Enjoying Great Food, Endless Waterfront Views & Education On Kent Island! – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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I love living on Kent Island!  The air just feels lighter on this side of the Bay Bridge!  Since there are rarely conferences and opportunities for continuing education in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, I decided it would be fun to offer some programs for health, mental health and financial professionals close to home this year.

This week launches Jenerations Health Education’s first full day of 2019 CE education for professionals (Thursday, April 18) at the Holiday Inn Express in Grasonville.  We will follow that up with two more events on Thursday, June 20.  Then this fall we’ll wrap up the series with two more Thursday sessions, on September 19 and October 17.

For those visiting from the Lower Shore, the “other” side of the Bridge or from out of state, here is a list of my favorite restaurants and hangouts for lunchtime on our event days.  There are also suggestions for breakfast, dinner, and live entertainment if you are spending the night!

Walkable From Holiday Inn Express On A Nice Day (Or A Very Quick Drive):

Annie’s https://www.annies.biz/  Our sponsor Compass Regional Hospice has their gala here each year and they do a phenomenal job!  Delicious seafood, steak, sandwiches and huge fresh salads.  My husband Sean and I especially love the French dip (mushrooms instead of onions), burgers and the Cobb Salad.

Red Eye’s Dock Bar  https://redeyedockbar.com/  Great music on the water.  Terrific crab dip!  Please note: they don’t open until May 5.

Fisherman’s https://fishermansinn.com/ Awesome seafood.  Great sandwiches.  My favorite entree: Stuffed rockfish with baked potato.  We’ve never introduced the Gorgonzola Cheese Skins to someone who didn’t love them.

Jetty Dock Bar http://www.jettydockbar.com/  Beautiful water views, live music, good pub food.

Bridge’s https://www.bridgesrestaurant.net/ Spectacular water views and lovely outdoor seating.  Amazing pizzas.  The Seafood Club, The Rachel Sandwich and The Smash Burger rock!

Big Owl Dock Bar  https://thebigowl.com/  Gorgeous sunsets, live music.  Great Boardwalk fries.

Harris Crab House  https://harriscrabhouse.com/  I’m originally from Philly so I never got the hang of picking crabs.  But our friends love this place if that’s what you’re into.  But Sean and I are big fans of their enormous homemade Nutty Buddie icecream cones.

Quick Drive From Holiday Inn Express (in order from closest to hotel to furthest away):

Adam’s Grille http://www.adamsgrillekentisland.com/  Delicious barbeque—my favorite meal is chicken with baked sweet potato.  Sean and I love the brisket nachos too.

Bada Bean http://www.badabeanki.com/  If you want breakfast or a fancy coffee  before the morning events, this is a cozy spot.  Breakfast sandwiches and acai bowls.  They also have amazing lunch sandwiches and salads.

Carmine’s http://www.carminesnypizzakitchen.net/menu.html  Great place to get a quick slice of pizza.

Fields of Heather https://fieldsofheatherbakery.com/ Lovely little bakery where doughnuts, pastries and breakfast sandwiches are homemade.

Pour House Pub http://www.pourhousepubki.com/menu.html  Great staff and pub food.  If you are staying local in town the evening before our events, they have trivia on Wednesday nights.  Caesar salad, Pot Roast sandwich and Chicken & Waffles are our favorite items.

Café Sado  https://www.cafesado.com/ is a favorite of our friends who love sushi.  We aren’t big sushi eaters but the Thai food is quite good too.  The fried icecream is amazing.

Rustico  http://www.rusticoonline.com/  This is in “downtown” Stevensville.  If you go here for lunch, you also can check out a few local shops.  They typically have live music on Wednesday and Thursday evenings if you are staying in town for our events.  My favorite items include the Zuppa di Tortellini, Antipasto Misti and the Gigantic Meatball.

Restaurants at The Inn https://www.baybeachclub.com/the-inn .  A few years ago, a rustic but fancy hotel landed on Kent Island.  Along with it came two good restaurants.  One is Knoxie’s Table (upscale dinner) and the other is The Market (casual breakfast and lunch).  It is a beautiful property with a relaxing outdoor firepit area where you can eat food purchased from The Market.

Luke’s Grille http://www.lukesgrille.com/ Awesome pub food.  Great sandwiches, especially the chicken cordon bleu.

Well, there you have it—some great dining options for you to enjoy while you earn CE credits on Kent Island!  We are grateful to the sponsorship provided by Bright Star Senior Care, Compass Regional Hospice, Hearfields and Somerford Place of Annapolis.  Looking forward to seeing you soon and I hope you enjoy Kent Island as much as I do!

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Who’s The Captain? Why Reason & Logic Fail With Little Kids…And Dementia Patients – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

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“I’m the Captain,” declared my 3-year old nephew Enzo as soon as he boarded our boat on a warm autumn day last fall.  Wearing the captain’s hat his mother had purchased for him on Amazon.com, he purposefully strode to the captain’s seat.  When he noticed our family’s amusement at his audacity, he looked directly at us and repeated, “I’m the Captain.  I am.” 

Obviously when my husband was ready to launch the boat we needed Enzo to move.  But did we sit him down and logically explain to him that he was not the Captain?  No.  We told Enzo that it was Uncle Sean’s turn to drive the boat and that he could have a turn later.  Enzo considered the statement, resisted briefly and then reluctantly moved to sit with his parents and cousins.

Could we have attempted to reason with Enzo?  Sure.  Would it have done any good?  Probably not.  I can only imagine how explaining to a 3-year old that he did not have the credentials to launch a 34-foot cruiser.  It probably would have gone over as well as trying to reason with someone who has advanced dementia.

People who suffer with advanced dementia are adults.  They are grown-ups who have lived full lives and are most certainly not children.  But as Alzheimer’s disease (or any other dementia) progresses, their ability to reason is comparable to a small child’s.

Nobody tried to reason with Enzo because we understood that he didn’t have the capacity to understand he lacked the skills to captain a boat.  But why is it that the same people who wouldn’t attempt to reason with a child try to do so with someone with dementia?

Countless times I have witnessed well-meaning, intelligent people try to “remind” their loved one with dementia that she is no longer allowed to drive.  Or that he has already eaten dinner.  Or that it is winter when their loved one is convinced that it’s summer.  And I can see why.  Dementia is tricky. 

There might be a moment in the day that Mom will remember that she is not supposed to drive.  But as the disease progresses, no amount of arguing, rationalizing, reasoning or logic will convince Mom that her doctor told her to stop driving.

Tell Mom you feel like driving today rather than reminding her that she is unsafe behind the wheel.   Just as it wouldn’t have been productive to tell Enzo he’s not qualified to be a boat captain, it wouldn’t be productive to tell Mom the whole family is afraid of her driving.

Treat your older loved one who has dementia with dignity because he’s an adult.  But remember that his capacity to understand logic and reason is often child-like.   

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Assisted Living Week: How We Can Show Appreciation – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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In celebration of Assisted Living Week, Jenerations Health Education, Inc. would like to formally thank all the very generous senior living communities who have sponsored our family caregiver and continuing education programs over the years. It’s been quite a privilege for our speakers to be welcomed into these buildings which house thousands of older residents all over the country.

How can we health, legal and financial professionals who participate in senior living-sponsored educational events show our appreciation this week? Here are 5 ideas:

1. Remember you are visiting a residents’ home. Attending an educational event in a senior living community is not the same as attending one in a conference center. The staff are always striving to make sure you have a comfortable experience but their priority always must be resident care. So if it takes a little time for the free coffee to be refilled, try to be patient!

2. Try to leave the restrooms and event space the way you found it. When a senior living community opens up its doors to professionals, an additional burden is placed on housekeeping and dining services staff. That said, if there is a major spill, be sure to alert staff immediately to reduce both visitor and resident fall risk.

3. Take a tour! Many of us need to run out the door after the event to get back to our busy patient and client schedules. But if you have some time try to join the staff for a quick tour. You never know if a client, patient or even your own family member would be a good candidate for their services someday.

4. Send a quick thank you e-mail to the staff member who invited you. You might mention that you appreciated the presentation topic or the delicious omelet station. But better yet mention something positive you observed or experienced that day. Did you watch a certified nursing assistant patiently assist a resident down the hall? Note the nursing assistant’s name and pass on the compliment! Everyone in healthcare hears so many complaints–make their day by sharing something you saw that was positive.

5. Leave a review on social media! Most senior living communities have a Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram page. Mention your positive experience and include a photo of you enjoying their special event (just be cautious about featuring residents in a photo unless you have explicit permission from the resident and/or his/her power of attorney).

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Five Secrets Caregivers Wish Healthcare Professionals Knew – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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How much do you know about the caregivers of your patients?  Here are 5 secrets caregivers of your patients are desperate for you to know:

Secret #1: They’re stressed…probably more than you think.  Most caregivers are juggling multiple priorities and usually have little experience navigating the complexities of the healthcare system.  While  formal assessments like the Caregiver Strain Index and the Caregiver Reaction Scale can help you understand specific stressors they are facing, one simple question can quickly uncover their stress level.  Ask the patient’s caregiver to assign a number to his or her stress level (0-low through 100 (high).

Secret #2: They often feel stuck.  Most caregivers report feeling like they don’t have a choice—caregiving is an obligation.  They also often feel trapped with tunnel-vision about what a “good caregiver” is and feel like they have to live up to that image.

Secret #3:  They are constantly being hit with surprises.  There are often unrealistic expectations for how long the caregiving experience will last (usually longer than expected).  Sticker shock occurs over what insurance does not cover.

Secret #4: They feel their loved one’s situation is special.  Of course healthcare professionals recognize that each patient and caregiver’s situation is unique.  But caregivers appreciate when the healthcare professional acknowledges and validates the distinctive circumstances their family is facing.

Secret #5: They need us to be sensitive in the way we communicate with them.  While we must be candid about healthcare information, it will benefit the caregiver as well as the patient if we are culturally and generationally sensitive in conversation.  It’s also critical to breakdown technical healthcare terms and jargon into language the caregiver can grasp and apply to their loved one’s situation.

If you’ve been a caregiver, what else do you think healthcare professionals should know about your experience?  If you are a healthcare leader, how is your organization meeting the needs of your patients’ caregivers?

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Does The Patient Have Quality of Life? How Do You Know? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Are you the healthcare provider for an older patient?  A family caregiver for an older loved one?  In less than two minutes this video will help you determine if this person has quality of life or not:

Click above video or go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9uRLETJKsw

If your patient or loved one’s daily life revolves around the television, it’s time for a change.  Consider that your patient or loved one may need:

  1. To be assessed for depression.
  2. To move to a senior living community where he or she will be prompted & encouraged to interact with others.
  3. A new home care aide who is committed to engage in meaningful activities with this person.

What else do you think might benefit a person whose daily life revolves around the couch or “that chair?”

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.