Caregiver Burnout

June 14, 2019

Maybe you are a paid caregiver with an agency. Maybe you are taking care of a loved one. But who is taking care of you?

Caregiver burnout is a real thing. Whether you have chosen this as your profession, or you find yourself in a situation that you are now taking care of a loved one. The following tips will help YOU as you navigate the responsibility of taking care of others.

Caregiver burnout is a state of emotional, mental or physical exhaustion. Taking care of another person can be a very rewarding responsibility. However, taking care of others can also be extremely overwhelming and stressful at times. It can be particularly hard when there is no hope that your family member will get better despite your best efforts.

If you don’t get the physical and emotional support you need, the stress of caregiving can leave you at risk for a range of problems. Depression, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, overreacting to minor issues, new or worsening health problems, and many more.

A Few Tips To Help

Practice acceptance.

Sometimes we spend a lot of energy dwelling on things we cannot change. Sometimes there are no clear answers. We must accept that we are doing the best that we can. Try to avoid the emotional trap of feeling sorry for yourself or searching for someone to blame.

Focus on things that you control.

You cannot control time, or the illness your loved one is suffering from. You can control how you react to situations, and you can make the most out of the time that you have. Educate yourself. The more you know about the illness, the more effective you will be in caring for the person with the illness.

Embrace your choice.

Either you are the caregiver or you have found yourself hiring a caregiver. Embrace it. Focus on all the positive reasons behind that choice.

Look for a silver lining.

Think about how care giving makes you feel. Do you feel like you have HELPED someone? Has it brought you closer to the person you are caring for? Do you know that your loved one is getting the help they deserve?

Don’t let being a caregiver take over your life.

You need to make time for you! Invest some time in a favorite hobby, your family, church, or simply some time for YOU!

Find a way to pamper yourself.

Light some candles and take a bath. Get a manicure. Go for a walk. Read a book. Buy yourself some flowers. Do anything that makes you feel special and relaxed!

Take care of your personal health.

Be sure to keep on top of your own doctor visits and checkups. Sleep is important too! Aim for 8 hours of sleep per day.

Exercise.

Exercise has been a proven method in relieving stress. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes on most days. When you do this regularly you will find it boosts your energy level as well.

Eat well.

Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats are the best things to eat. These types of food will help keep steady energy throughout the day.

Talk to a family member or friend.

Make sure you have someone you can vent to. Everyone needs a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on.

ASK FOR HELP!

When things get overwhelming, you need to ask for help. Don’t try to do everything alone. No one can accomplish that. Look into respite care from family, friends, or even an agency. You deserve a break too!

There are lots of different support groups out there too. Some are local, some are online. Support groups are important. You will see that you are not alone. You may even find someone who is going through a very similar situation. They may turn into your “person” that you talk to when you need shoulder to cry on.

What you do makes a difference. You are making someone else’s life a little easier. There are not enough “thank you’s” in the world to show the appreciation you deserve.

Grilling Season

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day is this weekend, and that marks the unofficial start of summer.  Memorial Day for many is the day we remember the sacrifices of those brave men and women in our armed forces who have fought for our freedom and gave their lives for us.

It is also a time where in remembrance we get together with family and friends. I know for our family, we “unplug” and spend the weekend together eating lots of grilled food. It’s nice to be outside together, playing yard games while the smell of burgers and chicken linger in the air.

One of our favorite things to cook outside is corn on the cob! We roast our corn in burlap over a fire for about 8 hours! It’s a very long process, but oh so good!

A simpler version is to GRILL the corn! There are so many ways you can do this. Husk on or off, in foil, or right on the grates.

Make some grilled corn on the cob for your next outside gathering. You will love it too!

Visit https://www.allrecipes.com/search/results/?wt=grilled%20corn%20on%20the%20cob&sort=re for some great suggestions!

Summer is almost upon us

May 21, 2019

Warmer weather is here! The unofficial start of summer is right around the corner. So many things can remind us of summer.  The smell of fresh cut grass and long days lounging by the pool, sipping an ice-cold drink. The warm sun brightening up the day with colorful flowers blooming everywhere. While some of us love the long lazy days of summer, it is important to remember that excessive heat can be very dangerous. Particularly for our seniors or those with certain health issues. Don’t forget to stop in and check on your elderly neighbors.

There are several reasons the heat effects the elderly negatively. As people get older, the ability to notice changes in body temperature decreases. Many may also have underlying health concerns that make them less able to adapt with heat.

There are some tips for keeping safe in the summer or hot weather, for everyone, not just the elderly.

  1. Drink plenty of liquid! Dehydration is a huge issue. In the summer months, drink lots of water or juice, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Ask your doctor what they recommend specific to your health plan if necessary.
  2. Wear the right clothing! When it is hot, wear light colored and lightweight clothing, cotton is best! Loose fitting is also a plus! A wide brimmed hat will also help keep the sun off your face.
  3. Stay indoors during the mid-day, usually between 12pm – 4pm. It’s also a good idea to avoid any exercise, particularly outdoors during that time when it is very hot out.
  4. Watch the weather. If there is high humidity, it will feel much hotter out than when the humidity is low.
  5. If possible, seek out somewhere that has an air conditioner. If your home does not have an a/c go somewhere that does, such as a library, the mall, a senior center, or go see a movie!
  6. If you live in a home that does not have air conditioning, try to keep your home as cool as possible. Limit use of the oven, keep curtains closed during the hottest part of the day, open the windows only at night.
  7. Shower, bathe, or sponge off with cool (NOT COLD) water.  

Heat Exhaustion is a risk for everyone.

Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body can no longer keep itself cool. Some symptoms are extreme thirst, dizzy, weak, uncoordinated, or nausea. You may sweat or you skin may feel cold and clammy. Some people experience a rapid pulse. You should rest in a cool place and take in plenty of fluids. If you do not start to feel better, seek medical attention. Heat exhaustion can progress to a heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.

If you have a heat stroke, you need to seek medical assistance right away. Signs of a heat stroke are, fainting, a change in behavior, body temperature over 104, dry, flushed skin, strong rapid pulse OR a slow, weak pulse. Don’t hesitate to ask for help!

Go out and take advantage of all the activities our area has to offer, keep these few safety tips in mind and ENJOY your summer!

Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019

Remember when you were in grade school, Mother’s Day was coming, and you created a special picture, poem, or art project for your mom?  

As a mother of 2 kids, I can say that I get teary when reading the homemade stories and poems my kids bring home from school. But I must say, one of my favorite things about Mother’s Day is simply being with my children, spending the day exploring our local nature trails, grilling some of our favorite foods, and just spending the day relaxing. Although this year we will be spending the day at the baseball field watching my son do what he loves at a tournament. The food may not be grilled, it will be fried as we will be hitting up the concession stand for some fries, and it may not be as relaxing as I would like, (man can baseball games get stressful!) I will enjoy spending the day with my family.

Sometimes spending time together is much more valuable than gifts. Making the effort to visit or call can sometimes make all the difference. Cherish the moments that you have with your family, no matter how much or little time you have to give. I can assure you; your mom will appreciate it.

What is your favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day?

Sometimes a phone call means everything.

Spring and Summer Activities

April 26, 2019

There is nothing like breathing in fresh air and soaking in some Vitamin D! Taking some time to get outside and enjoy some activities can not only help improve cognitive function but happiness as well! Even if mobility is an issue, you can still find venues that are wheelchair accessible.

Eat outdoors! You can opt to eat on a patio or deck in the comfort of your own home or at a restaurant.

Invest in a bird feeder for bird watching.

Plant a garden, either in your yard, or on your patio or deck!

Visit a local farmers market.

Visit a nursery, you can get both indoor and outdoor plants and flowers!

Catch a local sporting event. Spring high school sports are in full swing right now, as well as attending a professional or semi-professional sporting event. (Go Barnstormers!)

Go fishing!

Take a walk around the neighborhood.

Go out for a treat! Treat yourself to an ice cream cone at a local shop!

Most importantly, have fun, enjoy the fresh air and spending time with those you care about.

When a Person with Alzheimer’s Rummages and Hides Things, from nia.nih.org

August 22, 2017

Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may start rummaging or searching through cabinets, drawers, closets, the refrigerator, and other places where things are stored. He or she also may hide items around the house. This behavior can be annoying or even dangerous for the caregiver or family members. If you get angry, try to remember that this behavior is part of the disease.

 

In some cases, there might be a logical reason for this behavior. For instance, the person may be looking for something specific, although he or she may not be able to tell you what it is. He or she may be hungry or bored. Try to understand what is causing the behavior so you can fit your response to the cause.

 

Rummagingwith Safety

You can take steps that allow the person with Alzheimer’s to rummage while protecting your belongings and keeping the person safe. Try these tips:

Lock up dangerous or toxic products, or place them out of the person’s sight and reach.

Remove spoiled food from the refrigerator and cabinets. Someone with Alzheimer’s may look for snacks but lack the judgment or sense of taste to stay away from spoiled foods.

Remove valuable items that could be misplaced or hidden by the person, like important papers, checkbooks, charge cards, jewelry, and keys.

People with Alzheimer’s often hide, lose, or throw away mail. If this is a serious problem, consider getting a post office box. If you have a yard with a fence and a locked gate, place your mailbox outside the gate.

 

How to Help

You also can create a special place where the person with Alzheimer’s can rummage freely or sort things. This could be a chest of drawers, a bag of objects, or a basket of clothing to fold or unfold.

Give him or her a personal box, chest, or cupboard to store special objects. You may have to remind the person where to find his or her personal storage place.

Keep the person with Alzheimer’s from going into unused rooms. This limits his or her rummaging through and hiding things.

Search the house to learn where the person often hides things. Once you find these places, check them often, out of sight of the person.

Keep all trash cans covered or out of sight. People with Alzheimer’s may not remember the purpose of the container or may rummage through it.

Check trash containers before you empty them, in case something has been hidden there or thrown away by accident.

 

Remember, this behavior is part of the disease and no one is at fault for it.  Learn how to best manage and cope and you’ll all be happier for it.

 

For more information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, call 1-800-438-4380 to reach the National Institute on Aging’s ADEAR Center. (Alzheimer’s Dementias Education And Referral) or go to www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

 

Feel free to contact PA HOME CARE with any questions or for help at home.  We’re here to make your life easier and we’re committed to helping seniors age in place, safely and securely, in the comfort of their own homes.

“With Hearts and Hands, We Care”

call 717-464-2006

email PAHC@PA-HomeCare.com

 

 

Holiday Visits and Safety for People with Alzheimer’s

December 27, 2016

From the National Institute on Aging and the NIH:

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Over time, people with Alzheimer’s disease become less able to move comfortably and safely around the house. As a caregiver, you can do many things to make the person’s home a safer place. Think prevention—help avoid accidents by addressing possible problems.

 

Prevent falls and injuries around the house with these tips:

* Simplify the home. Too much furniture can make it hard to move around freely

* Get rid of clutter, such as piles of newspapers and magazines.

* Have a sturdy handrail on stairways.

* Put carpet on stairs, or mark the edges of steps with brightly colored tape so the person can see them more easily.

* Put a gate across the stairs if the person has balance problems.

* Remove small throw rugs. Use rugs with nonskid backing instead.

* Make sure cords to electrical outlets are out of the way or tacked to baseboards.

* Clean up spills right away.

 

Get practical home safety tips for a person with Alzheimer’s disease from the National Institute on Aging: http://bit.ly/2idfx0q

#Alzheimer’s #caregivers—follow these tips to help prevent falls and injuries around the house: http://bit.ly/2httHLD

 

Have a happy, and safe, holiday visiting with your loved ones, especially those living with Alzheimer’s.  Cherish these moments.  Best Wishes from your friends and neighbors at PA HOME CARE of Lancaster.  “With Hearts and Hands, We Care“, over the holidays, and always.

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Contact us today if we can be of service to you or your loved ones, phone: 717-464-2006, email: PAHC@pa-homecare.com .

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Summertime, and Especially for Seniors, Exercising can be Easier by Ashley Gonzalez

July 14, 2016

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Now that it is already July, the summer is definitely in full swing. The weather is warm and sunny, with the occasional thunderstorm, and the sun is shining. This time of year I just cannot wait to get outside! There is so much to do, from walking, hiking, biking, swimming, to relaxing with a good book and a glass of iced tea. This time of year is perhaps our most active time. During the long winter months with short days and inclement weather, it takes a whole lot of motivation and gumption to get this girl out the door or even to the basement to workout. Before we get too gloomy, let’s focus on this beautiful time of year and let’s get moving!

Exercise is so important for people of all ages. It is important for my husband and me to keep our bodies fit with a healthy diet and regular exercise; and its important for you too. Exercise helps us to feel better during the day, it energizes us to keep up with our daily activities (in our case our little girls), and it helps us to sleep better. It’s important for our parents who are wrestling with slower metabolisms and increasingly familiar aches and pains. Exercise helps encourage weight loss, it charges up gains in energy, and can even help to relieve many of the everyday pains that most Americans believe are just part of growing older. My grandfather is living in a Veterans Home in Oklahoma, and he loves his physical therapy. His therapist easily gets his body moving every weekday and encourages him to keep moving, as much as he can. Even my 1½-year-old toddler loves to move and shake. Exercise is truly good for the body, any body, regardless of age or physical limitations.  Let your mantra be “Do what you can, as much as you can!”

Let’s talk about how to best help the older adults in our lives move more. First of all, it is so important for them to stay active, even if the definition of active is different from what you or I might first think of. To start, it’s important to not push too hard and risk injury. It may take a few weeks for your loved one to work up to the point of doing some of the recommended time and/or exercises listed here. Be patient. It is well worth the wait and the process for them to become healthier, happier, and more self-confident. There are four main categories of exercise that we will cover here.  With all of these categories, remember, start small and work your way up by exercising regularly and increasing intensity gradually.

The first two categories I want to talk about are balance and flexibility. These are not usually the first to pop into peoples’ minds when you mention exercise, but they are just as important.

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Balance Exercises promoting balance are particularly important for older adults, especially those who spend a significant amount of time sitting or laying down. Even older adults who are not as sedentary can still find they are afraid of falling or have fallen in the past. Balance exercises can help them to become more confident and help to strengthen their bodies. You can practice these exercises everyday and every little bit helps!  Some examples of balance exercises include walking a straight line (use painters tape to create a straight path), use a chair to hold on to while balancing on one leg, high knees (marching exercise), and heel to toe walking. Remember to always use proper equipment to help your loved one while they practice their balance. If they become dizzy or lightheaded, stop immediately and let them sit down to regain their composure before beginning again.

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Flexibility Exercises that will help to decrease and reduce muscle soreness and stiffness are those that improve flexibility. When included as a part of a regular exercise program, flexibility exercises can also help to prevent injury. As a woman living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I can tell you that it also helps to warm up and relieve stiffness that I feel in my joints, especially in the morning. It is important to focus on all the major muscle groups including, legs (thighs and calves), back, arms, and shoulders. The smaller muscles can be just as important to how someone feels and can be targeted specifically and regularly also. For example, my hands and wrists are very stiff from RA, so I focus on opening and closing my hands a few times before I get out of bed. I always manipulate my fingers as far back as I can (without force) and spread them apart as far as I can. I also gently roll my wrists and rock my fists forward and backward a few times.  This helps to get more blood flowing to these areas and helps my muscles and joints get ready for the tasks ahead.  This same sort of manipulation/hyper-extension can be applied GENTLY to any joints.

The next two categories are the more common and they are aerobic/endurance exercises and strength/resistance exercises.

Aerobic and Endurance These exercises should be done regularly to total 150 minutes per week for older adults. See the following link:  http://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/news/ex_092210_03.shtml

This can look like 20 min/day for all seven days of the week; 30min/day for five days of the week; or 50 min/day for only three days of the week. It can be helpful for older adults to start with only ten minute segments at a time usually with significant breaks in between. For example, if they walk for ten minutes in the morning, it may not be until after dinner that they walk another ten minutes. If they prefer organized classes the class may be 30+ minutes and will fulfill their time for that day. Some activities could include, water aerobics, walking, jogging, or tennis.  Walking is the single easiest, no equipment or class necessary, exercise that you can do for yourself.  If you can only walk for five minutes, do it.  Then do it again, and again, until you reach your daily goal.  Use your assistance devices, if needed, and “Do what you can, as much as you can!”

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Strength and Resistance It’s a common fallacy that strength and resistance exercises require heavy gym equipment. Everyday objects can be used for resistance; the most important of which is your own body. You can also use walls, furniture, resistance bands, hand weights and of course gym equipment.  For older adults, something as simple as a can of fruits or vegetables can be enough weight to work and strengthen your muscles. (i.e. smaller cans weigh a few ounces up to the larger cans weighing about two lbs., perfect for light resistance and weight training.)

canned-vegie4 All major muscle groups will need to be exercised and strengthened. Exercises should target all the major muscle groups and should be performed two to three times a week with at least one day in between as a rest day. If you choose to weight lift each day or more than three days per week, try alternating which muscle groups you are working so that each gets a rest day.

seniors light weightsFor example, if you work your legs on Monday, then Tuesday focus on your shoulders and arms, rest Wednesday, then Thursday shift the focus to your back and Friday your core. Then you will be free to enjoy the weekend and rest up for the next week. These exercises can help to prevent loss of bone mass and improve balance. Again, “Do what you can, as much as you can!”

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Everyone’s ability and activity level will be different, and those who have limitations should seek out the proper support and help when attempting any exercise. Please, for you and your family, don’t let it stop you from doing something. It can be challenging, and at times discouraging, but hang in there.  A little bit of work every day is much better than no work, any day. Like most things in life, your health is worth fighting for!

Information was referenced from www.agingcare.com; www.toaysgeriatricmedicine.com; and http://eldergym.com.

 

Ashley Gonzalez is writing for PA HOME CARE of Lancaster.  She lives in northern Pennsylvania with her husband Rich and their two beautiful daughters, Alana and Elise.  We look forward to more interesting and thoughtful articles from her.  She brings a wealth of personal knowledge as well as a degree in medical studies from Liberty University.ashley edit

Isolation and the Older Adult by Kathy Spence

May 16, 2016

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Recently much has been said about “sitting being the new smoking” when it comes to health risks.  For our senior population another risk has been well known in anecdotal form, but much less well documented.  That is the inherent risk associated with social isolation as it relates to chronic depression.  According to the National Institute on Health, frequent feelings of loneliness are linked to higher rates of infection, cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, depression, morbidity and mortality.  This risk is magnified among our older population as they are facing retirement and a perceived loss of self as well as health limitations and possibly disabilities limiting their mobility and ability to do all of the things they want to do.

 
It doesn’t have to be this way.  Older adults, in particular, have shown an ability to thrive with a minimal level of social connectedness.  Even a small social network, church activities, volunteering, visits with family, etc. can bring a level of satisfaction much greater than the lack of same can lead to health issues, particularly depression.  However, this is not a “one size fits all” resolution.  Some folks are happy with little outside contact while others crave more activity.    This is the difference between actual social disconnectedness and perceived isolation.  One elder who appears to be socially disconnected may, in fact, thrive on a certain level of contented solitude.  Another apparently active senior may feel unsupported and not intimate in their relationships and actually perceive themself as isolated.  Ask your older loved one the following questions; “How often do you feel that you lack companionship?” “How often do you feel left out?” and “How often do you feel isolated from others?”  Their answers will be very telling.

 

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So what do we do?  First and foremost, you must know the senior adult that you are concerned about.  Not just know who they are and what their physical needs are, but know them as a person.  What do they enjoy, who do they enjoy time with, what would a perfect day look like to this individual?  Now, how do we get them there?  What resources are available to the elder and their family? What is reasonable and sustainable?  For instance, if regular family time is what your senior craves, is it possible to have a standing date every week, every month, whatever works for you and your family?  If church and activities revolving around church is enjoyable, does the church have transportation available or any kind of outreach program for those at home?  If regular exercise is what’s most enjoyable, a walk can do wonders and can be done with a “buddy” for companionship and safety.  Senior centers are often a viable option and can best be approached on a temporary basis with enough time allowed for the elder to build friendships and enjoy the socialization.  Following are a few more suggestions:

*  Courses in the following, often leading to clubs or informal gatherings to do same; Cooking, Crafting, Computer/Internet, Bird-Watching, Gardening, or any other new activity.

*  Volunteering; opportunities abound across many areas of need; hospitals, churches, schools, public service organizations, also check with your local United Way.

*  Exercise programs geared specifically towards the older adult; check with your local YMCA, Office of Aging, or Senior Centers, as well as Health Clubs in your area.

The possibilities are really endless if approached from a position of what can we do, instead of what the senior is no longer able to do.  At PA HOME CARE we are happy to help in any way that we can.  We’re available by the hour or by the day and anything in between.                                                                                                                    grandparentslrg

Call us today and let’s talk @ (717) 464-2006.

PA HOME CARE of Lancaster;

“With Hearts and Hands, We Care”,

about you and the elder loved one in your life.

 

 

 

A Very Real Scam … Foisted onto a Local Senior (originally posted by berks lancaster lebanon link)

February 11, 2016

https://berkslancasterlebanonlink.org/2016/02/11/a-very-real-scam-foisted-onto-a-local-senior/

By berkslancasterlebanonlink on

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Old people with money. Scam artists relentlessly prey on them. Why are the elderly more susceptible and more likely to become victims of a scam? The elderly are vulnerable to scams because they tend to be too trusting, gullible, live alone and don’t have someone watching over their finances. Loneliness also plays a role. Elders are often grateful to have someone to talk to – not suspecting that the “nice man” on the phone may be preying on them.” – AgingCare

 

We’re taking a page from Joe Friday here when we say, “The story you are about to read is real, only the name and address has been removed to protect the innocent.”

A local senior citizen, innocently and unwittingly, responded to offer about a mystery shopper opportunity.

Here’s the beginning of this actual scam / phishing attempt.

 

AN EMAIL –

On Feb 8, 2016 11:43 AM, “david walter” <dw0299868@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Shopper,

How are you doing today and how has your week been? I will like to inform you of your first assignment which you are to receive in the mail today.

The payment processing department  has mailed out a check via USPS for you to carry out your first assignment and it is to be delivered today. This is regarding the

On-line Survey/Evaluation you got few days ago.

IF THIS LOOKS LIKE A SURPRISE PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL (INBOX AND BULK/SPAM FOLDERS ESPECIALLY) BEFORE READING FURTHER.

The payment you will receive has been issued in your Name as a secret shopper.

Its a check of $1,998,00

1ST ASSIGNMENT:

Assignment (A) Wal-Mart Evaluation:

Assignment (B) money gram Evaluation:

INSTRUCTIONS:

You will be getting a check payment totalling $1.998.00 These funds are to be used for your assignment. The Expenditure Breakdown is listed below. You are instructed to deposit/cash the payment at your Bank for record purposes and then go ahead with the Evaluations. The payment you received covers all expenditures including   evaluation, shopping and your compensation (Assignment remuneration $200.00) for the surveys.

During your Mystery Shopping experience, you will purchase items that you would normally use in your home. These purchases are yours to keep and they should not exceed the amount outlined below. You will also be using moneygram services to send the balance to another Mystery shopper to complete the assignment in full.  You want to inquire what the differences are between Local transfers and International transfers and provide their responses in your report.

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REPORTS REQUIRES GUIDELINES

(1)-How long did you wait for a Customer Service Agent?

(2)-What was the overall appearance of the store, inside and out?

(3)-Knowledge of the Customer Service Agent helping you?

(4)-Overall professionalism of the cashier’s

(5)-Reaction of personnel under pressure

(6)-Conditions of the Restrooms (Wal-Mart only)

(7)-Your comments and impressions.

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BELOW IS THE EXPENDITURE BREAKDOWN:-

Money Received ………………..$1998.00

Assignment Salary…………….. $200.00

Wal-Mart ……………………..$30. 00

Money gram transfer Charges…….. $30.00

Money gram……………………. $869,00

Ensure that money is sent using the (MONEY AVAILABLE IN MINUTES)

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As a Mystery Shopper your job is to observe anything useful going on in the location that you are there to observe. Remember that you are a “Mystery Shopper”; this means that you do not let anyone know what you are doing. Make sure you observe everything that you see. You do not want to take your paperwork inside the store.  Make sure to remember what you have observed so you can make the necessary notes when you get to your car.  So then you would go ahead and make a money gram money transfer to another mystery shopper for another assignment.We want you to deduct your payment of $200.00 and have the remaining funds sent to the information below for proper preparation of our next Mystery  Shopper. (Minus the  money gram fee $20 and also the $30.00 for whatever you will be buying at Wal-Mart)

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You are to send the funds to two different shopper, you are advise to have the funds send in different location

TRANSFER THE REST OF THE FUNDS ($869.00 in two)

MONEY TRANSFER TO THE BELOW INFORMATION:

Receiver’s Name: WANDA KING……..$869,00

Address:  411 Elm St

City:   ATLANTA

State:  GEORGIA

ZIP CODE: 30080

RECEIVER’S NAME: : HEATHER SMITH……..$869,00

ADDRESS. 11523 SW 126th

CITY: ATLANTA,

STATE:  GEORGIA

ZIP CODE.30008

REFERENCE#……………….?

AMOUNT………………?

REQUIRED INFORMATION AFTER TRANSFER IS COMPLETED VIA MONEY GRAM:-

  1. Senders Name and Sender Address:
  2. 8 Digits Money gram Transfer reference Number for both shopper.

Sincerely,

David Walter.

MYSTERY SHOPPER EVALUATION TEAM

David Walter

 

In a few days, the check arrived, delivered into the recipient’s mailbox. Here’s a scan of the envelope:

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That’s when the recipient showed the check and the envelope to us.

 

BE ASSURED – THIS IS A SCAM. Read this Federal Trade Commission article: “Beware of mystery shopper scams.”

 

Originally posted by:

https://berkslancasterlebanonlink.org/2016/02/11/a-very-real-scam-foisted-onto-a-local-senior/

 

 

From Kathy Spence at PA HOME CARE of Lancaster:

PLEASE – Don’t fall prey to these unscrupulous thieves.  Remember the old adage “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t”?  Take those words to heart.

*  Don’t open emails from people you don’t know.

*  Don’t accept checks or promises of money from people you don’t know.

*  Don’t be fooled by mail, email, or phone calls FROM institutions that you recognize, but have no idea why they would be contacting you.

As Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify”.  You don’t need to have a jaded, negative view of the world, just a wary one.  If you have questions, find someone you trust and explain the situation to them.  Help and advice is available, but NOT AFTER you have become a victim.  These thieves are almost impossible to track down and even more impossible to recoup your losses from…don’t be their victim in the first place.

Kathy Spence, Co-Owner

PA HOME CARE of Lancaster

2703 Willow Street Pike, North

Willow Street, PA 17584

(717) 464-2006

PAHC@PA-HomeCare.com

 

 

 

 

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