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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Parish Nurses: Keeping up their education so they can help

Parish Nurses are located in churches throughout the area. Here in Delaware County, there are several churches that have a nurse or a person who coordinates the senior care ministry. The folks who help our seniors in churches are exceptional. They also try to keep up their education in order to help caregivers. For example, The staff of Comfort Keepers attended the recent Parish Nurse Summer Camp where nurses and attendees learned about Alzheimer’s disease. The event entitled Body, Mind and Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Alzheimer’s disease was held on Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Branch Creek Community Church located at 100 Main Street, Harleysville, PA.

The event was several speakers including a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association. Comfort Keepers was one of several agencies on hand to give out information on the different services available for Alzheimer’s clients and their caregivers. Comfort Keepers provides in-home senior care services such as respite care which refers to that time when a primary caregiver needs to go out to grocery store or doctor's appointments and needs a professional caregiver such as Comfort Keepers trained to deal with Alzheimer's disease to stay with loved one in the home. Comfort Keepers also offers personal care such as help with showering, toileting and other routing daily living activities such as meal that are difficult to accomplish with a loved one. Loved ones often respond differently and are sometimes more compliant with professional caregiving staff. Contact one of our offices to discuss how we might be able to help if you are struggling with a loved one's compliance to daily tasks.

The event was organized by  the Parish Nurse Coordinator at North Penn VNA, 51 Medical Campus Drive, Lansdale, PA 19446.

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