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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!

Health & Wellness

6 Tips for Easy Breathing

Take a deep breath. Hold it in. Then let it out. That was just one breath of the estimated 650 million breaths a person will take throughout their lifetime. When talking about health many forget about their lungs, until they have trouble breathing. After all, you can’t see them and you breath without even thinking about it. As a result, we often take our lungs for granted. But lung health is important and that is why October is healthy lung month.

A lot of Lung problems are largely driven by the environments and lifestyles we find ourselves in, especially in modern times. Diseases like lung cancer, asthma, and emphysema seem to have increased as our exposure to pollution has increased. This is also compounded by the fact that people are living a more sedentary lifestyle than previous generations. It is estimated that 10 million are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis each year, 25 million are believed to be living with asthma, and over 150,000 die from lung cancer annually. 

Improving lung health promotes proper lung function, helps you stay active, and improves your overall quality of life.

  1. Don’t Smoke or Stop Smoking. Nothing damages the lungs more than cigarette smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, lung cancer, and preventable death. It’s never too late to quit.
  2. Get Outside. If you’re anything like the average American, you probably spend a great chunk of the day indoors. Whether for school, work, or both, we tend to spend most of our time inside. And much of the air being circulated inside isn’t filtered properly. Outdoor air quality is typically better than indoor air quality. Spending more time outdoors reduces your exposure to indoor air pollutants. 
  3. Stay Active. You exercise your muscles to keep them healthy and strong, your lungs need exercise too. Regular daily activities won’t get your lungs working as hard as they should. Choose physical activity and exercise that gets your heart rate up and makes you breathe deeper.
  4. Exercise Your Lungs. Physical exercise helps keep your lungs strong but you can also do special breathing exercises designed to help you strengthen your lungs, improve lung function, increase lung capacity, and help clean your lungs. And best of all you can do them anywhere! The American Lung Association has some great examples here.
  5. Avoid Infections. A cold or respiratory illness affects lung health immediately, but it can also lead to serious complications. Make sure to wash your hands often, stay home when you are sick, and avoid close contact with others.
  6. Keep it Clean. A lot of people have allergies, even to things you find in most houses such as dust and animal dander. Make sure that you are regularly dusting your house, washing your blankets and rugs, and brushing your dogs and cats for any excess hair they shed. Even if you aren’t necessarily allergic these things irritate your lungs and can lead to health problems down the road.

If you, or someone you know, would like to quit smoking there are lots of organizations and resources to help. Remember it is never too late to quit.

  • https://smokefree.gov/
  • The American Lung Association has resources and a hotline you can call.
  • Your state has a toll-free telephone quitline. Call 1–800–QUIT–NOW (1–800–784–8669) to get one-on-one help with quitting, support and coping strategies, and referrals to resources and local cessation programs.

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Caregiver Burnout: How Much is Too Much?

Caregiving is one of the most selfless and loving things a person can do for another person. Whether that person is a loved one, a dear friend, or someone they are hired to take care of due to employment. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute, an estimated 53 million American adults were unpaid caregivers in 2020.

But caregiving can also be quite demanding on your emotionally, physically, and mentally. And like most things burnout and fatigue is a real possibility when it comes to caregiving.

Common Signs of Caregiver Burnout:

  1. You are displaying short, snappy behavior. When we are overwhelmed and trying to do everything for everyone else we can start to lash out at those around us. If you find yourself being grumpy or snippy, having a short fuse or getting easily frustrated with people and life, you may be experiencing caregiver overload.
  2. You Feel Depressed. Caregivers often take on more responsibilities than they can handle alone, leaving them feeling that they have no time for themselves. This can lead to isolation and even depression.
  3. Getting sick more frequently. Stress can lead to a lower immune system which leads to more frequent illness.
  4. Difficulty Sleeping. You may have trouble turning off your brain worrying about all the tasks ahead. Or your sleep may increase as a result of depression.
  5. Lack of energy for everyday tasks. Even with enough sleep you may find yourself dragging by the end of the day.
  6. People Avoidance. You may withdraw from social interactions that require you to interact with more people.

,The good news is that there are way to reduce or even prevent caregiver burnout.

  1. You Can’t Do it All. Caregivers often try to take on ALL the responsibilities of taking care of another person. It is okay to ask family or friends for assistance.
  2. Talk it Out. Local organizations or places or worship may provide support groups for caregivers to speak with each other. Support groups offer a place for you voice your frustrations, get tips from other caregivers, and offer encouragement to others.
  3. Utilize Respite Services. Respite care offers short term breaks for caregivers. Self-care is not selfish. Your loved one may need you, but you also need to be healthy and happy to be the best caregiver you can be.
  4. Take a Breath. Caregiving is stressful. Take a deep breath and count to ten before responding to a situation. A lot of times those we care for “feed” off the emotions we are putting off. If we are stressed they become stressed.
  5. Pay Attention to your Needs. A healthy caregiver is the best caregiver. We all need a break from time to time. If you find yourself becoming stressed take the time to take care of yourself.
  6. Accept your Feelings. Frustration and even feelings of anger are perfectly normal. What you are feeling is NOT wrong. It is NOT bad. It is NOT a sign you are a terrible person. You are human and have human emotions.
  7. Stay Active. Exercise reduces stress, increase energy, and also helps keep you healthy.

Caregiving is not always easy. It’s hard work and can be a rollercoaster of emotions. But with a little self care and some help from family and friends it is more manageable.

Here at EverLove DayClub we offer daily respite care for families and caregivers. You can be sure when you leave your family member at EverLove DayClub they will be getting the best care possible. We pride ourselves on making sure we care for the whole individual. Their physical, mental, and emotional well-being are important to us.

Want to find out about all the fun we have at EverLove DayClub? Check us out on Facebook or Call us at 314-968-2222 and find out more today!

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.)