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Don’t Miss Out: Love That Dress! is Summer’s Best Event!

Love-that-Dress-Pace-Center-Kara-VitaWe are just one week away from summer’s best event. Tickets are on sale for Love That Dress! and Just Like Family Home Care is not only a PROUD sponsor, but we are also very involved in the 4th annual event! Owner Elisabeth Nassberg is this year’s co-chair and Michelle Krumm is the volunteer chair. Last night we had our last LTD! dress collection party of the summer at BURN in Mercato and it was, once again, a huge hit! Thank you to BURN for being a great host. Now it’s time to get your tickets for the event! 

WHO BENEFITS  

PACE Center for Girls in Immokalee is a 501(c)3 organization that works with young women between the ages of 12-18 living in at risk situations. PACE provides guidance and educational opportunities giving these girls a path to a successful life. Every dollar that you spend on dresses, ticket sales and silent auction items benefit the PACE girls. Click here for more information on PACE

WHAT IS LOVE THAT DRESS! 

Over the past few months we have collected THOUSANDS of gently loved designer dresses at dozens of LTD! dress collection parties. Women throughout SWFL have generously cleaned out their closets and donated gently loved dresses for this event. We have spent weeks organizing, tagging and getting ready for the big day, which is Saturday August 23rd at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Now, it’s time to BUY these amazing dresses at a discounted price. From Gap to Gucci, you will have the opportunity on August 23rd to sift through thousands of designer dresses that are now priced as low as $10. 

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY 

Collier County’s fourth annual Love That Dress! will take place Saturday, Aug. 23 at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Course. VIP ticket holders will be allowed in at 5 p.m. and get first dibs on the best of the best. General admission ticket holders will get in at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door if the event doesn’t sell out. General Admission tickets are $30 per person or $150 for VIP. 

Click here to BUY YOUR TICKET TODAY!

 

 

 


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The Age-Friendly Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving nearly here, we wanted to share this lovely set of tips for hosting an all-ages-inclusive Thanksgiving dinner that we found floating on the Internet.  They were originally posted here on the eCaring blog, and were written last year by Melody Wilding.  Remember, it can be hectic to work out getting family from far flung locations together in one place, preparing an enormous meal, and making sure everyone is comfortable and having fun, especially the elderly or infirm members of the family.  We want you to have all the help you can get!

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Tips for Hosting an Age-friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Melody Wilding

Between coordinating travel plans, cooking, cleaning, and throwing a cast of personalities into one room, anxieties can run high around Turkey Day. If you are entertaining a mixed age group this year, respecting the eldest guests should also be high on your list.

How can you host a Thanksgiving dinner that accommodates the unique health and physical needs of elderly relatives and friends? Creating an age-friendly Thanksgiving dinner is simple with some forethought, planning, and communication.

Here are ways to ensure it is a happy holiday meal for young and old alike:

  • Be mindful of seating arrangements – If your aging parent or grandparent has physical limitations, seat him or hear at the end of the table, providing ample room to get up easily and more often without disrupting others.
  • Review the floor plan – Run through your home’s layout to make sure it is safe and free of any hazards that could cause a fall. Add additional lighting, secure carpets, and reduce any clutter in walkways. If your elderly loved one has a walker, wheelchair, or medical equipment (such as an oxygen tank), ensure that passageways have enough room to accommodate. Going out for dinner? Visit the restaurant beforehand to see if there are many stairs, tight spaces, or other conditions that would make it difficult for your aging relative to navigate safely.
  • Ask about dietary requirements – Begin planning your dinner menu in advance by asking your loved one and consulting his or her medical provider for dietary guidelines. For diabetics or persons with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, special diets such as low salt, low sugar, or low fat must be adhered to. If your loved one has suffered a stroke or otherwise has trouble swallowing, consider including a soft food dish in your menu.
  • Strike up conversation – Do not make the mistake of making your loved one feel invisible at Thanksgiving dinnertime. Many falsely assume that seniors are cranky and uninterested in chatting. However, the communal, family-feel of Thanksgiving is the perfect time for aging loved ones to share stories and lessons. As host, help encourage intergenerational communication by making children, teens, and older adults comfortable and meaningful, rather than awkward.
  • Enlist help – Consider hiring in-home respite care services to support caregiving duties around Thanksgiving crunch-time. This person can provide assistance with personal care, such as feeding, as well as companionship and stimulation. If your aging parent of grandparent has a home health aide, invite the caregiver to share dinner with you. Knowing your loved one has the help they need within range will bring comfort and peace of mind.
  • Acknowledge the person’s pace – Persons with dementia become uncomfortable and fearful in situations filled with noise and action. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, find a peaceful place him or her to rest before the event begins to help ease the transition. Keep the volume of music and conversation even and fairly low. If being around many people or at a restaurant is too stressful of physically impossible, improvise! Plan family visits throughout the day to cover all meals shifts – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – or ask small groups of family members to visit with the person on alternate days before or after the Thanksgiving holiday.