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Helping Seniors Stay Home

By Paul and Sherry Dziuban
Franchise owners of Home Instead Senior Care

As franchise owners of Home Instead Senior Care, we always have had a passion for helping people. Part of this passion stemmed from Sherry visiting her grandfather in a nursing home, which was an eye-opening experience.

While the deterioration of her grandfather’s health required full-time care in a nursing home, many of the other residents of the center where her grandfather lived seemed out of place. They could easily have lived on their own – with just a little extra help.

So we vowed to help people like these avoid the confines of a nursing home, and found a way by opening a franchise of Home Instead Senior Care. The company’s employees, known as CAREGivers, provide basic support services across Oahu, including assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping, to enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Additionally, Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers receive training in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which experts predict will one day affect one-third of families in the area.

Recently, Home Instead Senior Care developed a free smartphone app, Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Helper, that families can use when caring for a loved one with dementia. It includes the ability to search behaviors and offer solutions for daily struggles including bathing, eating and sleeping. The app, which is available now on iTunes, is designed to help families manage these issues as they arise, whether at home or in public.

For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network or its free Alzheimer’s resources, please visit helpforalzheimersfamilies.com or call the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 944-0422.

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