April's Book of the year

Christian author and motivational speaker Andrews effectively combines self-help with fiction to catch readers' interest, sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking. With his can-do style, Andrews (Storms of Perfection; Tales from Sawyerton Springs) tells the allegorical tragedy of one David Ponder, whose woes begin when he loses his job, his confidence and essentially his drive for living. After a succession of losses, Ponder is rendered unconscious after a car accident, and is magically transported into seven key points in history. At each stopping point, he is met by historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, King Solomon, Harry Truman and Christopher Columbus, each of whom imparts one of the seven key decisions that Andrews asserts are essential for personal success. After his travel through time, Ponder regains consciousness in a hospital and discovers he is holding letters given to him by the various heroes. The letters offer familiar self-help counsel: accept that the buck stops with you, become a wisdom seeker and a person of action, determine to be happy, open the day with a forgiving spirit, and persist despite all odds. Although Andrews writes from a Christian perspective, his overall message (trust that God is sovereign, but do your part in making your future happen) will ring true with a broad spectrum of inspirational readers. Some astute thinkers may be put off by the simplistic story line, but Andrews does an exemplary job at providing positive suggestions for overcoming life's obstacles.    SIDE NOTE: Carla and Joanna LOVE this book! A must read…..over and over again!

Christian author and motivational speaker Andrews effectively combines self-help with fiction to catch readers' interest, sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking. With his can-do style, Andrews (Storms of Perfection; Tales from Sawyerton Springs) tells the allegorical tragedy of one David Ponder, whose woes begin when he loses his job, his confidence and essentially his drive for living. After a succession of losses, Ponder is rendered unconscious after a car accident, and is magically transported into seven key points in history. At each stopping point, he is met by historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, King Solomon, Harry Truman and Christopher Columbus, each of whom imparts one of the seven key decisions that Andrews asserts are essential for personal success. After his travel through time, Ponder regains consciousness in a hospital and discovers he is holding letters given to him by the various heroes. The letters offer familiar self-help counsel: accept that the buck stops with you, become a wisdom seeker and a person of action, determine to be happy, open the day with a forgiving spirit, and persist despite all odds. Although Andrews writes from a Christian perspective, his overall message (trust that God is sovereign, but do your part in making your future happen) will ring true with a broad spectrum of inspirational readers. Some astute thinkers may be put off by the simplistic story line, but Andrews does an exemplary job at providing positive suggestions for overcoming life's obstacles.

SIDE NOTE: Carla and Joanna LOVE this book! A must read…..over and over again!

March Book of the Month

March’s Book of the Month is “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering” By: Joanna Gaines

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Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines' warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and classic comfort selections from the couple's new Waco restaurant, Magnolia Table.

Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and friendship than through the art of togetherness, celebrating tradition, and sharing a great meal. Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes—from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to small plates, snacks, and desserts—presenting a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by her love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor. Inside Magnolia Table, you'll find recipes the whole family will enjoy, such as:

  • Chicken Pot Pie

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

  • Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction

  • Peach Caprese

  • Overnight French Toast

  • White Cheddar Bisque

  • Fried Chicken with Sticky Poppy Seed Jam

  • Lemon Pie

  • Mac and Cheese

Full of personal stories and beautiful photos, Magnolia Table is an invitation to share a seat at the table with Joanna Gaines and her family.

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March Birthdays!

We wanted to wish all of our Certified Nursing Assistants, License Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Caregivers with birthdays in March a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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Thank you for all that you do! We hope your day was as fabulous as you are!

February Book of the Month

February’s Book of the Month is “The Physician” By: Noah Gordan

Fueled by a passion for medical knowledge—and a true gift for healing—Rob Cole undertakes a journey from medieval London to Persia, bringing readers along on dangerous adventures and cross-cultural encounters.

Fueled by a passion for medical knowledge—and a true gift for healing—Rob Cole undertakes a journey from medieval London to Persia, bringing readers along on dangerous adventures and cross-cultural encounters.

An orphan leaves Dark Ages London to study medicine in Persia in this “rich” and “vivid” historical novel from a New York Times–bestselling author (The New York Times).

A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift—an acute sensitivity to impending death—never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.

Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world’s most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival—medicine—makes a riveting modern classic.

The Physician is the first book in New York Times–bestselling author Noah Gordon’s Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.

January Book of the Month

January’s Book of the Month is “Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits” by: Reese Witherspoon

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Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

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January Birthdays!

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!!

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We hope each of you have a day that is as amazing as you!

Remembering Delores Allen

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

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Shreveport - Ms. Delores Faye Allen, age 74, of Shreveport, Louisiana, native of Vivian.She was preceded in death by her mother Lorene Maleby, and her Father W.C. Allen.

Our beloved mother passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on December 13, 2018. She was a devout Christian who was a member of Waller Baptist Church who loved the Lord, her 4 daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. She is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is survived by her four loving daughters; Amanda Calderon, Cori Harrington, Lori Sandefur, and Stephanie Harris.

She had a beautiful spirit and she could light up the room with her smile. She was a life long caregiver and very compassionate to others. We will greatly miss her and her legacy will live on in us.

A graveside service will be held at New Smyrna Baptist Cemetery in Atlanta, Texas at 1pm Saturday, December 22, 2018 with Bro. Gene Parker officiating.
Published in Shreveport Times on Dec. 20, 2018
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December Book of the Month

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

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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.

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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 HouseDancing with the StarsThe 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.

Christmas at Elite

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.

Much Love,

CSA

Thanksgiving Closures

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!

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Cookie Bingo at The Blake Bossier

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!