- 45* peripheral (This is the normal range of vision for an older adult 75 years young.)
- Tunnel vision (The width is about a yard in diameter. Loss of sight occurs in all directions: left, right, up, and down.)
- Binocular vision (Cup your hands around your eyes or use a pair of binoculars to experience this for yourself.)
- Restricted binocular (Cup your hands tighter around each eye, until they are just loose enough to fit a pencil through each opening.)
- Monocular (The brain shuts off vision to one eye. This is because the brain is prioritizing other bodily functions such as digestion, respiration, and blood circulation.)
NursePartners was proud to participate in the career fair hosted by the Philadelphia Regional Library system. Our two delegates were Lakeya Dula, Senior Recruiter and Dementia Coach, and Nafeesah Mays, Certified Nursing Assistant (“CarePartner”). NursePartners is looking for CNAs, LPNs, and RNs who specialize in geriatric care. We are always growing our team and want dependable CarePartners to work in consistent care teams. We offer assignments (not “shifts”) in three company divisions: traditional home care, GEM (dementia care), and staffing at our partner facilities. Carepartners receive the detailed plan of care and report before arriving for a first assignment with a new client.
If you are interested in joining our team, please complete an application online for the desired position: https://www.nursepartners.org/about/employment/
Lakeya Dula executes the entire hiring process, beginning with a screen, personality assessment, interview at the Philadelphia Office, executive huddle, background and drug screen tests, orientation, dementia workshop, and additional dementia training. She seeks personable and dependable CNAs for all three company divisions. NursePartners is looking for carepartners that want to make a difference in the lives of older adults. As an executive team, we proceed with each hire only after asking ourselves: “Would we want this CarePartner to care for an older adult in our family”? If so, we are confident to place them in the homes of our clients.
Nafeesah Mays has made an exceptional impression on seven of our clients. As a CarePartner with more than 16 years of working experience in home care and long-term care and assisted living communities, we are happy to have her as part of the team. As part of the orientation process, Nafeesah participated in an orientation that included a dementia workshop. During the workshop, dementia coaches role play difficult scenarios with carepartners to see how they might respond with our clients. Role plays are filmed and played back to the CarePartner so that they can see themselves from the eyes of the client. Nafeesah is in the process of completing additional dementia training.
NursePartners is proud to be a co-founder of the National Aging in Place Council of Philadelphia. Monthly we meet with other vetted service providers to determine how we can best support older adults as they age in place.
National Aging in Place Councils from across the country have collaborated to prioritize five tips we can offer families during the holiday season. The original post below has been supplemented by additional tips from NursePartners.
Tips for the Holidays from NAIPC
| As the holiday season approaches, NAIPC members would like to offer seniors, caregivers and family members some health and safety tips for enjoying the holidays with loved ones.NAIPC members compiled a list of the five most common things that normally concern seniors, caregivers and their families. We recommend that all stakeholders remain vigilant to minimize the risks and effects of the issues below:
1. Isolation. Many older adults who have raised families, or been a central figure in their community, are now at a place where those roles are no longer part of everyday life. This leaves them searching for where they fit in the bigger picture and this is especially true during the holidays. It’s important for them to feel their participation is valuable and meaningful. Here are some ways you can mitigate isolationism:
2. Safety is a big concern, whether it be safety from the elements or safety from the unknown.
For those aging in place, whether living alone or with the assistance of a caregiver, winter weather can be treacherous. It’s important to ensure that walkways and driveways are cleared of snow and ice before venturing out. Hire someone to shovel pathways and salt sidewalks. Additionally, it is wise to keep a supply of candles, matches, food, extra blankets and medications at the ready. If the older adult is living with dementia, consider having someone stay with them during snow storms. Arrange for a groceries to be delivered before the storm, either online or by a relative or friend.
Only use flame-resistant decorations and keep power cords away from heavily trafficked areas. Do not leave lights unattended and always assist the older adult while they are decorating.
3. Nutrition/Health. It is always important to manage a sensible diet, but especially over the holiday season with the rich foods and drinks, that could potentially be detrimental to anyone with a risk of diabetes, heart disease or worse. Encourage those at risk to limit consumption, by taking smaller portions and balancing their diet, or avoid holiday treats altogether.
4. Finances. We all cope with the financial pressures that our society imposes on us as we approach the holiday season. We need presents, trees, decorations, festive meals, and constant entertainment. This can certainly deplete the funds for someone living on a budget.
Beware of charitable fraud. Checking the IRS website for legitimate charities could be a lifesaver.
5. Transportation. Whether it be local or long-distance travel, transportation becomes a larger issue around the holidays. Either it’s the inaccessibility of running errands or it’s waiting in long lines, navigating airports and security, claiming baggage and meeting up with relatives. Don’t subject an older adult to these inconveniences. Instead, celebrate your holidays by traveling to them.
The holidays are supposed to be full of joy, love and family. So, keep your family safe and happy this year.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at NAIPC!