Although we like to think of the holidays as a joyous time of year, not everyone feels that way. It can be a depressing and lonely time for seniors—especially for seniors who are separated from their loved ones. In addition, some seniors might be reminded of lost friends or family members or for the first time find themselves spending the holidays without their significant other. These losses bring on a lot of strong emotions and can be difficult to face alone. Those of us that work with the elderly approach this time with trepidations. It is a time when they enjoy time with their loved ones, but may mourn all they have lost in terms of loved ones as well as physical capabilities. I have tried to put together some helpful tip sheets in addition to some concrete suggestions where we can help the senior loved one, caregiver and their families navigate joyfully through this holiday season.
Happy Holidays to all,
Anita Kamiel, R.N., M.P.S.
Director of Patient Services
Anita Kamiel, R.N, M.P.S. is the founder and owner of David York Home Healthcare Agency and is fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and the latest guidelines for seniors. She holds advanced degrees in gerontological administration and has experience in the field as a Nursing Supervisor in a nursing home. Anita has been in the business of home care for over 40 years starting out in an NYC Medicaid agency. Thirty years ago she realized the need for affordable, quality home health aide services provided and supervised by caring individuals, so she boldly opened David York Home Healthcare Agency in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of 4 and the grandmother of many and when she is not on adventures like safaris in Africa, she still works 6 days a week and runs to her workout classes 3 of those nights. You can contact her at 718.376.7755 or at www.davidyorkagency.com where she is happy to share her experience and help you through your home healthcare issues.