Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Caring for Your Loved One Across the Miles

Written By Marie Villeza

More and more Americans are having to take care of their loved ones from a distance. And when a loved one is dealing with dementia, decreased mobility, or other disabilities, delivering quality long-distance care can be challenging.

Here are some tips and resources to help.

Use Technology

There are several ways you can use today’s advanced technology to provide better long distance care:

Skype or Facetime. Many phone and computer apps are specifically designed for video chatting. Video chats provide a valuable opportunity to stay in touch with your loved one so they don’t feel disconnected. It also provides a chance to monitor their physical appearance and check for signs of distress or illness.

Medication Apps. You can monitor your loved one’s medication compliance via a simple phone app.

Medical Monitoring Devices. Diabetes monitors, heart monitors, and blood pressure monitors are a few devices that you can link to your computer to download real-time health updates.

Telemedicine. If your loved one is immobile, or having difficulties getting out for proper physician visits, several services provide remote care. Compare what each resource has to offer, and select the one that best fits your needs.

Hire a Professional In-home Caregiver

If there is no one nearby to help your parent, you may be need to hire a professional to assist. Various levels of care can be provided based on your loved one’s needs. They can include meals, grooming, laundry, medication management and more.

The best way to hire a professional is to contact a home care agency in your loved one’s area. Ask for a packet of information that shares details about their specific services, their fees and, most importantly, references.

Once you’ve reviewed material from a few sources, The Family Caregiver Alliance recommends asking these critical questions in a face to face meeting.

     How long have they been in business?
     Is the agency licensed by the state?
     Are the workers licensed and insured?
     How does the agency train, supervise and monitor their workers?

When You Need a Senior Living Facility

If your loved one starts to display signs of aggression, their needs are expanding past your capacity, or they’re no longer safely able to care for themselves, it’s time to consider a senior living facility.

As tough as this decision may seem, it’s important to remember that senior living facilities provide a lot of wonderful benefits for residents:

The importance of socialization. Seniors living alone often say they enjoy the independence, but in reality many are lonely, and loneliness can lead to complications. According to Dr. John Rowe and Dr. Robert Kahn, authors of the book Successful Aging, “The more participation in social relationships, the better overall health for seniors.” Facilities offer a wide range of recreational opportunities to increase interaction.

A safe environment. Senior living facilities are specifically designed to minimize hazards that pose risks to the elderly.

Care based on individuals’ needs. One patient with dementia may require a whole different set of needs than a patient with limited mobility, and these facilities are equipped for those differences.

Rapid emergency response. There is tremendous peace of mind in knowing that if your loved one needs timely emergency care, they’ll get it. Trained, on-site personnel can be the difference between life and death.

If you’re thinking about a move to a senior facility, you’ll need to consider a budget. The good news is that most of your loved one’s former expenses will be included in one fee. Residents can pay via private pay, a senior line of credit, long-term care insurance, veteran’s benefits, as well as other options.

As your loved one’s long-distance caregiver, remember there is no right or wrong way. Consider the evolution of care as a journey and take it step by step. One of the most important choices you can make, however, is to prioritize your own self-care. You can only help your loved one if your well yourself. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

              Happy Thanksgiving From Team Pagosa!                      
                   What are YOU thankful for? Health? Home? Family? Friends?

Many look forward to Thanksgiving because it is a long weekend often spent with family and friends. Wouldn't Thanksgiving be more meaningful if each of us actually gave thanks for everything? Thanks for the good times and the bad... Thanks for the joys in life, as well as the pain... Thanks for the difficult times, trying times and frustrating times, too.
Cindi McMenamin has written a beautiful Thanksgiving Prayer worthy of sharing:
Thank you, God, for this food we are about to eat. And thank You for Your many blessings on us this past year...the ones we've seen, as well as the ones we haven't seen.
Thank you, God for the times You have said "no." They have helped us depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds us that You know what's best for us, even when our opinion differs.
Thank You for the things you have withheld. You have protected us from what we may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented us from going where You would rather not have us go.
Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in our lives. It has helped us more closely relate to Your sufferings on our behalf.
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in our lives. Those times have forced us to lean in closer to You.
Thank you, God, for the uncertainties we've experienced. They have deepened our trust in You.
Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for us when we didn't even know we needed a rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for the losses we have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are our greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears we have shed. They have kept our hearts soft and moldable. 
Thank You, God, for the times we haven't been able to control our circumstances. They have reminded us that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for Your ability to take what we consider 'tragedy' and turn it into a treasure.
Thank You, God, for those You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth  reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven. 
Thank You, God, that we have an inheritance in the heavenly places... something that this world can never steal from us and we could never selfishly squander.
Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on our behalf.
Thank you, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness we could never attain to on our own.
And thank You not only for our eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford us every day of our lives as You save us  from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of Your power and strength.
Thank You, God, for all that You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew to You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, throughout this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.
Thank You, finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You—and a  personal relationship with You—possible.  Amen.

We hope this Thanksgiving Prayer can bring joy and gladness to you and your family this holiday! <3

Friday, October 6, 2017

Halloween Carnival

Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

South 5th St.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Phone: 970-264-4152

Event Description: For a fun and spooktacular time come on down to this years Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 28th Noon - 2:00 pm. This event is WEATHER PERMITTING and costumes are optional. This event is FREE and open to all ages. 
Yamaguchi Park 

Cooking Matters Classes for Parents

Date: 10/12/2017 TO 11/16/2017 
Time: 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM 

Centerpoint Church
2750 Cornerstone Dr.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Phone: Thrive 970.264.5963

Event Description: A free six-week course teaching parents how to prepare and shop for healthy, low-cost meals while empowering them to raise healthy eaters. The class meets Thursdays, once a week, for two hours. To graduate the class, you must attend 4 out of the 6 class sessions. Course topics include preparing quick and easy healthy snacks, menu planning, smart shopping, feeding picky eaters, and making the most of SNAP benefits. Each week you will receive a FREE bag of groceries and enjoy the food you have prepared in class. At the completion of the course series, you will receive a guidebook with all nutrition information and a recipe bank, a graduation certificate, and a chef's knife and a cutting board. 
Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive, Pagosa Springs. Located off Hwy 160/San Juan Street, close to Boulder Coffee Co. and Sears 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Heroes are Remembered; Legends Never Die

MEMORIAL Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a day dedicated for remembrance for those of
ours who lost their lives in combat. However, in this day in age, most of us associate Memorial Day merely as a three day weekend filled with family fun and memories.  Memorial Day is meant to be a day we stand together in the remembrance of those who will forever carry the burden of our freedom.

From WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors voluntarily gave the ultimate sacrifice on the on the moral foundation of our founding fathers.  For most, Memorial Day is a day to kick off the summer, it is a day of mourning and gratitude.

My grandmother, a Marine wife, put it in a way that really brought it into perspective for me.  After returning from Vietnam, my grandfather had a difficult time adjusting to ordinary days.  He had a hard time being expected to think and function normally when in fact he was not "normal".  Our troops of our Nation are elite members of our society. Created to fulfill a purpose. The brotherhood, or sisterhood, that being a member of the military provides a bond that can never be comprehended by those outside of the unity.

So, take a moment of silence, say a prayer, or raise a toast to celebrate the lives of the men and women that we have lost over time.

Heroes are remembered; Legends never die. "Semper Fidelis- Gone but not forgotten"

-Daryn Butler

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why Pagosa Springs?

THE word is out! Pagosa Springs is one of the most sought out town in the United States.  As time inevitably evolves, so does our population.  A population of 1,835 year round residents the year of 2017, demonstrates an exponential a growth pattern of 9.6% since the year of 2000.
With no shortage of land, the issue stands within the lack of homes and properties that are for sale. 

The Real Estate Market is flourishing.  CREN and Pagosa Springs Area Association and Realtors provided an overall Market Overview.  The overview exhibits a decrease in New Listings (-15.2%) with an increase in Sold Listings (+20.8%) over the past year alone.  Statistics don’t lie! Real Estate is booming in our town and now is the time to invest in the Market. 

Surely our lowly rated 3.8% unemployment rate is appealing to job seekers considering that the average unemployment rate is 7.6%, but what really drives people to pack up their belongings and move to the sticks?

The answer is simple: Pagosa offers what no other can declare.  Our focal point is located in the Colorado Sunbelt, in the upper San Juan Basin, surrounded by 3 million angelic acres of National Forest.  A short 5 minute drive from town brings you to unharmed habitat- a design the Creator intended.

Offering more than a scenic destination- Pagosa is home.  62% of homes in Pagosa Springs are family led; with 60% of them contain children below the age of 6 years; which displays Pagosa as the perfect opportunity to raise your family with the perk of raising them without the influence of the world.

Pagosa Springs is ideal for beginning a new chapter in life.  The highest age percentage is dominate amid the ages of 25-34- almost equivalent between men and women. Half of which never being married, so don’t worry about the lack of opportunity to meet that special someone.   

Recently retired and wondering where to settle down? Pagosa Springs is the optimal location for such circumstances.  18% of residents live solely off of their retirement income, and find the peace here in Pagosa that they have been searching for.

With inventory being low and the number of buyers being high, we need listings! Let us at Team Pagosa guide you to make the best decision for you and your future.  Nine elite agents are ready to help you along the process.  Come and meet the agents and choose whom you would like to work with!

-Daryn Butler

SOURCES: "Pagosa Springs Demographics." United States Census Bureau . Area Vibes, n.d. Web. May & june 2017. <http://www.areavibes.com/pagosa springs-co/demographics/>.
"Economy Overview." Best Places. Sperlings, n.d. Web. March & april 2017. <http://www.bestplaces.net/economy/city/colorado/pagosa_springs>.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PSHS Upcoming Production of Mary Poppins.

REBECCA Postma has been a lively theater asset and highly involved member of the Pagosa Springs Community for many years.  Having participated in countless theatrical performances, Rebecca is more than experienced with on (and off) stage expertise.

Postma is taking on the ever talented Pagosa Springs High School theater group in the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious performance of Mary Poppins.  

This well loved 1964 fantasy comedy musical is coming to life with promises not to disappoint. The two week countdown till show time has kicked the students, directors, music and tech crew into high speed, perfecting every aspect of this musical.  Having worked both under and alongside Postma myself, I cannot express my excitement as she makes her PSHS directing debut! Dan Burch, veteran music director as well as the High School choir and band teacher is taking the lead in directing the warbling choir performers, along with the elite orchestra.

Join me, and many others as we embrace the talent here in our hometown.
-Daryn Butler

MARCH 21ST - 25TH in the High School auditorium @ 7:00PM.
TICKET PRICE: $10.00 at the door.