A simple Google search for the word “aging” brings up topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and even “the cure to aging.” The negative connotations to aging are, sadly, so ingrained within our culture that it’s estimated that by 2024, the anti-aging industry will exceed $271 billion.Read More
Christine PatnaudeReceptionist, Human Resource Assistant, Caregiver
Christine likes to stay busy, and it shows. She helps us with Human Resources and serves as a caregiver too.
Christine has always loved helping people and talking with the elderly, which drew her to homecare. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the North River team because she appreciates how caring and dedicated everyone is.
In addition to working at North River, Christine helps her elderly parents and assists an elderly neighbor. She is also a cantor at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Halifax.
Christine has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 28 years. They have two terrific adult children, Paul and Jayme.
If you would like to learn more about our team or any of the services we provide, please contact us today.
We have all known helicopter parents, particularly when a child leaves for college. In fact, we could possibly be guilty of hovering a bit too closely ourselves. Discovering that ideal balance between caring and overstepping our boundaries is not always straightforward.
And now, due to the increased number of sandwich generationers providing care for both children and aging parents,Read More
From the second the door swings open and your elderly parent wraps you in a warm hug, through the festive holiday meal and every timeless family tradition, possibilities abound for not just quality time together, but also to assess how your loved one is truly doing and if any warning flags are noticed.Read More
While we may visualize a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving get-together, with the entire family enjoying high quality time together and Grandma’s classic food, the reality for some families may include something unanticipated: a visit to the hospital. Believe it or not, studies indicate that emergency room visits for seniors jump an astounding 10% – 20% over the holidays.Read More
It’s a conflict that arises for numerous families: older adults adamantly like to age in place in their own homes, while their loved ones worry about their well-being. And there’s an argument to be made in both cases. Seniors, especially individuals who live alone, deal with many different risks: falls that may lead to serious injury,Read More
They’re common concerns in older years: fatigue, sleeping problems, lack of appetite. And often, they’re written off as just that. Yet for as many as 8 million seniors over age 65, these symptoms are indicative of something more than normal aging – they’re signs of mental illness.Read More
If you’re providing care for a senior relative, it is likely that you fell into the responsibility without having formal training: you saw the need, and gallantly came forward to satisfy it. Yet, at North River Home Care, substantial training is provided to each of our professional in-home caregivers before they’re fully equipped to properly and effectively take care of older adults.Read More
The most noble and admirable decision adult children can make is to open up their home to an aging parent. Our parents raised and took care of us when we needed help and support, so it seems like a no-brainer to return the favor when it becomes unsafe for Mom or Dad to live alone.Read More
With Alzheimer’s and dementia affecting so many in the Norwell area, we at North River Home Care want to do all we can to provide the necessary support and resources that family caregivers need.
We’re pleased that our monthly Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group, led by Nadine Shweiri,Read More
It is always best to tell the truth, right? Even so there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging parents. Although we may have the finest of intentions in wanting to help senior parents navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements such as the following:
- Don’t you remember…?