- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver SupportJuly 09, 2018
Heather Resnick, MA, caregiver specialist, has worked at North Shore Senior Center for more than 11 years. Her average case load holds steady at about 60 clients at a given time. As a caregiver specialist, she provides support for people who serve as caregivers for family members. In addition to visiting people in their homes to assess their needs, Heather facilitates group support through the Center’s weekly Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group, general caregiver workshops and no-cost, one-on-one supportive counseling. She also approves respite services for all of the case managers at North Shore Senior Center’s Northfield location. “Respite care is so important for family members caring for a loved one. One of my main goals is to keep people feeling supported so they don’t burn out,” she said.
We sat down with Heather to learn more about caregiver services . . .
Your job must come with some challenges. Can you share some of your most challenging situations?
An ongoing challenge is getting people to accept that they need help and that they don’t need to do it all alone. There is a level of guilt for many people to admit they need help caring for a loved one. One of my jobs is to help family caregivers understand that it’s not a sign of weakness to accept help. On the contrary, it takes strength and courage to admit you need help. Family caregivers also experience a lot of guilt when they need to make the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home or when a family member dies. I counsel them on how to handle their grief and provide them with resources to help them find their way after losing someone who they’ve taken care of for a long time.
What’s the most gratifying aspect of your work?
Caregivers are generous, compassionate people, and they all have unique stories. I love my one-on-one time with them and knowing I’m making a positive change in their lives. They are most appreciative. A client once told me that the respite she receives literally changed her life. Knowing that means a lot to me.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences?
I had a client whose husband had dementia. She was resistant to respite and didn’t trust that he would get the same level of care she provided. Then, she had a medical issue, so I arranged for emergency respite and helped get him into a nursing home while she was recovering. She soon recognized he was being taken care of and he was doing well. After that, she realized she couldn’t have cared for him alone forever. Respite gave her a peace of mind and, after that, she used respite services on a regular basis.
Tell us about the caregiver workshops you facilitate.
I, along with my counterpart in the Niles Senior and Family Services office, Ben Ellenson, run a series of workshops designed specifically for caregivers. Some past workshop topics have included teaching caregivers effective communication techniques, coping with grief and loss, and learning the importance of self-care for the caregiver. We’ve got some upcoming workshops scheduled for this summer and fall that I hope people will attend. They can be of great help to those caring for others.
Heather lives in Arlington Heights with her husband of 31 years, and they have two adult children.