Support Services For Caregivers And Their Elders
As our elders age, so do we. It is very important to take good care of ourselves so that we can maintain good health when our elder’s health is declining. We are called to provide support to all in need. You can expect personalized, individual care with compassionate attention to all parties involved. It is our hope to improve the quality of life for all.
Background and Credentials
Velina’s 9 years of experience as a social worker in senior communities has given her a great deal of knowledge. We care deeply for this growing generation and the challenges they and their families face today. Velina has obtained a Certification in Holistic Stress Management Instruction. She offers speaking engagements, as well as one-on-one consultation and coaching. She studied at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work where she obtained a Certificate in Gerontology. Velina has worked with hospice and supported families through the grieving process of losing their loved ones. From admitting the resident to the community to their last days, Velina has walked with families and residents through their entire journey. She obtained an MA in Counseling from Naropa University. Her final year of internship was devoted to learning the Asian healing arts, focusing on healing massage, stress management exercises and learning how to bring this practice to her clients. She later trained with Mary Rose learning her Comfort Touch method designed for the elderly and ill and eventually earned her certification in massage therapy from Healing Spirits Massage Training Program.
We are here for you, so you can continue to be there for your loved-one. We are also here for your loved-ones, as they may be going through their own difficulties during their time of transition. In order to remain healthy and strong for your loved-ones, self-care is essential. We offer group and individual training a well as assessment and treatment of pain and stress. Personalized self-care instruction includes evaluation and treatment of stress and pain, and simple, yet effective exercises to help manage your stress. The exercises can be done, sitting, standing, and even laying down. We also offer educational presentations for residents and families of senior communities covering the primary stressors of elders and their caregivers.
Stress & Pain Reduction Therapies
For elders, simple, gentle strokes can ease physical discomfort from conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, and help increase circulation to infrequently used muscles. It can also benefit those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or have had a stroke, as a means of communication. It helps to reconnect the elderly with bodies that have long ago failed them. For their caregivers, Velina’s massages are a very effective stress reducer, bringing deep relaxation to the mind as well as the body.
Massage can be done fully clothed and modified to each individual’s specific needs.
“…an uncommon level of empathy for our patients. Velina has an exemplary level of skill in dealing with complicated staff and family issues. She is a profound thinker and has a tremendous view of the big picture.”
- Dr. Z. Shpall, M.D.
“Velina is committed to providing outstanding service to every resident, and family member. She is never too busy to answer questions, be of help, or simply chat —always with a smile.”
- L. Kane
“Dear Velina, I don’t know how to thank you for everything you have done for my aunt. I know you have gone miles beyond the call of duty.”
“Velina, Your kindness, starting with the first phone call right through to re-hanging the clock after the move…seldom do you get such thoughtful attention to detail. We feel very blessed to have made our call to you.”
- The Johnston’s