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ComForCare and Chelmsford Crossings hosted a dementia support group

ComForCare and Chelmsford Crossings hosted a group for those caring for loved ones with dementia at 199 Chelmsford Street.

Caring for a loved one with dementia can take a toll on the health and well-being of the caregiver.  One proven way to reduce the stress of caregiving is through personal contact and support from others in the same situation

According to the Alzheimer's Association, participating in a support group can be an empowering experience that helps participants feel less alone, better prepared to cope with daily challenges and be more hopeful about the future.  Jenn Quinn, owner/president of ComForCare Home Care of Westford and surrounding communities, shared these benefits with local family caregivers through a free, five-week support group.  Based on key concepts and strategies of the ComForCare DementiaWise program, this support group is more instructional than therapeutic.  Participants learned and shared in a caring atmosphere, received practical information and strategies to deal with dementia behaviors and had opportunities to discuss daily challenges and developed and practiced new caregiving skills.

"Our support group teaches family caregivers some of the best care practices approved by the Alzheimer's Associates.  Understanding these makes caring for their loved one easier and more effective," said Jenn Quinn.  "Our goal is to create better days for those affected by dementia and their dedicated family caregivers."

The support group was for those who are actively providing care at home to a loved one with dementia.  To learn more about the support group, contact Quinn at 978-256-2468.  If you were unable to attend these sessions or to learn more about future courses in the area, email Jenn Quinn at jennquinn@comforcare.com.  ComForCare caregivers provide home care and companionship services for individuals in many settings including their home, independent and assisted living communities, nursing homes, hospitals or wherever clients reside.  Services are provided primarily to seniors, but individuals with disabilities or those recovering from any illness, injury or surgery can also benefit."

For police, a growing awareness of dementia

As the population grows older and people live longer, dementia-care specialists are finding a need to educate more than patients' loved ones.

Because of these trends, Jenn Quinn, the owner and president of ComForCare in Westford, an organization that assists with senior health care, wanted to give free help to local police departments, to aid them in their response to older residents who may have Alzheimer's or dementia.

"One of the things that we're trying to target here is first responders' dementia training." Quinn said. "The number of calls that they're going to receive are going to increase."

The U.S. Census figures show 40.2 million Americans are age 65 or older.  And the number is growing.  By 2050, that population is expected to be about 88.5 million, according to information on ComForCare's website.

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Local ComForCare Owner, Jenn Quinn, Educates First Responders on How to Handle Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients.  Dementia Training Delivered to Littleton Police Department

From the person with dementia who gets lost, to a call that someone with dementia has assaulted his caregiver, or to a medical emergency with an elder who no longer can speak due to their dementia, local first responders encounter people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia on a regular basis. But understanding how to successfully handle this special population is not always easy or intuitive to figure out on their own.

But that has changed. Recently, the entire Littleton Police Department received dementia training from Jenn Quinn, owner of the ComForCare Home Care office. The program covered the best practices and tools to communicate, driving, wandering, misuse of 911 calls, hoarding and assessing pain.

“The Police Department was very receptive to learning this information, it’s clear they want to learn and serve the people,” said Quinn, “It was an honor to have provided this education to them as part of our community involvement.”

“This training was very informative,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Patterson. “The number of calls has been increasing and we need to train our officers to use best practices.

DementiaWise is ComForCare’s comprehensive care program designed to enhance the lives of those living with dementia. Using research-based behavioral interventions, DementiaWise teaches ComForCare caregivers to understand and anticipate changes caused by dementia, and to use compassionate, practical strategies that help prevent and reduce difficult dementia behavior.

"This was very informative both for work and family issues," said Sgt. Ed Bussiere.  "This training should be mandatory at the recruit training level."

Dementia Training Delivered to Concord Fire Department

Local ComForCare educates first responders on how to handle dementia and Alzheimer's patients when they encounter them.


From the person with dementia who gets lost, to a call that someone with dementia has assaulted his caregiver, or to a medical emergency with an elder who no longer can speak due to their dementia, local first responders encounter people with Alzheimer's Disease and other types of dementia on a regular basis.  But understanding how to successfully handle this special population is not always easy or intuitive to figure out on their own.

But that has changed.  Recently, the entire Concord Fire Department received dementia training from Jenn Quinn, owner of the Concord/Westford ComForCare Home Care office.  Also teaching was Deborah Bier, Ph.D, ComForCare's corporate director of special population, creator of their DementiaWise program, who is a long-time Concord resident.

"Interacting effectively with someone with dementia is very different than with other people," said Quinn.  "Our DementiaWise program teaches the cutting-edge skills we brought to Concord fire fighters and EMTs."  In this training, first responders learned about the impact dementia has on the community, dementia communication best practices, tools to keep people with dementia calm, and how to quickly de-escalate aggression and violence in a person with dementia.

"Dementia is a major but still growing part of our emergency medical service here in Concord," said Concord Fire Chieft Mark Cotreau.  "This training gave us a lot of excellent new information that will really help us into the future."

"The Fire Department was very receptive to learning this information.  It's clear they really want to serve people with dementia well," said Quinn "We are honored to have provided this education to them as part of our community involvement."

"DementiaWise is ComForCare's comprehensive care program designed to enhance thelives of those living with dementia.  Using research-based behavioral interventions, DementiaWise teaches ComForCare caregivers to understand and anticipate changes caused by dementia, and to use compassionate, practical strategies that help prevent and reduce difficult dementia behavior.

No Glass Ceiling for Women in Franchising

Jennifer Quinn previously worked in education for two decades - 13 years as an educational consultant and seven years as an elementary and special education teacher - and is now using her role as own of a ComForCare Home Care franchise in Westford, MA to impart the importance of caring for seniors by educating clients on best care practices.  "Increasing awareness is one of th keys to ensuring that seniors receive the care they deserve," says Quinn.  "Seniors often lack a voice when it comes to issues of care and I'm proud the help give them a voice on a daily basis."  To read more, click here.  

 

ComForCare Sponsors a Holiday Giving Tree with Eastern Bank

  ComForCare Home Care owner and Westford resident, Jenn Quinn, co-sponsored a Senior Giving Tree with Paul Playe, manager of Eastern Bank at Cornerstone Square in Westford to give area elders a chance to make grocery shopping and filling up on gas a little easier these days.

 Family Forum for Caregivers: Connecting Community Members to Community Resources

On Saturday, September 24th, Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. (CESI) hosted the Family Forum for Caregivers at the Concord Council on Aging. The Forum provided the caregivers of people with early/young onset Alzheimer's disease with the skills and resources to better care for their loved ones and themselves. To read more, click here.

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