What We Do
Our team works with the moving companies to ensure your furniture is taken care of and placed exactly where you want it in your new home. We unpack the boxes, make the bed, set-up the coffee maker, and take care of the details so your new place feels like home beginning with your very first night.
Downsizing, Decluttering & Rightsizing
Our efficient expert organization team will help you categorize and organize your belongings to fit into a more comfortable lifestyle. Whether you are moving into a smaller home or trying to organize your current one, we are here to help.
Estate sales, auctions, tag sales, internet sales, donation & recycling. We have the experience and resources available to determine what course of action needs to take place in order to maximize returns.
Repairs & Maintenance
Big or small, at Overwhelmed How Can I Help, LLC, our team will help you take care of interior repairs and can oversee the general maintenance of your home during your transition.
Shipping, Storage, & Staging
We recommend and work with several moving companies depending upon your needs: staging, storing, local, or cross-country moves. Let us handle the details. We’ll make all the necessary arrangements.
At Overwhelmed How Can I Help, LLC, we provide additional services upon request. If you need assistance with change of address, phone, internet, hanging of pictures, etc., we are here to help make your transition as smooth and stress free as possible.
What Our Clients Say
Working Smoothly Together
Barbara has been a great help in clearing out my father-in-law’s home. We were inexperienced with the process and emotionally drained from caring for him. Barbara helped in deciding what was the best way to handle all the items. There were a lot of belongings and when the house sold quickly it needed to be expedited. It was nice to have Barbara and Margaret work closely together and keep things moving smoothly. Thank you for making it work!
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Dementia. It’s one of those terms that really frightens people. The idea of losing our memory or other faculties brings on so many feelings of vulnerability. Here is some background information, along with some true stories meant to provide insight and a glimmer of hope.
What is Dementia
The term “dementia” covers a range of diseases affecting the memory. While we most often hear about Alzheimer’s disease, there is also Lewy Body Dementia, frontotemporal dementia and vascular dementia. In fact, there are over 80 documented types of dementia. However, just because someone occasionally has memory loss doesn’t mean that he or she necessarily has dementia.
Caring for Someone With Dementia
No matter the type of dementia, caring for someone with this diagnosis is challenging and often heart breaking. It’s overwhelming to be responsible for ensuring the safety, quality of life and activities of daily living for someone you love, and it can often leave you feeling alone and isolated. Time together can seem empty and hard to fill at times. So how can you retain that connection and remain close to your loved one? You can do it through the senses.
- Taste & Smell
Here are a few personal stories I would like to share with you.
Connecting Through Music
As your loved one progresses through the various stages of dementia, it can become more and more difficult to reach him or her or have meaningful conversations. One thing that seems to stick with people is their love and recognition of music. For one client, she and her husband shared meaningful time together every Saturday evening while watching The Lawrence Welk Show. This was a tradition they had carried out for many years, and she didn’t let it lapse as his dementia progressed. While he didn’t call her by name or share verbal memories with her, she found that he was relaxed and less agitated during their show time and that he was able to focus on it longer than most things. Consider what music your loved one has always enjoyed, and think about ways to share that music.
Triggering Memory With Pictures
Many people with dementia think they are an age much younger than they really are. You may hear people say their loved ones have “gone back.” They may think they are in their 20s still dating their sweetheart or in their 40s in the height of their careers. For one of our client’s children, it was very clear to them that their mother believed she was in her early 30s and that they were still small. She would talk to them about her little boy and baby girl…when in reality they were 53 and 49, respectively. Her loving family took the time to create a scrapbook of the times their mother remembered, when they were a preschooler and an infant. They could sit and talk to their mom about those days, as she could recall incredible details from back then. Despite the dementia, these children found a way to connect with their mom and make their time together happy and positive by following her mind instead of trying to bring her to the present.
Engaging the Senses
Another time I’ve seen my clients have positive experiences is when their families incorporate sensory activities. One family’s uncle loved the beach and spent a month in Florida every year for 40 years. When they visited with him, they brought a tub of sand and buried shells for him to sift through and find. The smile on his face said it all. Another grandmother sewed all of her life and donated clothes to children in need. She had always been a collector of fabrics. Her grandchildren put together a bin filled with fabric swatches. She’d carry them around the assisted living community she moved into and share stories of different clothing she’d made over the years. The goal here is to find what your loved ones liked prior to the dementia and engage their memories of the past.
Coping with a loved one who has dementia can be difficult, but finding small ways to connect can provide light during a dark time.
If your loved one is preparing for a transition or is moving into an assisted living or memory care community, you don’t have to weather it alone. Let’s see how we can help. Call or email us. We’re here every step of the way.
Barbara Stohlman, Founder
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Taking the stress out of the transition.
“Denial is the worst form of the truth.”
During the time it takes for you to read this piece, try to put your denial impulse aside and take a hard look at the truth about Alzheimer’s. Because the fear that causes you to deny things – like our risk of getting this mind-blowing disease – can actually be the motivator you need to stop ignoring the facts and join me in doing something about it.
So here’s the truth: Our brand new WebMD and Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Alzheimer’s Attitudes and Behaviors, reveals that almost all of us (96%) have heard of Alzheimer’s disease … so we can no longer deny that it exists. Nearly 4 in 5 of us know, or have known, someone that has been diagnosed with it, which tells us that the vast majority of us not only know about it, they actually have experience with someone who has had or is living with Alzheimer’s.
But even with all of that first-hand experience, we aren’t doing much about it. Although 67% of people say they would actually like to know their risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease, when offered a list of ways to do that, more than 1 in 4 say they wouldn’t do any of them. Although two-thirds acknowledge that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis would cause their family great financial harm, nearly half say they have never considered the financial implications if they, or someone in their family, were to get the disease.
Read the full article here.