Caregiving Goes Beyond The Patient

As a caregiver, my job involves helping the patient and, often, the family. This story is about James, a 35-year-old man who lived with his older sister Ruth. I arrived for a 15 minute meet and greet with James, and a 45 minute care planning meeting with Ruth. When we walked into James’ room, the…

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Thrift Store Shopping Trip

As a caregiver, I help people continue to live life to their full potential. Being a caregiver is a lot more than just helping with medications, getting dressed, or staying independent in their home. It also means sharing moments in life and finding things we love to do together. This is one of those stories…

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Use it or Lose it: How Activity Theory Helps Us Understand Health and Happiness

Most people wonder how they can maintain well-being into later life. Activity Theory is one framework that addresses this question and encompasses three primary domains: the physical, cognitive, and social aspects of life. So if you’re looking for potential answers to the question above, you’ve come to the right place! Firstly, most already know the…

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A Caregiving Story From The Field About Jim & Deborah

Caregiving is just as much to do about the relationship as it is about taking care of our patient. This morning as I awoke to the perfect sunrise casting its beams across by backyard, I sat with my coffee watching the birds and thinking about work. This is a story about Jim. Jim was a…

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Meet our latest Direct Support Professional Superhero, Bonita Entwistle

Today we want to recognize Direct Support Professional Bonita Entwistle for her great work, notably during the snow and ice storm! She was prepared to work and gathered supplies for her client that were necessary due to the power outage. Before and after the snow and ice chaos, Bonita has been all-around reliable and engaged…

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Zoom Business and Elder Care Options for Portland Oregon

Seemingly over night the new standard of business became working from home.  The pandemic did that, but it also isolated seniors and many folks decided it was safer to bring mom and/or dad to live at home with them. For those seniors who require assisted care, bring the office home has presented many challenges for the busy…

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Meet our latest Direct Support Professional Superhero, Priscilla Moreno!

Priscilla is in her 3rd year with HDE. For the last 2 years, she has driven to a rural town in East County 5 days a week to support an individual …working swing shift nonetheless!  The COVID pandemic has not slowed Priscilla’s consistency for the client and his family. During this difficult time she has…

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Ashlee Hensley – HDE Home Care HERO

We have many selfless and giving essential workers who have been superheros for HDE and our clients!! Today we want to acknowledge Ashlee Hensley for her tireless work as a Direct Support Professional.  During the COVID pandemic, Ashlee has worked full time with great flexibility. She endured a difficult transition early on, having lost a…

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Safety First – HDE Home Care’s Response to COVID-19

During this unprecedented outbreak, HDE Home Care has taken measures to protect clients and employees. We recognize the need for social distancing and eliminating non-essential gatherings, including in-person meetings at work. The management office now operates with about half the staff on a normal day, while other staff is set up to work from home.…

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