Dallas area residents can help seniors in need by participating in the 5th annual Pajama Drive! Our kickoff party will be from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Acappella office: 7920 Beltline Road, Suite 380, Dallas, TX 75254.
Acappella In Home Care is collecting pajamas to be delivered during Christmastime to low income area nursing communities in DFW. Nursing home residents on Medicaid are allotted less than $60 per month to cover needed personal items, such as toiletries, paper products, and clothing. Warm pajamas are considered a luxury, as basic supplies, like toothpaste and soap, are the priority.
“I want to make a difference in the lives of our seniors,” said Jo Alch, a Registered Nurse and Acappella Owner. “I was a hospice nurse for many years and seeing firsthand the needs of lower income nursing home patients tugged on my heart strings. With such limited resources, some of the residents only have hospital gowns to wear. One of my favorite memories as a child was opening a present from my grandmother on Christmas Eve, a brand-new nightgown. It was something I looked forward to every year.”
Jo had the vision to create something great that would benefit seniors in need year-round, so out of her genuine passion for seniors, the nonprofit, Pajamas for Seniors was formed. The first 4 years of the drive were tremendously successful, with hundreds of pairs of pajamas bring distributed to area communities at Christmas. The company’s goal for 2018 is to collect 2,500 pairs of pajama sets and gowns.
Those who cannot attend on July 19th but would like to donate can drop off during working hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Several sponsors will be hosting pajama collection drives and parties this Fall. Please call our office at 214-866-0085, and speak with Krissa for questions about participating. Pajamas and Cash donations welcome.
teleCalm was founded in 2015 by Tavis and Jill Schriefer and two other co-founders. In 2009, Tavis’ mother moved into a house across the street where he could better help her with her daily needs, during which she began showing increasing signs of early-stage dementia. After numerous medical issues arose, Tavis and Jill spent the next six years as his mother’s primary caregiver. During this time, they learned firsthand about the everyday challenges, including tasks such as using a telephone, for those living with early dementia. In 2015, they came up with the idea for teleCalm, developing and refining the designs while interviewing other caregivers about their family challenges with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
To Jill, the best part about the service is that it is designed to change with the changing needs of the senior with cognitive challenges, and their family caregiver. As their needs change, the teleCalm service can adapt as well. And the ultimate goal of teleCalm is keep seniors in touch with their friends and family while keeping them protected, thereby reducing loneliness and isolation for the senior. Jill Schriefer can be reached at jill@teleCalmProtects.com or by calling 469.701.0411.
As Medicare reimbursements have fallen, it appears many North Texas doctors have chosen to say goodbye to or opt out of treating patients under Medicare. Opting out means that doctors aren’t subject to Medicare’s rules, which limits what they can charge. Currently, the top 10 Texas cities for opt-outs include Houston, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Frisco. Read this D-Magazine article to discover more.
The New York Times recently ran an article about the state of assisted living in America that readers may find interesting and informative. From the quality of care to the regulations governing facilities, various facets of the industry and the care it provides are examined.
“Assisted living communities are intended to be a bridge between living at home and living in a nursing home. Residents can live in apartments or houses, with a high degree of independence, but can still receive help managing their medications and performing daily activities like bathing, dressing and eating.”
The article is linked here.
Reference: Pear, Robert. “U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?” New York Times, 03 Feb 2018.
With the flu on the rise this year, your care team at Acappella wanted to share some good quick tips to stay happy and healthy. First and foremost, please protect yourself by getting vaccinated! Cleaning experts urge everyone to avoid high-touch areas as much as possible. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer when necessary. Doors, magazines and pens are always vulnerable places to pick up germs you can’t see. With the flu hitting the Dallas Fort Worth area hard even before peak season, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family members. Below is a link to one of our favorite recipes for a warm batch of chicken noodle soup. Perfect for this time of year to stay happy and healthy! https://www.tasteofhome.com/
Our holiday pajama drive has been more successful than ever this year. We have collected over 600 pairs of pajamas for seniors in need! We give these wonderful donations out to various senior communities throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth area. The joy it brings to so many ones in need of a fresh pair of pajamas is overwhelming. We have been able to bring this joy due to a number of generous individuals. We want to thank each and everyone one of you that has helped the pajama drive. Without your generous giving we would not be able to spread this much needed holiday cheer. We are blessed by the pajama drive and hope to see it grow year after year!