November 2021 Employee of the Month Winner

December 13th, 2021

Congrats to Danyelle Alexander Harman, the November Employee of the Month winner at our Hospice/Home Care office!

9 Tips for Caregivers

October 17th, 2021

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You’ve heard all the “cliché advice” from making time for yourself to share the load. It all sounds so reasonable and within reach, unless, of course, you’re the caregiver.

Caregivers are well-acquainted with guilt, self-doubt, conflict, and exhaustion. Their days are characterized by highs and lows, dilemmas and predicaments, anxiety and resolve. It’s an emotional roller coaster that requires tremendous strength of character and devotion. It’s not all doom and gloom, but there is a reason we spend so much time talking about it. The stress is real. The experience is consuming. The path is unpredictable.

Helpful tips

1) Learn about Your Loved One’s Condition

Being in the know will help to reduce stress and fear. Learn everything you can by consulting with physicians, visiting your local library, and becoming acquainted with community resources.

2) Plan Ahead

Once you have educated yourself about your loved one’s condition, devise a plan that includes choosing potential healthcare providers in advance, preparing advance directives, and getting financial and legal affairs in order.

3) Practice Self-Care

Taking care of yourself makes it possible for you to continue to be a caregiver to your loved one. Capable caregivers find the time to eat right, exercise, sleep and even schedule daily quiet time for relaxation, mediation, or prayer.

4) Celebrate Moments and Make Memories

Embrace the chance to live in the moment and enjoy your loved one when opportunities for laughter and intimacy present. Allowing yourself to enjoy those moments as they unfold can go a long way in alleviating stress.

5) Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes

Making mistakes opens up the possibility of finding a better way to do things. At the end of the day, it won’t be the mistakes that matter. What matters is your willingness to keep putting one step in front of the other as you continue to care for your loved one.

6) Try Not To Be a Control Freak

Trying to control every aspect of care will prove impossible for you and also work to alienate those willing to help. Folks will be less likely to help if you micromanage or bark orders.

7) Ask for Help

You can do anything, but not everything. The next time a well-meaning neighbor, friend, or family member asked what they can do to help, tell them. Make a list of chores that you could use help with and share the load.

8) Respite Care

Adult daycare, private duty home care, or even a brief stay at an assisted living or skilled nursing facility for your loved one may be helpful and/or necessary. Taking a break when you need one is another way of practicing self-care.

9) Learn about Signs & Symptoms of Caregiver Stress & Burnout

You are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems including depression. Once you burn out, caregiving is no longer a healthy solution for you or your loved one. That’s why it is so important to watch for warning signs and seek professional help when needed.

Being a caregiver is truly a labor of love. If you find yourself becoming too overwhelmed to continue being the sole caregiver, consider hiring a reputable private duty home care agency to help alleviate some of the burdens.

August 2021 Employee of the Month Winner

September 8th, 2021

Congrats to Betty Harman, the August Employee of the Month winner for the second time this year at our Hospice/Home Care office!

March 2021 Employee of the Month Winner

April 6th, 2021

Congrats to Betty Harman, the March Employee of the Month winner at our Hospice/Home Care office!

Bernsen Named to OCHCH Board of Directors

November 16th, 2020

Kara BernsenCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Health Care Network is pleased to announce that Kara Bernsen, Chief of Network Services, has been named to the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice Board of Directors.  OCHCH was founded in 1965 and is continually evolving to maintain its most basic purpose of working on behalf of home care providers so more people can receive care at home.

Older adults have always played an important role in Kara’s life, having grown up assisting her parents, Bob and Lynne Huff, who owned and operated several nursing homes and home health care agencies in Ohio.  It was only fitting that Kara would continue her efforts in the health care field as a physical therapist.   For the past 22 years, Kara has worked with Capital Health Care Network, most recently in the role of Chief of Network Services.  She was the COO of Capital Health’s Award-Winning Home Care and Hospice division for many years.

Kara states “I am honored to represent Capital Health Care Network as a board member for the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice.  I look forward to making a positive contribution in my role and becoming acquainted with this talented group of professionals.”

To learn more about Capital Health Care Network, visit www.capitalhealthcarenetwork.com.