Welcome

Welcome to EverLove DayClub!

Welcome to our home on the internet!  We look forward to interacting with you on here, as well as our other social media pages.

Who We Are:

EverLove DayClub is an adult day program designed to support families who wish to keep their loved ones at home instead of placing them in a nursing/group home.

Our dedicated staff has extensive knowledge and experience in the healthcare field, particularly relating to developmental disabilities and elder care.

Our leadership team alone has over 20 years of combined experience in the adult day care industry!

Our Director Kathy was selected by Memory Care Home Solutions as their 2020 Mission Champion in recognition to her commitment to connecting families with quality dementia care.

Our comprehensive program is specially tailored for adults eighteen and older who need such things as socialization and supervision while providing their loved ones with peace of mind that their loved one is safe and happy.  Activities are adapted to specific physical challenges, including those who are wheelchair bound and visually impaired.

What Makes EverLove Different? 

EverLove DayClub is a multi-generational facility with a distribution of senior citizens and adults (18 and older) with developmental disabilities.

Here at EverLove you can be sure to find:

  • A secure and safe environment
  • Structured activities for varying skill levels running congruently throughout the day
  • Health monitoring and medication administration by nursing staff
  • Assistance with personal care, including mealtime and incontinence care
  • Individualized participant care plan with goals tailored to the needs of each participant
  • Person-centered programming and activities
  • Varying exercise programs for different skill levels
  • Assistance with arranging low-cost transportation, if needed
  • A warm and loving environment with friends!

EverLove DayClub can also help arrange physical, occupational, and speech therapies if needed.

EverLove DayClub is open Monday through Friday 7 AM- 6 PM and Saturday 9 AM-5 PM.  Please contact our executive director Kathy Nohl at (314) 968-2222 for more information.

We are also now on Facebook Instagram and Twitter!

Announcements

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2020 and hello to a brand new year it is always important to reflect on the past year’s events and moments we shared together.

We all know that 2020 wasn’t a typical year. After all, it’s not every year that you are faced with a global pandemic! But our participants met every challenge and change with resilience. They were an inspiration when sometimes the uncertainty seemed too much. And though we were forced to be 6 feet apart, we remain bonded in our commitment to protecting ourselves and each other.

And yet even with all those changes we still managed to have some EverLove fun along the way.

  • We had a fun “WELCOME BACK!” Luau complete with a visit from Kona Ice of Arnold.
  • We managed to have some great holiday parties
  • We had fun being creative with arts and crafts. We made luminaries, dot painting, and even made mini lighthouses!
  • We collected over 200 ITEMS for a local food bank. Thank you again to all those who donated.
  • Our Executive Director Kathy was awarded the 2020 Mission Champion award from Memory Care Home Solutions.

It remains to be seen what 2021 will bring but we know as long as we are together it will be a great one.

Health & Wellness

Sanitize vs. Disinfect: What’s the Difference?

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic experts were told the best way to protect yourself and others were 1. To wash your hands frequently and 2. To clean commonly touched surfaces. Seems pretty self explanatory- until it comes down to what products to use.

While we often use the terms “disinfect” and sanitize” interchangeably they are actually quite different.

Cleaning: Removes dirt, germs, and other impurities from surfaces but doesn’t necessarily kill them

Sanitizing: lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects—either by killing them or removing them—to a safe level

Disinfecting: Kills germs of surfaces or objects

The difference really boils down to the fact that sanitizing solutions aren’t as strong as disinfecting solutions. Think of sanitizing as lowering the level of germs on a surface, while disinfecting is killing all of them. Sanitizing is a little gentler than disinfecting, which can be powerful and often uses strong chemicals.

Most health experts recommend DISINFECTING over Sanitizing because Disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading germs from surfaces by touch. It is important to follow the directions of the back of the bottle. Most people think they are disinfecting but most products require sitting on surfaces anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes.

Here at EverLove we have always taken pride in our hygiene standards and the cleanliness of our building. Due to COVID-19 we implemented new infection control protocols that included DISINFECTING high touch surfaces every hour.

Health & Wellness

Is it the Flu or COVID-19? How to Tell the Difference and How to Protect Yourself

As if COVID-19 wasn’t bad enough we are at the cusp of entering this year’s flu and allergy season. Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

Though it is unsure if the flu season will be in full effect this year. Flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere, which is often predictive of activity in the U.S., was 99% below normal during its winter. However, this is also due to them wearing masks, frequently washing hands, and actively social distancing.

Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

  1. People with the flu typically feel sickest during the first week of illness. With COVID-19, people may feel the worst during the second or third week, and they may be sicker for a longer period.
  2. COVID-19 is more likely than the flu to cause a loss of taste or smell. But not everyone experiences that symptom, though it is reported in 87% of cases, so it’s not a definitive way to tell the viruses apart but it does help.
  3. The flu has a shorter incubation period — meaning after infection it can take one to four days to feel sick — compared to the coronavirus, which can take two to 14 days from infection to symptoms.

The symptoms of Flu and COVID-19 are often similar such as body aches, sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and headaches. Because of this it may be hard to tell the difference between the two based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

So what can you do to protect yourself this year?

  1. Experts recommend getting a flu shot. Before it ended abruptly during lockdown, last year’s flu season was on track to be one of the worst in recent memory.
  2. Know the difference between a cold and the flu. There are at least 100 viruses that can cause the common cold, but only four that cause seasonal flu. Many people have a cold and think they have the flu.
  3. More dangerous symptoms — which mean you should get immediate medical attention — include serious breathing difficulty; pain or pressure in the chest; blue lips or blue face; confusion or incoherent answers to simple questions; and collapsing or losing consciousness.
  4. If you think you might have been exposed, it is very important to warn others and isolate yourself from them as soon as you can, especially if they are older or medically fragile.
  5. Continue to practice safe social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear a mask when in public.
Health & Wellness

Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

September is World Alzheimer’s month. World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in 2012 in an effort to not only spread awareness of Alzheimer’s, but to also end the stigma many feel about Alzheimer’s Disease and those that it effects. Worldwide, there is approximately 44 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s, with 5.8 million of these cases being in the United States alone.  By 2050 the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that nearly 14 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s, and globally this number will be a staggering 76 million.

IN 2020, ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER DEMENTIAS WILL COST THE NATION $305 BILLION. BY 2050, THESE COSTS COULD RISE AS HIGH AS $1.1 TRILLION.

Only together can we help fight Alzheimer’s Disease.  Organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association are continuously offering support, information, and research towards combating this disease.

Please considering donating today. You can do so here.

Health & Wellness

Make Happiness Happen: Boost Your Mood with 8 Simple Tips

In psychology, happiness is described as a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

Everyone wants to be happy right? Though it may seem harder than ever to find something to celebrate and be happy about.  As we enter yet another month of masks, social distancing, and uncertainty, our stress and anxiety levels being pushed to the max. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress in America Report 2020, 46% of parents with children under age 18 report their stress levels related to the coronavirus pandemic are high.

But the good news is you can boost your happiness right now with 8 simple tips.

  1. Stay Connected.  Social Distance doesn’t mean isolation. Research shows that social relationships and happiness are inextricably linked, and maintaining positive connections with others is associated with positive health outcomes. No matter if your connections are personal, professional, or both, strong relationships keep us happy. Thankfully technology makes it easier than ever to stay connected. So pick up a phone, write a letter, you can even do a Zoom call with family or friends.
  2. Get Moving. Exercise is vital not only for physical health but also for maintaining mental health. When we exercise our brain releases endorphins which help boost our mood. So, being physically active not only keeps you healthier but happier too.
  3. Smile. While it sounds silly simply smiling can trick your brain into improving your mood. Smiling for longer periods of time throughout the day is an extremely simple method to boost your happiness and one that is sure to make others happier too.
  4. Listen to Music. And not that angsty hard rock stuff. Several studies have found a mood-boosting effect with both classical music and upbeat music that had “happy” lyrics. Have yourself a dance party and you’ll be sure to see a boost in your mood in no time.
  5. Catch Some Z’s. We’ve all had those grumpy days after a bad night’s sleep. But getting eight hours of interrupted sleeps can do yourself wonders! Make sure to minimize external noise and light and remove distractions such as your cellphone. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing, clean, and enjoyable place.
  6. Go Outside. Spending time in nature has been shown to have a calming effect. Go for a walk in the park, have a picnic with family or friends (social distanced of course), or just sit outside in you backyard.
  7. Treat Yourself. If there something you’ve wanted to do or try but you keep putting it off? Something you’ve wanted to buy but haven’t? Well there is no better time than the present.
  8. Be Grateful. Right now it may seem like there is so much negativity and discord in the world but you don’t have to let that get you down. When you think negative you will usually FEEL negative. Keep a journal and write down things you are grateful for and soon you will see the world in a whole new light. Change your negative conversations into positive ones and see how much of a difference it makes to your overall mood.

By following these simple tips to boost your happiness you can fight against negative mental states such as stress and depression. Spend some time each day targeting your own happiness goals and see how much better you can feel just by focusing your mind on being positive.

Here at EverLove we like to focus on the positives instead of the negatives. We may have to be social distanced right now, but at least we are still together. Every week we like to have a discussion group about “What Made you Happy this week?” and the responses are always interesting, enlightening, and full of joy! So ask yourself, what made YOU happy this week? You may just surprise yourself.

Are you thinking about adult day care? Would you like to find out more about the wonderful activities EverLove DayClub has to offer? Than contact us today at 314-968-2222!

Health & Wellness

Strengthening Relationships and Reducing Stress during COVID-19

As the need to keep isolated due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues, it has become increasingly difficult for caregivers to address the ongoing emotional impact of the pandemic.

An estimated six million adults have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Since the majority of people living with dementia are 65 and older and are therefore more vulnerable to COVID-19 social distancing and keeping your loved one safe becomes more important.If you are caring for a loved one, especially one with Dementia, they may not fully grasp what is going on, or forget the changes that are occurring daily in response to this pandemic.

But it is not just caregivers for those with Dementia that face challenges during this time. Any caregiver, even those caring for someone with special needs or a disability, may feel the same pressure.

Social distancing and reduced social interaction may lead to an increase in stress and anxiety.  Additionally, caregivers may find it harder to take a break and release tension and anxiety. There can also be a sense of being “stuck” with their loved one which could lead to a sense of resentment.

Taking steps to deal with all of these feelings head-on can not only strengthen the bonds between family members and caregivers but also help make an already tough situation work for everyone.

  1. Recognize and Understand Triggers. Knowing what actions lead to an increase in agitation and anxiety for caregivers and their loved ones is important. If we know what causes irritation and frustration we can work to avoid
  2. Use What Works. If your loved one responds to a certain situation favorably, be sure to maximize those in order to reduce stress and help improve mood.
  3. Keep a Daily Routine. If your loved one normally gets up early you may need to continue that structure in order to help reduce stress and anxiety. If you normally exercise every morning before work, continue doing so, even if you’re not leaving the house.
  4. Be Flexible With Behaviors. Not every person will respond to the same situation, the same way, every time. In other words, what works on day may not work another. As tough as it may seem you may need to “pick your battles”. Arguing and getting angry will only exacerbate an already tense situation.
  5. Find Coping Mechanisms. Meditation, deep breathing, going for a short walk outside…find something that helps keep you grounded and lowers stress.
  6. Find Common Ground. Watch television together, listen to music, or even read a book together. Doing things together can help create a sense of unity and reduce anxiety.

Caregiving can often be a tough and thankless job. Make sure to make time to care for your own mental health because you are doing your best.

Health & Wellness

Beat the Heat: Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke

As the days get longer and the weather is hot naturally people tend to spend more time outdoors. Picnics, trips to beach, floating, they all involve exposure to the sun and the heat.

It is important to remain vigilant in order to prevent heat-related illnesses that can result in serious complications, or even death. Even though heat related deaths are preventable they still claim the lives of over 100 Americans each year.

The main cause of a heat-related illness is your body’s inability to cool itself. Sweat is your body’s natural tool for cooling you down. If you overexercise or work strenuously in hot weather or a heated room, your body may have difficulty producing enough sweat to keep you cool.

If you experience heat exhaustion for a long periods of time it could lead to heat stroke. Heat stroke can come on quickly, especially if it is very hot. It is also important to address heat related illnesses quickly instead if letting them build to heat stroke levels.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • General weakness

Heat Stroke is the most serious heat-related injury and is considered an emergency and is often in conjunction with dehydration. If you suspect someone has heat stroke, also called sunstroke, call 911 immediately.

Some symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • Elevated body temperature of over 103 degrees
  • Rapid pulse or heart rate
  • Throbbing headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hot, flushed, dry skin

The CDC has a handy chart detailing the signs and symptoms of most heat-related illnesses.

 

Announcements

Memory Care Home Solutions #VirtualMemoryCare

We are posting because an organization we care dearly about, Memory Care Home Solutions, is running a critical 24-hour fundraiser June 11 at 2pm through June 12 at 2pm.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s can be devastating diseases for families. These already vulnerable populations may bear the difficulties alone, with additional challenges of financial need, isolation from medical services, and reluctance or lack of knowledge on how to access help.

At Memory Care Home Solutions (MCHS), they offer hope and provide solutions that guide families and help them navigate memory changes and prepare for the future with dignity and confidence.

The vision of MCHS is that every caregiving family who could benefit from our services will receive it, regardless of ability to pay. MCHS offers hope and provides solutions to families to help them navigate memory changes in loved ones with dignity and confidence. During this pandemic families may be isolated, facing financial burden and have difficulty accessing treatment. With families shut in due to Covid-19, MCHS is moving to virtual services to meet the needs of families.

 
This campaign is special because for just 24 hours, every dollar will be quadrupled in matching funds ($1=$4) until they hit their goal of $80,000. http://www.Charidy.com/memorycare. (Please donate at this link only.)
Health & Wellness

Be Kind to Your Mind: Coping Mentally during COVID-19

Now more than ever it is important to be aware of your mental health. The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent isolation and distancing practices has been hard on a lot of people, especially those who have diagnosed mental health issues. There is no guideline that explains how isolation should be done, and with the effect this pandemic has had on businesses it is still a very uncertain time.

And while businesses are starting to reopen and everyone is taking extra precautions the truth is, much of what we are doing is unscripted, unknowable, and uncertain. All of which can effect your mental health by increases in fear, anxiety, and even depression.

Stress during an infectious disease such as COVID-19 can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and whatever you are feeling is understandable.

The CDC offers some tips for people who are experiencing an increased level of stress and depression during this time.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly,
    • get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Just because you social distance doesn’t mean you have to disconnect. Call, video chat, send letters to each other. It is important to know that you are not alone.

 

Activities

Let’s Get Cooking!

Awhile back we asked our participants to bring in recipes they’d like to share with everyone at Everlove. We had hoped to compile a cookbook featuring some of our favorite dishes.  And while COVID-19 kind of stomped all over our plans regarding getting it printed, I am proud to announce there is a finished version of the EverLovin’ CookBook we can share. It’s not the beautiful version we were going for but I don’t want family members to think that we forgot about this wonderful project.

So here it is, the EverLovin’ Cookbook. With everything from soups to side dishes, there’s something for everyone. There is even a few vegan dishes if you so choose. And of course our favorite, Dessert! So hope you enjoy.

EverLovin’ CookBook