and don’t know what we would do without them!
I remember very clearly the day Carla looked at me and said, “we may not be the smartest people on the planet, but we can do this…Why don’t we start our own?” I am married to a fireman, and at the time, had a 1 year old little girl, so I was scared to death, to put it lightly, and had to work and provide a steady income for my family, just as equally as my husband. However, we both had the same vision and were willing to work our booties off. We also had the guidance, mentorship and financial backing of 2 (and later, 3) very important people in our lives. And when I tell you, we wouldn’t be here without them, I mean that. They believed and encouraged us when we had been chewed up and spit out on numerous occasions.
I also remember the first time a client said “yes, I’ll give you a chance…we need a CNA, 3-11” and the excitement that poured over Carla and me. I still to this day get excited filling shifts! As we started to grow, there’s been many milestones that I feel have played an integral part of what Elite is today. Offering caregivers to the elderly in our community is something that makes my heart happy. To be able to have relationships with people in our community and to know that we are offering a service that really helps a family in need, is the most rewarding part of my job. Something else that I realized, just recently, are the number of people in our community that we have given the opportunity of work. We would be nothing without our employees, and it feels good to know that we have helped our community in that way.
Building an internal team has been a definite challenge and its taken 10 years to realize that! Carla and I love what we do, and Elite is our baby, but finding people that feel the same way, is hard! Along the way, we’ve picked up some really dynamic ladies to work with and now I can finally say, we did it! I love our team and can’t wait to see where we go from here!
Becoming 10 years old is just a step to me…a huge step, yes, but I want to be a part of this community for many years to come. I joke with my daughter, that one day, maybe her and Carla’s kids will be running it! And while we have much to continue to learn, I continue to want to learn and grow…and pay attention to the needs of my community. The day that ends, is the day it’ll probably be time to move on.
Until then, we’ll continue to serve and work just as hard as we did when we first got started 10 years ago. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for taking this journey with us!
-Joanna King, Founder / Chief Operations Officer