In December Right at Home owners Sean Gwinner and Asher Fink held their first interactive workshop for 30 guests at Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor in collaboration with Jewish Family Services. This event spearheaded the duo’s commitment to creating a discussion series that will educate, empower, and share real-time solutions to real-time issues being seen by the aging population and their families in Mercer County. The first event in the series focused on how to maintain strong social connections as we age.

Unlike most meetings on this topic, which turn into one-way discussions, this event was interactive and engaging. There were flip boards, crumpling and throwing sticky notes, and plenty of colored markers.

Discussions included:

1. The health risks associated with a lack of social connection, including proven mental, emotional, and physical effects.

2. Identification of reasons that cause people to lose a sense of connection, in order to help people give expression their own pain, or to remember those in the community who could use help.

3. Gathering ideas for tangible intervention, where attendees reacted to prompts such as transportation, health and wellness, family and community, and events and routines.

Sean said: “The topic is incredibly important, and with solutions that make a big impact as abundant as they are, we wanted to facilitate a discussion among peers instead of a presentation of what we are aware of. The result was amazing.”

The implications of the exercise ran deep for Sean. “Caring for seniors and disabled adults is extremely personal to me,” said Sean, a Purple Heart recipient for injuries sustained while serving two combat tours in the Iraq War. “I experienced first-hand the difficulties my family dealt with through home care, hospitals, and family stress after our 93-year-old Pop Pop — who was a World War II veteran — suffered a stroke, and his primary caregiver was my mother, who has Multiple Sclerosis. This is why our team’s main focus is on providing the highest quality of care to our clients’ loved ones. We do this by working with families to create care plans that are custom-tailored to be right for them and only hiring the best certified caregivers.”

Indeed, the industry could use some fresh faces. Mercer County residents seeking quality in-home care for seniors and disabled adults who need some assistance to maintain their independence now have a new option. The team at Right at Home – Mercer County, NJ has 40 years of home care knowledge and experience, providing companion care, personal care, medication management, case management, emergency nurse visits, respite care, supplemental staffing, 24/7 care, and live-in care with no hourly service minimum. It’s an affordable home care option for people who want to age at home while maintaining and improving their quality of life.

If you want to learn more about this topic, have other topic suggestions, or would like to attend an upcoming workshop please call or email Sean Gwinner at 609-245-2027 or Info@MercerAtHome.com. All events are free, but seating is limited. Don’t miss out.

Right at Home – Mercer County currently serves Hamilton, Hightstown, Hopewell, Ewing, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Princeton, Princeton Junction, Titusville, Trenton, and Windsor. Call Sean Gwinner to learn more: 609-245-2027.

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