December 1, 2017

Seven Holiday Survival Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

For families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the holidays can be bittersweet times filled with family and friends, as well as stress and frustration. Festivities can agitate, confuse and over-stimulate the person with dementia. Caregivers can feel anxious, frustrated and lonely – leading to stress and depression. Here are seven tips for surviving the holidays while caring for […]
November 17, 2017

Home Healthcare or Home Care- What’s Right for Your Loved One?

Frequently (and understandably) confused, Home Health and Home Care are two different services to help you or a loved one feel their best. Home Healthcare is skilled care to help someone get healthy or recover while at home. This is typically after a hospital stay and provided by medical professionals. In order to receive home healthcare one must have a […]
November 9, 2017

The Residence Hires Executive Chef

Covenant Care welcomes an unusual addition to its team of clinicians and professional support staff. The post-acute care provider, well known in Northwest Florida for providing hospice, home health and Alzheimer’s care, now has hired its first professional chef. Michael Gordy, the culinary expert who has worked on movie sets and cooked for famous actors, is the now the Executive […]
November 3, 2017

Seven Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice

Depending on where you live there could be one or several hospice organizations serving your community. Here are some questions to ask when deciding which hospice you want to care for you or your loved one. Is the hospice Medicare certified? Most hospices are certified by Medicare and are, therefore, required to follow Medicare rules and regulations. This is important […]
October 30, 2017

Social Media Campaign to Raise Awareness for Hospice Care

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness. Here locally, Covenant Care will be conducting a social media campaign called “Hospice Is.” Covenant staff, volunteers and community members will be asked to complete that sentence, sharing what […]
October 24, 2017

Camp Connect Tallahassee

Saturday, October 28th, Covenant Care is hosting Camp Connect. Camp Connect is a one day camp for grieving children (ages 6-16) who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Children will have the opportunity to participate in healing activities such as art, games, and sharing. Camp Connect is for kids ages 6-16, and meals and snacks will be […]
October 23, 2017

National Pastoral Care Week

Pastoral Care Week is from October 22-28, 2017.   Organizations and institutions throughout the world will recognize the spiritual needs of those we serve and the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities. Chaplains, pastoral care counselors, educators and care providers will share in this year’s theme, “Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion.”   Pastoral/spiritual care is important […]
October 20, 2017

Four Ways Pets Help People With Dementia

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s is never easy, but many effective, non-traditional methods of treatment are emerging. Utilizing pet therapy in the care of people living with dementia is a relatively new phenomenon, but both patients and their caretakers are seeing amazing results in improved mood, independence, confidence and overall quality of life Whether it’s a big floppy […]
October 17, 2017

WEAR-TV Health Watch Covers New Inpatient Unit in Pensacola

October 17, 2017

Covenant Care to Host Voices of Grief Event

Tallahassee, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017 –The Tallahassee Area Threshold Choir is partnering with Covenant Care and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee to offer an evening to address the issue of grief. Have you ever been with a friend who has just lost someone dear, or is experiencing a challenging health crisis, and yet apologizes to you for their tears? […]
October 16, 2017

Pen Air Federal Credit Union Generously Donates to Covenant Care’s Alzheimer’s Programs

Century, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017– Pen Air’s Jeans for Generosity Program gave to Covenant Care’s Memory Care this past Friday. Pen Air’s employees vote on which charity is chosen for the donation; they pay to wear jeans and then Pen Air Federal Credit Union matches the funds raised. Thanks to the compassionate support of donors like Pen Air, 85% of […]
October 13, 2017

Hope Helps You Heal: Five Ways to Find It

The power of hope to activate and accelerate healing is not a common topic in healthcare circles. There is evidence, however, that positive beliefs and an expectation of good outcomes set off a chain reaction in the brain and nervous system that makes improvement and recovery more likely. Researchers have demonstrated that hope promotes daily behaviors that support health and […]
October 7, 2017

Eight Reasons to Document Your Healthcare Wishes

If you were involved in a tragic accident or contract an illness that leaves you unable to talk about the type of care you’d like to receive, who will speak for you? Will your family or loved ones know what your wishes and personal beliefs are, or will they experience the anxiety of making difficult decisions concerning your care, potentially […]
October 2, 2017

Three ways Alzheimer’s Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

We’ve all heard it any time we board an airplane, “In the event of an emergency, secure yourself before assisting others,” the same can be said when providing care to a loved one. Often when trying to balance caregiving, work, family and obligations, caregivers find themselves unable to care for their loved one due to poor health. Almost half of […]
October 1, 2017

Covenant Care Innovates Memory Care Center with Planned Research Hub and Residential

Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 1, 2017 – Covenant Care announced today an exciting new innovation in memory care with plans to open The Residence, a Memory Care Center at the Joyce Goldenberg Campus in Northeast Pensacola. Covenant has partnered with expert leaders in memory and dementia care to develop the best in programming, and to assist in the design of The […]
September 22, 2017

Educating the Modern Workforce Learner

By Steve Morse, MEd RRT CHPT CTP Director of Education, Covenant Care As organizations change their product or service delivery model to meet market demands and competition forces, the need for an agile and responsive workforce to support these changes is critical. Without a workforce that can readily attain the competencies and skills to support a changing business model, an […]
September 18, 2017

Peaden Air Conditioning Comforts

This article originally appeared in the Panama City News Herald on September 10th 2017. Fred Carter, a cardiac patient of Covenant Care, and his wife, Patsy, both suffered from recent cadiac events and were under doctor’s orders to avoid any added stress. Unfortunately, their air conditioning unit doesn’t follow doctor’s orders and stopped working.  Janie Turner, a social worker for […]
September 15, 2017

Five Things to Remember When Talking to Your Doctor after a Terminal Diagnosis

Terminal. A terminal diagnosis can raise a flurry of emotion and confusion.  Do you want to attempt everything available, both conventional and unconventional? Or, is your inclination to seek hospice or some other form of palliative care? Or, somewhere in between? Loved ones may possibly feel strongly about a course of action other than your preference.  Opinions of others may […]
August 25, 2017

Employee Engagement: Why Does it Matter?

By Amy Bajjaly, VP, Organizational Engagement and Development For years organizations have spent time and money conducting employee satisfaction surveys. The problem with this methodology is that happy, satisfied employees are not necessarily high performing, engaged employees – ones who will positively impact the quality of services and make the organization more successful, especially during times of rapid change. Engagement […]
August 18, 2017

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast: Five Fundamental Beliefs to Facilitate Change

By Kara Benedict, Director, Risk and Compliance, Covenant Care The words “risk management,” as I knew it when I was a brand new nurse, immediately brought this image to my mind:  Some old lady with reading glasses, gray hair in a tight bun, and really bad shoes, appears from “upstairs in management.”  She then “sequesters” the record, announces that she […]
August 11, 2017

Four Ways a Health Coach Helps You Reach Your Goals

Our nation’s ongoing healthcare debate has brought a healthy shift in focus towards wellness, disease prevention and management of health risks. Most people seek medical help for problems related to chronic, lifestyle-related issues. Doctors treat the symptoms and provide guidance for ongoing care, but they don’t have time or access to help the patient once they leave the office. Although it’s a […]
August 4, 2017

Seven Ways Eleventh-Hour Volunteers Ease the Transition from Life to Death

A basic tenet of hospice care is that no one should die alone without the supportive presence of loved ones. Eleventh-hour volunteers, made available and trained by many hospices, keep vigil to provide a comforting presence needed by patients and families in the final hours of life. Patients who have little or no family members nearby often find themselves isolated […]
July 28, 2017

Children and Grief

By Ariell Ussery, Covenant Care Children’s Support Services Hospice care is very unique in that we take a holistic care approach. We not only value our patients and their needs, but we value extending our support to their family members as well. Because of this passion to support the whole family, we have taken high interest in providing specialized support to […]
July 21, 2017

5 Ways Home Health Care Can Help the Healing Process

If you’re providing full-time care to a loved one and feel caregiver burnout approaching, you’re not alone.  More than 65 million Americans juggle the daily demands of a career, home life, family and caring for family who may be disabled, ill or aging. Managing busy families and the emotional choices that must be made when looking after a recovering loved […]