Blog: 'Caregiver Services' Posts
April 11, 2018
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra area of our brains.  When a person develops Parkinson’s disease, they may begin to experience symptoms such as: Tremors Slowness of movements Rigidity in limbs Balance and gait (walking) problems Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment options can include medication,...
Self-care is vital to the health and well being of us all, but especially caregivers. On a recent Caregiver Crossing episode, we were joined by Jodi Patsiner, caregiver, friend and practitioner of The Work- a practice of self-reflection and a tool used to find inner peace. Click the links below to hear the conversation with...
When you think of a beautiful, vibrant 27-year-old woman, you probably picture someone much like Alissa K.  Alissa is a fun-loving young woman who happens to be living her life with Down Syndrome. Alissa and Lisa Wells, Executive Director of Down Syndrome Indiana, recently joined us on Caregiver Crossing and boy, did we have fun!  We...
  The hectic schedule of a caregiver often doesn’t allow for time to cook healthy meals.  But nutritious meals are one of the best ways to fuel the body, especially during times of increased stress.  A little bit of planning can go a long way to make mealtime more enjoyable. Use Your Slow Cooker –...
February 1, 2018
  I was there when he took his last breath.  His name is Doug and at some point over the last nearly twenty years, he became family to me.  The details of those years don’t matter to you, but they included a souped-up golf cart, Joy’s House, family meals, a really cool Harley, a backhoe...
January 8, 2018
I love the New Year, not because of the parties or the chances of snow, but because it is an opportunity for a fresh start and a fresh outlook on life.  For me, January 1st brings excitement and anticipation, but for many others, it is a time of uncertainty, insecurity and possibly even outright chaos....
Chances are that you hear the word Medicare and you groan.  Most people simply don’t understand the ins and outs of this federal insurance program.  Our friends at American Senior Communities gave us permission to share one of their recently published articles outlining the facts of this program and how if my benefit you. Read...
For years the average caregiver has been a 40 something year old woman caring for an aging parent, but that is quickly changing. Studies are now finding that 4 out of 10 caregivers are males, caring for a wife or partner, a parent or grandparent, and learning that they don’t like to talk about the...
Each year thousands of craft beer enthusiasts wait in line for entry into Winterfest, the largest beer fest in Indiana, presented by The Brewers of Indiana Guild. Once inside they enjoy beer samples from over 100 breweries in support of The Guild’s mission to, among other things, promote the highest quality of standards of professional brewing...
May 16, 2017
The Joy’s House mission has always had an underlying current that showed the value placed on family caregivers and the challenges that they face. In 2012 when our Caregiver Services were launched, we had no idea the impact that we were going to have on not only the caregivers associated with Joy’s House, but also...