Archive for September, 2010

Our services are listed on Thumbtack

For those looking for services in the Greater Grand Rapids Area, Seniors Helping Seniors is now listing some of their services on Thumbtack.com
In an effort to make finding the resources that seniors need even easier, Seniors Helping Seniors is now listing various services like handyman, transportation and companionship on Thumbtack.com
To view our posting you can visit Handyman Services

Add comment September 30th, 2010

Turning the Page

Today, Thursday, Sep 30 2:00p to 8:00p Seniors Helping Seniors will be at Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, MI for an event called Turning the Page.
The event will include exhibit tables from 60 organizations & 30+ breakout sessions with a focus on: medical, legal and financial decisions you’re facing right now, from transitional living to in-home care, financial planning and more.
The goal of the event is to help you address real-life challenges.
Seniors Helping Seniors is a leader throughout West Michigan in providing non-medical in home care for seniors. More than just a home health care agency, Seniors Helping Seniors is a resource for the entire community able to go above and beyond their normal services like: housekeeping, cooking, transportation, Alzheimer’s care, Handyman Services and more. The organization also has connections with reliable, trustworthy organizations who can offer everything from snowplowing to lawn care to pest control.
“Seniors are very worried about being taken advantage of. Through our network, we have found reliable organizations that are just as committed as we are to providing seniors with the services that they need at fair or discounted prices. Our mission is to help seniors – even if if that means recommending them to another company that we trust to take good care of them.” says Amanda Thrush, Client Relations Director.

Add comment September 30th, 2010

Trick or Treat Seniors!

Happy Halloween! Where do seniors go for their Halloween Treats? Well, how about the Kentwood Halloween Health Fair?
Not only can you pick up some treats from sponsors like Seniors Helping Seniors, but you can also get something that will do the “trick” this Halloween season.
Get your flu shot while you are at the health fair.
The health fair will go from 3:30 to 7:00 on Thursday October 14th and is at the Kentwood Rec Center at 355 48th Street.
Call Seniors Helping Seniors with any questions at 616-234-0190….don’t wait until the end of the day to show up as treat supplies are limited.
See you there!

1 comment September 23rd, 2010

How to hire a caregiver

Below is an article that I stumbled across on the web….and I would like to add some of our SHS comments and thoughts.

When your parents or other older family members start struggling with everyday tasks, hiring a home care aid can help them remain in their home.

This will let them live independently in their own houses for much longer, and can take some of the pressure off the rest of the family.  Services provided by carers range from basic household help to full-fledged nursing care, depending on the wants of the elders concerned.  Nowadays you can hire home help online .

If you hire somebody yourself, it’s a brilliant idea to find an individual who has a home health aide license, so you know a registered nurse has trained the person in the basics of care.  Also get a criminal record check from a service such as Intelius or SentryLink and always call references.  You may additionally  want to consult a lawyer and an accountant to make certain you are meeting your legal and monetary requirements to the employee and to the state and federal governments. SHS-instead of doing everything above you could also choose to use a company (Like Seniors Helping Seniors) that does background checks and is insured…unlike individual home care providers.

It is important to find an at-home carer your family will be snug with.  When you’re interviewing carers, include your oldsters ( or whomever will need the care ) and ensure they interact well with the helper.  Do they communicate well with each other?  Are there language barriers?  Do your folks enjoy the person’s company?

Outline the jobs that have to be performed by the carer, and ensure that she is ready and able to do them.  Does the caregiver need to help with bathroom and grooming duties?  Meal planning and housecleaning?  Feeding and administering medicines?  Make sure the contract contains a accurate job description that everyone can live with.

Keep in mind that helpers are employees , don’t try to make them your friends. SHS – WOW!!!! One of our registered trademarks is Like getting a little help form your friends….again our entire business is built on the premise that one senior will understand the needs of another senior better than just a hired health aide…when we come across articles like this it is truly easy to see what makes Seniors Helping Seniors so special and unique!!!

Add comment September 1st, 2010


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